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This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to ... Read all This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC. The storyline sets up shocking real pranks. This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC. The storyline sets up shocking real pranks.

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'Bad Trip': Eric Andre on making the year's craziest film — and why co-star Lil Rel Howery quit after one day

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The Cringe Prank Comedy genre is evolving. When MTV’s Jackass first introduced its series of gut-busting, pain-inducing stunts, the format involved a loosely compiled sequence of unrelated bits. Many imitators followed, employing the same basic formula.

Now, however, there are plots — first introduced with Team Jackass’s 2013 comedy Bad Grandpa , and continuing with this week’s Netflix release of that film's unofficial follow-up, Bad Trip , which introduces the bonkers, subversive shock-jockery of Adult Swim mainstay Eric Andre ( The Eric Andre Show ) into the equation.

The hidden-camera film — which was originally supposed to open in theaters last spring before the coronavirus pandemic pushed the release back a year — finds Andre and co-star Lil Rel Howery stunting their way from Florida to New York with a premise that involves Andre stealing a car from Rel’s escaped-convict sister ( Tiffany Haddish ) to chase the woman of his dreams.

Fans will be more interested to hear that Bad Trip is the most bats*** movie of the year, with outrageous stunts involving a Chinese finger trap and the two male leads’ (prosthetic) members, a sex-crazed silverback gorilla having his way with Andre, exploding cars and more shenanigans — all leaving unsuspecting civilians-turned-movie extras in disbelief.

In an R-rated new interview, Andre tells us about his long journey to bring Bad Trip to the screen — and why Howery quit after Day One (before coming back), which also directly led to an intrigued Haddish joining the madness.

Yahoo Entertainment: The most obvious comparison for Bad Trip is a Jackass with a story, so Bad Grandpa , but you’ve also been using real people in pranks on The Eric Andre Show for years now . Did that feel like a pretty natural extension then, to take it to this feature - film format?

Eric Andre: That's kind of how it came about. Bad Grandpa came out in 2013 and we were working on Season 2 of The Eric Andre Show, and my agent called me and he was like, “You should meet up with [ Jackass co-creator and Bad Grandpa director] Jeff Tremaine. You do hidden-camera pranks all the time. Why don't you talk to him and figure out if there's like a Bad Grandpa -narrative prank movie that you can do under his guidance.” And a quick seven-and-a-half years later it’s coming out [laughs].

What did Jeff bring to the table in helping you build off your own foundation?

He taught us everything. We were just coming in with the craziest balls-to-the-wall pranks that we could think of, but he was like, “You’ve really got to have a story for it to be a movie. You’re not going to get across 90 minutes of footage if it’s just a bunch of random pranks. It doesn’t matter how funny the pranks are.” So he really helped us crack story and with just like the fundamentals of filmmaking, which is a different art form than an 11-minute Adult Swim late-night talk show. He knew a lot of prank tricks, too. Jeff was like our Master Splinter. He went through so many trials and tribulations with three Jackass movies and Bad Grandpa under his belt. He had two decades-plus more experience than us. So he was our shepherd. He was our guiding light.

You said you had this list of balls-to-the-wall prank ideas. Was there anything on there that was even too crazy for him?

No, we live for too crazy. Sometimes stuff is too expensive, or illegal [laughs]. But only if it feels mean-spirited, that’s the only time we cut things for creative reasons. Usually stuff gets cut because it’s illegal or expensive.

You got some heavy hitters involved to co - star with Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish. Did they need any extra convincing to join given how crazy things were gonna get?

Well, Rel almost died his first day, and it was the first hidden-camera prank ever filmed. A knife got pulled out on us when we went into a barbershop with the “Chinese D*** Trap,” you know, joined at the d***.

Wait, that was Day 1?

That was Day 1. That was Day 1 of production and Day 1 of him ever filming a hidden-camera prank. And the guy almost murdered us. So Rel basically quit the movie. He was upset, rightfully so, stormed off, quit the movie. He told his reps, “This is too dangerous for me. I want out.” And he also called Tiffany Haddish, just as a friend, just to vent. He was like, “I'm doing this Eric Andre movie, it’s a prank movie. We almost got killed today. I can’t take this s***. It’s really stressful.” She ended the call. She called me a few minutes later, and she was so intrigued that I almost got Rel killed, “Yo, you almost got Rel killed while filming?” I said, “Yeah, I feel bad.” And she goes, “Yo, I want to be in your movie! I live for that s***!” I was like, “Consider it done.”

So they had a night and day reaction to it all. Rel was worried for his life every time we filmed because he had PTSD from Day 1. And then Tiffany was so intrigued by a near-death experience that she elected herself as the sister character. And it was kismet because the actress that was supposed to play Tiffany’s role had just dropped out because she had a scheduling conflict with a television show she was doing. So that was casting from the heavens.

Speaking of the knife guy, he must’ve signed a waiver, though? Because you guys do show his face.

You know, the more pissed they are, the more relieved they are once you reveal it’s a prank. So that guy was actually pretty cool once we revealed it. He was like, “Awww, you got me. I almost killed you!”

Did you have moments of tripper’s regret on this? Like, “Yeah, maybe we shouldn’t have done this.”

No, I don’t ever regret it. You want things to go south. We’re in the business of mining for those reactions. So Rel is like, “Oh my God, I almost died.” Me, I’m like, “Oh, I’m going to have so much fun in the editing bay looking at this footage.” I’m looking for like extreme reactions. So I was happy at the end of that day.

So there was never a moment you feared for your life?

Oh no, I did. I feared for my safety. I almost got stabbed. We definitely had a big security meeting the next morning about what to do and what not to do. But I knew that I was getting good footage, getting usable footage. ... A prank going south to me is when the people you’re pranking just don’t react or they know it’s a prank. If someone’s really invested and really that riled up, that’s a good day of shooting.

It’s actually surprising how many of the people you prank end up being really cool about it. Or did you just leave out the a ** holes?

No, we want the a**holes. I mean the a**holes make for good reactions. The rules of this movie are different than the rules of The Eric Andre Show where in that I can just be criminally insane for 11 minutes and nothing matters because there’s no narrative burden. You just want it to be absurdist and surreal and nonsensical by design. That’s kind of the aesthetic. The movie has to be narrative. There’s different rules, there’s different principles in filmmaking and feature-length filmmaking. You have to empathize with the character, sympathize with the character, sympathize with their plight, invest in their journey.

So because of that, the pranks are a little bit more sympathetic. They were more “Help me! Help me!” pranks. There were more pranks where I was in peril, begging people for help. … But yeah, at the end of it, yes I was surprised how many good Samaritans were out. That was actually really heartwarming to see how many people were really just helpful and how much humanity is in the movie.

It definitely briefly restores your faith in humanity, until you, you know, turn on the news or open Twitter again. It did seem like it wasn’t until the penises came out that people got really mad. Were those the biggest triggers?

Yeah, me and Rel with our penises stuck in a Chinese finger trap really, really triggered people [laughs]. Who would’ve thunk?

In another scene, your clothes are vacuumed off at a car wash. Between The Eric Andre Show and this, have you found that you actually enjoy getting nude in public?

I do. I’m kind of over it, though. ’Cause now people like just request it like every television appearance. I think it’s kind of lost its shock value. But, yeah, when you're doing pranks, you’re just trying to think, “What is the most shocking thing I can do in public that will like elicit a reaction no matter what? Like can guarantee a reaction and yield high results.” And public nudity and French kissing priests go a long way.

You mentioned how the pranks here put you in peril. In one scene, it appears you’re getting penetrated by a gorilla when accidentally trapped in its cage at the zoo. Is that the most demeaned you’ve ever felt?

No, I think I ’ d feel a bit demeaned in every prank. I think life is a demeaning prank.

What can you say about shooting that?

I actually didn’t have a lot of faith that the people were going to buy the gorilla costume as real. I was like, “I don’t know if the people we’re pranking are going to buy this.” And it was one of our first pranks. I also couldn't look up to see if they were, I knew I just had to commit, but a lot of the time, my face is kind of buried in the dirt. So I just was going off their sounds while committing to my performance and hoping that it would work. But once I got up and out of the cage and saw how invested they were, I was like, “Oh, this is a banger.”

How do you psych yourself up for the crazier stunts? You’ve talked about having a few drinks before you go on late-night shows to calm the nerves. Did you have a similar ritual on this?

I really can’t even drink through the process or I’ll be too tired or hungover. I’d say eating very healthy, making sure I have proper sleep hygiene. I meditate twice a day. This is like a marathon, these kinds of shoots. So you really have to take care of yourself. Meditation is a big one. I’ve learned this, I just know that the more uncomfortable and stressed I am before and during shooting, the more pleasure I will experience in the editing bay. And at the end of the day, that edit, that footage, lasts forever. So that uncomfortable feeling is fleeting, but the footage, the capturing of that moment is eternal. So I just gotta remind myself that before I jump out of a passenger van connected at the d*** with Lil Rel Howery.

Off topic, but there was a fan movement to have you replace Ellen DeGeneres on her own talk show after some pretty heavy behind-the-scenes drama was exposed there. The petition has over 110,000 signatures . What was your reaction to that, I think you were on board?

I'm completely on board and I’m waiting for NBC to do the right thing and call me.

I did read a headline this morning that said The Ellen DeGeneres Show has lost a million viewers after her workplace toxicity scandal . So maybe they do need to shake things up over there.

They can continue calling the show Ellen , you don’t even have to change the name. But I’m the host.

You will be the new Ellen.

Eric Ellen DeGeneres Andre.

Would you co-host or is this strictly a solo thing?

Oh no, Ellen, you’re out, sorry. You… spread… bad vibes at work. I don’t even know what you got in trouble for.

From the reports it was a whole lot of toxicity going on. But it wasn’t just her, I should say, it was some of the producers there.

Yeah, I mean, I will remember birthdays. I will make eye contact with interns. I will undo the damage that monster put us through. The hell!

Bad Trip is currently streaming on Netflix.

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‘Bad Trip’ Review: Eric Andre’s Raunchy, Riotous Prank Terrorizes America

A shock-and-awe prank film that transplants rom-com hijinks into reality.

By Amy Nicholson

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Bad Trip

It’s a romantic comedy cliché: Boy goes on outrageous quest to win back the girl of his dreams, an adventure fueled by derring-do and impassioned speeches that gain urgency as the violins swell. Onscreen, those manic you-complete-me moments make audiences swoon. But in reality, they’d look like “Bad Trip,” a squirm-worthy exercise in vicarious humiliation that welds the rom-com formula to a gross-out prank show. Directed by Kitao Sakurai and produced by “Jackass” co-creator Jeff Tremaine, “Bad Trip” hands lovelorn loser Chris ( Eric Andre , who co-wrote the film with Sakurai and Dan Curry) a safe word (“popcorn”) and the keys to a hot pink Crown Victoria, and sets the comedian loose to terrorize unsuspecting bystanders along a northbound interstate from Florida to Manhattan, where he intends to profess his love to his middle school crush Maria (Michaela Conlin of “Bones”).

Riding shotgun is Lil Rey Howery as Chris’ best friend Bud, and on their trail storms a terrifyingly incognito Tiffany Haddish , tatted and volatile, posing as Bud’s older sister Trina, a sociopathic prison escapee who barges into restaurants brandishing Chris and Bud’s picture and convinces strangers they might have to testify in a murder trial. Will these good citizens rat out Andre’s besotted Chris, who drips pathos like a leaking hose, and the charmingly sincere Howery? Alas, the average civilian lacks the courage of a movie hero. Groans one man, “I wasn’t ready to be Samuel L. Jackson in ‘The Negotiator.’”

The result is sniggering slapstick that’s two-parts biological fluids and one-part salute to the innate empathy of mankind, often in the same scene. Take the zoo tour where Chris attempts to impress Maria by sneaking into the cage of an amorous gorilla for a selfie. The scene quickly becomes repellant for reasons better left to the imagination. Yet his fellow tourists’ concern adds a dash of sugar, even if their advice is merely untested hunches (“Don’t look him in the eye!”) or relationship insights (“Would she go out there for you?”) that could wait until Chris has pulled up his pants. Not everyone is so kind. When Andre and Howery barge into a barbershop with their unmentionables conjoined in a Chinese finger trap, a knife-wielding man chases them down the street. (Afterwards, Howery nearly quit.)

“Bad Trip” is an extension of Andre and Sakurai’s eight-year creative partnership on Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show,” five seasons of aggressive performance art disguised as a talk show. Andre disables the part of his amygdala that restrains him from holding strangers’ babies until they cry or unnerving guests with cockroaches and jump scares. The goal of his stunts isn’t to make his patsies angry. It’s to make them feel as though reality has cracked open under their feet, to tectonically upend normal codes of behavior so that even the audience is unsettled by their own laughter. Is it funny when Haddish pretends to break out of a police van and pressures a witness to lie to the cops? Yes and no. But while it’s possible to have empathy for an individual, in the aggregate, the movie’s marks become hilarious carnage.

Sakurai’s favorite hidden camera closeups aren’t of people snarling in anger (though there’s plenty of that). It’s of someone slack-jawed that they’d entered someplace benign — a juice bar, a car wash, a grocery store — only to suddenly bear witness to Andre’s extreme joy or shame. His Chris suffers the emotional equivalent of Johnny Knoxville shooting himself out of a cannon. When Chris asks a random guy on a bench if he should surprise Maria in New York, the man advises him to go for it. When Chris leaps up and starts to sing, the now-invested stranger grins, “He’s in love!” But when Chris jazz-dances into a mall food court, a shopper kicks in panic. Someone that happy has got to be dangerous.

However, Andre’s social experiments prove that the majority of Americans truly want to be helpful. This makes the film oddly heartening, whether from an Army recruitment officer who gives Chris a needed boost, or from a diner waitress who edits the sex out of a draft of Chris’ climactic profession of love. “Be more romantic,” she advises. How long? At least “30 minutes to an hour.” As the end credits roll, “Bad Trip” plays a montage of people learning they’ve been pranked, which eases the psychic damage. That the pranksters are the most imperiled by their hoaxes offers a bruising absolution. Still, as Haddish barges up to a policeman to ask him for a kiss, it’s hard not to pray: It’s only a movie, it’s only a movie.

Reviewed online, Los Angeles, March 24, 2021. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 84 MIN.

  • Production: A Netflix release of an Orion Pictures production. Producers: Jeff Tremaine, Eric Andre, David Bernard, Ruben Fleischer. Co-producers: Dan Curry, Kevin Costello. Executive producers: Aaron L. Gilbert, Shanna Zablow Newton, Jason Cloth.
  • Crew: Director: Kitao Sakurai. Screenplay: Sakurai, Eric Andre, Dan Curry. Camera: Andrew Laboy. Editors: Sascha Stanton Craven, Matthew Kosinski, Caleb Swyers. Music: Ludwig Göransson, Joseph Shirley.
  • With: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Michaela Conlin.

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Bad Trip star Michaela Conlin on the Netflix comedy’s hidden-camera hilarity

By brittany frederick | mar 25, 2021.

BAD TRIP(2021) Michaela Conlin as Maria Li. Courtesy of Netflix

Bad Trip was a “really special” experience for Michaela Conlin, she told Netflix Life ahead of the movie’s premiere this Friday.

The actress stars in the hidden-camera comedy which features Eric Andre as Chris, who embarks on a wild road trip to find his high school crush—if only he hadn’t stolen his sister’s car and pulled his best friend along for the bumpy ride.

Michaela plays the object of Chris’s affection, Maria Li, and spoke about getting to do more comedy, working with people who don’t know they’re in a movie, and her experience with the rest of the incredible cast. See what she had to say before Bad Trip drops tomorrow on Netflix!

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Netflix Life: What was it about Bad Trip that got you interested?

Michaela Conlin: I loved Eric Andre’s show on Adult Swim , so that was probably the first sell. But I’ve been wanting to do comedy for such a long time, and it was such a fun script and such a fun process of getting the job. Those two things were probably the selling points.

NL: You hit the nail on the head—your best-known roles, like Dr. Angela Montenegro on Bones , are dramatic. What was it like for you to not only do a clear-cut comedy, but one as outrageous and genre-bending as Bad Trip ?

MC: It was honestly the best way to do it I think because they just throw you in and you sink or swim. Thankfully I feel like I swam, but it was great. Working with real people and bystanders who had no idea what was going on was actually really freeing and such a unique situation to be in, and to have these environments that the production team would set up that you could essentially improvise within was really special and so cool.

But it was definitely a lot of learning on the fly. Just okay, here’s the shot and we have 10 minutes, go. It was a lot of that. Eric and everybody involved were really supportive and it was a great process.

NL: So much of good comedy is chemistry and timing. How did you navigate that with real people who didn’t know you were even filming a movie?

MC: It was actually in some ways a lot easier, because it was such pure reactions from people. There was no acting going on with them. It was actually easier to react to people really reacting in some ways than it was to have lines rehearsed and to know the script.

After the job was over, I was like oh my God, I want to keep working with real people, because it was just great. Then you have Lil Rel [Howery] and Eric and Tiffany [Haddish] sort of creating the structure that we could work within. It was sort of the best of both worlds.

NL: Eric Andre also co-wrote and produced Bad Trip . Did that help you as an actor, to have one of the writers be the co-star who’s next to you on set?

MC: For sure. A lot of times we had ear buds in [and] most of the time they would say, “Okay, say this line, do this, try it this way, do it this way,” as we were shooting. It was great to have them because there were many nights that we would come up with ideas and they’d shoot some of them the next day. Not all of them [but] it was just such a creative thing to be a part of that.

I was really glad to be able to see that side, especially [director, co-writer and producer] Kitao [Sakurai] and Eric, because they’ve worked so closely together for so long. That was really cool. They really trust each other and it was cool to see them come up with these crazy ideas. Just constantly crazier and crazier.

NL: Are there any particularly crazy moments you want to tell Netflix viewers to not miss?

MC: The scene with the priest, I’ll just say was a real don’t miss. The zoo, I would say that they shouldn’t probably miss. There’s many of them…There’s a couple car crashes. There’s a lot going on. Just watch the whole thing. (laughs)

SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this interview contains a spoiler for Bad Trip .

NL: In comedy movies, sometimes the love interest follows a very specific arc, and isn’t well-developed beyond being the love interest. What is it about Maria that stood out to you as being different or that you really loved?

MC: I love that she sort of turns at the end. I think she gets very set up at the end, which I really liked seeing. I liked that it wasn’t this faux idea of this love interest that’s one thing throughout. But I liked that they had history and that they knew each other. I think we all have those people, like the one that got away or the one that we think about.

I liked that she was the start of the journey for them and that you hear about her throughout the movie. Then at the end, I think his fantasy becomes reality, obviously. I liked that we get to see that side of her. That was a fun thing to do.

NL: You mentioned how this is a departure for you; are there other roles you’ve loved doing that you’d recommend for people to check out? Other things they might not know?

MC: I did do this crazy documentary series called The It Factor , which was a really long time ago, but I don’t think anyone will be able to find that. I would say probably MDs . I was also in The Lincoln Lawyer , which was really fun, which I think is kind of having a McConaissance. I feel like people saw it when it came out and now it’s like people are seeing it again.

NL: Is there anything else you want to say to people before Bad Trip arrives on Netflix?

MC: Given the events of everything that’s happened recently with all of this hatred towards Asian-Americans…That hits very close to home. It’s obviously very disturbing and we need to take some serious steps towards trying to change this.

That, and that this movie is crazy and really funny and I hope that everybody enjoys it.

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CDOT launches new, user-friendly road condition and travel planner website and mobile app

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Statewide   - The Colorado Department of Transportation launched a new, easy-to-use COtrip.org website on Sept. 29 that features a new 511 map that will allow drivers to safely navigate Colorado roads. While motorists have been using COtrip.org for nearly two decades, this updated website will offer new features that will help travelers plan their route ahead of time, and be prepared for road or lane closures or adverse road conditions.

“This is an exciting time for our agency,” said Bob Fifer, CDOT’s branch manager of the Intelligent Transportation Systems & Network Services. “We are evolving legacy systems to better serve the traveling public. The new website brings more of our transportation technologies into one lens, improving the customer experience. We added several new features, while reducing system maintenance costs. Now, travelers can customize routes from point A to point B to see if their trip may be impacted by any road or lane closures. Motorists will have an easier time identifying road closures, road conditions and construction impacts, all while replacing outdated technologies.” 

The new website incorporates the following new features:

Traveler Information & Layers

The COtrip website is powered by a dynamic Google Map™. Motorists can use the map as they would any Google map and click on the icons for more information. Icons are displayed on the map by checking or unchecking the boxes in the layers toolbar. Layers available and what data the layers provide is described here .

Trucker’s Layers

The new Trucker Mode features resources specific to commercial motor vehicle operators, including the following layers defined here .

My COtrip & Travel Alerts

Motorists can log-in in or sign up here for their own COtrip account to subscribe and manage their travel alerts. They can also save their favorite routes and cameras, and customize their travel preferences.

COtrip on Social Media

COtrip traveler information is automatically posted to the @ColoradoDOT Twitter feed. New roadway hashtags and Twitter threads were rolled out in Spring 2021, making it easier for users to track and stay updated on closures and incidents from CDOT. Follow @ColoradoDOT on Twitter  for real-time travel information and road conditions. 

511 Telephone Service

The 511 telephone service is an interactive, voice-activated traffic information system motorists can access by calling 511 (within Colorado) or 1-800-288-1047 (nationwide). This system has not changed, and will continue to provide a real-time option for travelers to get road conditions and traffic information. Learn more about 511 and how to use this service here .

“The updated website will be a great new tool for the public, however, we also wanted to bring the same information to your mobile device. ” said Fifer. “With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that we are also launching a brand new mobile app on Oct. 1. Now travelers will be conveniently informed no matter where they go. We are committed to continuously improving access to highway information and technologies.” 

The new COtrip Planner mobile app was designed to meet the growing trend of information on mobile and tablet devices for the traveling public. The COtrip Planner app provides statewide, real-time traffic information, and works on smartphones and tablets that operate on iOS and Android platforms. Download the app in the Apple Store or Google Play Store starting on Oct. 1.

The app will be fully implemented in three phases

  • Traveler app with hands-free, eyes free functionality with customized CDOT layers now available
  • Winter-specific layers including weather warnings, weather stations, plow tracker with CDOT snowplow contest names, and Express Lanes
  • My COtrip accounts integrated and new map search functionality, including event and camera clustering, predefined routes/areas, and adding an electronic sign layer 
  • Social sharing of cameras and road conditions will also be available
  • Turn-by-turn directions and recommended routes to user mapping app (Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze)
  • Alert banners and push notifications
  • Rockfall and wildlife reporting

The COtrip Planner app also includes a feature called TellMe, which enables app users to be hands-free on their route. TellMe detects the user's current location, speed and direction of travel to announce upcoming road conditions and traffic incidents as they travel along their route. 

“We want Coloradans and visitors to our great state to have all of the information they need to plan a safe trip, no matter where they go on our state highways and interstates,” said Fifer. “We hope all drivers will take advantage of the website and mobile app before getting into their vehicles for a safe and more convenient trip as both tools will help to eliminate any ‘surprises’ on the roadway.”

You Are Invited

Media partners are invited to join us on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. for a tutorial of the new website and mobile app as well as a chance to interview Executive Director Lew and CDOT’s Branch Manager of the ITS & Network Services. This is your chance to ask questions related to how the change will help your method of reporting as CDOT knows the COtrip cameras are frequently used by its media partners. 

WHEN: Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Zoom link to come

WHO: Executive Director Shoshana Lew and Bob Fifer, CDOT’s Branch Manager of the Intelligent Transportation Systems & Network Services

Download the COtrip App!

The new COtrip Planner  mobile app was designed to meet the growing trend of information on mobile and tablet devices for the traveling public. The COtrip app provides statewide, real-time traffic information, and works on smartphones and tablets that operate on the iOS and Android platforms. Starting on October 1, visit the Google Play Store (Android devices) or the Apple Store (iOS devices) to download!

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Movie Review: Bad Trip (2021)

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2021 has been an incredible year for absurdist comedies that push the boundaries of socially acceptable humor to the extremes. Josh Greenbaum’s “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” is still the funniest (and best) film of the year (so far), but there’s a new competitor in town that dares to go back to the hidden camera pranks of MTV’s “Jackass” era: Bad Trip . Co-produced by “Jackass” filmmaker Jeff Tremaine and directed by “The Eric Andre Show” helmer Kitao Sakurai, Bad Trip contains some of the funniest hidden camera pranks since 2002’s “Jackass: The Movie,” with an extra level of authenticity that’s never been truly reached before.

The film’s framing device is rather simple: Chris (Eric André, “ Rough Night ”) rekindles with the high-school love of his life, Maria Li (Michaela Conlin, “ Enchanted ”) while working at a smoothie shop, which prompts him to go on a road trip to New York City with his best friend, Bud (Lil Rel Howery, “ Get Out ”), to go after Maria. They embark in Bud’s sister Trina’s (Tiffany Haddish, “ Nobody’s Fool ”) stolen car without knowing that she recently broke out of prison and is currently on the lookout for them.

The “road trip” device serves as a quasi-excuse for André, Howery, and Haddish to prank real people without ever being afraid of pushing it to the extremes. And this is what makes Bad Trip particularly funny: Seeing Eric André and others perform exuberant acts of total “shock-slapstick” comedy for a completely impervious public and always going the extra mile to make every situation as uncomfortable as possible. For example, Chris works at a smoothie shop, with a total disregard of basic hygiene protocols (this is particularly timely in the COVID era we currently live in) and, after seeing “the love of his life” for the first time in a year, accidentally puts his hand in a blender which begins to splatter out *lots* of blood. The timing is impeccable, especially when the hidden cameras brilliantly capture the customers’ natural reactions of pure disgust and, finally, shock. And this bit only gives a taste of what’s to come, with the pranks becoming more elaborate (and sometimes reaching downright terrifying levels of comedy) as the film moves along.

Eric André is, in my opinion, one of the funniest comedians living today — and continues to prove his dynamite timing with this film. This feels like a movie especially crafted for him (and his friends) to showcase just how talented he is at not only physical comedy, but also improvisation. Many of the sequences with real people aren’t scripted, and André’s quick-thinking makes him shine in almost every single one of these scenes. This is most evident because the film’s scripted scenes that supposedly “move the plot forward” are incredibly dull and uninspired to watch. Of course, you’re not going to watch Bad Trip for the plot — chances are you’re watching the movie for André and Sakurai’s skills at revitalizing a (seemingly) long-dead sub-genre of comedy, which is fine, but the plot should’ve still been more polished and feel less rushed.

Also, running at almost 79-minutes without credits, the movie doesn’t have enough time to properly develop character depth or the relationships between Chris, Bud, and Trina effectively, forgoing that to go to the “good stuff” quickly. It’s safe to say, if you want your audience to truly immerse themselves to not only the insane hidden-camera sequences Sakurai and André put on display, it helps to have compelling characters. Without them, the hidden-camera sequences feel completely detached from the alleged story piecing it all together.

Still, Bad Trip begs to be experienced. It brilliantly recaptures the unflinching insanity of Jeff Tremaine’s “Jackass” triptych whilst reaching new levels of stranger participation and authenticity Tremaine’s films were never able to achieve. Put the poorly-developed story aside and have fun with Kitao Sakurai’s boundary-pushing comedy that’s sure to elicit an insane amount of laughter . . . though be warned of its audacity to shock with many gross-out sequences. If you loved “Jackass,” you will absolutely adore Bad Trip . Take the plunge on Netflix — you will most certainly not regret it.

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Eric andré takes his prank comedy on the road with lil rel howery and tiffany haddish..

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On its surface, Bad Trip is a wacky buddy-comedy with a road trip gimmick pretty similar to the Farrelly Brothers’ hit Dumb and Dumber, in which two doofuses trek across America on a dim-witted quest for love. However, with a slew of pranks that range from silly to surreal, comedian Eric André and company create a spoof that’s slyly sophisticated.

Eric André and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) star as ride-or-die besties, Chris and Bud. Scraping by in West Grove, Florida, both work jobs that offer more embarrassment than satisfaction, resulting in wild pranks involving nudity, robbery, and sprays of fake blood. Chris fears his life is going nowhere, while Bud is bullied by his pugnacious sister Trina (Tiffany Haddish with a mischievous snarl). But could fate have other plans for them? Like the hero of a romantic-comedy, Chris believes so. Clearly, crossing paths with his high school crush Maria Li (Michaela Conlin) is a sign. Forget that their “meet-cute” is more catastrophic than charismatic. Forget that she seems more polite than interested. Forget the eye rolls of bystanders who can’t deal with Chris’s cringe-worthy pick-up lines. Maria walked into that shop in slow-motion as dreamy music played! Romance must happen! That’s just the law of movies.

So, when Maria says she’s headed back to Manhattan to prepare for her art gallery’s next major event, Chris begs Bud to drive with him to the Big Apple on a quest for love. (Very Harry and Lloyd chasing the Mary who got away to Aspen.) Initially reluctant, Bud not only gives in but also agrees to borrow Trina’s beloved car, a hot pink showstopper with “Bad Bitch” painted across its back windshield. Because she’s behind bars, it seemed a safe plan. Naturally, Trina busts out of jail just after they run off with her ride. So, following the Dumb & Dumber model, she becomes the hardened criminal chasing down two dummies as they drive to a dream scenario.

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Along the way, André, Howery, and Haddish pull pranks in character on an array of unsuspecting people in gas stations, smoothie shops, bars, and business meetings. Notably, these aren’t the kind of cruel pranks where a mark is damaged or embarrassed; the chaos here lands squarely on the consenting comedians. Some of these stunts might be familiar to fans of The Eric André Show, which Bad Trip’s helmer Kitao Sakurai frequently directed. Still, the pranks are surprising, strange, and childishly exhilarating. Some play on pure shock value, relishing in the stunned faces of those who think they’ve just witnessed a freak accident or a major crime.

A supreme improviser, Haddish switches from aggressive to cuddly depending on the mark, winning some of the movie’s most passionate -- and hilarious -- reactions. Howrey plays the straight man as André throws himself full-bodied into stunts that leave him a bare-assed buffoon before an unaware audience, who reacts with shock, horror, and -- often -- compassion. His commitment sells the bonkers bits to these real people, even when the seams of a stunt -- or a gorilla costume -- might show. Throughout, Good Samaritans step up with advice, aid, and some scorching real talk.

Amid all the mayhem and bewildered reactions, such witnesses bring a touching tenderness and exciting authenticity to Bad Trip. Some even become crucial characters in the plot. A kindly old man, a vaping Army recruiter, and a nosy restaurant patron step out of the background to create plot points, encouraging dream-chasing, reconciliation, and even revenge! The plot points themselves are cliches. However, Bad Trip has subversive fun by exposing how easily real people fall into these expectations, and how they react when a cinematic flourish follows.

For instance, when Chris is encouraged to pursue Maria, he doesn’t just thank the old man on the bench and walks away. He bursts into song and dance like he’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer with a concussion. The outrageousness is exposed through the reactions of a mall full of people whose day just went from ordinary to absolutely confounding. Through this, Sakurai introduces a sly commentary of romantic comedies that pays off in a climax that is funny, smart, and gleefully rebellious.

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André and company give a familiar premise fresh verve with an onslaught of outrageous pranks that would do Jackass proud. André and Howrey share crackling chemistry that weaves together the friendship at the film’s core, while heralded scene-stealer Haddish embodies a badass who can make us cackle. Remarkably, the unwitting witnesses to their mayhem are not regarded just as marks, but as co-stars, who pop with one-liners, memorable reactions, and shining humanity. (Hot tip: stay through the credits to see what happened in real life once the pranks were wrapped.) Within all this, Sakurai winks at movie tropes, while recognizing why these predictable plot points are so satisfying. Like other prank-centered comedies (see Borat 1& 2), there is a clunkiness to the construction, where prank sequences are abruptly abandoned to jump to a new scenario. This makes for a rumbling pace that hinders the emotional throughline. Funky flow aside, it’s impressive how the editing team (Sascha Stanton Craven, Matthew Kosinski, and Caleb Swyers) whittled a coherent comedy plot from the chaos of untold hours of prank shoots and reaction shots. Ultimately, despite its dead ends, Bad Trip is a ridiculously fun ride.

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The thing about critiquing almost any comedian is that you will inevitably find yourself coming up against avid (if not rabid) fans insistent that you just don’t “get” the work. Eric Andre in particular, with his trademark Dadaist impulses and penchant for all things uncomfortably nude, is undoubtedly one of those figures. Those who enjoy his surreal and animated style of laughs will be quick to defend the comedian, citing his ability to deconstruct staid notions of late-night television and bland stand-up with his long-running Adult Swim series “The Eric Andre Show.”

On the other hand, his detractors would rightfully point to Andre’s history of transphobic, fatphobic, and myriad other jokes which serve only to punch down at certain individuals who, one might argue, have already been punched down on enough.

Which is why “Bad Trip,” the long-awaited hidden-camera comedy flick helmed by long-time “Eric Andre Show” director Kitao Sakurai , is such a curious film. Ostensibly a buddy road movie following Chris Carey (Andre, also a co-writer) and best friend Bud Malone (Lil Rel Howery) as they travel cross-country to New York, “Bad Trip” seems to be aware of these criticisms of Andre and the way in which they would be further visible in a wide-release movie (now launching on Netflix ). The jump from Adult Swim to feature film has been accompanied by a watering down of Andre’s unpredictable absurdities and instead offers a much more conventional approach to its prankster schematics.

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The laughs are certainly there, but Andre’s almost trademark sense of intentional derangement is missing and in many ways, this is one of his strengths as a performer. Sure, there are the juvenile gags that form many of the film’s comedic centerpieces — a scene involving boisterous gorilla sex comes to mind as one of several moments that attempts to tap into Andre’s chaotic energy but fizzles out, leaving instead the bad taste of an obvious, if not adolescent, bit. While for some this style of failure might only deepen their appreciation for Andre and the ways in which they view him as a sort of anti-comedian, it’s also imperative to remember that the phrase anti-comedy should not act as a synonym for shallow, empty or thoughtless.

The film loosely entwines its real-world pranks with an overarching story that knows itself to be a farce, but can’t help but be burdened by its halfhearted tries at sincerity. Andre is not a strong enough actor to pull this particular positioning off but then again, that is anything but the point here. Even within that, the slack nature of “Bad Trip’s” premise is enough to put in higher relief both the successes and failures of the comedy’s gags. The former has a sharp ability to see the innately comedic textures of humanity (further seen in the film’s delightful post-credits sequence), while the latter is too staged and likewise rigidly edited (particularly toward the film’s front end which too often takes on the tonality of a warm-up).

For a cornier, more establishment type of comedian, the kind of story environment emblematic of these failures might be par for the course but for an iconoclast like Andre, the misses here can be glaring — I doubt even his most stringent detractors would honestly be able to call Andre a mediocre or average performer. Which is why it is so disappointing that “Bad Trip” falls just as easily into humdrum ordinariness as much as it does its most simple and effective bits.

Andre’s influences have always been clear, from Sacha Baron Cohen to Tom Green to the “Jackass” bunch, but they struggle in the present when faced with Andre’s move from surrealism to literalism. Unlike oft-cited inspiration and Borat star Cohen, Andre’s previous world-making has been exactly out of this world, if not a complete undoing and deflation of it. While he is able to elevate the everyday to the level of the comedic through a more even-keeled yet effective style of absurdity here, there is a certain degree of impact missing that will will be expected given the star. While Howery provides the perfect foil to Andre’s Chris and Tiffany Haddish (here playing Bud’s prison-breaking sister, Trina Malone) is, as always, nothing but an expert improviser (and arguably the reason to see “Bad Trip”), it is Andre’s strange turn to reality which will leave audiences searching for more.

All of this said and done, if it makes you laugh (and I mean really makes you laugh) as it often did me, that can be salve enough.

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It makes a certain kind of sense that Bad Trip, Eric André’s entry into the Gonzo Comedy Hall of Fame (see: Jackass, Borat, Bad Grandpa ), starts in Florida. Not that the other 49 states of this fine U.S. of A. don’t have their share of goofballs, chowderheads, numbskulls, fuck-ups and jag-offs; it’s just that this particular Southeastern one has a reputation for American eccentricity that results in eyes bugging out, jaws dropping and shit going very wrong. Those “Florida Man” headlines are well-earned.

And the “Florida Man” energy is strong in this one, right from the get-go: No sooner has the comedian appeared onscreen, rocking a mechanic’s jumpsuit and washing a BMW in a West Grove car wash, then something genuinely WTF happens. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know it involves a vacuum hose and full frontal nudity. It also involves a customer who has no idea that he’s part of an elaborate prank that’s been set up for several rolling cameras, someone who is neither in on the joke nor the butt of it. The guy is just an innocent bystander who suddenly finds himself in the middle of a situation he hadn’t planned for or even possibly imagined, while a naked man tries desperately not to show his dick and balls to the world. “Florida Man Loses Clothes, Flashes Customers in Bizarre Car Detailing Accident.” Normally, you can’t make this stuff up. André engineers it like he’s in charge of a NASA launch.

The scene is over way, way too soon — a problem that plagues a lot of Bad Trip ‘s gotcha scenarios, but that’s the risk you take when you’re literally putting your ass out there when making variable-heavy comedy — but it still does what it needs to do, i.e. set the tone and set up the “story.” Note the scare quotes; abandon all hope, ye who want a narrative here, which is frankly missing the point. This is no more a movie than The Eric André Show is a talk show. (Though the director, Kitao Sakurai, has also worked on that Adult Swim gem.) It’s a delivery system for strung-together Situationist happenings and performance art, a fancy way of saying that everyday people get co-opted into sometime highly elaborate, often hilarious, remarkably effective smart-comics-doing-really-dumb-and-gross shit. Including, in one case, a bit that may or may not have involved being covered in actual fecal matter. We don’t know just how Jackass things got here.

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Right, sorry, the story: So when Chris (André) is cleaning the unsuspecting gent’s car, a second customer drives up. Her name is Maria (Michaela Conlin), and she was Chris’s high school crush. He was going to ask her out, but then whoosh go his clothes. Later, he finds out she lives in New York and runs an art gallery. If he’s ever town, drop by and see her. So Chris grabs his best friend Bud (Lil Rel Howery), they take the pink Crown Victoria that belongs to Bud’s sister, Trina ( Tiffany Haddish ) — she’s in prison, it’s all good — and plan a road trip to visit Chris’s soulmate. When Trina “releases” herself from the clink, she finds out that her car’s been stolen and decides to track these guys down across the Eastern seaboard.

There’s a version of Bad Trip in which you pay attention to this tender story of best friends who’ll do anything for each other, who have their ups and downs but still have each other’s backs, rednecks and psycho siblings and cops be damned. The version you’ll probably want to push to the forefront, however, is the one where these three comedians, respectively and together, stage the kind of truly outrageous shenanigans that make you wonder how the hell they got out of these scenes alive. Looking at my notes, I see nothing but a series of phrases: “Chinese Finger Trap,” “Smoothie Shop Blender,” “Cowboy Bar,” “Projectile Vomiting,” “A Priest,” “The Hamptons,” “Gorilla Selfie.” (That last one is genuinely above and beyond the call of duty.) To try and explain what they mean wouldn’t do the gags justice, though I will say that a sequence involving a a movie-musical number in a mall — which includes singing, dancing, a giant wedding cake and the threat of actual violence — is a work of genius.

In other, the sheer hilariousness of a number of individual bits here are enough to get you past slow spots and a few D.O.A. duds, and you come out of Bad Trip with a serious appreciation for this trio’s chops and ability to go with the flow. (Four, actually: Conlin can more than hold her own when she needs to.) And unlike the Jackass crew’s how-low-can-you-go competitions and Borat ‘s politicized exposés, there’s almost a sweetness to the way these folks prank the public. The everyday folks who find themselves having to deal with angry ex-cons or exchanges spiraling out of control aren’t marks; they’re more like collaborators in the movie’s “what if” set-ups. For every encounter in which you fear that André or Howery or Haddish are actually going to get the snot beat of out of them for antagonizing folks, there are a half dozen examples of people stepping in and defusing things, offering help, trying to de-escalate a blow-up. The end credits roll feature a bunch of “smile, you’re on Candid Camera” reveals that lead to smiles and yelps of “oh my god, that was crazy!” The joke’s not on them. They were just a key part of the trip.

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The comedian almost got himself—and his co-star—killed making Bad Trip . He's not planning on stopping any time soon.

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Eric Andre isn't sure he's the right subject for this particular publication. "You know, I’m not very healthy," he says over Zoom, while getting his face powdered and with a indoor shrubbery looming over his head. "So, I don’t know if I’m the perfect candidate for Men’s Health. I’m pickling my organs with alcohol."

Even with the pandemic hitting, it's been a big calendar year for Andre, who has managed to keep fans laughing throughout. Last June, he released a Netflix stand-up special, Legalize Everything (filmed in New Orleans in late 2019), and last fall saw the release of Season 5 of The Eric Andre Show —the first of his surreal, absurdist, prank-based reality show in five years—on Adult Swim. Now, after one hell of a year, he's finally dropping Bad Trip on Netflix , a narrative prank movie that also serves as his first leading role in a feature film.

More recently, though, as a way to put a twist on his outrageous The Eric Andre Show character (a talk show host named, yes, Eric Andre), Andre gained about 20 pounds and removed all the hair from his body. The reason? He likes to do the opposite of whatever came in the previous season. So where his Season 4 host was pale, with unbrushed hair and didn't wear deodorant, his Season 5 host went to the tanning salon every day, gained 20 pounds by eating a ton of sugar and carbs—so, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, beer—before bed. And when he was done, he lost the weight by doing the opposite; no snacking after dinner, no bread, and mostly sticking to meat/fish and veggies.

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When he first began dropping the weight he put on, Andre was giving intermittent fasting a shot. He did fasted workouts in the morning, and drank a lot of coffee to get his heart rate up.

He's mostly back where he was—but the end is the hardest part. "It’s miserable. Gaining the weight was the fun part; I’m still trying to lose the last five pounds over and over again," he says matter of factly, before slipping into an over-the-top tone his fans are more than familiar with. "But... I like drinking booze! And eating potato chips!"

Even as he'll wind up putting out three major comedy projects in the course of a year's time, they're all turning out to be projects filmed before the onset of the pandemic. Which means Andre's had a lot of time to kill time at home, his own way. He's on Season 5 of The Sopranos. He's been reading dense books, like Manufacturing Consent and cocktail cookbooks like Smuggler's Cove . And, yeah, like he said, "a loooot of drinking." (One favorite beverage? A simple Piña Colada: " I’m like Karen at TGIFridays happy hour. Kahlua mudslides all the way.")

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IN BAD TRIP , now landing on Netflix after a nearly four-year production process , Andre has two very talented co-stars for the movie's various hijinx in Lil Rel Howery ( Get Out ) and Tiffany Haddish ( Girls Trip, Keanu ). But featuring those two together wasn't always the plan.

After Howery auditioned, as Andre describes, everyone knew he was the perfect pick to play Bud, the best friend to Andre's lead character. He booked the role, and then filming began with something of a bump; the first prank they filmed out in the wild was what Andre refers to as the "Chinese Penis Trap," where Andre and Howery both have prosthetic penises stuck in a Chinese finger trap, and go into various establishments looking for help. Mostly this spurred disgusted and shocked reactions, but one went a step farther.

"We went into this, like, hood barber shop, and this guy pulled out a knife on us and tried to kill us on the very first day," Andre says, describing a scene that did make it into the movie. "I’ve been roughed up and manhandled during pranks—I’ve gotten into violent situations during pranks—but Rel had never done a hidden camera prank in his life, and he almost died, and he’s got kids. So, he basically quit the movie day one."

Howery was furious and stormed off the set. He called his reps, and he called Haddish, his Carmichael Show co-star just to vent. "I'm doing this Eric Andre prank movie, and I almost got killed," Andre says his co-star told her.

Haddish called Andre up a few days later. "She was like, 'Yo, you almost got Rel killed?' I was embarrassed," he recalls. "I was like, 'Yeah,' and then out of nowhere she goes 'I want to be in your movie! I live for that shit.' I was like, 'What?' and she was like 'Yeah, I love doing that prank shit. I love getting people riled up.'"

And coincidentally, the role of Trina—Bud's evil sister and the antagonist of Bad Trip —had just opened up due to a scheduling conflict. So, as Andre remembers, it's because Howery almost got killed and he vented to a friend that he ended up casting one of comedy's biggest stars in the movie.

"We got in some trouble," Andre says a bit later, pausing for a second to think and laugh. "We got in a lot of trouble."

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SOME BIG-NAME pranksters were brought in to assist behind the scenes on Bad Trip . Nathan Fielder (of Nathan For You fame) and some of his writers came in at one point. Some of the Punk'd team came in. Jeff Tremaine, who directed the Jackass movies and Dirty Grandpa, was the movie's producer; Andre calls him their "Master Splinter."

The team also spent time consulting with the master of the narrative prank movie, Sacha Baron Cohen, even screening a super rough cut of the movie at his house in search of feedback. "He was very supportive and complimentary; he really didn’t even help out with, like, prank writing stuff," Andre says. "His feedback was more about story."

There's so much going on in Bad Trip that's just crudely, naturally funny—tons that this story hasn't even begun to touch on. Stuff that shocks viewers—and even shocked Andre too. At one point in a Honky Tonk bar, Andre starts "vomiting" all over the place, and instead of seeking help, one of the bar patrons grabs his beer to bring to him as soon as he's done.

"That was a shocker!" he says. "And I was so in the zone, and trying to get the puke rig to work so much, that I didn’t even know that she really did that until I saw it in the editing van. I was shocked myself at that."

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In the end, though, it's just another project for Andre, who's not only done heightened satire and pranks like in Bad Trip and The Eric Andre Show, but also more traditional scripted fare, like his supporting roles in the wildly underrated FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman or the similarly-underrated Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

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"I would do any medium that has a good creative premise, that I can understand, and wrap my mind around, and get excited about," he says, plainly saying that he wants to keep doing hidden camera pranks forever. "It’s important for me, and it’s very very high stakes, and there’s something evergreen about it. Like, I can listen a Jerky Boys tape from, like, 30 years ago and still laugh like its 1991, because you’re dealing with real people."

And he's right. Those bits in Bad Trip that work in 2021 will probably still work in 2030 because its based on other people's real, shocked reactions. Just like the best moments of The Eric Andre Show come when his guest—like a famous Lauren Conrad appearance —is completely unknowing .

So, it's been a while. Who's in Eric Andre's crosshairs now?

" Keith Raniere from the NXVIM cult," he says, laughing maniacally. "I’m gonna brand my initials in his penis hole. Because he’s a sociopath!"

He continues laughing, as our Zoom time is just about wrapped up. "On that note!" he says, and with that, on his command, the conversation comes to a natural conclusion.

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This hilarious sequence, which overlaps cliché storytelling with the unassuming public, is just one of many endearing moments in “Bad Trip,” a hidden camera comedy gem starring Eric André , Lil Rel Howery , and Tiffany Haddish that’s finally coming out on Netflix. Directed by Kitao Sakurai , the previous director behind numerous episodes of “The Eric André Show,” it shows an evolution in the hidden camera subgenre, given its warming spirit about people. Unlike the films that previously defined the subgenre, it’s not so much about creating a freak show from unsuspecting extras, but in noting what one would do when confronted with someone as delusional as André’s character Chris. Natural human behavior can be extremely funny, and Sakurai and André know it’s possible to bring it out of people without being mean-spirited. Footage in the end credits of the real people excited to learn that they’re in a movie—a comfort for us as well—confirms the chaos is controlled physically and emotionally, and that allows it to be a party.    

“Bad Trip” is an excellent showcase for Eric André—it’s more mainstream than his talk-show-in-hell “The Eric André Show” and less watered down than his recent resume-boosting, commercial work like “The Lion King” and elsewhere. This role lets him scream, sprint, crash into things, and show off that he’s a sweetheart who wants to include you his absurdity. It’s no stretch to say that André is going to be a huge comedic force—I knew this when I caught his Legalize Everything stand-up tour in Chicago in 2019, when he had a sold-out Chicago Theater completely wrapped up in his FaceTime-ing with the parents of random audience members. He’s an affable anarchist with Robin Williams-like verve, and this project lets his burgeoning persona run wild alongside what the film advertises as “Real People. Real Pranks.”  

André's hilarious earnest Chris is joined in the movie by Lil Rel Howery, who would have been known enough at the time of filming from his scene-stealing turn in “ Get Out ,” but is disguised as Chris’ reserved friend Bud. They have adorable chemistry as two friends in Florida who decide to drive to New York to reunite Chris with his high school crush Maria ( Michaela Conlin ) after two disastrous brief run-ins at Eric’s jobs. They support each other, like when Chris gets extremely drunk at a cowboy bar, or Bud finds himself inside a Porta Potty. Chris is the wide-eyed dreamer, and Bud is the demure rationalist. Their chemistry is as pure as the Golden Girls, so “Thank You For Being a Friend” is featured prominently in the soundtrack, in between scenes of slapstick pranks that further their road trip.  

When Bud and Chris need a car to get to New York City, they “borrow” the bright pink Crown Vic that belongs to Bud’s sister, Trina (Tiffany Haddish), who Bud fears but is relieved when she's put in jail for breaking house arrest. And yet soon enough, Haddish crawls out from under a prison bus, having broken out and starts looking for her car. When it’s not where she stored it, she hunts Bud and Chris up the Eastern seaboard, making for some incredibly funny, abrasive scenes of her confronting people about whether they’ve seen them or her car that has “Bad Bitch” written on the window. Haddish bulldozes into every set-piece, exemplifying the film’s over-the-top spirit. When talking to progressively uncomfortable strangers, she doesn’t miss a beat and she relishes the opportunity to appear dangerous; when she steals a cop car and burns out of a donut shop parking lot, it’s one of her many triumphant moments.  

“Bad Trip” is a collision of great improvisational actors and authentically bewildered reactions from people unaware that they’re now in Chris’ story—which makes Michaela Conlin’s performance as Maria all the more an essential middle to its Venn diagram. She enters the movie also as an innocent bystander, but that’s a deceptive comic energy that plays out in very funny ways as she pushes back against Chris’ delusions. In Chris’ prank-based daydreams, Conlin matches André’s intensity; that she has to play it straight in later scenes adds to the tension she creates, like when Chris tries to profess his love to her.  

Just how funny is “Bad Trip”? After two viewings, it’s one of those comedies with a stable laughing average and high replay value, even if it doesn’t always hit you as hard. It knowingly plays a hit-and-miss game, and some scenes don’t entirely work (like a grocery store drug trip that plays out like a soft tribute to “The Eric Andre Show”), while other pranks go for discomfort more than big laughs (like when Chris gets gas springing all over a gas station). But the movie has speediness on its side, with pacing that takes the plotting from one prank to the next, often including crowds of people in the latest big dramatic confrontation that comes from Bud and Chris’ expected emotional arc. (A sudden car crash sequence is particularly well planned out, with cameras and extras ready nearby.) It’s a steady build to its ultimate destination of NYC, and every major set piece is constructed to bubble with discomfort before then skyrocketing over the top. An early scene at Chris’ smoothie shop job only begins with him making the drinks without spoons—it escalates to awkward tension with disgusted, annoyed customers, and then boom, a laugh-out-loud, gory finale that hits with impeccable, unexpected timing.  

If certain parts of “Bad Trip” aren’t as out-and-out cry-laughing as the work put into them desires, the story is still involving as it adds the dimensionality of unscripted human behavior. And it doesn’t continue the hidden camera movie’s waning intention of dunking on dummies, a factor that also makes this story more fluid than the start-and-stop traps, primed for reaction shots, in something like “Jackass”-spinoff like “Bad Grandpa.” That’s the true sweet spot, in how its pranks are engineered to get the unexpected to interact with Bud, Chris, and or Trina, and see if strangers try to help. (“You turned on us!” says Chris, after a golfer starts swinging a club at Chris and Bud while their penises are enjoined by a Chinese fingertrap.) An amazing scene comes at a tense mid-point, when Trina appears at a restaurant, spreading around fliers with Bud and Chris’ dopey faces on them, advertising her desire to kill the two. She leaves. Bud and Chris then show up at the same place minutes later, and everyone’s response, with some people trying to warn them, and others not wanting to get caught in the middle, is incredible. “Bad Trip” knows how to stir things up, and its funniest scenes often involve real people getting in the mix, tested by the brilliant skills of André, Howery, and Haddish. The ways that some people react to their pranks might shock you in some ways, and absolutely will not in others.  

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Nick Allen is the former Senior Editor at RogerEbert.com and a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

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Bad Trip (2021)

Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity and drug use.

Eric André as Chris

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Bad Trip is the latest in the hidden-camera comedy subgenre that falls in line with the likes of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and Borat films, but is gross and funny enough to stand on its own. Directed and co-written by Kitao Sakurai , Bad Trip sports a wild trio of talented comedy stars and smartly utilizes the cast to the fullest of their absurdist potential.

Part buddy comedy, part road trip, and mostly hidden camera work, Bad Trip works its magic when it uses real people, as is the case with most of these movies. The opening scene—and arguably among the best Bad Trip has to offer—is a perfect example of this. While Chris ( Eric André ) is car washing some stranger’s car, we’re introduced to his love interest Maria ( Michaela Conlin ) as she enters the scene bombastically and in slow-motion, quickly capturing the heart of Chris in two seconds. The owner of the car he’s washing also notices her dramatic and dreamy gait, and all of a sudden, I find myself also captivated by Maria.

We soon learn that she was Chris’s high school crush, and so Chris instantly builds a bond with the man as he goes over how gorgeous she is and how he should approach her. Well, what ensues next is so utterly insane and equally hilarious, I’d rather not spill all the beans. Ultimately, she gets away this time, but they soon cross paths at Chris’s other dead-end job, where he learns that she’s become an art curator at a gallery in New York. So our journey begins as he enlists the help of his reluctant best friend Bud ( Lil Rel ) as they concoct a plan to travel to New York and escape the doldrums of their Floridian existence. Together, in a rather humorous scene, they steal his tatted-up, imprisoned sister Trina’s ( Tiffany Haddish ) car and head toward the Big Apple to confess his love for Maria. One of the funniest moments in the film has Trina breaking out of prison only to find out her car has been stolen, and she goes after the guys like a relentless Batman villain, and boy does Tiffany Haddish knock it out of the park. Can we get a spin-off with her just doing Boss Bitch stuff?

Eric André and Lil Rel make a promising duo. Still, it’s Eric André who is tasked with the most preposterous situations, leaving Lil Rel with a less-than-stellar Porta Potty stunt that feels over before it even begins. Despite Eric André doing the heavy lifting, Lil Rel keeps things grounded for the most part. The show-stealer, without a doubt, is Tiffany Haddish, and it’s a damn shame she’s not in it enough. In fact, for long stretches of Bad Trip , she takes a back seat to the madness only to spring up again and continually reset the insane meter. In one memorable scene, while hunting for Chris and Bud, she stops a middle-aged white guy to ask if he’s seen them, and she produces a picture where the man is literally in the photograph with Chris and Bud. The man is noticeably confused and bewildered. Their bickering back-and-forth is comedy gold; his unwavering denial and her relentless provoking almost seems scripted, and I couldn’t stop laughing. That poor man was so confused. 

Not all of Bad Trip ’s hidden camera hijinks work, but the movie keeps it moving and doles out stunts after stunts in such rapid succession that you’ll eventually find a gem that will have you chuckling uncontrollably. One scene that fell flat for me was a drug-induced stupor that overplayed itself. While it was indeed a bizarre sequence, it easily could’ve been cut from the film, and nothing of value would have been lost. One could argue that their overstayed drug-ridden adventure was ironically pretty low-key compared to the exploits that preceded it.

Like most hidden-camera comedies, Bad Trip does an excellent job of showcasing regular people’s innate empathy. Some are courageous and brave, some are deprecatory, and some are wise. In one scene where Chris is at a crossroads in his life, he finds an older Black gentleman sitting on a bench and asks him for advice on what to do, and this man gives him the wisdom and motivation Chris needs to jumpstart the whole trip. We don’t know who this man is or what he does for a living, but that is just one example of that human quality that these kinds of movies tend to bring out, and it’s wonderful to see.

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Bad Trip is a farcical romp, but it is a stupidly funny romp that will catch you off guard more often than not. I will probably never forget that zoo sequence, and you probably won’t anytime soon; kudos to Eric André and Kitao Sakurai, who co-wrote this unapologetic and crazed journey.

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Eric André Reveals What A Financial Disaster Bad Trip Was, Despite Being Netflix's Number One Movie

Eric André’s Bad Trip was #1 on Netflix, but suffered bad luck.

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The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the film industry, and Bad Trip was among the many movies affected by it. Not only were there major movie release delays and early digital releases due to the pandemic, but a lot of movies that were supposed to be released in theaters ended up going streaming instead. That included Eric André’s movie Bad Trip , which ended up being a number one movie for Netflix, but became a financial disaster.

If you recall watching the red band trailer of Bad Trip , this hidden-camera film was such a wild ride that left passersby not knowing they were in the movie, with their jaws on the floor during each prank. The hilarious plot follows two best friends taking a road trip so one of them can declare their love for their crush, all while escaping a mad criminal whose car they stole. But as the film’s star, co-producer and co-screenwriter Eric André revealed on The Howard Stern Show , Bad Trip actually faced some bad luck getting released during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was supposed to premiere March 2020 at South By Southwest. Covid happened. The world shut down. Then it was nowhere. Then MGM was secretly trying to sell it to Quibi behind our backs. I don’t know if you remember Quibi, it was a streaming service that lasted for 3 minutes. And then they got caught, and they kept telling us Netflix didn’t want it. They sent it to the wrong person at Netflix, which is insane. Then Dave (Bernad) sent it to the right person and Netflix was like, ‘This is amazing. We love this.’ And it was the number one movie in the world, number in the US.

That’s an insane story right there! It appears that Bad Trip had to go through many hurdles in order for audiences to see it. Luckily, this comedy film was able to make its way to the 2021 Netflix movie release schedule , and pulling off those pranks for the movie was no easy feat. Eric André actually had a knife pulled on him during filming by the owner of a barbershop after he and co-star Lil Rel Howery pretended their penises were stuck together in a Chinese finger trap. Rel Howery nearly quit the movie because of that death-defying experience. Luckily, no violence was shed and the two actors were able to continue filming unharmed. After surviving a terrifying incident like that, I'd like to hope after all of that for his movie to get an eventual release too.

Because Bad Trip did not get the theatrical release it was originally intended for, this meant no box office money. André continued to say to Howard Stern that despite Bad Trip being the top Netflix movie at the time, the film wasn’t profitable.

I made zero dollars. I made the minimum SAG-AFTRA indie scale. The movie took seven and a half years to make, and I probably netted 17,000 bucks. For like a decade of work! Dave and Jeff Tremaine made zero dollars because it wasn’t a theatrical release. But number one movie in the world!

That doesn’t make any sense, right? You would think being one of the best movies on Netflix would have helped the movie financially. What made matters even worse was the terrible news The Lion King actor received the day it was supposed to premiere.

It was miserable, man. I was breaking down. My dad found out he had cancer the day we were supposed to premiere at South By Southwest. It was horrible. It was dark days. The beginning of quarantine, I was just like in a bathrobe every day drinking White Russians. I was like The Big Lebowski just sitting on my couch staring at the ground drinking White Russians. I just had a bottle of vodka next to my coffee table. It was dark, but you know what? The success of the movie has opened up other opportunities. It’s the beginning of a new chapter.

It’s a terrible tragedy to receive distressing news like that about your dad, and during one of the most uncertain times in the world. But Eric André’s challenging journey toward the release of Bad Trip proves that along with the bad, there’s the good. Bad Trip was considered one of the best comedy films of 2021 and even sat well with Seth Rogen, who gave a praiseworthy reaction to the film’s wild comedy antics and the work André put into it. 

Bad Trip may not have been a financial success, but it resonated very well with Netflix, critics and streaming subscribers who saw it. If you’re looking for an easy laugh to brighten your day, watch Bad Trip on your Netflix subscription . 


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Trip-planning can be an exhilarating and transformative experience. Whether you’re exploring a new city, immersing yourself in nature, or embarking on an adventurous journey, planning your trip is an essential part of the process. However, not every trip goes smoothly. There may be times when unforeseen circumstances or personal factors contribute to a negative experience, commonly known as a “bad trip.”

A bad trip can be distressing and overwhelming, causing feelings of anxiety, fear, and confusion. It can occur during any type of travel – from solo backpacking trips to family vacations. Understanding how to recognize the signs of a bad trip and having the tools to stop it can make all the difference in turning a challenging experience into a rewarding one.

In this article, we will explore strategies for preventing and stopping a bad trip, as well as how to recover and take care of yourself afterward. So, whether you’re a seasoned traveler or planning your first trip, read on to equip yourself with valuable insights and techniques to ensure a positive and fulfilling journey.

Understanding a Bad Trip

A bad trip can be described as a negative and uncomfortable experience during a journey or vacation. It can manifest in various ways, including intense anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, hallucinations, or a general feeling of being overwhelmed. While bad trips are most commonly associated with psychedelic drug use, they can also occur in non-drug-related situations due to factors such as stressful environments, unexpected events, or personal challenges.

During a bad trip, the individual may feel a loss of control, disconnection from reality, and a heightened sense of fear or dread. The intensity and duration of a bad trip can vary from person to person. What may be a challenging experience for one individual may be manageable for another.

It is important to note that a bad trip is not necessarily a reflection of the destination or activity itself. Even well-planned and highly anticipated trips can turn sour due to a variety of factors. Understanding the reasons behind a bad trip can help you approach it with a clearer perspective and find effective ways to manage and mitigate its effects.

Factors that can contribute to a bad trip include:

  • External Stressors: High stress levels, uncomfortable or unfamiliar environments, conflicts with travel companions, or unexpected events can contribute to a negative trip experience.
  • Internal Factors: Personal issues, unresolved emotional problems, or preexisting mental health conditions can increase the likelihood of having a bad trip.
  • Substance Use: In some cases, the use of certain substances, such as psychedelic drugs, can trigger or amplify the potential for a difficult trip.

By understanding the factors that contribute to a bad trip, you can take proactive steps to minimize their impact and create a more enjoyable travel experience. Next, we will delve into how to recognize the signs of a bad trip.

Recognizing the Signs of a Bad Trip

Recognizing the signs of a bad trip early on is essential for taking appropriate action to prevent it from escalating further. While the specific signs may vary depending on the individual and the situation, here are some common indicators that you may be heading towards a difficult experience:

  • Intense Anxiety: Feeling an overwhelming sense of fear, worry, or unease that is difficult to control or rationalize.
  • Panic Attacks: Experiencing sudden and intense episodes of fear or discomfort, accompanied by physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
  • Paranoia: Feeling excessively suspicious or fearful of others, believing that harm is imminent or that others are out to get you.
  • Hallucinations: Perceiving sensory experiences that are not based in reality, such as seeing or hearing things that are not there.
  • Disorientation: Feeling confused, disoriented, or detached from reality, making it challenging to navigate your surroundings or make logical decisions.
  • Difficulty in Communication: Struggling to articulate your thoughts or express your emotions in a coherent manner.

It is important to trust your instincts and pay attention to your emotional and physical well-being while on a trip. If you notice any of these signs or a general sense of unease, it is crucial to take immediate action to prevent the situation from escalating further.

It is worth mentioning that experiencing one or more of these signs does not automatically mean that you are having a bad trip. Sometimes, temporary discomfort or unease can arise during travel, and it can be resolved through self-care and coping strategies. However, if the symptoms persist or intensify, it may be an indication that you are heading towards a challenging experience that requires intervention.

Next, we will explore effective tips for preventing a bad trip and ensuring a more positive travel experience.

Tips for Preventing a Bad Trip

While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the risk of having a bad trip, there are proactive steps you can take to minimize the chances and create a more positive and enjoyable travel experience. Here are some tips to help prevent a bad trip:

  • Plan and Research: Thoroughly research your destination, activities, and accommodations to ensure they align with your preferences and comfort levels. Understanding the local culture, laws, and customs can help you avoid potential conflicts or uncomfortable situations.
  • Set Realistic Expectations: It’s important to have realistic expectations about your trip. While it’s natural to be excited, try to avoid building up unrealistic fantasies that may lead to disappointment or frustration if they don’t materialize.
  • Manage Stress: Prioritize self-care and stress management techniques leading up to and during your trip. Practice relaxation exercises, engage in activities that help you unwind, and give yourself enough time to prepare and pack without feeling rushed.
  • Communicate with Travel Companions: If you’re traveling with others, ensure open and honest communication about boundaries, expectations, and potential triggers. Discussing concerns or anxieties beforehand can help create a supportive and understanding environment.
  • Take Care of Your Physical Health: Prioritize your physical well-being by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated, and engaging in regular exercise. Taking care of your body can positively impact your mental state and resilience during your trip.
  • Stay Mindful of Substance Use: If you choose to use substances during your trip, do so responsibly and be aware of their effects. Remember that substances can alter your perception and potentially contribute to a challenging trip. Use with caution and moderation.
  • Create a Flexible Itinerary: While having a loose itinerary can provide a sense of structure, be open to spontaneity and unexpected experiences. Allowing room for flexibility can help you navigate any unforeseen changes or challenges more smoothly.
  • Stay Connected to Support Systems: Inform trusted friends or family members of your travel plans and stay connected with them during your trip. Having a support system in place can provide reassurance and assistance if you encounter difficulties.
  • Practice Self-Care: Incorporate self-care practices into your trip, such as meditation, journaling, or engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Taking time for yourself can help manage stress and enhance your overall well-being.
  • Trust Your Intuition: Listen to your gut instincts and honor your boundaries. If something doesn’t feel right, remove yourself from the situation or seek assistance. Trusting yourself can help maintain your well-being and prevent a potentially negative experience.

By implementing these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of encountering a bad trip. However, even with careful planning, it’s important to be prepared and know how to stop a bad trip if one does occur. This will be further explored in the next section.

How to Stop a Bad Trip

When faced with a bad trip, swift action is essential to prevent it from escalating further and to regain a sense of control and calm. Here are some effective strategies to help you stop a bad trip:

  • Change Your Environment: If possible, remove yourself from the current environment that is causing distress. Moving to a different location can help shift your perspective and alleviate feelings of anxiety or unease.
  • Find a Calm and Safe Space: Seek out a quiet and comfortable space where you can relax and regroup. Creating a safe and soothing environment can significantly impact your emotional well-being and help ease the negative effects of a bad trip.
  • Practice Grounding Techniques: Grounding techniques involve using your senses to connect with the present moment. Engage in activities such as deep breathing, focusing on the feeling of your feet on the ground, or observing objects around you. These techniques can help bring you back to reality and reduce anxiety.
  • Engage in Breathing Exercises: Deep breathing exercises can be particularly helpful in calming your mind and body during a bad trip. Practice slow and deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. This can help activate your body’s relaxation response and reduce stress.
  • Seek Support from Trusted Individuals: Reach out to someone you trust, such as a close friend or family member, for support and reassurance. Talking to someone who understands and empathizes with your situation can provide comfort and help you navigate through the difficult experience.
  • Distract Yourself from Negative Thoughts: Engage in activities that shift your focus away from negative thoughts or emotions. This can include listening to calming music, watching a light-hearted movie, engaging in a hobby, or practicing mindfulness exercises.
  • Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that what you’re experiencing is temporary. Avoid self-judgment or criticism and remind yourself that you have the strength and resilience to overcome this challenging moment.

Implementing these strategies can help you regain a sense of control and reduce the distressing effects of a bad trip. However, it is important to remember that these techniques may not work instantly for everyone, and seeking professional help may be necessary if the symptoms persist or intensify.

Now that we’ve explored various strategies for stopping a bad trip, let’s delve into the importance of creating a safe and soothing environment during a challenging journey.

Creating a Safe and Soothing Environment

When facing a bad trip, creating a safe and soothing environment can play a crucial role in helping you regain a sense of calm and control. Here are some tips on how to create a supportive environment:

  • Find a Quiet Space: Look for a quiet and peaceful area where you can retreat and feel at ease. This can be a private room, a secluded spot in nature, or even a designated relaxation area in your accommodation.
  • Dim the Lights: Soft, dimmed lighting can help create a calming ambiance and reduce sensory overload. Consider using candles, fairy lights, or a bedside lamp to create a soothing atmosphere.
  • Play Relaxing Music: Fill the environment with soothing sounds that help ease your mind. Choose calming instrumental music, nature sounds, or guided meditation tracks to promote relaxation and tranquility.
  • Gather Comforting Items: Surround yourself with comforting items that bring a sense of familiarity and security. This could include soft blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or sentimental objects that provide comfort.
  • Create a Cozy Space: Arrange your surroundings to create a cozy and comforting space. Use soft and comfortable fabrics, arrange cushions and pillows for extra support, and incorporate elements that bring a sense of warmth and coziness.
  • Utilize Aromatherapy: Consider using essential oils or scented candles to create a soothing aroma in your environment. Lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are known for their relaxation properties and can help promote a sense of calm.
  • Remove Triggers: Identify any potential triggers in your environment and remove or minimize their presence. This may include turning off the television or avoiding certain visual stimuli that may exacerbate your anxiety or discomfort.
  • Practice Tidiness: Keeping your surroundings clean and organized can contribute to a sense of peace and tranquility. Clear away any clutter and maintain tidiness to promote a calm and harmonious space.
  • Engage in Comforting Activities: Consider engaging in comforting activities that promote relaxation and distract from negative thoughts. This may include reading a favorite book, practicing gentle yoga or stretching, or engaging in creative activities like drawing or journaling.

By creating a safe and soothing environment, you provide yourself with a supportive space to navigate the challenges of a bad trip. Remember, everyone’s preferences and needs may differ, so tailor your environment to suit your personal preferences and comfort levels.

Next, we will explore grounding techniques and breathing exercises that can further enhance your ability to cope with a bad trip.

Grounding Techniques during a Bad Trip

During a bad trip, grounding techniques can serve as valuable tools to help bring you back to the present moment and reduce feelings of anxiety or disorientation. Grounding techniques work by engaging your senses and focusing your attention on the immediate surroundings. Here are some grounding techniques you can try:

  • Deep Breathing: Take slow, deep breaths, inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling fully through your mouth. Pay attention to the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body. This simple technique can help you feel more grounded and centered.
  • 5 things you can see in your environment
  • 4 things you can touch or feel
  • 3 things you can hear
  • 2 things you can smell
  • 1 thing you can taste
  • Grounding Objects: Hold onto a small object that provides sensory stimulation, such as a smooth stone, a stress ball, or a piece of textured fabric. Focus on the sensation of the object in your hand, and use it as an anchor to bring yourself back to the present moment.
  • Body Scan: Close your eyes and bring your attention to different parts of your body, starting from your toes and working your way up to your head. Notice any sensations or areas of tension, and envision releasing and relaxing those muscles as you scan through your body.
  • Mindful Observation: Choose an object in your environment and observe it attentively. Notice its shape, color, texture, and any other details. Engaging in mindful observation can help shift your focus away from negative thoughts and into the present moment.
  • Grounding Affirmations: Repeat grounding affirmations to yourself, focusing on positive and reassuring statements. For example, you can repeat phrases such as “I am safe,” “This is temporary,” or “I have the strength to overcome this.” Affirmations can help calm your mind and reaffirm a sense of stability.

It’s important to remember that everyone responds differently to grounding techniques. Experiment with different methods and find what works best for you in managing your symptoms during a bad trip. Practice these techniques regularly to become more familiar with them, so they can be easily accessible in moments of distress.

In the next section, we will explore breathing exercises that can help promote relaxation and further enhance your ability to cope with a challenging trip.

Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Breathing exercises are powerful tools that can help promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and restore a sense of calm during a bad trip. By focusing on your breath and intentionally regulating its rhythm, you can influence your body’s stress response and induce a state of relaxation. Here are some breathing exercises you can try:

  • Deep Belly Breathing: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Place one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest. Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise and expand. Exhale slowly through your mouth, feeling your abdomen gradually sink. Repeat this deep belly breathing pattern several times, focusing on the sensation of your breath filling and leaving your body.
  • 4-7-8 Breathing: Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose for a count of 4. Hold your breath for a count of 7. Then, exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 8. Repeat this sequence at least four times, allowing each breath to become slower and more intentional.
  • Box Breathing: Visualize a box shape in your mind. Inhale slowly through your nose for a count of 4 as you trace the first side of the box. Hold your breath for a count of 4 as you trace the second side. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 4 as you trace the third side. Finally, hold your breath for a count of 4 as you trace the fourth side. Repeat this box breathing pattern several times, focusing on the four-sided shape and the rhythm of your breath.
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing: Sit in a comfortable position and place your right thumb over your right nostril. Inhale deeply through your left nostril. Then, release your right nostril and use your ring finger to close your left nostril. Exhale through your right nostril. Continue this pattern, alternating the nostrils with each breath in a smooth and rhythmic manner.
  • Counting Breaths: Focus your attention on your breath and count each inhalation and exhalation. Start with the number 1 and continue counting up to 10. Once you reach 10, start back at 1. If your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to your breath and resume counting from where you left off.

Practice these breathing exercises regularly, even when not in a bad trip situation, to familiarize yourself with the techniques and enhance their effectiveness. When faced with a challenging trip, these exercises can help center your focus and provide a tool for managing anxiety and stress.

Remember that breathing exercises alone may not resolve all the challenges of a bad trip, and it is essential to explore additional strategies and seek support if needed. In the next section, we will discuss seeking support from trusted individuals to help navigate a difficult trip.

Seeking Support from Trusted Individuals

When faced with a bad trip, reaching out to trusted individuals for support can provide comfort, reassurance, and guidance. Whether it’s a close friend, family member, or a trained professional, having someone to talk to can help you navigate through the challenges of a difficult trip. Here are some key steps to seeking support:

  • Identify your Trusted Support Network: Determine who you feel comfortable confiding in about your trip experiences. This could be a close friend, family member, or a mental health professional. Choose individuals who are understanding, non-judgmental, and able to provide the support you need.
  • Reach out for Assistance: Don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you’re in need. If you’re with a trusted companion, communicate your feelings and let them know you’re having a difficult time. If you’re alone, consider contacting someone from your support network, even if it’s just through a phone call or text message.
  • Express your Experience: Share your thoughts and emotions openly with your trusted individuals. Verbally expressing your experience can help bring clarity to your thoughts and provide a sense of relief. You may find that talking about your trip can reduce feelings of isolation and pressure.
  • Seek Professional Support: If your symptoms persist or become overwhelming, consider reaching out to a mental health professional who specializes in psychedelic experiences or trauma. They can provide guidance, validate your feelings, and offer strategies for coping with the challenges you’re facing.
  • Utilize Hotlines or Support Services: If you’re unable to connect with someone you know, there are helpline services available that are specifically designed to offer support during challenging trips. These services provide a safe space to talk, receive guidance, and access the resources you may need.

Remember, seeking support is not a sign of weakness but an act of self-care. It’s essential to remember that you don’t have to face a bad trip alone, and reaching out for help is a courageous and proactive step towards recovery.

Keep in mind that the individuals you choose to seek support from may not have personal experience with bad trips or psychedelic experiences. It may be helpful to provide them with some background information or resources to help them better understand your situation.

In the next section, we will discuss techniques for distracting yourself from negative thoughts during a bad trip.

Distracting Yourself from Negative Thoughts

During a bad trip, negative thoughts and emotions can often become overwhelming. Distracting yourself from these thoughts can help shift your focus and provide temporary relief. Here are some techniques you can use to distract yourself during a difficult trip:

  • Engage in a Calming Activity: Choose an activity that brings you a sense of calm and relaxation. This could be listening to soothing music, practicing meditation or mindfulness, reading a book, or engaging in gentle exercise like yoga or stretching. Immersing yourself in a calming activity can redirect your attention and help soothe your mind.
  • Practice Creative Expression: Engage in creative outlets like drawing, painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument. Creative expression can serve as a form of therapeutic release and help divert your focus from negative thoughts and emotions.
  • Connect with Nature: Spend time in nature, whether it’s taking a walk in a nearby park, sitting by a body of water, or immersing yourself in a forested area. The sights, sounds, and smells of nature can be grounding and provide a sense of peace and tranquility.
  • Watch or Listen to Something Uplifting: Choose to watch a lighthearted movie, listen to upbeat music, or enjoy a comedy podcast. Laughter and positivity can help shift your mood and distract your mind from negative thoughts.
  • Engage in Social Interaction: Reach out to someone you trust, whether it’s face-to-face, through a phone call, or even online. Engaging in conversation and connecting with others can provide a sense of support and help divert your attention from negative thoughts.
  • Practice Mindful Distraction: Direct your attention to your surroundings and engage in activities that require mental focus and concentration. This could include puzzles, board games, or engaging in a hobby that captivates your attention.
  • Change your Physical Environment: If possible, change your physical surroundings to interrupt the negative thought patterns. Move to a different room, step outside to get some fresh air, or even rearrange the furniture in your current space. A change of scenery can help break the cycle of negative thinking.

Remember that while distraction techniques can provide temporary relief, they may not address the root causes of a bad trip. It’s important to address your emotions and seek support if needed. Using distraction techniques in conjunction with grounding exercises, breathing exercises, and seeking support can create a more comprehensive approach to managing a difficult trip.

In the next section, we will explore the importance of aftercare and recovery following a bad trip.

Aftercare and Recovery from a Bad Trip

After experiencing a bad trip, it’s important to prioritize self-care and engage in the recovery process. Here are some key steps to consider for aftercare and recovery:

  • Reflect and Process: Allow yourself time to reflect on your experience and process the emotions that arose during the bad trip. Writing in a journal, speaking with a trusted person, or engaging in therapy can help you gain insights and make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
  • Practice Self-Compassion: Be gentle and kind to yourself during the recovery process. Avoid self-blame or self-judgment, as it can hinder healing. Remind yourself that what you went through was a challenging experience and that you’re taking the necessary steps to recover.
  • Seek Professional Support: If the symptoms or emotional distress persist beyond the bad trip, consider seeking professional help. A therapist who specializes in psychedelic experiences or trauma can offer guidance, provide a safe space for processing, and assist you in developing coping strategies.
  • Connect with Supportive Communities: Reach out to online communities, support groups, or organizations that focus on psychedelics or mental health. Sharing your experience and connecting with others who have gone through similar situations can provide validation, support, and a sense of belonging.
  • Engage in Self-Care Practices: Prioritize activities that promote self-care and overall well-being. This may include getting enough restful sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, and incorporating relaxation techniques such as meditation or mindfulness into your daily routine.
  • Integrate the Experience: As time passes, reflect on your bad trip experience and seek to understand any lessons or insights it may have offered. Explore ways to apply these lessons to your personal growth and journey, using the experience as a catalyst for positive change.
  • Consider Future Trips Mindfully: If you decide to engage in future trips, approach them mindfully and with caution. Take the time to integrate and process your past experience before embarking on another journey. Consider discussing your intentions and concerns with a professional to help guide your decision-making process.
  • Create a Supportive Aftercare Plan: Develop a plan of action for ongoing support and self-care. This may involve setting regular check-ins with a therapist, engaging in ongoing self-reflection and journaling, and staying connected with supportive individuals or communities.

Recovery from a bad trip is a personal and unique journey. Give yourself permission to heal at your own pace and trust that time, self-care, and support will contribute to your recovery. Remember that it’s normal to feel a range of emotions during the recovery process, but with the right resources and support, you can overcome the challenges and move forward.

Now, let’s conclude our journey through dealing with bad trips and discuss the key takeaways.

Dealing with a bad trip can be a challenging and distressing experience, but it’s important to remember that there are strategies and techniques to help navigate through it. By understanding the signs of a bad trip, implementing preventive measures, and knowing how to stop and recover from a difficult experience, you can enhance your trip-planning journey and mitigate the negative effects.

Recognizing the signs of a bad trip and understanding its causes can help you take proactive steps to prevent it. Planning and research, managing stress, and setting realistic expectations are key factors in minimizing the risk of a challenging experience. However, if a bad trip does occur, creating a safe and soothing environment, practicing grounding techniques, and engaging in breathing exercises can help regain a sense of control and calm.

Seeking support from trusted individuals, whether they are close friends, family, or professionals, is crucial in managing a bad trip. Their guidance, empathy, and understanding can provide reassurance and assist in the recovery process. Additionally, distracting yourself from negative thoughts and engaging in self-care practices can further aid in navigating a difficult trip.

Aftercare and recovery are essential in processing and integrating the experience. Reflecting, seeking professional support if needed, practicing self-compassion, and connecting with supportive communities are important steps in the recovery journey. By prioritizing self-care, considering future trips mindfully, and creating a supportive aftercare plan, you can continue to heal and grow.

Remember, everyone’s trip experiences are unique, and the techniques mentioned in this article may not work the same way for everyone. It’s important to explore what works best for you and adapt these strategies to suit your individual needs.

In conclusion, with proper planning, awareness, and the implementation of strategies to prevent and manage a bad trip, you can enhance the overall trip experience and ensure a more positive and fulfilling journey.


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Co je to bad trip

Bad trip, tedy extrémně nepříjemný zážitek po požití psychotropní látky, začíná ve chvíli, kdy se příjemný pocit vyvolaný psychoaktivní látkou změní v opak, až v děsivou paranoidní úzkost. Tento stav může vyvolat téměř každá droga. Nejčastěji se vyskytuje po požití psychedelik (a látek jim podobných), které silně ovlivňují vnímání a myšlení (LSD, lysohlávky, ketamin atd.), ale může se objevit i po užití amfetaminů, kokainu, marihuany, extáze atd.

Bad trip nevzniká bezdůvodně. Většinou je vyvolán v důsledku jedné či několika následujících příčin (ovlivňuje jej tzv.  set a setting ):

  • Špatná nálada nebo rozčílení před požitím psychoaktivní látky.
  • Nástup či průběh působení užité látky na stresujícím nebo neznámém místě.
  • Snaha bránit se účinku psychoaktivní látky.
  • Problémy mezi uživatelem a lidmi v jeho okolí.
  • Požití většího množství než obvykle (předávkování).
  • Znovuvyvolání tíživých myšlenek nebo vzpomínek.

Osoby, které se při výletu se „změněným vědomím" vydaly špatným směrem, se mohou jevit nespolečensky, mohou být uzavřené samy do sebe, být nezvykle tiché nebo naopak vyděšené a rozčílené, mít pocit, že se zbláznily, že ztrácejí kontrolu či „umírají". Bad trip není smrtelný, ale je zde riziko, že si během něj dotyčný ublíží. Může se také objevit dušnost nebo panický záchvat.

Jak bad trip zastavit či alespoň zmírnit?

  • Nezůstávat osamoceně, svěřovat se se svými pocity přátelům, nejlépe těm, kteří mají s podobnými stavy zkušenosti nebo k nimž máte důvěru, a požádat je, aby s vámi zůstali do doby, kdy účinek drogy ustoupí.
  • Pokusit se přenést pozornost na něco příjemného (jak vnitřní tak vnější nastavení).
  • Změnit něco v daném prostředí nebo o to někoho požádat, např. změnit hudbu, nejlépe na nějakou známou a oblíbenou, přejít do jiné, klidnější místnosti apod.
  • Strach je často posilován napětím. To je možné snížit relaxací při soustředěném počítání nádechů a výdechů.
  • U některých uživatelů je možné setkat se s doporučením užít uklidňující léky. Tato metoda má však svá značná rizika (předávkování, zhoršení stavu, další psychické a fyzické dopady na organismus a další nepředvídatelné účinky) a měla by být podávána lékařem.
  • Pokud situaci vyhodnotíte jako život ohrožující, zavolejte záchranku (155). 

Co dělat, když prožívá bad trip někdo jiný?

  • Nenechávat ho samotného, dokud nevystřízliví. Počítat s tím, že pomoc a podporu bude možná potřebovat po několik dalších hodin.
  • Jednat s ním pozorně a klidně. Je dobré povzbudit jej, ať se nad aktuální pocity povznese a ví, že v tom není sám.
  • Uklidnit ho. Sdělit a dát mu najevo, že tento stav způsobila jen použitá psychotropní látka, že nejpozději s odezněním účinku dané látky tento stav skončí a vše bude opět v pořádku. Jedinec v tomto stavu má často zkreslené vnímání času a může mít proto pocit, že zmatenost a úzkost trvá věčně. Sdělte mu, kolik je hodin a kdy se bude cítit lépe.
  • Nenechávat ho o samotě, ale také jej nevodit mezi velký počet lidí

Co dělat, pokud po bad tripu nějaké potíže přetrvávají?

  • Dopřát si čas dodržovat správnou životosprávu s dostatkem odpočinku, spánku, tekutin, vitamínů a minerálů.
  • Je pravděpodné, že obtíže po čase samy odezní. Pokud nikoliv je na místě vyhledat odbornou pomoc, jelikož se může jednat o počínající psychické problémy. 
  • Náročnou psychedelickou zkušenost je možné zpracovat např. v rámci psychoterapie ( síť odborníků  pro integraci náročné psychedelické zkušenosti), některé závažnější stavy již mohou vyžadovat konzultaci s odborníkem z oblasti psychiatrie.

Další zdroje informací:

  • https://czeps.org/bad-trip/

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10 Tips to Help You Safely Navigate a Bad Trip

  • Nicholas Levich

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to navigate a “bad” psychedelic experience. Given the intensity of these experiences, it’s nearly impossible to discuss psychedelics without someone bringing up the notoriously feared “bad trip.” 

This term “bad trip” refers to a challenging or difficult experience while being under the influence of a hallucinatory substance such as psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, ayahuasca, or even cannabis.

Don’t get us wrong, difficult experiences induced by psychedelic substances are just as important as ecstatic, awe-inspiring ones, and we’ve written a past article on the importance of bad trips . 

In fact, part of the deep, soulful medicine which resides in these mystical compounds lies in their ability to invoke intense, overwhelming, or shadowed emotions and thoughts. It’s how you handle the adversity that makes the difference.   

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

But while it is important to understand the value of having a difficult trip, there are steps to be taken to ensure you have the capacity to handle, process, and alchemize the potential struggles, confusion, or hardships that may arise.

Key Takeaways

  • Proper preparation, including understanding the substance, dosage, mental readiness, and creating a suitable environment significantly reduces the likelihood of a bad trip.
  • Utilize strategies like controlled breathing, changing stimuli (audio, visual cues), or altering the environment to help manage and potentially alleviate the intensity of a difficult experience.
  • Never self-medicate or mix substances during a psychedelic experience, and always prioritize safety by engaging with a knowledgeable trip sitter or guide as needed.
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Challenging Psychedelic Experiences Result in Growth

While we generally try to avoid these experiences altogether, the simple fact remains that bad trips are an inextricable part of the psychedelic experience . 

We maintain the belief that bad trips, though difficult to endure, are actually the most crucial part of the psychedelic experience as they result in some of the most impactful mental, physical, and spiritual growth we all desire.

Although these experiences are part of the psychedelic journey, there are steps you can take to make a challenging psychedelic experience easier to endure.

In fact, by implementing the 10 tools we’ll discuss below, you can significantly lower your chances of experiencing a bad trip, and arm yourself with the tools to cope with one should it occur.

Whether you’re currently experiencing a bad trip, trying to help a friend through one, or want to reduce the likelihood of having one in the future, these 10 tips will help you safely navigate a challenging psychedelic experience.

10 Ways to Navigate a Bad Trip

1. prepare in advance.

The best way to prevent or mitigate a bad trip is to have the proper preparation. 

In fact, we’ve written entire articles that specifically address how to prepare for an intentional psychedelic experience . This step is the most important and happens to be one of the main reasons our clients work with us. 

This includes learning about the specific substance , choosing the correct dosage , preparing mentally and physically, as well as preparing your environment for the trip itself. 

Writing down your intentions before your trip can help anchor your thoughts. Proper rest, hydration, and good nutrition prior to the trip will also help your endurance. 

Pre-made food, snacks, and readily available water can help nourish yourself during a bad trip. Setting up a comfortable area with little to no external interruption may also create an inviting and safe environment for your experience. 

There is no substitute for adequate preparation. Click the link to speak with a psychedelic trip sitters about the psychedelic preparation process.

2. Do Not Judge Yourself

We understand that even the most prepared person can have a bad trip and the importance of not judging or speaking negatively to yourself for having one. Be gentle on yourself. 

These negative thoughts can spiral out of control, making your experience that much more stressful.

One tactic that we’ve found useful is to write (in advance) a letter to yourself highlighting the things you love most about yourself and the lessons you hope to learn from your psychedelic experience and read it during your bad trip. 

When writing intentions, it may also be helpful to write grounding and anchoring messages to yourself for times when you feel you are spiraling or afraid. These messages may center ideas of safety, capability, and loving positivity.

Bad trips do not mean you are a bad person or stupid. You have to remember that you have the strength and resolve to survive the experience.

3. Remember It Is Temporary & That You Are Safe 

Similarly, bad trips can feel like they will last forever or make you feel like you are permanently damaged. Remember that many people encounter bad trips, and all of them are temporary. 

This means that the negative or uncomfortable sensations you are feeling will pass with time. Sometimes just the mere reminder that your experience is temporary gives you the endurance to safely get through your discomfort. 

Repeating the mantras “This too shall pass” or “This is temporary” can also help remind and calm you.

4. Take Care of Your Needs

In the height of the excitement, we sometimes forget that our consciousness lives within a human shell, which has needs that must be fulfilled to survive. 

You may be experiencing symptoms or discomfort, thinking it’s a bad trip, when in actuality, your body is signaling something as simple as eating, drinking water, using the bathroom, or that you are too hot or cold. 

Start by taking care of those basic physical needs , then move up to exploring your psychological needs, and ultimately your self-actualizing needs . 

Addressing some, or all of these needs will likely help you work through your bad trip and gain significant insight from it.

5. Breathwork

Breathing techniques have been scientifically proven to lower anxiety, depression, and stress. 

One 2013 study by Azadeh Nemati found that “only 33% of the participants of the experimental group experienced high test anxiety, while this percentage was nearly twice in the control group (66.7%)” for those assessed on their levels of pre-testing related anxiety. 

This means that prior to testing, self-reported anxiety was cut nearly in half in participants who did breathwork ahead of testing time . 

If you are feeling overwhelmed, start by taking deep breaths in through your nose, hold the air deep in your stomach for a couple of seconds, exhaling fully and deeply, and repeating. 

Do this for at least a minute, and repeat whenever you are feeling negative symptoms arise. You may also try alternate nostril breathing, which has been shown to lower stress and anxiety, improve cardiovascular function, and lower your heart rate (Cronkleton, 2022 ).

6. Change Audio and Visual Cues

Music and visual stimulation can help stabilize your mind during a bad trip. Giving your mind something to do often helps it from wandering uncontrollably, and we’ve put together a list of some great psychedelic trip music . 

Put on some of your favorite songs (playlists are recommended so you aren’t constantly required to make choices), or a funny or visually appealing movie or show to temporarily give your mind something to focus on. 

Choose something you’ve already seen before as the familiarity can help ground you. If it is too difficult to look at a screen, options like a book of art or poetry are good alternatives.

7. Change Your Environment

Sometimes navigating a bad trip can be as simple as changing the environment. As mentioned earlier, creating an intentional, comfortable, and safe space for your experience is important . 

Pay attention to things like tidiness, lighting, comfort, and room temperature. 

If you are still feeling claustrophobic or stuffy, explore a different room or walk throughout your house. It’s also important to minimize safety hazards in the space. 

Step outside to your backyard or another private area to get some fresh air, but avoid being out in public as you are less in control of your environment. Nature is often a refreshing venue to re-ground and re-establish a sense of inner peace.

Sometimes your body needs to be in motion and changing your environment can give you a great excuse to move around. Even adjusting your posture or hand placement can make a huge difference in these altered states.

8. Surrender to the Experience

Often a very interesting phenomenon happens during a psychedelic experience where the more you try to control it, the more intense and uncontrollable the experience becomes . 

The previous tips are all about mitigating and preventing a bad trip, but if you’ve tried all of the above and are safe, yet feel like the bad trip is still ongoing, the best thing to do is to lean into the experience and surrender to it. 

Surrendering does not mean giving up or harming yourself. In spiritual terms, surrendering means setting aside your own will and trusting your thoughts, ideas, and actions to the will of a higher power, whether it be god, ancestors, or the psychedelics themselves. 

Surrendering to the experience is saying, “I know I am safe; I know this is temporary; I surrender myself to the experience and wherever it takes me, knowing I will come out the other end just fine.”

9. Do Not Self Medicate

No matter how negative the experience can get, never mix drugs or drink alcohol while taking a psychedelic . There can be extremely negative consequences and harmful effects on your body. 

Even prescribed antidepressants and benzodiazepines, like Xanax, can have an adverse effect while under the influence of psychedelics.

However, non-medicated supplements, such as lavender, valerian root, b-complex vitamins, and vitamin c have anecdotally been stated to reduce anxiety during a bad trip. 

If you are predisposed to specific mental conditions, please seek a medical professional before doing psychedelics.

10. Connect With Someone

You may think that your best friend or partner is the ideal person for sitting for you because they know you intimately, but there are some definitive downsides to this route which are worth noting . 

Your friend or family member—while likely caring and supportive—may not have the proper experience, emotional capacity, or skills to help you navigate the experience in an unbiased way, especially in the event that you begin having a bad trip.

Not everyone may know how to de-escalate or respond in a crisis, and there is also the issue of lack of neutrality which can impact the content and quality of your trip. 

Trip sitting is best done by an experienced facilitator who knows that you are undergoing a psychedelic event, is familiar with that particular substance, and is trained in trip sitting and harm reduction techniques. 

Just Had a Bad Trip and Not Sure What to do Next?

The most important thing to do is to acknowledge both yourself and the sanctity of the powerful experience you just had.  

Historically , bad trips are sacred events in indigenous cultures who work with psychedelics ceremonially. Integration is a key part of this, through incorporating the lessons and wisdom into daily life and larger community.

Psychedelic integration refers to making sense of the psychedelic experience so that the lessons learned can be incorporated into a new way of being. 

In other words, unpacking the often bewildering psychedelic experience so that the insights and realizations can be implemented in your everyday life.

Psychedelics have the potential to change your life, but they aren’t inherently life-changing. Making lasting change takes work on your part, and integration is that work. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to do the work alone. Active support from a qualified psychedelic facilitator or guide is the best way to integrate these experiences into everyday life.

In fact, these mind-blowing experiences can make us feel like we are going crazy if we don’t have anyone around to help us process and unpack them. 

If you are looking for unbiased support and accountability throughout your entire psychedelic experience (before, during, and after), we suggest you book a consultation to talk to a facilitator today for the best quality support.

You can also check out our podcast episodes on mitigating the changes of a bad trip, part 1 and part 2 , to dive deeper into this topic and conversation. 

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Automakers Are Sharing Consumers’ Driving Behavior With Insurance Companies

LexisNexis, which generates consumer risk profiles for the insurers, knew about every trip G.M. drivers had taken in their cars, including when they sped, braked too hard or accelerated rapidly.

Some drivers of General Motors cars, like these Chevrolet Bolts, may not realize that their driving data is being shared with insurance companies. Credit... Carlos Osorio/Associated Press

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  • Published March 11, 2024 Updated March 13, 2024

Kenn Dahl says he has always been a careful driver. The owner of a software company near Seattle, he drives a leased Chevrolet Bolt. He’s never been responsible for an accident.

So Mr. Dahl, 65, was surprised in 2022 when the cost of his car insurance jumped by 21 percent. Quotes from other insurance companies were also high. One insurance agent told him his LexisNexis report was a factor.

LexisNexis is a New York-based global data broker with a “Risk Solutions” division that caters to the auto insurance industry and has traditionally kept tabs on car accidents and tickets. Upon Mr. Dahl’s request, LexisNexis sent him a 258-page “ consumer disclosure report ,” which it must provide per the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

What it contained stunned him: more than 130 pages detailing each time he or his wife had driven the Bolt over the previous six months. It included the dates of 640 trips, their start and end times, the distance driven and an accounting of any speeding, hard braking or sharp accelerations. The only thing it didn’t have is where they had driven the car.

On a Thursday morning in June for example, the car had been driven 7.33 miles in 18 minutes; there had been two rapid accelerations and two incidents of hard braking.

According to the report, the trip details had been provided by General Motors — the manufacturer of the Chevy Bolt. LexisNexis analyzed that driving data to create a risk score “for insurers to use as one factor of many to create more personalized insurance coverage,” according to a LexisNexis spokesman, Dean Carney. Eight insurance companies had requested information about Mr. Dahl from LexisNexis over the previous month.

“It felt like a betrayal,” Mr. Dahl said. “They’re taking information that I didn’t realize was going to be shared and screwing with our insurance.”

The General Motors headquarters, several connected glass buildings that tower over a nearby street.

In recent years, insurance companies have offered incentives to people who install dongles in their cars or download smartphone apps that monitor their driving, including how much they drive, how fast they take corners, how hard they hit the brakes and whether they speed. But “drivers are historically reluctant to participate in these programs,” as Ford Motor put it in a patent application that describes what is happening instead: Car companies are collecting information directly from internet-connected vehicles for use by the insurance industry.

Sometimes this is happening with a driver’s awareness and consent. Car companies have established relationships with insurance companies, so that if drivers want to sign up for what’s called usage-based insurance — where rates are set based on monitoring of their driving habits — it’s easy to collect that data wirelessly from their cars.

But in other instances, something much sneakier has happened. Modern cars are internet-enabled, allowing access to services like navigation, roadside assistance and car apps that drivers can connect to their vehicles to locate them or unlock them remotely. In recent years, automakers, including G.M., Honda, Kia and Hyundai, have started offering optional features in their connected-car apps that rate people’s driving. Some drivers may not realize that, if they turn on these features, the car companies then give information about how they drive to data brokers like LexisNexis.

Automakers and data brokers that have partnered to collect detailed driving data from millions of Americans say they have drivers’ permission to do so. But the existence of these partnerships is nearly invisible to drivers, whose consent is obtained in fine print and murky privacy policies that few read.

Especially troubling is that some drivers with vehicles made by G.M. say they were tracked even when they did not turn on the feature — called OnStar Smart Driver — and that their insurance rates went up as a result.

“GM’s OnStar Smart Driver service is optional to customers,” a G.M. spokeswoman, Malorie Lucich, said. “Customer benefits include learning more about their safe driving behaviors or vehicle performance that, with their consent, may be used to obtain insurance quotes. Customers can also unenroll from Smart Driver at any time.”

Even for those who opt in, the risks are far from clear. I have a G.M. car, a Chevrolet. I went through the enrollment process for Smart Driver; there was no warning or prominent disclosure that any third party would get access to my driving data.

“I am surprised,” said Frank Pasquale, a law professor at Cornell University. “Because it’s not within the reasonable expectation of the average consumer, it should certainly be an industry practice to prominently disclose that is happening.”

Policymakers have expressed concern about the collection of sensitive information from consumers’ cars. California’s privacy regulator is currently investigating automakers’ data collection practices. Last month, Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts also urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

“The ‘internet of things’ is really intruding into the lives of all Americans,” Senator Markey said in an interview. “If there is now a collusion between automakers and insurance companies using data collected from an unknowing car owner that then raises their insurance rates, that’s, from my perspective, a potential per se violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.”

That is the federal law that prohibits unfair and deceptive business practices that harm consumers.

‘Smart Driver’

Mr. Dahl shared his experience on an online forum for Chevy Bolt enthusiasts, on a thread where other people expressed shock to find that LexisNexis had their driving data. Warnings about the tracking are scattered across online discussion boards dedicated to vehicles manufactured by G.M. — including Corvettes, a sports car designed for racking up “acceleration events.” (One driver lamented having data collected during a “track day,” while testing out the Corvette’s limits on a professional racetrack.)

Numerous people on the forums complained about spiking premiums as a result. A Cadillac driver in Palm Beach County, Fla., who asked not to be named because he is considering a lawsuit against G.M., said he was denied auto insurance by seven companies in December. When he asked an agent why, she advised him to pull his LexisNexis report. He discovered six months of his driving activity, including many instances of hard braking and hard accelerating, as well as some speeding.

“I don’t know the definition of hard brake. My passenger’s head isn’t hitting the dash,” he said. “Same with acceleration. I’m not peeling out. I’m not sure how the car defines that. I don’t feel I’m driving aggressively or dangerously.”

When he finally obtained car insurance, through a private broker, it was double what he had previously been paying.

The Cadillac owner, Mr. Dahl and the drivers on the forums had all been enrolled in OnStar Smart Driver. OnStar is G.M.’s Internet-connected service for its cars and Smart Driver is a free, gamified feature within G.M.’s connected car apps (all part of OnStar, but branded MyChevrolet, MyBuick, MyGMC and MyCadillac).

Smart Driver can “help you become a better driver,” according to a corporate website , by tracking and rating seatbelt use and driving habits. In a recent promotional campaign, an Instagram influencer used Smart Driver in a competition with her husband to find out who could collect the most digital badges, such as “brake genius” and “limit hero.”

In response to questions from The New York Times, G.M. confirmed that it shares “select insights” about hard braking, hard accelerating, speeding over 80 miles an hour and drive time of Smart Driver enrollees with LexisNexis and another data broker that works with the insurance industry called Verisk.

Customers turn on Smart Driver, said Ms. Lucich, the G.M. spokeswoman, “at the time of purchase or through their vehicle mobile app.” It is possible that G.M. drivers who insisted they didn’t opt in were unknowingly signed up at the dealership, where salespeople can receive bonuses for successful enrollment of customers in OnStar services, including Smart Driver, according to a company manual .

The Cadillac owner in Florida said he had not heard of Smart Driver and never noticed it in the MyCadillac app. He reviewed the paperwork he signed at the dealership when he bought his Cadillac in the fall of 2021 and found no mention of signing up for it.

“When a customer accepts the user terms and privacy statement (which are separately reviewed in the enrollment flow), they consent to sharing their data with third parties,” Ms. Lucich wrote in an email, pointing to OnStar’s privacy statement .

But that statement’s section on “third-party business relationships” does not mention Smart Driver. It names SiriusXM as a company G.M. might share data with, not LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which G.M. has partnered with since 2019 .

Jen Caltrider, a researcher at Mozilla who reviewed the privacy policies for more than 25 car brands last year, said that drivers have little idea about what they are consenting to when it comes to data collection. She said it is “impossible for consumers to try and understand” the legalese-filled policies for car companies, their connected services and their apps. She called cars “a privacy nightmare.”

“The car companies are really good at trying to link these features to safety and say they are all about safety,” Ms. Caltrider said. “They’re about making money.”

Neither the car companies nor the data brokers deny that they are engaged in this practice, though automakers say the main purpose of their driver feedback programs is to help people develop safer driving habits.

After LexisNexis and Verisk get data from consumers’ cars, they sell information about how people are driving to insurance companies. To access it, the insurance companies must get consent from the drivers — say, when they go out shopping for car insurance and sign off on boilerplate language that gives insurance companies the right to pull third-party reports. (Insurance companies commonly ask for access to a consumer’s credit or risk reports, though they are barred from doing so in California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Hawaii.)

An employee familiar with G.M.’s Smart Driver said the company’s annual revenue from the program is in the low millions of dollars.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which retains consumers’ driving data for six months, has “strict privacy and security policies designed to ensure that data is not accessed or used impermissibly,” the company said in a statement.

Verisk provides insurers with trip data and a risk score “approved by insurance regulators in 46 states and the District of Columbia,” said a spokeswoman, Amy Ebenstein. Automakers that Verisk gets data from “provide their customers notice and obtain appropriate consents,” she said.

Some drivers who had Smart Driver turned on, though, said they did not even realize they were enrolled until they saw warnings on online forums and then checked their app. They quickly unenrolled themselves by turning off Smart Driver in their car app.

Omri Ben-Shahar, a law professor at the University of Chicago, said he was in favor of usage-based insurance — where insurers monitor mileage and driving habits to determine premiums — because people who are knowingly monitored are better drivers. “People drive differently,” he said. “The impact on safety is enormous.”

But he was troubled, he said, by “stealth enrollment” in programs with “surprising and potentially injurious” data collection. There is no public safety benefit if people don’t know that how they drive will affect how much they pay for insurance.

‘Real-World Driving Behavior’

General Motors is not the only automaker sharing driving behavior. Kia, Subaru and Mitsubishi also contribute to the LexisNexis “ Telematics Exchange ,” a “portal for sharing consumer-approved connected car data with insurers.” As of 2022, the exchange, according to a LexisNexis news release , has “real-world driving behavior” collected “from over 10 million vehicles.”

Verisk also claims to have access to data from millions of vehicles and partnerships with major automakers, including Ford, Honda and Hyundai.

Two of these automakers said they were not sharing data or only limited data. Subaru shares odometer data with LexisNexis for Subaru customers who turn on Starlink and authorize that data be shared “when shopping for auto insurance,” said a spokesman, Dominick Infante.

Ford “does not transmit any connected vehicle data to either partner,” said a spokesman, Alan Hall, but partnered with them “to explore ways to support customers” who want to take part in usage-based insurance programs. Ford will share driving behavior from a car directly with an insurance company, he said, when a customer gives explicit consent via an in-vehicle touch screen.

The other automakers all have optional driver-coaching features in their apps — Kia , Mitsubishi and Hyundai have “Driving Score,” while Honda and Acura have “Driver Feedback” — that, when turned on, collect information about people’s mileage, speed, braking and acceleration that is then shared with LexisNexis or Verisk, the companies said in response to questions from The New York Times.

But that would not be evident or obvious to drivers using these features. In fact, before a Honda owner activates Driver Feedback, a screen titled “Respect for your Privacy” assures drivers that “your data will never be shared without your consent.” But it is shared — with Verisk, a fact disclosed in a more than 2,000-word “terms and conditions” screen that a driver needs to click “accept” on. (Honda does mention Verisk in an FAQ on its website and Kia highlights its relationship with LexisNexis Risk Solutions on its website . A Kia spokesman said LexisNexis can’t share driving score data of Kia participants with insurers without additional consent.)

Drivers who have realized what is happening are not happy. The Palm Beach Cadillac owner said he would never buy another car from G.M. He is planning to sell his Cadillac.

How to Find Out What Your Car Is Doing

See the data your car is capable of collecting with this tool: https://vehicleprivacyreport.com/ .

Check your connected car app, if you use one, to see if you are enrolled in one of these programs.

Do an online search for “privacy request form” alongside the name of your vehicle’s manufacturer. There should be instructions on how to request information your car company has about you.

Request your LexisNexis report: https://consumer.risk.lexisnexis.com/consumer

Request your Verisk report: https://fcra.verisk.com/#/

Find something interesting, or know more about this? Contact me at [email protected].

Susan C. Beachy contributed research.

An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to Honda’s disclosure of its relationship with Verisk, the data broker. That relationship is described in an FAQ on Honda’s website.

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【Bad Trip Là Gì】 Cách Xử Lý Nhanh Tình Trạng Bad Trip

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Khái niệm Bad-Trip là gì?

Những tình huống thường gặp ở bad-trip, xử lý tình trạng bad – trip như nào.

Nói đến Bad Trip thì những người sử dụng cần sa chắc hẳn sẽ nắm bắt rất rõ cảm giác này. Đặc biệt với những trường hợp mới sử dụng cần sa sẽ bắt gặp Bad Trip nhiều nhất. Tuy nhiên theo nghiên cứu chỉ ra rằng Bad – Trip cũng đôi khi xuất hiện với những người đã từng hút cần xa trong một khoảng thời gian lâu rồi.

Bài viết sau đây sẽ không phân tích chi tiết, cụ thể về những điều xảy ra bên trong não bộ dưới sự tác động lớn từ thành phần THC, tuy nhiên sẽ giúp những người sử dụng cần sa hiểu rõ hơn về Bad – Trip, những vấn đề xoay quanh đó và cách xử lý ngoài đời thường khi gặp phải.

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Bad-Trip trong tiếng Anh hay Le Blanc trong tiếng Pháp là từ để mô tả trạng thái ko được mong đợi của người sử dụng cần sa. Với những trường hợp sử dụng cần sa bên dưới tác động của phần tử THC khi rơi vào Bad-Trip sẽ có cảm giác khó chịu, bức bối, nóng ruột, thậm chí bị ảo giác & muốn nằm nghỉ.

Khi người dùng cần sa rơi vào tình trạng Bad-Trip sẽ bị nôn mửa, cảm giác buồn ngủ và muốn nghỉ ngơi, không muốn làm bất cứ điều gì, thị giác bị ảnh hưởng (hoa mắt), đau đầu và chóng mặt. Người ta thường sử dụng từ ngữ không hay để nói những người rơi vào tình trạng Bad – Trip hay còn gọi là K.O (knock-out). Trong trường hợp bị Bad-Trip quá nặng thì người dùng cần sa thậm chí rơi vào tình trạng hôn mê (trường hợp này thường bắt gặp ở những người mới sử dụng cần sa hoặc sử dụng cần sa với số lượng lớn).

Lưu ý: Khi người dùng cần sa lúc rơi vào trạng thái Bad-Trip thì cơ thể rất nặng mùi với biểu hiện ói mửa và hôn mê (phản ứng tự nhiên và thoải mái của cơ thể lúc tiếp đón một lượng quá lớn THC).

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Bình thường lúc người dùng quá liều lượng là lạm dụng quá nhiều cần sa với % THC quá cao và % CBD quá thấp.

Lúc người sử dụng cần sa ở trạng thái mệt mỏi về cơ thể hoặc niềm tin (stress, bị buồn bực…).

Khi người dùng cần sa sử dụng những chất kích thích khác như uống rượu, cocaine hay LSD… cùng theo với việc sử dụng quá nhiều cần sa.

Trước hết người dùng cần phải biết dừng liều lượng khi mà cơ thể mình đã tiếp nhận một lượng cần sa rồi & chú ý không sử dụng quá liên tục.

Trước lúc người dùng cảm thấy rơi vào Bad-Trip thì cần phải cởi bỏ quần áo, ngồi vào và hít thở thật sâu, ngay khi cảm thấy đi lại được thì người bị Bad-Trip cần phải bổ sung thêm nước khoáng và sử dụng nước để rửa sạch mặt, mũi, tai, gáy và sườn lưng. Trường hợp rơi vào Bad-Trip sâu thì cần được tắm rửa bằng nước lạnh (ở trạng thái ngồi hoặc nằm chứ không đứng để tắm rửa cơ thể).

Khi người dùng cần sa bị rơi vào trạng thái Bad-Trip sau đó khiến cơ thể bị giảm nhiệt độ như đã nói ở trên thì rất cần phải thả lỏng trong trạng thái nghỉ ngơi và nếu như muốn ăn thì hãy mua những đồ ăn như: đồ ngọt, thực phẩm tinh bột (cơm, gạo, phở…), uống nước hoa quả có giàu vitamin C.

Cuối cùng, người dùng bị rơi vào trạng thái Bad-Trip cần phải nằm nghỉ, nghe nhạc và tập trung vào việc nghe nhạc mà ngừng nghĩ đến những điều khác.

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