This is it. The end of the “Kinda Funny Best Friend Whos-a-What’s-It March-through-May Madness Vote for G.O.A.T Tim Schafer Spooktacular Super Bowl XXVII.”
Let me preface everything below by saying, with complete sincerity: I am honored, flattered, humbled, and privileged to be the recipient of this
inaugural first annual award.
As the old adage goes, “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” If this tournament shows us anything, it’s that Kinda Funny is a magnet that attracts great friends. BEST friends.
When Greg first told me I’d be included in this tournament, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Then, I saw the esteemed company I was against, and I was shaken. Needless to say, this tournament featured an incredible group of people (and brands), many that I know personally. Good friends. Colleagues. Creators I admire. Delicious, cheesy snacks I’ve eaten in and around my car.
I’ve never considered myself on the same level as any of these people, so to see myself included among them was surreal. Still is. I was a winner the second Kinda Funny considered me worthy of being in their company.
And that was enough. To be on that placard, in the tournament at all, was more than enough. First round in, I was up against the Commish himself: the incomparable and wonderful Xavier Woods. Then and there I resolved that my tournament tenure would be short-lived. I was happy to be nominated, and even happier at the prospect of losing to someone as kind and supportive as Xavier Woods. Someone who has such a strong and positive presence in the Kinda Funny community.
WELL, THINGS DIDN’T EXACTLY UNFOLD AS I EXPECTED, neither did any of the rounds that followed. I can’t make sense of it, but here I stand -- somehow -- at the end of this tournament. I’m shocked as to how it happened, but I’m grateful nonetheless. There’s more emotion behind it than I can accurately describe, or do so without sounding horribly cheesy. But I’ll say this: the sheer amount of love and support I’ve received over Twitter in the last week outweighs the prestige of any actual title. Fans and voters have made me feel like a champion, and so have my “opponents,” who have been nothing but sportsmanlike and encouraging. I admire everyone on that placard and I’ve witnessed both at a distance and first-hand how much each and every one of them care about the Kinda Funny community. All of them are deserving of an equal honor, if not more.
As you grow older, the idea of a “best friend” loses a certain exclusive superlative, once you realize that “best” can apply to the many special people who have a profound impact on your life and a unique place in your heart. There’s a reason Kinda Funny bestows that moniker to their community members and collaborators. Over these last few weeks you’ve touched my heart and put me on a pedestal I don’t entirely feel worthy of. But I’m so grateful. It’s very difficult for me to see myself with any prestige or acclaim, so I’m very fortunate to be lifted up by you.
Thank you to everyone who voted and sent kind words. Especially to those who kept the mood friendly and positive. You mean so much to me and I’m incredibly moved by the gestures made over the last few weeks, and the outpouring of support. Funhaus and Kinda Funny have the best communities out there.
Thank you to Barbara Dunkelman, a unique and dynamic woman who is the champion to so many, and touches so many lives. She’s someone I care about and I was proud to be in her company at the end. She’s an extremely accomplished individual with an incredible reach and passionate fanbase. I’m fully aware she went easy on me in the final, because she’s ALSO an incredibly tactful person. She’s just the best.
Thank you to Commissioner Xavier Woods for imbuing me with his power going forward. He’s the real champ, in the ring and out.
Thank you to Tim Schafer, Geoff Ramsey, my brother Adam Kovic, Shuhei Yoshida, Brandon Jones, Alfredo Diaz, Dan Ryckert, Brian Altano, Mike Drucker, Fran Mirabella, Chastity, Grimecraft, Lorne Lanning, Sean Finnegan, Hunter Pence, Rahul Kohli, Burnie Burns, Anthony Carboni, Tonedeff, Sisqo, Dave Fennoy, Troy Baker, Napa Smith, DiGiorno, Hot Cheetos, Oreos, Wing Wings, Portillo’s, Taco Bell, and La Croix. Double thank you to Taco Bell, actually. They know why.
To Kinda Funny, thank you for being wonderful people, and thank you for thinking the best of me. I love you guys, and I can’t wait to come back.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
- The True Champion, Tim Schafer (as seen wearing an Elyse mask)
P.S. I’m still not convinced that this wasn’t the product of some grandiose prank or troll -- when it comes to light that it in fact was, in your face, Andy.