Friday, August 12, 2016
Vine star Thomas Sanders brings his Ultimate Storytime tour to the Social
By Abby Stassen
on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org
People make a living all sorts of ways: robbing from the rich to give to the poor, selling their hair to buy a watch chain for a man who sold his watch to afford a fancy barrette for the now-missing hair, multilevel marketing scams. Central Florida native Thomas Sanders grabbed onto video app Vine and climbed his way to the top, becoming one of the most popular artists on the platform. In a world where most people don't have the attention span to finish reading this sentence, Sanders found a way to capitalize on our "ooh look, a squirrel!" mentality and turn it into plenty of acorns for the winter. A theater kid with musical talent and a knack for saying a lot with very little time (I guess you could just call that "concise"), he's amassed more than 7 million followers and is coming to Orlando with his Ultimate Storytime tour (a nod to his popular "Storytime" Vine series, in which he jumps into strangers' interactions on the street and provides his own comedic narration). Recent Vines feature backstage rehearsal footage with lots of singing; musical humor can go bad faster than one of his six-second viral videos, but Sanders has the melodic and comedic chops to pull it off. Ultimate Storytime showcases how modern viral video stars can transition from phone screens to the live stage. After a caffeine-fueled binge viewing of hundreds of his Vines, we can't wait to see what stories he'll tell in person.