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“Ridiculousness” Rules When It Comes to Viral Video

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It may not be the most flattering thing to admit, but we all love to see people hurt themselves doing dangerously stupid things. And these days no one brings you more cringe-worthy pratfalls than Rob Dyrdek on the MTV series “Ridiculousness.”

While video clip shows are nothing new, “Ridiculousness” stands out as the best place to watch someone go ass over ankles – and the pro skater host, his colorful sidekicks and outrageous guests just add to the laugh-out-loud moments.

At the helm of this stupidity showcase is Dyrdek, a skateboarder sponsored by Alien Workshop and DC Shoes (whose bright clothes you will see every single week), who comes across as a mixture of cocky and amazed as he presents viral videos of everyday people doing really ridiculous things. Keeping him company are video master Sterling “Steelo” Brim and resident ditz Chanel West Coast,  along with a parade of wacky guests that include comedians, other extreme sports stars and even the random YouTube sensation.

Each episode the crew takes a look at the types of stupid that you just can’t help but laugh at – and their own often uncontrollable laughter at what they just saw is contagious all the way to your living room sofa. Like other clip shows there is a live, studio audience but there is no payout for the craziest video of the week. Rather, the sheer entertainment value is strong enough that no bribes are needed to keep people tuning in.

Forget the outdated antics of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Compared to “Ridiculousness” that show seems stale, stuffy and about 100 percent too saturated by kittens. Yes, you’ll see the occasional animal on “Ridiculousness” but you’re more likely to witness crazy skateboarding stunts, wickedly painful pranks and straight-up insane shit.

In fact, Dyrdek even beats the pants off “Tosh.0,” letting the comedic value of the material speak for itself rather than trying so hard to be a showcase for the host’s own seemingly unending array of comedy fetishes. The clips and the added commentary from the co-hosts and guests – plus Chanel’s stuttering giggle – make “Ridiculousness” pure, unadulterated, binge-worthy TV that can make you laugh so hard you might almost pee your pants.

If you’re looking for a reason to smile, a way to shake off the workaday world and a chance to laugh at some pretty fearless idiots, “Ridiculousness” is a must-see. In the immortal words of Dyrdek himself, “In life some people trip and some fall but some take that trip and make a beautiful dance out of it.”

What types of video fails make you laugh the most?

Photo: MTV
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Rebecca Edwards is a pop culture junkie who loves watching, reading about and riffing on her TV addiction du jour. She has been a writer for over two decades. Her current TV obsessions include "Shameless," "True Detective" and "American Horror Story."

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