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Webcomics Represent the "Triumph of the Nerds"

The ease of Internet publishing has given new opportunities to cartoonists. They no longer need the backing of an established publishing or syndication company–just some computer skills. The Economist looked at the developing of the industry and some of its leading figures, including Zach Weinersmith, Kate Beaton, Randall Munroe and Matthew Inman: One thing they have in [...]

Another Turkey Dubstep

(YouTube link) The turkeys’ first dub step video from a few months ago got 2.5 million views, so they were under pressure to give their audience more. I think it went to their heads.   

Artificially Sweetened: The Story of Canned Laughter

The following article is from the bookUncle John’s Bathroom Reader Tunes Into TV. What if the studio audience isn’t laughing at what’s supposed to be funny? What if there isn’t a studio audience at all? There’s always “sweetening” -tweaking a program’s audio wth a laugh track or some other canned response. This is the story [...]

Andy Daly’s Comedy Litmus Test

Last year I saw Andy Daly perform at MaxFunCon, a convention of nice people that happens to include a lot of indie/alternative comedy. I’m an Andy Daly fan, and when he took the stage I grabbed my phone and started recording — I missed his first line or two, but I got most of [...]

Aziz Ansari Understands Us Net Nerds

(Video Link) Seriously, how many of you can relate with this? I guess he knows the audience he’s advertising his comedy downloads to. Via Laughing Squid

A Character’s Awful Realization

(College Humor link) In most films, the audience knows who is going to survive way before the plot makes it obvious. It takes the characters a little longer to figure out how important they are. -via Buzzfeed

Psychic Sally Morgan accused of cheating

One of the UK’s best known psychics has been accused of receiving information through an earpiece. A member of the audience attending one of Morgan’s …

D23 Day Two: Disney Studios Steals the Show

So, remember when I told you yesterday that I had a trio of things on tap for today? Yeah, not so much. Because of the crazy lines – you pretty much need to be at an event a good two hours before it starts if you even want a shot at getting in – we only [...]

The Late Movies: I Love Lucy

Saturday, August 6th is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lucille Désirée Ball. Lucy made many movies and TV shows, but will always be best known for the 1951-1957 TV series I Love Lucy. Here are a few memorable clips from the show, in addition to the grape stomping, Vitameatavegemin, Harpo Marx, and Superman [...]

Principles of the Optical Maser (1963)

In this 1963 instructional film, Dr. C.G.B. Garrett of Bell Laboratories explains how the “optical maser” (later known as a “laser”) works. Its intended audience, according to the AT&T archive, was college students. I’d add to that audience “all nerds with a free half hour,” particularly those who want to know how a laser really [...]