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What would happen if you wore oversized Hulk Hands for a week? What about eating only pizza for five days straight? These are questions that are asked and answered by Much Creator Dan Rodo in his hilarious and heartfelt new series Dan For A Week.
One of YouTube’s most exciting rising stars, Rodo launched his channel The Danocracy back in 2007. A social media veteran, the online host has grown his following to include 350,000 subscribers and over 40 million views.
Now Rodo has teamed up with Much Digital Studios to create the channels first-ever original series, Dan For A Week. In the new series, Dan and a camera crew spend a week together seeing what happens when odd ideas are turned into action. Doubling as almost a PSA for the viewers, the highs and lows of taking on silly and hilarious challenges are put on screen, with endearing and entertaining results. Hulk Hands — good for playing volleyball, bad for having a romantic anniversary dinner.
The six-episode premiere season launched this week, with the first episode available online now at Much.com. We spoke with Dan Rodo to find out how Dan For A Week came about, what it was really like living with a camera crew, and whether or not he’ll ever eat pizza again.
Click here to watch Episode 1 of Dan For A Week.
Essentially, I’m a human guinea pig. It’s a social experiment where we take the curiosities that most people have and put it into reality.
The way [Dan For A Week] differs from my YouTube channel is that I’m really showing a different side of me that I’ve never shown before. There were a little bit of nerves when we first launched. I show my friends, I show my family, I show my girlfriend, I show where I live. There’s really nothing hidden about my life anymore.
It’s fun. I’m getting to do things that every kid has always wanted to do, like wearing Hulk Hands. I’m proving that there is too much of a good thing.
It definitely draws attention. If the Hulk Hands didn’t draw attention, the camera crew definitely does. We go grocery shopping and I have people full-on staring at me and it’s something you have to get used to. I don’t blame them.
Having the crew around is interesting. I don’t think anyone ever wants to show the bad side of themselves, so it’s nerve wracking. I don’t look as camera-ready in some of the shots as I usually do in my videos, but I’m embracing it. I think that’s a draw for my viewers. They look at me and say, wow, he isn’t perfect…it brings more of a relatability to my brand.
I eat pizza for a week and something that I never anticipated was how much of an impact it would have on me after filming it. That episode I eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I eat vegetables now. I go to the grocery store to buy carrots. That is not something Dan Rodo did before.
My family is used to me doing crazy things on camera. I’ve been doing it for almost ten years now, so they’re used to it. But when I told my mom I was only eating pizza for a week, she was concerned. She was ready to send me home with vitamins…the only nerves on their part was to be on camera and they did a great job. They’re good sports.
I was so nervous about how it was going to be received. I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited. There’s been so much positivity. I’m really happy that my viewers are accepting it and enjoying it.
The world can be a very stressful place, so I created this concept because I want people to take a break from any sort of stress they have in their life. They can watch a grown man wear Hulk Hands for a week, trying to eat a romantic dinner.