Sandestin Florida: There’s a little local talk show that has been streaming live on 30A Television’s Facebook page every Friday night for the last 2 years. You may not have heard of it, but thousands of others from all over the world have, and they watch it every week. As a matter of fact, the show has built quite the impressive following…especially for a low budget local talk show that is primarily about absolutely nothing in particular.
The show, appropriately entitled Nothing Scripted, is exactly that…not scripted. As a matter of fact, if you were to visit the show’s set, which shoots at 30a Television’s studios in the Sandestin Market Shops in Miramar Beach, you would not find a single teleprompter, script, or an army of writer’s engaged in a brainstorming session. Nope. The only thing you might find would be a loose outline with bullet points…which has been prepared a few hours before the show airs each week.
According to 30a Television’s CEO, Paul Vizard, who is also a co-host and co-producer of the show, ” The show is about nothing, everything, and anything all at the same time. If we get down to it, It’s just a few friends sitting around over a drink discussing things we find funny or interesting. We have fans as far as way as England who watch the show regularly, so I guess people enjoy watching us sitting around shooting the breeze. I mean, It seems crazy to me that such a simple concept has garnered so many viewers, but it has and we have fun doing it.”
Because the hosts are subject to a little ADD, Nothing Scripted does have a little bit of a structure found in three reoccurring segments each week. These segments feature funny and unusual news, stupid jokes, and what they call a hydration word. The hydration word (which is basically the same as the drinking word game you played in college or high school), when repeated, prompts the hosts and viewers to take a sip of their beverage of choice.
“It really is kind of silly, immature, and even stupid. We get to act like we’re twelve sometimes, but we sure do have a lot of fun and our viewers seem to enjoy it,” said Wes Herndon, Co-creator, Co-host, and Co-producer.
“One of the things I love the most,” he continued, “is the instant reaction we get from both our studio and Facebook audiences. They’re not just passive participants… they’re essential parts of the show. Some of them even message me throughout the week with funny ideas for upcoming shows….just to clarify, we don’t just steal those ideas, we actually add those contributors to the credits on the show.”
Paul Vizard, Co-producer and Co-Host of Nothing Scripted
“Uncle” Wes Herndon, co-host and co-producer of Nothing Scripted
One such viewer, Mark Hinds, has been watching the show for quite some time. When asked about his take on the show, he says, “take the slapstick humor between Wes and Pablo the interrupter… add in the sweet dainty petal of a velvet-covered hammer that is Paula; the lighter side of the national news, local happenings and some really bad jokes, and you get the mix of a show that may cause better hydration. We love it.”
Matt Jones, who fills cohost’s shoes when one of the others cannot be there, said, “I never know what will come out of that stream…even when I’m on the show!”
Paula Pendelton, Co-host and Content Creator for Nothing Scripted
Since it is a live stream, the hosts attempt to read the viewers’ comments and respond to them in real time during the show. “It can be hard sometimes,” said Paula Pendelton, co-host and content creator, “but we try our best to read each comment. The viewers are quick-witted, and a lot of times, they make us laugh more than we do them.”
Herndon added, “We don’t really look at the viewers as fans…that just seems egotistical to me. We’re not rockstars, JJ from Good times, Justin Bieber, or some panel of superstars like that. We’re just regular folks having fun. Plus, calling them fans really doesn’t describe the relationship at all. It’s more like we’re hosting this little intimate gathering every week, and thousands of our closest friends show up…it just so happens to be televised and live streamed on the web.”
Looking at their numbers, the show has a large group of attendees to their intimate gathering each week. Nothing Scripted’s top show received over a quarter million views just on Facebook alone. Consistently, amongst all platforms in which it airs, the show has over 50,000 fans watch every week, and they continue to grow their following. While that isn’t Seinfeld or Walking Dead style numbers, it’s huge for a little show that uses irreverent humor and broadcasts from a little studio in Sandestin. Who knows? Nothing Scripted could very well become the next huge thing in show business. Guess you’ll have to watch them to find out.
For more information on cast of Nothing Scripted, check out their Facebook Page.
You can see the show live every Friday evening at 6:00 pm CST on 30A Television’s Facebook page. If you cannot watch it live, you can always see the replay anytime on their Facebook page, on Roku, or even the 30a.tv website.
Disclosure Statement: Wes Herndon, co-producer and co-host of Nothing Scripted also owns this publication.