Yen Chen, Jake Murray, Neil Craver headline funniest ‘American Ninja Warrior’ submission videos

Yen Chen, Jake Murray, Neil Craver headline funniest ‘American Ninja Warrior’ submission videos

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Before they can star under the bright lights on American Ninja Warrior, contestants must send in submission videos to be taken under consideration by the obstacle-racing show’s producers. Here we present the funniest of the many thousands of such videos, led off by Yen Chen’s submission from 2012.

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The Los Angeles-based Chen used his video to simultaneously embrace and poke fun at Asian American stereotypes.

[fusion_title size=”4″]JAKE MURRAY[/fusion_title]

For his Season 7 submission video, skateboarding ninja Jake Murray borrowed liberally from Kevin Bacon’s dated dance moves in the 1984 film Footloose.

The Denver-based Murray, who attributes his ninja powers to his mother’s side of the family, has enjoyed considerable success on ANW since his debut last year.

[fusion_title size=”4″]NEIL CRAVER[/fusion_title]

By his own admission, Neil Craver is “allergic to normal” and it shows in his submission video which features his mustachioed face emerging from an arugula salad.

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Craver joined fellow ninjas Natalie Duran and Grant McCartney to form Team Golden Hearts and compete on Team Ninja Warrior.

[fusion_title size=”4″]KEVIN MOSLEY[/fusion_title]

In Kevin Mosley’s ANW 6 submission video/mini-movie, he roams a post-apocalyptic Ninja world a la Will Smith’s character from I Am Legend — complete with a stuffed toy german shepherd.

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If Mosley’s dreams of summiting Mt. Midoriyama’s never pan out, the Florida-based, cos-play enthusiast can always try his luck at the Spartan Race instead.

[fusion_title size=”4″]EDWARD CLYDE[/fusion_title]

Gymnastics and freerunning coach Edward Clyde used a video format inspired by Old Spice commercials for his hilarious 2014 submission video.

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You can find more of Clyde’s video work at Loft Party Films.

[fusion_title size=”4″]MICAH SOELBERG[/fusion_title]

Micah Soelberg got a leg up on the competition by having Morgan Freeman — or at least someone that sounds an awful lot like him — narrate his submission video last year.

Like many of the best ninjas, the Salt Lake City resident is an accomplished rock climber.

[fusion_title size=”4″]ALVARO CAMPOS[/fusion_title]

Alvaro Campos‘ love of kung fu flicks is abundantly transparent from his hilarious submission video that secured him a spot on ANW’s season 7.

Campos is easy to recognize in public when he’s carrying a six-foot long #AmericanNinjaWarrior sign.

[fusion_title size=”4″]ANDY TAYLOR[/fusion_title]

One famous Andy Taylor was the sheriff of the fictional Mayberry, North Carolina, another was the real-life guitarist for Duran Duran. Yet another Andy Taylor sports blue hair and can reel off backflips with ease. Taylor’s submission video features a rocking soundtrack courtesy Foxy Shazam.

Judging from the Instagram post above, it’s probably safe to say that the freerunning Taylor can out lache his more famous namesakes.

2017-11-15T08:50:22+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

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