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Paul F. Tompkins and Marc Evan Jackson Talk Future Tripping, Improv, and More on 'Speakeasy'

Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with Thrilling Adventure Hour, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Recreation's Marc Evan Jackson, who chats with Tompkins at length about how he got his start in improv, how he approaches auditions, and how he learned to "lose the embarrassment of failure." It's a great episode full of solid advice for aspiring improvisers and actors alike, especially coming from a guy who grew up with no aspirations to be a TV star.

JASH's Sarah Silverman-Hosted Variety Show Is Now on Vimeo

Back in April, Xbox decided to get into the comedy game by ordering a variety show pilot from web video collective JASH hosted by Sarah Silverman. Over the summer, however, Microsoft shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, leaving the JASH pilot and several other series with nowhere to go. Thankfully, Vimeo has come to the rescue and debuted the first episode of the series — titled JASH Presents Rubberhead — via their on-demand streaming service yesterday. Silverman will host each episode, and performers set to show up include Key and Peele, Tim and Eric, Nathan Fielder, John C. Reilly, Seth Rogen, Todd Glass, Natasha Leggero, and more. The [...]

Vanessa Bayer Interviews St. Vincent for 'Sound Advice'

Vanessa Bayer (as media coach Janessa Slater) is back with an all new installment of Above Average's web series Sound Advice, this time to sit down with musician/alien St. Vincent. Slater gives St. Vincent tons of great tips for improvement, including some easy techniques for how to get fans to see her as a diva.

Blazing the Internet TV Show Trail with 'High Maintenance's Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair

It's been nearly two years since we first featured High Maintenance, the stoner-friendly web series from husband/wife duo Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld that follows an unnamed weed dealer (Sinclair) as as he makes deliveries to a diverse and never-ending assortment of NYC residents. Since its 2012 debut, High Maintenance has grown from a scrappy DIY web series to getting picked up as Vimeo's very first funded original show, and today marks the premiere of its brand new season online. Ahead of High Maintenance's return, I talked to Blichfeld and Sinclair about why they opted out of the traditional television pilot route, what we can expect [...]

Check Out UCB's Special Halloween Series 'Gary Saves the Graveyard'

Here's the first episode of Gary Saves the Graveyard, an equally spooky and hilarious web series by UCB that marks their largest production to date. The series follows a man who takes up a new job at a cemetery only to make some unlikely friends inside the gates. Gary Saves the Graveyard stars Jim Santangeli, Nate Dern, Nicole Byer, TCGS's Shannon O'Neill, and more; watch the rest of the series below:

Sarah Silverman Teaches Kids Some Comedy Basics

Sarah Silverman was recently a guest on the Kevin Nealon-hosted web series Laugh Lessons, where she sits down with impressionable children to answer some of comedy's most important questions: How should a comedian shake hands with people? Is poop or pee funnier? What are some solid comedian names? What is courtesy laughter? Thanks to her years of experience, Silverman leaves no question unanswered. (via The Huffington Post)

Watch Alec Baldwin and Paula Pell Give Romantic Advice to New Yorkers

Above Average premiered a brand new web series today, and the concept is simple enough: Alec Baldwin's Love Ride follows "internationally recognized relationship expert" Alec Baldwin as he surprises couples with relationship advice in a NYC cab. Thankfully Baldwin gets some help from his "behind the scenes love advisor" Paula Pell for some of his more creative questions. Watch the second episode below:

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 [...]

Paul F. Tompkins and Sarah Silverman Talk 'Mr. Show,' 'M*A*S*H,' and More

Paul F. Tompkins sat down with Sarah Silverman for the newest episode of his web series Speakeasy, and the interview is full of great stories about when Silverman won an Emmy, why kids turn her into a "desperate creature," how she and Tompkins first met before Mr. Show, and how Bob Odenkirk ruined M*A*S*H for her. This episode also serves as a shocking reminder that Mr. Show's 20-year anniversary is only a year away.

Noël Wells Plays a Monster Manager in 'Cracked's New Halloween Web Series

Cracked premiered a new web series this week called Monster Managers featuring Soren Bowie and SNL alum Noël Wells that's the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. In the above episode, the PR managers reveal the true secret to sustaining a career as a working zombie. Click through to watch two more episodes from the series.

'High Maintenance' and the Art of the Audience Surrogate

With the release of three new episodes last week, High Maintenance went from the one web series you need to be watching to the one web series you still need to be watching. Long-trumpeted by critics of both traditional and new media as the pinnacle of what creators are accomplishing online, High Maintenance returned with three new episodes fully-financed by Vimeo and released under their new original content outfit, Vimeo On Demand.

And what they released was more of the same: character-driven, New York-quirky, sad/funny, length-agnostic short films drawn together by their cross-river view of Manhattan and “The Guy”, co-creator Ben Sinclair’s drug dealing vagabond who waltzes in and out [...]

Watch Jerry Seinfeld and Wale Have an Intense Discussion About Hecklers

Complex recently sat down with Jerry Seinfeld and D.C. rapper Wale — who sampled Seinfeld in his 2008 mixtape The Mixtape About Nothing and has since developed a friendship with the comedian — for a series of interviews and web videos. In the above clip, the two discuss their vastly different thoughts on hecklers (Wale cares, Seinfeld doesn't care despite frequent suicidal thoughts). Click through to watch them talk about dealing with the burden of celebrity, why falling in love with strippers is bad idea, and what really happened before Wale left Complex an angry voicemail about getting snubbed in their "50 Best Albums of 2013" list.

IFC Teams Up with UCB and Above Average for New Online Comedy Hub

IFC is getting into the online comedy game. The network announced today that they've launched the IFC Comedy Crib, an online hub for short-form comedy that will feature content from online comedy powerhouses UCB Comedy and Above Average, with four brand new web series premiering today and much more to come. Current web series include UCB's ClickBait Overload and Laurie starring Natasha Vaynblat, John Murray and Geoff Garlock's John and Geoff are Married, and IFC's own impromptu standup-themed web series Comedy Drop. Click through for the full description of IFC Comedy Crib's current lineup, then head over to the site to check them out.

Sketch Anatomy: Adam Conover on "Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam"

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 [...]