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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: '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: '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 [...]

Behold WorkHarder, the World's Largest Non-Funding Platform

Have you tried to crowdfund a creative project through Kickstarter or Indiegogo but failed to reach success? Thanks to the mind of comedian and Daily Show producer Jena Friedman, there's now a wonderful solution for all the artists out there who can't find enough friends to give them easy cash: WorkHarder. If it sounds too complicated already, watch the video and allow Friedman, Reggie Watts, and more to break down the innovative new site. (The video was made to promote an Ebola benefit tomorrow night in New York featuring Jim Gaffigan, Fred Armisen, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, and more — check out ticket info here.)

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.

Scott Thompson's Buddy Cole Hosts His Own Film Festival

Here's a brand new video from Funny or Die starring Scott Thompson as his beloved Kids in the Hall character Buddy Cole, who decides to host the first ever Buddy Cole's Real People's Film Festival after the Toronto International Film Festival rejects the "dance-Western-non-musical" he lovingly made about "a young gay Indian lad during the wild wild west who's too, too spirited for his tribe." It's a shame that TIFF doesn't have the courage to include powerful films like Cole's, but at least he found some regular people who appreciate his art as much as he does.

The Premiere Before the World Premiere: Red Hot Video Fun Time

In a small Mexican restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Drew Luster waits on his tacos. Things have settled at the Bat Haus, a small event space two doors over, and Luster takes advantage of the calm to grab dinner. In a half hour, his sketch team, the Otter Boys, will kick off Red Hot Video Fun Time, a quasi-bimonthly video showcase featuring never-before-seen sketches by members of New York’s comedy community.

“If I’m here, we’re good to go,” Luster says. There are some minor complications. Two sketch groups drop out of the showcase, forcing a rearrangement the night’s lineup. Their beer sponsor also withdraws at the last moment, but the team [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

Sketch Anatomy: Lucia Aniello Goes Behind the Scenes of Above Average's "Ghost Tits"

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 UCB performer and Broad City writer/director Lucia Aniello for a behind-the-scenes look at her sketch "Ghost Tits." Starring Olivia Munn and Aniello's sketch comedy partner Paul W. Downs, "Ghost Tits" premiered on Above Average back in 2012 and currently has over six million views on YouTube. [...]

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: '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 [...]

If You Have $300M, You Might Be Able to Buy Funny or Die

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's Funny or Die is reportedly considering a big sale. Bloomberg reports that the company recently hired a financial advisor to "evaluate options including a possible sale" with an asking price of $100-300 million. "We've received unsolicited interest from a number of companies," CEO Dick Glover said in a memo to FOD employees. "We are NOT trying to sell Funny or Die, but we thought it wise to engage some experts to help us evaluate the situation. In the meantime, if any of you mistakenly receive a briefcase full of cash, please bring it to my office immediately."

An unnamed source also told [...]