Day: April 20, 2011

Watch “Make Some Noise,” aka 5:14 from the Beastie Boys short film, “Fight For Your Right Revisited”

“Fight For Your Right Revisited,” the new half-hour short film from the Beastie Boys, debuts at midnight tonight on Vh1, with an uncensored version airing at 3 a.m. on Comedy Central. But here’s the music video for “Make Some Noise,” which features more than five minutes from the short, with Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride playing one version of the boys, and John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell and Jack Black playing another version. “Make Some Noise” is the first track off of the Beastie Boys upcoming disc, “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.” A ton of other celebrities, comedians and comedic actors also make cameos in this: David Cross, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, and Rainn Wilson among them. Roll the clip, roll the clip, roll the clip! And here is the full half-hour video, written, directed and produced by Beastie Boys “MCA” Adam...

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CollegeHumor’s Ricky Van Veen explains how to make money from your online comedy videos (hint: T-shirts!)

In this video interview with Social Times, CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen explains how the site — and in essence, other online destinations — can earn money (aka monetize) from making funny videos. Van Veen talks about the evolving mood of the collective online audience, as we're now more willing to watch (or put up with) pre-roll, post-roll and other ads in videos, and how he thinks we'll eventually be willing to pay and/or subscribe for them. He also reveals how and why CollegeHumor launched a T-shirt business, Busted Tees. Roll it!   Want to learn more of the history of CollegeHumor? Here's video of Van Veen explaining how they got into the game early. Web 1.0, people. And how have they stayed relevant to today's college kids in Web 2.011…...

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Matt Walsh talks about directing his new improvised movie, “High Road,” plus other related UCB news

Matt Walsh is finishing up work on his first feature film as a director, the highly improvised movie, High Road. So naturally, The Comic's Comic spoke to the UCB comedian about it on 4/20. Or was it just coincidental timing? "It is interesting numerology," Walsh told me. "We're still finishing the movie. We're in the sound mix right now. A little color correct and we're done." Audiences will get to see the finished product next weekend when the film premieres April 29 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The film stars James Pumphrey as a man caught between his girlfriend (played by SNL's Abby Elliott), his band, and dealing his weed. The rest of the cast includes Rob Riggle, Lizzy Caplan, Joe LoTruglio, Rich Fulcher, Horatio Sanz, Dylan O'Brien, Zach Woods, Matt Jones, Ed Helms and Kyle Gass. Here's the "red-band" trailer (red-band = swearing and other things making this video NSFW)!   How did the making of High Road differ from the UCB's first film, Wild Girls Gone? "Good question. How is it different? I think we have better technology. We have better cameras now. This one was shot more like a documentary. We had d.p.'s who had shot documentaries…so the approach was more documentary-style." For structure, did you write a full script, just an outline, or did you have the actors treat it with the UCB "game" approach? "We...

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It’s 4/20 everywhere today, but especially in these places in NYC and LA for comedians and comedy fans

It's 4:20 somewhere, but it's 4/20 everywhere today since it's April 20. Pot jokes. Marijuana. Weed. Stoners. Comedians know a lot about that. And they'll be joking about it today, obviously. At 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific (and other applicable time zones), Comedy Central's Jokes.com and Atom.com have joined forces with WitStream.com for "The #ComedyShow" with co-hosts Michael Ian Black and Steve Agee. It's an hourlong online affair, with jokes, videos and fan participation encouraged via the hashtag #ComedyShow. "There is nobody less qualified to speak about marijuana than me, which is why I am so excited to be co-hosting this event with true stoners Steve Agee and Morgan Murphy,‚Äù Black said. Agee added: "I'm more than capable of co-hosting this event – I have a medical marijuana card. That makes me a professional." Confirmed participants include Owen Benjamin, Eli Braden, Rob Delaney, Rachel Feinstein, Joselyn Hughes, Al Madrigal, Shane Mauss, Morgan Murphy and Brendon Walsh. On WitStream, you can follow #ComedyShow along here. At 4:20 p.m. Pacific (do the math for your time zone), Yowie.com will host "The Back Room" with Matt Besser and guests including Jimmy Dore, Steve Agee, Paul Rust, Colton Dunn, Scott Rogers and Kenny Stevenson. If you prefer your 4/20 jokes live and in person, then in NYC, Jon Friedman's "The Rejection Show" offers a specially-timed edition at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. And the...

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