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This Week in Web Videos: 'Rockin' Rangers'

There are many ways to make a great sketch. One of those ways is ensuring you've established stakes that are  introduced early on in the piece and inspire a totally visceral reaction. This week's sketch from Adam Murray– surely inspired by Mr. Show's classic Titannica–is equipped with clear, squirm-inducing stakes from the outset and serves as a perfect example of how to create near-instant audience engagement. It's also really funny. That, I suppose, is the most important thing.

Luke is a writer/director for CollegeHumor and a watcher of many web videos. Send him yours @LKellyClyne.

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell Share Some of Their Failed Audition Tapes

To promote their new film Get Hard, Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell debuted a new video at SXSW over the weekend that's a collection of "failed audition tapes" of the guys trying out for some of each other's most iconic roles. Hopefully someday we'll get to see more footage from Ferrell's classic Laugh at My Pain standup performance.

This Week in Web Videos: 'Self Conscious Workout'

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." For some, it's an adage to live by. For Self Conscious Workout creators Rachel Laforest and Greg Stees, it's anathema — a creative roadblock that they're dedicated to rising above on their almost masochistic quest to challenge and reinvent themselves. In a digital landscape where truly funny original ideas are difficult to come by–and even harder to manufacture — the prolific team is turning a blind eye to the comfort of sticking with a sure thing, all in service of an art they're quickly mastering.

Eugene Mirman Reviews a Bunch of Farts for 'Vulture'

Proving that "if people are polite, I don't mind doing whatever," comedian and Bob's Burgers voice actor Eugene Mirman recently agreed to review a bunch of farts for Vulture and offers a comprehensive analysis on the one thing in the world that makes everything funnier. Mirman also warns of the dangers behind "preconceived" farts, which are definitely not as entertaining as the more spontaneous ones.

This Week in Web Videos: 'Business Time'

As creatives, we're encouraged to think outside the box, prompted with loosey goosey questions like "If you could make anything in the world, what would you make?" and "What happens when you take away all the barriers?" These are great thought exercises, usually propagated by drama teachers with flowing scarves and extreme halitosis, but the hard truth of the matter is: real world creativity has a limit…and it's always green. Yet, stunning creative feats can still be accomplished if the artist is talented enough to work within the confines of limited resources. In fact, it is often under these circumstances that the simplest and most laudable ideas are born. Anyone can make [...]

This Week in Web Videos: 'The Other Kennedys'

Not everyone can follow their wildest dreams. That's the harsh reality for most adults whose ambitions are naturally tempered with grocery bills and car payments, mortgages and kids' college savings plans. I don't mean to make any of that sound tragic. It's just life. The fact is: wild dreams are most easily followed by the unattached, the unencumbered, the young–people like James Coker and Marshall Stratton who are jumping through every hoop to ensure their shot at doing what they love is aimed as precisely as fate will allow. If only things were as carefree as they are for The Other Kennedys. Alas, Coker and Stratton will [...]

Funny or Die Unearthed Michael Bolton's 'Office Space' Audition

It only makes sense that Michael Bolton would be interested in the role of Michael Bolton in 1999's Office Space, and thanks to Funny or Die you can now watch his long-lost audition in full. I still consider Bolton's turn as Jack Sparrow to be the defining moment of his acting career, but he's not too bad at playing Michael Bolton either.

This Week in Web Videos: 'Assassin Banana'

Casting celebrities does not a good project make, and thinking otherwise is a huge mistake. That's my web video rhyme. Seriously, though. Too many creators think that all they need to do to send a project into the stratosphere is attach a recognizable name, and that's so misguided. Celebrities, just like any talented performers, are great when they have great material. The key to making the most of talent like Scarlett Johanson or even Will Sasso is creating a project that can stand on its own two feet– or banana peels as the case may be–without them and then presenting it confidently to the famous folks you hope can [...]

This Week in Web Videos: 'Dad Rap'

Sam Reece and Becky Chicoine are many things. They're humans, they're women, they're writer/creator/actors, and…AND they're really funny.  Perhaps most of all, though, Sam Reece and Becky Chicoine are Girls with Brown Hair. What does that mean? Well, first, it means they're brunettes. Obviously. Like…what? Obviously. It also means they're the duo responsible for an impressive cache of smart, well-written web comedy that's not getting its due. With just 138 channel subscribers, Sam and Becky are a prime example of top-tier talent being beaten down by the noise of YouTube make-up tutorials. Luckily, Splitsider's here and we've got a promise to make you: once you watch Sam and [...]

This Week in Web Videos: 'The Return of Saturn'

Happy 2015, everybody! Are you feeling reborn? Are you feeling resolute? Are you feeling insatiably horny? Good, me neither. Well, I'm kind of horny but that comes and goes. I'm also inspired after speaking with Abby Holland, writer and creator of The Return of Saturn (mightily directed and edited by Geoffrey Stevens). Motivated by a hard time in her life, Abby turned to creating as a therapeutic outlet…as many artists do. In the process, she achieved what many artists cannot, an honest picture of a life in the throes of crisis. She took a risk in putting her whole self out for the world to see and ended up [...]

This Week in Web Videos: 'Happy Town'

Happy Town could've been dead on arrival. Had creator/director/DP/editor/producer/Vitruvian film dude Jon Mayer not turned his passion papers into a passion project, this would've read like just another tale of Millennial ennui in the big city. "Great," every agent would've said. "Do you have anything a little more 'mainstreamy?'" Instead, Mayer worked to bring it off the page and onto MacBook screens the City over. It hasn't achieved tremendous view success and it likely won't. What it has done is demonstrate Mayer's ability to breathe life in to a beautiful tapestry of true, acutely relatable moments, as series star Anu Valia turns the banal into the essential with a [...]

Watch Kyle Kinane Perform Standup in a Soundproof Room

Seven Minutes in Purgatory is a new standup show put together by Matt Byrne and Ian Abramson in which standups perform in a soundproof room, while the audience watches in a separate room. "The idea is to see what happens when comedians have nothing to respond to," Byrne says. It's a pretty fun concept, with great results. Above, check out a recent show from UCB Sunset in LA in which Kyle Kinane learns what it's like to do standup without knowing how the audience is reacting at all. "I think I like it better this way," he says at one point, "because then you can't tell what jokes [...]

Watch the First 'Billy on the Street' of 2015 with Michelle Obama, Big Bird, and Elena

Rejoice, because Billy Eichner is finally back with a special installment on Billy on the Street before it returns for a fourth season on truTV. This time he's brought three big stars with him: Michelle Obama, Big Bird, and the one and only Elena (who recently bought an iPad, it turns out). Eichner leads the three in an educational game of "Ariana Grande or Eating a Carrot?" then harasses a bunch of people on the street with Big Bird's help.

Martin Starr Lives a Slowmo Life in New Short Film 'Leonard in Slow Motion'

Vice released a new short film this week from writer/director Peter Livolsi called Leonard in Slow Motion, and it's a sweetly sad look at a day in the life of a man (played by Martin Starr) with a rare condition that keeps him stuck in a constant state of slow motion. The short also stars Steve Agee, Beth Dover, and John Ross Bowie as just a few of the people who encounter Leonard on a daily basis.