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Inside 'The Onion's New Click-Bait Parody, ClickHole.com

ClickHole.com, The Onion’s new standalone site, debuts today. It’s an exciting project months in the making, managed by ClickHole editor Jermaine Affonso. Affonso, previously a senior writer for The Onion, talked to Splitsider about his vision for the site and what readers can expect. "This site is The Onion’s response to click-bait content," Affonso explains. "If The Onion is a parody of news prints and The Onion News Network is a parody of cable news, then ClickHole is a parody of online media.”

There's a Real Website for 'Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

HBO has launched PiedPiper.com, a website for the app from the show Silicon Valley, featuring a super wordy explanation of the technology ("we hope will make the world a better place through compression services across diversified market segments") and bios for the show's main characters ("In 2011 he replaced the homepage of the Federal Reserve with the cover of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. [paperback edition] It took them a week to get it down. You’re welcome").

Sad News: Videogum Is Shutting Down

Earlier today, Videogum senior editor (and Splitsider's very first intern!) Kelly Conaboy broke some sad news in an article titled "Hey Guys, We Have To Talk To You About Something." Though the reason for the change is unclear, Videogum is no longer being run by SPINMedia — the company behind Stereogum, The Frisky, and Spin Magazine's online venue SPIN — and will cease its usual operations after Kelly's last official day this Friday. It's possible that Stereogum editor Scott Lapatine might try "keeping Videogum online in some form," but Conaboy's departure doesn't paint a very bright picture for the site, which has amassed a huge commenting community [...]

Thing X Is Shutting Down and Moving to AdultSwim.com

The makers of comedy website Thing X, which was launched by Adult Swim and a bunch of ex-Onion writers in October, announced this morning that the website ThingX.com will be going away. The staff of Thing X, however, and the site's content will be moving to AdultSwim.com where they can reach a larger audience, presumably still under the Thing X moniker. It's only the url ThingX.com that is being shut down. Thing X moves to Adult Swim this coming Monday, June 18th, so you have time to go on a big Thing X binge-watching/reading/listening session this weekend.

Christwire.org Writers Trick Extreme Conservatives Into Writing For Them

Christwire.org is a satire website that features articles with titles such as "Gays Now Using Santa To Entice Man Boy Love Relations" and "Aging Liberal Jon Stewart Struggles to Stay Relevant." It is very often thought to be real by people who stumble across it! So much so that they tricked uberconservative writer Marie Jon from RenewAmerica.com (sample headline: "The homo con continues") into syndicating her articles to them. Amazing. And today, having been anonymous since the site's launch, the two founders unveiled themselves to the New York Times.

'The Onion' to Parody Buzzfeed and Upworthy with New Site Clickhole.com

Buzzfeed and Upworthy are about to be the butt of a bunch of gags by The Onion. According to an announcement made by Onion News Network host Jim Haggerty (played by Brad Holbrook) at New York's digital content NewFront presentations yesterday, the site is planning to launch Clickhole.com in June, which will put "content and sponsored posts side by side, with barely any distinction between them." Some items that will be featured on Clickhole.com will include, per the New York Business Journal:

  • Quizzes like "Which pizza should I have for dinner tonight? (presented by Pizza Hut)"
  • Uplifting personal tales in list forms: "Seven pricks that defied the [...]

'The Office Time Machine' Chronologizes Thousands of Years of Pop Culture References from 'The Office'

A new website called The Office Time Machine debuted online this week. It's a collection of 1300 clips referencing pop culture or culture from the long-running NBC sitcom, with all of them arranged to play in chronological order of when the pop culture thing originated. This heroic undertaking was done by Joe Sabia as a project about fair use/copyright.

The "Old Man in the Woods" Website from The Birthday Boys Is Real

Sketch group The Birthday Boys made a real website off of their sketch "Old Man in the Woods" (watch here) from their self-titled IFC show. OldManintheWoods.com is pretty scary.

There's a Website and Free EP for Fred Armisen's "History of Punk" Character Ian Rubbish

IanRubbish.com, a website for Fred Armisen's punk rock character Ian Rubbish (of Ian Rubbish & the Bizarros) sprang up today. The character, a '70s punk rock frontman with a soft spot for "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, debuted in a sketch called "History of Punk" (embedded below) from SNL's Vince Vaughn episode earlier this month. The website features photos of Ian Rubbish, an album cover, and a Best of Ian Rubbish EP composed of four complete downloadable songs – "Maggie Thatcher," "Hey Policeman!," "Living in the Gutter," and "Sweet Iron Lady." The songs are actually pretty amazing and a nice tribute to first wave English punk while standing on their [...]

Kevin Hart Is Launching His Own Funny Or Die

GQ has a new, lengthy profile of comedian Kevin Hart out today, and the piece details Hart's plans to launch a website in the vein of Funny Or Die. The hypothetical website will feature comedy videos but also games, apps, music, and a place to buy concert tickets.

Here's an excerpt from the piece:

Confidently, Hart forecasts the future, saying it won’t be long before his company will "have the same capability of the Netflixes and the Hulus." His website, which he has dubbed ThatShit.com until he can decide on a name, will help his fans cut through the clutter of an Internet that provides too much [...]

More Info on Funny Or Die's Revamped Version of 'The Occasional', Now a Humor Website

Earlier this month, Funny Or Die announced that its humor journal The Occasional is now a website instead of an iOS magazine that charges money. Now, the new version of The Occasional has started to roll out new content in the form of written humor pieces.

The Occasional's editor Dan Abramson tells Splitsider:

"Ultimately, we were very sorry to say goodbye to the magazine format, but are excited for the future. We loved getting to make a humor magazine, so we're going to try maintain the same spirit while expanding our reach. So we're going to start with the same types of pieces: in depth articles, interactivity, [...]

Funny or Die Gets a Big Redesign

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's web video juggernaut Funny or Die debuted a massive redesign this morning, complete with new features, a new logo, and some usability improvements. While the site promises that the content won't be changing, the front page has a slick new look, mixing in a lot more old videos with the new ones and featuring an infinity scroll. Other changes include the Funny/Die voting for each video no longer displaying a percentage rating, full credits for each video frustratingly not being viewable, and the disappearance of Earwolf podcasts, which the site had been displaying for the past two years after signing a partnership with [...]

Chris Kattan Surfs the Net, Has a Car, Sometimes Remembers His Dreams

We all know how important it's become for comedians to connect with their audience via Facebook and Twitter and blogs and the AST message board and all of that. Nearly every one of my comedy nerd friends and I boast at least a few direct brushes with comedy greatness (Andy Kindler once retweeted me, Hannibal Buress direct messaged me once — I’m a pretty big deal).

Former SNL'er Chris Kattan, however, may be taking fan connection attempts to a bit of an extreme with the wealth of information he shares on his personal website. Either that or he’s completely mocking the idea of celebrity oversharing. I have no [...]