Day: April 16, 2015

At 2015 Crackle Upfronts, Jerry Seinfeld snaps at YouTube, pops TV’s bubble

Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t need Crackle nearly as much as Crackle needs him. But the upstart webseries-turned-streaming provider is backed by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which just so happened to back Seinfeld’s hit sitcom and made billions of dollars to go around. So when Seinfeld needed a vehicle to get back on our screens, he turned his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to Crackle, where he has generated mega-millions of views for the proprietary players on Crackle’s site and his own. Millions more have caught parts of the first five seasons of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on various YouTube channels....

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Is “Conan” the only stand-up TV credit that matters most now?

There are so many places to see stand-up comedy on TV and online during this digital comedy boom, that it certainly has become difficult to know what credits even matter any longer. As Grant Pardee notes in a piece today for Paste Magazine: “It was funny to see Madonna perform stand-up on The Tonight Show last Thursday—not because of the set itself, but because you couldn’t ask for a clearer symbol of the status of stand-up in late night: The Tonight Show, once a breaking ground for emerging comedians, would rather have a celebrity goofing around than book a...

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Inside Amy Schumer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver among 74th annual Peabody Awards winners

Congratulations to Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, as they joined seven other TV series honored this morning as recipients of the 74th annual Peabody Awards. The Peabodys were created by the National Association of Broadcasters in 1940 to serve as “the Pulitzer Prize of radio,” and have expanded over the years to include TV (1948), cable TV (1981), and into online productions in the 21st century. They’re administered through the University of Georgia and decided upon annually by a board of selected jurors. Here are the citations for this year’s comedy...

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