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 JosΓ© OrtΓ­z 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. dontavias on November 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

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

    • Hilah on November 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on November 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I loved it. I think I’ll have Thanksgiving alone. πŸ™‚

    • Hilah on November 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Ha! Don’t we all, Maureen. Don’t we all. πŸ˜‰

  3. Cherry on November 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    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.

    • Hilah on November 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Ahaha! That’s great, Cherry! My family is not really so bad, as long as my dad and uncle don’t get started about politics. πŸ™‚

  4. David Thomas on November 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    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!

    • Hilah on November 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks, Dave! Happy T-day to you, too!

  5. Caitie on November 25, 2013 at 1:43 am

    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. πŸ™‚

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

    • Hilah on November 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Oh I’m so flattered, Caitie! Thank you! πŸ™‚ Have a great Thanksgiving!

  6. Rutager on November 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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

    You can do better.



  7. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on November 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Loved it, Hilah!! You are a star!

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