Vacation Jason’s Island Flavors is up online and it is glorious. This is from the stand-up portion but it’s a full variety show, with everything you could want. I’m tempted to make about a thousand gifs but really you should just go watch it and appreciate it that way.
I love this show so much.
I saw this show so many times.
I made some friends go see it for my birthday.
Now you can see it. Here. Whenever you want.
BASED ON THE TRUE STORY
7 DAYS OF VACATION JASON. A COUNTDOWN TO COCONUT BERRY LEMON TREE LIVE AT DEATH BY AUDIO.
Hello. I’m going to write a little bit about Vacation Jason for the next 7 days, leading up to the performance of the Vacation Jason mixtape Coconut Berry Lemon Tree at Death By Audio in Williamsburg. This project is obviously and shamelessly a rip off of Connor Ratliff’s extremely in depth, impressive, and fun retrospective of Elvis Costello’s career, 40 Days of Elvis Costello: A Countdown to Wise Up Ghost. You should check his writing out if you know anything or nothing about Elvis Costello. The amount of work Connor dedicated to it is quite amazing. My countdown will be less in-depth and amazing for several reasons:
- My “career” as Vacation Jason is nowhere near as storied as Elvis Costello’s life work.
- There are only 7 days until my show at Death By Audio
- There are barely 7 days of things worth going into detail about when it comes to Vacation Jason.
- I am chronicling my own thing, which feels and seems way more tacky than Connor passionately writing about his favorite musical artist.
But this might be interesting to somebody! So let’s get started at the beginning.
DAY 1: Vacation Jason is Born.
Summer 2009. Vacation Jason started as a character I would play at Camp Winnarainbow, a circus arts camp run by hippies in Northern California. I was 21 and working as a counselor. I had been a camper since age 13, not skipping one Summer until 2010 when I decided I had to stay devoted to improv classes at UCB and keep my job selling pizza in New York.
But in 2009, Camp was still the most important thing in my life, and with good reason. It’s the place where I really came out of my shell. I could be as goofy and weird as I wanted, and was 100% accepted for it. In earlier years, I had
borrowedstolen a Lazer Tag vest from the camp’s Costume Barn and called myself Robot Riley whenever I wore it around. The rule was, when you saw me wearing the vest and sunglasses, standing upright and showing no emotion, I was Robot Riley, the robot Riley had built in his image to work at the camp while Riley napped. Kids would make a game out of how long I could keep up my robot persona. At the end of that particular Summer (‘07?) I took the vest home. Eventually, when I started making YouTube videos, I called myself RobotRiley, and Robot Riley became one of my characters.
One Summer night in 2009, the camp staff was hanging out in the kitchen area. This particular night was in between camp sessions, meaning there were no kids or activities. So, I snuck into the Costume Barn looking for something silly to put on to make my friends laugh. The first thing that popped out at me was a black button down shirt with different fruits all over it. And then, the sunglasses. I walked back to the kitchen and insisted on being called “Vacation Jason.” I said I was a rapper that liked to rhyme.
"How often do I like to rhyme? All…the…day."
Eventually when camp started back up, kids from years previous who knew me as Robot Riley weren’t very impressed. They liked the Robot more, which is totally fair. They liked trying to trick me into admitting I was a human. They liked hearing me come up with fake technobabble devices that I had in my robot body. Vacation Jason, on the other hand, only bragged about being on Vacation and eating fruit. The character had basically nothing to it, except the volume of my voice and a name that almost rhymed.
And it would stay that way for almost five years.
TOMORROW: VACATION JASON TRAVELS FROM TROPICAL ISLANDS TO…THE INTERNET??
ALOHA INTERNET.It is I, Vacation Jason, the world’s #1 vacation expert. I have walked the beaches. I have splashed the waters. I have eaten the fruits. I once rode over a snake with a bicycle and yes, magically, the snake survived.Most of you know me for my ability to transform Chris Gethard’s internet talk show into a magical luau whenever my bare feet enter the MNN studios. But I’m known around the world for so much more: My comedy shows, my rap albums, and my tropical island fashion styles.I think it’s high time for the TCGS universe’s wardrobe to follow my lead and GET GOOGY. I think it’s time we get to work on a Vacation Jason + TCGS T SHIRT.In the past, I tried drawing up my own designs. Unfortunately every t-shirt concept I sketched is wet and/or in a shark’s stomach somewhere. That’s when I got to thinking: My mind has been blown away SO MANY TIMES by the incredible Vacation Jason fan art the fans of TCGS have made. So I believe the best thing to do would be to put the power in the hands of the fans, and announce the official VACATION JASON TCGS T SHIRT CONTEST.If you have an idea for a Vacation Jason T shirt design, draw it up, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and FIND A HAMMOCK TO NAP IN BECAUSE YOU EARNED YOURSELF A VACATION. Eventually, who knows when, we will decide on the winning design. Maybe we’ll put it up to a vote! Would that be cool? Maybe we will make Chris Gethard wear the winning design on air. Wouldn’t it be funny if he, like, wore one that was a size too small? HAHA.WHAT SHOULD THE SHIRT BE LIKE?Yo, I don’t know. Maybe it would have me surfing a big ass wave, piña colada in one hand, microphone in the other. Or maybe it just says “VACATION JASON” on it, but it’s all spelled out in bones and tiki torches and shit like that. Maybe it’s like, a drawing of Chris Gethard eating the biggest pineapple you’ve ever seen with a voice bubble saying “I guess Vacation Jason was right all along. Oh well.” I DON’T KNOW. THIS IS WHY I LEAVE IT UP TO YOU PEOPLE. I can’t draw very well and all my paper is wet and inside vicious sea creatures.If you need inspiration, you can revisit my earliest TCGS moments here and here. Or you can watch February Beach Party, the TCGS episode where I had amnesia and self identified as the landlubbing party pooper, Jason Reinlib. Or you can download and listen to my island hip hop mixtape, Coconut Berry Lemon Tree. Or you can do your own damn thing. I know I will. I’m on vacation.I still can’t believe Jersey Dave got a shirt before I did.ALOHA INTERNET,Vacation Jason
THE VACATION JASON T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST STARTS NOW.
HUGE THANK YOU to everybody who came out on Labor Day for the first night of Chris Gethard’s Week at the Creek. Chris was generous enough to settle his differences with my googy ways by letting me close out his show with the first ever live performance of Coconut Berry Lemon Tree. It came as a surprise to nobody that the crowd was electrified to an extreme degree hitherto unforseen on the Long Island City stage.
I am performing CBLT live in its entirety ONE MORE TIME, and then (quite possibly) never again, on September 26th at TCGS PRESENTS! You should be there. Make it happen.
I’m performing Coconut Berry Lemon Tree live for the first time ever on Sunday at the Creek and the Cave in Long Island City as part of Chris Gethard’s Week at the Creek.
Sunday, 9/1/2013 at 7:00. It will be googy.
Any interest in sharing the vocal stem of "Fruit"? Remixing it would be like a vacation in and of itself.
ONLY IF YOU USE FRUIT TO MAKE THE BEAT LIKE I DID. THE DRUMS AND BELLS ARE LITERALLY THE SOUNDS OF A COCONUT SHELL BEING BASHED WITH A SHARPIE/METAL BOWL/MY HANDS. THE BEAT IS LITERALLY COCONUTS.
Your mixtape is pretty sweet I'm going on a vacation saturday guess what's blasting out my speakers???
WHEN I MADE THIS VIDEO THREE YEARS AGO, IT WAS A JOKE.
It’s still a joke. BUT NOT AS MUCH OF ONE.
CBLT DROPS TOMORROW.