Update: By popular demand — one guy using a bunch of different names in the comments — here’s the video of Leo handling a call from Longmont Potion Castle the following weekend.
For better quality watch the video fullscreen.
Scott Wilkinson is a professional home theater expert who we affectionately refer to as the maniacal cackling Santa Claus. He’s probably never been targeted by an Internet troll. But cue “Carmelo” from Needles, California, calling in to The Tech Guy.
What started off as an innocent home theater question quickly turned into a trolling master class. There’s no doubt that “Carmelo” meticulously planned and executed this troll to perfection. This was not a mindless Howard Stern fan yelling “ba ba booey” and then hanging up. This was someone who spent a lot of time writing what he was going to say, choosing every word and sound effect with precision.
At TotalDrama we don’t condone trolling good and honest people like Scott. However we were amazed and in complete awe at the amount of preparation and courage this must have taken. Congrats on the good job “Carmelo” and enjoy your video tribute.
This is a follow up to HelloWorld’s inspirational video about the great men and women who worked hard and gave their best every day but were still fired in the end.
The latest firings came only days before Leo Laporte and Lisa Laporte ditched TWiT to go on yet another luxurious vacation.
I’m not saying the timing is suspicious but three employees are fired and a week later they are jet-setting to somewhere new. TotalDrama reached out to Robin Leach for comment and his only words were “Shieeeeet these gangstas are legeeiittttt”.
But even though countless employees are now wondering how they are going to make rent this month, every cloud does have a silver lining. For Leo and Lisa, this is that the vacation fund is safe once again. Our sympathies go out to Tony, Kara, Frédérique and the countless other employees who have lost their jobs because of this financially careless waste of money.
Late Update: After the video’s creation, we became aware that Curtis Franklin aka “the swamp monster” has recently gone missing from twit.tv/people.
We aren’t sure if he’s been fired or has simply returned to the Florida swampland to reunite with his own.
Leo Laporte used to crow far and wide about how much he loved “the Ring video doorbell” on all of his shows. He did one of his signature ten minute ads any time he was given the chance — and the dollar bills.
We had concerns about the company, given that Father Robert Ballecer claimed he was able to write some Python scripts to intercept the video from the Ring doorbell, which is supposedly strongly encrypted with TLS.
If a fake priest can break your encryption, how good can it be, unless the fake priest is lying?
In the clip above, Leo Laporte claims that Ring didn’t pay their bills, perhaps slandering the company if that isn’t true.
Here’s how TWiT co-host Katie Brenner disrespects sponsor NatureBox on air.
And here’s how TWiT host Tonya Hall disrespects sponsor ZipRecruiter on-air.
And here’s how TWiT’s TNT host Mike Elgan trashes sponsor PayPal on-air.
And here’s how Leo trashes previous sponsor Citrix ShareFile on-air.
And here’s Leo making fun of Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans.
So, if you choose to do business with TWiT as a sponsor, know what you’re getting into, and know that #soup loves to show his email on screen all the time, including the phone number of his soon-to-be stepchild (withheld because we are not monsters).
Caveat emptor. You might be thrown under the bus next, and be assured, the humiliation will be televised.
John C. Dvorak finished his vinegar book and is back on TWiT with no hard feelings.
The jovial relationship between Mr. Laporte, who invented podcasting, and Adam Curry — a lesser known podcaster, former MTV employee, and failed Indiegogo project creator — continues uninterrupted.
Tune in June 5, 2017 for live, willful copyright infringement, “as per usual,” according to Mr. Laporte!
Leo Laporte will be gone to the Galapagos, one of the many expensive vacations he uses to try to fill the void in his life where friends, family, and accomplishments would be. Maybe bragging about this one will impress people, Leo!
For his part, Adam Curry is so excited, he can barely keep it together.
Loek van der Helm (@wonderhelm) removed his tweet that alerted us to the announcement — and now protected all his tweets — but we always retain the screenshots.
May 5, 2015: Leo Laporte Came Dangerously Close to Exposing Himself on Meerkat. This is not technically part of #dickgate, but it happened less than a month prior. While doing an AMA on Reddit, Leo Laporte jumped around and his pants “accidentally” fell down, which caused him to sling his genitals visibly back and forth. Thankfully, this exposure was covered by his underwear.
May 28, 2015: How To Express Your Disgust Over #DickGate. Total Drama launches a letter-writing campaign to Premiere that fails miserably. Premiere, a dying radio network part of a dying radio company, doesn’t care if they employ a misogynist that exposes himself on a video stream.
May 29, 2015: Leo’s #DickGate Chatroom Rants and Lies. Leo goes on a rampage in the chat room to spin the situation. He compares Total Drama to terrorists, claims the dick pic is fake, and begins doxxing a Total Drama member.
February 8, 2016: Leo Laporte Exposes a Vagina On-Air During TWiT. Leo Laporte shows a cunt pic from Lisa on the flagship show This Week in Tech. TWiT reacts — as before — with a new sizzle reel. Leo refers to the cunt pic as “something filthy.”
We are continually shocked and surprised at what TWiT shows on-air. We always think it can’t get worse, but it usually does. Next year on dick day, we’ll let you know if there are any updates in the saga.
Sadly, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before in explicit detail, but thanks to an anonymous tipster, we now know that Lisa Laporte — TWiT’s CEO — is perfectly OK with her crotch shot legs being used by a leg fetish page on Instagram.
Proving that there is no topic Know How will not cover badly, Episode 308 was an unexpected gift to TWiT viewers everywhere. We were magically transformed back to a time where Americans got out the ol’ needle, thread and bobbin and made stuff we can now buy at Old Navy for $19.95.
Instead of recruiting someone with a lot of sewing experience (i.e. anyone in @NateOG’s bloodline) they settled for the camera-ready and available @PDelahanty, TWiT’s “web engineer” who’s been aimlessly wandering the single hall of the studio for months since compiling the results of the TWiT annual survey.
Which leads us to the question-du-jour, specifically why is TWiT giving us an entire show on sewing? Has Know How simply exhausted every tech topic already? Did some sewing machine company pay for a native ad? Is it simply to punish Bryan Burnett on a weekly basis? (he may agree with this statement). Or was it intended to teach catholic priests how to perform emergency repairs on garments?
“Watch my hands. When my hands go down, everybody applaud… Whoa yeah! Yeah yeah yeah! Woo woo, woooooo!” — Leo Laporte
It’s hard to believe Leo Laporte’s failed, ego-inflating side project The New Screen Savers is still having new episodes produced. I guess that’s what happens when you have an admitted failure of a CEO like Lisa Laporte.
In a move that should surprise no one, #Soup had to resort to having Anthony — the only one with any talent left at TWiT — “Simon says” the Amazon Echo into repeating the cold open for the show.
We’ve previously written about how they had to have their rent-a-cop read the cold open. Previously, he had to force a The Tech Guy viewer to do it.
Just admit TNSS isn’t working, Leo. It didn’t restore TWiT to glory. TNSS is never going to happen.
Lisa Laporte’s fantastical dream of having the “TV show” syndicated on airlines and college campuses is similarly never going to happen.
The show is terrible. It’s boring. It’s devoid of content. And the saddest thing is… it’s depressing. It’s just sad to watch you do it to yourself weekly.
I will give Anthony kudos for the production of Megan Morrone’s acting debut in the short below. It gave us lots of great pictures of Megan.
When Leo Laporte and co-host Florence Ion are being asked to do a rehearsal for the upcoming The New Screen Savers episode, the “Cheif TWiT” doesn’t seem to give a fuck and instead decides it would be funnier to ask Ion what her middle name’s initial is. ‘Cause that’s absolutely part of the rehearsal, right? Right.
But, of course, it just goes downhill from here. Next, Laporte got the idea that Ion’s first book should be called “My Life as a Romani”, because he got told not to call her a gypsy back in March, remember?
Then, he promptly asks if her father “thinks of himself as a gypsy”, which she denies with a “Noooo”. Not only can you hear, but also see that his behaviour and this stupid, insulting comment makes her very uncomfortable.
It seems our favourite, wonderfully disgusting, racist Cheif TWaT Leo Laperve will never learn, no matter how often he’s being told not to use that word.
As a bonus, here’s a video of another instance where, during that very same TNSS episode, he decided it would be funny to make fun of a black guy during a Call For Help segment. Of course he used the term “gypsy” again.
This was actually removed in the final podcast/YouTube version of the show, but luckily I caught it on our DVR.
Fuck you, Leo Laperve.
Exposing The Dark Underbelly of TWiT, Leo Laporte, and Failed CEO Lisa Laporte