Billy Eichner back on the street in mini web series

We haven’t seen the last of Billy on the Street. I HAVE SOME NEWS…BILLY ON THE STREET is COMING BACK!!!!!!! With special guests EMMA STONE, TIFFANY HADDISH, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, KATE McKINNON and MORE!!! LET’S GO LESBIANS, LET’S GO!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Wz5HIuZHzw — billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 5, 2018 Eichner announced today: “These 8 new segments will be […]

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Darren Knight’s Southern Momma hits a bump north of the border at Just For Laughs 2018

Can a white Tyler Perry make it in show business without the wigs, makeup or disguise? That’s not a rhetorical question in comedy, circa 2018. Three years ago, Darren Knight was broke in the sticks of Munford, Ala., not far from Talladega Speedway but far far away from show business. Then he started posting videos […]

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The Onion goes after Facebook with Onion Social

The Onion has gone after some big billionaires this past month. First Elon Musk for suggesting he could start his own online humor publication. And more recently, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Take this June 15 open letter, for example, written from the voice of a Zuckerberg baby and titled Daddy, I Don’t Want To Live In The […]

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Chris Gethard on the importance of interacting with fans of The Chris Gethard Show

The Chris Gethard Show prides itself on having as much loyalty to its fans as the fans do to the show. On last week’s live broadcast on truTV, Gethard locked himself in a clear box for a stunt in which guest Matt Walsh (Veep) had to convince fans to answer revealing questions via phone and […]

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Episode #202: Brandon Rogers

Brandon Rogers is a YouTube star with four million subscribers and one Streamy Award to his credit. He has starred in two webseries, Sam and Stuff for Facebook, and Magic Funhouse for Fullscreen. Brandon was a New Face at Just For Laughs in 2017, and he stopped by my studio while he’s on his first […]

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Trevor Moore will host a 24-hour Trevathon on Facebook Live for Comedy Central

Trevor Moore and Comedy Central believe Facebook isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Moore will host a live 24-hour talk show onComedy Central Stand-Up’s Facebook on April 19 to promote his newest one-hour comedy special for Comedy Central, Trevor Moore: The Story of Our Times, which will debut at midnight April 20. “Comedy Central is literally letting us […]

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Is Facebook killing online comedy?

Job cuts at Funny or Die suggest making money from comedy videos is harder than ever – and some blame the social-media titan. But a new wave of creators are finding ways to thrive

Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced major changes to the social network’s algorithm. “You’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands and media,” he wrote in, predictably, a Facebook status. “The public content you see … should encourage meaningful interactions between people.”

Less than two weeks later, longstanding comedy video website Funny or Die made another round of redundancies, after laying off roughly 30% of its staff in 2016. The website’s CEO, Mike Farah, vented his frustration, tweeting: “There is simply no money in making comedy online any more. Facebook has completely destroyed independent digital comedy.”

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Last month, in its second round of layoffs in as many years, comedy hub Funny or Die reportedly eliminated its entire editorial team following a trend of comedy websites scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content.  Hours after CEO Mike Farah delivered the news via an internal memo, […]

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Catching Up with Nicole Byer

Some of the most beloved, groundbreaking, and influential television comedy series have been tragically cut short before they even had the chance to reach their prime. The Ben Stiller Show, Strangers with Candy, and Freaks and Geeks all suffered the fate of short runs before later achieving cult success. Occasionally, a “gone too soon” show […]

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Facebook Watch debuts new episodes of Loosely Exactly Nicole

Facebook Watch has unveiled its first new episode today of *Loosely Exactly Nicole after acquiring the Nicole Byer sitcom from MTV earlier this year. The semi-autobiographical series follows Byer, playing herself, in Hollywood as she attempts to live out her dreams, both professionally and personally. The series Facebook page stats as of today’s second season […]

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