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Bikini News is a series of satirical news videos featuring two comedians in bikinis performing in a comedic style similar to The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live. It includes sketch comedy elements, such as plotlines where the main characters marry and have romantic affairs with ninjas. It is available in podcast and vodcast form, as well as in mov and kago wmv file formats. Over 90 episodes and 80 bloopers/sketches were created, between November 2006 and December 2007. The main characters in most of the episodes are Mary Clark (played by actress Penny Drake) and Jen Jackson, although early episodes featured other performers, including Wild 'N Out actress Cameron Goodman. Several skits include the main characters pretending to be celebrities, such as Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Donald Trump.
The characters also produced their own video blogs chronicling events behind the scenes, rants, questions to the audience, and comedic sketches.
Views on livevideo.com for the show fluctuated between 20,000 and 400,000 views per episode. Statistics on other sites are not available. According to the front page of Bittorrent.com on March 21, 2007, the show was the most downloaded on the site.
The show was described as "fantastic" by top podcast The Daily Reel.
Notable Episodes[edit | edit source]
- "Episode 35: Written By The LiveVideo Community!" – An episode written by fans.
- "Episode 36: Super Bowl Extravatacular!" – "Live" report from the Super Bowl from former Pro Bowl football player Kevin Gogan.
- "Episode 40: Sexy Bikini News" – The executives told Mary and Jen to deliver their news 10% sexier.
- "Episode 50: The Wedding!" – The main characters are about to marry each other.
- "Episode 52: The Ask a Ninja Interview" – Interview with comedian Kent Nichols about the start and development of his popular Ask A Ninja podcast.
- "Episode 57: Jen and Mary's SEX TAPE" – The girls' sex tape is exposed.
- "Episode 61: Boh3m3 In a Bikini and Robots" – Top YouTube video blogger Boh3m3 is interviewed.
- "Episode 71: Bikini News is CANCELLED" – Interview with Star Trek:Deep Space Nine star Chase Masterson.