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Comedy Changes Are Afoot

Categories: Latest News
Posted: May 29, 2014

It’s not surprising that there is a real shake-up happening in the world of entertainment, particularly comedy these days. From hot button issues to new methods of distribution to changing of the guard, comedy is in the news.
Over the weekend, The Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday wrote a column examining the context of the very tragic Santa Barbara killing (my thoughts with all of the families and friends of those lost). She called out the narrow world view of comedies by Judd Apatow and other filmmakers; comedies that show slovenly men landing hot women over and over again as wish fulfillment. Judd Apatow and his regular star Seth Rogen took to Twitter to respond with vehemence and anger. Then, Hornaday released a video to clarify her position. No matter where you stand on the debate, you could not miss it as it became one of the hottest stories this year.
In other news, David Letterman’s departure from The Late Show has shaken up the comedy TV world in interesting ways. Stephen Colbert will take over his gig next year; sadly, that means the end to the brilliant Colbert Report. Perhaps as a result of not getting the job, Craig Ferguson will leave The Late Late Show when his contract is up. And, Chelsea Handler, who reportedly was on the short list for the Letterman gig, will leave her popular E! show Chelsea Lately in August after seven years. Of course, I expect her to land somewhere else. It’s been rumored perhaps Netflix or some content provider like it. Which leads to…
We use Vimeo on our show to share videos among crew members. Today, the video streaming service announced that it’s getting into the original content game a la Hulu and Netflix. The company ordered six new episodes of High Maintenance, a short comedy series that presented a 13-episode season on Vimeo last year. House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have set a high bar critically and in terms of audience for new content providers.
It’s a wild, wild world out there.