To One Major Dad To Another,

Oh boy. Well, here we are. Just to put things into perspective, when we launched Videogum on April 8th, 2008, George W. Bush was still President of the United States. Remember that guy? Fuck that guy! Back then, and I know this is hard to believe, but Zach Galifianakis wasn’t a movie star yet and Lena Dunham hadn’t even been born. Obviously, a lot can happen in five and a half years. Heck, a lot can happen in five and a half minutes, am I right 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team?! The world is changed, I feel it in the water, etc. And during this entire time, from that first day until right here right now, Videogum has been my whole life. I cannot tell you how many conversations I’ve been in where I told someone what I did and they’re response was, “Oh, you are Videogum,” but it’s a lot of times. It has been my job, sure, but it has been something much more than a job, too. The very idea of saying “goodbye” to what is essentially a horcrux barely makes sense. And yet, I must try. Everyone who likes to cite that Yoda quote about how “there is only do or do not, there is no try,” is full of shit and needs to take a serious look in the mirror. For one thing, there absolutely is try. The world was built on trying. And much more importantly, you are a full grown adult basing your life philosophy on a swamp goblin puppet from 1977?! There is only give me a break.

So, let me try.

First, I need to say some thank yous:

Thank you to Scott Lapatine: I’m not sure if you knew this, but Scott started Stereogum as a LiveJournal about Britney Spears in his downtime at a day job and now look at what he has built. He’s basically the Daniel Plainview of blogs, except that he wants everyone to drink their own milkshake (very good metaphor and very timely reference). Whether his decision to leave me almost entirely to my own devices was a good one or not, the end result is that Scott has been much more of a patron than a boss, overwhelmingly trusting, supportive, and enthusiastic about the work that I’ve been doing at Videogum from the very beginning. If there was ever a low moment during my tenure at this website when I simply wanted to run away—and let’s be honest, there were some low moments during my tenure at this website when I simply wanted to run away, because website aside, LIFE is MOSTLY low moments in which one simply wants to run away punctuated once a year by store-bought birthday cake and a single glass of Cold Duck—one of the main things that kept me going was knowing that out there in the horrible and uncertain wilderness that surrounds Videogum one thing was for sure: it would be impossible to find a kinder, more generous, or more encouraging boss than Scott.

Thank you to Amrit Singh: On paper, Amrit is the managing editor of the entire Gum network, which might sound impressive, but truth be told, he’s much more than that. The work of a managing editor is pretty straight forward: you make everybody march to the beat of your drum. This is why everyone hates managing editors. But while Amrit’s drumbeat is a steady, pleasant, and highly danceable one, I’m sure, he has never played it for me. Amrit, rather than force the writers and editors under his employ to simply hop to, prefers a brand of management that consists mostly of compliments, encouragement, and mutual appreciation. A work meeting with Amrit is not so much red pen and Strunk & White as it is cold beer and good conversation. If you ever want a wonderful colleaague with a gigantic heart and a great head of hair who will happily take you to a Superchunk concert and then spend the rest of the evening on the next barstool swapping stories of ex-girlfriends, of getting up to trouble in high school, and of why he’s still vegetarian even though it’s just because he got sick on a trip to India one time a thousand years ago and he seriously needs to just get over it because as someone who loves food as much as he does he is seriously missing out on a pretty big portion of what food has to offer, then Amrit is the managing editor for you. I’m not sure this description of his skill set will help him to get a job as the managing editor of The New Yorker, his and every managing editor’s dream job just kidding, but it’s exactly this skill set that will keep him in his current job of my friend for life.

Thank you to Lindsay Robertson: Fun fact, I owe my entire on-line writing career up to this point to Lindsay Robertson. That’s not something I talk about very often, because as someone who was narcissistic and self-centered before Twitter and Instagram were even invented, I like to perpetuate the myth that I owe all of my achievements to my own brilliance, hilarity, and determination. The fact of the matter is Lindsay Robertson, in addition to being a friend, was also an early supporter of my writing who introduced me to so many of the people in the New York media industry who helped me along the way and who have, even more importantly, given me work. My very first paid blogging job was guest editing Gawker for one day while Jessica Coen was on vacation, a job that I got because Lindsay was having drinks with Jessica and recommended me for it. From there is a direct line between my work at Gawker and the people I met there, all thanks to Lindsay, to the job I got helping to launch a now defunct comedy site for the Huffington Post. And when I later left that job to help launch Videogum with Lindsay, it was because she was Scott’s first choice and he asked her who she would like to hire as a co-editor. I am forever grateful to her, even if I don’t say it enough. And I hope she enjoys reading this paragraph, because as of now I consider us even. It was a very thoughtful and generous paragraph, certainly worth seven years of steady work. And everything I do from here on out is due entirely to my own brilliance, hilarity, and determination.

Thank you to Kelly Conaboy: It’s a running joke on this website that I am always firing Kelly, but in actuality she should have been firing me. (She couldn’t really fire me, of course, because I was her boss, and as far as I am concerned, I will continue to be her boss until the day she dies. Also I will for sure outlive her. #factsonly) I cannot tell you how many times Kelly has corrected a stupid mistake that I’ve made, or gently pointed out to me that the stupid post that I was working on was something that she had already smartly posted two weeks earlier. That’s not her only or even best quality, this attention to detail, but it’s certainly commendable and worth mentioning. Over the past two-plus years, Kelly has taken on more and more responsibility at the site, for which I have been more and more grateful, and she has done so with unflagging energy and good humor. But far more importantly, it has simply been a pleasure to be able to read her work on a daily basis. I think she’s going to do a great job ushering Videogum into whatever the future holds for Videogum, and I look forward to continuing to read her posts. And, in 10 years from now, on her 21st birthday, when she leaves the site to write something different, I’ll read that too. Unless it’s just a blog about how everything she knows she learned from old episodes of Gilmore Girls, which totally would be her blog. Just kidding, I would read that. I’m a huge fan! (I still disagree with her about You Can Count On Me, though. It’s a good movie, Kelly!)

Thank you to Mike Porath, and everyone at SpinMedia: I remember when we first started displaying the corporate boilerplate at the bottom of the site a few years ago as part of a company-wide initiative to build SpinMedia’s (then Buzzmedia’s) many disparate web properties into something resembling an actual network some of the readers kicked up a fuss, as readers are wont to do, decrying corporate overreach or some such. That is obviously ridiculous considering that we already live in a capitalist society of ever more complicated inter-dependent-relationships, and there are far worse things going on within this system than a bit of legalese at the bottom of a pop culture site. But more importantly, the push-back was misguided, because SpinMedia has always been impossibly supportive of a website that has never had the reach or the earning power of many of its larger properties. They have consistently left us almost entirely alone to do what we do best with virtually no interference, even when a mild increase of interference may have improved the site’s actual profitability, which, considering that they are a BUSINESS, would have made a lot of sense for them to do. Much of the thanks for this belongs to Mike Porath, although I’m sure there are countless others who deserve recognition. Thank you from me and my landord to all of them.

Thank you to everyone who has ever contributed to the website in any way during my tenure, a list that includes but is not limited to Fred Armisen, Todd Barry, Alex Blagg, Kurt Braunohler, Wyatt Cenak, Mary HK Choi, Caroline Craighead, Jake Fogelnest, Jon Glaser, Emily Gordon, Sasha Grey, Tim Heidecker, Dave Hill, Dave Holmes, Rob Huebel, Starlee Kine, Julie Klausner, Maris Kreizman, Nick Kroll, Heather Lawless, Ted Leo, Gabe Liedman, Joe Mande, Merrill Markoe, Mary Miller, John Mulaney, Larry Murphy, Jesse Popp, Bob Powers, Jason Reich, John Roberts, Andy Samberg, Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer, Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, Rich Sommer, Andrew Ti, Eric Wareheim, and many others.

Thank you to Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Jackman, Topher Grace, and all of the Mr. Cool Disguises and boyfriends. I could not have done it without you.

And thank you last but not least, the very opposite of least (which is most) to everyone who has ever commented, sent in a tip, sent in a nice email, started an argument, ended an argument, gotten a Videogum tattoo, attended or organized a meet-up, guest-blogged that one time two years ago when I took that one vacation, or in any other way has helped to build and foster the Videogum community. The tiny corner of brightness, kindness, hilariousness, engaged discussion, thoughtful commentary, and overall spirit of FUN and DECENCY that we have together carved out of the Swamp of Sadness that is the Internet has easily been the most rewarding thing about working here and it is, far more than anything I have ever written, accomplished, endured, or survived, the thing in which I take the most pride. All of those people over the years who told me that I was Videogum were wrong. WE are Videogum.

So. Uh.

As of this writing, there are more than 16,000 posts published on this website. 16,000. I didn’t write all of them by any means, but I wrote a very healthy number of them. And as of this writing, there are more than half a million comments on those posts. That’ll do, blog. That’ll do.

There’s this Louis CK bit I saw one time (that ultimately made it into the pilot for his show) about how bringing home a puppy is basically just promising your family that you’re all going to cry in a few years (because death). I’m not trying to do that thing that I have a tendency to do where I reduce the most trivial of YouTube moments into a profoundly overwrought forced metaphor for the futility of our time on this planet. I’m simply pointing out that MUCH LIKE Louis C.K.’s puppy, the one thing that was certain when I started working here was that one day I would not be working here. And now that that day is actually here, I don’t know, it’s weird.

“It’s weird.”
-Gabe Delahaye (1956-2012)

Heaven just got a little more me, etc, etc.

I don’t have the literary acuity to express how I feel right now (I am at a Lost for words) but this comes close. A complicated non-verbal mixture of happiness and excitement and confusion and panic and just all of it, everything there could be. As for what’s next: all I can say is stay tuned for my next move. I’m working on it. I hope you will like it. Nnnnnn…it’s exciting! In the interim, I’m launching a podcast in August (as a comedian without a podcast, I’ve actually been living in LA illegally for the past few months, so it’s nice to have everything back above board). And there’s always social media for updates.

This whole business feels a bit funerary, which is perhaps inevitable. There is a little bit of death in every goodbye. (Oh good lord! Here he goes!) But at least I died doing what I loved: going on and on and on. And if I am e-dead now and this is my iWake, let’s make it a fun one. Let’s get some jugglers and stilt walkers up in this bitch. Let’s get Susan Sarandon up here to crush with her tight five on neighbor’s boners and then close with her newfound tap dancing skills. Let’s make it a Video Pizza Party! If I am e-dead now and this is my iWake, I would like to invite some prominent members of Atlanta’s hardcore scene, namely Trapped Under Ice, Cruel Hand, Naysayer, and Foundation, along with their fans, on to the stage to kick off the after-party:

In spite of everything that’s happened in the past few years, or perhaps because of it, the fact remains that all we ever wanted was to be at a Miley Cyrus dance party. Thank you for letting me be at yours for the past five and a half years. Now, if you will excuse me, life is for the living.

P.S. I rest my case.

Comments (241)
  1. Have fun at dinner, Gabe.

  2. THIS IS long and I’LL read it in a minute, BUT I JUST wanted to let you know I made you SOMETHING:

    I’LL miss you, GABE, AND I HOPE you fucking own fuckers WITH THE LOL’S and INTROSPECTION from here ON OUT.

    HAVE a very SINCERE and fun AND BEAUTIFUL dinner everybody.

  3. I don’t know why it feels stupid to say this, but this dumb website has meant a lot to me (I know the site is not going away). I have met many people that I now consider my IRL friends through Videogum and its unofficial offshoots.
    There have been times when the comment section for a post feels like a particuarly good writer’s room and those times are literally joyous to me; but “A writer’s room is only as good as its show runner” (Sophocles) and Gabe has been an outstanding one; I wish you all the luck in whatever it is you’re doing next: Have fun at dinner.

  4. I made you a collage so you can think of some of the good times you had here and put it on the locker at your new school

  5. I suspect Gabe does not really want super emotional sincerity, so I will leave you with this, Gabe Buddy.

    Good luck, so long, and thanks for all the fishlaughs

  6. This place is already filling up with Donna Darkos of love and support, but I have to throw mine on the pile.

    Videogum seems like a pretty insignificant place on the surface, but Gabe, your insight and wit helped to provide a community that gave me hope for the internet, and for people in general. So thanks. And good luck.

  7. Unfortunately I was never able to go to any of the Los Angeles Monster meet ups but I have felt an odd sense of community here because of the hilarious, thoughtful, intelligent and sometimes beautiful words you’ve expressed here at Videogum. I’ve tried to replicate those feelings at A.V Club but it just does not compare (they’re weird over there!)I can’t count how many times I’ve laughed at your old man rants, and overall outlook on things. Although it does feel like Internet Papa Gabe is leaving forever I absolutely cannot wait to see, read, and laugh at everything you have up your isleeve. To say you’ll be missed is an understatement. I hate when people threaten to abandon something just because there is an abrupt change but I honestly don’t know if I’ll stick around because your writing has been what has kept me around (post Lindsay and all). I do know that I have a lot of TWMOAT to revisit!

    I once applied for a Videogum internship that alas, I didn’t get but you wrote such a short to the point and sweet let down letter that, when I think about it, pretty much sums up how many of us feel about you. In it you wrote,

    “Hi, I’m really sorry that it too me so long to get in touch about the Videogum Internship. We were overwhelmed by the response, and it was also the holidays, and we are lazy, and also stupid. Thank you very much for your interest! Unfortunately, we can only hire so many interns, and by so many interns, I mean one intern, and by hire I mean award college credit for menial labor. In any case, the decision has been difficult, but we have gone with a different candidate.

    I’m also really sorry that this is a form letter. Oh well. You know that in my heart I love YOU the best.

    Thanks again.
    I hope you keep reading Videogum.

    We do love you the best Gabe and we await your firsthand accounts of the best of the best trampoline accidents and beyond. 

  8. Thanks Gabe. Really. I don’t have anything particularly poignant to say, but you made me laugh a lot.

  9. Thanks for everything and good luck.

  10. Samuel J. Valdes Lopez  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2013 +23

    Thanks, Gabe, for all the witty remarks, the amazing work on The Hunt for the Worst Movie of all time (even if I loved some of those, the brutal eviscerations were top!)

  11. Let’s send this dude out, dance party style:

  12. And, of course, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication.

  13. I forgot to mention how much I loved you on Andrew Ti’s YITR? podcast, and so I’m naturally jazzed about this news. Don’t know what else to say, really, except how much I’ve admired and appreciated your writing.
    You’re a good man, Charlie Brown.

  14. Gabe, who do you think you are? I AM!

    Good luck, and thanks.

  15. You are just the best Gabe. Thanks for everything and literally changing my life in a convoluted, third hand but awesome way. Never stop being the best.

  16. This is lovely and I just wrote a long thank you on the trampoline post, so it seems weird to write the same thing again, but it’s the last day of school so why not? Thank you again for making working from home a lot more fun than it should be.

  17. thanks for everything, Gabe! I don’t have a joke or gif, just lots of appreciation and the best of wishes for your future!!!
    Try not to fall off any trampolines, please.

  18. I have never ever commented on anything ever but I am breaking my rule now to say bye and good luck, Gabe. You’ve been my go-to for candy coated cynicism and also short sentences mixed in with long sentences for a few years now. I shall follow you around because you make me laugh and seem like a generally sound guy. Good luck.

  19. I don’t want to say how much I like this stupid website because everyone who iKnows me already knows that, so I’ll just say thanks, Gabe. Thank you monsters & see you next week, Kelly.

    And in the words of an 80 year old Mexican man who’s dressed like a kid for the past 60 years:

  20. In the immortal words of Lizzie McGuire’s Gordo, “You rock. Don’t ever change.”

  21. Gabe, there is nothing to say that hasn’t already been said better and wittier by another grieving monster, so I’ll just say: Kelly keep your head up and I’ll see you on Monday!!

  22. Remember Lost? I do! It was a big deal!

    While Lost was happening, I was obsessed with reading everyone’s breakdowns, recaps, theories, etc. One day, a friend of mine said “you should read THIS review.” It was your review! It was hilarious! I haven’t stopped reading since.

    Thanks for everything, Gabe. Good luck!

    • The LOST recaps are what brought me in, too. Pretty sure I read comments for a good 6 months before I had the balls to actually comment myself.

      So so glad that I did.

      • This was actually the inspiration for my avatar. (Beyond my 5-year-old self being a snarky asshole and wearing a giant bow.)


        • The lost recaps were the sweet nectar that brought me in as well. They helped me make sense of this frustrating and beguiling time in my pop culture emotional life. A tough TV time for us all, and Gabe guided the ship through those tumultuous waters. I was pretty much a bleeding anti-leader commie coming out of college, and have slowly over time met people who have such a way with bringing/keeping/nurturing smart people together to GET POSITIVE THINGS DONE (blog comment conversations) that it has restored my faith in the existence of a quality called leadership. Thanks Gabe, for the LOLs and conversation. I hope your blog about coaching the Philadelphia Pioneers is a great success!

  23. I am a huge smartass and generally don’t have enough sincerity in me to fill a thimble, but I’m going to pool it all together here. Videogum is my favorite internet place on earth, and I love everybody here. And that’s really saying something, because I hate people! The reason this place is the best is not only that the writing is smart and funny and wacky and cool, but because it attracts so many cool people. Who knew there were this many cool people? But we wouldn’t all be commenting here every day if it weren’t for you, Gabe, because you’ve built a site that is like one of those freaky bug lights for non-losers. I’m sad that you’re going but I’m not that sad because I’m sure whatever you do next is going to be great and I plan on internet-stalking your work in perpetuity.

    In conclusion, I wanted to post a special Blingee that I made, but I emailed it to myself last night and then today my email got hacked and not only sent a bogus message to everybody I’ve emailed in the past 5 years, but it also deleted the Blingee! So you’ll have to settle for this one that I found, but I think it’ll do:

  24. Goop night and goop luck!

    I hope you’ll stop by to carry us across the sand from time to time.

  25. Thank you, Gabe, for making this special corner of the internet that’s kept me reading for the last 4+ years, and helped me laugh at so many things and people during the many Serious Life Changes that’ve happened over that time. I am sure all the people who have heard me make references to how X is our generation’s Y or how it’s the 90s and they can do whatever they want would also like to thank you, though I can’t be sure since none of them will currently speak to me. Luckily, Videogum’s helped me meet a whole lot of fantastic people who do get my stupid jokes, and I think my life is better for it.
    Also, there was that one time you put a University of Michigan t-shirt on the Smoke Monster, and it was perfect.
    See you in another life, brother.

  26. Gabe, I am going to miss your writing on Videogum. I started reading the site around when I started college, and it has since been a part of my life one way or another. It has really got me through some dark times, and it has provided a community when I have felt like I didn’t have a community to participate in. I will sincerely miss reading your posts and dying laughing and/or feeling weirdly vindicated because of the way you could just NAIL how I felt about different issues/movies/what have you (the Chick fil a post from a year ago is one that comes to mind). I want to post something more poignant, but am also kind of feeling a lot of feelings right now and am not exactly with the words. I am truly sorry to see you leave, but hope you are on to bigger and better things. And I have never listened to a single podcast, but I guess that will change soon.

  27. thanks for the laughs. this site makes my dull life somewhat more enjoyable. you are an amazing writer and i hope that your future projects are something that will be made available for my consumption (as i am also a narcissist). you are the best gabe. i really like this thing you created and i hope the future only does good by you.

  28. goodbye, gabe, and thank you for everything. say hi to my dog and my grandparents in heaven. (they’re in the same heaven, i’m assuming.)

  29. Gabe! I just found out today. I am going to miss you! I started reading this site in 2008 and it is still one of my favorites. I don’t post much, but this is the nicest online community I’ve ever been part of and I think a lot of that is owed to you. Best of luck!!!

  30. I stopped into Starbucks on my 6-hour drive home just to check out this post (and get an iced tea, okay) and I wanted to say thanks for all of your curmudgeonly and non-curmudgeonly writing. Some of my favorite posts were the ones where you were super sincere or wrote about important political issues.

    I moved to a country far far away 3 summers ago, and it was a really lonely time where I couldn’t speak the language and knew just about no one when I found this blog. Even though I rarely commented, it felt kind of like I’d found some friends here and had my favorite pop culture conversations, so I really appreciated your voice then. This week, I emailed you a question that was pretty dumb but important to me and you sent me the nicest reply, so thank you Gabe! Good luck and keep in touch with us here! Also, here’s a card?

  31. Gabe gets in his Miata, whistling ‘BRODYQUEST” ready to hit the open. He turns the ignition and the car EXPLODES!

    “How’s that for a cliffhanger?” a visibly aged and crazed Intern Lauren says to herself, allowing a self satisfied chuckle.

  32. Goodnight you Princes of Topher, Kings of Grace.

  33. As someone who’s only been visiting this site for barely a year, I’m not going to BS you with tearful goodbyes or sob stories. I will say that I am incredibly appreciative of everything you’ve done to make this site what it is, and wish you the very best of luck on whatever your next endeavor will be. Godspeed, Gabe.

  34. So Gabe was Winwood, right? Am I picking up that subtext properly?

  35. BYE GABE!!!!!!!!!

  36. Well, that was fun, now back to work. Wait–what year is this?! Bush is no longer president? Oh man, you check the Internet “for 5 minutes” and suddenly 5 years are gone. Well, anyways, Thanks, Gabe. Good Luck!

  37. Gabe, I’m looking forward to bragging about “knowing” you once you achieve your forthcoming HUGE COMEDY SUCCESS. Good luck in the future old pal.

  38. Congratulations Gabe! More than anyone, you’ve earned it.

    Clear eyes, full blogs, LOL

  39. One time somehow I got into a twitter “conversation” with Gabe about how I was using my oven to toast bread, and he shamed me by saying I should get a toaster oven. Then I got a (used) toaster oven and I use it for everything. So Gabe basically saved me money on my electrical bill, and also the environment. #thanksgabe

  40. Stay gold, Pony-Gabe. Stay gold.

  41. Big ups, Gabe! Infrequent commenter, but longtime reader of your words which I will miss.

  42. Thanks for everything, Gabe. Once I said “Great job!” after a Videogum anniversary thing and maybe a Mr. Coconuts but thanks for Videogum specifically. I think I posted actively after college when I was unemployed and now I am more employed which cuts down on comments but THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME. Videogum has been super fun (and will continue to be! “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Harvey Danger) but it is a thing I’ve valued probably more than I’d like to admit. Once, someone I knew in LIFE deduced who I was on Videogum and that filled me with a weird pride (as have my Monster’s Ball appearance and the monsters I friended on Facebook after a chat but again I DIGRESS) and that good feeling wouldn’t have been possible without Gabe. I could go on but I will cut this all short and say THANKS GABE and LONG LIVE VIDEOGUM. KEEP IN TOUCH.

  43. I am simultaneously so selfishly bummed by this and excited for you to go do your great things. You’ll be terribly missed and creepily followed around your whole career by us, I’m sure.

  44. Thank you Gabe. Like most of us, I joined Videogum because of you, and you are and will remain one of my favorite living writers. I hope and expect to see big things from you in the coming years – as old as you are now, you have decades left to get older. In the rest of your career, you’ll gather a lot more fans, and we’ll all tell our children that we knew you, in our way, before you outgrew the blogosphere. Good luck.

    I’ll also add that while I joined for Gabe, I will stay for the monsters. You guys are the best, and at this point pretty integral to my life. Go get drunk and dance the sad away, and I’ll see you all back here first thing Monday morning.

  45. There’s nothing on the internet quite like Videogum and its commenting culture.

    It’s the best.

    Thanks for everything, and introducing us to so many great writers, performers, monsters and nightmares!

    Have a great summer!

  46. Gabe, I never commented that much, but I have been reading the blog almost every day for the last four years (!!!). Thanks for the lols, and good luck!

  47. I’ve never been that funny. Well, at least, I thought I was funny until I started commenting here. I am merely a Peter Dinklage to you Manute Bol’s of comedy. But much like Peter, I’ve got a huge heart and, it has only grown in knowing all of you here. Gabe, you’ve been so accepting, more so then anyone need be, in the weird cast of characters here. I know, I’ve personally aired on the side of pestering to promote some meeting I was working on with Chris or why an image wasn’t showing up, but you were patient and you understood how much this small site meant in the lives of us commenters.

    I’m proud to have met all of the truly wonderful people I have here. I’m proud to say I’ve been to a wedding of a person I met on this site and welcomed like family. We joke about moms and dads, but the camaraderie, the friendship, the love — that’s what a family is. Vin Diesel would be so proud of us.

    To sum up, I’m so genuinely thankful for what you’ve built here, I’m proud to stick around here with all the wonderful people I’ve met and read, and my life has changed forever in the positive having known your work.

    JD, aka myfakeironlung, aka too many nicknames which aren’t my real name.

  48. Thank you for blog.

  49. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Gabe.

  50. Interesting … Gabe leaves and suddenly Steve Winwood disappears?

  51. As the CEO of my company said to me at the Christmas Party, “Thanks for all your hard work.”


  52. I haven’t been around much because this week has been crazy busy and I practically missed this news.

    Gabe! You rock. This website is the last bastion of civil discourse and funny gifs that there is. Thanks for making that possible.

  53. Thanks for your writings, Gabe. Good luck with everything you do in the future!

    “Nothing lasts forever, even cold November Rain.” – Feist.

  54. You left it all on the field, Gabe.

  55. It’s kind of amazing how much one little website can mean to so many people. Thanks for the laughs and bringing us all together, Gabe. I’ve been lucky to make some really great friends from this site. Good luck to you in your future endeavors and feel free to ask me if your shoes match your suit before your next TV appearance. :)

  56. I will say this, though. When I was sick and spend many weeks doing nothing, VG was there for me. It kept me sane and there’s really not much that I can say to properly thank you for that. Here’s to people being not dicks!

  57. gabe was the smoke monster?

  58. what sucks is this: ten years or so of commentating diligently and with sincerity and not once do I secure an apology for the obvious hypocrisy, vis a vis the enthusiasm for that vapid LOST show and the vehement criticism of the equally vacuous Benjamin Button movie.

    this is not unlike charlie brown failing to ever kick that football.

    its exactly like that.


  59. I stopped commenting a long time ago, but I wanted to stop in and say: I’ll miss you, Gabe! Can’t wait for the podcast.

  60. Remember that time you met Omar?

    Mission Accomplished.

    We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open (ears get earwax closed sometimes!) for what you have planned next. Nothing but positive thoughts from this corner of the world.

    Godspeed Gabe!

  61. I’ll just leave this here.

  62. I commented here once then got embarrassed and never posted again, so this may be the least meaningful thing ever said. But thanks anyway for helping provide a least a little oasis in the swirling, black maw of the internet, one that realised how ridiculous this entire fucking thing is. The snark and your various other thoughts were appreciated. Hashtag good luck and bye.

  63. I read this site for a few years before I finally had the guts to start commenting, then I had to leave my time-wasting days behind all too soon. The highlight of my internet career so far was when Gabe replied to one of my comments telling me how to not suck at poaching eggs. Really important stuff here, guys.

    I’m so excited to see where Gabe goes from here, and to continue loving this blog and all the Monsters. Hooray Gabe! Hooray Kelly! Hooray Monsters! What am I talking about?!

    Anyhoo, happy Friday, y’all.

  64. I have been checking this site multiple times a day since the day it launched. Gabe is by far my favorite comedy writer anywhere around and I will miss having his work so readily available. Looking forward to the podcast and thanks for the laughs.

  65. Oh my goodness, I don’t even know what to say. I guess I’ll just make it short and sweet: Thanks, Gabe.

    This website made my days bearable when I was working a miserable desk job I hated, and I’m just pleased as punch that I discovered this amazing, supportive, hilarious community of monsters to waste time with.

    Good luck, Gabe, thanks for everything.

    See you all on the flip side (Monday. Monday is the flip side.)

  66. Good luck, Gabe!

    So… what do we do now?

  67. “Why are you in Gabe’s office, Kelly?”
    “This is where the work is.”

  68. Congrats on all your success.

  69. spo  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2013 +27

    I’ve read this site for the past five years almost daily and this is my first comment!

    I just wanted to thank you Gabe, for being so awesome and basically shaping my sense of humor the past couple years. I’ve never sent even an email to a friend that wasn’t a blatant Black Keys to your Jack White. Good luck!

  70. I might as well throw my hat in the ring. Otherwise I’ll feel like the douche I really am deep down. Gabe…I’ve loved you since the moment I met you (#factsonly) and truly hope you make us all proud out there in the business someone calls show. Or are you writing a book? WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT???!!!! The suspense is killing me! (Again, #factsonly)

  71. ok so cool whatever.

    i found this site when i was like 20 and burnt out on the av club. the first post i read was gabe slagging off on JUNO and i fell in love instantly. i was here through a lot of the weird dumb crap thats not even worth mentioning here and some truly transcendent stuff that i still laugh about to this day. eventually i drifted out after i became a lot more earnest and the cynicism was getting too much to bear daily. even tho i left thankfully the truly wonderful friendships i made here maintained, and i still consider those ppl very important to me.

    im rambling, but i guess im saying even tho we probably disagree on a lot bc of u and this site i was able to meet some beautiful people and create lasting relationships that for ive been wanting my whole life.

    thanks and have fun at dinner gabe (i mean that with as much love as i can muster)

  72. I haven’t commented in a million years, but I was there before Videogum was like a thing (ugh…I’m a f—-ing hipster). So I’ve been reading your stuff for like YEARS and I want to tell you: You are great, Gabe. And I will follow you where ever you go on the internet. You are funny, but you are also thoughtful and I like what you have to say. And your obsession with Hugh Jackman peeing his pants will never not be funny to me. And you even made me cry that one time you wrote about Bert & Ernie getting a divorce.

    Like others have said, I have made real life friends with the Monsters and they are all awesome people, and you are the common thread that bonds us together! Good luck with whatever you’re doing next. I will be there!

  73. Goodbye, Gabe and best of luck! Thank you for giving me something to laugh at every day for the past 4 years.

  74. “Gabe and Max, Max and Gabe, wouldn’t have it any other way. Gabe and Max, 100 SECONDSS!!”

    Member this guuuyss? :)

  75. Thank you for your mix of human empathy and venom for society. Rarely, RARELY does anyone strike that balance a well as you do. You are a funny, eloquent man and I look forward to seeing what you do next. I want to confess that I stole your famous phrase “because ___” and use it in my every day life. And people think I’m funny for it. So thank you Gabe and let me know where I can send the royalty checks. Godspeed.

  76. Thanks for everything, and good luck, Gabe. You are going to be the best TMZ bus tour driver that’s ever lived – it’s pretty special that you’ve finally landed your dream job.

  77. Gabe, I love your comedy and your social criticism and I’ll miss getting to read your work every day. Very few people over the last couple of years have influenced how I think and speak as much as you have. Thank you for everything.

  78. I have been reading this site and commenting for 4.5 years, and through that time I’ve received my PhD, run for office twice, loved much and lost some, and saw the world change many times over.

    Through it all I have turned to Videogum, and really Gabe’s writing, not just because it was an interesting take on pop culture and the news, but because the editorial tone he struck was reasoned, thoughtful, and at heart humanistic. You knew at center of this website was someone who cared deeply about his polemics and deeper analysis of our society – it wasn’t all Double Rainbows and Keyboard Cats (though we’ve had plenty of those, too).

    So Gabe, your writing got me through bad times and good, but it also made me think – and as someone paid to think about weighty academic matters I liked being able to visit this site on a regular basis and come away from it with a new perspective on the world. If your next endeavor is as good as this – then the sky’s the limit, as they say.

    Break a leg Gabe; I am sad to see you go but happy for you and hope to continue to be entertained and enlightened by your writings in the near future. If I ever get to LA, let me grab you a beer for all the enjoyment I’ve gotten out of this site in the last half decade. And, join us here in the Monsters section from time to time – we’ll be glad you did.


    “So, five-card stud, nothing wild… and the sky’s the limit.”

  79. Uhhh, I have never posted before, but I have been visiting Videogum for years. I’m very emotional and sentimental right now (and all week). I just want to say thank you Gabe and good luck with whatever comes next for you.

  80. I haven’t been commenting around here all that long, but the atmosphere you had a large part in fostering is what pulled me from “casual lurker” to “semi-regular commenter” so quickly. Best of luck to you in the future.

  81. Well, I haven’t been around these parts much lately, but videogum will always hold a special place in my cold, dead heart. The most lasting legacy of this whole thing of course being the friends I’ve made (and never met? that’s stupid) and still commune with daily on this glowing screen.

    It’s been great, it’s been fun and I think we still have lots of interesting places to go. Thanks Gabe and RIP!

  82. Five and a half years AND a movie!

  83. Thanks, Gabe. You were great.

  84. You did a great job with this site, it is one of the few places on the internet that manages to mix some amazing thought provoking and smart pop culture/societal criticism with cat gifs and hilarious film reviews (among many other things) pretty seamlessly.
    Videogum is an amazing little corner on the internet, you and everyone involved should be proud of what you’ve done here.
    RIP Gabe!
    Good luck in heaven/hell (let’s be honest, it could go either way) and whatever else you go on to do up/down there…I don’t know where I’m going with this ‘joke’ so I’m just going to stop now and post a gif.

    All the best Gabe!

  85. That was such a lovely goodbye post, and I may or may not (may) have teared up over all the Monster comments.

    Thanks, Gabe.

  86. Thank you for all the work (blogging, haha. but also it was work) you’ve done over the years (and although the site isn’t closing or anything I feel like saying thanks to you and Kelly for having me on as a intern a few summers ago! I think you paid for my drink when I interviewed so I probably owe you one).

    Best of luck! Although I haven’t been able to read much lately, I always recommend the site to people and I am sure I will recommend what you do next too!

  87. I have been reading Videogum for longer than I can remember (I may have been in high school? But I wasn’t in high school in 2008 so nothing is adding up!), but I’ve never ever commented, nor am I friends with these nice but odd-seeming “monster” people, and so here I am to just say a simple thank you for everything, Gabe. You made Videogum better—funnier, kinder, thoughtful-er—than it had any right to be, and for that I am very grateful. I will listen to your podcast and follow whatever you do next and hopefully that will be enough to fill the new void in my heart.

  88. I’ve been reading the ‘gum since 2008 and if you look at any of my comments from back in the day you’ll find that I was a bitter, mean, and often clueless person. Luckily somewhere along the way I (mostly) shaped up and a lot of it was due to this site.Videogum actually changed my worldview. The combination of the insightful but always funny writing and the kind but hilarious commentators is really a rare occurrence here in cyberspace. In all my travels on Internet I’ve yet to find a better site.

    So thanks Gabe, I guess. You were the level-headed magnet that brought all these cool cats together. I wish you nothing but the best. May Faygo rain upon you from the heavens.

  89. Thanks Gabe and good luck with all your future endeavours! Please let us know what you’re up to so we can all cheer you on.

    I love Kelly’s writing, and all you Monsters, so I’m sure this site will continue to be my happy distraction.

  90. The year before Videogum started I had a humor column in the campus newspaper that was mean and angry, not very funny to be honest, and it made people angry but didn’t exactly win me friends. Gabe’s writings at this site (along with Lindsay & Kelly et al.) taught me how to be funny without being mean. I’m awestruck in how any of the Videogum writers manage to push out so much quality, funny, and insightful content on a daily basis without completely short-circuiting.

    So while I didn’t continue writing that column, reading Videogum made me a more witty, thoughtful, and interesting person.

    Enjoy retirement, Gabe. If Videogum is any example, I look forward to my new favorite podcast and your “next move” (line of designer socks?). Have a great summer! Can’t wait for Spanish II next year!

  91. And so it goes; all things must pass.

  92. Thanks for the MEMEories, Gabe!

  93. Techno Jeremy — you are finally free to relax.

    Relax, sweet Techno Jeremy


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