Day: March 10, 2011

What’s more important to you: Funny or Die’s new book imprint, or its sketch comedy challenge?

Funny or Die is expanding in two different ways that help currently working comedians. Yesterday, the site announced its first Funny or Die Sketch Comedy Challenge. And no, you cannot enter the challenge, because they've already selected the three sketch troupes competing for cash and prizes from T-Mobile, plus a chance to shoot more videos with the FoD production team. Competing for your votes are The Birthday Boys, Cream, and Tremendosaur. Sponsored by T-Mobile, the groups are challenged to film sketches inspired by the word ‚Äúconnected.‚Äù  Here's a video from the comedians explaining their challenge:   A winner will be announced March 21. You can vote between now and then. Today we learned that Funny or Die also is planning to launch its own book imprint. They'll be publishing humor books. On paper. And also electronic books. Groovy! Mike Farah, FoD's head of production, told Vulture: ‚ÄúWell, we like books, and we like reading. And we‚Äôre fortunate enough to be able to expand from the engine that is currently driving us. We felt like this would be a fun and logical space to get into. But we‚Äôre going to take it slowly, learning as we go.‚Äù How will it work, though? The site will solicit original proposals, sculpt them with help from CAA and a newly-hired editor and consultant, then shop them to publishers just like everyone else in the book...

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Comedy manager Lisa Blum leaves The Collective to join New Wave Entertainment

Deadline reported today that manager Lisa Blum had joined New Wave Entertainment, taking her client roster of comedians and comedic actors with her from The Collective. Blum's biggest-name (and most active) client is Marlon Wayans — she's currently working on multiple projects with him attached as star. Her biggest working stand-up comic is Jim Jefferies, while her other clients include Cheri Oteri, Orlando Jones, Jennifer Hollander, Gary Owen, Virginia Williams, Pete Johansson and Sammi...

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It’s Twitter! It’s WitStream! It’s fun for a girl or a boy. An essay to end the comedy gender wars.

Either you're funny or you're not. And it's all subjective. But it shouldn't be subjective to whether you have boy parts or girl parts. I know that. Some of you know it. But there's still some of you who don't. WitStream founder Lisa Cohen wrote an essay about how Twitter allows women the freedom to be funny without the real-world problems of having a live audience look at them as something other than funny people. And she didn't even point out the fact that online, no one has to see your gender. Ain't technology great?! Here's where she makes her case: Well now we have Twitter. Now we can be funny and deactivate that ‚Äúdon‚Äôt say it‚Äù switch that we‚Äôve integrated into so many areas of our lives. Because we‚Äôre only quietly typing it into our computers (not saying it face-to-face) we‚Äôre disinclined to soften the message through tone of voice or a flip of the hair. We don‚Äôt have to see the looks on people‚Äôs faces as they try to figure out why we‚Äôre so desperate as to try and be funny (‚ÄúShe must be lonely and bitter‚Äù). We‚Äôre free.  Likewise, the people hearing it can get used to this new dimension of womanhood without having to quash their immediate, and potentially negative, reactions. They don‚Äôt have to engage their ‚ÄúI‚Äôm cool with that‚Äù mechanism, when deep down...

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On Conan, Shane Mauss makes the case for relaxing purchasing laws on grenades (among other things)

Shane Mauss was on Conan last night, too. Mauss explained why you should be able to buy grenades instead of guns, and maintained his streak of consecutive mentions of his girlfriend by name on national TV appearances (hi Maggie!). They live in Austin, so if you're at SXSW, please say hi! It's the friendly thing to do. I know I will. Roll the clip....

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