Comedy MVPs, First Times, Slacking Stats, and More Nonsense

This Post Won’t Be Nearly As Good As This Band

This is the Youngblood Brass Band, who I’m listening to right now as I write this post. Yeah, they’re pretty awesome.

Gary Vaynerchuk Does It Again

I don’t know how he does it, but Gary Vaynerchuk always seems to be a step ahead of the rest of the social media world. In his latest video he makes a compelling argument about why the words “social media” are doing social media more harm than good.

One Thing From One Thing To See

I’ve posted a lot of great stuff on One Thing To See recently, but this video is the one that I just can’t stop watching.

There’s A First Time For Everything

We taped the first episode of our new sports talk show today at Comedy.com. Despite some serious audio problems for the first 25 minutes, it went pretty well for a first time. Skip past the first 25 minutes, and check it out.

The Comedy MVP List

In a recent mailbag, Bill Simmons broke down his own personal Comedy MVP list of the last 35 years. It’s all great and you should go read it, but here’s an excerpt:

1979: Robin Williams, Steve Martin (tie)
“Mork and Mindy” plus a big stand-up career for Williams; “The Jerk” plus a best-selling comedy album plus “official best SNL host ever” status for Martin.

1980: Rodney Dangerfield
His breakout year with “Caddyshack,” killer stand-up, killer Carson appearances, a Grammy-winning comedy album, even a Rolling Stone cover. Our oldest winner.

1981: Bill Murray
Carried “Stripes” one year after “Caddyshack.” Tough year for comedy with cocaine was ruining nearly everybody at this point.

1982-84: Eddie Murphy
The best three-year run anyone has had. Like Bird’s three straight MVPs. And by the way, “Beverly Hills Cop” is still the No. 1 comedy of all time if you use adjusted gross numbers.

(Random note: Sam Kinison’s 1984 spot on Dangerfield’s “Young Comedians” special has to be commemorated in some way. At the time, it was the funniest six minutes that had ever happened, and it could have single-handedly won him the title in almost any other year. It’s also the hardest I have ever laughed without drugs being involved. Sadly, I can’t link to it because of the language and because it crosses about 35 lines of decency. But it’s easily found, if you catch my drift.)

1985-86: David Letterman
Went from “cult hero” to “established mainstream star,” ushered in the Ironic Comedy Era, pushed the comedy envelope as far as it could go, and if you want to dig deeper, supplanted Carson as the den father for that generation of up-and-comers and new superstars (Murphy, Leno, Seinfeld, Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks, Howard Stern, etc.) … and, on a personal note, had a bigger influence on me than anyone other than my parents. One of two people I could never meet because I would crumble like a crumb cake. (You can guess the other.)

“Product Is The New Marketing”

Mitch Joel strikes again with another interesting observation about the state of the marketing biz in this post. Here’s an excerpt:

Last night Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO of Amazon) was on Charlie Rose to discuss the latest iteration of the e-book reader, Kindle (you can watch the conversation right here). While reading Bob Lefsetz tonight, I came across this quote that Bezos said to Rose during the conversation:

“Before if you were making a product, the right business strategy was to put 70% of your attention, energy, and dollars into shouting about a product, and 30% into making a great product. So you could win with a mediocre product, if you were a good enough marketer. That is getting harder to do. The balance of power is shifting toward consumers and away from companies…the individual is empowered… The right way to respond to this if you are a company is to put the vast majority of your energy, attention and dollars into building a great product or service and put a smaller amount into shouting about it, marketing it. If I build a great product or service, my customers will tell each other.”

The Best Documentary I’ve Seen About LA

Last week I stumbled across this PBS documentary about Los Angeles and the role that the Los Angeles Times and the Chandler family played in its growth. Pretty interesting stuff.

The Last 7 Tweets I Favorited

And Finally, Some Stats About Slacking

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