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Trevor Moore has died (wikipedia.org)
172 points by pcthrowaway on Aug 8, 2021 | hide | past | favorite | 47 comments

Such a terrible loss. Hope he'd appreciate sharing some absolute classic skits of his:

Call of Duty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhufrnT4818

Teachers Union: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_YEPx1Jrfw

Aspiring Politician: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsWLBOyEv6o

Gallon of PCP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFUvmZWf4hI

Leg Peeing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWQoK506xkQ

Homeschooling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFkIJBVZ4_w

We Buy Drugs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2AQ6FwpSrc

Sniper Business: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpC_hO15IoA

My friends and I still laugh at references to many of these and more over a decade later.

> The government has asked us to babysit the nation's children so their parents can become more productive workers

My Computer Just Became Self Aware: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPzJjNQaYEA

Title prior to admins changing it was "Trevor Moore, co-founder of Whitest Kids U Know, dies at 41"

I think it's especially tragic when someone so talented dies at what many of us would consider a young age. Trevor's comedic takes on a wide range of topics (occasionally touching on technology, AI, robotics) left a profound impact on me.

Same here. In the back of my mind I was always kind of looking forward to what he would create next. I grew up watching WKUK and am a bit biased, but in any case he'll be missed.

Also, if you're a fan and haven't seen it, it's worth checking out the movie-length Civil War On Drugs: https://archive.org/details/thecivilwarondrugs.

Why did they change it?

Seems like HN policy is that all death announcements get the "John Doe Has Died" title. Probably makes it easier to avoid weird comment threads proclaiming that "John Doe didn't really invent the robotic sex doll!" or what have you.

My all time favorite Trevor Moore sketch: "I want to kill the president".


It showcases his wonderful way of speaking, his body language, the use of music to communicate the joke.

The world is a less humorous place today.

He checked in with the ACLU before putting it on the air, too: https://old.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2y5skh/hi_im_trevor_m...

> There's actually a huge Supreme Court Case involving it right now. Where a guy copied the words from it but substituted his ex-gf for the president and he got arrested. It's crazy

Crazy is right. A guy posted the text of that sketch but the subject being changed to be his ex wife, and then did similar things but about a local park, a local school, and law enforcement.

The supreme court found him not guilty 8-1.


Whoa - a month ago!

These guys made me laugh and helped me get through the pandemic with their group podcasts. Led by Trevor, the man and his creative/unique comedic mind are truly irreplaceable.

Awful news. His WKUK skits were legendary, and recently I was enjoying The Trevor Moore Show a lot. Incredible talent, will be missed.

Thanks for sharing. Never watched WKUK before tonight but have spent the past hour laughing.

Deltron 3030 meets MC 900ft Jesus. Nice.

First “celeb” death that has made me outright cry. It felt more like losing a friend. His show aside, I listened to his weekly twitch show throughout the pandemic, it gave me something to look forward to. With a young child as well, so fucking unfair.

Damn, was it some sort of nail gun accident?


One of his best...still laughing all these years later


I’ve probably watched this one 50 times over the years.

This is...this is extremely crappy news. Their Twitch stream alone helped me through some really tough times and their show inspired me more than I could say.

Incredibly talented. I always felt like WKUK was just a few years too early -- had they launched in the YouTube era I bet they would have been 100x bigger.

Rest in peace.

RIP; what did he die of?

Some accident, it says

I was expecting someone to have already posted my hands down favorite from him, but sometimes you need to be your own hero. RIP Trevor.

The Grapist


Same cause of death as bowling great Earl Anthony. Maybe it's more common than one would think.

Fuckin tragic. One of the funniest guys ever. This world isn't fair

my personal favorite of his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMHCw3RqulY

I grew up watching those sketches. Very sad to hear this.

This world isn't fair. Rip Trevor

I still remember watching the Hitler rap video for the first time thinking wtf is this and why do I like it.


Wow, this was not the news I wanted to wake up to ever.

"Trevor Moore tells kids about 9/11": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq6p4wX88Z0

This tweet he sent in early June was spicy: https://twitter.com/itrevormoore/status/1400158963748917249


"What if governments learned from the MKUltra experiments in the 50's that trauma allows you to control people, so they purposely orchestrate disastrous events to keep their citizens afraid + dependent on them, and that's one of the reasons that mental illness has been rising? lol"

I'd say it indeed seems government amplifies/escalates disastrous event fear (e.g. covid)

Why? grow their magnitude of control e.g. ease of applying authoritarianism, and to please their $ backers / lobbyists (currently pharma companies are the #1 lobbyists in DC).

A few years before The Shock Doctrine [2007], I noticed that the worse conditions got, the better the tyrants seemed to do.


Unoriginal, I know. But at the time, I felt like I was going crazy, and appreciated the validation.

Sometimes. But other times, it plays the reverse role. In the Ebola scare during Obama’s presidency, and even early in the Covid days, for example, the government downplayed the danger of the virus, saying (for Covid) handwashing is all that’s necessary and that masks are not helpful.

Yes but they have since flipped to such a degree that many people overestimate their risk of hospitalization or death from infection by 10 times or more. The consistent messaging since March 2020 has been that you should be deathly afraid of Covid, no matter your age or comorbidities.

Who says the best outcome is when perceived risk equals actual risk? It may be better for everyone involved to overestimate the risk, same as driving a car.

"Better" does a lot of work for you there. I find being less afraid better than being more afraid as much as I find being alive better than being dead.

Since when is being risk-aware the same thing as being afraid? Pilots for example are quite aware of most of the risks in flying and follow an insane amount of procedure to mitigate them. But you won’t see them quivering day in and day out because of the massive amount of fear; on contrary, they are some of the best performers under pressure you will find. The notion of being afraid scarcely ever even enters their minds.

The people who are quivering are the ones who have an inflated sense of the risk and never get on the plane. Taking procedures against the dangers of flying is a symptom of (rational) fear. If the risks of flying were overestimated, you might see something like half olane capacity to carry parachutes for all individuals on board and emergency escape hatches to allow in flight egress. Surely less people would die if they did that and that would be "better".

Your example of pilots is a great example of my point. Pilots are likely much more informed about the actual dangers of flying and the safety precautions involved. Imagine if they overestimated the danger by 2x, 10x or 100x. Being a pilot would be much more stressful and I bet plenty would find a new job.

> parachutes for all individuals on board

Those have definitely been considered, but a plane crash happens so quickly and uncontrolled that an emergency skydiving lesson is not going to make things safer for you. You’ll almost certainly be safer in the brace position inside a metal tube that’s at least partly designed to be able to keep you safe in such a situation.

I would not be so quick to assume that pilots don’t overestimate risks. You probably want them to, so they’re careful when it comes to walkarounds and inspections. It would be interesting to see a comparison of pilots’ estimated risks for all the parts of a plane breaking versus those from the actuaries, engineers, and maintenance techs.

A fun story from James Adomian about how Moore wanted to test the Warren Commission's "lone gunman" story of the JFK assassination by carrying out a live fire recreation at Dealey Plaza with himself in the role of Kennedy: https://twitter.com/JAdomian/status/1424233063504965636

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