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Utah-Tube: ‘Fresh Prince of Provo’ parody captures nostalgia of popular theme song

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Now this is the story all about how Cameron Seegmiller and Taylor Everett flipped the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song into a Provo parody complete with local landmarks, indoor sunglasses and a missionary encounter.

College students Seegmiller and Everett released the 90s-inspired parody, “Fresh Prince of Provo,” which was filmed in Provo, Utah, on Monday.

With their new video, Seegmiller and Everett wanted to use some Provo hot spots.

“We tried to copy shots you see on the ‘Fresh Prince’ with a Provo environment,” Seegmiller said.

They filmed at The Village at South Campus, VASA Fitness, Waffle Love and the streets of downtown Provo. We wanted to highlight the places people go and the things people do in Provo, Seegmiller says.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes secret: They filmed in the parking lot of VASA then used the fitness room at The Village for the workout shot.

“Mostly, we didn’t want to walk around VASA dressed like that,” Seegmiller explained.

“We tried to copy shots you see on the ‘Fresh Prince’ with a Provo environment.” – Cameron Seegmiller, Co-creator of This Has Been a Production

This Has Been a Production posted “Mormon Drug Deal,” a sketch about dealing food on Fast Sunday, that did well with likes and views, so they set out to create another video to vibe with the Provo demographic, complete with local landmarks and relatable material.

And so the parody, “Fresh Prince of Provo,” was born. They combined the “nostalgia figure of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'” with the Provo All-Star stereotype, Seegmiller says.

The popular definition of a Provo All-Star is a man between the years of 18-30 who lives in Provo, has wealthy parents, works out a lot, wears sunglasses indoors and dates for conquests rather than relationships, as defined by the Urban Dictionary.

Seegmiller and Everett posted the video with the comment of, “If Will Smith had been born a Provo All-Star … and had no talent.”

When it comes to the Provo All-Star stereotype, “It’s kind of a joke we can all laugh about,” Seegmiller says.

Seegmiller and Everett started This Has Been a Production in February of 2016. They release comical videos weekly.

When the two founders of This Has Been a Production co-wrote the rap lyrics, they wanted to focus the lyrics on what people can identify with, Seegmiller says.

Along with the creative work, Seegmiller and Everett shared the jobs of directing, acting, filming and producing the parody. Everett edited the video. Michaela Belbin did the musical production.

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