Day: December 18, 2008

236.com, “Forgotten Heroes of Airport Bathroom Sex”

And here comes another surviving new player on the online comedy video front, The Huffington Post's financed humor arm, 236.com, with a new video looking back on the lewd conduct arrest of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), who, you may not recall, never did resign his office after getting caught trying to hook up with another guy in an airport bathroom in Minnesota. Nope. Craig is still in the Senate. So here's a reason to toast the forgotten heroes of anonymous airport bathroom sex, with featured starring roles by Jon Benjamin, Tom Shillue, Todd Barry and Aimee Mann. Surprisingly almost safe for...

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Stella’s “Birthday” on My Damn Channel

So, having just witnessed the end of Super Deluxe, we move on to the survivors in the online comedy video business, and it should come as no to surprise to anyone who has watched Wainy Days on My Damn Channel that David Wain has brought his Stella mates, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, into the fold. Here is their new original short, Birthday, that debuted this week: STELLA – BirthdayUploaded by...

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R.I.P. Super Deluxe

If you click on Super Deluxe today, you'll notice that the site and most of its videos are now gone, dead and buried, save for five franchises that get forwarded along to a page within the Turner Broadcasting's Adult Swim universe. We knew this was coming for months, certainly, but it's still a hard fact to acknowledge not only for the many comedians who got paid to produce original online videos, but also for anyone who wonders about the future success of online comedy sites. Funny or Die continues to exist based upon the largess of its celebrity owners and cameos, as well as its partnership with HBO, while CollegeHumor can rest slightly easier knowing it'll have its own MTV show in 2009. But Super Deluxe, which only came into existence nearly two years ago, arrived with such promise that its failure (did it really fail, though? discuss) is troubling for anyone hoping to shine a light on deserving up-and-coming comedic talent. Unless those talents appeal specfically to teen boys, in which case, they shall carry on with Adult Swim. Where does that leave us...

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