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February 4, 2013

Turns Out, Google Is a Dude

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Google has crossed over to theatrical arts. Over the weekend, I caught a one-man show led by Craig Ricci Shaynak in Los Angeles at Theatre Asylum called: “I Am Google.” And this time, Google wasn’t just a search engine; Google was a dude in a bachelor pad.

With a cool mix of improv, performance and audience participation, this show had everything from Google’s nerdy counterpart, Bing, to his ex-girlfriend Twitter and his crush on Siri. Without giving too much away, I’ll let you in on a little of the fun.

Upon entering the theater, you see Google hard at work answering a multitude of calls from telephones reminiscent of the 80s, while frantically looking up answers in the dictionary and sometimes phoning a friend “Wikipedia” when he wasn’t quite sure what the answer was (although Wiki proved to rarely be right). And at the end of the call, he’d always report how long the search took.

Craig Shaynak of "I Am Google." Photo courtesy of Shaynak's Google Plus profile.

Craig Shaynak of “I Am Google.” Photo courtesy of Shaynak’s Google Plus profile.

Google confessed his innermost thoughts to us that night, from the fact that everyone thinks he’s so smart, but he’s really just organizing information that’s already there from sources like books — sources, he infers in so many words, that we could all use if we weren’t so lazy.

He talked about his breakup with Twitter who just didn’t think he was “funny” anymore. And he defended himself by reminding us about the “tilt” search and the directions Maps gives us for getting across the ocean to Japan. Then he complained about all the hashtags Twitter left in the apartment when she moved out.

And every once in a while, he’d dress up in a costume and serve us up an ad from Crate & Barrel or Uggs or something no one in the audience wanted. And mid-sentence, every few minutes, he’d change the sign around his neck to reflect a new Google Doodle.

In the end, he gave us some food for thought. He suggested we don’t need to find the answers to everything that pops into our head the moment we think about it. And that most of the searches we perform are based on useless information anyway.

The Stage at "I Am Google." Photo taken by Jessica Lee.

The stage at “I Am Google.” Photo taken by Jessica Lee.

He challenged us to go “70s style” and make a date with a friend without the use of any technology … just tell them where to meet you and show up at the time you said you were going to. That’s a novel idea, eh?

We had a great time at the show that night, and turns out, Shaynak is refining his act over several more shows before he performs in front of Google.

I talked with him after the show about slipping in some SEO stuff like Panda and Penguin, so we’ll see if those makes the cut.

Shaynak welcomes SEOs, digital marketers and Web developers to come see his show; the technical stuff they throw at him during the act proves to be a hilarious basis for his improv.

So if you’re in the LA area (or inquire for details on what I think they said was a traveling act), check out “I Am Google.” You’ll enjoy it.





One response to “Turns Out, Google Is a Dude”

  1. Paul writes:

    Wow…the dude looks exactly what I thought Google would look like (maybe more hair). I’d give a left n*t to be in L.A. and see “I am Google” but like most of us in cyber space we need to be home and continue our quest on figuring out why Google names each update after animals?

    BTW…do you have his real email address? I have a ton of questions I would like to ask?
    Paul



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