Viacom had ulterior motives when the demanded YouTube remove some 100,000 video clips last week. The company is planning on creating a Comedy Central portal where you can post clips of your favorite South Park, Colbert Show, Daily Show, as well as MTV favorites. It will be fascinating to see if Viacom can can compete with YouTube, or just become a footnote in Internet history. My bet is that the company that brought us Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report can pull this off -if (and a big if) they create channels for non-branded user-generated videos. The first mover advantage only lasts so long -just ask Yahoo! Posted by Casey Kazan.
Tonight's game night on the Discovery Channel, Galaxians: it's the historical Jesus vs the Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene of James Cameron and director Simcha Jacobovici in The Lost Tomb of Jesus. As usual, Jon Stewart was right on target with his verbal skewering of Cameron's fantasy on last night's Daily Show. Be sure to watch the preview video of "The Lost Tomb" before you take in Stewart's riff. For a brilliant antidote by Thomas Sheehan, Professor of Religion at Stanford, check out the Resurrection and life of Jesus. Posted by Casey Kazan.
Comedy Central and Daily Show Yalie's John Hodgman '94, Louis Black '77, and Demetri Martin, comedy writer Steve Bodow '89 and Colbert Report writer, Allison Silverman '94 give a nerdy nudge to the historic Harvard dominance in the world of comedy. Check out this cool Yale Daily News feature on today's irreverent and vibrant comedy scene. Lots of personal anecdotes and insights. Posted by Casey Kazan.