MyTake: Why 'Hot Ones' is the Funniest Thing On Youtube
“The show with hot questions, and even hotter wings:” That’s how host Sean Evans starts every episode of Hot Ones, a First We Feast web series.
Each week, the show features Evans interviewing a different celebrity over increasingly spicier chicken wings—and let me tell you, it’s hilarious.
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What does it say about me that I like to unwind by watching people subject themselves to terrible pain? I don’t know and I’m not sure I want to delve into the more disturbed areas of my brain. But I’m clearly not the only one with a twisted sense of humor—new episodes routinely rack up millions of views as soon as they hit YouTube.
Hot Ones’ premise is simple: Evans and his interviewee are presented with identical plates of 10 chicken wings, each spicier than the next.
They tend to start off with a weak sauce, like Sriracha, which has a rating of 2,200 Scoville units. (If you’re unaware, the Scoville scale is used to measure foods’ spiciness.) Toward the end of the show, the sauces’ rankings get as high as 2 million Scoville units. Every time Evans asks a question, he and his guest eat a wing. As the show goes on and the sauces get hotter, the show becomes less about the questions and more about watching the celebrity handle the extreme heat.
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Jeff Goldblum talk about Jurassic Park while struggling to a eat a vegan wing doused in Hell Fire, or Neil Degrasse Tyson discuss the mysteries of the universe while choking down Blair’s Mega Death Sauce.
If you’re not convinced of the show’s intensity, Chrissy Teigen recently had to seek medical attention after her appearance on Hot Ones.
Apparently, Da Bomb is the sauce that did her in. However, she did note that eating too many Ruffles the night before wasn’t the best idea—her tongue was raw from the salty snack before the interview began.
Though it took two weeks of CBD pills to recover from the interview, according to Teigen’s tweet, Hot Ones was the best interview she’s ever had.
If you dare attempt the challenge at home, you can purchase Hot Ones’ own hot sauce at the Heatonist.