Rudy Mancuso

Rudy Mancuso

Internet celebrity, musician, and creator of Awkward Puppets

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON February 17, 2016

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Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
What's up Product Hunt! My name is Rudy Mancuso and I'm a musician, director and comedian and have accumulated an audience of over 15 million people in two years. In addition to working on my music and my show, I recently partnered with Shots to launch original content called the Awkward Puppets. In a short period of time Awkward Puppets has become one of the fastest growing Youtube and Facebook channels amongst millennials, especially in the US, Brazil and Mexico. So ask me anything. Love, Rudy
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Who, that you've worked with, most surprised you (in terms of what you expected they'd be like vs. how they really where)?
Arjhay Sales
Arjhay Sales@arjhaysales
What is you favorite song off Purpose?
john shahidi
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@arjhaysales great question (mine is Been You and I'll Show You).
Nusha Rihter
Nusha Rihter@nusharihter · Student
@john @arjhaysales Mine is Love Yourself and What do you mean :D
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@john @arjhaysales I must say Been You and Love Yourself.
Arjhay Sales
Arjhay Sales@arjhaysales
@rudymancuso @john oh! Thank you for your answer :)
Arjhay Sales
Arjhay Sales@arjhaysales
@rudymancuso @john do you have any idea why john really loves his mustache?
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@RudyMancuso How much editing goes into a typical @AwkwardPuppets video / Vine?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@nivo0o0 @awkwardpuppets More than you'd think. The workload fluctuates: a given puppet video can take anywhere from six hours to a few days, including writing, shooting, editing, and mastering. Surprisingly enough, the vines can take hours themselves (telling a story in six seconds is more challenging than people think).
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.@rudycuso
@rudymancuso this is a little disappointing because I thought we would see you live and you would answer on live camera but atleast try to reply to the questions.... I skipped school for this.... I love you and thats all that really matters and I have a suprise for you on your birthday that is in 10 days it will be on my instagram..[@Rudycuso]
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@rudycuso You really skipped school? Your parents are probably thrilled. I recognize you from social media, and I truly appreciate your support. I love you I love you I love you, sorry I wasn't quicker.
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
john shahidi
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
do you like john or sammy more?
Justin  I❤Ü
Justin I❤Ü@dz_princess_ · Hadjar
@john That's a tough question ...😂
Céline
Céline@celine_c_
@john AHAH John
Nusha Rihter
Nusha Rihter@nusharihter · Student
@john HAHAH John you are so funny :P
Kiye
Kiye@kiyeisthename · future dentist
@shotsappfan @john UH-OH 😂
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@avonstories
@john watch out how you answer this one rudy 😂
Leon Franco
Leon Franco@leon_franco
Were you always interested in the tech/startup world or was it Vine that really introduced you to it? Also after all your success on Vine, do you plan on pursuing more opportunities in the startup world or more in the musician/director world?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@leon_franco My fascination with tech began as I started monetizing my content online. It's when I started to realize how business-oriented and interesting this world really was. It wasn't until I starting working with @john and @shots that my education about the tech universe was brought to another level. I now find myself instinctively looking at what's next in tech and entertainment, and will undoubtedly pursue more opportunities in the startup world. At this point I find it not only a necessity, but my responsibility.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Hey, Rudy! You're on Vine, YouTube, Shots, and other platforms but afaik, you don't post to Snapchat. How come?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@rrhoover I understand and appreciate the platform, but personally don't connect with that style of creating content. I feel that it's more invasive than I'd like my brand to be, and prefer to maintain a level of mysteriousness.
★ Kiki ★
★ Kiki ★@_kiki_r_
@rudymancuso I love your mysteriousness! And - as you know - I love your "I don't use more than 2 words tweets" on Twitter. ;)
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Who are some people you look up to and admire? Both professionally and generally in life?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@ems_hodge My mother, Charlie Chapman, and Emily Hodgins.
Izzy
Izzy@madame_izzy
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
Hey Rudy. I'm amazing & really good looking too 😏 When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And what do you think that kid would think of you today?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@bentossell I wanted to be an entertainer. Whether it be through music, film, puppets, or live comedy, I wasn't sure. I've since then been working hard to find ways of encompassing all of those things within one artistic direction. I think that kid would be proud of me and I think I would be proud of that kid.
Devin Pokraka
Devin Pokraka@devin_pokraka
Did you learn how to play piano or are you a natural born Beethoven?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@devin_pokraka You're kind. I actually taught myself at a very young age. Beethoven was taught by a classical teacher. Rudy: 1, Beethoven: 0
Geo P
Geo P@deycallmegeo
What motivates you everyday to create more?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@deycallmegeo Every day life. As generic as it sounds, I see, hear, and learn things on a daily basis that are too interesting to not inspire some kind of work.
Nusha Rihter
Nusha Rihter@nusharihter · Student
Where did you got the idea of making Awkward Puppets?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@nusharihter I was inspired by the live show Avenue Q, and the film Team America. I've always been fascinated by the idea of humanized puppets. I knew I wanted to do something similar, especially after I had begun to develop a dedicated following online. @awkwardpuppets started as short videos online about two years ago, and began to grow quickly (faster than my own channel). A year later, I partnered with @shots to take the channel to higher, longer-form level.
Nusha Rihter
Nusha Rihter@nusharihter · Student
@rudymancuso @awkwardpuppets @shots Thank you for your answer I really appreciate it. Keep up with the great work! I really love your channel and Awkward Puppets.
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.@rudycuso
How do you find yourself creating new ideas for every episode?! Where do you get your inspiration?!
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@rudycuso I'm inspired mostly by my family and surroundings. My background consists of an ethnic clash with the most interesting Brazilian and Italians you've ever met. The characters are based off of them. With that as a foundation, the ideas come naturally.
Arjhay Sales
Arjhay Sales@arjhaysales
What comes first in your mind when you created Awkward Puppets?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@arjhaysales The internal thought behind @awkwardpuppets two years ago was: How can I be funny without showing my face?
Emily Hodgins
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Which is your all time favourite of all your videos?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@ems_hodge From myself, probably this: youtu.be/cKJO06CYxdA. For @awkwardpuppets, this: youtu.be/3dgx7EU66fQ
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Rudy! Thank you for joining us. Whats something you used to believe that you changed your mind on?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@eriktorenberg I used to think life was easy. It isn't.
Justin  I❤Ü
Justin I❤Ü@dz_princess_ · Hadjar
What inspires you to be the amazing person you are now ?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@dz_princess_ You're very kind. My family. My friends. Artists I look up to. Causes I respect. Every day life.
Justin  I❤Ü
Justin I❤Ü@dz_princess_ · Hadjar
@rudymancuso Thanks for your reply.
Paula Styles.
Paula Styles.@xpaulastylesx
What countries would you like to visit?
Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso@rudymancuso · musician, storyteller, foreigner
@xpaulastylesx France, India, and Australia.
Theoharis Dimarhos
Theoharis Dimarhos@theo_dimarhos · Marketing+Biz Dev at AngelouEconomics
Hey Rudy! What are the three things you've figured out about people that make them likely to act? i.e. share/comment/buy/donate