It’s April Fools’ Day tomorrow, which means that anyone with a sibling younger than nine is getting whoopee cushion’d at least twice before noon, and the internet will be so rammed with nauseatingly unfunny #FAKENEWS and branded trolling that it’s probably worth giving Facebook the morning off.
Netflix’s April Fools’ prank, however, is pretty good. In fact, we kind of wish it was real. Sign into your account now and you’ll see “Netflix Live: Sneak Peek” on the homepage. Click that and the message “connecting to Netflix Live” will pop up for a few seconds. What you’ll actually be redirected to is a fake live-stream (it’s actually 48 pre-recorded minutes) of a show the streaming service claims to be launching officially on April 1.
The entirety of the ‘preview’ consists of Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Bojack Horseman, The LEGO Batman Movie) extensively narrating some decidedly boring situations. Imagine Will Arnett, with that unmistakeable, gravelly voice of his, commentating on an inactive photocopier, or a particularly awful attempt at parallel parking, and you’ve got a good idea of where they’re going with this.
But as we’ve learned from the Drummond puddle and video games like Train Simulator, mundanity can be captivating. Don’t be surprised if you end up sitting through the entire thing transfixed by the funnyman actor’s rambling.
We don’t know how much longer Netflix will leave the video up for, but those who have already stumbled upon it seem to be enjoying themselves.
guys there's something on Netflix rn called Netflix Live and it's just Will Arnett narrating static shots of an office wtf is this— David Sugarman (@ShugZ) March 31, 2017
Watching Will Arnett comment on random appliances on Netflix live is kinda surreal, and oddly engaging!— Brad Leclerc (@BradLeclerc) March 31, 2017
Netflix Live: nothing could top listening to Will Arnett report on a 3 minute stint of a burrito in a microwave. This is art.— Laura Dykstra (@laulzdykstra) March 31, 2017