Kid-Friendly Viral Phenom Blippi Prepares For First Tour: Exclusive

The character created by Stevin John will anchor a North American run, led by Round Room Live.

When Stevin John exhibits up at an aquarium or indoor playground to movie his smash hit on-line collection Blippi, even his largest followers are a bit shocked by his common man look.

But as soon as he seems sporting his orange bowtie, suspenders and two-tone scally cap, be careful — it’s pandemonium for the character created by the 31-year-old actor and filmmaker, who grew up on a farm in Washington state.

“Everything was just so hard at the beginning, especially when there was no traction on the show,” John tells Billboard. “Now we go to a venue to film and everyone’s just so happy that we’re there and they can’t believe they went to the zoo the same day as Blippi.”

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Today John is saying the launch of Blippi Live!, a 30-city North American tour produced by touring veterans Stephen Shaw and Jonathan Linden from Round Room Presents, which can also be producing the Baby Shark Live tour.

One necessary truth to get out of the way in which — the character of Blippi is occurring tour, however not John himself.

“I won’t be on the road, but I am obviously extremely involved with the whole process,” he notes. “Blippi is as a character and I’m the creative force behind it, but since YouTube is a monster and all of these platforms are really crazy I can’t go on the road for many weeks or months at a time.”

Instead John will rent an actor, who he’ll prepare to understand and finally grasp the mannerisms of the boisterous-yet-eternally-young main man. It’s a shrewd, and long-thought out transfer — to ensure that Blippi to develop and actually scale into an empire, John acknowledges that he’s acquired to separate the persona from the character. It’s a long run play to create a worldwide model, however John stated he’s intentionally not skipping steps in constructing Blippi and is getting ready to work with whoever is forged to play Blippi within the stay present.

“My advice to them will be to try and envision what it was like to be a child and remember how your excitement and imagination we’re at such an elevated level,” John stated. “I really try and remember what it’s like to be a child. I had a great childhood and I want my audience to have a great childhood and get excited about life and to love learning.”

Blippi Live might be centered across the themes on his present — music, dance, machines, animals and autos — Blippi’s second album is devoted to motorized vessels and building machines with tracks like “The Excavator Song” which have racked up 49 million performs on YouTube.

“My ultimate goal is to have a localized Blippi in every single territory,” stated John, a former U.S. Air Force serviceman who has generated 600 million views within the final month on Youtube alone and practically 10 billion views since launching the Blippi in 2014. 

Today Blippi Inc. is anchored by about ten brokers at UTA in Los Angeles that cowl stay touring, publishing, licensing and merchandise. John additionally employs animation groups within the Philippines and Mexico, together with Spanish voice over actors in Costa Rica for Blippi Espanol, a handful of cameramen round North America, a merch workforce that works with Amazon to satisfy and ship about 30 merchandise world wide and a brand new publishing workforce that may launch a guide at Barnes and Noble.

“There’s no set headquarters — it’s a lot of passionate people that are scattered across the country,” stated John, who splits his time between Seattle and Las Vegas and is seeking to set up a 3rd residence in Los Angeles in 2020. 

Today, Blippi’s present has turn out to be a platform for celebrities like Olympic Gold medalist Shawn White, however John stated he spent years growing the Blippi character. Most movies are shot with a minimal three to 5 individual workforce, there”s often no cinematic director and far of what seems on the tip video is improvisation.

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“I know what I wish to speak about, however the supply could be very fluid,” he explains. “And we depend on assist from the native individuals on the venue the place we shoot. They’ll recommend locations to movie and level out issues that the majority children discover humorous. I’m at all times searching for good concepts and new methods to have enjoyable.”

Tickets for Blippi Live! go on sale Friday (Oct. 11). Dates for the tour are under. Learn extra at blippilive.com.

Feb. 2 — Tobin Center in San Antonio
Feb. 4 — BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, Alabamba
Feb. 5 — Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Alabamba
Feb. 6 — Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida
Febr. 7 — Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida
Feb. 8 — Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Febr. 9 — Straz Center (Morsani Hall) in Tampa, Florida
Feb. 12 — Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Feb. 13 — Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 14 — Lynn Memorial Auditorium in Lynn, Massachusetts
Feb. 15 — Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut
Feb. 16 — Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey
Feb. 17 — Bergen PAC in Englewood, New Jersey
Febr. 19 — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta
Feb. 20 — DPAC in Durham, North Carolina
Feb. 21 — Palace Theatre in Columbus, Ohio
Feb.22 — Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, Illionios
Feb. 23 — Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Feb. 25 —Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Feb. 26 — Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Feb. 27 — Tilles Center in Brookville, New York
Feb. 28 — Kodak Center in Rochester, New York
Feb. 29 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto
March 1 — Akron Civic Theatre in  Akron, Ohio
March 3 —Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa
March 4 — Ralston Arena in Ralston, Nebraska
March 5 — The Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wisconsin
March 6 — The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri
March 7 — Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa
March 8 — State Theatre in Minneapolis


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