Rob Dyrdek talks differences of show with 'Tosh.0'

Mon, Aug 22

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Professional skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek hasn't done much wrong on television.

The 37-year-old Ohio native starred in the MTV reality series "Rob & Big" from 2006-2008, hosted the MTV original series "Fantasy Factory" from 2009-2011 and is producing a cartoon for Nickelodeon for 2012. He also founded the Street League Skateboarding professional contest, which is being televised live Sunday on ESPN2.

Dyrdek has been a trendsetter in many ways.

"I try to seize every opportunity I can," Dyrdek said. "I've already filled my bucket list many times over. Business is my passion."

So a lot a eyes will be watching on Monday when Dyrdek's new show on MTV -- "Ridiculousness" -- debuts at 10 p.m. People will question whether he has given up the moniker of innovator and instead become a imitator.

"Ridiculousness," according to MTV, features Dyrdek's unique take on some of today's funniest amateur viral videos and builds them into episodes of edgy, funny and timeless television.

Sounds like "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central, right?

Even Daniel Tosh, who is heading into his fourth season this fall, sees the comparison. On Twitter recently, Tosh said, "Congrats @robdyrdek. new show looks very funny & familiar."

Dyrdek shot back: "Thanks you so much @danieltosh !! Maybe later this week you, @BobSaget and @Tom_Bergeron can come down to my factory and play."

Dyrdek knows people will compare the two shows, but said, "I'm not even sweating it. The videos are the stars. Once they see the show, the debate will go away."

"Ridiculousness" is not mean-spirited like Tosh's show, Dyrdek said, and is more like "America's Funniest Home Videos."

"Now Vinnie Di Bona, that's the person who should be really mad about all of this," said Dyrdek, who pitched the idea for a video show a year before Tosh.0 began. "Vinnie was the one who created 'Funniest Home Videos.' Now that was pure gold. My show is about me hanging with my friends watching and commenting on videos. None of it is scripted. There is going to be a difference."

For Dyrdek, everything he has touched has turned into gold, and he's not slowing down.

"I'm a professional skateboarder with three TV series. It's quite psychotic, I would say," said Dyrdek, who filmed the 16 episodes of "Ridiculousness" in eight days. "Anything is possible if you're willing to work for it."