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January 7th, 2009
The Online Episode
Teh Internets

Warning: The following video contains mature content. Or immature content, depending on how you look at it. But it is not for kids.

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“Teh Internets” is a half hour long program that seeks to academically understand the popularity of different content online, identifying common themes such as absurdist humor, cuteness, and a dada-esque ability to recontextualize traditional media for comedy’s sake. The conversation seeks to build upon the first six episodes of Make ‘Em Laugh series by identifying Internet humor as the next step in the rich history of comedy. We hope to show that our current comedic trends online are still just standing on the shoulders of giants — the comedic greats of the last century.


    What happened to Bob Hope? I have not as of yet seen a segment on him? Just one of the greatest entertainers of all time! He should be featured. What about Milton Berle?

  • Doc Martin

    You know, there’s a reason why the “celebrities” on the internet haven’t been discovered yet. Most of them just aren’t funny. That guy with the water wings, the high pitched voice and the kiddie pool? That reminds me of those old episodes of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” with the staged videos that made you cringe.

    Face it, the good old interweb is becoming a big old convoluted mess of Web 2.0 content that is scraping the bottom of the barrel of comedy. This guy sings a song called Chocolate Rain in a deep voice and dorky glasses! Lulz! Ha ha ha some guy cringed at watching those girls eat poo! These guys made a video about some guy that breaks his leg! Hilarious!

    I’ll stick to my Cold Media-ified funny TV.

  • Team Latex

    This is just those shows on VH1 & E! where d-list celebs discuss a subject. “I LOVE THE ’80S” Amy Sedaris is very good here but who cares what these other dim wits say about the internet?

  • jennimi

    I still think live standup and ensemble comedy trumps any viral vid I have seen. The anty is upped when you’re standing in front of your audience. How would YouTube comments look if folks had to face the subjects of their insightful “reviews”? That said, Amy Sedaris rawks. Cute piece.

  • Digital_Ronin

    I was a little bit dissapointed, because PBS got Doug Walker AKA ThatGuyWithTheGlasses to do the commercial for the series, and I wanted to see them give him some credit. Still a great episode, very funny. I think that a lot of people who don’t understand web comedy should see this episode, even if it so they can dislike from a more informed position.
    Now go, and watch some 5-second videos!

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  • Shan L.

    I was hoping that PBS would include at least a passing reference to the brilliant and seminal “Firesign Theater”. Complicated? Esoteric? Definitely! Influential? Absolutely. Shame on you guys!

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  • V

    awesome Tracie Egan

  • Episodes Online

    I don’t usually reply to storys but I will in this case. :)

  • Jake

    I love the “Make ‘em Laugh” series, but I this was so horribly produced I can’t believe the two are connected.


    Came from where they had a headline link for “Defecation Row” perhaps the only scatological reference you missed. Nice job (as far as poop and Dylan go) (I can’t believe I just typed “poop and Dylan go”)

  • Just

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