Christmas is when I say it is

Not really. But if it was I’d push it back a few days so the Mystery Tapes Christmas Special would be done in time. Instead it looks like I’ll just be fashionably late with this holiday video, which I’m weirdly comfortable with. It’s happened so many times at this point that I know it’s no harm done, it’s a weird trend at this point.

The reason it’s going to take a little longer is because today (Christmas Eve) I decided to re-film all of my live action and voice overs for the video. That decision definitely made me miss the holly jolly deadline, but the video is so much better for it that I know it was the right call. Basically what happened is that I’m using that new handheld mic that I used in my camera-tour video, and in my original recording of Mystery Tapes 5 I was just talking way too loud, and all of my lines just sounded way too harsh. Lots of clipping.

So I re-did everything and I’m so much happier with it. Even after all these years I’m still learning about how to properly deliver lines and whatnot, geez. It’s especially been weird starting with crappy microphones where you have to yell just to be heard and then slowly evolving to microphones so sensitive that you can’t breathe wrong or you’ll accidentally tickle people’s earholes. I really do love this handheld mic, though, it gives me something to do with my hands instead of flailing them around all the time. I’d expect to see more of it in videos where I don’t have to use my hands for other things like food prep.

Anyway, what was I talking about? Mystery Tapes 5. It will be a few days late, but should easily still arrive in December. After that, we slog through The Polar Express. I mean, we joyfully prance through The Polar Express.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, & All That Jazz

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Don’t feel bad that its gonna be a little late, Ian, this year has put everyone through the wringer and thrown everything off. Us fans appreciate what you do and are patient enough to wait for whatever content you have. You don’t have to feel guilt over taking the little extra time that makes your videos special. By the way, the video on the camera equipment was top notch content, anything you upload brightens the fans’ days. I always look forward to literally whatever you upload, its your channel after all. Anything from you is positive reinforcement that life ain’t… Read more »


No worried man by now I think we’ve come to expect late Christmas videos and I’d rather you be happy with it than to push out something you weren’t happy with on time.

Sean Stevens

Bro! I cannot wait for the Polar Express!! I know it’s an annual slog at this point, but we all enjoy it! I’m excited to see how you dress it up this year!!

Julia S.

looking forward to the new mystery tapes! if anything, the video being late just lets us celebrate christmas that extra bit longer.


it wouldn’t feel like christmas if there was an appropriately timed video 🙂
Would much prefer seeing something truer to your vision, looking forward to the release!


A belated merry Christmas to you moose. Hope you had a good one


I’m not sure what you plug your mic into, and I’m not sure that this advice will be of any use to you, but for what it’s worth, here’s a tip I can pass on from when I was in film class. If you plug your mic into a 2 channel digital audio recorder (I used a tascam brand one) then turn one of your channels down 75-50% in the digital recorder, then when you put your audio files into your editing software, instead of having a right channel and a left channel, you’ll have a regular volume channel, and… Read more »

Sarah Jay

Merry Christmas moose! To all yall and MJ!


the late christmas videos is a tradition and I’m here for it

Ben C

Did you and MJ get any good gifts for Christmas? (Which hasn’t happened yet… of course.) xD

Eli J Neman

It is a new year, what happened to you and where is the mystery tape video?


I love the hand mic. It’s a welcome addition. I enjoy the “tv host” feel of it all. I really enjoyed this vid too! I still can’t believe that Young Pioneer lady shoved that kid like he was nothing. Lol.

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