Alexandria Area High School student presents live show Saturday, March 25
AAHS sophomore Myles Frueh will host The Unspecified Show live at the Performing Arts Center in honor of its first anniversary
ALEXANDRIA— Move over Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, an Alexandria Area High School sophomore will host a live show inspired by late-night talk shows on Saturday, March 25, at the Performing Arts Center starting at 7 p.m. in honor of his YouTube show/podcast's one-year anniversary.
It's called "The Unspecified Show"—a YouTube comedy talk show hosted by AAHS sophomore Myles Frueh, 16, of Alexandria.
Frueh is in the Business, Communication and Entrepreneurship Academy at AAHS. His love of late-night talk shows, passion for theater and need to entertain others were just some of the ingredients that led him to create his show.
"I just want to help people. In years to come when the (YouTube) channel gets bigger and more established, I can start doing more community things and charity," Frueh said. "I really just want people to look at 'The Unspecified Show' and the first word that comes to their mind is 'fun.'"
"The Unspecified Show" gets its name from its intentional randomness with the hopes to provide a "little something for everybody." It features a variety of topics and guests with recurring segments like "Table Talk," where he interviews and has conversations with guests; "Jokes" where he tries his hand as a comic; and "Optimistic Positivity" where he reads off positive news from across the globe.
Frueh says he likes to create content that appeals to both teens and adults in the hopes of brightening someone’s day. He said the purpose of the show is for him and the viewers to have fun but to also leave them with a positive message to boost their spirits.
The idea of his show originated during the latter half of his seventh-grade year in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic had students learning online. At the start of each of his online classes — hosted on the video discussion app, Flipgrid — there would be a check-in where teachers would prompt the students with a question in an attempt to engage with them. Frueh took it upon himself to have some fun during check-in.
"I called it the 'Daily Awesome Flipgrid Show,'" said Frueh who explained that he would come up with long drawn out "obnoxious" answers that gave the students and the teacher a laugh. "Teachers really liked it, the kids liked it... I thought well, if I got at least one person that likes it, then let's take that concept and turn it into something that is real."
Two years later, near the end of March 2022, that concept became "The Unspecified Show" on YouTube. Since its inception, Frueh has filmed a variety of videos from his talk show with multiple segments to videos where he attempts viral challenges posted by other social media content creators and influencers. One of the videos involved him running a mile in a business suit.
"A lot of people liked that, so then I had to run two miles in two different suits... in winter," he said.
His most recent endeavor is the "Be Unspecified" podcast — an offshoot of his YouTube show's Table Talk segment where he has conversations with guests.
"I wanted to have a way to kind of learn things from people because people have such interesting stories. I thought a podcast would be a great way to do that," he said. "The podcast is a longer version of Table Talk."
Frueh hopes one day to make a career out of the show and to keep entertaining.
In honor of the show's one-year anniversary, Frueh will be recording a live episode at the Performing Arts Center at AAHS.
"I want the one-year anniversary to be kind of a thank you to all the people who've watched the show... Also a welcome for the years to come," Frueh said. "It's going to be the Youtube show but a little more hype... More energized."
The show will feature some of the same segments found on his YouTube channel as well as an opportunity for audience members to participate on stage. The show is free to the public and it starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Frueh expects it to be about an hour long. The event will be recorded and will be on his YouTube channel for later viewing.