Posts tagged as alex blagg

'@midnight' Is Holding an Internet Casting Call for Guest Panelists

If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag. I spoke with @midnight co-creator, executive producer, and head writer Alex Blagg to get more details on the casting call, what kinds of aspiring @midnight contestants they're looking for, and where to keep track of the writers and performers the @midnight team is hunting down to potentially appear on the show.

How does #PointsMe work, and why did you [...]

New York Times: The Final Edition Hot Off The Internet Presses

Given the ever-hastening collapse of print media (or so the tubes of the Interweb have been whispering to me), some of the spoofs in Tony Hendra's New York Times Final Edition parody are unsettlingly plausible. Luckily the Spinal Tap star is joined by a motley crew of comedians and comedy writers, including Mike Myers, Peter Sagal of NPR's "Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me" and Alex Blagg, as he sends up the Grey Lady. So we'll have something to look back on and chuckle about when we take our cyborg children to the Paper Museum.

The Comedy Consultant: 7 Strat Tips For Tweeting Your Comedy Career To the Next Level

Leveraging the web to launch your comedy brand hasn't been a secret since Dane Cook rode the MySpace meteorite all the way to next-lev stand-up rockstardom. And if you're keeping an eye on the Social Media Stratosphere, you know that all the real deals are happening on Twitter these days. Showbiz Execs are now spending upwards of 97% of their working hours scouring the micro-blogging platform to find nuggets of cleverness that can be turned into big Hollywood comedy deal memos. So if you're looking to expand your stand-up brand 140 characters at a time, here are 7 tips to help you become the Dane Cook of Twitter.

Sketch Anatomy: Alex Blagg Explains the Genius of 'Key and Peele's "Insult Comic"

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke with writer and comedian Alex Blagg, who currently serves as co-creator and executive producer of @midnight, which recently earned a whopping 40-week renewal from Comedy Central. Blagg chose the season 3 Key and Peele sketch "Insult Comic" that aired in October 2013 — six months before the comic [...]

5 “Outside The Box” Social Networks For Promoting Your Comedy Online

Whether you’re a newbie comic on the open mic circuit or you’re Dane Cook coming out with a new hilarious blockbuster, it’s critical to leverage the Internet as a promotional tool for your comedy brand. And if you have even the slightest amount of marketing strat, chances are you’re already working to promote yourself through the obvious online avenues like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and your blog.

But before you blast out another event invite for your weekly showcase that will sit forever unread in my Facebook inbox, here are five social marketing ideas that are more “outside the box” and could be big opportunities to finally get a flat-lining [...]

Alex Blagg Wants You to Get in on the Ground Floor of Plungr

Some people say there's a new tech bubble quickly inflating, what with the wild valuations of Groupon, Color, Facebook and other web-based companies. But not Alex Blagg. The founder of consulting firm/strat warehouse BajillionHits.biz sees opportunity where others are fearful. Won't you come along with him?

The Comedy Consultant: 8 Ideas For Your Unique Comedy Brand

Like everything else in our hyper-connected multi-platform macro-digital age, comedy has become increasingly fragmented. Whereas once comedians could be easily placed into three very broad categories — “Men”, “Women”, or “Black People” — and marketed accordingly, now there are a seemingly infinite number of niche subcultures within the comedy community, each with its own unique demographics and strat.

So before you worry about writing down a single joke or trying to have an original thought, it is crucial for you to first decide on a unique comedy “brand” so you can easily market/promote yourself. Here are eight established ideas for you to choose from: