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June 13, 2010 2:06 AM   Subscribe

Probably the best audition I've ever seen -- "Wheelchair-bound lady magnet Zach, discusses his many talents and idea for a TV show designed to inspire people who never thought they could travel." .
posted by spiderskull (35 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
I forgot to add: via Reddit. Also, from one of the comments in the reddit thread: Zach's other projects.
posted by spiderskull at 2:11 AM on June 13, 2010


And some people say that Oprah isn't a Good Thing.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:15 AM on June 13, 2010


I will watch this show religiously. That guy is a seriously special snowflake and I think I do remember him from Jenean's party.
posted by madred at 2:23 AM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Great attitude and a brilliant idea for a show. I'd watch it.

His marathon training session (The Tortioise and the Chair) reminds me of Kyle Maynard - world's toughest CrossFitter.
posted by zanni at 2:32 AM on June 13, 2010


Very inspiring and awesome.
posted by onalark at 2:53 AM on June 13, 2010


I laughed. Really, really hard. And I didn't feel bad about it. Mostly because of previously.
posted by cthuljew at 3:28 AM on June 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Please, god, please let this guy be massively successful, but don't let Oprah get any of the credit for it.
posted by The Potate at 3:37 AM on June 13, 2010 [4 favorites]


This is great.

"I have something called cerebral palsy, which I believe is the sexiest of the palsies."
posted by Alt F4 at 3:39 AM on June 13, 2010 [16 favorites]


Brilliant.

If the TV show falls through he should get a job on Mythbusters.
posted by bwg at 4:20 AM on June 13, 2010


This guy is great! I'd watch any show he had creative control over. Time to vote early, and often.
posted by piratebowling at 5:06 AM on June 13, 2010


What piratebowling said, I am fucking smitten. Hope he wins, I really want to watch what this guy can do given a budget.
posted by kandinski at 5:48 AM on June 13, 2010


Awesome. I hope he wins. I'd watch anything he did.
posted by biscotti at 6:33 AM on June 13, 2010


oh man this guy RULES.
posted by deadmessenger at 7:49 AM on June 13, 2010


Wheelchair bound?
posted by ShawnStruck at 7:51 AM on June 13, 2010 [3 favorites]


He's right, too. Travel shows are all about the wrong things. The fancy restaurants, the incredible hotel rooms—you can't afford any of that shit. You're going to be staying in crappy places where there's a 50% chance you won't have hot water. You're going to get your camera stolen. But you can still have a great time! This is a show that needs to be made, and he's the perfect host for it.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 8:12 AM on June 13, 2010 [8 favorites]


This totally got my Sunday off to a great laugh/giggle/snort start.
The Dennis Quaid improv, the Bill CLinton book-signing "bastard" moment, and some of the Arrested Development moments were priceless.

Zach has SERIOUS comedy/improv chops and if this doesn't work out (or even if it does), he will make an EXCELLENT talk show host ala Graham Norton.
(he could be the show that follows Conan. Seriously)

Fuck, this guy is funny.
posted by mer2113 at 8:29 AM on June 13, 2010


Oh man, think of the serious chaos this man could sow as a Colbert Report/Daily Show correspondent. I cringe with delight at the thought.

However it pans out with the travel show idea, I really hope Zach gets a platform one way or another. He's a real talent, not to mention the huge but incidental good that just having a guy like this out there in the public sphere would do for others with CP.

Thanks so much for turning me on to him.
posted by 256 at 9:21 AM on June 13, 2010


I love this guy. Hope he's a huge star.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:26 AM on June 13, 2010


He's a winner! This little clip (and his photo of his skydiving with a lolkitten in the middle of it) made my day.
posted by lleachie at 10:54 AM on June 13, 2010


He is so in the lead right now. Even if some of those votes get thrown out because they're due to mysterious scripts from the internet, I find it hard to believe that he won't still have a commanding lead.

And that pleases me greatly.
posted by redsparkler at 10:57 AM on June 13, 2010


When the video started, I was really afraid that all of the hype for him was the mean ironic love the internet gives to people embarrassing themselves. But then he started talking, and I realize that this guy seriously, seriously rocks. My life would totally be improved if I got to watch his travel show.
posted by meese at 12:52 PM on June 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


That Dennis Quaid "British middle-aged couple in crisis" bit had me howling.

"Who's pressuring you?! Is it the gardener again!?"
posted by hincandenza at 1:56 PM on June 13, 2010


Talented and hilarious! Thanks for the link!
posted by jeanmari at 4:18 PM on June 13, 2010


He's great! And it gives me a chance to share this clip from Josh Blue.
posted by chairface at 6:07 PM on June 13, 2010


Brilliant. If he wins it would be a credit to the very best part of the internet: content, creativity, and community.
posted by toni_jean at 9:01 PM on June 13, 2010


Oh man, great to see this here. I worked down the hall from that guy in college and he was really funny and so was his show. Very funny video. I hope all the Oprahy people can appreciate it.
posted by ishotjr at 9:19 PM on June 13, 2010


Why isn't Metafilter going crazy about this? Curious.

Here's an update from Zach!
posted by suedehead at 12:23 AM on June 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, he's got buckets of 'it.'
They don't make a show with this guy they're idiots.
Oh, shit...
posted by From Bklyn at 12:59 AM on June 14, 2010


I'd like to pony up $5 for a MeFi membership for Zach so I can spouse the heck out of him.
posted by elmer benson at 4:44 AM on June 14, 2010


That update (via suedehead) is awesome, too. "What the balls?!"
posted by Alt F4 at 4:54 AM on June 14, 2010


suedehead I wondered as well at why metafilter didn't crawl all over this. Pretty rich thread material for the likes of MeFis. You had me at "wheelchair bound lady magnet."
posted by madred at 7:02 AM on June 14, 2010


John Mayer just pledged to write and record the theme song for Zach's travel show.



In response to Zach's Thank You Internet message
posted by mer2113 at 11:11 AM on June 14, 2010


Fuck you, "wheelchair bound." If he's wheelchair bound, someone needs to go to jail for tying a poor soul to a wheelchair.

Oh, you mean he's a PERSON, who uses a WHEELCHAIR? Oh, I got it.
posted by TomMelee at 7:48 AM on June 15, 2010


Zach Anner Rolls Over Austin. This guy's show will be amazing.
posted by spiderskull at 10:43 AM on June 20, 2010


reddit alleges hijinks - some 6 million votes for Anner have disappeared and he went from #1 to #7.
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