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Stand Up Comedy… On Acid!

JOSH HADDOW: Hi. My name’s Josh. I’m about to take some acid. And then I’m going to go to a
open comedy mic night and tell us some of my original jokes. [MUSIC PLAYING] JAMIE TAETE: Hi. I’m Jamie Taete, Vice
journalist. And I like watching people
trip on acid. I especially like watching
people trip on acid in really awkward situations. Tonight, I’m going to be going
with our friend, Josh, as he performs open mic nights
in London on acid. Hi, Josh. JOSH HADDOW: All right, Jamie. JAMIE TAETE: When we were
filming downstairs a minute ago, you seemed a bit worried. What was going on? JOSH HADDOW: Yeah. You were definitely out of the
room for, like, an uncalled for amount of time. JAMIE TAETE: I think it was
probably about four minutes. JOSH HADDOW: Yeah. Four long, long minutes. JAMIE TAETE: And how are
you feeling right now? Talk us through it. JOSH HADDOW: I think a
bit fucked, really. JAMIE TAETE: What
are you seeing? Are you getting sort of
any kind of visuals? JOSH HADDOW: Yeah, I can see. JAMIE TAETE: That’s good. JOSH HADDOW: And then,
do you know what? My mind’s gone about three
triples inside of itself now. [LAUGHTER] JOSH HADDOW: I can’t fucking
understand what’s going on. I don’t know. It’s just so weird. I could tell it was starting
to kick in because, well, everything was getting a lot
more vibrant to start with. The visual started
coming along. You held your hand out in front
of me and it was, like, withering away. And I felt embarrassed
to tell you. I felt like you’re going
to take it as an insult, so I didn’t. Am I going to get
through this? JAMIE TAETE: Yeah, you’re going
to get through this. JOSH HADDOW: I’m probably
going to throw up by the end of it. JAMIE TAETE: Are you
feeling nauseous? JOSH HADDOW: Everything’s
very trailey. So that’s happening. Can you take care of me? [LAUGHTER] JAMIE TAETE: Oh, Josh. I’ll take care of you. JOSH HADDOW: Oh, my God. What the fuck am I doing? I was kind of not enjoying it. And not giving myself a chance
to enjoy it because I was so busy dealing with the whole
premise and the reason that we were doing it. Do you know what’s really
hard to, like, comprehend right now? JAMIE TAETE: What? JOSH HADDOW: The fact that I’m
in a documentary right now. It’s just such an intense
environment to start with. [LAUGHTER] JAMIE TAETE: OK. JOSH HADDOW: Doubled onto the
fact that I’m on acid. JAMIE TAETE: You’re panicking
a little bit, but you don’t need to panic at all. JOSH HADDOW: In the flat, my
mental state went from not great to pretty awful, really. As it became apparent that we
were going to have to leave soon, I just, my mind
was, like, shit. Like, I’m only just getting used
to this environment of having to think about what
I’m going to do. And I got that thing where you
kind of, everything’s quite sort of focused in on just the
fact that I didn’t want to go. No. What are we doing? JAMIE TAETE: We’re getting
in the cab. JOSH HADDOW: OK. OK. JAMIE TAETE: You ready? JOSH HADDOW: Can I just have
a little bit more water? JAMIE TAETE: Are you done? You ready to go? JOSH HADDOW: I can’t work out
the stairs let alone– OK, let’s just– No. Fuckin’ hell. JAMIE TAETE: I’ll be with
you on the stairs. JOSH HADDOW: Cheers, man. Thank you. It was just becoming
more and more like, OK, this is happening. This is happening. That pressure was just sort of
insurmountable at that point. I can’t do this. I don’t know. JAMIE TAETE: All right. Let’s just– Shall we get in the cab and
see, like, you’ll be in a different room. JOSH HADDOW: Oh, no,
no, no, no, no. OK. Just two seconds backwards
from there. Let me just process that. I feel like a lot of that
pressure was definitely backed up by myself. And you guys could probably
sense that. So you were sort of wanting
to push me along. It was horrible, really,
in the cab. I mean, apart from anything
it was ruining my trip. On top of the fact that I was,
you know, literally on the way to the place. And every second was taking me
closer to it, which meant there was a sort of very sharp
growth of dread in my mindset. Now we’re on the way
now, aren’t we? For all I knew at that point,
you were going to shove me on a stage in a Western theater in
front of, like, thousands of people expected me to
do a song and dance. Like, I literally
have no idea. OK. Let’s just go for it and
see what happens, eh? I’m going to go walk here. Is this a point? It’s so intense. JAMIE TAETE: It’s a picture
of Michael Jackson. JOSH HADDOW: It’s so, so
intense right now. He’s dead, newly dead. The environment around
Shaftesbury Avenue is so intense. It felt very much like I’d got
to this sort of culminating scene in some action film where
something very, very bad is about to happen. And it’s very, very close. Like, if it was a heist film,
like, we were about to go into the bank or something. I was going to get shot. [CITY NOISE] JOSH HADDOW: Is it like, 3:00 in
the afternoon or is there a bunch of kids around? It’s amazing. I didn’t feel like I should
be around them in my state of mind. Not that I was going to do
anything or, like, not like I was dangerous. But it just felt wrong. Yeah. Getting to the club
which interesting. MALE SPEAKER: [INAUDIBLE] when you empty my wallet and
leave me sexually frustrating? And babe, you’ve been doing
that all fucking week. [LAUGHTER] JOSH HADDOW: Yeah, I feel
like I’ve bullied myself into doing it. JAMIE TAETE: That’s not good. You OK to go on? JOSH HADDOW: Well, fuck it. I’m here now. This just looks like a cruel
human experiment doesn’t it? That’s fucking what it is. [LAUGHTER] JAMIE TAETE: Do you think
you can handle it? Do you think you can
mentally handle it? JOSH HADDOW: Probably not. Everything like that. What is that, like,
some sort of– JAMIE TAETE: He banged
the mic. JOSH HADDOW: But is that
like some sort of– MALE SPEAKER: At that moment
I learned a very important life lesson. JOSH HADDOW: Am I getting– What is going on? You must know. What’s going on? Up to that point, basically,
everything had become sort of like this black hole of
despair around me. It sounds like it’s hyperbole,
but honestly, it was horrible. It just seemed like I was
faced with the most just unclimbable mountain. I was just like, if I go up
there, I’m just not going to be able to face the crowd. They’re going to start
jeering me. Because I’m probably not going
to be able to say anything. I’ll be so frightened. MALE SPEAKER: Make some
noise for Josh Haddow! JOSH HADDOW: So when they called
my name out and they cheered, I just remember sort
of going into auto function. Part of me was just like, you’re
going to do it now. It was definitely some part
of me just sort of taking me up there. And it felt like destiny. Getting up there and
then it was silent. And it was suddenly like,
because it was silent, like, my mind kind of took a breath. There’s this space for me
to think, I may as well just tell my joke. So the SAS, they’ve not got
any people left in them. So they have interviews,
open interviews. And a farmer comes along
and he goes, I want to join the SAS. I’m really brave. And they say, well, what’s
brave about you, what in your life? And he says, well, one day,
I was out farming. And the tractor broke down three
miles away from where I lived with my wife,
Mrs. Farmer. And she– the tract– Yeah, the tractor, the
tractor broke down. I looked into the tractor
engine and it bolted back to life. And it ripped one on
of my arms off. So I was, like, shit. I’ve only got one arm. And so I grabbed it– grabbed that arm– and
ran all the way back. Mrs. Farmer, she sewed
it back on. And now here I am. And they said, that’s
very brave. Well done. [LAUGHTER] JOSH HADDOW: You’re definitely
in to the SAS. Then he said, thank you. I’ll see you on Monday. And now only that’s it. MALE SPEAKER: Give it
up for [INAUDIBLE]. JOSH HADDOW: As I said, at that
point, all the anxiety was kind of, was melting away. And I was starting to
have fun, actually. It was like, chariots
of fucking fire. I was like, I’m going. I’m like, and I’m
on my way now. And then literally, like almost
running into your arms, like, I fucking did it! Seriously, violins started
playing in my head. It was like da, da, da. Fucking amazing. JAMIE TAETE: When you
were going up I was very anxious for you. And I did feel a bit like
I was going to die. But I thought you did a lot
better than I thought you were going to. How long do you think you
were on stage for? JOSH HADDOW: Probably
about an hour. [LAUGHTER] JOSH HADDOW: I remember just
being very, very happy. And I was still tripping
quite hard. So it was really cool. Because it was like, I
could enjoy my trip. And although I was in quite an
intimidating environment, I felt so invincible. I felt like I’d achieved such
a massive thing that that threatening environment
was really not threatening anymore. It’s just quite fun
to play around in. And my inhibitions completely
dropped, probably so far that I probably annoyed and pissed
off quite a lot of the public I interacted with. JAMIE TAETE: Did you see
Josh’s performance? MALE SPEAKER: Yes. JAMIE TAETE: And what did
you think of Josh as a first time comedian? MALE SPEAKER: You know,
first time was cool, pretty confident. JAMIE TAETE: Have you ever
done stand up on acid? MALE SPEAKER: Have I ever
done stand up on acid? I don’t think so. But if you’ve got photos
I do apologize. JAMIE TAETE: What do you
think it would be like? MALE SPEAKER: I think you could
do it and the audience wouldn’t actually know. Are you on acid? JOSH HADDOW: Yeah. MALE SPEAKER: No, seriously? JOSH HADDOW: Yeah. MALE SPEAKER: That’s
fucking crazy. Are you serious? JOSH HADDOW: Yeah. MALE SPEAKER: Yeah. You know, so. JOSH HADDOW: It’s just fine. It’s nothing. MALE SPEAKER: But the reality
is, the reality is– JOSH HADDOW: Do you have any
idea what I’ve been though? JAMIE TAETE: And what about the
guy you spoke to outside? Do you remember much of
the conversation? JOSH HADDOW: I was elated. I was almost ecstatic and
euphoric at that point. So I was just carefree. But I just couldn’t help myself,
because he was just so absurd to me. I wanted to play with him
like a kitten plays with a ball of wool. Oh, my God. What are you talking about? I thought he was a fool. [LAUGHTER] JOSH HADDOW: What I took
away from it– I mean, the whole night was
hugely introspective. It’s an introspective drug. I felt like I was starring in my
own movie, which I actually was in a way. Can you help me light this? Like, I’m fucked. Like, I can’t even light
this cigarette. It was all very, very strange,
and very intense, and introverted. And with acid and the way it
enhances your emotions, it sort of amplifies them. One of the emotions that it
really amplified for me was pride in myself, which was
really, really good. It was amazing. Achievement’s only worth it if
you feel quite proud of what you’ve achieved. That was actually an
amazing experience. It was incredibly cathartic. And it made be actually have an
appreciation for religion and things like that. Because I actually thought,
you know, people who spend their lives just doing something
for this higher being, that is actually
quite a nice thing. You feel like you’re
giving something. But then I realized I was
equating you to my God. And yeah, so that was
probably not true. See you later. Bye. [INAUDIBLE] Gotta go.

100 thoughts on “Stand Up Comedy… On Acid!

  1. First time I did lsd I went on a walk through the city centre and to a park with lots of people. Was anxious as fuck. Felt so bad… can't imagine doing a show or anything

  2. This was so idiotic. When you start worrying and getting anxious, you end up having a bad trip. It has happened to me b4 because my gf told me she's been cheating on me over text when I was with my buddy and it's not fun.

  3. “ I really like watching people trip in awkward situations” that’s so fucked up that’s a huge no no. It’s fun for you but the person tripping is getting fucked and can’t put into words how you’re making them feel so then they get stuck in their thoughts.

  4. Guy in the brown hat is the weirdest mf ive seen in a long time. Reminds me of the weird gay brother that paints in "Wedding Crashers" or the kid roach who escaped and got his tongue cut off in "The people under the Stairs"

  5. This is like the silver medalist (which is still rather impressive) to Doc Ellis pitching a no-hitter on lsd. I wouldn’t do lsd but can only imagine how tough that would be to do in front of a crowd.

  6. Psychedelics 101: It's going to amplify whatever state you're in. Things probably turned around for Joshua after positive feedback shifted his view. If no one laughed, he'd be feeling something much different than pride. And that's probably what that creepy ass dude was hoping for.

  7. What kind of normal person is a vice journalist who has a hobby that is liking to see people trip

  8. "I was equating you to my god"

    Half the time when people talk about this shit I'm like you've clearly never done it. But I feel this dude and I wish I could do some gnar shit while trippin too. I almost took some before a show but decided not to… Maybe I would've if I played literally any other genre

  9. oh he swallowed the tab straight away?? i keep it under my tongue for half hour or so then swallow the tab?? does anyone else do that?

  10. Worst tripsitter, didn't help one bit and made the whole situation 100x worse. I can relate with every one of his emotions. I felt bad for him. What a nice guy 🙂

  11. That skinny mf needs to get his ass beat. Purposefully putting people through potentially traumatic experiences for their own sick pleasure is sickening to me. This whole series makes me ill and gives lsd (one of the least toxic psychoactive chemicals) a bad name.

  12. I did acid once at a dishwashing job i had when i was around 21 and it kinda sucked from what i recall almost 30 yrs later . I remember not being able to speak straight and barely being able to follow peoples words when they spoke to me then being surprised my bosses and coworkers didnt notice i was really high and it dawned on me that no one really cared because they were all so in their own heads and thoughts that they really only focused on that . That uncomfortable high anxiety feeling went on for hours . Then some death metal stoner meth user co workers smoked me out with some strong weed a couple hrs later and as i was mopping the dining hall floors of the college we worked at they were cranking old school early metallica on a boom box and i vividly remember the guitar solo sound waves bouncing all around off the high ceilings in 3D geometric patterns that i could almost see / feel and i thought it was so cool i just started laughing and feeling really happy mopping huge areas of cafeteria floors at my min wage grunt job . AhHahah !

  13. “I like watching people trip on acid in awkward situations”
    There’s a special place in hell for people like you

  14. Trip sitter says “do you think you can mentally handle it” WTF he shoulda been like “yo you are the coolest funnest guy ever and everything you do makes others smile” he was feeding such a bad vibe and on LSD it’s so important to do that…. please find better sitters or these people are going to be scared from these experiences that could be so beautiful.

  15. When I was much younger like 20 years ago lol I dropped acid way too many times. What is too much? I would drop acid and go to work , so ya way way too much. Concerts, movies and even clubs . I actually go use to coming off of the drug. But the worst was 25 hits back to back over a 3 day period. I needed a few days off to reset my clock after that one.

  16. Damn he was probably having a bad trip because he is lacking confidence I hate those trips where I don't wanna be seen by any body and just get away from everything those are the worst.

  17. Sad they didn't treat the monster truck dude like this. They didn't ask him if he was "mentally capable".. they just kept saying "you're fine".

  18. this just brings back memories to when ive had weird trips, he must of been looping really bad for part of it

  19. It literally irks me watching other people trip unless I’m there with them I. The flesh I like trip sitting and assuring them that there fine and they’re gonna be okay but watching someone experience something I can’t help them with is pretty unbearable, hard too watch.

  20. I really like the fact that he accepted his fate and was like “fuck it I’m here now” 😂😂😂 I love that kind of attitude on psychs

  21. On jah this was probably the worst shit ever. But the end made up for it hope they gave him a blunt and a fuckin drink holy shit.

  22. “You have no idea what I’ve been through” words I’ll always remember from not only everyone’s experience but as well as my own.

  23. How about get somebody that actually experienced with acid and can walk down stairs that would make this actually entertaining it's kind of irritating watching someone not be able to handle acid that's supposed to be carrying on a goal for a show 👎🤷‍♂️🤣

  24. The best way to end that short set would’ve been to say “I dropped acid an hour ago, thanks very much!” And then walked off.

  25. It was somewhat peculiar when he said he saw the skinny guy as a god, the body language during that part suggested the same thing to some degree. It’s like the skinny guy was his pimp, and he was still inside the dudes head

  26. this dude seems chill but i gotta downvote because i gotta downvote all vice videos

  27. Bruh I was getting anxious af sitting in inside a takeaway when I was tripping I had to leave because I was panicking so much around sober people

  28. I can’t even imagine doing this. Just tripping at your house can fuck you up if you’re not in the best mood. I hope this series doesn’t fuck anyone up

  29. My first time in London was at Pink Floyd in “94” on LSD …… London is not the place to be tripping, but Floyd is ⚒

  30. I don't eat acid or any drugs anymore. Life is messed up by default and no drugs are needed to distort things!

  31. "Will you take care of me? looks him back in the eyes and smiles I will josh… I will…

  32. sorry but 1 tab aint gonna do much. i had 4 tabs the first time i took acid. i did 1 first but it did nothing to me at all. so ye, 1 aint done shit to him. he needs at least 3

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