Amid all of the TV news making waves this week, Comedy Central put out a press release acknowledging the grand future of TV -- which, of course, is on our computers and our telephones.
What the release actually announced was Comedy Central's biggest traffic week ever online, with close to 26 million videos streamed digitally online for the week of May 2, 2011.
Thank Osama bin Laden, or rather, his death, for that? That's what the network said drove viewers to clips about it from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.
Two other figures jumped out from the release:
The South Park episode, "Funnybot," was Comedy Central Digital's most-watched content, with upward of 1 million starts and more than 2.5 million overall streams. I wonder how that compares with online audiences for the broadcast networks.
And Daniel Tosh's series, Tosh.0, became the first Comedy Central app to hit the 1 million download mark via iPhone and iPad. That's building and maintaining a loyal audience for the series, which returns with new episodes next week.
This just in from the offices of Comedy Central's Tosh.0. They call it "Most Perfect Internet Video Ever." Ingredients include kittens, creepy weirdos, skateboarders, accidents, Asian girls, Godzilla, and the inevitable groin injury. Pictured: Daniel Tosh, Chris Fairbanks. Pictured but in disguise: Joselyn Hughes.
As Daniel Tosh himself wrote on Twitter today: "This is not going to help." Here he is, topless (bottomless?) in bed with Perez Hilton.
Roll the clip!
Since "Bros Icing Bros" is a stupid thing that only exists in reality for stupid people who spread it to other stupid people on the Internet, leave it to Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central's Tosh.0, to put an end to it, right?
Apple sent Comedy Central's Daniel Tosh one of its new iPads, and this is what he did with it. Roll the clip!
I'd told you first back on Nov. 20 that Comedy Central had given Daniel Tosh's Tosh.0 a whopping 25-week renewal for 2010, and Tosh echoed as much earlier this month on his Twitter feed. Well, today Comedy Central announced even more details and projects they've got in the works with Tosh, indicating how pleased they are with how the first season of his show about Web videos went.
The release says that the 25-episode weekly order is the Comedy Central's largest renewal ever. Last year's debut season of Tosh.0 averaged 1.3 million viewers per week. The second season will debut Jan. 13, 2010. Furthermore, Comedy Central will shoot a stand-up CD and extended DVD for Tosh, plus sponsor a national stand-up tour for the comedian. Network president Michele Ganeless said: "Daniel is extremely talented, incredibly funny and a perfect fit for our audience. We're excited about the new season of Tosh.0 and look forward to showcasing him on all these platforms." In addition, interestingly, the Comedy Central press release notes the show's particular ratings success among men 18-24 (as if you didn't guess that Comedy Central was geared toward college-age boy-men). As for Tosh, he gave the following quote for release: "Comedy Central is making all my dreams come true, now if they could just cure my disease...technically it's more of an infection."
Speaking of Daniel Tosh, the Internet, and comedy, here's a clip of Tosh blaming Google for his love woes and more, courtesy of The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Roll the clip!
Todd Glass is a very funny man who is funniest when he speaks his mind and reacts to the situation in front of him. Here is an example this week of just that, with Glass riffing and ranting directly at Daniel Tosh about Tosh's upcoming Comedy Central show.
Infectious laughter, right? Right. Now, here was Todd Glass earlier this month on Jimmy Kimmel Live:
Something about having Glass be calm and restrained for the camera (or is it for the network execs?) is just not quite as special as seeing the Todd Glass we all know and love. Stop putting a leash on our funnyman, TV people! Let Todd Glass roam wild and free, where he can entertain us, and the rest of us, as well.
Daniel Tosh's new Comedy Central show that makes fun with, of and at the Internets is ramping up production as the debut nears next month, with a Tosh.0 blog, and a live taping coming up June 1 (if you live near Culver City, Calif., click here for info). The show debuts June 4. Hey, that's soon!
For those of you who think this is just a regurgitation of VH1's Web Junk, or perhaps an early competitor to G4's Web Soup -- or even the nonexistent Junk Soup and Web Web -- here are some more details from Comedy Central, which claim that Tosh.0 will have its own features. Among them: Original videos created by and starring famous actors and comics, a weekly "Viewer's Choice" vid elected from a slate uploaded onto Atom.com, and a "Web Redemption" segment offering a second chance for the infamous "stars" of viral videos.
Daniel Tosh's new Comedy Central series, Tosh.0, is still a few weeks away from debuting (June 4), but Tosh reported via Twitter that he has spent "4 weeks in the office and we have 30 seconds of comedy so far." Actually, make that 37 seconds. This is their take on the NBA's "Amazing" playoff ad campaign:
|Tosh.0||Thurs June 4th, 10pm / 9c|
|NBA Where Amazing Happens Parody|
In this new Gothamist interview to promote Daniel Tosh's gig Saturday at Town Hall, Tosh acknowledges that he froze mid-joke during his set last week on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
What happened? I forgot my material. But it was the worst time during my set too, because it was my last joke. So I was in the middle of it, and it was fine, and I just froze. And I just kept talking. You could tell I had no idea what I was saying, and thankfully they chopped like twenty seconds of me panicking out of the show.
Did Jay say anything? Yeah, he came up to me and said “Hey, what happened?” And I just said “I don't know.” It was kinda weird, my timing was thrown off because people were clapping at a joke that I had never heard people clap at before. So I was thinking “why are they clapping here?” and before I know it my mind is just wandering. But they fixed it and everybody was none the wiser, unless you know the bit. But he couldn't have been nicer about it, and I've done the show many many times, so I'm not panicked that they're not going to have me back.
You can watch his performance from March 12's show temporarily on Hulu (they only keep three week's worth of full episodes online), and see how they edited Daniel Tosh's set. I don't know that I would have noticed if Tosh hadn't said anything. Also, I have noticed that Leno's and Letterman's crowds seem to have been even more appreciative of stand-up comedians recently, and the multiple applause breaks from a hot crowd can sometimes get your mind off its game plan when all you're thinking about is executing the four-five minutes. So it's nice to see that the producers and Leno care enough to make sure the comedian comes off looking his/her best.
Daniel Tosh received word Thursday that Comedy Central had made a 10-episode order for his half-hour comedy series that will give Tosh a weekly opportunity to rant and rave about the Internet and things he see online. It's called Tosh.0 and will debut in June. "Finally, a television show that steals from the Internet, as opposed to the other way around," Tosh said, according to Variety.
The show promises biting commentary. Tosh always has been a man ready to speak his mind. Here's an example from 2008 (language NSFW):
Hey comedy fans, before you start weekends, know that Comedy Central has a new Live at Gotham to share with you tonight at 10 p.m. (also 3 a.m.), with host Daniel Tosh, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Owen Benjamin, Mary Mack, Nigel Lawrence and Adam Devine. The network also replays Tosh's one-hour special beforehand at 9 p.m. This taping was the spring finale, and all of the lighting equipment was so fried that it forced Braunger to have to retell his opening bit several times. Here is a preview clip from him, with more videos to come from everyone after the show airs. Enjoy!
Comedy Central has revealed its list of upcoming works and pilots under the modest heading: "The Future of Comedy."
Next year, prepare for a fantasy-comedy set in medieval times, "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire," written by Peter Knight.
The pilots include projects by or featuring Snoop Dogg, Andy Richter, Daniel Tosh, David Alan Grier, Nick Swardson, Paul F. Tompkins, Opie & Anthony, Zach Galifianakis and A.D. Miles. Scripted development deals go out to Bobby Lee, Jordan Rubin, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.
And there will be specials. John Oliver's "Terrifying Times" debuts April 20. Carlos Mencia's hourlong "Performance Enhanced" debuts May 18. Brian Regan's yet-untitled special will air in the third quarter of 2008.
The 2008 season of Comedy Central's Live at Gotham debuts the Friday after Memorial Day. But why wait that long for some deep dish insider exclusive scuttlebutt? Especially when we got plenty of bits of tid to share just from swinging by the tapings on Saturday and Sunday at Gotham Comedy Club.
Let's get to it! First off, don't be surprised if many of the guys have a similar look. It's not a new fashion trend in stand-up comedy for the summer/fall runways -- it's a Comedy Central/Levity edict: No red, no patterns, no logos. Also, we learned that TV's standards and practices (read: the censors!) sometimes can actually make your jokes funnier. Matt McCarthy had to change one of his lines from "choke her to death" to "murder her to death" (see? funnier, right?) so it wouldn't sound as though he were endorsing domestic abuse. Baron Vaughn said he couldn't say "KKK.com" in a joke, but realized he didn't need to spell out the Web site for the joke to work. Vaughn noted that Patton Oswalt got a new six minutes out of one joke he had to change years ago for Comedy Central.
Vince Averill was more than just happy to be there. He only got the gig on Wednesday after another comedian couldn't fulfill his or her duties. From first alternate to TV credit. Congrats, Vince.
Lucas Molandes had a funny cover line when the audience didn't know how to react to his dreamcatcher joke: "Sorry I blew your minds with awesome!"
Joe List uses nervousness in his act, so even if he was nervous about his first TV taping, it wouldn't show, would it? Let's ask him, after he's done.
Sunday's final two show tapings had plenty of odd incidents, starting from the top when early show host D.L. Hughley walked offstage with the mic, leaving Paul Ogata wondering what to do. Fortunately, Ogata had a relevant bit at the ready and raring to go. Myq Kaplan blew plenty of minds with his awesomeness, earning multiple applause breaks and the attention of everyone downstairs in the lounge/green room. Very poised. Kaplan told me he had an even better set last week at a showcase for Eddie Brill -- if so, man, Kaplan is on his game. And he didn't let the cold/flu get in the way of delivering a shining performance that'll certainly get him industry attention. Hughley then got Liz Miele's name wrong even though they had the pronounciation in the teleprompter (they should clean that up later, right?) but she seemed unfazed. Shane Mauss, watching his fellow Bostonian Kaplan tear it up, announced he'd go up and get 12 applause breaks. He just might've done it, too. But what I remembered most about his set was seeing him have an "American Idol moment" when the camera panned across the stage and in close-up, Mauss gazed directly in the camera to deliver the set-up punch to his vegan coffee joke.
The biggest thing about the late show Sunday, other than Daniel Tosh and his strong hosting set, was the light show. As in, the lights failing multiple times, most notably during Matt Braunger's set. He was a trooper, though, even starting from the top a third time which must've been difficult considering he had a weary live TV audience to deal with (they can clean that up with his earlier takes, right?). The first time the lights went out on Braunger, without missing a beat, he broke into song: "When the lights...go down...in the city!" Tosh had to return to the stage. "The lights are overheating," he explained. "Which is really good for comedy." During one such break, he exclaimed: "Let's do jokes that won't air. Do you know who loves to get fisted? Sock puppets."
Mary Mack was very nice and funny and you can join us in her writers club, as soon as I find it.
Raj Desai and Anjelah Johnson were both so fun to talk to during the afterparty that I wished I'd seen their Gotham sets earlier last week. James Smith told me he forgot one joke in his set, but I told him not to worry...he can tell it during his next TV apperance! The afterparty brought out most of the comedians who performed during the weekend, plus their friends and plenty of other New York comics. Good times. On a Sunday, even.
Related: Paul Ogata shares his Gotham experience with the folks at Shecky. The Live at Gotham site.
Less than one week before a new crop of comedians get to add a Comedy Central TV credit to their bios as Live At Gotham tapes next week at Gotham Comedy Club. I'll have more info on who's performing when later. For now, though, I can tell you who'll be your hosts for the evenings.