Ellen’s ‘favorite food critic’ Kalen Allen talks about moving to Los Angeles
If you’re looking for a recipe for Internet success, it’s always good to add a dash of Ellen DeGeneres.
Food video star Kalen Allen of Kansas City, Kan., makes his first in-studio appearance with the comedian/talk show host Tuesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which airs locally at 3 p.m. on KMBC, Channel 9.
Allen is the guy who achieved Twitterly renown for his video reactions to culinary concoctions that ranged from slightly odd — unnecessary variations on corn bread — to probably nasty — a lime Jell-O dessert he called “a stomachache ready to happen.”
Last month, DeGeneres said Allen’s videos were “the best new thing on the Internet” and invited him to the show.
During his taped appearance on Tuesday, Allen tells DeGeneres he had no idea his first video was going to become such a phenom. He woke up the morning after posting it to find he had 6,000 followers on Twitter.
“Now listen, I’m a little boy from Kansas, so that don’t happen all the time,” he says.
On the show, DeGeneres shows clips of “Kalen Reacts” — the aforementioned Jell-O “salad” and a Potato Salad Cake complete with decorative hot dogs.
Allen, a Sumner Academy graduate and a Starlight Theatre scholarship winner, tells DeGeneres he’s currently working five jobs to help put himself through school at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Maybe not for long, though. On Tuesday’s show, DeGeneres makes Allen an offer he cannot refuse.
“We want to make a deal with you so you actually have a platform and help you make these videos and we want to help put these things out,” she says.
Needless to say, he accepts.
Allen isn’t the only Sunflower Stater to find some fame through DeGeneres’ show. Eight-year-old Macey Hensley of Council Grove, Kan., regularly appears on the show to wow Ellen with her knowledge of presidential trivia.