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Local grad's sketch goes viral

‘World War III Project’ racks up 1.7 million views

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 4:00 a.m. CDT
This screen shot taken from YouTube shows an actor campaigning for World War III “fundraising efforts” in a comedy sketch written by 2001 Sterling High School graduate John Loos.
John Loos

STERLING – An online comedy sketch produced by Second City in Chicago that has gone viral, racking up 1.7 million views since being posted on YouTube on Monday, has a surprising local connection: Its writer is a Sterling High School grad.

John Loos, 30, graduated in 2001 before moving on to the University of Illinois to study journalism. (He even interned for Sauk Valley Media’s photo department in 2004.)

The journalism thing didn’t last very long, though, because pretty soon he was off to Chicago where he studied writing at Second City and worked for Second City at Sea, touring on three different cruise ships – twice in the Caribbean and once in Hawaii.

He’s now a comedy writer and actor living in Chicago. The satirical video from “The Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants, Did You Know He’s Friends With Jay-Z?”, was picked up Wednesday night by Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“The World War III Project” is an idea Loos said came to him because of what he sees as a very “topsy-turvy” political atmosphere right now.

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The sketch acts as a play on the types of introductory videos often seen in Kickstarter campaigns, a real-life online platform used to crowdfund various entrepreneurial projects. In Loos’ sketch, the video explains why the potential donor should contribute to the campaign.

Four actors portraying a group of young Obama supporters – a graphic designer, a college freshman, a “stay-at-home mom with a full-time job,” and a “scholar on social policy and a barista” – come forward to explain why donors should contribute to their lofty goal of raising $1.6 trillion to pay for WWIII.

Because, as the “college freshman” explains: “America is dead-ass broke.”

The war this group of young liberals envisions will be extremely social media-friendly and feature “millions of troops, thousands of organic grass-fed bombs, hybrid Prius tanks, rockets controlled by iPads, and drones that play The Lumineers while they attack.”

In addition to “Hannity,” the video has been picked up by The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, and Mediaite, among others.

“I guess I was just looking at kind of the news of the day, the headlines from the last couple of weeks,” Loos said. “It’s interesting seeing people politically switching places. People who weren’t supporting war in Iraq and Afghanistan now were and vice versa, and so I kind of ran with that.”

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