Posted here as an addendum to our post from earlier this week, The New York Times tackles internet comedy and the writer's strike:
While the three-month writers’ strike dealt a devastating blow to the entertainment industry, suspending the production of numerous films and television series, it has also imbued the nascent medium of Web-based comedy videos with a new vitality, as countless furloughed talents — writers and actors; veteran humorists and novices — learned to use their newfound free time to produce their own shorts.
They talk to Jerry O'Connell on why he created his Tom Cruise video:
“The bottom line is, we’re people who work in comedy, and because of this strike, we’re sort of bored,” Mr. O’Connell said in a telephone interview. “Maybe I’m watching too much of ‘The Wire’ these days, but you’re just jonesing for that next fix.”
The NYT when comedy-crazy this Sunday, interviewing Steven Wright and Lisa Lampanelli on their Grammy nominations. Oh please let Steven Wright win!