Andrew Callaghan

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Born1988 (age 32–33)
Seattle, Washington USA
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materLoyola University New Orleans
OccupationMedia Creator
Years active2018-Present
Notable work
All Gas, No Brakes
StyleComedy, Gonzo

Andrew Callaghan (born 1998) is an American alternative media journalist, writer, and media creator. He is best known for his role in the YouTube video series All Gas, No Brakes. His work typically explores various American counterculture events and perspectives[1], and is highly stylized with elements of Comedic journalism, Gonzo journalism|, and immersion journalism[2][3].

Early Life

Callaghan was born in Seattle, Washington in 1998, and later lived in Philadelphia[2]. In his teens, Andrew was a rapper under the name Trek God[4]. Callaghan studied journalism at Loyola University New Orleans[5][6]Loyola University New Orleans.

Career

Early work

Callaghan was a contributing writer for the Loyola school newspaper The Maroon[6].

From late 2018 to 2019, Callaghan was anchor and co-producer for his video series Quarter Confessions[5]. Quarter Confessions published short videos on YouTube and Instagram that featured absurd, humorous, and shocking confessions from party-goers on Bourbon Street[5] interviewed by Callaghan[6].

In 2019, Callaghan published All Gas, No Brakes: A Hitchhiker's Diary, a memoir-zine recounting stories from a 70-day hitchhiking trip across America that he undertook two years prior at the age of 19[7]. Callaghan's experiences meeting people on the fringes of society over the course of his hitchhiking trip helped inspire his YouTube video series All Gas, No Brakes[3].

All Gas, No Brakes

In August 2019, Callaghan started publishing videos for the series All Gas, No Brakes on Instagram and YouTube[1], supported by a partnership with Doing Things Media and crowd-funding on Patreon[1]. All Gas, No Brakes is described as a comedy and gonzo journalism show[3][2][1], featuring Callaghan interviewing people at various fringe and counter-cultural events[1][3]. Callahan's role as interviewer on All Gas, No Brakes is noted for his deadpan, "non-judgmental approach" that encourages interviewees to speak their mind, often resulting in interviewees saying shocking or bizarre things[3][8].

In early 2020, Callaghan started an All Gas, No Brakes podcast, in response to travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. On the podcast, Callaghan interviews past subjects from All Gas, No Brakes over video chat[1].

In May 2020, Doing Things Media and Abso Lutely Productions announced a development deal to produce All Gas, No Brakes for television, featuring Callaghan as the host and executive co-producer. Comedians and owners of Abso Lutely productions Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have additionally joined Callaghan as executive co-producers of the television production[9][8].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dazed (2020-05-22). "All Gas No Brakes is documenting America's most unhinged cultural fringes". Dazed. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 10207037939562084 (2020-01-28). "Andrew Callaghan Interviews the Most Controversial People in America on 'All Gas No Breaks'". Popdust. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "'All Gas No Brakes' Is Capturing America's Weird Underbelly on an RV Road Trip". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  4. "The Andrew Callaghan Interview (ALL GAS NO BRAKES)." YouTube, uploaded by Not Most People, 30 May 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW8kLYnlLHw&feature=youtu.be
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "I Got Bourbon Faced On Sh*t Street". Office Magazine. 2019-04-19. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Wann, Tyler (2019-04-17). "Q&A: 'Quarter Confessions' creators explain the process of making the show". The Maroon. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  7. Amendola, Joe (2019-09-20). ""All Gas No Brakes" Brigade Book Review". Brigade. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Groundwater, Colin. "The Last 7 Things That Made Tim and Eric Laugh". GQ. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  9. Ramos, Dino-Ray; Ramos, Dino-Ray (2020-05-20). "Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim's Abso Lutely Productions And Doing Things Media Enter Development Deal For Internet Series 'All Gas No Brakes'". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-07-09.

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