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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: '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: '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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

The Definitive 'Best Web Series of 2014' List

You're going to see a lot of lists over the next 2 weeks. "Best of This" and "Best of That." Everything you've consumed or thought about consuming this year will be put into a sort of arbitrary context by some oaf who doesn't much like spending time with family and does like listing the 10 or 20 or 100 things he or she thinks are "super legit." It's pathetic, presumptuous, and totally subjective. This is not one of those lists for one reason and one reason only: it's definitive, objective, and 100% right in every way. You could argue with the selections, but you'd be wrong. So don't embarrass yourself. [...]

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. [...]