Variety has been spotlighting up-and-coming comics for more than a decade. With this year's class, tales of debauchery in national parks, grunt work for Conan O'Brien and Looney Tunes erotica abound.
From the July 16, 2013 issue of Variety
What began about a year ago as an ultra-fast gigabit-speed fiber broadband network isolated in a single market is expanding faster than most expected.
Our first choice for Deep Focus was a no-brainer: Google. It's hard to think of any company more influential in the entertainment industry -- and just about every other industry that uses a computer.
When Google Glass debuts next year, the way we tell stories and watch others tell them may start to change in significant ways. And not just for the people who upload their life moments onto YouTube.
Indignation won't stop this, any more than raging at a tsunami of cameras will make them vanish. Before rushing to legislate, let's try looking beyond momentary crises and consider the world 10 years…
Glass is a new form of digital narcissism that drags in unknowing bystanders. It shrinks the private sphere and makes the public realm even more public.
With more and more online distributors getting into the market, some of YouTube's longest-standing content providers are getting restless.
Before tackling standup, Emily Heller did her homework. She lived in San Francisco for three years after college, working for a comedy website, a job that allowed her the chance to obsessively watch…
When comedian Spoken Reasons (real name John Baker Jr.) found he wasn't landing any standup gigs, he took matters into his own hands, launching a YouTube channel.
Brian McElhaney, right, and Nick Kocher first found success with Internet sketch comedy as the duo BriTANicK.