Good old Louis Theroux, everyone’s favourite doccy man, doing his ‘thing’ and having a nice beard. I will quite happily watch him do anything - he could interview himself in a mirror for two hours and I’d cop the whole thing.*
He’s ran the gamut from light-hearted, this-woman-has-never-blinked-in-her-life style fare, to much darker, this-woman-has-never-blinked-in-her-life-and-also-she-is-racist type stuff, but one thing remains constant: it’s always interesting, and I will always watch it.
But what makes a good Louis Theroux documentary idea? Who comes up with this stuff? What are the idea meetings like? Well, a new Twitter bot has some of the answers, because it regularly tweets brilliant opening lines for a never-ending list of fictional Theroux docs. Like? Like:
I'm in Warsaw to meet Emerson, a former IT expert turned men's rights activist who believes chemtrails make them horny— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 26, 2017
I'm in South Carolina to meet Rosalie, a former estate agent turned insect therapist who believes milk is making us stupid— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 25, 2017
I'm in Montreal to meet Norah, a former lifeguard turned wedding DJ who believes mayonnaise is a myth— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 25, 2017
I'm in Amsterdam to meet Hannah, a former IT expert turned cybergoth who believes Hull is a portal to Hell— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 25, 2017
I'm in California to meet Adam, a former teacher turned shock jockey who believes Hitler wrote Candle in the Wind— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 24, 2017
I'm in Florida to meet Chase, a former barista turned alcoholic preacher who believes magnets make swans racist— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 24, 2017
I'm in Bangkok to meet Josephine, a former trombonist turned bodybuilding fetishist who believes geese can be taught to speak English— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 24, 2017
I'm in Massachusetts to meet Brielle, a former undertaker turned interpretive dancer who believes fluoride is turning frogs gay— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 24, 2017
I'm in Austria to meet Connor, a former competitive eater turned anti-vac extremist who believes Elton John is a hologram— Louis Theroux Bot (@louistherouxbot) October 24, 2017
Yes, very funny, well done internet, gold star etc. And even better, Louis Theroux has noticed, and *shock horror* responded. Here look:
What - as a casual football fan and avid watcher of Soccer AM may say - absolute scenes. A man of the people there, using Twitter as you’re supposed to, by being a nice, funny person on it and making everybody very happy in the process.
Well done Louis, well done Twitter bot, well done everyone, well done.
*Actually, that’s a really good idea - don’t nick it, BBC