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20 under 30: Noah Bonnett

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LAist's "20 Under 30" interview series with interesting Angelenos under 30 continues with Noah Bonnett, reality TV production survivor turned vidcasting producer. His well-produced daily video podcast 88SLIDE is a quick shot quiz, which gives away gift certificates and, from time to time, an iPod. 88SLIDE has just had its 100th episode, and is still cranking; you can call Noah a video podcast pioneer.

Tell us about 88SLIDE, the vidcast. And do you say vidcast or video podcast?
88SLIDE is a daily one minute trivia challenge format, distributed via the Internet at, and through iTunes as a video podcast. Cell phone users can also download the series at We release a new one minute trivia challenge Monday through Friday, and our outtakes and bloopers on Saturday and Sunday. Our audience then emails and text-messages their answer by 9 PM, in hopes of winning the day’s prize.

I call it a micro-format. Let it be known that I’m coining this new buzzword “micro-format” on LAist on this day in 2006. Readers, please utilize and spread the joy of this soon-to-be-overused phrase.

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88SLIDE has the charm of user-generated-content , combined with the production know-how of a big studio. Our mission is to entertain, interact, and enlighten, daily, in 60 seconds. My mother calls it “the most brilliant thing ever created from the most talented, beautiful, and menschy son, ever.”

What's been the best thing that's come out of 88SLIDE?
The best thing is waking up and seeing the answers pour in from all over the world. Our host Rachel has a huge following in Brazil! In addition, I’m getting to see Southern California like never before. We visited a tattoo festival, Jewish deli and a shower door factory all in one weekend. I like eating a slice of the big media conglomerates’ entertainment pie and market share. It’s delicious.