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This Week In Web Videos: 'Compliments'

Banter is such a polarizing comedic art. To appreciate the humor in unremarkable conversation is to know the nuances of human interaction, both in their audible forms — rich, often conflict-ridden dialogue — and in those manifestations which must be seen to be truly appreciated — the facial ticks, the pregnant pauses that adorn acted words with that special kind of hyper-realism that makes one half of the population crack up, and the other squirm out of its skin. As readers of this column know, I fall squarely in the camp of "Banter Lovers" and the reason why I go out of my goddamned gourd for a well-executed banter [...]

This Week in Web Videos: 'The Amazing Gayl Pile'

Casting ain’t easy, but it’s necessary: wise words spoken by…no one in particular, but felt deep down in the heart cockles of everyone who’s ever produced any piece of performance art. Strong writing is nothing without human vessels to bring those words to life. This is especially true in faux-reality content that lives and dies on characters who must inhabit a world much closer to the messiness of actual life than the delicately crafted chaos in most TV and film. When creators need real, they usually mine the improv set. Few have the cojones to stake their project’s success on a bunch of randos solicited on Craigslist, but The [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'With Friends Like These'

The digital age of entertainment is no longer “on the horizon” or “about to break” or whatever other stupid phrase any number of automaton trends bloggers vomited out over the past three years. It’s here. Ask Reed Hastings, ask Kevin Spacey, ask Jeff Bezos, and… Mr. Hulu. We no longer watch TV. We watch content. That means two important things. First, the term “web series” is useless. Second, we, as independent producers, have to start upping our game. Created by and starring Christopher Graves and TJ Del Reno, With Friends Like These is an interesting foray into the world of intricately narrative, highly produced content built for a new [...]

Judy Greer Plays a Rom-Com Best Friend in This New Funny Or Die Sketch

Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Archer) has played the thankless best friend part in romantic comedies like 13 Going on 30 and 27 Dresses, but now, in this new Funny Or Die sketch, she's playing the same rom-com best friend but finally gets to show her side of the story.

Brett Gelman and Jon Daly Have a Dark Neighborly Dispute in "Little Neighbors"

Here's a web video called "Little Neighbors" starring Brett Gelman and Jon Daly and made by Video Lou, a fictional character created by Alessandro Minoli and Sean Donnelly who makes videos in his van and is the mind behind the recurring TripTank sketch "Jeff & Some Aliens." If you appreciate the perfect mix of funny, bizarre, disturbing, and things created by fictional characters, crank up the volume because this video was made for you.

This Week in Web Videos: 'The Comedy Nut '

Created by Gregg Zehentner (The Nut, himself), Pat Stango, and Clayton Gumbert, The Comedy Nut doesn’t seem to be much of a novel undertaking at first glance. A weird interviewer makes straight men feel sort of uncomfortable — that’s our premise, and it’s one that everyone from Martin Short's Jiminy Glick to Zach Galifianikis’s morose cynic in Between Two Ferns are very familiar with. What makes The Comedy Nut unique is a subtle lampooning of the trope we’ve all come to know and love.

Dave Hill Clears Up the Amazon-Hachette Dispute for Dick Cavett and Malcolm Gladwell

The battle between Amazon and Hachette books rages on without any comment from Amazon, so Dave Hill put together this video with legendary TV host Dick Cavett and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell to clear up any confusion surrounding the issue. Cavett, at least, is satisfied by Hill's creative way of breaking down Amazon's side of the situation.

This Week In Web Videos: 'The Residuals '

Every morning, New York City's streets are filled with millions of people, walking toward work and hoping beyond hope that their next step will somehow take them a little closer to realizing their dreams. That’s until about 9:30. At 1, the streets are filled with actors on their way to commercial auditions. You see, these folks are professionals at re-sculpting their dreams so that they feature roles in commercials for toothpaste or hot wings or wireless companies looking for a spokesperson who’s a "cross between Jonah Hill and Rachel McAdams." They’re not just performers, they’re warriors; and their day-to-day travails are perfectly captured in The Residuals – a subtly [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Are You Better Than Don Draper?'

Most good comedy is thought provoking at its core but few creators are better at walking the line between hilarity and appealingly erudite social commentary than UCB stalwart Zack Phillips. This week, in honor of Mad Men, a series that has already inspired countless sketches (some good, many not), we present one of the good ‘uns. It’s fast, it’s smart, and it may even make you think twice about criticizing folks who smoke in elevators, drink in the office, and have sex in the middle of Ted talks. Does that happen on Mad Men? I haven’t watched in like 3 years, but the sketch…the sketch is good.

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This Week In Web Videos: 'Studio Heads'

I realize I’m about to tread on some touchy territory but just hear me out. Maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little prejudiced when it comes to our entertainment choices, and it’s sort of understandable. Because pleasure is usually derived — especially in terms of comedy — from content we relate to, it makes sense that the more focused a particular piece of content is on situations endemic to a certain demographic (race, creed, age group, whatever), the better it’s going to hit within that group. That concept is kind of what the whole TV and advertising industries are founded on. “Oh, we’d like to target 35-year-old white women with [...]

Dov Charney and Terry Richardson Choose 'America's Next Sick Fuck' for Funny Or Die

Here's a new Funny Or Die video about Dov Charney (Rich Fulcher) and Terry Richardson's (Moshe Kasher) new reality show, America's Next Sick Fuck, in which they seek out the world's greatest demented perverts and Steve Agee delivers a chameleon-like performance as Larry Flynt.

This Week In Web Videos: 'K&A'

I’m supposed to write things that are at least marginally insightful about the world of web video. That’s part of the whole “column” deal, you see, because insights qualify my words as a “review” and not just a verbal fire hydrant of fandom. While I have plenty of professional things to say about K&A — created by Katie Shannon and Katie Thompson and starring Audrey Claire and Ashley Elmi — like how its leads are perfectly paired improv dynamos, how it looks better than most indie films with 50 times the budget and is rife with cool and fresh storytelling accents that help us segue from [...]

Tom Lennon Runs a Christian Monster Museum in This New 'Superego' Video

Here's the latest video the comedy group/podcast Superego made for Nerdist, in which Tom Lennon voices a Christian man who runs a kids' museum called "God's Crazy Monsters," showing off frightening creatures created by God like dinosaurs, Rachel Maddow, and Toothful Jesus.

Todd Glass Accosts Pedestrians for Saying Life Used to Be Better for People

Here's a video comedian Todd Glass made for Funny Or Die, in which he hits the LA streets and asks pedestrians if they think "things were better back in the day" and then screams and yells at them for being wrong. Like a more socially active Billy Eichner. Glass admits at the end that the video is just an attempt to go viral to promote his memoir, The Todd Glass Situation, which comes out today, but it's a funny video in and of itself that proves Glass is a natural when it comes to person-on-the-street videos.