It’s time for a face reveal of the basement dweller hiding behind the anonymous profile picture, who’s rude to everyone you know and love. This is The Secret Life of an Internet Troll.
This video was shot with a very limited crew. All cast & crew followed all CDC and California COVID-19 precautions and filming guidelines.
Multiple troll comments are being typed, then we are introduced, internet troll Chuck (Shayne Topp), who after showing his room, is reveal to be the typist.
He likes to think that trolling is kind of a startup, that he's the Jeff Bezos of trolling, and has a schedule. When the interviewer (Ian Hecox?) asks him what conspiracy theory he'll spread today (a Wednesday, the day Chuck spreads false conspiracy theories), he says that 5G gives your information to King Kong. He then says that since there are no trophies in trolling, he makes his own, and he shows one.
Since his real parents (Amanda Lehan-Canto and Damien Haas) don't have respect in what he does, he lies about the place he goes. He demonstrates it when goes to the "Hot Girls and Lambo Store," to which his mom wishes him a good time without knowing that he was lying due to (along with Chuck's dad) reading a book. Chuck admits that he keeps trolling a secret, but he also says that it's hard and he'll eventually be covered. When he returns home, he warns his parents that they shouldn't go to the basement, but says that they can bring a sandwich there.
We are introduced to his mentor, Stephen Crab (Ian Hecox), who after hiding from Chuck's parents to sneak in the basement, trains Chuck in trolling by pointing the words Chuck may type, shows pictures, and making him shout "I'm a troll" loudly. However, Chuck shouts too loud that his parents hear him and Stephen. So, when Stephen trains Chuck how to make his sentences more complex, his mom knocks the door and tells how she went to the basement. Chuck hides some stuff while Stephen makes distractions to hide any trace of trolling.
Chuck's mom enters a room with an apple, but Chuck breaks down about keeping trolling a secret. When Stephen asks him if he'll reveal it to them, Chuck calls his dad, who also entered with an apple. When his parents tell that they love him, Chuck admits that he is an internet troll. When they learn about what he does, he defends himself and Stephen. When his dad tells him to go to his room, he tells them that he's too old for that (he's 36), causing his mom to tell his punishment. His dad tells him that it lasts two whole weeks, and Chuck angrily leaves. Stephen asks them if Chuck needs to be an elite hacker, Chuck's dad drives him away.
Chuck packs his things and explains that he'll move to Stephen's place, wherein he and Stephen are both like The Joker. He moves to Stephen's place, which is a car. When they don't have internet, they just troll verbally to anyone outside the car. The credits roll, and they troll the names of everyone credited.
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- Director: Ryan Finnerty
- Written By: Olivia DeLaurentis, Sydney Heller, and Monica Vasandani
- Editor: OnJonet Williams
- Executive Producer: Ryan Finnerty
- Head Writer: Monica Vasandani
- Production Manager: Alicia Gaynor
- Production Coordinator: Jacqi Jones
- Production Assistant: Andrew Harmon
- DP: Brennan Iketani
- Camera Operator: Kevin Rygg
- Gaffer / AC: Dustin Bloodgood
- Sound Mixer: Greg Jones
- Art Director: Cassie Vance
- Art Coordinator: Yasmeen Mughal
- Art Assistant: Alex Aguilar
- Wardrobe: Athena Lawton, Garrett Palm, Lena Frostestad
- Assistant Editor/DIT: Matt Duran
- GFX: Brittany Metz, Wilton Foulds
- Content Manager: Kiana Parker
- Stage Manager: David Hill
- Executive Assistant: Sammie Miller