Actors read Yelp reviews, adding to unlikely dramatic reading genre

Dylan Stableford
July 31, 2012

Adding to the suddenly bustling genre of professional actors performing dramatic readings of unlikely dramatic material, a new Web series called "Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews" features Chris Kipiniak (of "The Good Wife" and "Law & Order" fame), who gives a hilariously emotional take on Dalia B.'s one-star Yelp review of a New Jersey diner.

"I ordered the broiled crab cakes, and they were really good," Kipiniak says searchingly in his mystified interpretation of the Yelp review. "And I called and asked if I could speak to the supervisor, and the girl that answered the phone wanted to know what it was in reference to.

"I told her it was regarding the food I ordered," Kipiniak continues. "And she said, 'What was wrong with it?' And I said, 'Nothing, I just wanted to let him or her know that it was good, and then she was like, 'OK hold on.'"

Earlier this month on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman did a dramatic reading from R. Kelly's autobiography. (Two days later on CNN, Anderson Cooper performed a similar stunt using Snooki's "A Shore Thing.")

Christopher Walken did an impromptu reading of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" on British television in 2009--a clip that's since been widely circulated on YouTube. And a 2011 reading of Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are" by Walken--or someone who sounds just like him--resurfaced, following Sendak's death in May.