Terry Crews Finds YouTube Fails Inspiring Enough to Host a TV Show About Them
Everyone knows about the popularity of epic fails on YouTube — Jukin Media’s Fail Army channel is a testament of that. As it turns out, one of the biggest fans of watching videos of other people fail at various aspects of day-to-day life is Terry Crews, the star of Fox’s Golden Globe-winning comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the man will host a new series on Fox based on Jukin Media’s Fail Army channel.
“World’s Funniest Fails” will feature Crews introducing and commenting on a series of fail videos from Jukin Media’s library. In each episode, he will be joined by a panel of comedians, including — notably — YouTuber Mamrie Hart, as well as Erik Griffin, Josh Wolf, Iliza Shlesinger, and other funny people. They’ll all evaluate the videos and choose which one earns the title of “Fail of the Week”…kind of like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” but without the cash prize.
As Crews sees it, failing is what inspires him most. “You got to fail four times at least before you get one success,” he said in an interview. “Everybody who has had any kind of success has failed big time…I have to change the perception of losing.” On YouTube, where Fail Army has over 6 million subscribers, failing can certainly be seen as a success.
Crews also has a history of enjoying YouTube fail videos at home with his family. “My wife and kids, we sit there and watch this stuff all day. You get caught in a rabbit hole,” he said. So when Crews was asked to host “World’s Funniest Fails,” he described his reaction as, “You had me at hello.”
As for what the Fox show will look like, Crews said he’ll be very physically active. “I’ll be over there with the guests jumping…I would dive into the mosh pit, but that would actually injure some people.” Also in the spirit of not injuring people, “World’s Funniest Fails” will not take submission, out of fear that people might put themselves in dangerous situations to get on the show.
Rather, Jukin Media, which specializes in finding, acquiring, and licensing viral video clips, will use the Fox series to showcase the best of the worst of these videos. You can start watching them on Fox when “World’s Funniest Fails” debuts on January 16 at 8pm ET and 9pm PT. First, you can watch the trailer (really a bunch of fail videos with a shot of Crews) below: