Punching people! It’s great!
(I mean, in context. Don’t go around punching people today just because Lisa Foiles told you it was great. It’s Veteran’s Day for crying out loud, so that would be SUPER disrespectful. Especially if you punch a Veteran DON’T DO THAT.)
I still get puzzled looks when I say I work for the UFC. Some people have no idea what it is, others don’t understand why fighting is popular, and a few intellectuals have replied with, “If you are a fighter then why don’t you have muscles.” I’M NOT A FIGHTER, DAMMIT.
I work safely outside the Octagon where I am more qualified and not constantly worried about someone kicking me in the neck. However, while outside the Octagon, I do very much enjoy WATCHING people getting kicked in the neck. This is because I became a UFC fan a while ago and I’ve learned that there is such an art to MMA. Maybe that’s why the last letter stands for “Arts.” Totally just realized that.
Anyway, if you know absolutely zero things about the UFC and/or think it’s silly and senselessly violent, then check out my video today. It’s sort of a beginner’s guide to why the UFC is actually really awesome and fun and you should love it. And don’t worry, “hot guys” is only one of the reasons.
Enjoy, and get ready for #UFC193 where Ronda Rousey will punch through Australia and sink it into the ocean.
When you have a reunion for a TV show, you should invite the entire cast of that show, right? Right! Stan Lee’s Comikaze had the first ever FULL CAST REUNION for Nickelodeon’s ALL THAT on Nov. 1st, 2015! It was hosted by the incredible Andre BlackNerd Meadows who totally crushed it. Even though there were a few faces that couldn’t make it, we still had a gathering of 16 cast members:
Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, Katrina Johnson, Alisa Reyes, Mark Saul, Angelique Bates, Christy Knowings, Jack DeSena, Chelsea Brummet, Giovonnie Samuels, Bryan Hearne, Christina Kirkman, Ryan Coleman, and me, Lisa Foiles!
As you can imagine, it was quite the endeavor wrangling so many people to appear at the same time in the same place. But when we walked onstage and saw the huge sea of cheering All That fans, it was so worth it.
Actors don’t really live normal lives, so for us, this was our high school reunion – and it was everything we could have hoped for! Here are 6 fun facts about our panel at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo:
6. Pretty much everyone got lost on their way to the panel.
In the pictures, all 16 of us are sitting on stage – but that only happened about 20 minutes into the panel! Expo halls are SUPER confusing, and sure enough, almost all of us got lost trying to find the convention center, park, and then find the stage. This resulted in cast members trickling in as the panel went on, with a surge of applause and lots of hugs and kisses as each new member jumped on stage. Hey, we’re actors! We’re not supposed to be good with directions! ….wait….
Jack DeSena enters!
Christy Knowings enters!
5. Who the HECK was that guy?!?!
Whether you were in the audience, watching the panel on YouTube, or ON THE STAGE, pretty much everyone had the same question: WHO IS THE OLDER GENTLEMAN ON THE RIGHT????
Fun story. Katrina and I had spent around three months putting this reunion together – calling everyone, providing details, rallying the troops, if you will. The whole event was carefully and intricately planned. Yet somehow, this guy crashed our panel at the last second and came on stage with us! Ha! We were all pretty confused… I mean, he’s a nice guy, but he only appeared as a guest in one All That sketch… not sure that qualifies him as being apart of the “cast reunion,” but it is what it is, I guess! :P Silly stuff happens.
4. There were All That writers in the crowd!
Before Steve Molaro and Steve Holland became head writers on The Big Bang Theory, they wrote for All That – and are responsible for some of the funniest sketches in the history of the show. In fact, Steve Holland even appeared on the show several times!
If you were in the crowd, chances are you were standing near one of these geniuses, who are two of my favorite people. (And shout-out to Pete Molaro! Love ya, Pete!)
3. We met the KIDS of our fellow castmates!
We remember each other as being kids ourselves. We went through the awkward years together, we were our closest friends, even our families were close. After the show ended, everyone grew up and experienced some big, special life moments – like having kids!!
Bryan Hearne with Ezra and Mark Saul with Eden!
Angelique Bates’ kids, Isabelle and Chris – dressed as Randy and Mandy! :)
2. The most adorable photos were taken backstage.
1. We all went bowling afterward. And it was amazing.
As soon as the convention ended, we all went across the street from the LA Convention Center to Lucky Strike at LA Live. We bowled, we drank, we shared stories, we remembered inside jokes, we confided in each other, we got emotional, we got crazy.
Probably one of the most fun nights I will ever experience. <3
(…Oh, and we sang the All That theme song.)
(…And we pretty much trended Internet-wide!)
The last time I was stranded in Idaho at my mom’s house I made one thing clear: THIS TIME, I’m taking a break from farm life, i.e. swatting away hornets, shooting BB guns at empty Fresca cans, and wondering just how many different types of wild animals will devour me if I am outside the house past sundown, and DOWNLOADING ALL MY OLD PICS OFF MOM’S COMPUTER, DANG IT.
So, thanks to a trusty thumb drive + the patience it takes to navigate a parent’s computer folders, I was able to get a whole bunch of old photos and videos from pretty much my entire life. A huge chunk of these were from All That, because my mom had a camera glued to her eyeball every second of my time on that show. It SUPER annoyed me then, but I’m actually happy about it now.
Rather than let all the backstage videos sit on my harddrive until the inevitable bed-pooping of my computer which inches closer to death every minute evident by the 100 degree heat coming out of the top and how it sounds like a malfunctioning hovercraft when it boots up, I decided to share them with YOOOOUUUU.
Now, I don’t know if you watched All That when I was on it, before I was on it, or not at all because you are a sad person who hates laughter and/or a foreigner, and frankly I don’t care. I’m going to share this crap with you anyway!
You likely had four years of high school like a normal person: you had proms and homecomings and girl drama and boy drama and football games and late-night studying and the blissful ignorance of not knowing your teachers’ desks are full of bourbon and they hate you. I didn’t get to experience those things to the full extent; I did go to a few proms but they were at other kids’ schools. Prom at my school was throwing on a tutu and waltzing with my cat in the living room to the Final Jeopardy song while mom told me to get out of the way because she was certain it was, What Is Mary Queen of Scots? Because it’s ALWAYS Mary Queen of Scots.
But I digress.
Nay, I had not a real high school experience, so I don’t get a high school reunion. BUT! The All That Cast Reunion at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo on November 1st at the LA Convention Center is going to be my high school reunion. My cast members were my family, my best friends, and essentially my class mates because we were forced to do school together on set when we would’ve rather been hanging out in the prop department with booger launchers and Rice Krispies swords. They had weird things in the prop department.
So, I hate to get nostalgic on you, but this week I will be releasing a bunch of behind-the-scenes videos and pics of All That leading up to the reunion because I’m SUPER EXCITED and it’s the Internet so none of you can stop me. BWAHAHAHA!
Here’s some photos!
You asked more questions, I gave more answers!
Actually these are just leftover from the first time you asked questions. Because you asked like five million billion Q’s and I realized my footage after answering them all was about 20 minutes long and no human person has time for a YouTube video longer than say, mm, 25 seconds.
Despite that, you should watch my videos anyway! Regardless of their length! Because I’m an adorable redhead who thinks you’re GREAT!
Except whoever suggested I fight Ronda Rousey, I don’t think you’re great.
THAT’S A DEATH WISH, MAN. LOOK AT HOW MUCH SCRAWNIER I AM THAN HER. LOOK AT HER ENORMOUS MUSCLES. Yeah, no, I think I’ll stay home to ensure the most challenging fight of my day is trying to place freshly-filled ice trays into the freezer without spilling them onto the tile floor which could result in me slipping and dying and OH GOD maybe I should fight Ronda instead that’s safer.
I guess what I’m trying to say is THANK YOU! for the questions. It’s a really special thing in my life that I can tell you guys to do something and then you do it. I should consider abusing that power at some point. Like, I really dislike my Home Owner’s Association so maybe you guys can take care of that. Maybe send them a box full of rabid Hulk Squirrels.
…Wait are Hulk Squirrels real or did I just make that up?
I don’t think people give Rock Band enough credit. Real talk: it should go down in history as one of the greatest video games of all time.
I will make a strong argument for why I feel that ridiculous statement is NOT, in fact, ridiculous momentarily, but first, you need to watch this amazing video because your very life and well-being depends on it.
Mostly because Kevin plays a guitar in it.
No, Kevin doesn’t PLAY guitar in it, he literally plays the role of a guitar.
Like, he’s an instrument.
Okay just watch and find out:
All right, enough of that idiocy. Back to my statement that Rock Band should be considered one of the greatest games ever made.
BUT BUT BUT LISA IT’S JUST A RHYTHM GAME WITH FAKE PLASTIC INSTRUMENTS A-A-AND IT’S NOT LIKE YOU’RE EVEN PLAYING REAL MUSIC–
First, you should really do something about that stutter. Once it jumps from your mouth to your keyboard that’s when you have a serious medical problem. Second, oh, I’m sorry, I forgot that you were REALLY killing Nazi Zombies with a sawed-off submachine gun that shoots fire and angry babies in YOUR video game.
BUT LISA IT’S NOT EVEN POSSIBLE TO SAW OFF– okay stop. ANGRY BABIES CAN’T EVEN FIGHT GOOD– stop. Just stop.
Video games are supposed be A. Fun, B. Experience Simulators aka Holodecks to make us feel like badasses in ways we most likely will never be able to experience in realz life. Rock Band brings people together, just like Mario Party and Mario Kart, because it DOESN’T MATTER HOW GOOD YOU ARE. There is a difficulty setting for everyone. Don’t even try to tell me you can have a fun night playing an FPS with people who have never held a controller before. You will be so frustrated with their n00bishness that you will reverse-cry inside your skull while saying “No, no, you’re doing ggrrreeeaaaattt” through gritted teeth until your body just shuts down and they sing Candle In The Wind at your funeral. (I’ll be the one in the pew closest to the door whispering “You know, I never liked this song.”)
Rock Band is an actual ACTIVITY. You’re moving, you’re jumping, you’re knocking over beers with microphone stands. Video games are only now trying to accomplish that with things like the Virtuix Omni which sounds like a purple-cloaked villain in a children’s fantasy novel and oh yeah no one is going to own one of those and oh yeah even if you do, you’ll never play with it and OH YEAH it’s a one-player experience so everyone gets to sit around watching you flail like a drunk octopus while strapped into a plastic circle lacking most of your senses. WOW FUN PARTY
Say what you will – that it doesn’t push the boundaries of graphics or storytelling or whatever – but just because it’s not snowboarding in Uncanny Valley doesn’t mean Rock Band isn’t right up there with the best of them. I’ve said this a thousand times until I’m blue in the face and small orange men try to roll me off to the Juicing Room but VIDEO GAMES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FUN. THAT SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE DETERMINING FACTOR WHEN DECIDING IF A VIDEO GAME IS GOOD.
99% of us want to be rockstars. 98.9% of us will never be rockstars. Rock Band allows us to not only feel like rockstars, but do so in the comfort of our own homes with our favorite people in the band with us, without the temptation of cocaine, prostitutes, and Patron. Unless… that’s what happens in the comfort of your home. If so, you are certainly not reading this blog, you are probably high out of your mind on top of a roof about to jump into a pool while yelling ‘I’M A GOLDEN GOD.’ Good luck with that.