'Nerd concierge' Felicia Day makes embarrassment cool on 'The Flog'
The queen of quirky tries new things like fencing and escaping from a death house so we don't have to in the new season of her Geek & Sundry show. Thanks, Felicia.
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Luckily for those of us who'd rather avoid such adventures, Felicia Day, "Supernatural" actress and founder of the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel, does all that and more in her addictive show "The Flog," which kicked off a new season July 17. That's Felicia plus vlog equals flog, by the way, not the dungeon kind of flogging.
"I like to describe the Flog as a vlog on steroids," Felicia Day told CNET's Crave blog. "I curate interesting things and try something for the first time. It's foremost supposed to be a helpful show, to introduce people to new things. I'm a nerd concierge if you will."
Full disclosure: I'm very good friends with Felicia. I've known her for some years and I'm even a co-host on her weird romance book club show, which started on Geek & Sundry, called "Vaginal Fantasy." No really, that's the name of our YouTube show. I think Felicia called it that just to confuse pervs and make us blush when we say the name aloud, but hey, we're in our third season of the show so we must be doing something right.
Personally, my favorite episodes of "The Flog" are when Felicia fails at something but still has a blast doing it. Watching Felicia scream like a madwoman when she learns how to fly on a trapeze is delightful. I mean, I know she's a afraid of heights, but so am I. Now, thanks to Felicia, I know how much I would probably panic if I trained to be on a trapeze.
"I had a panic attack on a trapeze episode that scarred me for life," Felicia told Crave. "Seriously, I get anxiety driving over bridges I'm so afraid of heights now. That is one I would never do again."
In addition to Felicia doing new things, she lists her three new favorite things, which she calls Trio Mio, at the start of each episode. "Being able to support indie creators, like Etsy dealers or indie game makers, is a big side benefit," she said. "Everyone wins."
But in the end, it's watching Felicia be game for anything that makes watching "The Flog" so much fun. It's a great reminder for all of us to try to get out of our comfort zone more often.
"I definitely think that as adults we don't expand our worlds enough," Felicia said. "If we have a whim to explore, at whatever age, we should feel free enough to explore it. You never know what could turn into a life-long passion if you just try something."