This week will see the debut of my new show, The Bas Rutten Experiment, and I have to say, I’m more than a little excited about it. This blog collaboration between myself and Champions has been great fun, so we figured, why not apply this to a show and give everyone a live-action version.
I’ve put together a list of questions that I figured you guys/gals would want to know the answers to, then answered them to give you all the specifics.
How did the show come about?
It’s simple, Champions asked me if I would be interested in doing some funny sketches on camera, and since I love to do that kind of stuff, I said yes.
What is the premise of the show?
We let Bas do whatever he wants to do. Everybody has ideas, so we put them together, we go over it and what we like, we keep, and what we don’t, we lose. The thing is to let me go out there and do crazy things.
How many episodes will there be?
We shot three episodes so far, and then we will see what the people think of it. If they like it, we keep going. If I start to get death threats, we still keep going, haha, but when they don’t like it…
Where can you watch?
The Bas Rutten Experiment airs tomorrow, March 21, 2017 at 6 A.M. PST / 9 A.M. EST on the Champions YouTube Channel, and we'll be releasing subsequent episodes on March 28 and April 4.
You can also see me on the #MMABuzz tomorrow at 10:30 A.M. PST / 1:30 P.M. EST. That show airs on the Champions Facebook Page, and then you can see The Bas Rutten Experiment on Facebook starting at 2 P.M. PST / 5 P.M. EST.
How does this show differ from previous shows I’ve done?
It’s not focused on MMA, and it’s not me in a bar beating people up. I’m not saying we don’t make an episode like that one day, but I am saying that Bas is doing all different kinds of things: knitting, coming up with product ideas, selling flowers, being a politician, whatever we can come up with, Bas will do.
About my acting and comedy chops
I pick things up from actors all over the place. I like working on movies or TV shows just to see other established actors do their work, and learn from that. Holt McCallany is a buddy of mine, and a great actor. I worked with him for about six months on a TV show in Vancouver. You learn a lot from watching him. Watch him, he’s the lead in the new Netflix series Mindhunter from David Fincher, starting this October.
Kevin James on Here Comes the Boom and now Kevin Can Wait is amazing because comedy is a skill, and he is great at it. It requires timing, and there is always so much more going on than people think. Seeing him and the way he writes and deals with dialogue, switching things on the spot, trying different things while they are shooting, it’s very inspiring.
I dissect movies, and have always done that. My family goes crazy when I am home because I will rewind immediately when I see an actor doing something out of the ordinary. I write those things down, same as I did in fighting, and if I see something I like, I write it down and steal it, same as any other person on the planet does. Of course, you make it your own, you give it a twist.
You think the Gracies came up with all those #BJJ moves (or judo, sambo)? Of course not, they were there already for a long time, but they made it better, they made it their own, and that’s what everybody does; fighters, soccer players, directors, EVERYBODY. When they say they don’t, they are lying or they’re not playing with a full deck.
Of course, the Gracies came up with a whole bunch of techniques and other stuff themselves as well, but you know what I mean by now. Watching the pros do their job is a great learning tool.
There are so many comedians I like to watch. Kevin James, he’s a buddy of mine, but man, he knows how to make an audience laugh, and he does it without using profanity. Trust me, that makes it so much harder. He is always “on” 24/7, and when you hang out with him, you will laugh, guaranteed.
I am always blown away by Dwayne Johnson, who is good in everything he does, and he does a lot. And, he is a great guy on top of it. He’s a role model, for sure.
Do I have a funny story about using MMA moves at Hollywood parties?
I was at a Tapout party one time where I was with #KimboSlice and my buddies, to promote one of his fights. There were some guys there who took care of the “bling.” This one guy heard some of us talk, and of course he picked up that we were talking about fighting. He had no clue who we were (Kimbo was on the other side of the room), so he starts telling me that he didn’t do normal karate but “Street Karate” and that, “My routine has saved my life seven times.”
I almost started laughing, as did all my buddies, but I gave them the “shut up, let’s see what he’s going to say” look.
I asked him, "Your routine? You have to show me this now." So, out of the blue he screams, "YAAAAA," and he elbows me to the solar plexus, but stops like one inch away from me. He keeps the elbow there and makes a back fist in front of my face, again, like an inch away, and he is shaking his fist (like in the movies).
His buddies were in awe, but it was not over yet. He stepped away from me, and with both his hands open he pretend-stabs his fingers to my throat (again, one inch away from my neck).
Then he said, "When I do that, they all grab their throat, and when they do, I grab them in a Thai clinch, knee them in the face twice."
Now, with his eyes locked on mine, he acts like he’s throwing the opponent—that he just kneed two times in the face—behind him and onto the ground. While keeping his eyes locked onto mine, he makes this huge stomp behind him like #BruceLee would do in the movies.
Oh boy, we almost died, but I kept a straight face, looked at his buddies who had their mouths open from the coolest story they ever heard, then I looked back at him and said, "Nah, you never did that, and freaking seven times? Not in a million years! You practiced this a lot in front of a mirror, but that never happened."
He didn’t even defend the story, haha, and as a gift to him, I actually put that scene in the “Disco Street Fighting” scene from the movie Here Comes the Boom. When I say, "Knee to the face, knee to the face, and throw away… STOMP!” That is the scene.
Poor guy, that’s a great reminder for everybody, including me, to make sure you know who you tell your BS stories to, because you might get called out.
Make sure you check out The Bas Rutten Experiment tomorrow, March 21, 2017 YouTube.
Godspeed and party on!
Read More of My Blogs:
- Why You Never Start a Fist Fight with an MMA Champion (on Christmas)
- Benefits of the Open Stance: How to Implement it in Your Standup Game and Why It's Important
- How to Gameplan for an Opponent
Listen to the Rutten & Ranallo Podcast