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Interview with Edward Current

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Edward Current is probably the funniest thing I have seen on youtube. I found one of his videos with a random search and then sat and watched all of them in one sitting, and I obviously now check frequently for the latest ones.


With the number of people that have seen his videos now into the millions it appears I am not the only person who is doing this.


The videos parody some of the thinking of the religious right and takes the ideas to their ‘logical’ conclusion.


Not only are they hilarious but the reaction to the videos is almost equally funny as many people seem to be outraged by them because they don’t realise he is joking. Even better, many of those who do realise he is joking are outraged too.


So I decided to email him and see if he would be the first in my series ‘The Unprofessional Interviews’.


Thankfully he said yes and here is what he had to say for himself…


What was the 'genesis' of the character you play in most of your videos?


A few years ago, started a competition called the Contagious Festival, in which readers were invited to make videos and other Web presentations that would hopefully catch on and go viral. There were two cash awards each month -- one for the video with the most viewers, and another selected by Arianna Huffington and a panel of judges. I won twice -- first for a cartoon called "The Democrats Get Balls," in which I depicted Barack Obama being elected the next U.S. President -- that was in March 2006. You can Google it; it's still on the site.


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