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'To Chase Redemption Was The Best Experience': The 'Barmageddon' Viral VIPs Tell All
Jonsy Hernandez and Kassandra Eisenhart got to team up with Jay Pharoah and Martin Kove during Episode 4 of "Barmageddon."
"Barmageddon" isn't just about celebrities having an amazing time playing bar games with Blake Shelton, Carson Daly, and Nikki Bella. It's also about giving ordinary people a shot at redemption after they had a somewhat embarrassing — but hilarious video — gain traction online.
Known as "Viral VIPs," two such people pair up with celebrities each "Barmageddon" episode as they compete in outrageous and outsized classic bar competitions. In Episode 4, comedian Jay Pharoah and "Karate Kid" legend Martin Kove went head to head with help from Jonsy Hernandez, a man who filmed himself dancing in the middle of the road while his bike got run over, and Kassandra Eisenhart, who was caught on video doing a silly dance while mopping that ended with a ridiculous fall.
Hernandez recently opened up to USA Insider about what it was like to compete on "Barmageddon."
"To chase redemption was honestly the best experience I’ve had. I couldn’t redeem myself by finding whoever did that to my bike, but I was able to redeem myself by beating Martin Kove in a series of great games, someone that I grew up watching on 'Karate Kid' and now 'Cobra Kai,' a movie and show I absolutely love," he said.
As for what it was like to meet Shelton, Daly, and Bella, Hernandez stressed that everyone was exceedingly kind — Shelton and Daly even got him a headlight for his bike, he said.
"The 'Barmageddon' concept is awesome. The games are great. Blake, Carson, Nikki, and the cast were all great ... Thank you, 'Barmageddon' for giving me the opportunity to redeem myself. When I watch the video, I don’t think, 'Wow, someone ran over my bike.' All I think about now is, 'Wow, I got on 'Barmageddon' because of this video.'"
He even has a message for the driver who destroyed his bike.
"If that person sees 'Barmageddon' and he remembers what he did, I want him to know I forgive him and I have a new bike!" Hernandez joked.