The gigantic guy from Mr. Show and The Sarah Silverman Program did a short film called American Heroine with Laura Kightlinger, who’s responsible for everything funny in the world (and Will & Grace).
The gigantic guy from Mr. Show and The Sarah Silverman Program did a short film called American Heroine with Laura Kightlinger, who’s responsible for everything funny in the world (and Will & Grace). Both of these funnyists are old hats at TV but chose to do a web short because they were given totally free reign.
It seems like the less television pays and the tamer it gets, the more the Internet pays and the braver it gets. You’d be lucky to pocket $20k for writing, directing and starring in a pilot, and it takes a good four days to shoot with additional weeks of editing. Then you get notes from the network and have to alter every joke until it’s dead — and then they kill the show.
The Internet on the other hand, only wants a few minutes and after you factor in the hours, it pays the same amount. You can shoot and edit most Internet sketches in a couple of days. And there are no notes! This short was obviously a much bigger ordeal but I like watching jokes where you can tell nobody told them what to do. Where else can you see a junkie barf out an prosthetic leg for a crippled child?
What’s going on with the TV industry these days is what happened to the music industry ten years ago. The former worked out better for music fans and this change is going to work out better for smile fans. I hope.
Hat Tip: Lance Kilby