The Real Man’s Road Trip: Sean and Jon Go West is a two-part TV mini-series, a travel documentary starring comedians Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, the team captains of 8 Out of 10 Cats. It’s a little hard to track down. It’s on Vimeo for the time being, though I don’t know how legit that is. It doesn’t seem to be on DVD at the moment. You used to be able to get it on Channel 4 On Demand. Sometimes it pops up on YouTube.
If you’ve ever seen the panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, you’ve wished for a road trip movie starring the two team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson. It’s not a weird sexual chemistry like with Would I Lie to You?, but the dichotomy between Sean’s pseudo ruggedness (hey, he did do a bit of goat farming in his past!) and Jon’s feminine obsession with tidying up makes a great…well, not buddy flick exactly. More like people-forced-to-be-in-the-same-car-together flick. They genuinely don’t seem to care for each other very much.
Sean Lock is a standup comedian. Three of his shows are available in a DVD box set. He is the creator and star of the sitcom 15 Storeys High. He did a little bit of time goat herding, which he says was the hardest thing he’s ever done.
In The Real Man’s Road Trip, Sean and Jon travel to the States where they meet some Creole cowboys in Louisiana. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but there seems to be a nod to the Billy Crystal film City Slickers in the beginning when Sean and Jon spend a montage of time trying on different cowboy hats and boots. Jon has made the poor timing decision to go vegetarian the week before, so there’s not much for him to eat on the cattle ranch, but after being made to de-testicalize a bull, he’s not that hungry anyway. My favorite part is one cowboy’s incredulousness at finding out Sean’s a comedian and has been on television. At the supper table, the cowboys demand proof. Sean tells a joke that makes them laugh, and Sean makes Jon tell a joke that had flopped earlier and it flops again now. In the cowboys’ eyes is reflected back the ridiculousness of these two men and their bizarre careers.
Jon Richardson is a standup comedian. His is the author of It’s Not Me, It’s You!. His shows Nidiot and Funny Magnet are available on DVD. He is also the star of the documentary A Little Bit OCD. @RonJichardson
In part two, the boys go gator hunting. Again, Jon can’t eat the meat. In many ways I sympathize with him having to deal with the bugs and potential snakes slithering into his bedroom at night. Sean’s transition isn’t effortless, but he fares a little better than Jon.
If you aren’t familiar with these two comedians, you may or may not enjoy this program, but if you like either comedian or are an avid viewer of 8 Out of 10 Cats, it’s too hilarious a situation to miss. If you’d like to get to know these comedians first, I’d recommend Jon’s standup DVD Nidiot and Sean’s standup DVD Lockipedia, as well as all the episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, which is a popular crossover series of the 8 Out of 10 Cats panel show and the Countdown game show, which has been on the air since the fourteen hundreds.