How to Ruin Thanksgiving

Here’s a sketch comedy we shot at YouTube SpaceLA a few weeks ago. It was a great experience and SO fun for Chris and I both to shoot a semi-scripted video again! Some of you may not know that doing scripted comedy videos is how Chris and I met. You can read more about his film background on his website,

We went into the space having a loose idea of what we wanted to shoot — some gags, some one-liners, some vignettes, basically some improv starting points — not knowing who would be available to play the roles or what props/equipment we were going to have, really anything about anything. We figured we’d need about 4 hours to shoot all the ideas we had, and ended up only being able to get into the set for 2 hours (including set up/clean up time). So it was a little hectic, but we got a lot of good stuff shot and I am really happy with how it turned out and extremely thankful that our friends were able to act and improv like champs!

I need to give a big thank you to the YouTubers who acted in our video! Check out their channels for good, clean fun!

Playing the part of Mom: Staci Perry of VeryPinkKnits, a knitting tutorial series. Great for beginners and advanced knitters.

Playing my Husband: Billy Reid, and Playing The Friend: Reb Stevenson — together, Billy and Reb make Pancake Manor, a webseries of song and puppets for kids! Think “Alt-Rock meets Fraggle Rock” and you got it.

Playing Uncle Don: Don Monopoli of The Learning Station, funky music videos and dance for children!

And a special thanks to Josรฉ Ortรญz who not only stepped in to play Brother, but also assisted with production and made sure we had a small crew to help us get finished in the 2 hours we had allotted in the space.

Thanks, everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. I loved the vid Hilah! Have you ever considered making a Mexican desert called Sopapillas??

    • Hi Dontavias! Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ˜€ And sopapillas are on my list. I’ve got a recipe from my grandma I’ve been meaning to try out. Happy Thanskgiving!

  2. I loved it. I think I’ll have Thanksgiving alone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That was great! I’m sure we’ve all had those delightful family get togethers such as this one. I remember the first holiday my brother-in-law shared with us years ago- he was shocked that everyone wasn’t drunk (well, not really drunk) and screaming by the end of the meal. Apparently his family celebrated a bit differently.

  4. David Thomas says:

    Loved it Hilah… pretty funny stuff..! Hope your TurkeyDay goes mucho better-o than that one!

    Cheers Friend…


    P.S. Sexy Texan Turkey Day must be the next video!

  5. Hi Hilah!

    I loved this video and I’d love to see more of them!
    Just thought I’d tell you that I’m using your blog for my English assignment (I’m a Texas A&M student, which probably makes us rivals haha). The prompt was to analyze a blog that’s about an interest/hobby of ours. I love cooking and your food blog is my favorite so it was a no-brainer for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway, hope you had a great weekend and can’t wait for the next video!

  6. Your husband must either be rich or have a REALLY good personality that sometimes comes out.

    You can do better.



  7. Loved it, Hilah!! You are a star!

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