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Look, It’s The “Jonah’s Arcade” Pilot

Once upon a time, a fine television program was created, nurtured, and lovingly crafted by a crack team of experts. They worked long and hard on making it the best television show it could be, and when they were finished, they knew that they could be proud of what they did. And that would have to do, because the network brutally rejected the show. The End.

But not the end, not in this age of the YouTubery. Thus, you may now see the pilot for Jonah Ray’s Jonah’s Arcade, produced for Comedy Central and starring the aforementioned Jonah Ray of Nerdist Podcast fame, alomg with Kumail Nanjiani of The Indoor Kids fame, Eddie Pepitone of Puddin’ fame, and Johnny Pemberton of MTV’s MegaDrive fame.

And here it is, in all its unbleeped glory (yes, that means this one is NSFW unless you’re wearing headphones):

The credits:
Created by: Matt Kirsch & Jonah Ray
Executive Producers: Matt Kirsch, Brad Stevens, Boyd Vico
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writers: Kumail Nanjiani, Tom Segura, Paul Bonanno
Producer: Paul Bonanno
Editor: Al Levine
Featuring: Johnny Pemberton, Kumail Nanjiani, Eddie Pepitone
Song by The Mae Shi

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109 comments

  • Wow, can’t believe CC didn’t actually pick that up. I laughed multiple times, thought you clearly knew what you were talking about when it comes to gaming.

    Plus I like the tie you’re wearing in this thing.

  • I honestly loved this Jonah! It’s a shame it didn’t get picked up :( But on a good note I’m glad you were able to spread the pilot around for people to see. I’m glad that people including myself were able to view it. Hopefully something else will come across for you, even if it’s not like this show. You’re really talented with writing and working on things so i’m sure even without this show you’ll do just fine. thanks for sharing this though! :D

  • This pilot is super funny and interesting. Typical TV executives being out of touch with reality. When they realize that Tosh.0 has lost it’s heart and is an empty shell of the funny irreverent show it once was maybe they will give Jonah a call. Oh and I wish my local cable provider offered g4 again as I no longer can see Web Soup.

  • I think it’s interesting reading people’s comments – humor seems to be such a hit and miss situation, kind of like people’s taste in music – that being said, I really like what you are doing Jonah and just wish you continue what you’re doing – hopefully this will get picked up – Kumail was hilarious – I think you guys should keep doing stuff together – like music, the best stuff always rises to the top – keep doing what you’re doing – you still make alot of people smile

  • At first I thought I would be not that good. I am happy to say im right ….NOT. it was really funny It’s shows that Jonah can be good he seemed a little nervous but that’s alright Jimmy Fallon was nervous on his show now look at him. I don’t have a favorite part because it was all fantastic I plan on showing my friends I heard the podcast and agree it should only be on tv. Anyway bye. Big C, Mira-booey and Vajonah

  • Not only did I like it – not that many people can pull off a cod piece with that degree of Je ne sais quoi.

    And for the lamers – when was the last time Comedy Central called YOU and asked YOU to make a pilot for them? (Hey, Viacom? so – what’s up? You lose my number?)

  • @ The other Chad:
    Thinking that I am dealing with “something else within myself” because I pointed out that, to me, a punchline that played on a negative stereotype kinda took the piss out of the previous 2 segments that were poking fun at those who used negative stereotypes is confusing to me, but then again I don’t know what kind of issues you are dealing with. I was just making an observation, not pissing in anyone’s cornflakes. I still think the pilot was funny and should have been picked up. I still think Jonah (and Chris and Matt) are extremely hilarious, and good at what they do. I just saw a ball when apparently everyone else saw a strike, as far as that one joke went.

    (And by the way, saying that someone who is posting on a comment thread is only doing so so that more successful people will pay attention to them is pretty rich coming from someone who is posting on the same comment thread. )

  • This Chad thinks the other Chad must have a hard time watching Comedy Central if he thinks these kinds of jokes are a stumbling block. In most cases people that take offense to these kinds of things are dealing with something else within themselves. Its sad that the most absurd comments get the most attention out there on the web and that’s why people like this say these things because they want somebody who has some kind of success look at there words.

  • Kumail,
    At 5:14 the show deals with the stupidity of a patently racist video game. Then at 6:20 the show deals with the gay slur issue when it comes to online gaming. Brilliant job on both counts. Then at 7:15, the phrase “Thank you, the South” undoes all of the good that the previous segments did, at least for me. I doesn’t really work to call attention to the absurdity of negative stereotypes and then use a negative stereotype as your punchline, IMHO. It doesn’t kill the show or mean that Comedy Central dropped the ball any less, it’s just a stumbling block that tripped me up, is all.

  • To address everybody asking about doing this as a web series:

    I don’t see that happening. I’ve done quite a bit of web series in my time and it’s just not worth it. As far as making a living off of it.

    I had a blast making it, but onward and upward.

    To address everybody asking about doing this on G4:
    G4 doesn’t pick up to many shows. especially ones that are essentially a combination of Web Soup (same producers as the pilot), AOTS, and Xplay.

    Thanks everybody for watching it. Spread it around as much as you can. maybe something will come of it and then i’ll give you ALL THE MONIES THAT COME FROM THAT!!!!!!

    go fuck yerselves
    -jonah

  • Jonah–you crushed this. Your delivery is perfect, and I love the way you add new blood to the canon of shows like Talk Soup, Web Soup, Tosh, and all the rest. Keep plugging away at this because it deserves to be on air. For now, I will get all my friends to watch it on line so you can go back to the network and stick the number of views in their face.

    Your glasses make you look sexy!

  • I just had the worst day – I spent weeks crash coursing for a job interview, only to have it last 10 min and end in a solid NO.

    Then I find this clip and laugh hard. Thanks, Jonah! Sorry things didn’t work out for the show.

  • I liked it Jonah. Though I thought that it was a bit campy in spots, but I found several parts to be funny. I especially liked the parts where it was natural-feeling and organic. In a few spots it sounded like you were reading a cue card. But all-in-all, I enjoyed it. Good job.

  • Chad said: “Pretty funny until you follow two skits about bigotry with a gross generalization about a specific region of the country that feeds on negative stereotypes.”

    Chad, could you pls tell me which skits you are referring to here?

    Kumail

  • I liked it. It started off slow but picked up by the end. Jonah seems to be really cute and nice. :-)

    My suggestion would be to produce a 5 min weekly/daily video podcast about video games to build an audience. Geekbrief/geekbeat is an example of a tech podcast that is in this format.

    To finance the podcast you could put a paypal link. I try to support my favorite podcasts. Adam Carolla has sponsors. Filmspotting has a paypal link (I’ve been a monthly subscriber for years now). Gladston is producing Hate by Numbers when the paypal donations reach a certain level.

    Long story short: I would watch & support this show should it become a video podcast. As many podcast as I listen/watch I don’t have a video game themed podcast. Blizzard produces a podcast every 100000 years. Penny Arcade has not had a podcast in ages.

    Kudos Jonah

  • What a bummer that this didn’t make it – seriously funny. I loved every second of it!

    (Also did anyone else think they could hear Mira laughing in the audience?)

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