As part of the new season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the folks down at Williams Street studios in Atlanta are preparing the first ever “live action” episode of the show. And in order to promote this stunt, the folks at Adult Swim, who know their audience all too well, are holding a contest for the role of “Carl.” From the press release:
Adult Swim today announced the nationwide search for a Carl look-alike to appear in the first-ever live action episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The search will begin Saturday, July 26, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the Omni Hotel in San Diego during this year’s Comic-Con convention, what some consider to be the epicenter of Carl-like men.
Oh, nerds. Poor, sweet, socially anxious nerds. Let this be a wake up call to you. Even the people whose business (i.e. lives) depend and thrive on your obsessive consumption of geek media have dismissed you as the unwashed source of ridicule. And while I know that you might see this contest as a vindication of your life’s work of avoiding work, please do not be fooled, although I know you will be fooled. I can already see you in my mind’s eye, lined up outside of a dilapidated Omni Hotel conference room wearing your dirtiest sweatpants (i.e. your sweatpants), and talking feverishly about the nuances that can only be discovered in a 15th viewing of The Dark Knight (IMAX only, standard screens are for civilians), Cheeto spittle bubbling at the sides of your mouth while you wait to find out if you’re pathetic enough to be on TV, and it breaks my mind’s heart.