‘What Will the Maid Think?’ Delivers Squeaky Clean Laughs

/ Oct 25, 2013


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With a web series called “What Will the Maid Think?” featuring an episode titled “There’s a Croc in the Room,” you better believe I was expecting to see a live crocodile attack a very frightened hotel maid — I also believe they like to be called “room service attendants” now, but I digress.

Unfortunately (fortunately for the maid), the “croc” was created from hotel chairs and towels. Not a real crocodile, but still a good prank. And while watching a hotel maid battling a blood-thirsty croc with a Swiffer would have been incredible — with a capital I — the episode still proves to be pretty dang entertaining.

The setup is simple: Once upon a time, comedian Bert Kreischer would set up elaborate props using only the things found in his hotel room. He would then leave them there and wait for the cleaning staff to come in and allegedly flip the f**k out. However, Kreischer never had a chance to see the staff’s actual reaction because he wasn’t filming his hotel room like some kind of super creep.

Mercifully, video site ULive has given Kreischer a chance to live out his hotel prank fantasies. Now Kreischer goes from city to city setting up these props in the vain hope of horrifying (or delighting) hotel cleaning staff for our — and his — amusement.

If aliens came down to Earth and asked me to show them what perfectly “snackable” web content looked like, I would play the spacemen “What Will the Maid Think?.” The series has all the components of the quintessential web series: It is short, it has pranks, and it requires little or no setup. For these reasons, “What Will the Maid Think?” is perfectly okay. There is literally no guess work needed for this program, which is fine if you’re looking to kill a few minutes between class or taking a breather at work. But, if you’re looking for the kind of web content that is going to change your life or give traditional TV a run for its money, you may want to search elsewhere.

It’s not that “What Will the Maid Think?” is bad by any stretch. The program is actually immensely entertaining in the way that viral YouTube videos or BuzzFeed lists are. It provides a small break from the harsh actualities of daily life. With wars springing up across the globe and the ice caps melting, sometimes you need shows like “What Will the Maid Think?” to ease that anxiety. Sometimes you just want to watch a maid ride a crocodile made of towels.

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