If you're a fan of watching old clips of standups honing their craft live onstage, the new Just For Laughs YouTube channel is for you. The Montreal comedy festival recently teamed up with Maker Studios to launch the channel this afternoon, which so far features standup clips from Bill Hicks, Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, and Mitch Hedberg. According to Variety, a total of "over 500 hours of JFL content" will be released in increments of three each week and eventually include content from current festivals. Check out a 1998 performance from Mitch Hedberg above, then click through to watch the [...]
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel revealed that his show was responsible for creating an internet video known as "Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire!," in which a woman is dancing for the camera but falls on a bunch of candles and lights her pants on fire. The video racked up over 9.5 million hits in just a week, but Kimmel and his crew made it with stuntwoman Daphne Avalon. This isn't the first time a comedian has done something like this. Last year, Comedy Central's Nathan Fielder made a hoax video of a pig rescuing a baby goat from drowning that also proved very popular [...]
In order to raise money for their crowdfunded full-length feature film Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, the folks behind 5 Second Films hosted a live streaming four-hour music and comedy show on YouTube yesterday. Here's the whole thing, in case you have four hours to fill or something.
YouTube announced today that they'll be holding their first ever "comedy week" next month. The event will feature performers Vince Vaughn, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Ed Helms, Garfunkel & Oates, and Norm Macdonald in a week of stand-up, sketches, music, and live performances. It'll take place the week of May 19th to the 25th, kicking off that Sunday with a live variety show running 90-120 minutes. Silverman and Cera are currently working to create content for the new YouTube comedy channel JASH, while Norm Macdonald hosts a show on YouTube's Video Podcast Network. YouTube's comedy week will be run by Daniel Kellison, who oversees both JASH [...]
Ricky Gervais just signed a deal with ChannelFlip, a UK online video company that runs over 140 million YouTube channels, to produce his own content that will be released via his YouTube channel, Deadline reports. Gervais will be releasing "sketches, filmed podcasts & behind the scenes antics and interviews from the forthcoming The Muppets… Again." The first official video will be The Office Revisted, a new short film starring Gervais his old character David Brent that will debut on BBC and online tomorrow. Hopefully, the YouTube channel won't feature as much mocking of disabled people as the rest of Gervais's work..
Ahead of the first season finale of Andy Daly's new series Review next week, Comedy Central has done a wonderfully good deed by uploading the first eight episodes in full via their YouTube channel. Check out the first episode "Stealing, Addiction, Prom" above, then head over to Comedy Central's YouTube page to watch the rest.
YouTube is holding its first-ever comedy week from May 19 to 25th, and they got Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Jake & Amir, the Gregory Brothers, and a bunch of people I'm not familiar with together to film this promo. They're not in this promo, but Vince Vaughn, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Ed Helms, Garfunkel & Oates, and Norm Macdonald will also be participating in the event, a week of stand-up, sketches, music, and live performances, to finally bring some comedy to the serious, serious video site.
JASH, a new YouTube channel featuring original content from Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts launched earlier this month, and today, Reggie Watts debuted his first two videos for the channel. The first (above) is a music video for a song called "If You're Fucking, You're Fucking." The second (below) is the first episode of a web series called One Take, in which Watts makes a song based on four different YouTube comments each time. Get ready to have a regular dosage of soundboard musical comedy in your life.
Last year, Above Average began partnering with internet sketch groups to commission new videos, and here's the first Above Average video from the network's partner BriTANicK. Other Above Average partners include sketch groups Paulilu, Magic Hugs, and Bobby Chicago, who have each made an original video for the YouTube channel and helped Lorne Michaels to make his iron grip on the comedy world even stronger.
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that a viral video in which a woman accidentally lighting herself on fire while twerking was a hoax created by his show, but perhaps the funniest thing about the whole situation is that Kimmel's future late night rival Jimmy Fallon played the video during his monologue Friday night. In the above clip, start at 2:35 to see Fallon playing the fake Kimmel video and giggling and joking about it with his audience.
Musical comedy entity the Gregory Brothers have already built a song around news footage of newly-minted abduction case hero/internet celebrity Charles Ramsey, and it's possibly catchier than their famed "Bed Intruder" song.
Here's Sarah Silverman's first video for JASH, the new YouTube channel she's creating original content for alongside Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts. Entitled "Sarah Silverman is NOT not a Racist," it stars her and her sister/Sarah Silverman Program costar Laura Silverman. The video is supert short, clocking in at only 28 seconds (or five Vines).
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