We all remember Rocketboom, the wacky tacky daily news report with online video star Amanda Congdon in the anchor seat, spinning around a lot with hair close behind. After a couple of years, there came a bunch of weirdness with the show’s creator. She split in a hurry, went on a video-blogging road trip and eventually landed on ABC News’ web site, where nothing of note appears to have transpired. That lasted about a year. So was it all just Rocketboom, not Amanda?
Whatever. Our gal is back with Sometimesdaily, an “offbeat interactive variety show exploring life’s themes through the inquisitive eyes of Amanda Congdon.” It’s hosted on the 4-year-old video sharing platform Vimeo, which got into HD late last year.
Amanda’s new introductory piece looks sort of promising. She’s sharing the stage with her brother and some other young irony seekers. The real deal starts up Monday, meaning an update to this post will go right about … here.
Update: Amanda and Co. have posted two short videos. One OK, one borderline awful. (A commentator called the acting “pornified,” which only makes sense if you’ve seen porn stars try to act.)
Both videos start off with a new-agey intro that looks right out of an infomercial shop.
Video 1‘s dream sequence brings Cogdon back to an alternate Rocketboom set, declaring, “I’m going to be talking about a lot of random shit you don’t care about, every day.” She wakes up screaming and proclaims, “How 2004.” Then goes into a minute of political commentary.
Video 2 features her gal-pal co-stars as they try to rouse Cogdon from some serious funk. It’s … pretty awful.
Both videos had some initial streaming stuttering as they tried to get started. Cogdon writes that they are working up a new web site and “are definitely in beta” with video formats.
I’ll be checking back with Sometimesdaily now and then, hoping for better.