I made my first comedy video just over three years ago. Watching it again just now, a few things are apparent. Thing one: The script holds up. I wrote it in a UCB sketch 101 class and it still makes me laugh. Thing two (shitty sound) and three (my bad acting) make me cringe but I'm still really glad I did it and I'm really glad it's forever online. It started me down a path that's led to doing something I love: making more, gradually better videos, and watching it every once in a while reminds me of the transformative power of filming something you created.
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Writing lines down in Final Draft does not a screenwriter make. That kind of writing requires training, an understanding of story structure, an ability to re-write until you want to curl up in a ball and go to law school like the rest of your friends (JK, Steve — I love you, dawg!) and then re-write some more. Jenny Donheiser and Meagan Kensil have respect for the process and have decided to devote their lives to it. Their goal isn’t just to “become writers,” it’s to become better and with this as a starting point, it’s safe to say they’ve got some very green, LSAT-free pastures ahead.
CollegeHumor just launched a brand new YouTube channel devoted to the weird and experimental. Called CH2, the channel will feature live-action sketches, animations, and music videos with a more experimental bent and exist as CollegeHumor's outlet for weirder comedy from both CollegeHumor regulars as well as new and up-and-coming talent. "Some of the most popular series and characters throughout CollegeHumor's history have originated from taking risks and trying new things," said Sam Reich in a statement. "We hope CH2 will be a place for alternative content, community building and working with diverse or up-and-coming talent. The CollegeHumor Originals team and I are very excited to have this sandbox [...]
It's a tale as old as time. Irish boy comes to America, chasing a dream of becoming a forensic pathologist. Boy realizes that being a forensic pathologist is terrifying. Boy becomes involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Boy discovers that he's got a new dream: being a comedian. Boy who prepared all his life for an entirely different career path finds out he's really gifted at being funny. Boy creates smart web series. Boy does interview with Splitsider — the first step on his path to becoming a household name. How many times have we heard that one, right? Oh. No times? No times. Well, now we've heard it [...]
Greenpeace recently teamed up with musical genius Reggie Watts to create a series of ads promoting more websites to go green, and the result is the kind of musical comedy beauty we've come to expect from Watts. Above he spreads some awareness for solar power through some sun-themed freestyling; click through for the other three videos in the series.