Seriously/hysterically-smartypants videoblogger ZeFrank is profiled in this remarkably (ze)frank New York Observer piece on what comes next for Ze (his year-long, five-days-a-week videoblogging project ‘the show with zefrank‘ ends on March 17th). Ironically, the show’s end will surely create enough vlog-ripples to result in a whole bunch of “new viewers” discovering the show, just in time to find out they’ve missed out on the daily spectacle of it (Ze’s made a habit of creating deliberately obtuse shows designed to mis-direct new viewers as to the true nature of the show – complete with the question, “have the new viewers gone yet?“)
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Famously named after the 1996 R&B hit ‘No Scriggity’ by Blackstreet, Scriggity has the most phonetically pleasing name of any show on the internet. A full 98% of the end-of-the-year review episode consists of a series of questionable characters saying the word as part of some complicated community service sentence (or it may be “internet famous” video bloggers… I haven’t checked). However, what really sells the show is… (more…)
Resolved to spend less time fighting mountain lions in 2007? I know that feeling. Whether you’re a lover or a fighter, it’s time to get up close and personal with the latest episode of For Parody Purposes Only – just click on the Hello Kitty bandaids on my big bald head. Or click here (Quicktime) or here (Flash).
‘Starring Amanda Congdon‘ opens with the first lady of videoblogging struggling to flag down passers-by for some vox-pop on the subject of Time’s (You are the) Person of the Year issue. It is, perhaps, a wry nod towards the relative nature of Congdon’s star power, as she hops back and forth between the small pond where she sits atop the ‘net-telly totem pole, and the bigger picture (in, I’m guessing, the Big Apple) where she’s just another girl-reporter with a microphone. Albeit the girl-reporter ABC have franchise-level hopes for. (more…)
It’s the new sensation that’s a rockin’ the…. shit, vlogosphere doesn’t rhyme with sensation. Nation, however, does. I speak, of course, of the blog tag. The “five things I didn’t know about you”. I was mildly amused to see the video blogging world all agog (rhymes with vlog) over the novelty of posting and tagging their peers. Someone even made a chart of who’s tagging who in this meme.
I post (increasingly) infrequently on Aspecialthing, which is “the premier comedy community on the internet” and a message board for what could fairly be described as passionate (alt-) comedy snobs. A while back I got into a bit of a posting pissing match over the merits of YouTube as a medium for comedy. The ASTers were up in arms because Brookers, who could fairly be described as a gap-toothed web-lebrity, had landed a deal of some sort with Carson Daly, thus snatching the burritos out of the mouths of starving alt-comedians the length of the land. Or something like that. (more…)