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Video Starring Oak Forest HS Grad Earns Webby Nomination

More than 2 years ago, Vince Rossi moved to California from Oak Forest to become an actor. Now, a comedy short he stars in has become an online hit and has been nominated for an award you can vote on. Find out how.

Thanks to an online comedy video, an Oak Forest High School graduate is being mentioned in the same breath as supermodel Bar Refaeli and Omar from the HBO series The Wire.

Actor Vince Rossi, 22, is part of the cast of "Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends," (editor's note: this video is NSFW for language and content) a comedy short from the College Humor website. The video, which already has racked up more than 5 million views on YouTube as of April 10, makes a satirical case for legalizing same-sex marriage as a way to ensure gay men won't be forced to marry the girlfriends of hetero men.

Now, it's been nominated in the 17th annual Webby Awards, which honors the year's best web content. The video is one of five finalists in the running for a People's Voice Award in the comedy category for online shorts.

READ: OFHS Grad Making Waves in Tinseltown

Here's a look at the other videos also vying for that award (Editor's note: Depending on your employer, these clips might be NSFW because of language and content):

  • "Real Actors Read Yelp": An episode starring Chris Kipiniak (Law & Order, The Good Wife) of a series that is exactly what it says it is, real actors reading reviews from Yelp, the online business directory and review site.
  • "The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading": Game clips featuring voiceovers of some very inaccurate—but hilarious—attempts at reading the lips of players, coaches and officials.
  • "Bar Refaeli's Sex Tape Kickstarter": The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model tries her best to persuade viewers to bankroll her dream project (don't spoil the tragic twist ending).
  • "Wire: The Musical": Some of the stars of the critically acclaimed pay-cable drama examining the drug war in Baltimore—Michael K. Williams, Andre Royo, Sonja Sohn—parody their characters in this fake ad for a musical version. (The role of "The Burner" could be this generation's Rum Tum Tugger.)

That's pretty strong competition. But unlike other stuck-up honors, such as the Oscars and the Medal of Honor, the Webby's People's Voice Award lets viewers choose the winner. Cast your vote for Rossi and his fellow College Humor performers on The Webby Awards site.

Voting ends April 25, and the winners in the People's Voice categories will be announced April 30.

Want to know more about Rossi? Like what his acting goals are and how he reacted to the viral success of the video? Check out Patch's interview with him from November of last year.

 

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Michael Horan April 11, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Are you seriously calling the Medal of Honor a "stuck-up honor"? Perhaps you are unaware, but the Medal of Honor is awarded for acts of heroism. The exact specification states that the award is given for "Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty." Perhaps this is some feeble attempt at humor on your part. If so, you might want to leave the humor to the professionals.
Mscholp April 11, 2013 at 09:39 PM
I find this disgusting and would not be proud to have my name associated with such a disgusting act and video. You refering to the Medal of Honor "stuck up" is insulting and feebale minded. You appear to be a far left leaning person who does not stop short of support immoral behavior and disrespecting our men and women in uniform.
Tired of the B.S. April 11, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Hey Joe Vince, It may be wise for you to remember that the people that have EARNED the Medal of Honor did not get it from some panel that liked their acting. They EARNED their Medal of Honor, many times with the cost being their own life. Your poor attempts at humor disgust me. You should learn a little about what it takes to EARN a Medal of Honor before you use it as a line in a story about a web video. You could start learning with these ten brave men: http://listverse.com/2010/02/19/10-astounding-actions-earning-a-medal-of-honor/
Joe Vince (Editor) April 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM
@Everyone: In the context of this story, which is written in a light-hearted manner, the line about the Medal of Honor is a joke, because it would be preposterous to refer to the highest award that can be given to someone serving in the military as "stuck up." It's ridiculous to even put the Medal of Honor in the same category as the Oscars. The joke makes fun of anyone who would agree with the statement that the Medal of Honor is a stuck-up award. Whether the joke is funny, however, is a matter of opinion, and you've registered yours. Joe Vince Tinley Park-Oak Forest Editor
Tired of the B.S. April 12, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Joe Vince, I guess that I missed the humor in the rest of your story, seemed more like a typical Patch story. Could you please point out the humorous parts for those of us that missed them (other than the links)? For you to belittle the Medal of Honor and then try to pass it off as some kind of a joke is an insult to all who have served in our military. At this point some would advise you to give up on the comedy and "don't quit your day job", however, I would actually prefer that you do quit your day job and spare the rest of us from your "jokes". If you decide to keep writing, maybe next time you could use a different "stuck up" award in your joke. You could use the Pulitzer, for, like the Medal of Honor, this would be another award that I doubt you will ever receive.
S April 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I think it's great that Vince has gotten a start in Hollywood, he was always a great actor at OFHS! Congrats!
Diane April 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM
What? You read this as being about VINCE Rossi, and not about Joe VINCE? Preposterous! By the way, good job Vince Rossi!

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