Comedy Central and Twitter have partnered to launch a five-day comedy festival that will run on the social networking site and feature videos, roundtable conversations, and tweets from Judd Apatow, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Paul Feig, Amy Schumer, Steve Agee, and more. The two companies announced the festival, which comedians will participate in with the hashtag #ComedyFest, via The NY Times today.
The festival kicks off next Monday, April 29th, with Twitter livestreaming a panel at LA's Paley Center featuring Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner and hosted by Judd Apatow. This will be the only #ComedyFest event with a live audience, and the panel discussion will partly consist [...]
Here's "Gungan Style," the latest video from Funny or Die writer/director Nick Wiger, which starts as a cheesy parody video but soon turns into an Adaptation-esque dissection of web comedy that's unexpectedly poignant and biting. And yes, you can get a ringtone of the song from the fake Jar Jar Binks parody that opens up the short because of course you can.
Today, The Onionis unveiling this important new web series, “Onion Talks,” a string of lectures from leading experts that will drop via The Onion’s YouTube channel each Wednesday. Here’s Episode 1, in which a groundbreaking innovator shares his revolutionary idea for a compost-fueled car in a speech that’s equal parts efficient, innovative, inspiring, stimulating, resourceful, genius, perceptive, and insightful.
Hey internet, here's a video of Community stars Alison Brie and Danny Pudi doing a freestyle rap. It will probably be at a million hits by the end of the day, and you can be a part of the magic now before it's too late!!
Here's the first episode of Waco Valley, the first-ever animated series from Broadway Video's web label Above Average. Created by Ben Warheit and produced by Brooklyn-based company Landline TV, Waco Valley is set to drop six episodes, one every Wednesday, and follows a dinosaur local news reporter. It's a funny, absurd send-up of local news human interest stories. It also finally puts news-reporting dinosaurs in their place.
Earlier this year, we reported that the former Onion writers who stayed in NYC instead of moving back to Chicago are working on a new web video project with Adult Swim, and we finally have our first glimpse of the new website, Thing X, which will make its debut in a week on October 16th and is themed around a cartoonishly-evil corporation. The bare bones website, thingx.tv, is up now with the above video and a lengthy legal contract. You can also register for an account on the site, which results in you being e-mailed the following video:
Online retailer Amazon is gearing up to launch its first batch of original shows, and it looks like they'll be making a big push for comedy. Amazon is preparing to greenlight its first pilot for a single-camera sitcom called Browsers from longtime Daily Show writer/producer David Javerbaum, Deadline reports. Browsers will follow four interns at a HuffPo-esque website with musical elements woven throughout. The pilot is expected to film in January. Amazon is also developingDark Minions, an animated show written by Big Bang Theory regulars John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman that follows two misfits working on an evil space station. Amazon announced its original programming [...]
The latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's "Speakeasy," his weekly web series for MadeMan.com, dropped yesterday, and in it, he sat down with Robot Chicken's Seth Green for a sophisticated barroom chat. The highlight comes at the top, when Tompkins relives Green's short stint as a teenage stand-up comedian with him. Apparently, in the late 80s, a young Seth Green gave stand-up comedy a shot, and he happened to perform at a Philadelphia open mic that comedy newcomer Paul F. Tompkins was hosting. Green says he's thankful that no footage from his stand-up days have survived, but somebody out there has to have a video, right? Come on, internet! [...]
The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that Daniel Kellison, creator of The Man Show and ex-producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live, is developing two new YouTube channels, Jash and Video Podcast Network, which are both expected to launch in January. Jash is a comedy network that will feature content from Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts (all of whom have had a great deal of success with web vids in the past), while Video Podcast Network will present – you guessed it – video versions of popular podcasts. Adam Carolla is so far the first and only one to sign onto Video Podcast Network, but [...]
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