Martin Sargent was an early historian of all things online ephemera. From ZDTV‘s Screen Savers and Unscrewed to Revision3’s Infected, Web Drifter, and finally Internet Superstar, Sargent’s menage of comedy, talk, and variety programming explored the intersection of the internet, technology, and pop culture’s underbelly. He searched deep inside the crawlspace of the memetic web to find and deliver web gems (like the real-life Peter Pan and that elementary schooler saying hey to his future GF) to the unsuspecting masses who weren’t even aware phenomenon like this existed.
But since Sargent left the biz, there’s been one individual who has carried the torch of weird into the the dark corners of the internet and emerged with entertaining and enlightening results. That individual is the star of Tosh.0.
Comedian Daniel Tosh has played the role of host on his near-eponymous Comedy Central series since June 2009. The program does what Sargent always did except with better graphics and a bigger budget. That includes visiting an all growns up Nintendo 64 Kid, to saying hey to the Boom Goes the Dynamite Guy, to setting up Tay Zonday with a soulful crew of backup singers to remix the song he sings when he’s not stepping away from the mic to breath, Chocolate Rain.
Tosh got Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Wayna Morris – aka Boyz II Men – to accompany Zonday on the best/only official iteration of the song that made Zonday an online sensation since he filmed that Dr. Pepper commercial.
It’s certainly not any kind of web redemption for not becoming Paris Hilton’s BFF, but the internet gets a new tune, Zonday gets to dress in his Gatsby whies alongside one of the most famous R&B groups of all-time, and Tosh gets a big congratulations form the internet for making it all happen.