Showing posts with label Todd Disotell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Todd Disotell. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Who is Natalia Reagan from Spike TV's Bigfoot Bounty

Primatologist Natalia Reagan from 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bountyu
"It's fat bottom girls that make the world go round" --Natalia Reagan to Stephen Colbert (kind of).

The quote above can be seen in context if you watch the third video in this post. We opened with that particular quote, because we believe it encapsulates a side of Natalia Reagan we have yet to see on Bigfoot Bounty.

In case you don't follow this blog, Natalia Reagan is one of the three judges on Spike TV's 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. On Natalia Reagan's Spike TV bio page, she is billed as an anthropologist and a primate conversationalist. But we knew she was more, so much more, so we did some sleuthing, typed "". And found a whole other side to Natalia Reagan.
Natalia Reagan is an anthropologist, writer, actress, comedienne, and cartoonist. She has appeared on the “TODAY Show,” “Fox Edge News,” “Playboy Morning Radio,” and various other radio shows weighing in on different scientific subjects, from the evolution of boobs and butts to how pheromones play a role in human mating. Natalia also is the creator of “Science! It’s Your Friend” a tongue-in-cheek web series that seeks to answer fun science questions using comedy.
She is absolutely hilarious, witty and great at explaining things. This is the Natalia we want to see more of on the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. Check out the care-free chemistry between her and Dr. Todd Disotell in these videos she uploaded to her YouTube Channel 

And this extra video just released a few days ago.

And finally see the video that definitively answers, "Who is Natalia Reagan?"

You can Check out Natalia's Official Website:
Her documentary about breasts:
And her answer To Stephen Colbert's challenge:

Catch live tweeting from the cast of the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty on Friday nights 10/9 Central.

We (@BigfootLC) will be live-tweeting and cheering on our 5 favorites during Bigfoot Bounty. Who are our 5 favs? Glad you asked! Here are our five favorites (in alphabetical order) and their respective twitter handles. Click on any of the twitter handles to go to each persons twitter page.

Stacy Brown Jr. (@BigfootStacy)
Michael Merchant (@MerchantBigfoot )
Rictor Riolo (@Rictor_Riolo )
Dax Rushlow (@daxmaul )
Ro Sahebi (@rocknrolljihad )

And if you want to connect with the judges. Who also tweet during the show.
Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) he also has a Twitter account for his FB fan page (@AllDeanCain)
Natalia Reagan (@natalia13reagan)
Dr. Todd Disotell (@ToddDisotell)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty Viewership Increases

More people watched the 2nd episode of 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty 
Ratings are looking good for the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. Overall they increased it's viewership by 13% or 86,000 viewers (from 643k to 729k). They also jumped from 37th place in prime-time to 35th. Normally viewership drops off after the premiere episode. We wont know if this is a trend until we get a third data point (one more week of results), but an increase is an increase.

More importantly, as we have mentioned before, it is the 18-49 year old demographic that advertisers and networks care about. Which brings more good news for the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. In the 18-49 demographic they increased viewership by 5% or 15,000 viewers.

We arrived our numbers looking at last week's prime time ratings and the previous week's prime time ratings listed on

You'll notice the last time we talked about the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty ratings, we also used the numbers from the top 100 shows all day. This hasn't changed, Full House still beat them in the same time slot. Who the heck is watching Full House at 10pm?  The fact that 1.4 million Nielsen families are watching Full House says more about America than the quality of Bigfoot Bounty.

We will continue to live-tweet during the TV show and champion our 5 Favorites on Bigfoot Bounty. By the way, they tweet too! Here are our five favorites (in alphabetical order) and their respective twitter handles. Click on any of the twitter handles to go to each persons twitter page. 

Stacy Brown Jr. (@BigfootStacy)
Michael Merchant (@MerchantBigfoot )
Rictor Riolo (@Rictor_Riolo )
Dax Rushlow (@daxmaul )
Ro Sahebi (@rocknrolljihad )

And if you want to connect with the judges. Who also tweet during the show.
Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) he also has a Twitter account for his FB fan page (@AllDeanCain)
Natalia Reagan (@natalia13reagan)
Dr. Todd Disotell (@ToddDisotell)

Of course you can catch Bigfoot Lunch Club's Twitter feed @BigfootLC . See you on Twitter this Friday while you're watching the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty 10/9pm central. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Gold, Treehouses, Sci-Fi, Antiques and even the Olsen Twins Beat 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

Reruns of Full House beats Bigfoot Bounty in Nielson's ratings
Here at Bigfoot Lunch Club we look forward to anything bigfoot-related, research, news, thermal underwear and even TV game shows. Spike TV's 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty is no exception. Let's check out how America reacted to it first.

The ratings are in for Friday Jan 10th. For some bigfooters it was the night the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty would debut, for most of America the 10pm slot was a time to tune into other offerings. The 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty did not even break the top 100 cable shows for the entire day of Friday the 10th. If you reduce the competition to only prime time shows Bigfoot Bounty ranked #37 at 633,000 total viewers and ranked #35 at 299,000 viewers in the coveted 18-49 yr old  market. SRC:

If you isolate the ratings to the 10/9 central timeslot here are the shows that beat it: Bering Sea Gold (DISC) Modern Family (USA), TreeHouse Masters (APL), Helix (SYFY) TBS Prime Movie (TBSC), American Dad (ADSM) American Pickers, After the first 48 hours (AEN), Diners, Drive Ins and Dives (FOOD) Full House (NAN), Dead Files (TRAV), Tosh.O (CMDY).

Why didn't Bigfoot Bounty fare better? Is it because it was a debut episode? No, Helix was a new series that debuted on SYFY and it broke the top 30 with a viewership of 1.8 million. Is it because there wasn't a good lead-in episode prior to Bigfoot Bounty? Again, no. Spike TV actually did really well during the hour and a half block prior to Bigfoot Bounty. COPS which is what Spike TV airs prior Bigfoot Bounty did make it to the top 100.

Obviously there is still time for the show to gain a following, and there may be some watercooler conversations that will spur some new views next week.

At the end of the day what did we think of the show? Firstly it's a reality game show with a familiar formula; contestants compete in a contrived challenge every episode trying to survive to the season finale, losing contestants are sent home determined by the show judges. There may be some twists thrown in, such as immunity for contestants or voting elimination by other contestants, but primarily we have seen similar formulas in Survivor, Amazing Race and Top Chef.

As a game show, Bigfoot Bounty stays true to the format, the interesting characters on the show could carry it, because Dean Cain won't. We do like the lab and appreciate that the three judges, especially Todd Disotell, seem to be true skeptics. In the end of the day we are looking forward to our 5 favorite contestants on Bigfoot Bounty.

After reading this post, a fan sent us this coincidental photo. Cool dude!

Did you watch the the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty? Let us know what you thought in the comments below. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

The 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty Debuts: The 6 Guys to Watch

The cast of Spike TV's 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. (Back row left to right: Donnie Adair, Rictor Riolo, Dax Rushlow, Ro Sahebi, Justin Smeja,  Stacy Brown, David Lauer, Daniel Greene, David Greene, Kathleen McKechnie, Shaney Warehim. Front Row Left to Right: Donnell Adair, Julie White, Matt Carman, Natalia Reagan, Dean Cain, Dr. Todd Disotell, Travis Miller, January Miller, Michael Merchant, Kirsten Godfrey)

We have been covering the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. We had the media reaction to the Bigfoot Bounty press release. We explained how a tv show can afford a 10 Million Dollar Prize (spoliler alert: they can't). And we were even nice enough to let someone to a guest post to announce the "$10 Million Bigfoot Bounty" Set to Premiere in January.

At they have bios for all the cast members an the judges. Some of the members we actually know. Below are the five guys to watch out for. This may seem like a Valentine to these five guys (except for Smeja), but we like them!!

Rictor Riolo has billed himself as the first gay man on a Bigfoot TV show. Ranae Holland of Finding Bigfoot can claim to be the first gay woman (read her interview at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News). He is a Star Wars nerd and great friend, you can find him on Rictor's YouTube Channel. Listen to interview he did in home town of Las Vegas below.

Dax Rushlow is Rictor's partner on the show. He's no-nonsense researcher who had an encounter in 1987. We finally got to meet him in person last year and am looking forward to we meet again, hopefully doin' some filed research together. Check out Dax's YouTube Channel and watch the video below as he rants against a certain sect of bigfooters that some call habituators.

Ro Sahebi, this is the guy to watch out for! We "discovered" bacjk when he was doing mini documentaries and podcast titled Extinct? Since then he has hitched his wagon to an infamous character in bigfootdom and plans to ride the sensationalism until the wheels fall off. We have been covering Ro Sahebi since march of 2012. Click the following link to read all about Ro Sahebi. You can find him at

Justin Smeja was the most famous bigfoot killer until Rick Dyer claimed he killed bigfoot. Click to read full coverage of  Justin Smeja two killings, including Justin Smeja's polygraph lie detector test.

Michael Merchant, we are huge fans of this guy! Michael speaks his mind and wears his heart on his sleeve, his strong opinions may change the next day, but he will be clear on the new data that changed his mind, a testament to his open-mindedness. He also has one of the best You Tube channels. Check out his channel Snow Walker Prime on You Tube. Check him out in the video he just uploaded tonight.

The final favorite is Stacy Brown Jr. He is no stranger to the Bigfoot world. He is partnered up with Dave on the team Sasquatch Hunters. Stacy Brown Jr. already has decent Bigfoot footage. Its aptly named the Brown Footage. In May of 2012 Stacy Brown Sr. and Jr. set up camp in the panhandle of Florida around the town of Quincy and captured the thermal video below.

There are a lot more cast members in the show, but these are our favorites. Check out their respective media channels or continue to follow us on or twitter @BigfootLC.

Finally, check out novelist Kirk Sigurdson's take on whether a 10 Million Dollar prize to prove bigfoot is even ethical. 

Bigfoot Bounty's Todd Disotell is No Stranger to TV

Dr. Todd Disotell is media's go-to scientist for Bigfoot TV
Sure many people are seeing the scientist with a mohawk for the first time, but he may be familiar to you if you have watched other Bigfoot show. The man has his own IMDB page!

Joe Rogan Questions Everything (TV Series documentary)
Bigfoot DNA? (2013) ... Himself
 2013America's Book of Secrets (TV Series)
The Ancient Astronaut Cover-Up (2013) ... Himself
 2009The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (TV Series)
Paul Giamatti (2009) ... Himself
 2009Ancient Aliens (TV Series documentary)
Chariots, Gods and Beyond (2009) ... Himself (as Todd Distotell PhD)
 2007-2008Monsterquest (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Chupacabra (2008) ... Himself - Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Lions in the Backyard (2007) ... Himself - Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Mutant Canines (2007) ... Himself - Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Sasquatch Attack (2007) ... Himself - Professor of Anthropology, New York University
 2006Is It Real? (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Biological Anthrolopologist / Himself - Biological Anthropologist, New York University
Russian Bigfoot (2006) ... Himself - Biological Anthrolopologist (as Dr. Todd Disotell)
Ape-man (2006) ... Himself - Biological Anthropologist, New York University (as Dr. Todd Disotell)

SRC: Dr. Todd Disotell's IMDB Page

He's been testing bigfoot evidence since 2006. The token TV skeptic that's willing to take the time to investigate bigfoot evidence. Watch some of his "greatest hits" below.

Before the 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty he was on Joe Rogan's show. See the full episode below. If you don't have time for a full episode, go past this video to see Todd Disotell from his Monster Quest days circa 2007

As promised Dr. Todd Disotell from the MonsterQuest days of 2007

Monday, December 9, 2013

"$10 Million Bigfoot Bounty" Set to Premiere in January

Spike TV is offering largest cash prize in TV history for the proof of Bigfoot

This is a guest post by Tony Green
Tony works for a pop culture magazine where he writes gossip about celebrities... shamelessly.

It's been on the radar of Bigfoot enthusiasts since last October and now it's set to become "reality"...literally.
Spike TV announced "10 Million Bigfoot Bounty" will premiere on January 10, at 10 p.m. Eastern time. The show will be hosted by former Superman Dean Cain, who the network calls an "avid outdoorsman and hunter." The $10 million reward will go to anyone who can offer irrefutable proof of Sasquatch's existence.

What To Expect

The show will follow nine teams of Bigfoot hunters into the wilderness of the Northwest, the area where most Sasquatch sightings are reported. Patrick Kevin Day of the L.A. Times put it a bit more bluntly, describing the teams as "angry sexist rednecks" who are the worst group possible to try and hunt a camera-shy creature. He stopped short of saying the teams will ride their Harleys while sporting their motorcycle helmets in the woods, but conceded the show will at least be "watchable."
The teams will feature some familiar names as they pertain to Bigfoot culture. Justin Smedja, who claims to have shot two Bigfoots near Gold Lake, Calif., in October 2010. Michael Merchant, of Snow Walker Prime fame, is also featured in the show. There is little hope the $10 million prize will be claimed, but the show has guaranteed a $100,000 research grant to the team who presents the most compelling evidence.

The Challenges

Each episode will present the teams two challenges: a field test and a hunt for the actual creature in Bigfoot "hot zones." Dr. Todd Disotell of New York University will be on the scene with state-of-the-art mobile technology to analyze and test all DNA evidence presented by the teams. Natalia Reagan, an anthropologist who specializes in primate studies, will also be on hand to judge the findings. The show, however, is almost guaranteed to center more around the personalities and adventures surrounding the teams than the actual evidence they gather.

International Audience

Bigfoot enthusiasts in Europe and elsewhere around the world will not be deprived of the potential breaking news regarding Sasquatch's existence. Endemol, a Netherland-based media distribution company, has been granted the rights to air all eight episodes on its networks in 23 countries. The company is no stranger to reality television, being the creator of both "Big Brother" and "Deal Or No Deal." It also doesn't hurt that "10 Million Bigfoot Bounty" is produced by Charlie Corwin's Original Media, which is owned by Endemol.
Spike TV encourages fans of the show to follow them on Twitter (@SPIKETV) for all the latest updates and to use the hashtag #BigfootBounty to join the conversation.
The general consensus in the blogosphere is that Bigfoot will not be found at the conclusion of the series. But you can definitely expect an up close and personal look into the minds and lives of those who want nothing more than to prove to everyone that they're not crazy.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Joe Rogan Investigates Bigfoot on new SyFy show

Joe Rogan Questions Everything Premieres Wednesday July 24th
“I’m trying to go into it with a completely open mind, talk to the believers, kooks, scientists.” -- Joe Rogan

To be published in the July 22, 2013 issue of New York Magazine, ran the story, "Investigating Big Foot With Pot-Evangelizing Fear Factor Host Joe Rogan."

Read an excerpt below, be prepared adult language is used. 

Joe Rogan arrives on the fourth floor of NYU’s anthropology department in Greenwich Village still clinging to the possibility that Bigfoot isn’t total bullshit. “I don’t believe,” Rogan says, “but I don’t not believe, you know? There’s enough weird people that have muddied the issue that it seems like fuckery, but then Jane Goodall says she’s absolutely convinced, and then when you go [to the Pacific Northwest] and there’s so much uncharted land up there, it’s impossible to see it all. And then Native Americans have 100 different names for this thing, and they’re uniform in their descriptions—it’s always a large, tall ape.”

Rogan, a former martial artist and current Ultimate Fighting Championship color guy, is a compact, muscular, hairless-pated hominid deeply attuned to his inner monkey. Having emerged from sitcom acting (Hardball, NewsRadio) and reality-TV hosting (seven seasons of Fear Factor), Rogan now hosts a twice-weekly three-hour talk show, The Joe Rogan Experience, where he frequently evangelizes about pot and psychedelics and the Altered States–style isolation tank he keeps in the basement of his home north of Los Angeles. This month on Syfy, he’s launching Joe Rogan Questions Everything, an unscripted X-Files in which he’ll alternately channel Mulder and Scully as he investigates topics ranging from black-helicopter crazy (chem trails) to actual, secret government-research programs (weaponized weather, remote viewing).

He’s in New York for a conference on transhumanism, and while here, he’s getting in an interview for the TV show with Todd Disotell, a fiftyish biological anthropologist with a Mohawk, an impressive collection of aged whiskey, and an office door crowded with stickers that say things like HONK! IF YOU UNDERSTAND PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM. Disotell has become a go-to talking head for TV producers looking to inject some reality into the Bigfoot “debate.”

Rogan had told me earlier, “I’m trying to go into it with a completely open mind, talk to the believers, kooks, scientists.” A cynic could say that being open-minded about Bigfoot just means you haven’t taken fifteen minutes to read a Wikipedia page thoroughly debunking it. Rogan, 45, is a guy who knows what TV needs—suspense until the very end—but he also comes by his interests honestly. He has long read books and watched documentaries about “stupid shit … weird fringe topics … I have a deep curiosity for things that haven’t been solved yet.” He knows Disotell is going to provide the rigorous, scientific case against Bigfoot; still, Rogan clearly likes the idea of Bigfoot and seems to enjoy having a platform that allows him to get to the bottom of all the mysteries that tantalized him growing up, even if they turn out to be fuckery.

His producers had sent Disotell some alleged Bigfoot scat and hair samples, collected by Bigfoot hunters, to analyze in advance of today’s interview, and after comparing molecular-themed tattoos—­Disotell’s, on his upper back, illustrates the chemical structure of three of his favorite stimulants: alcohol, caffeine, and capsaicin; Rogan’s, on his left bicep, depicts DMT, a.k.a. dimethyltryptamine, part of the shamanic brew ayahuasca—Rogan proceeds to lay out the various arcane arguments in defense of Bigfoot, which Disotell then knocks down one by one. The Swiss wildlife photographer who claimed to have taken pictures of a previously unknown species of ape? Disotell’s a DNA man, not a photo appraiser. What about the uniformity of sightings? Like angels and alien abductions, “it’s a meme, literally.” What about Melba Ketchum—a Texas Bigfoot-ologist who reported that highly sophisticated analyses of a sample had isolated Bigfoot DNA? The non-peer-reviewed journal it was published in was registered with GoDaddy a week before the article was published, and “the way they analyze, interpret that data is … I want to be polite, I don’t want to say crazy, it’s … heterodox.”

“What is heterodox?” Rogan asks.

“It’s crazy,” Disotell says.

“Ohhh,” Rogan moans to the camera. “Todd Disotell, Bigfoot party pooper, just trashed the whole Bigfoot party. So there’s zero evidence; all the evidence sucks; it’s all crazy and unscientific.” Rogan seems resigned, albeit crestfallen. Afterward, over a lunch of fish and chips at Murphy & ­Gonzalez across the street, Rogan acknowledges: “You can’t fuck with science. What he said was pretty irrefutable. There’s a lot of fuckery, lots of muddy thinking.” But then he says to Disotell: “You didn’t disprove Bigfoot, you just disproved the evidence.”
You can read the entire article at
You can also go to the official Joe Rogan Questions Everything site
Watch the Joe Rogan Questions Everything trailer below

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sumatran Bigfoot AKA Orang Pendek Spotted

In a breaking news report from Cryptomundo, news of a Orang Pendek Sighting.

Orang Pendek (Indonesian for "short person") is the most common name given to a cryptid, or unconfirmed animal, that reportedly inhabits remote, mountainous forests on the island of Sumatra.

The animal has allegedly been seen and documented for at least one hundred years by forest tribes, local villagers, Dutch colonists, and Western scientists and travelers. Consensus among witnesses is that the animal is a ground-dwelling, bipedal primate that is covered in short fur and stands between 80 centimetres (31 in) and 150 centimetres (59 in) tall.

There seems to be quite a buzz in Sumatra right now. First a quote from Cryptomundo.

I’m on my way to Tyler…but I just received this…so I’ll post it quickly:

“Yeti sighted in Jungle !!!! Two team members have sighted the Yeti while we were in the jungle. I heard a large animal moving towards us. Subsequently the creature was then sighted by team member Dave Archer and Sahar Didmus, a forest ranger. I have a sworn affadavit from Sahar to that effect. It hid from us by a tree, before moving rapidly and bipedally through the jungle. Dave describes the OP [Orang Pendek] as looking almost chimpanzee-like. Sahar was so upset and disturbed he began sobbing, and I had to comfort him. We have taken hair samples found at the site, and bagged some rattan which it was eating. We will have these analysed by Todd Disotell. Numerous tracks also found……………!!!!!!!!” ~ Adam Davies (enroute out of Indonesia via Singapore)

And then the guys at Centre for Fortean Zoology started a trip to Sumatra and have some exciting news that will posted on their website tomorrow!

AN unknown species of Indonesian ape could shed light on how our human ancestors began to walk erect.

The orang-pendek of Sumatra is said to be a powerfully built ape that walks on two legs like a man. Both native people and western explorers, including two noted scientists, have reported the creature from the deep jungle.

This week four English scientists and explorers will brave the rainforest in search of the orang-pendek.

The team from the Woolsery-based Centre for Fortean Zoology, will spend two weeks in Sumatra working with the Kubu people, the island's original inhabitants, who will help them track the mysterious ape.

The expedition comes shortly after the announcement of the discovery of a fossil hominid in Georgia. The Dmansis hominids lived 1.8 million years ago and had legs like modern humans, but primitive arms. Their early occurrence has made scientists rethink how hominids moved out of Africa to colonise the rest of the world.

Richard Freeman, the team's zoologist, said: "It was once thought that our ancestors became bipedal when they descended from the trees and moved onto the grass lands of East Africa in order to exploit new food sources. However, now it seems that many apes and hominids were moving 'bipedally' while they were still rainforest dwellers.

"As well as being a major zoological discovery, the orang-pendek could give us some clues on how bipedalism developed."

The group's trip will be recorded on the Centre for Fortean Zoology's website at

Below is our listing of the Orang Pendek on the AKA Bigfoot World Map.

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