POST FROM THE ROAD Descriptions from TALL to Short
America—land of the weird and home of the wonderful—sings out its marvels at every turn. Now there’s a video series that sings along.
It’s called Post from the Road, and it’s the creation of Robert Post, an acclaimed performer with an imagination as quirky as some of the strange-but-true places and people he has encountered as he tours the country. With dry humor rooted in compassion, Post’s video “posts” take viewers on an endlessly surprising, always delightful road trip along the byways of American culture. What’s the etiquette for introducing yourself at a ventriloquist convention? Who sewed the tiny gown in the wedding diorama at the World Famous Gopher Hole Museum? When an alligator farm advertises itself as a “petting zoo,” do you take that literally? There’s no telling what will pop up in Post from the Road.
Robert Post is internationally known as the star of his one-man variety show, Post Comedy Theatre. Over thirty years of touring, he has continually discovered people and places that tickled and fascinated him. Eventually, he began carrying a video camera, letting his curiosity lead him to corners of America brimming with personality. He explored, filmed, conducted interviews, and offered observations. The raw footage piled up—an ocean of affable, and affably eccentric, encounters. Then came the magic of the editing room, and, voila!, a series of brilliantly crafted, utterly irresistible video shorts was born.
The videos reflect Post’s gift for connecting with people, the genial bemusement with which he views the world, his openness to novelty, his taste for silliness, and a sixth sense for finding the extraordinary entwined with the commonplace. There’s nothing quite these little road trips.
- They have this you’ve-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it quality, because the places and people are so compelling—at once “regular folks” and true originals.
- They’re fresh. Post, who serves as his own cameraman, producer, and “on-air personality,” doesn’t rehearse his encounters; there are no “second takes” in the interviews. The final videos have been edited, but they retain a spirit of spontaneity.
- They’re funny and engaging. Post has a gregarious, uninhibited, infectiously convivial personality. He’ll talk to anybody, and he has a knack for getting people to talk back, so that his “interviews” become lively conversations that take unpredictable turns.
- They’re affectionate. All too often today, commentators and slice-of-American-life reporters condescend to and poke fun at their subjects. Post’s sensibility is one of bemused appreciation. He’ll raise his eyebrows, drop his jaw, give the occasional sly grin, and make the occasional dry observation—but all in a spirit of compassion, and often self-mockery.
- As a result, they’re authentic. Because Post can always find a way to identify with the people he meets, and because he brings his enthusiasm to the conversations, the videos don’t impose some slant, interpretation, or analytical “take” on their subjects. Instead, the subjects emerge as real people; viewers are invited to nod and chuckle along with Post.
- They tell stories—not just snippets from the lives of the people Post meets, but also amusing and down-to-earth anecdotes from his own life as he tours, driving across America’s varied landscapes, stopping to take in the scenery, meeting fellow travelers, checking out the venues for his stage show, chatting with members of the audience, stumbling across and seeking out the odd, the interesting, the endearing. From episode to episode, viewers get the feeling of tagging along with a personable raconteur who loves the open road and the lives that it intersects.
Post from the Road is a quintessentially American project, celebrating American personalities, peculiarity, and inventiveness. The videos are filled with amiability and a sense of wonder. When you watch, you can’t help but smile.
Post from the Road Descriptions
America—land of the weird and home of the wonderful—sings out its marvels at every turn. Robert Post has created a delightfully quirky video series that sings along. (29 words]
America—land of the weird and home of the wonderful—sings out its marvels at every turn. Acclaimed performer Robert Post has created a delightfully quirky video series that sings along. With dry humor rooted in compassion, the videos take you on an endlessly surprising road trip along the byways of American culture. Whether he’s touring a gopher hole museum or dropping in on a ventriloquist convention, Post’s affably eccentric interviews and bemused observations introduce you to a cast of quintessentially American personalities who are at once ordinary people and true originals. [92 words]
America—land of the weird and home of the wonderful—sings out its marvels at every turn. Acclaimed performer Robert Post has created a delightfully quirky video series that sings along. With dry humor rooted in compassion, the videos take you on an endlessly surprising road trip along the byways of American culture, introducing you to the local characters and off-beat attractions that Post has discovered as he’s toured the country, presenting his one-man variety show. A ventriloquist convention? A gopher hole museum? Sure, why not? Filled with affably eccentric interviews and bemused observations, the clips reflect Post’s infectious conviviality, his gift for connecting with people, his taste for silliness, and his sixth sense for finding the extraordinary entwined with the commonplace. Post from the Road is a quintessentially American series, celebrating American personalities, peculiarity, and inventiveness. You’ll watch with a sense of a wonder and a big smile. [149 words]