A lot of consumers turn to Yelp to look for places to eat and drink, but let’s face it: Some of the write-ups on the site are just plain ridiculous (or fake, or insane). And given all the stress that comes with running a restaurant in the first place, it’s hard not to feel for the little guy who gets called out for rude service and soggy salad.
Joe Plummer of Gotta Kid to Feed Productions learned this firsthand when his wife was driving down the West Side Highway of Manhattan in search of a dinner spot, and he began reading Yelp reviews to her from his smartphone.
“I am not kidding when I say we had to pull the car over because we were laughing so hard,” Plummer told Fast Company. “Something about an angry lobster set us off. For the rest of the trip I continued to find restaurants and read the reviews out loud. By the time we arrived where we were going the idea was born.”
The YouTube series, “Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews,” has only been running three weeks, and might go viral. The videos pair trained actors like Chris Kipiniak and Therese Plummer with outrageous Yelp reviews—including one about an ill-received compliment on broiled crab cakes—with hilarious results.
The sentiment of “why did you do this to me? I’m your best customer!” really shines through. And who better to convey the agony and ecstasy of long wait times, lousy service, and tasteless food than a trained artiste? rumour has it Christopher Walken may jump on board.
Watch Therese Plummer read this explosive review of Tamarind of London (in Newport Beach, Calif.) below: