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Escapist Picks Up 'Videogame Theater'

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Posted May 15, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

The Escapist, home of excellently cranky videogame review show "Zero Punctuation," has a couple new shows coming for you, including Videogame Theater, from G4's own Webby winning producer Frank Meyer!

In Videogame Theater, Meyer, Jimmy Kimmel Live contributor Scott Chernoff and Crank Yankers' BJ Guyer meld puppets, live-action, old-school videogames and big dose of out-there humor together to tell the seedy story behind the biggest stars in videogame history.

“The Videogame Theater team is beyond excited to be teaming with The Escapist,” Frank told TheFeed. “The series is truly one of the most funny and f***ed up projects I’ve ever been a part of. Videogame Theater tells the behind the scene tales of classic videogame characters like Pac-Man, Mario and Q-Bert, and the horrible lives we imagine they must lead. The show reveals what we think could have lead them up to the videogames they are famous for. We parody what you know of the games and characters, and take them in dark, disturbing place. So it’s a perfect fit for a site like The Escapist, who are looking to expand on what we know about videogames and offer content that appeals to gaming fans for the same reasons they play the game in the first place: action, adventure, comedy, surreal images, bizarre locations, and lots of lots of sex and violence!”

Videogame Theater will make its exclusive US debut Tuesday, May 27, and air bi-weekly at The Escapist, but you can watch the pilot here!

The Escapist also will be featuring Kung Fu Grip, an original series showcasing doubles of the industry’s stars, in action-figure form. It was created by Benny and Rafi Fine, the comic genius sons of a rabbi with a sick sense of humor and a scathing wit whose popular LOST parodies have taken the internet by storm.

Episode one of Kung Fu Grip will premier worldwide Thursday, May 22, exclusively at The Escapist and will present new episodes every other week.

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