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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 [...]

The Economics of Internet Comedy Videos

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 [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Fruiting 101'

I'm not one of those people that thinks sex is inherently funny. In fact, I hate those people. Sex, comedically speaking, is easy. It gets a laugh in the most low-brow of rooms, amongst folks who couldn't give a goddamn about the craft but love hearing the word "pussy" repeated ad infinitum. To make sex truly funny, the bar should be set higher. In order for sex jokes to hit they need to be innovative, new, driven by some goal other than shock. Inspired by Auntie Angel's unintentionally hilarious guide to putting a grapefruit on your man's dick, Lily Du and David Craig created a pitch perfect Internet [...]

This Week In Web Videos: 'Don't Walk '

I’m not going to say Don’t Walk is the Boyhood of web series, because that would be pretty pretentious. What I will say, in the interest of coming across as a bit less of a shithead, is Don’t Walk’s meandering narrative, inspired by one consummately relatable experience — waiting for a walk signal at a crosswalk — stems from a core thought just as shapeless as “boyhood” with a little b. But creator Kemp Baldwin and producers Baldwin, Gates Bradley, and Mike Laskasky were tenacious enough to follow the murky lead of inspiration, turning a thought unremarkable into a project memorable. It also helps that Max [...]

Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Donald Faison, and Rob Huebel Are Tired of Being That Guy From That Thing

Entertainment Weekly recently put together this PSA from some of Hollywood's finest character actors including Matt Walsh, Rob Corddry, Donald Faison, and Rob Huebel, who have taken a note from Chris Pratt's transition from Parks and Rec regular to smash hit Hollywood superhero and insist that their wait for the spotlight is now over.

Ellen Page and Kate Mara Make the Perfect Team in "Tiny Detectives"

Whether you're a fan of True Detective or simply a supporter of short people everywhere, Funny or Die's new video "Tiny Detectives" has made a joke between Ellen Page and Kate Mara from earlier this year into a watchable thing that is much more entertaining than the recent True Detective casting news. As if Page and Mara weren't already short enough on their own, watching them try to reach a shelf next to Steve Agee really drives the point home.

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 [...]

Reggie Watts Highlights the Importance of Websites Going Green

Greenpeace recently teamed up with musical genius Reggie Watts to create a series of ads promoting more websites to go green, and the result is the kind of musical comedy beauty we've come to expect from Watts. Above he spreads some awareness for solar power through some sun-themed freestyling; click through for the other three videos in the series.

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Are the Stars of "Barely Legal Pawn"

The Emmy Awards are less than a week away, but to get you excited the Television Academy just released this video written and directed by sketch duo Paulilu, who also write for Comedy Central's Broad City. In the video, Julia Louis-Dreyfus attempts to pawn off her Supporting Actress Emmy for Seinfeld so she can buy her own island, but dealing with the creeps working behind the counter (played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul) makes her have second thoughts.

Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, and Andy Daly Have a Fascinating Discussion About Bread

If you ever wanted to enjoy Chris Hardwick's show Talking Dead but would prefer to learn more about delicious carb-based goodies instead of a zombie show you don't watch, Conan has now made that happen. Sadly most television shows don't have the courage required to discuss this hard-hitting topic, but with some help from Tig Notaro and Andy Daly, Hardwick gives bread the spotlight it so richly deserves.

CollegeHumor Launches a New YouTube Channel for Experimental Comedy

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 [...]

John Oliver, Kate McKinnon, and Nick Offerman Join Cookie Monster for a Fake News Show

In fake shows that should be real shows news, Mashable recently made the above episode of a fake kids news show called W-ORD Channel 7 News with John Oliver & Cookie Monster that's equally parts adorable and hilarious. Kate McKinnon makes a very excited cameo, and Nick Offerman (and the voice of Megan Mullally) delivers a flawless sports report in under 15 seconds. Click through for some outtakes with Oliver and Cookie Monster, who is surprisingly very professional.

Nick Offerman Shares Some Profound Shower Thoughts

Here's a new video Mashable made with Nick Offerman, in which the Parks and Rec star is tasked with reciting some of the many beautiful epiphanies found on Reddit's r/ShowerThoughts. The result is as genius, hilarious, and manly as you'd expect.

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.