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This Week in Web Videos: 'Neighbors'

Do what you want all the time and, even when you're not funny, chances are you'll learn something about how to be funnier. That's the gist of the advice Jackie Jennings gives and after watching her great series Neighbors, it's pretty clear that this strategy works. So, learn about the science of comedy by taking some classes and reading some stuff (ummmm, this column much?!) and then, once you've got an idea that you believe in, don't listen to the haters and the blowhards and just make what you want. If you've got talent, seeds of your ability will be present in your earliest attempts at originality. If you [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'The Ferrero Rochers Camping Trip'

Sorry Werther's Original, you're no longer the go-to joke candy and it's all thanks to Paul Briganti and his big camping tent full of Ferrero Rochers. In the latest from CollegeHumor's newish alt comedy vertical CH2, we're reacquainted with the power of the intensely obscure as we watch Briganti put on a clinic in executing the number one rule of digital comedy: BE SPECIFIC.

Though set in a relatable frame (couple's getaway, yada yada), the genius of this piece is Briganti's laser focus on a chocolate everyone recognizes and pretty much no one has ever thought about. For 3:27, he canvasses every square inch of this tiny [...]

This Week In Web Videos: '10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew'

Scott Rogowsky is no stranger to the e-pages of our fine site. Just look here and here if you don't believe me. And today, this column features Scott an unprecedented third time…but why? One cynical answer may be because Scott and I have the same alma mater. (That's not the reason, though any humorous person from Johns Hopkins is a rarity who should be celebrated repeatedly.) No, the real fact of the matter is: Scott is one of the best I've seen at capitalizing on current events to create low-budget videos that get press. What impresses me most about Scott is not just that he's funny, it's his [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Roomsies'

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.

This Week In Web Videos: A Model Young Republican

People who go to Harvard are very funny. Always. 100 percent of the time. Whether they mean to be (Lampoon) or not (pastels most of the Western world struggles to classify). Tyler Hall means to be, but he has a great appreciation for those who don't, folks who put together GOP propaganda pieces like this. And like any good Harvard comedy man, he knows how to do two things: 1. recognize the delightfully absurd bits of everyday life and 2. turn those into a really incisive piece that checks both the entertainment and social commentary boxes. He also probably knows how to make a group of people [...]

This Week in Web Videos: 'SingleDumb'

I'm self-centered, terrified of insects, and–I think–not the best kisser in the world. Those are three deeply personal things about me that I wrote on a blog read by THOUSANDS. Why? Because that's what writers do. We share very intimate details about ourselves and our innermost thoughts. Sometimes those thoughts are inarguably personal, like mine just were, and sometimes they're presented under the cloak of characters in our work. Either way, strong creative requires a suspension of an innate fear all of us have: to be seen as "other." Alexandra Kern has successfully suspended that fear. She lets her true self out, and that's why SingleDumb is not only [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Gary Saves the Graveyard'

The first time I spoke with UCB Creative Director Todd Bieber was three and a half years ago and I had no idea what I was talking about. I was thinking of leaving my post-college job at Morgan Stanley and accepting a position at a small production company in New York. After completing UCB's Sketch 101 program, I figured I knew enough about digital comedy to call Todd and ask if he'd be interested in doing some web series collaborations. He was polite and he didn't want to. Flash forward to now. Years of working with UCB and its talent — including Todd — have passed and I [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Todd Halloween'

Originality is as crucial as it is difficult to achieve. That's true of any pursuit, not just comedy. The thing is: if you're unoriginal in heart surgery or tax preparation or landscaping, it's not a bad thing. "This person gets it," your clients might say about you and, while you're not breaking new ground, you're…stalwart. But in the arts, innovation is key. Derivativeness is only tolerable in the smallest of doses, as a stepping stone for the non-creatives in your audience, a relatable touchpoint that level sets them before descending into maddening newness. Ben Seeder's short Todd Halloween, directed by Andy DeYoung, is decidedly in the "fuck touchpoints" camp. Many [...]

This Week In Web Videos: B1G Ten Trash Talk

There's like one month a year when I don't feel like a total misfit: late July/early August. Hockey fans have forgotten all about the Cup, we're weeks and weeks past the NBA Finals, and Sunday afternoon football is a distant fleck. Sure, baseball's happening but, as long as you don't live across the street from Yankees Stadium or the Green Giant, few people seem to give a fly ball fuck and, if they do, they're comparatively quiet about it. This is my time. It's when I feel good about humanity, about our collective ability to discuss things other than balls being thrown for money. But bliss is fleeting and [...]

This Week In Web Videos: Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong

Since yesterday afternoon, the Internet has been alight with Paul Gale. Every viral video round up you can find features the YouTube impresario's newest joint: "Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong," and, TBH, all the hype kind of made me want to ignore it. Not because it's not good, but because I like the idea that this column is largely a mouthpiece for comedy underdogs and Gale — still a bootstrapper in the broad, Hollywood sense — is no stranger to million+ view videos or subscriber counts in the tens of thousands. Then I remembered the Paul Gale of (fairly recent) days gone by, the Paul Gale [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Yellow Brick Hell'

I love UCB. Oh man, do I love it. Training there has created so many opportunities for me and introduced me to so many wonderful people. Nothing will ever take that away. But really talented writer/performers do come from other places. In this era when being a UCB'er seems to be synonymous with holding a golden comedy ticket (or at least having one on layaway), it's easy to forget that many folks not in the core group of 200 or so Brigade talents are still really fucking good. Rob Asaro, though he trained at UCB for a time, is by all accounts an outlier and his Yellow Brick Hell [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'BedHead'

Looking for immediate satisfaction? Don’t fucking make comedy.

Sorry. That was a lot.

What I really mean to say is: with very few exceptions, special comedy takes a long time to develop. Whether we’re talking about cultivating a writing style, honing a stand up routine or, in the case of BedHead, readying a really funny series for digital air, the stuff we comedy fans love the most is the stuff into which blood, sweat, and tears have been dumped by the bucket load. Those creators looking for an easy road to success or even a smooth ride to project realization need to re-evaluate why they’re embarking on a quest that [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'The Middle Ages'

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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This Week In Web Videos: The Comedy of Jay Weingarten

Jay Weingarten is a weirdo and weirdos can’t work normal jobs. Instead, they’ve got two choices: get hugely famous or end up on the very fringes of society, forever banished to parents’ basements and midday video store liquidation sales. Jay has chosen the former and, lucky for him, he’s got star chops.

How’d you get your start in comedy?

I started about three years ago. I was a huge fan of comedy and was feeling kind of like I wasn’t really doing anything at the moment. I was a fan and then eventually went into doing my first open mic. At the time, I had a pretty awful [...]