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NBC’s Attempt to Steal YouTube’s Audience by Adding Cute Animals and Babies Is Off to a Slow Start

Videos of cute animals and babies always score a ton of hits on the Internet, and this season, NBC execs introduced a new strategy to try to poach YouTube’s much, much larger audience by adding more adorable furry creatures and infants to its primetime lineup. The cornerstone of NBC’s experimental new “people think babies and animals are cute” model is its Wednesday night sitcom block of Animal Practice and Guys with Kids, which premiered last night to lower-than-expected, Vimeo-sized ratings, a far cry from the YouTube-level Nielsens NBC executives had expected. Animal Practice earned a paltry 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo, down considerably from the 4.1 the [...]

Old YouTube Clips of the Now Famous: Steve Carell

"Old YouTube Clips of the Now Famous" is a column in which we watch old YouTube clips of now famous funny people.

Since he started on The Daily Show in 1999, Steve Carell's career steadily and surely built momentum until a few breakout roles made him one of the biggest working actors in Hollywood. In a time where it's become increasingly hard for a single performer to carry the success of a film, Carell has been able to do so handily. Not to mention, the man is obscenely talented, likeable, and funny. And yet at one point he wasn't famous and YouTube has a record of that. With Seeking [...]

Why Aren't We Talking About 'Stevie TV'?

It's a busy week for female-centered comedy news between the announcement of Whitney Cummings' new show Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings, Bridesmaids' probably-never-gonna-happen sequel, and the renewal of HBO's Girls and Veep, but during the last two months, a new female-led sketch comedy show on VH1 slipped past the radar undetected. Thanks to a lack of promotion and news coverage, Stevie TV has stealthily crept past mainstream criticism since its debut in March and has already been picked up for a second season. Don't let its fellow VH1 shows (gems like Mob Wives, Celebrity Rehab, and Flavor of Love starring Flavor Flav) fool you [...]

The Increasing Necessity of Promoting Books and Comedy Albums Online

Jim Norton took to the red carpet of the Grammys to ask stars from Steve Martin to Adele to hold up his non-nominated 2011 standup album Despicable and related merchandise onstage. It's a pretty funny idea, and it highlights the fact that you rarely see successful album or book releases from comedians these days without a high-profile promotional stunt behind them. It seems that it's barely even worth writing and releasing a funny book if you don't also have a great, original idea to promote it virally online.

Chris Gethard Is Taking Down All Other Authors Everywhere

Chris Gethard's book is coming out Jan. 10, and he's gearing up to throw down with every other human being who has ever written a book. Already he's taken on Tim Ferris, Malcolm Gladwell, and Khaled Hosseini, AND set his own toaster on fire. More authors will undoubtedly be trashed in the coming hours, and with them, more household appliances set aflame. Tweet your author requests with the hashtag #GethardKingofAuthors and sit back to enjoy the show.

A Video Guide to The Lonely Island’s Pre-'SNL' Years

To someone who wasn’t paying attention to web comedy in the early 2000s (and before YouTube and Funny or Die, who could blame you?), it may seem like The Lonely Island, the comedy conglomerate made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, came out of nowhere when they were snatched up by Saturday Night Live in 2005. Despite the trio’s seemingly-fast rise to fame, they were far from an overnight success.

Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone all met while attending junior high together in Berkeley, California in the late 80s. Samberg was a year younger than Schaffer and Taccone, but the three soon became a part of [...]

Fred Armisen is Spending His 'SNL' Time Off Seriously

In honor of Fred's project, I'm going to write this post real serious-like. SNL has been on break for just a week but Fred Armisen is already looking to fill up his free time and fill it up seriously. "Be Serious for 30 Seconds" is a project that asks the video making public to be serious for 30 seconds. The instructions are after the jump and are pretty simple. Well, except rule 1, "It has to be serious." [Cutaway to a Keurig machine] Despite Fred imploring people to not try to be funny [5 second dramatic pause...], that is the only thing people are doing. How dare they!!!! This [...]

The Nerdist Channel Launches Today on YouTube

YouTube has been rolling out some new fancy-pants channels that it's been pumping gobs of money into lately, and the latest is Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Channel. The first episode of the first show, All Star Celebrity Bowling, is embedded above. And the whole schedule looks pretty great!

MONDAYS: All Star Celebrity Bowling w/ Chris Hardwick TUESDAYS: Alternating every other week between Face to Face w/ “Weird Al” Yankovic and The Indoor Kids WEDNESDAYS: Comic Book Club THURSDAYS: Ain’t It Cool w/ Harry Knowles FRIDAYS: Weird S#!t From Japan and classic Kids In The Hall eps with bonus cast interviews

In addition to these original shows, the channel will be [...]

Meet the Moderately Funny YouTube Clip That's Being Turned Into a Feature Film

Pretty funny video, right? Yeah, it's being made into a movie. Paramount is "in talks" with Seinfeld writers Alec Berg and David Mandel to develop the feature film. This news basically amounts to a re-enactment of the video, with Paramount as the human voice, and all of us collectively playing the dog. "You know movies, right?" "Uh-huh." "We're gonna make a movie, in real theaters, with writers from Seinfeld…based on a one-minute YouTube video." "Aaaaaaauugh!"

Videocrush Has All of the Funny YouTube Ladies You Can Handle

The folks over at YouTube have just started a new project called Videocrush. Essentially, they'll be putting up new playlists of female-centric comedy every week. The first one: music video girls. There are certainly worse ways to run out the clock before the holiday weekend is here than watching two straight hours of ladies singing parody songs.

Rainn Wilson's YouTube Channel Is Different from Other Comedians' Channels

What Chris Hardwick's Nerdist is for nerds, Rainn Wilson's Soulpancake is for spirituality. It's a bit different than the standard YouTube fair but there's something admirable in that. Don't be surprised if every cold open to The Farm is just Dwight meditating silently. Actually, be very surprised if that's the case because that would be totes jarring.

An Open Letter to Jay Leno About Stealing My Video and Then Getting It Removed From YouTube

Dear Jay Leno,

First off, my intention is not to fight you on this. You have more cars than I have dollars, and so I know I don’t stand a chance legally, and on top of that, I don’t really understand how legal stuff works. But the truth is you kind of fucked up my shit and I need to talk to you about it.

In 2007 my good friend Travis Irvine was running for mayor of his home town, Bexley, Ohio. He asked for help making him a funny campaign commercial. So together, me and my pal Travis composed, performed and recorded an original campaign jingle onto my four track (we [...]

My Damn Channel Is Launching a Live Comedy Talk Show on Youtube

My Damn Channel's new live comedy show, My Damn Channel Live, is premiering a week from today at 4 on Youtube and will air every day after that day, also at 4 on Youtube. As host Beth Hoyt explain in the video above, the show will feature interactive segments with viewers, celebrity interviews, and clips from other My Damn Channel series. Good for Youtube for following Yahoo!'s lead and getting into the original content game. And good for all of us for getting more comedy to watch online.

These Celebrity Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Pledges Are Fun and Sometimes Scary

We'll see whatever movie you want, Weird Al, just don't tell us whose blood that is. More Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie pledge videos below, featuring Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Fred Armisen, Seth Green, Natasha Leggero, and Michael Ian Black. It's a regular "who's who" of comedians who know how to sign their name!