Tiki Bar TV

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Tiki Bar TV
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Hosted by Jeff Macpherson (Dr. Tiki)
Kevin Gamble (Johnny Johnny)
Lara Doucette (Lala)
Genre Comedy
Length6 minutes
Picture format NTSC (480i)
HDTV (720p) (via membership)
Video format .m4v
Original releaseMarch 15, 2005 (2005 -03-15) 
December 12, 2009 (2009 -12-12)
Website http://www.tikibartv.com/

Tiki Bar TV is a video web series, or "vodcast". Each episode features a problem that is rectified by the episode's namesake cocktail, which is scribbled on a prescription pad by Dr. Tiki and "filled" by bartender Johnny Johnny who explains how to make the cocktail. Examples include the Suffering Bastard (episode 2), Fog Cutter (episode 8), Volcano Bowl (episode 11), Boomerang (episode 14), and Blue Hawaiian (episode 25). [1] The drinks did not always follow conventional recipes. Lala is the Tiki Bar's primary denizen who opens each episode with a dance. Most episodes also include a segment called "Tiki Mail," where mail from viewers or disgruntled neighbours is answered, and then ends with outtakes or the cast dancing. Originally shot in an apartment's tiki bar on a low budget, the humorous and heavily ad-libbed show was a creative outlet for its creators Jeff Macpherson and Kevin Gamble. [2]


The show garnered additional attention after being mentioned at Apple's iPod Video launch. [3] Tiki Bar TV was shown in Apple stores worldwide as part of a 6-month promotion in 2006. [4] The first episode was released on iTunes on March 13, 2005, with each episode being approximately 5 minutes in length. The show originated from Vancouver, British Columbia and has not been updated since Episode 45 (December 12, 2009). It was produced by Tosca Musk and is considered by many to be one of the pioneering video podcasts credited with launching the genre.


The performers go un-credited and unabashed stage names are given. Jeff Macpherson, who plays "Dr. Tiki," introduces himself as actor "Reginald Hornstein," and when "Lala" breaks character, she speaks as actress "Beatrice Fastwater."

Dr. Tiki, Johnny Johnny and Lala in an outtake from episode 9 Tiki Bar TV characters.jpg
Dr. Tiki, Johnny Johnny and Lala in an outtake from episode 9

Minor characters


The popularity of the show led to the selling of T-Shirts, calendars, DVDs, and Tiki Bar TV themed Tiki mugs.

In May 2009, Secret Lab, an independent video game developer based in Hobart, Australia announced the development of a Tiki Bar TV-themed computer game, entitled Day of the Tiki, to be released in Summer 2009. [8] It was then delayed to sometime in 2010. [9]


In 2009 Tiki Bar TV was nominated for three Streamy Awards: an audience choice award and two craft awards for editing and production design. On March 26, 2009 at the 1st Annual Streamy Craft Awards the shows production designer, Kim Bailey received the first ever Streamy award for Production Design / Art Direction from the International Academy of Web Television. More than just breaking new ground, the show was recognized by the International Academy of Web Television, the Streamys and the web community for the extremely high standards in production value and design.[ citation needed ]

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