When you break it all down: he’s Archie Bunker, Al Bundy, and Bill Cosby all rolled into one.
Throw in a cold can of the brilliant salted-down wisdom from Sh@t My Dad Says , add a generous shot of the masterful Louis CK’s 101-proof take on fatherhood, and what you have in your hand is probably the best comedic boiler-maker you’ve held in a long while.
If you’re into some of the same TV characters that I am, then I realize that all of this might sound too good to be true.
But I swear… it’s real. Follow me!
Pittsburgh Dad is the name this guy goes by and he is fast becoming a legend among in-the-know parents and non-parents alike.
Shot on an iPhone, with no episode clocking in at much more than a minute and change, Pittsburgh Dad is one of the funniest self-produced Internet video series around. Created by Chris Preksta and Curt Wootton, with Wootton starring as an uptight blue-collar Steelers fan constantly ranting to his kids (or just to the world at large), the show is an amalgam of everything hilarious that modern TV sitcom dads have lost over the years.
And it’s setting the ‘nets on fire.
When I last checked, the 50 episodes that these two guys have posted to their YouTube site are well on their way to 7 million views.
Those are the kind of numbers that get you “discovered.” That’s the kind of numbers that the networks sniff out like sharks on blood.
Still, the duo has yet to waver and I’m glad. Videos continue to go up regularly and their fan base continues to grow and grow and grow.
Why is it funny?
Well, for one thing, Wootton, a self-proclaimed theater guy according to an article in Pittsburgh Magazine, is the only human who ever appears on screen, which is no easy task. Yet, whenever he flings open his back screen door and steps out into his yard or appears standing alone in his garage, he wastes absolutely no time before launching into one of his rants of domesticated madness.
With his thick ‘burgh accent and his penchant for clip-edited one-liner monologues, Wootton’s character is one of those rare sorts that you can’t help but love.
He’s the brash, arrogant, over-opinionated, judgmental, short-tempered, sports-nut father and husband who none of us particularly wants to be, but who we find ourselves fascinated with all the same.
So, do yourself a favor and check him out in the hilarious episode below.
Source: Pittsburgh Magazine
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