I was once producing a segment about a street photographer in Brooklyn when I was approached by a crazy Russian guy who said he was also a photographer. He tore this right out of a book he was holding and gave it to me and it remains my most treasured possession.
Hey Penn State alumni! Check me out in the Penn Stater this month. Since I’m in this comedy issue, I’m just as funny as Ty Burrell, says my mom, who thinks I should use this as a networking tool!
UCBers: YOU SEE MIKE STILL DONT CHA?
Oh so I guess the rest of us are just chopped liver then huh
"I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And I’m all out of bubblegum." - Liza Minelli
Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show Tuesday! This week UCB Artistic Director Mike Still reveals what it’s like to manage LA’s most important comedy theater after having gone to college with me.
Hey! You could listen to this episode of Jeff’s great podcast with Mike Still and basically apply everything to me as well. Mike laid down the path I would later follow comedy-wise from PSU to New York, so… really looking forward to be the future artistic director of UCB LA!
Everyone’s Favorite Game Show
February 28th, 2014 - UCB East, NY, NY
Everyone should check out Everyone’s Favorite Game Show this month at UCB East! I was thoroughly entertained the whole time! Friday, March 21st at Midnight.
Sara took such great photos of our show!
64 tweeters will enter. 1 will win.
This is a legit bracket style tournament where the best bit wins. Each round two tweets go head to head and your votes determine the winner.
Who will cut down the net? A pun, a non-sequitur, or just a simple incremental count of crows.
Contestants will be chosen on Selection Sunday (March 9)
Sign up at http://www.tweetmadness.org
Shit just got real.
When I was in High School my writing teacher got Harold Ramis to come speak to our class. He lived two towns over and had kids in our school district. During his brief talk with our class, he tried to explain the process of filmmaking, but the audience of my star-struck classmates and “visiting”…
Although the original is my favorite, there’s a moment in Ghostbusters II that I absolutely love, and it’s this one.
"Do… Ray… Egon!…"
I love that pattern, and I love Egon’s take on it. But what I love the most is the sly little smile he gives afterward. He knows how stupid it is, how it’s a mixture of corny and clever, a fun little play on words, and he’s not ashamed. He loves that shit. And he loves that it got that reaction from Venkman.
I feel like that is so Ramis. Ramis is probably the closest approximation to his character: geeky enough to really be into the science of it all, but with enough detached authority to be like, “This is all really quite ridiculous, isn’t it?”
I can’t help but feel like in that one little smirk is a whole Harold Ramis philosophy on life, from which we have all benefited greatly.
Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with “Groundhog Day” acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984’s “Ghostbusters” ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but the writer-director wanted to return to the city where he’d launched his career as a Second City performer.
I am crushed right now. Like many others I grew up on Harold Ramis projects and they helped shape the course of my life so far, I believe. This is an awful loss for everybody.
In case you were wondering why your buffering speeds have been on the upswing of late …
For months Netflix and Comcast have been in a standoff over Netflix’s request that Comcast connect to Netflix’s video distribution network free of charge. But Comcast wanted to be paid for connecting to Netflix’s specialized servers due to the heavy load of traffic Netflix would send into the cable operator’s network. Under the deal, Netflix won’t be able to place its servers inside Comcast’s data centers, which Netflix had wanted. Instead, Comcast will connect to Netflix’s servers at data centers operated by other companies.
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings decided to strike the deal after Netflix saw a deterioration in streaming speeds for Comcast subscribers. According to Netflix data published in January, the average speeds of Netflix’s prime-time streams to Comcast subscribers had dropped 27% since October. Mr. Hastings didn’t want streaming speeds to deteriorate further and become a bigger issue for customers, the people said.
The reason why net neutrality is necessary, exhibit A.
Ugh, this is how it starts
Net neutrality isn’t gasping its final breaths but it IS starting to clutch its chest.
While Letterman, Leno and even Conan rely on the more traditional late-night format — longer monologues making fun of recent news, followed by a celebrity interview and interspersed with a few music or comedy sketches — Fallon peppers every episode with singularly creative sketches that are almost always funny because of their zany premise. As Willa Paskin pointed out in Slate, Fallon is not good at monologues. As a result, he’s created another SNL with a rotating cast of actors. And it’s all the better because he has the Roots and a constant stream of celebrities to collaborate with on song and dance comedy routines like the mega-viral a-capella “We Can’t Stop.”
Fallon immediately completely switched up the structure of the Tonight Show to reflect the viral-content strategy. Rather than have guests on only for interviews, each becomes part of Fallon’s sketch comedy entourage for the night. In his first episode this week, he brought Will Smith on as a guest. Smith did an interview but, more importantly, he danced alongside Jimmy Fallon in the hilarious “History of Hip-Hop Dance” sketch. The Tonight Show YouTube channel has only 2 million subscribers. That video already has more than 6.5 million views on YouTube. The interview segments from Smith each have had more than 300,000 views. Safe to say this is a winning strategy.
What if I told you it’s not a “viral strategy”? What if I told you they focus on fun first and then people want to share it because it’s good?