Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy 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 CollegeHumor writer/performer Adam Conover about his video "Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam." CollegeHumor released "Engagement Rings" at the perfect time on Valentine's Day earlier this year, and its instant and overwhelming success (the video is currently creeping toward five million views on YouTube) led to [...]
CollegeHumor pulled an all-nighter last night and created ten new videos with a bunch of funny people, and above is one such video featuring Pete Holmes as Batman living the 9-5 life. Click through to watch the rest of the shorts produced by this year's CollegeHumor All-Nighter.
Way back, a long long time ago (in the early 2000s), a little sketch group called Dutch West became one of the first collectives of writers and performers who were adept at pumping out consistently high-quality comedic content for next to nothing or, literally, nothing. Their undeniable talents soon landed many of them at CollegeHumor where they formed an Internet comedy super group that has helped propel that site into one of the most recognizable online brands in the entertainment space. (Full disclosure: I work there, but I thought all this even when I didn’t.) Year after year, video after video, the CollegeHumor Originals team has managed to turn [...]
Every year, the comedy website CollegeHumor holds its annual All-Nighter, filming and posting new videos for 10 straight hours, and tonight is the night. From 8pm EST/5pm PST to 6am EST/3am PST tonight, the website will be holding the marathon as a part of YouTube's Comedy Week with a 10-hour live variety show hosted by Jeff Rubin accompanying the videos. "This is the extreme sports version of comedy and viral videomaking," Sam Reich, CollegeHumor's President of Original Content, tells Splitsider. "It's always a ton of fun, until 4am hits, and then it's utterly surreal. Tune in and watch us unravel." The CollegeHumor gang will be joined by a [...]
Here's the trailer for a three-part web miniseries CollegeHumor made, based upon a fake trailer they made last year (embedded below) for a big-budget live-action Dora the Explorer movie. Like the original trailer, it stars Modern Family's Ariel Winter as Dora, but unlike the original trailer, this is a trailer for a real thing.
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 [...]
Comedy website CollegeHumor announced today that they have moved their production team from New York to Los Angeles and that they're forming a new production company called Big Breakfast. Big Breakfast will focus on developing movies, TV shows, and web projects, in addition to continuing to produce original videos for CollegeHumor. CollegeHumor's editorial department will remain in New York. Sam Reich, who has been CollegeHumor's president of original content since 2006, will head up Big Breakfast. The company's first project is developing the hit CollegeHumor web series Jake & Amir, starring Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, into a TV show for TBS. CollegeHumor Productions' move from the East Coast to [...]
Web comedy enterprise CollegeHumor is putting out its first-ever feature film today. Called Coffee Town, it stars Glenn Howerton (Always Sunny), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec), and Steve Little (Eastbound and Down) as three friends who band together to save their neighborhood coffee shop. The movie marks the directorial debut of Brad Copeland, who wrote some great Arrested Development episodes and Wild Hogs. Coffee Town is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital platforms. The movie is also playing in a theatrical tour that begins today in NYC and will then hit other places, as tours tend to do.
YouTube is holding its first-ever comedy week from May 19 to 25th, and they got Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Jake & Amir, the Gregory Brothers, and a bunch of people I'm not familiar with together to film this promo. They're not in this promo, but Vince Vaughn, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Ed Helms, Garfunkel & Oates, and Norm Macdonald will also be participating in the event, a week of stand-up, sketches, music, and live performances, to finally bring some comedy to the serious, serious video site.
If Facebook Likes, YouTube views and autotuned remixes are to be believed, Jake (Hurwitz) and Amir (Blumenfeld) are two of the most popular people on the Internet. Since 2007, they've been producing their eponymous web series for CollegeHumor, which follows their comedic double act as mismatched cubicle mates through some truly absurd and ironically not-safe-for-work situations.
Over the years, their show has grown up along with the Internet: transforming from a low-budget hobby to a legitimate comedy force. Through their prolific output, they’ve found a dedicated following, created hundreds of truly hilarious sketches and shown every other web series how it should be done.
Funny videos on the internet come from a plethora of sources, from established internet studios to TV networks to independent comedians. But how do comedy production studios fund their internet comedy videos? There’s no simple answer. In fact, one of the first answers I heard was “Our funding comes from everywhere.”
However, as I talked to representatives from CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, Jash, Above Average, UCB Comedy, and Comedy Central, a lot of common themes came forward. Branded content funds more than you think. YouTube revenue funds less than you think. Comedy studios, like everyone else, earn money so they can fund passion projects. Incubating new talent is also a [...]
After five years and over 600 videos, CollegeHumor's smash hit web series Jake & Amir is finally coming to television. According to Deadline, TBS has put the show into development with Ed Helms as executive producer and Cougar Town's Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger as co-writers, and CollegeHumor's own Ricky Van Veen and Sam Reich will also serve as executive producers. The TBS show will follow "an odd-couple friendship between best friends and co-workers Jake (Hurwitz), the sensible 'regular guy,' and Amir (Blumenfeld), the obsessive oddball. Together they must navigate the cubicles of their workplace, stand up to the corporate man and try to function with their dysfunctional [...]
Here's the trailer for CollegeHumor's first-ever feature film. Called Coffee Town, it's written and directed by Brad Copeland (who wrote for Arrested Development and also wrote Wild Hogs) and comes out July 9th on all digital platform. There will also be select theatrical screenings leading up to the film's premiere at Just for Laughs Montreal. Coffee Town stars Glenn Howerton (Always Sunny), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec), and Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) as three guys who turn to crime to save their neighborhood coffee shop because everyone knows robbery is usually the best solution to any problem.
CollegeHumor cut together every clip of someone playing a fake video game in The Simpsons. I mean, they probably missed one or two, what with there being 500 episodes of the show to sift through, so take it easy on me, commenters.
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