BANTER BLENDER #87: All About Vine with Guest Darius Benson

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Vine superstar Darius Benson ( joins Ben Mandelker ( to talk about Vine. Darius breaks it all down: from his humble beginnings to his big successes and everything in between. He also talks about how he creates his Vines, how his popularity has affected his life, and how he came up with his famous catchphrase. Cool stuff from a funny guy!

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Instagram Video vs. Vine


Last week, Instagram unveiled its new video option, and within seconds, the Internet was writing the obituary for Vine, Twitter’s burgeoning social media network centered around 6 second long microbursts of video. It seemed like an obvious call: Instagram’s install base in about a bajillion times the size of Vine, and its interface is infinitely better (just try tagging a friend on Vine — it’s a pain in the ass).

However, is this really the end for Vine? Comparing and contrasting both video networks after the jump…

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #57: Kanye and Kim Deliver; Also, Kaycee Rice and Paula Deen

Time for another episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa! This week, Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( take on the spawn of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (who was still unnamed at press time). After that, the two chat about James Gandolfini’s untimely passing, controversial dance sensation Kaycee Rice, new Instagram video features, and Paula Deen’s racist ways. Along the way, there’s plenty of sidetracking about Japanese ghosts and druggie alligators, naturally. Come listen!

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Serious Drama in the Tomato Community #tomatodramz

Anyone who’s been following me on Vine (username: bsideblog) has perhaps seen my ongoing series, #tomatodramz, which follows the random exploits of three cherry tomatoes, one of whom — Candice — is perpetually a persona non grata in all activities. Why I make this videos is beyond me, but it’s the form my procrastination has taken, and as such, I’m rolling with it.

Nevertheless, while I do love the quick, six-second Vine format, I felt it was time to branch into the longform filmmaking of YouTube. Up above, behold the feature film debut of #tomatodramz.

For those of you wishing to see the backstory, I highly encourage you to download Vine and follow me @bsideblog (or at least look up the hashtag #tomatodramz on Twitter and follow the links there).

In other news, I am partially demented.