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CollegeHumor
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Accessed April 6, 2008
URL http://www.collegehumor.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Entertainment website
Registration Optional
Owner Connected Ventures
Created by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen
Launched 1999

CollegeHumor is a comedy website based in New York City. The site features a collection of original and user-submitted videos, as well as pictures, articles, and links. This content is usually of a humorous nature, and includes user-submitted media and original content from CollegeHumor.
Contents
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* 1 History
* 2 Features
o 2.1 Videos
o 2.2 Pictures
o 2.3 Articles
* 3 CHTV
* 4 Books
* 5 Movie
* 6 Related links
* 7 See also
* 8 External links
* 9 References

History

The site was created in 1999 by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen, two high school friends from Baltimore, Maryland as a means to stay in touch when they attended college. It has since grown considerably and is operated by Connected Ventures, a New York company that also owns Defunker, BustedTees, and Vimeo. Site traffic averages eight million monthly unique visitors; most visitors are men between the ages of 18 and 24. [1]

CollegeHumor, along with its parent company Connected Ventures, was acquired by Barry Diller's InterActiveCorp in August 2006. [2]

In 2007, CollegeHumor was nominated for a Webby Award in the Humor category.[3]

Features

Videos

CollegeHumor hosts a large collection of viral videos. These movies include home movies capturing a funny moment, comedy sketches, bizarre sports highlights, and other moments typical of Internet videos.

CollegeHumor also produces original videos under the CHTV banner.

Pictures

CollegeHumor's Picture's section features user-submitted photographs. Like the site's videos, CollegeHumor's pictures are of a humorous or bizarre nature. CollegeHumor also occasionally holds photo-based contests for its users.

Articles

CollegeHumor posts original writing from its staff and users, including humorous essays, comics, interviews and weekly columns on sports, video games, college life, and dating. Contributing writers to the site include notable comedians Christian Finnegan, David Wain, Paul Scheer, Scott from Hofstra and Judah Friedlander.

[edit] CHTV

CHTV is CollegeHumor's original comedy video section. The site releases roughly 4 new videos per week. CHTV videos include sketch comedy, film and television parodies, animation, and music videos.

CHTV produces The Michael Showalter Showalter[4], a Charlie Rose-style comedic interview series hosted by Michael Showalter. Past guests on the show include Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, David Cross, and Michael Cera.

In 2008, the CHTV series "Street Fighter: The Later Years" was nominated by YouTube's Video Awards [5] in the category of "Series."

CHTV's "Prank War" series, which documents the escalating practical jokes between two members of the CollegeHumor staff (Streeter Seidell and Amir Blumenfeld), gained national notoriety after one of the two employees staged a public marriage proposal to the other's girlfriend on his behalf. The incident was known as “The Yankee Prankee.” [6]

[edit] Books

* (2006) The CollegeHumor Guide to College ISBN 0-525-94939-9 [7]

* (2007) Faking It: How to Seem Like a Better Person Without Actually Improving Yourself ISBN 0-525-94991-7 [7]

[edit] Movie

In July 2005, CollegeHumor established a deal with Paramount Pictures to develop a feature-length comedy. The script is in development by Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg, writers on NBC's The Office.[8]

[edit] Related links

* “Funny Boys. Success and the city” The New Yorker, January 24, 2005.

* “Back to His Roots: Diller's IAC Invests In Online Video” The Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2007. Marketplace, B1.

* “Par for the course Studio teaming with CollegeHumor.com” Variety, July 13, 2005

* “Par enrolls laff scribes. 'Office' duo Eisenberg, Stupnitsky penning college pic” Variety, January 2, 2006

* “Sophomoric? That’s the Idea” BusinessWeek, May 28, 2007

* “Proposal Prank” CNN,

* “Sophomorically Incorrect” The New York Times, July 24, 2005

[edit] See also

* Vimeo
* Jake and Amir

[edit] External links

* CollegeHumor
* Ricky Van Veen's Official Blog
* WhoRangtheBell.com

[edit] References

1. ^ CollegeHumor
2. ^ IAC Acquires Controlling Interest in Connected Ventures, LLC, Parent of Leading Comedy Site CollegeHumor.com
3. ^ 11th Annual Webby Awards Nominees
4. ^ [1]
5. ^ YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
6. ^ The Twenty (Intentionally) Funniest Web Videos of 2007 - Online Videos 2007 - New York Magazine
7. ^ a b Book: Faking It
8. ^ ComingSoon.net

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