Youtube To Offer Comedy Week Beginning May 19
For all of those people who find exploring YouTube on their own too daunting and wait for a friend to email them a link to something they've found to be compelling, innovative, clever, or humorous, YouTube has a plan: bring together a knowledgeable group that will present a showcase of top talent who have contributed videos to the Google-owned site. The company announced today that it plans to present the YouTube Comedy Week May 19-25, beginning with a live stream from Hollywood on Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET and featuring performances throughout the week by the likes of Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Michael Cera, Norm MacDonald, Vince Vaughn and Seth Rogen as well as contributions from The Onion, Nerdist, College Humor and Funny or Die. The weeklong extravaganza, which will include new episodes from YouTube channels, is being produced by Daniel Kellison, who produced Jimmy Kimmel Live! from 2003 to 2009 and went on to exec-produce The Bonnie Hunt Show in 2009 and 2010 and the shortlived Sports Show with Norm MacDonald in 2011. In a statement, YouTube marketing chief Danielle Tiedt said that the week will celebrate the best of comedy with sketches, pranks, standup routines, sitdown routines, parodies, blunders, fails, live shows and unexpected collaborations in a way that only YouTube can.