Tiki Bar TV: maybe the best web thing in Vancouver

Tiki Bar TV

Originally uploaded by Laughing Squid.

I feel ashamed that Metroblogging Vancouver (that’s us) has been online and blogging for well over a year and we have never once mentioned one of the great Vancouver internet things the video podcast Tiki Bar TV [wp]. Chalk it up to the fact that despite being a fan of the show since I found them on the iTunes music store not long after the video iPod hit the streets, I never realized that the show is made right here in Vancouver. In fact it was not until I heard them on the This Week In Tech Podcast that I knew all this drinking was happening right in my own city.

If you have not watched the podcast it is really good. Now I watch and listen to a lot of podcasts which are really interesting but amaturish, but Tiki Bar TV is like real TV good. Better than real TV in fact, and its one of the most enjoyable video podcasts out there on the web that’s not produced by a major entertainment company.

If you haven’t seen the show yet the format is pretty simple, though not like anything that came before it. In each five minute(ish) episode a problem is presented to the citizens of the Tiki Bar (Doctor Tiki, PhD, MD, USB / Johnny Johnny, Mixologist / Lala) to which the only cure is a complicated beverage designed by Doctor Tiki and made by Johnny Johnny. Rounding out the show is viewer mail, dancing and general zaniness. Interneters tend to drop by, the most recent being Digg’s Kevin Rose.

If any of this sounds even vaugely interesting please check the show’s website out where they’re streaming their latest episode [tbt]. It’s funny. Plus it gives me a reason to use my Apple TV, which I always enjoy.

3 Comments so far

  1. Carol Browne (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 7:09 am

    Those guys are funny. I’ve never seen this before now. I also like their homage to other movies in this clip. The lighting in the film is very nice. I’ll be back again to watch them. Thanks!

  2. Michael (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    Whoa! I had no idea they were from Vancouver. I knew they were Canadian, but I assumed they were from Toronto, and I also was sure the show was filmed in California, as they have all the cross overs with the SF/LA based Diggnation podcast.

  3. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    Yeah it never even occurred to me that they were Canadian until it was mentioned on This Week In Tech. It’s possible that the stuff with the Diggnation folks was filmed down south.

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