Hot Ice Cream: Tramp Stamp 101

It’s Friday, which means a brand new sketch from Hot Ice Cream is up! This week, we quickly joke about tramp stamps.

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Thanks to the multi-talented Trevor Smith for drawing that on my back with a Sharpie. Here’s the clip:

Share this with some tramps you know! We love tramps.

Watch Me on Beverly Hills Pawn! #Sharknado

Well, here we are, a full year after the premier of the first Sharknado, and I’m still somehow getting press from 3 seconds of screen time. I’ll take it!

You can watch the entire episode of Beverly Hills Pawn that I was recently on right here below. Click the picture below and you should be taken to a site where you can watch it. Hit the X that’s on the video if it pops up and you should be good.

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Not a bad 6 minutes on TV! Thanks to the Asylum for use of the picture and fin for the episode.

Hot Ice Cream: More Fruits You’re Eating Wrong

In response to last week’s 4 million+ hits video called 6 Fruits You’re Eating Wrong, we at Hot Ice Cream made a video highlighting just a few more fruits you might be screwing up.

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My house and yard were covered in fruits by the end of this thing.

It was a fun 20 mins to shoot. No real fruit was harmed in the making of this video.

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Show-Stopping with WWE’s Dolph Ziggler!

Last night I went to the first ever live WE WATCH WRESTLING podcast taping and had a blast! With all the WWE superstars in town for Summerslam tonight, one of my favorite wrestlers to watch Dolph Ziggler showed up to do a quick standup set and be a guest on the cast afterwards. I walked in with him literally saying, “That’s all for me, thanks guys!” which sucked, but his interview on the podcast was great. His two all-time favorite wrestlers are Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair, which was interesting to hear.

And, I got to snap this picture with him! I asked if I could hold up the sign, and he said, “It’s not anything racist is it?” Then he saw what it said and went, “Oh that’s great.” Win!

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Tonight, I’m watchin’ Summer Slam on my couch, and maybe making the wife sit through it. It should be a good one!



Hot Ice Cream: Dave Matthews Band

This Friday’s sketch from Hot Ice Cream comes from a story Wendi Starling tells at the end of the clip. Watch for it!

Featuring Ken Barnard and Natasha Pearl Hansen kicking as as a bickering couple.

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This was filmed in the wife’s and I’s bedroom. The bed, given to us by mom-in-law Tonya, is so big, it’s like sleeping in your own twin bed, I Love Lucy style.

Sidenote:  The wall decal above the bed took like an hour to put up when the misses and I tried doing it because she kept complaining it wasn’t straight. I kept yelling, “I’M NEVER KISSING YOUR GOODNIGHT,” to spite her, but eventually we got over it.


Grammer Nazi and Spelling Commie Video!

Every month, a show at Flappers in Burbank called Show Your Shortz has been showing some sketches I’ve done recently with Bitsville U.S.A. as part of their monthly rotation. It’s a fun little show, and it’s cool to see a live response to something you’re putting on Youtube, where you don’t usually get to see a reaction. Matthew Clark, the curator of that show, asked me to be in a  sequel sketch to a video he made called The Grammar Nazi. As an English major, I was contractually obligated to participate.

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Here’s the sketch in all its glory. It marks the first time I have ever spoken another language in anything.


“To Die Would Be a Grand Adventure.”

When I was a freshman in high school, for some reason, I was stuck in the library. I don’t know what it was for, probably a study hall or something. But I went on a quest to find a book to read, something real, non-fiction and quick. There was this rotating shelf of celebrity biographies right at the front of the library, near the checkout desk, placed there to hopefully garner some eyes from kids who maybe don’t read all that much. I found myself in front of this spinny thing, checking for something that might take up the hour. The book I grabbed was a biography on Robin Williams, and I read it in that one sitting. From that moment on, I realized how many of his movies had inspired me in someway, and how many I’d watched on repeat as a kid and teenager. The book mentioned other stuff, too, about his charity, his personal life, and his disposition, some of which I didn’t know about at all. I felt a connection to the guy and it was then I realized I was truly a fan of his.

Around this time, I started listening to lots and lots of standup. I watched specials, too, but audio droned in my ears from decades and decades of performances. When I found Robin’s stuff, it was like a new genre of comedy became clear to me. Jumping from topic to topic, from impression to impression, from character to character, he really opened up this whole new avenue of performing standup comedy to me. He did crowd work, some of the first crowd work I’d really ever heard, and it really made an impression on me as a guy trying to figure out how to get started in the same field.

There’s really some power to being a celebrity. People listen to you, they support you, they mourn you. But the real power comes from being a talent. Robin Williams was a talent, a guy who really offered the world his comedic and dramatic take on just about everything. He gave the world a lot of things. Things to laugh at, things to be raised on. I’ve always wanted to and still want to be that guy. Underneath any mask he was wearing, there was that piece of him that was just so genuine. He was remarkable, and he’s someone who I never got the chance to meet but feel like I’ve known all my life. If he’s not for you, then you are not for most.

In my honest opinion, it doesn’t get much better than than RW. He’s all four faces on my Mount Rushmore of comedy, all five names on my dream dinner guest list.

RIP Robin Williams, and may you never forget how to fly again.

Hot Ice Cream: Shirtless Guy with a Hose

This Monday’s edition of Hot Ice Cream features me, shirtless, as do many of the best videos on the internet. I’m also holding a hose and spraying it everywhere. This post is getting hot.

This was just one of the 10 sketches we shot at my house, but I feel like we did a decent job of making it look like we were in different places. Hey, if I’m paying rent on a house in Burbank, CA, I’m getting everything I can out of it.

Click the link below to subscribe to our series! New videos every Mon and Fri.

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BONUS NOTE:  I needed a shopping cart for a sketch recently and figured, “there’s probably one down my street somewhere,” half kidding. Low and behold, there was one parked at the end of my block yesterday, with it’s front wheels missing. It’ll do, pig, it’ll do.

Texts from Best Friends

I had the data turned off on my cell phone for a few days because I reached my data limit. My friend Ron asked me why I hadn’t responded to any text messages last night. I didn’t know what he was talking about…until I turned my data back on today. Here they are:


These dirtbags are the best pals a guy could ask for. It’s just like that show Entourage, but they’re all fatter than Turtle, and I’m not successful yet.

Hot Ice Cream: Worst Caricature Ever

One time, my wife Ashlee and I got the worst caricature of all time at Indian Beach in Monticello, IN. It’s hanging up in the background of the sketch below if you look closely. It honestly just looks like any two white people you’ve ever seen.

Wendi I wrote this sketch below based on that idea but gave it a bigger twist. Let me know what you think!


We filmed this in my backyard under a pop up tent and I added some carnival ambiance, and it actually came across like it could maybe be at a fair or something. Maybe some extras carrying balloons would’ve helped, we’re getting better every sketch, production-wise.

Big online round of applause to my pal Trevor Smith, who not only drew that awesome caricature in like a few days, but also hits it out of the park with his comedic timing in response to me asking if he cut my head off. That guy’s talented!

Email and pay him to draw you something! He’s really good.

My Favorite Instagrams

If you like my website, make sure you follow me on Instagram, where I sometimes remember to post pictures.

Below, you’ll find my 10 favorite snaps from my account, and some captions. Click to make them bigger.


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Follow me! RB’s Insta

Rice Crispy Treats for Breakfast

Since Ash’s mom moved in to help us with the kiddo, our house has been filled with treats, dinners, and clean stuff. It’s great!

Last night, after a few open mics around town, I came home to a chunky plate of Rice Crispy Treats that I chugged down with chocolate milk from a glass bottle. It was a real 1950s experience.

Then today, I woke up to a sandwich bag packed full of the same treat to take to work, paired with a single plum. I took the bag, and left the plum (seriously, who the fug eats a plum? I like plums and I don’t even eat plums).

Then I tweeted about it:

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Then I ate them all.

photo (2)If you have any treats you’d like to send my way for breakfast, email She may not reply, or even check that email, but your efforts will be thanked.

Hot Ice Cream: 30 Seconds of Morning Sickness

The second sketch from Hot Ice Cream takes you right to the source of all good humor:  the toilet.

Special thanks to Nate Lujan from The Rendezvous for the empty Jack bottle! You are now Hot Ice Cream’s honorary propmaster.

Join me at the Rendezvous in Covina, CA every single Tuesday night 8pm-10pm for #triviawithbudds!

Hot Ice Cream: Would You Rather…

Here is the first sketch from Hot Ice Cream, my new sketch group with my sister-in-law Wendi Starling.

If you like it, please give it a share on any social media platform! We’ll be putting these out every Mon and Fri from now on, so subscribe on Youtube for the twice-weekly updates.

FUN FACT:  Wendi drank a good amount of wine for all the chugging she did in the takes leading up to the final sketch.

Deets on the video:

Written by Ryan Budds and Wendi Starling.

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Wendi Starling (
Trevor Smith (
Natasha Pearl Hansen (
Ken Barnard (

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Shot and Directed by:
Harry Moroz (
Frank Geist (

Edited by:
Ryan Budds (

Music from:

Hot Ice Cream can be found every Mon and Fri on the hilarious satirical news site, courtesy of Kyle Scanlan (

Airplane Vs. Volcano Now Streaming on Netflix!

Hey friends, starting right now, you can stream Airplane Vs. Volcano at home on Netflix!

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It just got added today, so you should have plenty of time to peep it at your own will.

I play Pvt. Thatch in this movie, I’ve got around 10 lines/scenes. If you find me on screen, take a picture and post it to Insta or FB! I’d love to see your comments.

FUN DRINKING GAME:  Anytime someone says volcano, sir, or die. 

WATCH FOR:  me pulling a guy’s arm skin off after he gets blast by a lava rock. It’s fantastic. 

Here’s some fun snaps from set. Enjoy!

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#ComicConBands @midnight Tweets and GIN BLOSSOMS!

I had a lot of fun playing @midnight’s #HashTagWars last night with the tag #ComicConBands. Sometimes, I struggle to think of anything even remotely funny, like with the one the other night #BadJeopardyRounds, but sometimes I can tweet a ton of at least somewhat worthwhile ideas.

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The best part of my night? Getting retweeted by the actual Gin Blossoms for using “Vir-gin Blossoms.” They’re still around! The 90s will live on forever.

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Follow me @ryanbudds and @ginblossoms on Twitter, right now! Maybe we’ll even “Follow You Down.” That doesn’t make sense but I had to try and squeeze the song title in.


Me in 3 Very Different Costumes

Here are three random pics of me from the last week as a sleeping fella, a grammar Nazi, and Capt America with a Nerf shotgun.




I play dress up a lot.

The Best Phrase a Son Can Hear From Their Mom

I posted a soft joke about doing a show at a strip club in Vegas next month. My mom, who is only setup on Facebook to be able to see the newsfeed and pictures her kids post, commented with this:

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Hehehehehe. I’ve never heard he say the phrase “tear it up” in print or real life, ever. Also, this is like her third comment on FB ever, and all three have been encouraging. Thanks Mom!

Be my friend on the FB here.

Hot Ice Cream: What is Hot Ice Cream Teaser

Hey friends, my sister-in-law Wendi Starling and I just embarked on a new twice-weekly sketch web series together!

The first sketch will be out Friday Aug 1st at 9am PST, and every Monday and Friday after that we’ll put out another one.

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Most of them are really short, rarely every going over 2 mins, so we hope you’ll take a tiny portion of your day to watch them!

Here’s a teaser for the first ten coming soon. Enjoy, and please share with a friend who might like them!

If you’d like to help us promote these sketches, please shoot me an email at!


Dr. Dealer Sketch, Bitsville U.S.A.

Here’s a great video I got to work on and contribute some jokes to with my pals over at Bitsville U.S.A. It’s called Dr. Dealer. You will enjoy it. There’s weed in it.

Check out all their great videos at their Youtube channel, and stay tuned for lots more great sketches with them every month!

Here are some more snaps from the shoot: