I know I’m way late to the party, but I have to tell you all about Tiki Bar TV!
Back in 2006, three people from Vancouver, B.C. thought it would be a great idea to create a web show that was funny, quirky, and ahead of its time. This web show was called Tiki Bar TV. Actually, the show was a video podcast, aptly called a vodcast. It started before YouTube got popular. If you wanted to watch the show, you had to subscribe on iTunes. Speaking of Apple, they used Tiki Bar TV to highlight the brand new iPod video! Yes, that was a long time ago.
Here’s the premise of the show. Lala introduces each show with a Tiki dance, then a “problem” is introduced which is remedied with a special cocktail prescribed by Doctor Tiki. Johnny Johnny (the man behind the Tiki bar) then creates said cocktail and everyone drinks up. Yes, they are actually drinking and getting drunker and drunker as the show goes on. Luckily, a show lasts about six minutes or so. Needless to say, things can get pretty crazy—and they do. This show plays by no rules and I love it.
As far as the Tiki-ness of the show, they got it all right. You will always hear Martin Denny or Les Baxter playing in the background. The set is a full-on home Tiki bar and the drinks are some of your standard Tiki cocktails like the Fogcutter.
Tiki Bar TV lasted up to 2009 with five seasons and 45 episodes. You can check them out on the Tiki Bar TV website. The show maybe a decade old, but trust me, it will totally be worth your time! You’ll see a decent snapshot of Tiki culture from back then, learn how to make some cocktails, and laugh your ass off!
Click here to check out the show!