Joseph Baken is a Hollywood wünderkind whose hilarious Hollywoodland YouTube videos have gone viral. Baken's ascent has been rapid, having already worked with everyone from Gus Van Sant to James Franco (who directed him in a spot for Samsung). Van Sant calls Baken "very funny... a great performer and an amazing writer." While award-winning writer Kelly Marcel says, "Joe is incredibly creative and always bubbling with ideas. It's infectious and I love being around him. He always inspires me and reminds me to think outside of the box. He's also very kind and witty." I spoke with Baken just as he released the second of his Hollywoodland videos.
Tell me about Hollywoodland. How did you come to create this project? Hollywoodland was an idea that was inspired by Portlandia, which I think is brilliant. Hollywood has so many unique people and quirks. I love it here, but I also saw an opportunity to poke fun at ourselves.