The first time that our unobtrusive improv comedy troupe, which attempts to bring joy to the world by mostly leaving it alone, successfully accomplished a “mission” was when we peacefully participated in Parade magazine’s fascinating readers’ poll to determine which actor would be best suited to play Clark Gable in a make-believe biopic that doesn’t exist. We voted for Topher Grace respectfully and like adults, as many fellow readers and fans of Parade magazine did, as was our right. Our calm and non-invasive voice was heard, and it was determined that Topher Grace was indeed the best choice to play Clark Gable in a make-believe biopic that is not being made whatsoever. And no one even noticed that we were there. Success!
Now, we have confirmation that a second Videogum Everywhere “mission” has been accomplished! It is, in fact, the original mission for which Videogum Everywhere was created. I am referring to the Videogum Everywhere Paranormal Activity DVD Name Bomb Mission. As you may recall, the creators of Paranormal Activity invited fans of the movie, and also people who had not even seen the movie, to submit their names for inclusion in the DVD credits. Videogum Everywhere “agents” were called upon to submit their names, and one reader, John, has provided the final proof that we have succeeded (thank you, John! Many of us continue to not have seen or have any plans to see Paranormal Activity, so we might never have known of our own accomplishments):
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Now, admittedly, in the original Call to Arms for this particular mission, agents were asked to submit their real names, because it would have been a shame for Videogum Everywhere to be the cause of the entire project being cancelled on account of Silly Fake Name Overload. That would be in clear opposition to Videogum Everywhere’s Mission Statement. But as you can see, the credits were not shut down. The Paranormal Activity DVD was released with credits after-all. And many of the more seasoned agents who participated are probably not even featured in this post, such was the success of their subtle infiltration. We will all work harder next time, I’m sure, to make it borderline impossible to even tell a Videogum Everywhere mission took place at all. But for now, we can wear our Success Sashes with pride.