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The game show of the future may be hard to stomach

  • Thomas Deaton, left, finishes off the last of disgusting mixture suggested by live audience members via a webcast of "The Willie Hurl Experience" with co-host Brandileigha.

Thomas Deaton sits in front of a Web cam in Santa Rosa and warily takes a bite of uncooked eggplant stuffed with ground pig?s feet, Spam, nacho cheese, fish sauce and mayonnaise.

His stomach clenches as he tries to swallow the revolting mix. Beads of sweat line his brow.

His co-host chortles as she readies the next vile spoonful. And around the world, a small but devoted audience watches him gag as his online game show streams across the Internet.

Will he hurl?

That looming question is the basis of Deaton?s interactive Web show and serves as its namesake: WillieHurl.com.

Deaton is co-host of the Webcast, part of a new form of online entertainment. And he and co-creator Nat Fast, a Santa Rosa tech inventor, are determined to figure out a way to make money in this developing entertainment market, where audience members interact online with a show?s host.

WillieHurl?s audience are more than just viewers. They are participants equipped with a unique set of Internet tools that let them control various gizmos of vomit-inducing torment in the show?s Santa Rosa studio ? even if a viewer is watching from a computer in China, South Africa or just down the street.

?A mouse click anywhere in the world makes stuff move here,? Deaton said.

Fast quickly added, ?It?s all about live interaction, and live control.?

The show draws its inspiration from the gross-out genre of reality TV made popular by such shows as ?Fear Factor,? ?Jackass? and ?Man vs. Wild.? Although it may seem outrageous, it is a stark example of how the Internet is changing entertainment.


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