Currently in its 9th season, Hot Ones is a Youtube show from the First We Feast channel where celebrities are interviewed whilst eating ten increasingly spicy chicken wings.
While it’s funny to see celebrities make funny faces and suffer at the incredibly fiery snacks, half of Hot Ones popularity is down to journalist Sean Evans interviewing technique. He goes toe to toe with his guests, eating the wings alongside them, and asks genuinely interesting and well thought out questions whilst maintaining politeness. This tactic almost always allows celebrities to open up and give great answers, making Hot Ones not only one of the best internet talk shows, but one of the best talks shows full stop.
However, great questions aside, yes, the best thing about Hot Ones is seeing how famous people react to the fires of hell being set alight in their mouths. Here are five of the best, and five of the worst!
10 Best: Tommy Chong
Usually around halfway through the show, the heat of the wings will truly hit the guests and the background music will become increasingly ominous and epic to encapsulate the drama. Not for Tommy Chong, though, as there is no drama to encapsulate, only laid back vibes. So he gets a jazz piano.
Tommy eats his wings with ease. He doesn’t slur or break his speech at any point. The only inclination that the legendary stoner is feeling the heat is the odd comment here and there like his "teeth are burning" and a light dab of his brow with a handkerchief at the end. Mind you, as someone who once cleared a 6-foot bubbler on stage with Cypress Hill (a story he tells during the interview) you’ll expect the mythical man to have somewhat of an intolerance.
9 Worst: Joey Diaz
Joey Diaz is a fantastic comedian and someone who is not afraid to speak his mind. Thankfully Hot Ones allowed this interview to go uncensored so we manage to witness the full insanity as he ascends the flaming steps of the Hot Ones "Scoville Levels."
Like Chong “Uncle Joey” has a reputation as a hardcore smoker who can withstand more than the common man. Unlike Chong, this immunity doesn’t stretch out too spicy wings.
Not even “CoCo’s” trademark blue cheese can save him from the chili, as his reaction goes from funny to quite scary. By the end of it, his t-shirt is drenched with sweat, his face is as red as a tomato and you honestly fear for Diaz’s well being. Of course, he finishes it like a pro because nothing can kill Joey Diaz. After hearing some of the crazy stories he tells on this episode, you’ll probably believe that too.
8 Best: Rachael Ray
Celebrity chefs always tend to be great guests on Hot Ones for one reason or another and Rachael Ray is no exception. In her episode she decided to opt-out of eating the wings and went for the straight-up sauce, eating a spoonful on each level.
Not only does she manage to pull off this incredible feat, but she does so with a smile on her face all the way through until the end. Even the infamous “Last Dab” can’t bring her down. A true champion.
7 Worst: Eddie Huang
Another celebrity chief with another interesting technique. Rather than go up the traditional Scoville levels, Eddie Huang decides to go for the hottest wing first and work his way backward. A decision he must truly regret.
After only a couple of wings, Eddie has to leave the room and make his way to the bathroom to try and regain his composure. Upon his return he has to tap out, leaving host Sean Evans to eat the wings by himself as he asks the questions. Eddie did return in season 6 and managed to complete the ten by going the traditional route.
6 Best: Coolio
Coolio lives up to his namesake and manages to keep his cool all the way through this episode whilst also giving one of the best, most insightful interviews of his career.
But the real heroic moment comes from the final wing. Rather than just settle on the traditional Last Dab, Coolio smothers his final piece of chicken in the lava-like liquid.
We then see Coolio go through what most guest experience during the duration of the show in the space of thirty seconds. Understandably after the camera’s stopped rolling the "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper had to retreat to the green room where he fell into a deep sleep on the couch.
5 Worst: DJ Khalid
The combination of great questions and flaming spices normally results in the audience seeing the celebrities true self. This might not have been such a good thing for DJ Khalid.
He taps out around three wings in but continues the interview going on a slightly uncomfortable, egotistical tirade were you are unsure if he is joking or not. As the ranting goes on it appears to be the latter and it seems that Khalid's overhyped opinion of himself goes beyond just yelling his name randomly in songs.
4 Best: Lil Yachty
Rapper Lil Yachty had never tried hot sauce before guesting on the show, so you have to admire his bravery for having his first try in front of millions of Youtube subscribers.
Even though he doesn’t manage to go the distance he gets close tapping out just before the last dab. Keep in mind that he has never experienced the burning or regret of spicy sauce before, let alone some of the spiciest in the world, one has to respect his tenacity to get as far as he did.
3 Worst: Bobby Lee
The veteran comic holds the honor of being one of the most disgusting guests. Unlike Lil Yachty he ignores his bodies limitations and decides to push through despite breaking a copious amount of wind, which was surely a horrific experience for host Sean Evans.
The grand finale sees Bobby Lee presumably soiling himself. The "event" was never officially confirmed, but the look of shock on he and Evans' face, plus a sound Evan’s later went on to describe as “a watermelon hitting the ground” you can safely presume that Bobby Lee did indeed do the dirty on accident.
2 Best: Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne admits that she isn’t a fan of spicy food, but it’s quite endearing that to her shock and surprise she finds herself enjoying the flavor of the first few wings.
The innocent naivety hits home when the heat goes up, but rather than “do a Khalid” and throw in the towel she soldiers on through the rest. You cannot help but cheer her along as she keeps her positive and funny demeanor even though inside she is clearly in a world of pain.
1 Worst: Martin Garrix
Probably the opposite of Delevingne. Not because he comes across as horrible, in fact, quite the opposite. Youtuber Martin Garrix's youthfulness probably adds to the heartache as he chomps on down the wings and his journey to the end of the line.
The reason why he is the opposite of Cara is rather than cheer him on you are almost willing him to stop. He clearly cannot handle the madness and as he goes through he ends up drinking the best part of a Gallon of milk.
Fans of the TV show Jackass know that this isn’t the best idea and after the recording, he ran to the bathroom to heave up all the demons he ingested during the course of his interview. Bless him.