Zach Anner is “back on the Internet, more disabled than ever,” and is going on a scenic road trip with the help of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Unlike other popular travel shows on the web like “Sonia’s Travels,” “Riding Shotgun,” which Anner dubs “the first travel show for the Internet by the Internet,” is a YouTube series that has the Reddit user in mind and will make its debut Oct. 8. Last July, Anner asked Reddit users which places he should visit and what he should do on his North American road trip–so no votes for Kodiak, Alaska. The most upvoted answers dictate “Riding Shotgun.”
He talked to NMR about how he and Ohanian came up with the web series after “Rollin’ With Zach” was finished:
“Alexis Ohanian and I built this friendship and we were talking about the possibility of doing a travel show where we just left the power up to Reddit. Where we went and everything we did, Redditors would be responsible.”
Anner added he wasn’t worried about certain Redditors hijacking the selection process, but thought there would be some cat and political activities thrown into the mix.
Still, he says: “One thing I learned from the trip is not assuming anything. Redditors will always surprise you.”
So far, the teasers from“Riding Shotgun” show the gang traveling to various places that include Montreal, New Orleans and the Appalachian Mountains, where the iconic 1980s film “Dirty Dancing” was filmed. Overall, Zach, Alexis and the gang will travel to eight cities coast-to-coast with their final stop in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Riding Shotgun” is in other ways also definitely not your mother’s travel program. For instance, in one of the videos, Anner and the gang obsess over the novel “50 Shades of Grey” and decide to pen their own erotic stories (or “romantical novels” in Zach-speak) while hanging out at the “Dirty Dancing” compound in Virginia. Anner explains further that “Riding Shotgun” viewers have also sent his his crew to the nation’s biggest cat show in Baltimore and ghost tours in Savannah.
He hopes that Redditors and YouTube viewers will enjoy these crowdsourced adventures when they check out the eight-part series.
“We really try to embrace the spirit of ‘let’s try and do something that Redditors would enjoy. It’s the kind of show of the types of activities they love to do and be a part of those things.”
You can check out a teaser from “Riding Shotgun” below: