There are few things in life as satisfying as watching the old, shitty acting work of people who are now celebrities. Like this commercial for the Super Nintendo, starring the 1991-iest version of Paul Rudd you’ve ever seen. Look how happy he is to be playing the SNES in an abandoned drive-in movie theater! Or maybe he’s just happy that the mob that’s forming just wants to watch him play F-Zero and not beat him to death and take his Super Nintendo.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.