“Strap on your Stupid! Donnie’s Back.”
Two months ago, Donnie Hoyle called it quits. The chronic depressive behind MyDamnChannel’s You Suck at Photoshop curled up into a ball of sad, shuffled off his online coil, and disappeared from his virtual friends. His buddy, Sn4tchbuckl3r went looking for him.
In a five-part “seasonette,” we see him looking for answers and progress with little payoff, until, in a self-aggrandizing, altruistic, and existential twist, we find that Donnie’s been behind the whole thing.
He created Peopleburg as a safe-haven – free from scrutiny and insecurity – and to show off his Photoshop skills. But now the code’s been hacked. Some Agent-like entity is out to disseminate spooning across the internet, Donnie’s gotta jet, and Sn4tchbuckl3r is the World Wide Web’s only hope.
All this somehow means that Donnie’s back in his basement, and we have another 10-episode season of You Suck at Photoshop:
This wasn’t supposed to happen, but after the series abruptly ended last season and fans cried murder, the creators – Troy Hitch and Matt Bledsoe of Big Fat Institute – had no choice but to resuscitate the show.
I recently caught up with Troy and Matt to talk about the genesis of You Suck at Photoshop, hear how the show’s produced, learn about their dedication to creating entertainment experiences that are about way more than just funny videos, and find out who the crazies are that actually think Donnie Hoyle is real.