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February 5, 2009 2:09 PM   Subscribe

CollegeHumor, which peddles fraternity pranks and workplace stunts to an online audience of millions, is making the move to television this Sunday.

The employee-actors have come of age on the Internet, but they nevertheless value the exposure that television can offer. When Ms. Schneider posted a photo of a “College Humor Show” poster at MTV’s studios in Times Square on her Tumblr blog this week, she captioned it, “By far the most exciting thing to ever happen to me.”

“TV is more exclusive,” she said in an interview. “People have a different relationship with TV” than with online video, she said. Like “The Osbournes” and “The Hills” before it “The College Humor Show” will once again redraw the line between scripted shows and reality programs. “As the line gets blurrier,” said Sam Reich, the site’s director of original content. “I live in that blur.”


So far the reactions look positive.
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posted by Potomac Avenue (47 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
I'm in college and find collegehumor to be sophomoric at best.
posted by dunkadunc at 2:14 PM on February 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm in college and my first reaction to this was "Noooooooooooooooooooooo!"

Then I realized I don't watch MTV either and that I'll be alright.
posted by Chan at 2:17 PM on February 5, 2009


I work at a college, does that count?

I'm 37, I'm not old.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 2:19 PM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


MTV is literally idiotic. They have a new reality show where the reporters are all retarded or handicapped now. TV as a medium is becoming secondary to the internet, just another distribution channel.
posted by delmoi at 2:20 PM on February 5, 2009


Yay?

I think if the title comes true, Artw will have an aneurysm.
posted by Caduceus at 2:21 PM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


(Said in the voice of Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force):

Ohhhhhh, good.
posted by jbickers at 2:24 PM on February 5, 2009 [4 favorites]


Demoi: Wat? Oh wow how did I miss that, this should have been the post... How's Your News is awesome!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:24 PM on February 5, 2009


Is reality TV anything more than a shortcut in show-making? "Scripting" is simplified to after-the-fact editing and addition of some scene narration. The characters make themselves (again, with some creative editing). Toss some crazy, generically attractive kids together and give them a general set of rules or expectations.

I miss Liquid Television more and more.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:28 PM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


As a practical joke on MTV, they will use their first episode to air music videos.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:29 PM on February 5, 2009 [8 favorites]


Two bored casino dealers are waiting at the Vegas craps table.

A very attractive blonde coed from UT arrived and bet twenty thousand dollars on a single roll of the dice. She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I play topless." With that, she stripped to the waist, rolled the dice, and yelled, "Come on, baby... Lady Vol needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up-and-down and squealed... "YES! YES! I WON! I WON!" She hugged each of the dealers, then picked up her winnings and her clothes, and quickly departed.

The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?" The other answered, "I don't know. I thought you were watching."

Moral:

Not all blondes are dumb.
But all men... are men.
posted by netbros at 2:35 PM on February 5, 2009 [7 favorites]


I'm surprised to learn that "craps dealer" is a regular, commonly used term.
posted by aubilenon at 2:42 PM on February 5, 2009


Finally, there will be something on TV for the unfunny, mean-spirited and sexist demographics!
posted by DU at 2:43 PM on February 5, 2009 [6 favorites]


Wow, How's you news is on MTV!? That is amazing. I'll have to check that out somehow. Don't have cable.

That orginal Bradford documentary HOW'S Your News is a favorite.
posted by JBennett at 2:43 PM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Are you here for the love of Ray J?
posted by cashman at 2:48 PM on February 5, 2009


As a longtime fan of Jake & Amir, the sell-out is totally worth it just to see Jake nekkid.
posted by carsonb at 3:06 PM on February 5, 2009


It's hard to say whether CollegeHumor moving from the internet to television will make television any worse, but it's almost certain to make the internet better.
posted by koeselitz at 3:11 PM on February 5, 2009 [2 favorites]


Didn't they already try this with ebaumsworld...with catastrophic results?
posted by fire&wings at 3:16 PM on February 5, 2009


Hey, their parody of 24 (set in the 1990s) was very clever and quite funny. That's the only thing I've ever watched on collegehumor.com.
posted by fuq at 3:23 PM on February 5, 2009


It's times like this that I'm reminded of an article over at The Onion from a few years ago...

Lowest Common Denominator Continues To Plummet
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:24 PM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


metafilter + mtv = AcerbicHumor? I smell daytime emmy...
posted by wayofthedodo at 3:26 PM on February 5, 2009


Didn't they already try this with ebaumsworld...with catastrophic results?

eBaumsWorld TV was just an old episode of Family Guy that they pawned off as their own.
posted by ALongDecember at 3:34 PM on February 5, 2009 [5 favorites]


Next step: Cracked list countdowns on VH1?

You laugh, but I'd watch it. Cracked's loose efforts at research may be based in silliness itself, but I can't count the times that some joke list they put me together had enough facts to compel me to do more digging on a really interesting subject.
posted by quin at 3:34 PM on February 5, 2009


MTV is absolute shit, so who cares? I couldn't possibly watch it less than I do know. Is anyone here willing to admit they watch it?
posted by orme at 3:36 PM on February 5, 2009


um...less than I do NOW.


That's what MTV did to my still developing mind as a child! MTV GET OFF THE AIR!
posted by orme at 3:38 PM on February 5, 2009


Girls Gone Wild on Discovery would be a far better idea.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:54 PM on February 5, 2009


And the ever-topical Onion asks Are Reality Shows Setting Unrealistic Standards For Skanks? (not fully screened, possibly NSFW).
posted by filthy light thief at 4:00 PM on February 5, 2009


We've got a book at work called The Everything Craps Strategy Book. Not to be confused with Everyone Poops.
posted by box at 4:04 PM on February 5, 2009


awesome, CH is the ultimate mashup of drunk guys and boobies -- and you know the world doesn't see nearly enough of that. I know I don't... wait... i have boobies... nvm. To heck with drunk guys.
posted by lizbunny at 4:04 PM on February 5, 2009


TV as a medium is becoming secondary to the internet, just another distribution channel.

If you're talking about basic cable, then you are correct. This show will be no better or worse than American Idol, Lost, 5th Grader, Deal or No Deal or anything else on basic cable.

This is a non-story.
posted by Zambrano at 4:17 PM on February 5, 2009


I can't wait till Ask MetaFilter debuts on the green network!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:26 PM on February 5, 2009


College Humor gave me a Cybiko.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:31 PM on February 5, 2009


posted by ALongDecember eBaumsWorld TV was just an old episode of Family Guy that they pawned off as their own.

Naw, eBaumsworld TV was just a sticker that said "This program hosted by eBaumsworld" and you applied it to the bottom corner of your television screen.
posted by mattdidthat at 4:38 PM on February 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


CYBIKO holy crap I had one of those. It was just a bit before cell phones. It had 300 ft range for text messaging and we were thankful. Actually they allowed a lot of homebrew and had 450 apps for free by the end. Good times.
posted by ALongDecember at 4:41 PM on February 5, 2009


I can't wait till Ask MetaFilter debuts on the green network!

It will be an excellent resource for providing fresh images of facepalms to post on /b/.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:09 PM on February 5, 2009


To play devil's advocate, College Humor's self-produced videos (with, you know, writers) is not that bad, it's primarily the stuff from elsewhere which is idiotic frat crap (not a huge fan of the writing either).

Also, Jake and Amir is quality.
posted by amuseDetachment at 5:11 PM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


.. by writing I meant their stories / top 10 lists and other garbage.
posted by amuseDetachment at 5:12 PM on February 5, 2009


It had 300 ft range for text messaging and we were thankful.

I had a lot of fun with the various downloadable apps, but I've never met anyone else who had one. I lived in a college dorm at the time, and I was always searching to see if any other units were in range.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:32 PM on February 5, 2009


"Moral:

Not all blondes are dumb.
But all men... are men."

except the gay ones?
posted by sloe at 6:16 PM on February 5, 2009


Well I say good for them. They found a niche, they exploited it, and now they're well known enough to be snarked at by Metafilter snobs. Kudos.
posted by fungible at 6:29 PM on February 5, 2009


What's with all the CollegeHumor hate? You folks seemed to like it well enough the last few times their stuff was posted here.
posted by Rhaomi at 6:54 PM on February 5, 2009


The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?" The other answered, "I don't know. I thought you were watching."

That would never happen. For one thing, the dice would still be on the table. For another, tits in a siteline wouldn't distract the dealers, Las Vegas people are fucking professionals.

And the ever-topical Onion asks Are Reality Shows Setting Unrealistic Standards For Skanks? (not fully screened, possibly NSFW).

Funny premise, excruciating execution (until the end I guess). I see in the move to video the Onion hasn't given up it's "stretch a funny premise two orders of magnitude longer then we should" technique.
posted by delmoi at 7:08 PM on February 5, 2009


That would never happen. For one thing the dice would still be on the table...

you're not familiar with this thing we call "jokes", are you?
posted by revmitcz at 10:15 PM on February 5, 2009


Say what you will about CollegeHumor, Street Fighter: The Later Years makes up for any amount of fratard crap they might have, or what they might do with their show.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 5:27 AM on February 6, 2009


This is a non-story.

Why, next you'll be telling me that wrestling is fake. Or that Bigfoot isn't Lisa Marie Presley's lovechild's baby daddy.
posted by octobersurprise at 5:39 AM on February 6, 2009


So when does Matt fire up MeTV?

For another, tits in a siteline wouldn't distract the dealers, Las Vegas people are fucking professionals.

Beside the fact that there are about six layers of people watching the dealers and watching the watchers and so on and so forth, but hey, it's a joke. You do have to allow for a little bit of suspention of disbelief, for instance:

Two old bullshitters were out for a drive in the country when they had to take a pit stop. No one was around so they stopped on a bridge high over a creek. As they were peeing, one old coot said to the other, "Water's cold today." The other replied, "Deep too."
posted by Pollomacho at 6:35 AM on February 6, 2009


They made a good trailer for a fictional 'Sarah Palin goes to Washington' heartwarming comedy. There was a great line in the voiceover: "The comedy you just have to see - even in the case of incest or rape!"

Was pretty amusing and rather pointed.
posted by Cantdosleepy at 8:03 AM on February 6, 2009


I'm not ashamed to have enjoyed some of the CH original videos, with Street Fighter: the Later Years being at the top of the list for brilliance.
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 6:16 PM on February 6, 2009


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