BBC: How social media is changing comedy

BBC: How social media is changing comedy. “Social media is now the go-to platform to showcase everything we do, and comedians have been quick to use it to promote their work. Whether it’s with pranks, sketches or jokes, making your audience laugh is one of the easiest ways to go viral. But can traditional stand-up comedy survive in the new comedy climate?”

Consequence of Sound: Conan O’Brien archive launches with 350 remote segments

Consequence of Sound: Conan O’Brien archive launches with 350 remote segments. “Since the start of the year, there’s been less Conan O’Brien on TV. His TBS late night show, Conan, was chopped to a half-hour format, a major reduction in red-headed comic fare. Fans were promised satiation with a long-in-the-works online archive of O’Brien’s entire 25-year talkshow career, from his time on Late Night through the present day, which was expected to launch in January. While the full rollout failed to meet that deadline, Team Coco has announced that a segmented released finally begin as of today, Monday, March 25th.”

The Verge: Comedians are coming for one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators

The Verge: Comedians are coming for one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators. “Comedians have started a campaign to take down Fuckjerry, one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators. The Instagram account, run primarily by Elliot Tebele with contribution from others at Jerry Media, posts jokes and memes from around the internet — while profiting off sponsored posts sent to the 14.3 million followers those jokes have attracted.”

CNET: Saudi Arabia will punish satire online mocking ‘public order, religious values’

CNET: Saudi Arabia will punish satire online mocking ‘public order, religious values’. “In Saudi Arabia, posting satire online that ‘mocks, provokes or disrupts public order, religious values and public morals’ could cost you $800,000 and up to five years in jail, the Public Prosecution, a government agency, tweeted Monday.”

Irish Times: Unseen Monty Python sketches found in Palin archives

Irish Times: Unseen Monty Python sketches found in Palin archives. “The comedy group – containing [Michael] Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones – produced their last film 35 years ago but boxes of material have now emerged. The material was deposited at the British Library last year and it has now been revealed it contains unused script ideas, including two sketches written for Monty Python And The Holy Grail.”

A.V. Club: Mitch Hedberg’s widow says unheard material is coming soon

A.V. Club: Mitch Hedberg’s widow says unheard material is coming soon. “Prince’s archives are the stuff of legend, but what about Mitch Hedberg’s? We’ll soon find out, as in a guest column in today’s The Hollywood Reporter, Hedberg’s widow, Lynn Shawcroft, reveals that she’s spent the last eight months diligently digitizing a huge archive of unreleased material from the late comedy legend, and that ‘at some point soon, all of you will be hearing and seeing Mitch again.'”

Mirage News: Rare clips of Dame Edna through the ages published online

Mirage News: Rare clips of Dame Edna through the ages published online. “Hello possums! The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating the one and only Dame Edna Everage with a new online collection featuring rare video clips of Edna through the ages…. Initially a suburban housewife from Moonee Ponds, Edna Everage (as in average) was created by satirist Barry Humphries in 1955 whilst touring with a group of actors around Victoria in 1955. She was a caricature of mayor’s wives they met on the road and was named after his childhood nanny, and even Humphries himself was taken by surprise at her popularity.”