Final Fantasy XIV Interview: ChiliFarmer, Comedy Content Creator
One of the best things about Final Fantasy 14 is the amazing community it has created. The fandom love is not contained within the game and often spills over to just about every social media platform out there. I love seeing my Twitter timeline filled with memes, jokes and success stories of the latest FF14 content and it makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger.
A familiar face that often pops up in my Twitter feed is ChiliFarmer, best known for his FF14 parody sketches. Chili has been an avid gamer for a few years and is an experienced content creator with a background in acting. Naturally, a combination of his two passions would prove to be a marriage blessed by the Twelve.
“I started doing my sketches about a year ago,” Chili tells me. “The first skit I did was called ‘Sprout’s First Dungeon’ and it was a satire on how new players explore the content that most of us are rushing to get our weekly rewards. And the next video I did right after was my first Karen of Eorzea video. Honestly, I don’t know why I never thought of doing skits or parodies before, maybe because I don’t didn’t have the green screen to do the quality videos that I wanted to do. But one day my sister was sitting on the couch with me and she just showed me a TikTok of someone in a parody they have She then said, “I think you’d be good at this.” Immediately, five ideas came to mind.
Chili is no stranger to playing different characters and explains that he has enjoyed acting since he was young. “In college, I performed a lot on our mainline shows, mostly playing comedic roles, and was part of our school improv team. We were able to travel and learn from professional troupes in Atlanta, Washington DC, and “other towns. So I always created characters spontaneously. Even as a kid, I used to play with my parents’ video camera and act out movies like my favorite characters from video games and TV shows. My sister definitely had right because it was something that I loved to do since I was little, and I almost fell in love with acting and comedy. I’m very happy that these videos made me fall in love all over again art.
If anything happens in FF14, you can bet Chili makes content out of it. Whether it’s a low-poly talk about grapes or the recent real estate lottery issue, part of what makes his content fun is that he’s so in touch with the current trends and tribulations of the community. Chili also manages to deliver skits even when new content is scarce by tapping into anecdotes and experiences that players can relate to.
“I think being a wallflower helps me a lot,” he says. “I often find that quiet times contain some of the funniest -isms. I try to find things that are ‘normal’ and regular parts of culture that are relatable. Those are the things that tend to make people laugh because it’s something you can connect with. And it can be as simple as a bard playing a sad song as everyone walks away.” Poor bard, playing their sad song, nobody cares, everyone’s too busy playing games.” There’s an endless amount of in-game culture and little habits that are unintentionally funny.
Although it started with Chili creating funny videos based on FF14, his comedy came full circle and returned to the game when he created an in-game Karen character based on his sketches. It saves its main – Riku Mistwarden on Aether Jenova – for the important gameplay, of course, but you can often find Karen socializing and attending community events and places.
“The funny thing is that a lot of my skit videos on YouTube in particular, and Karen’s videos in particular, didn’t get a lot of responses until the day I posted my Let’s Go memes on YouTube procrastinated just to make me laugh, and they blew up,” Chili tells me. “Not only did those videos blow up, but all of my parody meme videos already on my channel did. It’s crazy how things turn out like that. Memes are truly a power of their own. The Let’s Go memes weren’t an original idea, but something I took from TikTok and put a Final Fantasy 14 twist on it. The memes made me cry with laughter so I couldn’t help it.
“In the end, I grabbed anything in my brain, put it on paper, and made it happen with no ulterior motives or fear of failure. People continued enjoying the characters i added to the mix and the new sketches especially my hydaelyn is reading warriors of light name videos and i think it’s just a matter of sitting down and dealing with first of a script, it doesn’t matter the character. I really focus on the words on paper, because that’s where the real funny comes from, not just the voices or the body language. So whatever the new character that I portray, people always have something to connect with.
There’s no denying that Chili has resonated with other players and as a result, he’s become a popular figure in the community. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know his work, and you’ll often see players pay homage to his in-game comedy.
“I’ve heard people even change their character description to say things like ‘Proud Citizen of Eorzea’ as a Karen satire joke. I’ve heard a story about people referring to my Let’s Go memes in raids before shooting saying “Let’s do it like those Let’s Go memes. And people often recognize me in-game by my shorts. And I encourage people to say hello. I love interacting with others in-game, take pictures or just say “hey, let’s raid!”
“People really watch my videos on a regular basis and watch them on repeat for a laugh, and that’s the best answer I could ask for. It’s easy to fall into impostor syndrome, but I really try to get over it. rid and really appreciate what I do for others. It’s very easy to take that for granted. You never know the impact you have on others and what you mean to them. You just can’t not ignore this.
Chili has plenty of exciting content planned for the future, like a regular parody of the Producer’s Live Letter and a new show called Eorzea Night Live that will be in the same vein as SNL, which it hopes to launch this summer. to coincide with the introduction of Data Center Travel. Later that day, it launches Karen’s Courthouse, a new in-game show and role-playing courthouse where players can plead their case with Karen.
“The goal is for it to be really fun and quirky,” Chili tells me. “It’s more like an improv comedy like Whose Line is it Anyway. I’m trying to bring more RP events to the game that don’t rely too heavily on a super in-depth, meticulously crafted story, but on creating new characters on the spot by interacting and discovering together, practicing the classic rule of ‘ Yes and!’ whole.
“I want other people to come without feeling like they have to be incredibly prepared, and just having fun, pretending with us and making other people laugh. That’s the main goal. I have other behind-the-scenes projects that are ‘Improv RP Shows’, almost like what you see with GTA RP. It’s always exciting and full of energy, but a lot of it is just stuff you just have to work with. get out there without worrying too much about having a confining backstory I want to create a PR that looks like cinema or theater.
You can read more about Karen’s Courthouse here, and to keep up to date with Chili and his special brand of FF14-themed comedy, you can follow him on Twitter and YouTube, or check out his streams on Twitch.
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