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.
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" 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 [...]
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.
Here's the first episode of a new sketch series from the Above Average Network called Eliot's Sketchpad and starring comedian Eliot Glazer, whom you may know as the star and writer of the web series It Gets Betterishor as an Assistant Editor at Vulture. The first one just debuted today, and it stars Glazer as Oprah, recreating famous viral videos with her friend Gayle. Above Average is the YouTube channel from Lorne Michaels's production company Broadway Video, which also produces SNL, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Portlandia, and everything else you love. New episodes of Eliot's Sketchpad drop each Thursday, and SNL's Kate McKinnon will appear in [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!"
The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that Daniel Kellison, creator of The Man Show and ex-producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live, is developing two new YouTube channels, Jash and Video Podcast Network, which are both expected to launch in January. Jash is a comedy network that will feature content from Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts (all of whom have had a great deal of success with web vids in the past), while Video Podcast Network will present – you guessed it – video versions of popular podcasts. Adam Carolla is so far the first and only one to sign onto Video Podcast Network, but [...]
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.
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'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.
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