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New From Bravo: “Work of Art”

June 13th, 2010 by Jocelyn Matsuo Asst Video Editor

On Work of Art, the new art competition reality show from Bravo, artists from all over the country compete with each other for $100,000, a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and some other swanky stuff. This show certainly follows the Bravo formula that’s familiar to fans of Project Runway and Top Chef: Each week, the artists have to use a different medium — in the current episode, they’re working with paint and portraiture — and then they’re given very limited time to create works that are shown in public and judged. Bravo takes them out of their areas of technical expertise to tackle the questions: What makes a good artist? And good art?

The real driving reason to watch this show is the strength of the judges. Actress/model (and host) China Chow, New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, gallery owner Bill Powers, curator Jeanne Greenber-Rohatyn and mentor Simon de Pury (the Tim Gunn of this series) make this show accessible while still worth a viewer’s time. The contestants, each specializing in different media with different levels of training, are made up of a number of artists that I had actually heard of, including Trong G. Nguyen, Nao Bustamante and Peregrine Honig, as well as many exciting others, even an architect and a novice that has never been critiqued. Unleash your inner critic and cheer for the work that inspires you and makes you ask: They made this on reality TV?

Jocelyn Matsuo
Hulu’s Content Editor and Art Aficionado

Last comment: Feb 6th 2016 1 Comment

Hu-Listic: Something to Ponder

March 24th, 2010 by Jocelyn Matsuo Asst Video Editor

Jocelyn Matsuo shares her latest finds from the Hulu library.

I’ve been doing a lot of interviews. It’s time to return to my roots. Here’s a goodie: Fora.tv. This lecture series focuses on several different good-for-your-mind categories: culture, science, economy, technology, politics and the environment. Each session is an open-ended talk, which leads into a Q&A with the audience. If you’ve got the time and stamina (some of them run 2 hours long) these lectures are super-pertinent — think of them as mega-sized TED Talks.

On the lighter side, I really dig this short and sweet number from the scientist whose work went into Match.com’s dating service. The idea of taking a personality test sounded way eighth grade to me, but clearly this woman has taken it to the bank.

Jocelyn Matsuo
Hulu’s Video Editor

Interview: Sergio Cilli, infoMania’s White Hot Top Five

March 19th, 2010 by Jocelyn Matsuo Asst Video Editor

I recently sat down for an interview with Sergio Cilli, comedian/producer/music guy of infoMania, or more specifically, Sergio’s White Hot Top 5 (yeah, that Sergio). Fish, fish, got my wish from my previous blog, infoMania-Mania! See kids, don’t give up on your dreams, sometimes they come very close to true. Here’s the most recent Sergio’s White Hot Top 5, followed by the climax of my career as a blogger. — Jocelyn Matsuo, Hulu’s Content Editor

Jocelyn: Tell me about how you started doing your White Hot Top 5:
Current approached me to be a writer/producer for infoMania. I knew they wanted to do something with music, so I pitched this show. I thought it would be funny to do somebody that didn’t like to listen to [pop] music — what would happen if you forced him to listen to it and review it?

Can you describe your process, how you find the lists? And how do you decide the top?
It’s completely sales. A lot of people think that I pick the lists, [but ] I go through iTunes, YouTube, Billboard, Vevo; then I pick what would be the most fun to make fun of, like Black Eyed Peas. I usually am attracted to them, if they have something new that’s on a list, and low-hanging fruit like Ke$ha.

Is that how you say that is Ke$ha [sounding like a British person saying “Fran Drescher”]?
Yeah, I made that mistake the first week. I called her “Keesha” and people wrote in. They’re fact-checkers; I can’t make any mistakes.

What are your top 5 favorite top 5 lists that you’ve done?
The ones that are really memorable to me are the specials we’ve done. [We’ve inserted them in order for easy clicking.]

I really liked that one because I got to do my own Christmas song, making fun of Fred Figglehorn. I don’t know if you know who that is; he’s this 13 year-old kid that is huge on YouTube.

That was just a lot of fun to do.

I did my own version, Adultz Bop, where I did kids’ songs reworked to be adult-themed. It was really tastefully done.

[The next two on Sergio’s list aren’t available on Hulu, so I’ve added my favorites, making it Hulu’s Top 5 Top 5’s.]

My favorite quote from the whole show. “You just got fact in the face.”

What makes you laugh the most?
In general, I think awkward humor, based in reality. Most of the jokes come from taking it as a serious art form. While they’re singing about taking off their clothes and dancing, obviously in reality that doesn’t really play. Guys crying is funny. Awkward breakups can be funny. The funniest things come out of real-life situations.

Did you always want to work in comedy? What did you want to be when you grew up?
My earliest memory was that I wanted to be a roofer (because my dad was in construction.) But as soon as I realized what that was, I changed it immediately to comedy. I always loved making people laugh as a kid. It was my goal. On the way to school, like on the bus, I was like “I’m gonna make one person laugh today on the way to school” and if I did, that I felt like I’d filled my quota for the day (and I usually did that by 8:30) so the rest of the day I could do whatever I wanted.

Check Sergio out every Thursday on InfoMania, from CurrentTV. To see more of Sergio check out his sketch comedy team, Cream on YouTube. And catch the latest episode of infoMania here.

Last comment: Jan 27th 2016 12 Comments

Hu-Listic: Cooking Up a Story

February 17th, 2010 by Jocelyn Matsuo Asst Video Editor

Each week, Hulu’s Video Editor, Jocelyn Matsuo, brings to light hidden gems from the Hulu library.

Don’t let the name fool you: The web series Cooking Up a Story is not just about cooking. It deserves some attention as it takes on our relationship with what we are eating in the most modern way I’ve seen. Recently we’ve posted a series of interviews with Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food.

Update: The interviews continue here and here.

Jocelyn Matsuo
Content Editor

Hu-Listic: School of Hard Knocks

February 12th, 2010 by Jocelyn Matsuo Asst Video Editor

Each week, Hulu’s Video Editor, Jocelyn Matsuo, brings to light hidden gems from the Hulu library.

Hulu recently launched its NFL section. I have allowed myself to be swept up in the hubbub. Now I can impress my uncle with my newfound knowledge of football history, or search for a specific team. Basically, Hulu is the closest thing I have to a Bookie. Most appropriate for a novice viewer like myself is the HBO series Hard Knocks. Good: Follow your favorite teams through their training camp. Better: Listen to the narrators who study these athletes like the vicious carnivores of the Serengeti (as seen on National Geographic Channel’s Wild).

Check out this clip of rookie RB Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys:

Jocelyn Matsuo
Content Editor

Last comment: Feb 4th 2016 1 Comment