By Dylan Botelho, Staff Writer
Hot Ones is the show with hot questions and ever hotter wings. Mixing the culinary world with the pop culture world, Hot Ones is just one of many popular reoccurring shows on the First We Feast YouTube channel.
Since its inaugural episode way back on March 12th of 2015 that featured hip hop artist, Tony Yayo, Hot Ones has quite literally become the hottest show on the internet. The show’s basic premise involves celebrities from all corners of pop-culture being interviewed by the show’s host Sean Evans, over a platter of chicken wings layered with increasingly spicy sauces.
With already five seasons, 109 episodes, millions of views, and plenty of coughing celebrities under its belt, there has been a large variety of sauces used. Ranked in ascending order according to spiciness, Sean and his guest work their way through 10 different sauces. Sauces are changed from season to season, but one thing is for certain, the 10th sauce will be brutal… if you even make it there that is.
For the last two seasons, The Last Dab has been the menacing bottle waiting to claim it’s next victim at number 10. The sauce was made exclusively for the show and uses the Pepper X as it’s pepper ingredient, which was bred by Ed Currie, the same man who made the Carolina Reaper, which was dubbed the hottest chili in the world by Guinness World Records in 2013 and even hospitalized a man earlier this week. The Pepper X is apparently an entirely different animal though, as Currie has stated that it is two times hotter than the Carolina Reaper.
Airing on the First We First YouTube channel every Thursday afternoon, Sean has out bested some of the most notable celebrities today. Every episode brings something entirely different and noteworthy, making the show a weekly must watch. The latest episode, which aired on April 12th, featured southern rapper Trick Daddy, who stopped to pray before taking on the next wing.
You can go back on the First We Feast YouTube channel and find every episode of Hot Ones listed by season and episode. There have been plenty of great episodes with stars like DJ Khaled, Key & Peele, Rob Gronkowski, Kevin Hart, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, and countless others.
Trust me when I say that there is an episode for everyone. Produced by Complex Media, the show does a great job of tapping into all areas of pop-culture. Although I am a huge wrestling fan, I knew to never expect any of my favorite superstars on s show like this. I was wrong however, as there have been two, Chris Jericho and Sasha Banks. If you’re a basketball fan you can catch interviews with both Kevin Love and Kevin Durant as well.
Thought you knew everything there is to know about your favorite actors or actress like Michael B. Jordan or Charlie Day? Well, guess again. Not only can host Sean Evans handle the heat, he’s also a fantastic interviewer and you’ll learn plenty of interesting facts or hear previously untold stories from even the most popular celebrities.
Hot Ones is the perfect weekly Internet show. It isn’t some heavily produced gimmicky show like you’d previously see on MTV or VH1, it’s just some people talking over some extremely hot chicken wings. If it does anything, it makes these celebrities that much more relatable and is why Hot Ones will be around for the long haul.
P.S. There’s a Guy Fieri episode.