Complete Annotated Bibliography

Bago, Juan.(2012) “Social media and the effects on comedy.” Retrieved http://voxxi.com/social-media-and-the-effects-on-comedy-quebulla-media-voxpopuli/

 

Bago discusses how as a amateur latino comedy he looked towards the predominately latino oriented social media group Migente.com, to help promote his routine. He criticizes social media as not being able to give professional feedback that a professional comedian needs to succeed. He discusses how people usually only comment if they like it, or only give the bland “haha”, thinking its better then saying it was bad. On the other hand he mentions that if done right social media can be a great tool for advertising.

 

Biggs, John.(2011) “ Louis CK Sells Latest Film, DRM-Free for $5 Per Download.” Retrieved http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/10/sabo/

 

Biggs explains how Louis CK started the trend of putting ones stand up routine online for only $5, following the success of Radioheads latest online album.

 

Burnham, B.(2008 June 7) im bo yo. Message posted to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ap5Fp2T6c

 

Bo promoting his first itunes album on Youtube.

 

 

Durest, Austin.(2012) “Bo Burnham connects via social media– to a point.” Retrieved http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=36625

 

Durest interviews Burnham and discusses how he used social media to promote his musical comedy routine. As well as his views on social media today.

 

 

Feldman, L.( 2007). The news about comedy: Young audiences, The Daily Show, and evolving notions of journalism. Journalism. 8: 406. Retrieved from http://jou.sagepub.com/content/8/4/406.full.pdf+html

 

More statistics show that more and more younger people are retrieving their news from this show. It is also an example of how forms of journalism is changing, by using comedy to cushion hard questions.

 

Green, S.(2011). ‘Stand Up Comedians and the art of Free Comedy.’ Retrieved http://articles.submityourarticle.com/Sean-Green-9249/free-comedy-181197.php

 

Green discusses how social media such as youtube, twitter, and podcasts has become an exposure tool for many comedians. He discusses how new comedians are able to put out samples of their routine on youtube or for upcoming comedians have a podcasts which is a short online comedy album (about an hour long) that gets released every-time a comedian uses one.  Veteran comedians are able to use social media such as twitter as a way to sample some jokes but typing 140 words or fewer.

 

Hix, J.(2011). “Funny? Comedians Profit From Social Media.” Retrieved http://www.vitrue.com/funny-comedians-profit-from-social-media/

 

Hix discusses how social media is becoming a free advertisement campaign for comedians. He discusses how renowed comedian Dane Cook utylized media outlets like myspace as a amateur open mic comedian. From having people visit his myspace site people were able to get a taste of his routine and spread the word.

 

Gallaga, Omar.(2012) “Comics earning laughs-and fans- online by takign vastly different approaches.” Retrieved from  http://www.statesman.com/life/comics-earning-laughs-and-fans-online-by-taking-2319579.html?printArticle=y

 

Gallaga discusses how more comedians are turning to online venues for their comedic stand up acts. He also discusses how if one is not careful using social media as a promotional tool can backfire on onself like Gilbert Gottfried.

 

mashable.(2012 March 31) Conan O’Brien Buys Mashable, Ousts Pete Cashmore as CEO. Message posted to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxUAK5LeA5U

 

Conan and mashable post on Youtube and mashable Conan’s take over of the company

 

mashable.(2012 April 1) Conan O’Brien ‘Resigns’ as Mashable CEO. Message posted to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mrg1kDviwk&feature=plcp

Conan and mashable post on Youtube and mashable Conan’s resignation from mashable

 

Ng, Marianne.(2012) “David So, Youtube Comedian.” Retrieved http://newmediarockstars.com/2012/01/david-so/

 

Marianne interviews David So, a comedian who rose to fame using social media.

 

Norton, Mariel.(2012) “Conan O’brien Buys- Resigns From- Mashable.” Retrieved http://www.itproportal.com/2012/04/02/conan-obrien-buys—and-resigns-from—mashable/

 

Conan O’brien uses Youtube as and Twitter as part of an April fools joke to his fans.

 

 

“The Shorty Awards” Retrieved http://shortyawards.com/about

The Shorty awards was created 4 years ago as an award ceremony for creative social media users. Just as social media is expanding so are the categories of the shorty awards ranging from comedic to best social media manager here are this years winners. http://shortyawards.com/category/comedian

 

Silverman, Matt.(2012) “Why Jim Gaffigan is Banking on Social to sell his $5 Comedy Special.” Retrieved http://mashable.com/2012/04/11/jim-gaffigan-comedy/

 

Gaffigan not quite a break out star yet but on his way, is going to follow Louis C. K and Aziz Ansari buy selling his new comedy act on his website for $5. In return he does not have to deal with TV centurship and will donate $1 of every purchase to the Bob Woodruff foundation for veterans and their families.

 

So, David “Episode 1: Weight Loss is a BITCH.” Posted to http://www.davidsoentertainment.com/media.html

 

 

 

Soboleski, Brent.(2011) “Daniel Tosh: Viral Video Infamy.” Retrieved http://www.ignitesocialmedia.com/social-media-examples/daniel-tosh-viral-video-infamy/

 

Daniel Tosh has a hit TV show on Comedy Central called Tosh.0 in which he makes fun of bizzare and funny viral Youtube videos. He has become a pro when it comes to using social media to attract new fans and keep his old fans intrigued.

 

 

 

Stoller, P.(2009). Horific Comedy: Cultural Resistance and Hauka Movement in Niger. 12. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/eth.1984.12.2.02a00050/pdf

 

Discusses how the Songhay people of Niger copped and protested french colonialism in their country by using comedy and old cultural norms. The Songhay people created a spiritual family called the Hauka, who mocked the french by miss speaking the french language and performing horrific stunts such as putting fire torches to their bodies

 

 

 

 

Vary, Adam.(2012) “Kevin Hart: Think like a social media man.” Retrieved http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=36625

 

Hart first started promoting himself using social media like Youtube and Twitter. His latest routine opened to $2 million on 97 screens.

Weaver, Simon. (2010). The ‘Other’ Laughs Back: Humor and Resistance in Anti-racist Comedy. 44. Retrieved http://soc.sagepub.com/content/44/1/31.full.pdf+html

 

This articles describes how African American’s use stereotypes to combat racism. In the article, Weaver discusses how African American comdedians in the early 1930s used black face comedy or minstrels as part of there routine, which was primarily used by white racist comedians to poke fun at and use black stereotypes to demeen African Americans. In doing so the African Americans were to throw these stereotypes back in the faces of the white audience by using comedy as a cushion for the statement they were trying to make.

 

Tosh, Daniel. Retrieved http://tosh.comedycentral.com/blog/tag/social-media/

 

Daniel Tosh explains social media in terms of donuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Bambino

The invention of social media does not just help out up and coming comedians. As i posted before, Conan O’Brien used social media and mashable to have a little April fools fun but their is one man who has taken the whole social media thing to new heights and that is Daniel Tosh. Daniel Tosh hosts a television show on Comedy Central called Tosh.0. The show is an R rated form of the old family show Americas Funniest Home Videos. The show is composed of a bunch of bizzare, funny, gross, and entertaining Youtube clips that viewers send in or that Tosh and his team search out. In the show Tosh comments on these clips usually with an adult content. He has three major skits that he performs every show; Web redemption where he invites the people who took part in the video to “explain” themselves usually by performing a little skit with them that just makes them look even more ridiculous or stupid. Video Break Down where he breaks the video up into segments and adds commentary, and lastly 20 seconds on the clock where he has 20 seconds to ramble off whatever comes to his head in relevance to the video. Tosh encourages fan participation by encouraging fans to send in their own videos and constantly updating his twitter and featuring funny tweets throughout the show.

What I like about Tosh is that he is able to get away with saying things that many people might find offensive. Life is too short to take everything to seriously and if your are a real human being you must learn to laugh at yourself sometimes. Tosh is openly by-sexual and throughout his show makes sexual remarks. Many times you will find Tosh dressed up as Oprah or completely nude in some of his skits, which may make some people uneasy. This is why his show is so great, in a way he is saying if you are offended then you need to look yourself in the mirror because life is not just black and white. On the other hand many times the group he is making fun of he is defending by showing you and them are not much different. He can find things in both groups to make fun of. Why do us Jews have big noses and are known for being cheap? I don’t know. Why do some homosexual people talk with a different accent? I don’t know. Why do some black or even white people where doo rags when they have a shaved head? I don’t know, but that is why this world is great. If you cannot have a little fun with your differences then we will never learn how to get along as a society of humans.

Lastly their are three other superstar comedians that are hooking onto social media for their careers and that is Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, and Jim Gafigan. All three of these comedians have taken to the internet to sell their stand up routines. Louis CK first followed Radiohead after their successful online album where they let their fans decide how much to pay for it. Louis took this idea and instead of letting fans decide the price he put it up for a mere $5. You can put it on a DVD or just watch it over and over again. At the end Louis realized he had hit a gold mine when he earned over $500,000 with a profit around $250,000. All three of these comedians have received the same turn outs, they only ask that you do not distribute illegally, that when purchased one can watch for personal use as much as one wants. All three of them agree this is a better approach to take then dealing with corporations like Comedy Central which take most your  sales and edit your routines for advertisement approval. Jim Gaffigan, who is not a on a big network or acclaimed show like the other two is taking this new form of sales to a new level. With even an even wider audience and publicity, Gaffigan has decided to donate $1 of every purchase to the Bob Woodruff Foundation for wounded veterans and their families. Louis CK donated much of his earnings to charities as well.

LETS GET A TWEET OUT THERE!!!!!

Not only has Dane Cook made a name for himself using social media to promote his comedic routine but so has David So and Bo Burnham. David So, grew up in Sacramento and was a musician before turning to comedy. David discusses that before going on stage to perform on his guitar he would tell jokes to make himself laugh. He would also ease the audience by telling jokes in between his songs and before his acts as well. Like Dane, So was a struggling entertainer and turned to Youtube to promote his routine. So now has two channels on Youtube and is also making a name for himself using twitter. He explains that their is no formula for having a good comedic routine on Youtube, he simply takes stories from his everyday life and makes them funny. When Bo, was 18 years old he started posting videos of himself on Youtube, by 2010 he had millions of followers. Just like David So, Bo did not have to work his way up through the comedy circuit and probably cut out 10 years of hard work to reach the success he has achieved. By using social media and the internet Bo is also able to use pseudonyms to make stories about himself or comment on one of his own videos without people knowing it is him. He has criticized the use of social and media and the internet by saying that he finds the system to “chaotic” and “silly”. He admits to using twitter and also admits that he is guilty of using it as a promotional tool. As discussed in my last post many comedians use twitter as a way to test out jokes and skits. Bo explains that the purpose of twitter is for artists and their fans to be able to connect with one another, but when one is constantly tweeting jokes and ridiculous comments, then the fans are not really connecting with Bo the person just Bo the comedian. 

Social Media is not just used by the amateur comedians trying to make a name for themselves but big primtime comedians like Conan O’brien are taking advantage of these ‘tools’. As an april fools joke, mashable a social media site that posts interesting articles and videos, posted a youtube video of Conan O’brien calling out CEO Pete Cashmore for the “atrocious” job he was doing, and declaring he had bought the company from Pete and was now the new CEO. Of course he utilized twitter by tweeting ,“@mashable is out of touch. So as of this moment, I am taking over. ALL HAIL YOUR NEW CEO.”   He then goes even further by inventing a new form of tweeting in which he criticizes twitter for not using paper, being to sudden, and that all one has to do for this new form of tweeting is to simply right a note on a paper, crumple it up, and toss it as for  as you can. Of course only being a april fools joke Conan later resigned that day. I think Conan was brillitant by creating a skit around this. Instead of directly using social media as a way to promote himself he indirectly uses it as part of his little “joke” or skit.

Throughout my research and thinking I have started to notice a trend among comedians and musicians. Since the beginning of stand up comedy to the two have gone synonymously together. From Steve Martin to Adam Sandler comedians have always used music as a part of their routine. This is ever so present when it comes to primetime  late night TV hosts such as David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jimi Fallon. All three of these late night TV hosts have famous band leader such as Paul Shaffer (David Letterman) from SNL, Max Weinberg (Conan O’brien) from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and of course the Roots (Jimmy Fallon) no introduction necessary.   All three of these late night TV talk show hosts incorporate their bands into their skits and help add commentary to what ever is going on. David Letterman is constantly talking back and forth between himself and Paul especially through the opening monologues and Paul continues to add commentary throughout the show. The same can be said for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. So how does this relate to social media? Well as one can see both David So, and Bo Burnham have comedic and music talent. Social media enable one to have their own stage and mic. Clubs and venues usually focus on particular form of art either music or comedy. Now with social media and the internet the stage and audience are everlasting. Who knows a famous acrobatic comedian could come out of a Youtube video or Facebook page. With these open ended sites ones imagination and dream cannot be dampened. Although with this wide variety of audience and submissions I would argue that it is time for comedians to step up their game. Anyone is able to upload a video and anybody is allowed to watch, it is because of this factor, I think will bring comedy to new competitive heights and the arts in general.

Social Media and Comedy Annotated Bib.

Green, S.(2011). ‘Stand Up Comedians and the art of Free Comedy.’ Retrieved http://articles.submityourarticle.com/Sean-Green-9249/free-comedy-181197.php

 

Green discusses how social media such as youtube, twitter, and podcasts has become an exposure tool for many comedians. He discusses how new comedians are able to put out samples of their routine on youtube or for upcoming comedians have a podcasts which is a short online comedy album (about an hour long) that gets released every-time a comedian uses one.  Veteran comedians are able to use social media such as twitter as a way to sample some jokes but typing 140 words or fewer.

 

Hix, J.(2011). “Funny? Comedians Profit From Social Media.” Retrieved http://www.vitrue.com/funny-comedians-profit-from-social-media/

 

Hix discusses how social media is becoming a free advertisement campaign for comedians. He discusses how renowed comedian Dane Cook utylized media outlets like myspace as a amateur open mic comedian. From having people visit his myspace site people were able to get a taste of his routine and spread the word.

Bago, Juan.(2012) “Social media and the effects on comedy.” Retrieved http://voxxi.com/social-media-and-the-effects-on-comedy-quebulla-media-voxpopuli/

 

Bago discusses how as a amateur latino comedy he looked towards the predominately latino oriented social media group Migente.com, to help promote his routine. He criticizes social media as not being able to give professional feedback that a professional comedian needs to succeed. He discusses how people usually only comment if they like it, or only give the bland “haha”, thinking its better then saying it was bad. On the other hand he mentions that if done right social media can be a great tool for advertising.

 

“The Shorty Awards” Retrieved http://shortyawards.com/about

The Shorty awards was created 4 years ago as an award ceremony for creative social media users. Just as social media is expanding so are the categories of the shorty awards ranging from comedic to best social media manager here are this years winners. http://shortyawards.com/category/comedian

 

 

Resistance Annotated Bib.

Feldman, L.( 2007). The news about comedy: Young audiences, The Daily Show, and evolving notions of journalism. Journalism. 8: 406. Retrieved from http://jou.sagepub.com/content/8/4/406.full.pdf+html

 

More statistics show that more and more younger people are retrieving their news from this show. It is also an example of how forms of journalism is changing, by using comedy to cushion hard questions.

 

Stoller, P.(2009). Horific Comedy: Cultural Resistance and Hauka Movement in Niger. 12. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/eth.1984.12.2.02a00050/pdf

 

Discusses how the Songhay people of Niger copped and protested french colonialism in their country by using comedy and old cultural norms. The Songhay people created a spiritual family called the Hauka, who mocked the french by miss speaking the french language and performing horrific stunts such as putting fire torches to their bodies.

 

Weaver, Simon. (2010). The ‘Other’ Laughs Back: Humor and Resistance in Anti-racist Comedy. 44. Retrieved http://soc.sagepub.com/content/44/1/31.full.pdf+html

 

This articles describes how African American’s use stereotypes to combat racism. In the article, Weaver discusses how African American comdedians in the early 1930s used black face comedy or minstrels as part of there routine, which was primarily used by white racist comedians to poke fun at and use black stereotypes to demeen African Americans. In doing so the African Americans were to throw these stereotypes back in the faces of the white audience by using comedy as a cushion for the statement they were trying to make.

The FuTuRe for COMEDY

For those of you who are reading this as your first blog….Welcome to the new age of COMMUNICATION!!!! Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Myspace, too name a few are all the leading social media networks. One can seek out an old high school mate or check on their twitter account to see whastup with their favorite entertainers. These sites are so popular that if you know anything about branding and making yourself known these are you domains to play with. 

 

Comedians are no exception to this rule. Ever since the trend starter myspace was created comedians such as Dane Cook have been updating and posting comedic routines for their fans and future fans. Dane Cook now a major player in the Comedy arena first started out as a struggling amateur Comedian doing open-mic nights around Boston. After disappointing fan resutls from “old school” form of communication or “word by mouth”, Cook grabbed the 21st century hippest new social medium by the balls and never looked back. He has now done a special for HBO and is a household name. 

 

Twitter is a social network in which people are able to create up to 14o characters to get their message across. Many comedians including professional comedians use twitter now to try out new jokes or to update fans about upcoming shows. Using twitter, comedians are able to talk about their every day activities to try and bring their fan base closer to their personal lives. Although some may argue that comedians abuse this media outlet by trying to be funny all the time and not real. By using twitter fans want to know how a comedian spends his day to day life and what goes through their heads when not on stage. They already know he/she is funny or else they probably wouldn’t be following them, but fans know that comedians have to be serious sometimes because life is not all fun and games.