Our Latest Harebrained Scheme

Our Latest Harebrained Scheme

Well, here we go again. Another something-or-other that sounds like fun and so we’re going to try to do it. A little background: we have very much enjoyed doing our FB Livecasts, but have felt the nagging sense that we have more to offer than tips on How to Badly Bake Cobbler and What Not to Guess When Matthew is Drawing Even If It Looks Just Like Who You Think It Is (Christopher Walken). We wanted it to fall under the following constraints: 1. We wanted it to be video. 2. We didn’t want to have to do any editing. 3. We wanted it to be short enough that it wasn’t a big commitment. 4. We wanted to share some of our vast moonscape of knowledge. 5. We did not want the moonscape to make us seem too boring. So here’s what we came up with: A ten-minute video in which we answer a question from you guys while also attempting some sort of ridiculous feat. Let it be known that at various times in our planning conversation (about an hour of back-and-forth across the studio) it was going to be called Ten Minutes in Heaven with Robbi and Matthew, Ten Minutes in the Closet with Robbi and Matthew, and then just Ten Minutes with Robbi and Matthew. We gave it a tagline, “Collaboration. Creativity. Catastrophe.” and considered it done. Matthew even drew up some logo sketches for me (part of the gimmick is that we’ll have a ten-minute timer so there will be no going overtime, and thus the natural hourglass/stopwatch motif): I was feeling that the whole...
Robbi and Matthew Live – Episode 1 (8.18.16)

Robbi and Matthew Live – Episode 1 (8.18.16)

The plan was to do our first Facebook Live streaming nonsense session at 8:00pm on Thursday, September 18. Only, we had no idea how the technology worked or how it would look or where we should sit and whether or not it would be a total disaster. So at 1:53pm that afternoon, we logged into Facebook and started a live stream. Just to see what it looked like. We planned to stay live for about 12 seconds. But when we went live, people were there. Saying hello, making comments, making tiny hearts fly across our screen. It was enchanting. And irresistible. And so we stayed live for 5 minutes, 22 seconds, enjoying every bit of it. Here’s what happened: And then, at 8:00pm, we logged in again, this time with (somewhat) more of a plan. Again we had great heaps of fun. And so we’ve decided to keep going. Whenever possible, we’ll be streaming live at 8:00pm EST Thursday evenings on from my Facebook page (even if you’re not officially my “friend,” it’s open to the public). For any of you who is more of a You Tube person than a Facebook user, we’ve just started a Robbi and Matthew channel that will host our live and all other R&M videos. You can subscribe and get the weekly videos as they are...