It’s no secret that we’re in an age where YouTube stars are becoming just as famous as movie stars. Vloggers find creative ways to make us laugh, and in Dane Boedigheimer’s (aka Dane Boe) case, it’s with talking fruit. His YouTube show – The Annoying Orange – centers around an animated talking orange that basically talks to other fruit, gets into mischief, and has horrible things happen to him. Naturally, we showed up to Boedigheimer’s LA studio with a bag of fruit, and one important question (among many) for him…where’s the talking new potato?
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I’d say, wake up and have breakfast in bed: chocolate chip pancakes, eggs, and bacon. Lunch would be sushi. For dinner, I’ve got to go with a Filet Mignon.
What is it about talking food videos that you love so much? Why do you think they have such a resonance with audiences?
For me, it’s the comedy mixed with the tension of knowing that something horrible is going to happen to these characters (in a cartoony way of course). They live in a human world where not only is there the constant threat of being eaten or cooked, but there are a million other things that could also get them, whether it’s animals, utensils, or meteors – you name it!
Where did the idea for a talking orange come from? Why is the orange the star of the show?
I had done a ton of other talking food videos before Orange, and they were very similar tonally. Orange was just kind of a new iteration of those talking food videos. In those other videos, I would introduce a food, there would be foreshadowing that something bad was about to happen, and then that bad thing happened and we’d get to see the horrible aftermath. One night I started thinking about what would be: If I were a food, what would be a worse fate than getting chopped to death? Getting annoyed to death…and then chopped up! Viola! Annoying Orange was born!
How has YouTube changed since you first started making videos?
There are way more people on the site. There are more creators and more fans – more of everything. It’s both great and tough at the same time. There are so many more people that can watch and comment on your videos, but now it’s much harder to stand out in the crowd…especially if you’re just starting out.
What new things are happening on YouTube that you find it hard to get on board with?
Just the way it seems to change every couple of months. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with those changes. Obviously gaming has become huge on YouTube. If you’re not a channel that revolves around gaming, it’s tougher to get views.
Do you think getting into the web video industry is still as simple as making videos in one’s room as a teenager and posting them on YouTube?
For a very select few, yes. A very select few. Things have changed so much though in the last few years. The days of being able to do everything on your own in your bedroom are quickly disappearing. If you want to make it, you have to stand out. You have to bring something new to the table that no one has seen before.
How has MTV changed since you were a production assistant on Pimp My Ride?
I don’t know if it has changed that much. When I was working on PMR, MTV had already changed their format from showing music videos to reality TV. I’m pretty sure that’s what their format still is today: reality TV. YouTube has now become the main source for watching music videos.
Do you like where reality TV has headed in general? Why or why not?
Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I don’t watch reality TV. I totally understand that some people love it, but I just can’t get into it. I’m way more into narrative dramas and comedies. Stuff like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Walking Dead, etc.