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TourismHey, Joe from "Joe Goes." Recently made videos in Rome, Prague, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and Reykjavík. AMA!

Apr 26th 2017 by BadgeofShame • 45 Questions • 2076 Points

Hi. This is Joe from "Joe Goes." I make man-on-the-street comedy videos at events and in cities in different countries that are not North Korea.

YouTube page: http://www.YouTube.com/JoeGoes

Joe Goes playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEEC5C055DCC425BE

Just finished putting out videos from a trip to Rome, Prague, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and Reykjavík. I traveled alone, hiring local camera operators in each city. Raised about half the money to do it on Indiegogo. I did the fundraiser last May, planned the trip from May through September, shot the videos in September & October, and edited them from October through now. So it's been a year of work. OH GOD I'VE WASTED MY LIFE. Oh well. :D

EDIT - All right, thanks everyone! This was fun. Really appreciate the support, and hope you enjoy the videos. :)

Proof: https://twitter.com/BadgeofShame/status/857342321083404289 https://www.facebook.com/badgeofshame/photos/a.298686350171220.81697.171188979587625/1499921990047644/?type=3&theater

Q:

Hey Joe! I first found you many years ago when I was watching Beauty and the Geek with my mother. Then years later I found out you had this youtube channel that I've been following ever since.

I don't really have a question, I just wanted to say thanks for doing all you do. I think you're a real cool dude.

Edit: /r/IAMA wants a question sooooo. Would "Beauty and the Geek" era Joe be proud of current Joe?

A:

Pssshh, I don't care what that cuck thinks! :D

Thanks for watching! That show was twelve years ago. We're old, so very old. I want a scooter.


Q:

I love your channel! It has actually inspired me to be more confident when meeting strangers, thank you for that!

How often do interviews go horribly wrong and don't end up making it into the final video or the deleted scenes? How often do you botch a freestyle rap? I'd imagine there are a lot of moments even more awkward than what we see in the videos.

Joe Goes to Berlin was my favourite video of your europe trip. Which city in europe was your favourite to visit?

A:

Thanks for watching. I'm confident meeting strangers, as long as I have a microphone and someone running camera. It's important to have both. With just a microphone, I look like a crazy person.

Usually I can get at least one good moment from every interview. Once in a while, we'll get an interview with nothing usable, but it's not because anything went horribly wrong, it's just that person agreed to the interview but didn't really want to do an interview and answered in one word responses and gave me nothing to work with. It's all their fault! Not mine! I'm perfect!

Freestyle raps, they range in quality. I've done it so much it's never a complete fail, these days. I do several, and put the best ones in each video, but not too many, so it doesn't get redundant. The B and C raps go on Patreon, or are used for torture on prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

Berlin was an awesome city, and I would love to go back again, just to hang, and not shoot anything. It's one of my all-time favorite episodes too. My favorite places were Berlin and Iceland.


Q:

Are there any other strange conventions that you have plans on attending? Also do you think you will ever run out of interesting ones?

A:

I'll be at Mud Fest this weekend in Louisiana!


Q:

Hey Joe! Who is your favorite youtuber (apart from yourself), and why?

A:

On YouTube, I watch Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Daily Show, Honest Trailers and H3H3. Oh, and Jenny Nicholson's funny.

Yeah I'm a late night comedy nerd. Always have been. I don't watch a ton of YouTubers b/c I spend so much time making videos, when I have some free time I'd rather watch TV shows. Right now I'm rewatching classic MST3K, and finishing up Blue Planet & Black Mirror.


Q:

Ever check out the Hodge Twins?

Those guys and Sean Evans with First We Feast are the best.

Thanks for helping me get through so many boring days at work, love your videos.

A:

I like First We Feast!


Q:

Hi Joe,

I still have a hooker's (possibly Tanya Tate's) high heels in a box that you set me and an used sock that I think you picked up off a highway underpass. I've been watering it daily to keep whatever live-culture lives inside it alive. And, I've taken out the drawing and placed it over one of the many holes in my walls.

But I was wondering since you're starting to become a multi-dollar youtube revenuer, would you be willing to sign the box for me? It's really starting to get ripe. The sooner you could sign it -- the better.

Thanks, Raven.

A:

Haha, wow! What was this, eight years ago? When I did that "Questions and Stupid Prizes" video? Awesome you're still watching, Raven. That was not Tanya Tate's high heel, but it was mine, and I am a hooker, so you are correct in that respect. The used sock was used for unmentionable things. Let's just say, you might be growing a kid in there. I'm glad the drawing is covering the hole in your wall. I was using it for a roof, and I've been soaking in the rain, for the past eight years. Unfortunately, I am not a multi-dollar youtube revenuer, just a dollar youtube revenuer, but I'm still down to sign your box. Or hey, join the club for my last month of http://www.Patreon.com/JoeGoes - get in on the last Google Hangout. It will be just as disappointing.


Q:

Hey Joe! Love the show.

When are you and Tanya Tate going to do a trip together? Would be hilarious.

A:

That might be a good idea. I really liked making the "Road Trip" episode in Iceland. Maybe that's a new format.


Q:

have you ever given more than interviews to Tanya Tate?

A:

I give her fashion advice all the time, but it turns out, she's not a big fan of clothes.


Q:

Hi Joe! I love your sense of humor and watch me some BadgeOfShame videos. Keep up the videos! Two questions:

(Serious) 1.

What do you do for a job to earn yourself a living?

(Not serious) 2.

Have you considered some more rap battles? I re-watch the Juggalos rap battle like every month, because it is genius in every way. It helps that the guy you won against was also really cringey.

A:
  1. Nanny for Jay Z & Beyoncé's kids.

  2. I've played in a lot of comedy rap battles in LA, they just haven't been recorded. I don't really enjoy serious rap battles. But yeah, Juggalos was fun. If you liked that, you should check out "Joe Goes To Berlin" - I freestyle rap over "Baby Got Back" to a huge crowd, the biggest ever I've rapped in front of!


Q:

Some people have trouble seeing themselves on video or hearing their own voice. Do you ever cringe at/regret some of the things you film or situations you have put yourself in?

A:

No. Well, I learned I can't work drunk. I made an episode last summer at We Fest, the biggest country music festival in America. We went to one of the party campgrounds, with the college kids, and they gave me all these shots and mystery drinks, and I got black-out drunk and still kept doing interviews and none of the footage after that was usable. I was cringing the most, watching that footage. I was zombie drunk, which is bad for interviews, but I probably would have nailed an audition for a part on The Walking Dead.


Q:

Hey Joe

What was it like meeting Ghostface Killah?

A:

It was great. He said I can be in the Wu-Tang Clan. The other guys aren't too thrilled, but they'll learn to live with it.


Q:

On average how much footage do you usually end up shooting for events (like a comic con)?

Keep up the good work

A:

It varies.

For a typical episode, like shooting for one day at a an event, we get about two hours of footage.

For the travel episodes in other countries, we had 6-9 hours of footage per city. Shooting for 3-4 days in each place.

Last year at Comic-Con, we shot for three days. I think, total, we had six hours of footage.

I just logged the footage for Mardi Gras today. I didn't think we had that much. We shot for a day, and then a couple half-days. But it turns out I have 5 1/2 hours of footage. Anyone want to edit for free? :)


Q:

Recent fan here. Besides the Wu-Tang Clan bringin' the mothafuckin' ruckus, what have you been listening to lately? Any suggestions for us with whale-sized mothers?

A:

I've been listening to: Kendrick Lamar "Damn" Run The Jewels 3 Drake "More Love" Joey Badass - "All Amerikkkan Badass" Freddie Gibbs - "You Only Live 2wice" Migos - "Culture"

Looking forward to the new Big Boi. The new Raekwon album was cool, but I wanted more Wu features.


Q:

Hey Joe, big fan of your videos, you have truly inspired me to go travelling and see more of the world! although mostly I know I have to visit the penis museum..

In your videos you always excel at putting yourself and those you are interviewing in uncomfortable/awkward situations - has this ever ended badly for you? What was the worst response you have received to one of your interviews?

A:

Cool, see as much as you can! Nope - no bad responses.


Q:

Best thing that happened off camera that you wished you could have filmed?

A:

Would have been nice if the camera was recording when I hooked up with Olivia Wilde after the Tron: Legacy press junket.

No, it's a good question, I'm trying to think of something. There have been a few times where we've had technical problems and lost interviews. Like, at the Cannabis Cup, I interviewed a Bernie Sanders supporter, who was doing outreach, at the Cannabis Cup, and that would have been something funny to include. We lost a night of interviews at Eelpout Festival, that had some good moments. But those were still technically on-camera. Off-camera...I'd have to say, in the Philippines, when we went to the Banaue Rice Terraces we did these crazy hikes, in the mud, balancing on these rice paddies, and I wish we could have recorded it. It wasn't hilarious or anything, but it was a cool part of the experience and we weren't running camera because we were so concerned about not falling off the edge of the paddy or dropping the equipment. But I wish we would have recorded it. Have been trying to run the camera since then, to get more 'natural' stuff, when it happens.


Q:

Everybody asks what's your favourite episode of joe goes or gets you did, but what's your least favourite episode you've done and why?

I love the show and have been watching since your hawaii trip.

A:

My least favorite episodes are Bronies and Gaming (MLG), b/c they were ones I didn't want to do. I did them because people were requesting them in the comments, and that, alone, isn't a good reason to make a video. I think if you don't want to make it, it shows.

Hawaii was fun though! My least favorite part of that, was I couldn't go to snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. They closed it, because of the jellyfish. Fuck you, jellyfish!


Q:

When will you come to Brazil? Please, come to Brazil!

A:

Can I sleep in your bed? With you? (If not, it's a dealbreaker)


Q:

Hey Joe

Are you going to WrestleCon next year?

A:

That's a thing?!

I look forward to taking the Hardcore Belt from Cactus Jack.


Q:

Joe, love your channel! I met my ex-girlfriend on Tinder after ripping off your opening line "congratulations, I've decided to sleep with you." Thanks for that!

My question: how did Joe Gets start and how many episodes were there? Were these ever aired previously on tv or online?

A:

lol wow, I should use my own lines.

There are 50 episodes of Joe Gets. There's a playlist on my YT channel. 49 of them are up. The last one, I'll release in a couple weeks.


Q:

Have you ever been offered a job in TV or the media business? You'd be great for it!

A:

I worked for Current TV for three years - that's where all the classics come from. I also wrote for a bunch of clip shows on TruTV. Also, I wrote every episode of Game of Thrones, The Wire, Breaking Bad and The Simpsons.


Q:

What is your favorite topping on waffles?

A:

Cocaine.


Q:

Do you miss living in Chicago?

A:

I love LA but I do miss some people in Chicago. Specifically, Oprah Winfrey and Kanye West.


Q:

So Joe, what happened to your collabs with Julian Smith? Did he give up on youtube or something?

A:

I still hang with Julian. But he's busy raising a family. What a loser!


Q:

Is there a place you traveled that you wouldn't like to visit again?

A:

No, I oved every city I visited. There are some events I'm done with, though. Like, I will probably never go to BlizzCon again, b/c I have nothing left to say about it.


Q:

Why haven't you done Joe Goes To Mexico yet? Are there plans to do it?

A:

I don't know. Conan already made a pretty great episode there.


Q:

Hey Joe.

What would you say was the best experience you had on the last trip?

A:

Well, every city was awesome in their own way.

Rome - the food, the history, the nightlife Prague - the beer, the architecture, the food Oktoberfest In Munich - the beer, the craziness, the people Brussels - the beer, the food (waffles! fries! chocolate!), the people, the humor (Mannekin Pis) Paris - the nightlife, the food, the craziness of the Techno Parade, the people (I thought they'd be rude but everyone was pretty cool) Copenhagen - the people (we had the same sense of humor), Christiania, the architecture Berlin - the clubbing, the people, the art, the spirit Iceland - the road trip, the ridiculous natural beauty, the people (again, same sense of humor), the food (there was good stuff not just gross stuff!)

I'd most like to revisit Berlin & Iceland.

But the highlight of every city was hanging out with everyone from the fan meetups, after the meetups. And by that I mean, we had orgies. Massive, massive orgies.


Q:

What is your dream job? Patreon for a year this month btw! :)

A:

My dream job would be to make Joe Goes as a TV show but have people helping me make it. Or to write or produce a TV show that I really like and think is good. Thanks for the support on Patreon!


Q:

Visit Estonia dude. Also what has been your favourite interaction with a fan?

A:

Stop making up countries.

My favorite interaction with a fan was when I met Barack Obama. He said, "Joe, you inspired me to do everything. Without you, I'd be nothing. NOTHING!" Then he started crying I just sorta backed away.


Q:

Hey Joe! With all of the demonetizing going on, I feel like Youtube is severely limiting creativity among its creators. Where do you stand on all of this? or are you just staying out of it?

A:

I stand on the street, going broke, but I never really profited that much from it in the first place, it isn't that a big a change. I wish YouTube treated content creators better.


Q:

Joe, what are your favorite TV shows?

A:

Right now, Veep, Black Mirror, Better Call Saul & It's Always Sunny.


Q:

Joe I just brought a drone, and I was wondering, would you ever consider filming a Joe Date entirely in birds eye view? My goal is for you and your date have to be staring directly up at the drone for the entire time.

A:

Haha. Last month we shot an episode at South by Southwest, and we did a meetup in Austin, and someone where brought a drone, so we actually got a "stare shot" from a drone in that episode. So that happened, and that episode's coming up. When I was in Australia (Alice Springs), my camera guy had a drone, and we tried to do it, but the drone was malfunctioning. (This is in the Alice Springs Deleted Scenes)


Q:

Hey, Joe! Public transport is something that's always fascinated me. Which of the cities you visited has the best pubic transit? I visited Prague recently and I thought that was pretty good, but how does it compare?

A:

Public transit everywhere was good. But in Prague, we mostly walked around, it's a pretty walkable city. Same with Reykjavik.


Q:

Hey Joe!! I can't wait for the Mardi Gras episode, I was at the fan meet up! I do have a minor request about my interview, I'll PM that to you.

I think you should come to Albuquerque, NM next year for the Fiery Food Show, where we watch you eat various inferno peppers!!! Some pretty good and painful interviews!!

Anyways, will you be doing another NOLA meet up or general hangout when you come down for MudFest???

A:

Not sure if I'll make it to NM, but yeah, Mardi Gras was fun! I did a pepper-eating contest once - in "Joe Gets Fed," and I ate barely any jalapenos b/c yuck. No plans for a meetup, b/c I'm not sure anyone in that area watches my channel.


Q:

Women only!

Hey joe.

1) 3 favorite bands??

2) are you gonna come to NorCal anytime?

A:

1) Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast

2) Where?


Q:

Bino White! When is the collab with Wu-Tang dropping?

A:

It's already been recorded, but only Martin Shkreli has it.


Q:

I laff badge of shame! You should come and look .. it .. at it

Do you plan to visit other post-Soviet countries apart from Prague?

A:

Just the USA.


Q:

A lot of the times I'll have a channel kind of on my radar for a few years but never watch any videos, and then end up finally 'discovering' them far later than I should've/ This happened with your channel and I really wish I'd have started watching you earlier because this is some of the funniest stuff I've ever seen. I'm a new viewer so forgive me if any of the answers to the questions I ask are comon knowledge.

Do you have any thoughts on the current state of youtube, as far as advertisers and the effects they have on the quality of less financially stable channels.

Where do you see your channel in 10 years time, if youtube's still around?

How did you get into doing the type of videos you do?

If you could go anwhere to film an episode, where would it be and what would you do there?

I'm not sure if its against the rules to ask this many questions but thank for your time if you read this and I wish you the best of luck.

A:

Hey. Better late than never. Yeah, I don't really follow that stuff, so can't speak that much about it. But I will say, most people seem to have the impression that making YouTube videos takes no work, and makes a ton of money, and in my experience, it is the exact opposite.

My channel will exist in 10 years but will be rarely updated. Either I will have moved on to something better, or I will be helping you find the Playstation 6's at Target.

I was inspired to make videos from watching Conan & Letterman's field pieces.

I've crossed a lot of stuff off my bucket list, and been very lucky, to fund four international trips. If I do another one, it'll be for South America (Rio for Carnivale, Peru and __). And if I do one after that, it'll be for GamesCom in Germany, Norway, Spain and _.

Sorry to break it to you, but you broke the rules for asking too many questions and now the only subreddit you can post on is The Donald.


Q:

Hey Joe! Have you ever received hate mail or death threats because one of your shows? BTW Come down to Costa Rica you'll have fun in the jungle full of monkeys I promise :O

A:

Just from Donald Trump.

I can't wait to dress up the monkeys like the cast of Donkey Kong 64.


Q:

@Joe, love watching your videos! They give me a good sense of where I'd like to travel to and which festivals to attend.

Any plans on visiting more US states / festivals? -- WE Fest was awesome!

A:

Yeah, I have two episodes shot, at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Those are going to be great episodes. And then this weekend I'm going back to Louisiana for Mud Fest, which should be pretty crazy.


Q:

I love some of the classic JoeGoes. Any chance you plan on making new "JoeGets" episodes?

A:

Nope, it ran its course. Just one classic left, coming out the week after next probably. But hey, never say never. I might do something similar to that again, but not use the "Joe Gets" name.


Q:

Hey Joe! I've loved your stuff for some time now! When a night hanging out with friends draws to a close, I still show the Juggalos video which leads to us binging some of my other favorite episodes for a good hour or two.

My question is: now that you won't be doing weekly videos, what will you be doing instead? Are you going to try and make it in LA? What's the future like for Joe?

And a bonus question/thought: have you thought of doing updated Joe gets? Like going back to the folks who do magic, drag, dominatrix, etc. Or even trying new Joe gets, where you go and try new things that you've never done?

A:

Thanks for watching. I will be going back to my true passion, fry cook at Arby's. I'm not too interested in doing the same things again, but I'll still make videos in some form.


Q:

You're talking to strangers on the internet? For weird!

I've been watching since the Badge of Shame days... must find question to ask... How was kissing an eel pout?

A:

FER WEIRD!

WHY WOULD YOU ASK A STRANGER QUESTIONS, ON THE INTERNET?

YOU SHOULD BE PAYING YOUR BILLS!


Q:

Hey Joe! Ive been watching for years! Out of your experiance what is the best place youve visited?! And what is the weirdest thing thats happened off camera while visiting for a trip? Also come to Dallas and we will love you long time

A:

Iceland is amazing - the natural beauty, the unique people, the hot Icelandic girls. :D I also really liked Berlin - cool hipster city, with great clubs.

Was in Austin for SXSW! That episode is coming soon. Loved Austin. I was too weird for them, though. Had to tone it down.


Q:

Hey Joe, big fan. Just wondering if any of the conventions you've been to have changed any perceptions you may have had prior to going, in either a good or bad way? Props on that Trump rally video. I seriously thought that guy was gonna smack you. Then you'd have had to destroy him with your superior might.

A:

I think I left the Gathering of the Juggalos with a more positive perception of Juggalos.

And I left the Trump Rally with exactly the same perception of Trump supporters.

WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?! WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?! WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?!


Q:

What was your favorite place from all your Europe trip, this time around?

Very sad I didn't get to meet you when you hit Copenhagen. See you next time!

A:

Iceland or Berlin, maybe? I loved every place though. Would love to go back to Copenhagen. Sorry I missed ya. Smoke some hash in Christiania for me.