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Sh*t Nobody Says at BU

Things you think, but wouldn’t be caught dead saying

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It all started with a Twitter feed. In August 2009, comedy writer Justin Halpern started to post his father’s often salty, always opinionated, observations. The site, “Sh*t My Dad Says,” became an instant sensation and morphed into an eponymous best-selling book and a short-lived CBS sitcom, starring William Shatner.

Like most popular ideas, Halpern’s creation has inspired countless knockoffs. First, there was last year’s YouTube and Twitter phenomenon “Sh*t Girls Say,” a side-splitting series of videos with guys dressed in drag repeating clichés young women frequently say, like “Twinsies!” and “Get these chips away from me!” Since its initial posting, “Sh*t Girls Say” has racked up nearly 12.5 million views. Dozens of other parodies followed, including “Sh*t Hipsters Say” and “Sh*t Cats Say.”

Perhaps it was inevitable that the phenomenon would lead to “Sh*t People Don’t Say,” sly asides of people saying things they would never be caught dead saying in real life. Capitalizing on the popularity of these videos, three BU students have produced “Sh*t Nobody Says at BU.” Created by Christine Riccio (COM’12), Allison Lynch (SHA’12), and Katie McCormick (CAS’12), the video has been viewed more than 19,000 times since they posted it to YouTube on January 29.

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"Sh*t Nobody Says at BU" creators Katie McCormick (CAS’12) (from left), Christine Riccio (COM’12), and Allison Lynch (SHA’12). Photo courtesy of Christine Riccio

Lines in the video range from “Do you need print pages? Because I have a ton in my print quota!” to “Who’s Dean Elmore?” and “Nice Crocs!” Riccio says the trio spent a Sunday brainstorming, shooting, and editing, and posted the video later that evening.

“People like the ‘Sh*t People Say’ videos because there’s a truth behind each of the lines,” Riccio says. “But at the same time, we had to strike a delicate balance between not being too mean, and not saying anything offensive, including anything that could be construed as racist. We think the ‘Sh*t Nobody Says at BU’ is funnier because it’s the opposite of what you’re expecting, and we tried to think of things that only the BU campus would understand.”

The video wasn’t Riccio’s first time posting to YouTube. She began CMR Productions with her sister (a high school senior in New Jersey), and the two regularly post humorous videos they make with friends.

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Amy Laskowski

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

13 Comments on Sh*t Nobody Says at BU

  • Shawn on 02.07.2012 at 9:36 am

    This might have been funny but I couldn’t understand 3/4 of what was being said. Speak slower and more clearly.

    • Aaron L'Heureux on 02.14.2012 at 9:21 am

      That really wouldn’t be in the style of most of these videos.

  • PK on 02.07.2012 at 10:01 am

    Hilarious! “Let’s get Pizza Hut.” I felt I could have used subtitles at some points, but overall, nice work!

  • Mo on 02.07.2012 at 10:13 am

    Thanks! Made me laugh. Good job!

  • Jeff on 02.07.2012 at 10:29 am

    This video was not very funny. It hurt the feelings of many people around the BU community and should not be getting press like this.

    • eric on 02.07.2012 at 12:09 pm

      Would you like a lolipop Jeff. It’s a joke if anyones feelings were hurt by this video they need to take a step back and seriously evaluate their life.

      • jaq on 02.07.2012 at 2:15 pm

        satire my friend

  • Ruby on 02.07.2012 at 11:28 am

    I could not understand 3/4 of what they were saying either. Speak slower and more clearly.

  • John on 02.07.2012 at 12:00 pm

    Seriously? It hurt Jeff’s feelings? So, censor the world as to protect the sensitivities of Jeff because, as everyone knows, people only started getting their feelings hurt when the communication streams expanded beyond their mom’s basement where they’ve spent their entire lives and will continue to reside. I mean, tribes in the middle of rain forest never experienced having their feelings hurt until someone handed them a cup with a string attached to it and called them unsophisticated. Man, the inhumanity of it all. How will these folks ever survive knowing what other people think of them?

  • Sylvia on 02.07.2012 at 12:29 pm

    This one was better and came out first:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hm6HJZTNn8&context=C3cbc0f6ADOEgsToPDskKCFMtRzJvb2LPu-5HNMTnL

    • Hah on 02.07.2012 at 1:10 pm

      Your comment should be put in the “nobody says” video.

    • Aaron L'Heureux on 02.14.2012 at 9:22 am

      That one is a bit stilted. Smoother editing would have helped it significantly.

  • ashley on 03.30.2012 at 7:46 pm

    $40,000 a year for this? nice.

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