VIDEO: ‘Buried Life’ brings uplifting message to WU

Bucket Lists Fullfillers Members of the MTV Show “The Buried Life” share their favorite experiences of crossing items off their bucket list and helping others fulfilll their dreams. The cast made a trip to Washburn last week in their tour of college campuses.

Jordan Loomis / Washburn Review / Video By: Andrew Huff, Washburn Review

Life changes and unfortunately, there is no way to stop it or slow it down.

We just have to figure out the answer to one central question—what do you want to do before you die?

Duncan Penn, Jonnie Penn, Ben Nemtin and Dave Lingwood, the cast of MTV’s Buried Life, have been asking this question to audience’s around the United States for more than six years. The cast of Buried Life made a trip to Washburn University last week on their tour of college campuses.

Duncan Penn, the business leader of the cast, was particularly enthusiastic about the cast’s past.

“We’ve been speaking at campuses ever since we first started this project six years ago in a garage, long before the show and all of the publicity,” said Duncan Penn. “We just enjoyed going to universities and talking to the student body about the question—what do you want to do before you die?”

Their upcoming book is called “The Question” and will be available March 15, 2012.

“The four of us basically collected our favorite 10,000 list items, narrowed it down to 250 and then got six artists to illustrate them,” said Duncan Penn.

The cast shared their favorite experiences crossing items off their lists.

“Delivering a baby was definitely interesting,” said  Duncan Penn. “I thought it was very cool.”

Lingwood, the adventurous member of the cast, spoke of a wild experience.

“Crashing the Playboy Mansion was probably my favorite experience,” said Lingwood. “It was a personal favorite of mine because it was like living a little mission impossible.”

Nemtin, the ringleader of the cast, chose to talk about his proudest moment.

“Making a television show was No. 53 on our list,” said Nemtin. “It took three years of hard work and a lot of ups and downs, but we were able to make it—it’ll always be my favorite experience.”

Jannie Penn was unfortunately unable to attend the interview because of an illness.

The three men agreed that their favorite experience happened just last year when they were invited to the White House and played basketball against President Barack Obama.

The men spoke to the student body about how they accomplished more than they had ever dreamed, simply through hard work and determination.

Nemtin also spoke of an experience that he said changed his life, when he, along with this cast mates, helped raise money to buy a truck for a man wanting to pay back a home dear to his childhood.

At the end, the cast stepped aside from the microphones and asked students to share their own bucket list items. Many were shared and the cast even asked select students to speak to them after the show in the hopes of fulfilling their list items.