Halloween 2022: Salad Fingers creator David Firth on the Internet in the early 2000s, “rusty spoons” and Glasgow for Halloween


Salad Fingers was created in 2004 and has become a cult favorite ever since. Creator: David Firth

For those old enough to remember the golden age of Internet content from the early 2000s, David Firth’s name will bring to mind encounters with a supernatural figure with lettuce-like limbs. In 2004, the internet was a young but wonderfully absurd place that opened its doors to the strange green-fingered creature known simply as Salad Fingers.

The character quickly developed a cult following that many animators could only dream of.

“Salad Fingers wasn’t supposed to be my main thing,” says Firth. “It was supposed to be a short video for people to come to my website and watch the longer videos, and then we would eventually move on to sort of a TV series. . At the time, the internet was like something on which you wouldn’t seriously spend your time watching stuff.”

Mr. Fingers was a creature that moved at the speed of a snail, spoke in a silent, creepy drawl, and had an unhealthy obsession with rusty spoons and finger puppets. It offered early Internet users a weirdly hypnotic experience that bordered on uncomfortable and weirdly addictive.

Back-to-back screening of Salad Fingers in Glasgow

Now, nearly 18 years after Salad Fingers debuted on the internet, cult host David Firth brings his masterpiece to Glasgow’s Glee Club for a special Halloween screening.

“Last time I played in Glasgow I could only eat at McDonalds which is terrifying. There were 18-19 year olds rolling on the floor drinking Irn Bru and vodka, I think – because nobody drinks soft drinks at 11 p.m.,” laughs Firth, as he recalls his last visit to Glasgow.

But despite his BigMac-induced nightmare, the entertainer couldn’t be more excited to spend his Halloween night in Glasgow showing off his most popular creations.

“Actually the last time I was in Glasgow it was one of the best shows I’ve done because people were really into it. I normally give a bit of background on Salad Fingers in my intro for to avoid people wondering how I started and people laughing like I was doing a stand-up. There weren’t even any jokes in it – people were just eager to laugh. Other places tend to be complete silence. It’s a fun crowd to bounce on.”

It seems appropriate that the screening takes place on October 31. After all, Firth’s creation is notorious for causing nightmares, though he admits Salad Fingers isn’t something he would fit into the horror genre.

“I’ve never set out to scare people and the idea of ​​horror is that you want to be scared, but I’m more interested in ‘dark’ themes. has nothing to do with scaring yourself, it’s more just enjoying the darkness.

Chris Morris is inspired and stands the test of time

“I would never call it horror – just black comedy – because it gives you the freedom to have a little fun. You can add horror elements, but there’s no pressure to scare people. I feel a lot of horror. You called it a horror movie, so now you have the pressure to scare everyone and if it doesn’t work, it gets cheesy.

“For me, it’s always been my sense of humor, but it’s not unique, I’ve noticed it elsewhere too. I’ve been influenced by South Park, The Simpsons, Beavis, Butthead and Chris Morris. He’s (Chris Morris) someone a lot of young people haven’t heard of and don’t realize how important he is to comedy.”

However, much like Firth’s inspirations, his brand of dark humor has also stood the test of time with his animations like Salad Fingers and Burnt Face Man still garnering thousands of views — and even venturing onto TikTok.

“There wasn’t YouTube or a lot of video content on the internet back then. People didn’t feel like they were sitting down and watching things on the internet. people to watch other things. In my head, I was going to do feature films or half-hour cartoons, I’m absolutely not interested in doing an idea that has already been made.

“Salad Fingers lives in a world so disconnected from reality that there are no cultural references. I thought if he didn’t mention anything modern, or if he didn’t have modern humor , I think that’s the key.”

“Don’t be swayed by the modern world”

“Views didn’t equal money back then. Views just equaled numbers and then maybe you can sell t-shirts if they stick around. I wasn’t focusing on his success, it was more about doing another one before this one ran out. I think I did about four or five before slowing down because I didn’t want to be just the Salad Fingers guy.

“When you’re online, you don’t look at the numbers. If I was in a stadium and I could see all the people watching Salad Fingers, I might have thought ‘okay, that’s enough big” but you can’t visualize it with just numbers.

“Don’t get swayed by the modern world because it changes so fast, things get stale. People get swept up in it pretty quickly because they’re copied too much. Don’t copy modern humor and you’ll be fine I think . “

Tickets for the screening of Salad Fingers and Q&A by David Firth are on sale here, with the show due to start at 7 p.m.

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