There’s a reason Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah and Ira Glass are all crazy successful. It’s as simple as this: People will never tire of real-life stories.
But like most things now, the Internet is taking over. That’s why Mario Batali is getting in on the streaming game.
The High Road is a new short-format show on Hulu hosted by the boisterous Crocs aficionado. The concept (which is similar to Jerry Seinfeld’s delightful Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee) centers on Batali picking up one of his high-profile friends, then exploring someplace fascinating around town. Along the way, the duo chats about everything from NYC history to teddy-bear pancakes.
So far, he’s taken George Stephanopoulos to learn shuffleboard in Gowanus, Prune chef Gabrielle Hamilton to play tennis in Grand Central (yeah, we had no idea that existed, either) and Anthony Bourdain to sneak around the Intrepid.
Each episode is a light 11 or 12 minutes, and a new one releases every Thursday. We’re just holding out hope that our favorite late-night host and Batali buddy is on deck soon.