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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 [...]

'The New York Times' Profiles 'High Maintenance,' 'Sound Advice,' and More

"Using this anthology structure, the show captures a wide swath of personalities, and while they include a cross-dressing father, a self-described asexual who does magic tricks and a homeless woman who dates for shelter, High Maintenance is not predictably quirky. It’s humane, superbly acted (by many unfamiliar faces) and as blasé about eccentricity as, well, a born New Yorker. Sometimes this style can turn into a gushing love letter to the city, depicted as a benign playground for grown-ups with no serious consequences. But the visual ambition here complements this sunny mood and makes you forgive it."

- Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld's web series High Maintenance gets some [...]

This Week in Web Videos: 'Business Work'

It's a tale as old as time. Irish boy comes to America, chasing a dream of becoming a forensic pathologist. Boy realizes that being a forensic pathologist is terrifying. Boy becomes involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Boy discovers that he's got a new dream: being a comedian. Boy who prepared all his life for an entirely different career path finds out he's really gifted at being funny. Boy creates smart web series. Boy does interview with Splitsider — the first step on his path to becoming a household name. How many times have we heard that one, right? Oh. No times? No times. Well, now we've heard it [...]

Maria Bamford Candidly Explains Her Mental Health Struggles on 'Modern Comedian'

Scott Moran released a new episode of his documentary series Modern Comedian today focusing on standup Maria Bamford, who opens up at length about her struggles with bipolar disorder and the time she had to check herself into a psychiatric ward. It's a powerful, fantastic episode that's well worth the watch, from Bamford's walkthrough of her favorite website CrazyMeds.us to several mentions of her love for Diet Coke. (via The Comedy Bureau)

Vanessa Bayer Advises LeAnn Rimes to Get Into the Rap Game

Janessa Slater is back with a new installment of Above Average's web series Sound Advice, and this time she advises guest LeAnn Rimes to leave country behind for a new career as a white girl rapper. She also reveals her fascinating connection to Baby Jessica.

Check Out Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's Web Series 'Hack Into Broad City'

While you're waiting for Broad City's season 2 premiere to get here, Glazer and Jacobson have started a brand new web series on Comedy Central called Hack Into Broad City, and the first episode dropped today. It's a serious look at the technological and cultural ideas and exchanges the world shares in all thanks to the power of cereal.

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 [...]

Paul F. Tompkins and Bob Saget Talk Standup, Chumbawamba, 'Die Hard,' and More

Here's the latest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with guest Bob Saget, who talks at length with Tompkins about how he got started as a standup, the relationship between comedy and death, his love for Chumbawamba, and a graphic story from his youth involving a fish smoking a cigarette.

Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker's 'The Awesomes' Gets a Third Season on Hulu

Seth Meyers and Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker's superhero-themed animated web series The Awesomes is getting another season. Deadline reports that Hulu has renewed the series for a third season to debut sometime in 2015. Meyers voices the main character Prock while a ton of SNLers have also provided voices for the series, including Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Kate McKinnon, Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson, Emily Spivey, Paula Pell, and Bobby Moynihan. The second season premiered on Hulu earlier this month; click through to watch the first four episodes.

Rob Riggle Relives the Time He Bombed in Front of Martin Scorsese

Rob Riggle participated in a new installment of Tonight Show's ongoing web series "Worst I Ever Bombed," and he's got a painful standup story about opening a charity gala that resulted in Martin Scorsese, in Riggle's words, "looking at me like I'm the biggest turd in America."

Harry Shearer to Play Richard Nixon in an Upcoming Web Series

Here's a preview of Nixon's The One, an upcoming web series starring Harry Shearer as the one and only Richard Nixon reenacting a real-life conversation with Henry Kissinger played by Henry Goodman. Nixon's The One will premiere its six-episode run October 21st on My Damn Channel and is the result of Shearer and his Nixon historian co-writer going through hours of Nixon's secret White House tapes "that reveal the unintentional, cringe-worthy absurdity of Nixon's presidency." Check out another preview below:

Here's the First Episode of Nerdist's New Series 'The Adventures of The Sweet Electric'

Nerdist unveiled a brand new series this week called The Adventures of The Sweet Electric, and you can check out the first episode above. Written, directed, and starring Liam Lynch (writer/director of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny and director of The Sarah Silverman Program and We Are Miracles), Sweet Electric follows the "interstellar adventures of the futuristic robot band The Sweet Electric" and is described as "part The Monkees, part Hard Day's Night, and part MTV's The Young Ones."

Vanessa Bayer Has a Public Meltdown While Interviewing Sara Bareilles

Above Average released a new episode of Sound Advice today with Sara Bareilles, and it looks like Janessa Slater has finally found her match. Usually the guests on Sound Advice take her constant insults in stride, but Bareilles is not afraid to get edgy with some swear words if she has to.

The 5 Best New Web Videos/Series You Almost Definitely Haven't Seen

We did it once. You guys seemed to dig it. So now, we're doing it again. Ladies and gentleman, Splitsider presents: The 5 Best New Web Videos/Series You Almost Definitely Haven't Seen, Part II. We clicked through pages and pages of Gmails to distill five of the funniest "This Week In Web Videos" submissions and then we grouped them all together here, in a neat little link we hope you'll post absolutely everywhere. Enjoy and, again, post it around, please. That's how this whole thing works.