Posted with tags Grace Helbig
, Beth Hoyt
, My Damn Channel LIVE
, whats next
, upcoming programming
, new on My Damn Channel
, seth herzog
, hannah hart
, chris gethard
, tyler oakley
, harry shearer
, judith owen
, can't take a hint
, mark malkoff
, bill murray
, hyde park on hudson
, upcoming premieres
on 10/15/2012 11:00:00 AM by Maria
What To Look For On My Damn Channel In The Next Few Weeks:
Mondays are "miscellaneous" with our favorite daily vlogger, but for the past couple of weeks she's been imploring us to join her "Supernote" team!
10/16My Damn Channel LIVE
, Guest Host: Trish Nelson
Daily Grace usually hosts Tuesdays, but in her absence, My Damn Channel LIVE favorite guest host Trish Nelson is on board!The Bill Murray Show Starring Mark Malkoff
, Episode 8
Comedian Mark Malkoff is determined to make a video each week until actor Bill Murray agrees to have dinner at Mark's home in Queens, New York. This week, comedy writer Jeffrey Gurian
, "Grab Bag"
The newest member of the My Damn Channel family is actress Emma Caulfield
! Best known for her role on Joss Whedon TV series, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," she'll be making vlogs for us every Tuesday and Thursday. Kicking Dan Out
, "One-Night Stand" SEASON PREMIERE
Starring comedian Dan St. Germain as a man who just can't seem to keep a gig, a girlfriend or a place to live. The pilot aired earlier this year during an episode of My Damn Channel LIVE
. In this episode, Dan doesn't want to leave the bed of a girl who can't really remember how he got there.Coffey Chat
Look for the latest episode from our vlogger, Shannon Coffey. New episodes every Tuesday! Last week she had some computer troubles and couldn't make a video! Let's just blame it on the recent Monster Moon
, Episode 7: "Checking In"
Special Agent Sparks is trying to protect the Mayor from an assassination attempt, but the Mayor is addicted to "checking in" on social media wherever he goes. My Damn Channel LIVE
, Special Guest: Seth Herzog
Currently the warm-up comic for "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," he also hosts a weekly comedy show in New York City called "Sweet,"
a comedy industry staple, according to The New York Times.
Throwback Thursday: Workless - "This Is Nothing"
Each Thursday we highlight on our homepage a video from our archive. "Workless" is an office comedy from the director of "Katt Williams: American Hustle." In "This Is Nothing," Jen Smedley (who also wrote the episode) has something on her lip. Don't worry about it. It's nothing.Co-op Of The Damned
, "Zombies Doing Mundane Things"
It's two weeks before Halloween, and do you think zombies are prepping for their big day? Well, you're wrong.My Damn Channel LIVE
, Host: Daily Grace
Daily Grace couldn't make her regular Tuesday hosting gig this week, so she's on Thursday instead! Get into the chat early to make sure she sees your comment!
10/19My Damn Channel LIVE
, Special Guests: Finesse Mitchell, Capone and Spinderella
Finesse Mitchell is a comedian and author, Capone is a rapper and Spinderella is probably most well-known for being a part of classic hip hop group Salt-n-Pepa, but all of our guests are part of The Comedy Shaq Network
- "Hayley Answers"
It's Monday, and Hayley Hoover is back with advice for college students, covering everything from studying tips to eating on a limited budget. Bagels and instant ramen, anyone?Harry Shearer
- "Your Thing"
A brand-new music video from Harry's latest album, "Can't Take A Hint."
Two-note melody? Check. Two-word lyric? Close. Pop simplicity? You bet.
10/23The Bill Murray Show Starring Mark Malkoff
, Episode 9
Mark's video quest to get actor Bill Murray to visit Mark's home in Queens, NY continues. This week Mark stops by a screening for Bill Murray's newest movie, "Hyde Park On Hudson."
Will he finally get to meet Bill Murray? We won't spoil it, but we can tell you that Mark DOES get to meet Sting!
10/24The Jon Friedman Internet Program
Casper The Friendly ghost needs an intervention.Answerly
, "Ask Joe"
Joseph Birdsong gives SFW relationship and sex advice.My Damn Channel LIVE
, Halloween Special! Special Guests: Hannah Hart, Tyler Oakley, Chris Gethard, Daily Grace
Halloween comes early to My Damn Channel LIVE! Beth has a million (well, a lot!) of special guests!
10/25Co-op Of The Damned
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, we have an all-new episode of our favorite horror/comedy series set in a haunted New York apartment building.Essnemma
, "Advice Thursday"
Every Thursday, Emma Caulfield answers questions that fans leave for her on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
Throwback Thursday: Slacktory - "Nailed It: How To Carve A Pumpkin"
Slacktory editor Nick Douglas made this video last year and it remains one of the best pumpkin carving how-to's we've ever seen.
, "Kristina Answers"
Kristina Horner revels in her nerdiness with game reviews, movie reviews, and tips for how to feel less awkward.
, we also have new episodes of My Damn Channel LIVE
every Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. ET, new vlogs from Daily Grace
every day, and new episodes of our how-to/advice series Answerly
every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Patricia Heaton stopped by "Good Morning America" to chat about her hit TV show "The Middle" and to hip the world to the new twisted comedy Versailles here on My Damn Channel.
Episode 1 and Episode 2 are playing now.
New episodes every Monday.
If you're already hip to Harry Shearer's latest video, "Touch My Junk", then feel free to jump down to the links below and check out two new videos documenting the making of. Or maybe you just want some tips on fashionable dress and sassy dance moves?
If you haven't seen the original yet, stop everything - and start watching
. Then watch the behind the scenes videos, linked below.
Touch My Junk - Behind the Scenes: Wardrobe
Touch My Junk - Behind the Scenes: The Shoot
Not liking our Happy Hanukkah hip hop video is mashugana. Throw your dreidels in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care! Or just watch these guys do it:
Posted in SoCo
with tags SoCo
, Southern Comfort
, My Damn Channel
, The Black Keys
, Saul Williams
, San Diego
on 8/24/2008 4:54:40 PM by Rob Barnett
Just back east coast & off the plane from our LA & San Diego shoots for My Damn Channel Music Nights presented by SoCo.
Yesterday was the all-day & til-Midnight SoCo Music Experience concert outdoors in San Diego.
(PHOTOS TO FOLLOW as soon as i get a lil schleepeee)
Props, respect & all terms of goodness to our sponsors, our hosts, the production team, our crew, our staff, all the musicians & the extra beautiful & fun-loving humans that made up a crowd that had to hit near 10,000 or more by the time we got to the headliners last night.
The SoCo Music Experience is touring the country with a festival that features live music outdoors, adult beverages, food, tents, games, and overall....a sexy good time.
Common headlined an impressive, eclectic line-up that went from hip hop to rock with The Black Keys, and then to uncategorizable, extremely funky, multi-flavored sets from Kinky and Saul Williams too. Slammin'.
Two stages all day - also featuring: Grand Ole Party, MC Flow, Shark Attack, The Silent Comedy, Buddy Akai, The Burning of Rome, & Lady Dottie and the Diamonds.
Grace was interviewing bands & the fans all day & all night, covering the scene.
Maria was running the My Damn Channel tent where we had way too much fun bonding with da fans - and giving away freebies including the ultra-rare YOU SUCK AT PHOTOSHOP tee-shirts, new My Damn Channel pins, and My Damn Channel TATTOOS.
We filmed all day for a new pilot series in development. The working title is: "LISTEN, KISS, MEDITATE." In a world with WAY too much noize - we're creating a new web series WITHOUT SOUND. Picture people from every walk o' life - doing three things that bring you one step further away from the madness & one step closer to SOUL. We filmed fans listening to music, kissing (passionately), and meditating. It's off the edit room to see if we're onto something great......or not.
Next SoCo Music Experience event....Madison, WI on 9/6 & we'll be at the Experience show in Albany, NY on 9/13!
|Dailymotion Features Exclusive Debut of My Damn Channel's Bedtime Stories
Dailymotion, the world's largest independent video sharing site, and My Damn Channel, the entertainment studio and new media platform, today announced a partnership that will bring My Damn Channel's original, professionally-produced episodic video content to Dailymotion's audience of over 49 million users worldwide.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2008 - Dailymotion, the world's largest independent video sharing site, and My Damn Channel, the entertainment studio and new media platform, today announced a partnership that will bring My Damn Channel's original, professionally-produced episodic video content to Dailymotion's audience of over 49 million users worldwide.
Beginning Tuesday, March 11, 2008, Dailymotion will host an exclusive premiere episode of My Damn Channel's newest web series, "Bedtime Stories." Written and co-directed by Steve Kerper, whose previous work includes infamous sketches such as "Raging Bullwinkle" for HBO's "Hardcore TV," each episode of "Bedtime Stories" will offer a provocative retelling of a traditional children's story. The show stars web video cult personality and one-time pole vault medalist Grace Helbig and features illustrations by Asterisk (Saturday Night Live's "TV Funhouse").
In addition to the exclusive "Bedtime Stories" premiere, Dailymotion will now feature My Damn Channel's original comedy and music videos including "Horrible People," a soap opera with an evil, comedic twist written and directed by A. D. Miles ("Wet Hot American Summer"); "Cookin' with Coolio," a production of Dead Crow Pictures featuring hip-hop star Coolio creating his favorite "funkalicious" dishes and "Wainy Days," an hilarious, fictionalized account of comedian David Wain's ("The State," "The Ten") search for romance. My Damn Channel artists also include Harry Shearer, Andy Milonakis, Big Fat Brain ("You Suck at Photoshop") and Don Was.
Content from My Damn Channel will be programmed by Dailymotion's creative managers into the site's channels alongside licensed videos from Dailymotion's Official users as well as original videos from the Motionmaker program. This curatorial strategy enables Dailymotion to deliver the highest-quality viewing experience by providing content in a manner that is user-friendly and easy-to-navigate.
"We're excited to partner with My Damn Channel, a company that shares our dedication to bringing the freshest and most creative entertainment to the largest audience possible," said Danny Passman, Dailymotion's senior creative director. "We are also elated that they have chosen our site for the premiere of 'Bedtime Stories,' and are confident that our high-quality viewing experience and global audience makes Dailymotion the perfect platform for this debut."
"Dailymotion adds massive global reach and effective promotion for our talent and our original videos," said Rob Barnett, Founder & CEO of My Damn Channel. "We found solid partners at Dailymotion to help fuel our mission to rewrite old media rules by allowing major artists to reach tens of millions of fans without any corporate interference."
A top 30 website worldwide (source: Alexa), Dailymotion is the world's largest independent video entertainment website (source: Alexa; comScore, December 2007). Every day, over 15,000 new videos are uploaded into Dailymotion's global network of localized video entertainment sites, where the site's creative directors turn the user-generated and licensed content into high-quality entertainment for its 50-plus million monthly unique users. In January 2008, Dailymotion registered approximately 800 million video views across its global network. The site's Motionmaker program is designed to identify and encourage the most creative users on Dailymotion. Using the most advanced technology for both users and content creators, Dailymotion provides high-quality video in a fast, easy-to-use Web site that also automatically filters infringing material. Dailymotion's mission is to provide the best possible entertainment experience for users and the best marketing opportunities for advertisers, while respecting content protection. For more information, please visit http://www.dailymotion.com.
About My Damn Channel:
My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and new media platform created to empower filmmakers, actors, comedians and musicians to co-produce, distribute and monetize original, episodic video content. Programming is created for the My Damn Channel site (http://www.MyDamnChannel.com/) and for distribution on today's most heavily- trafficked online communities and social networks including YouTube (www.YouTube.com/MyDamnChannel), MySpace, Dailymotion, and others. My Damn Channel gives its artists creative control and produces a diverse array of programming from talent including Harry Shearer, Andy Milonakis, David Wain, Don Was, Coolio, A.D. Miles, Steve Kerper and Big Fat Brain ("You Suck at Photoshop"). My Damn Channel is supported by an advertising revenue model, and by licensing the studio's entire portfolio of content across all forms of digital distribution, including online, mobile, VOD and DVD. ###
THE NEXT BROADCAST
by Ben Goldstein
March 2, 2008 -- Web entertainment enters prime time, as Internet networks start modeling themselves on real-world broadcastersBY THE TIME you finish reading this sentence, a 15-year-old mall-punk in central Michigan will have clicked on a YouTube video, gotten bored within seconds, and then clicked on another. It's that kind of insatiable thirst for the next bright, shiny Web-thing that's both fueling and challenging an emerging wave of Internet TV networks.
But for these rapidly multiplying entertainment sites that present original videos, usually released on a consistent schedule, it's also their greatest hope. Because although the audience that looks online for entertainment is fickle to the point of brutality, maybe their attention spans are so short because nobody has given them what they want yet.
Two weeks ago, actor-comedian Damon Wayans became the latest high-profile figure to throw his talent behind the still relatively unproven medium of Internet television, as he announced the impending debut of WayOutTV.com. The site will feature sketch comedy bearing the trademark Wayans Family mix of oddball pop-culture parody and provocative social commentary. Though an official launch date hasn't been established, samples are being released weekly at YouTube.com/WayOutTV.
"There is no urban destination online," Wayans says. "Everybody uses YouTube, but you have to dig deep and for a long time to find something that satisfies you. With WayOut, I'm the filter. I'm creating a brand of comedy as opposed to letting everybody just put up whatever they want."Though the comedian admits that building a Web site's infrastructure is new to him, he sounds like a veteran 'Net-geek when he talks about his big ideas, which include using WayOutTV to create viral ads for corporations, and focusing on content for mobile phones.
He'll need those forward-thinking concepts if WayOutTV is going to succeed.
As the Will Ferrell-backed FunnyorDie.com proved, it takes more than a big name to hold the eyes of an online populace in constant search of novelty. Pulling in about 2 million unique viewers per month, FunnyorDie may be a traffic success compared to other top-notch comedy destinations like SuperDeluxe and MyDamnChannel, but after drawing 4.5 million visitors during its April launch, FoD's numbers crashed and have yet to recover.Besides the fact that the site's videos lacked a predictable TV-like schedule, another reason for FunnyOrDie's somewhat disappointing performance could be its insular nature. The old model was to guard your content vigilantly so that it wouldn't fall into the hands of other video-sharing sites, where you wouldn't benefit from the traffic. (If you want to see Will Ferrell have an argument with a foul-mouthed toddler, you have to come here.)
This may have been a mistake.
New networks are distributing their content all over the Web rather than confining it to a single site, but they're doing so in a controlled way so artists' rights are protected. 60Frames.com, which launched its first series in January, follows a studio model in which professional artists are given resources to create videos that are syndicated to sites like YouTube and MySpace.
Shows produced by 60Frames include "WhoWhatWearTV," which has been theNo. 1-ranked fashion/beauty video podcast on iTunes since its debut, and the hilarious Jersey Shore-lampooning "Douchebag Beach" series."We knew there were a lot of talented artists who wanted to work in this space, but they didn't want to just upload their content to the 'Net without any support, or sell their ideas to media companies where they would be forced to give up ownership and control," says 60Frames CEO Brent Weinstein, who previously led United Talent Agency's digital media department. "When we hear an idea that's a good match for our company, we get behind it as quickly as we can, and once we're in business with artists, we give them quite a bit of free reign. We're the most artist-friendly option in the marketplace."
Of course, you might consider bypassing artists altogether.
A totally different (and more conventional) model for Internet TV is exemplified by Joost, a five-month-old service that presents more than 20,000 shows plucked from "real" TV networks such as Comedy Central and A&E. Original programming is a potential goal for the future, but Joost's main focus is on acquiring rights to existing programming and presenting it all in one place for free.But are more channels what people want?Though more than 5 million people have downloaded the Joost software to date, the company's North American GM, David Clark, says that the biggest challenge in running Joost is "helping people find what they are interested in.
"All of a sudden, that "filter" thing that Damon Wayans mentioned is starting to make sense. If you're lost in an abyss of options that aren't directly aimed at you, maybe you're in the wrong place. And Rob Barnett, CEO of MyDamnChannel, is even more critical of the repurposing strategy.
"I think there's a lot of cynicism in this attitude of, 'The kids are watching all this YouTube stuff, so let's go make another buck off the s - - - we already have,' " Barnett says. "It's rehashed, retreaded content that was made for a different medium. I'd rather say, 'Hey, let's blow their minds and give them something they haven't seen before.' "
Barnett managed programming and production divisions at MTV and VH1 for more than a decade before launching MyDamnChannel in July of last year. The site had 1 million unique users in January, and when we spoke with him, it was having its biggest traffic day ever thanks to a Harry Shearer-produced clip that showed candid footage of Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly during moments they didn't know cameras were rolling.
Less is certainly more at MyDamnChannel. Instead of a mass of individual videos that require searching, MDC presents eight highly produced channels, created by artists ranging from Harry Shearer to Coolio, which release a new episode every week. It's about as close to an actual TV network as you'll find on the Web, right down to the consistent scheduling, and it runs proudly against the grain of the user-generated content approach (which ManiaTV.com CEO Peter Hoskins colorfully refers to as "loser-generated content").
Like Wayans, Barnett realizes the importance of submitting to a higher power (i.e., YouTube) for exposure and distribution."If you just drop [your content] onto the Internet, you're in the biggest ocean in the planet, and you're lost," Barnett says.
Words of warning for the glut of new comedy-based Internet TV networks trying to follow the throw-it-all-at-the-wall approach set by FunnyorDie. Recent months have seen the launch of MyBlueCollar.com (Jeff Foxworthy's comedy site), NationalBanana.com (Jerry Zucker's comedy site), and the brand-new Comedy.com (Former UPN President Dean Valentine's comedy site). We don't necessarily recommend you visit any of them.Even though the trend is toward outrageous humor, not every Internet TV network goes for belly laughs. One of the most interesting new models is the development of a group of sites or channels that have nothing to do with one another, but are produced with the same aesthetic.
ONNetworks.com presents more than 20 do-it-yourself cooking, decorating, and green-living instructional shows aimed at the young and hip. The sites launched by the year-old NextNewNetworks.com, which is also led by former cable TV execs, have provided definitive destinations for everyone from vintage Corvette enthusiasts (VetteDog.com), to jewelry designers (MetalChik.com), to people who just like cute pets (UltraKawaii.com).
But there's one thing all these sites have in common: They won't ask you to pay a single dime for your entertainment.
With so much content already free on the Web, those who launch Internet TV networks know they have to be a little more creative when it comes to finding revenue streams. Hence, syndication deals, embedded ads, corporate brands integrated into programming and DVD releases.
Ultimately, Damon Wayans places his trust in the opportunity of the unknown that the online wilderness can be tamed and the pioneers of Web TV can eventually learn how to turn a profit.
"I personally feel that the Internet is what cable was 30 years ago," Wayans says. "It's like clay. Whatever you decide to make it, that's what it will become."
Channel guide: SURFING THROUGH the best of web tv
Concept: Hipster entertainment from the minds that brought you Vice Magazine.
Best Show: "Shot by Kern" gives viewers insight into the artistic process of New York-based erotic photographer Richard Kern and the thought process of his models.
Also Watch: "The Vice Guide to Travel," "Epicly Later'd"
Schedule: More than 30 series are currently in rotation and are usually updated weekly.
Concept: An umbrella group of micro-networks aimed at various niche interests.
Best Channel: IndyMogul.com, resources and moral support for DIY filmmakers.
Also Watch: ThreadBanger.com (fashion coverage with a punk rock 'tude), ChannelFrederator.com (animated comedy featuring Dan Meth's brilliant "The Meth Minute 39" series)
Schedule: Generally in the video blog format, each of NNN's subnetworks are on their own schedules, with daily or weekly updates.
Concept: Boundary-pushing alt-comedy videos and social networking.
Best Show: "The Professor Brothers," wherein two bald, pompous community college lecturers try to make sense of the world.
Also Watch: "All My Exes," Norm MacDonald's "The Fake News"
Concept: An Internet entertainment studio focusing on eight professional-quality channels produced by well-known artists.
Best Show: In "Wainy Days," writer/director/ex-State member David Wain repeatedly and hilariously fails to find his soul mate.
Also Watch: "Horrible People," "Big Fat Brain"
Monday: new episodes of Wainy Days
, Horrible People
Tuesday: Harry Shearer
Wednesday: Andy Milonakis
, Cookin' With Coolio
Thursday: Don Was
, Carnival of Stuff
Friday: "Big Fat Brain"
Concept: Unconventional instructional shows for a range of interests, all produced in HD.
Best Show: "Dinner with the Band," in which chef Sam Mason hosts his favorite bands for an evening of cooking, conversation, and live performance.
Also Watch: "Backpack Picnic," "Stump the Chef"
Posted in Coolio
, My Damn Channel
with tags Coolio
on 2/15/2008 7:32:00 AM by Rob Barnett
You Got Served: Cooking With Coolio
By Dove ~Sheepish Lordess of Chaos~
Published Thursday, February 14, 2008
In doing his show independently on MyDamnChannel.com, Coolio is able to give an uncensored, humorous edge to the culinary arts. We caught up with the veteran rapper to chew the fat about the ways he turns soul food healthy and how he’s making true entertainment out of cooking.
AllHipHop.com: Tell us a little about how you came up with the concept for your show and how things developed.
Coolio: The concept came about from just playing around. Me and my cousin was in the kitchen one day hooking up a meal and I said, “Wow, what if we had a cooking show? It would be like this” and then we started acting it out. So we did that for a year to a year-and-a half - people would come over and if I was cooking I would pretend like I was doing a cooking show. It grew from that.
I started telling people about it, and I met this guy that was a writer - we were working on something else together - and he was interested in the cooking show. He had some people draw up some things for kitchen gear, and then he wrote an outline and we just took it from there. We shopped it for a while, and though we had a few offers, nobody wanted to let us do what we wanted to do in order to make it the way we wanted to do it. That’s how we ended up taking it to My Damn Channel, because they gave us the freedom to do it the way we wanted to.
AllHipHop.com: How do you go about creating an episode?
Coolio: That’s Elan’s job, one of our writers and producers. He came up with most of the concepts for the shows - we gave him our recipes and then he tried to come up with concepts for each show. Originally it started out as cooking and comedy, it ended up getting to be comedy and cooking. [laughs]
We started out with concepts for the first couple of episodes, and then we found out that only worked for a few of them. We scrapped some of the ideas and then we just started --freestyling stuff towards the end. After we shot the first day-and-a-half all the ideas started to grow, and then somebody would throw in an idea and it just came together.
AllHipHop.com: Are these recipes that you’ve created personally or are they family recipes?
Coolio: It’s kind of weird, I’ve changed all of my family recipes, because my mom used to cook with all of those high cholesterol ingredients and high fat ingredients. So I just took a lot of her basic recipes and added to them. I think my spaghetti is better than hers, and that was one of my favorite things that she cooked. I just made it a little bit better, I just took some of those flavors out that weren’t absolutely necessary and turned the fat and cholesterol meters down and we just came up with some good things.
Then I create as well. It’s all experimentation, it’s just like making music or doing art or making clothes. You do a model, a sample and then you let people try it and you try it. Usually if I like something everybody else is gonna like it, because I’m real critical of food. If I go to a place and buy a meal and it’s not good, I’ll never come there again.
I pick up some concepts from restaurants that I go to, I’ve even went in the kitchen and asked the chef, “What is this? How do you make this?” I’ve had a bit of formal training, I don’t have a diploma or anything, but I almost finished the whole course.
AllHipHop.com: As far as being on tour and on TV sets where you’re in trailers with catered food and in different environments where you’ve probably eaten really bad food over the years, have there been any red flags for you that said, “Hey I need to change the way I’m cooking right now?”
Coolio: Nah, not really, I got a cast iron stomach and a high metabolism and I’m regular. [laughs] My body does its job pretty well, I don’t have ulcers, stomach problems, problems with gas or anything like that. People get older and they start going through that kind of stuff. No high blood pressure or cholesterol, because I stopped eating that way when I was in my early 30’s. When I cook, or when I’m paying for something and I have a choice, I’m eating pretty healthy stuff. I eat my greens and I get it going, it’s pretty easy for me though. I’ve never had a problem with that.
AllHipHop.com: Has anyone influenced you in particular, watching them go through having high blood pressure, diabetes or things like that?
Coolio: No not really. One of the things that influenced me a lot was eating in Italy, and being in Italy for over a month and how they don’t use butter really at all. They use olive oil, so for a lot of dishes I substitute olive, sunflower or peanut oil for butter.
AllHipHop.com: How many episodes did you start out with?
Coolio: We did 10 for the first season.
AllHipHop.com: Would you entertain doing it on television or are you just really adamant about sticking with this plan [on the internet]?
Coolio: Well, I suppose at this point we’re gonna stay on the net because we have a lot of mature content. But if the money’s right and people are gonna make it worth our while, then we’ll take it to network television or to cable. It’s hilarious, but you don’t even realize that you’re watching a cooking show at some points in it. It’s like you’re watching some comedy, but then at the end when you see the finished product you realize, “Damn, he just showed me how to make some s**t! I could use this.”
AllHipHop.com: What are some other ways that people can reduce cholesterol and unnecessary fat when they cook soul food?
Coolio: You can use sugar substitutes. When recipes call for pork or beef, you can use turkey instead. It just depends on what it is you’re cooking, you look at what you’re cooking and say, “Should I use butter here or not? What kind of oil should I use? Should I use pork in my greens or smoked turkey necks?” When it comes to soul food, that’s all you can do.
I don’t do a lot of soul food. I can do soul food, but people know how to cook soul food. The people that don’t aren’t gonna try to cook soul food, they’re gonna go out and buy it from somewhere. Now if you’re talking about somebody that’s just starting out and wants to cook soul food, if they don’t know anybody that cooks it, then yeah, maybe I can give them a few tips, but for the most part I do fusion more or less.
I do Mexitalian, Blasian - which is Black and Asian - like soul rolls. Soul rolls are eggrolls but they got flavor in them. You’ve never tasted an eggroll that will taste like one of my soul rolls. I came up with that because the traditional eggroll with all of the bean sprouts, they never put enough meat in it. I just kind of flipped that whole concept, I still use cabbage, but I just added a few things to it to make it taste better, and then at the same time it’s still healthy.
AllHipHop.com: Are you calorie conscious when you create your works or are you more about watching cholesterol?
Coolio: It depends on who I’m cooking for. We’re starting a catering business - it depends on what the client calls for. One thing that I refuse to substitute is flavor though. If somebody tells me, “I like really bland food” I’m like, “Oh well you need to get another chef or caterer because I refuse to make food without flavor.” Everything I cook is well-done. I don’t cook any meat rare or medium-rare over here. But one thing about my steak is, you don’t need a knife, all you need is a fork.
AllHipHop.com: It’s hard to make buttery soft steak well-done.
Coolio: Most people try to fry their steak. The only way you can do steak on top of the oven and make it get butter soft is by smothering it. Smothering takes away a lot of the flavor as well, especially if you’re not one of those people that likes some really well seasoned foods. It depends on what you like, some people don’t like garlic and onions. I can make stuff and put garlic in it, and you’ll never know - I hide it with another flavor.
AllHipHop.com: I’m sure a lot of people are going to want to tune in and see what you’ve got going on.
Coolio: I would advise people to tune in. Just go to mydamnchannel.com, it actually airs on Monday of next week. I would advise people to check it out, you’re gonna get some insight and laugh your a** off at the same time. Then I’ll give you some ways to look at some old favorites, like caprice salad. That’s pretty basic, but I’ve actually come up with another way to do it that’s not caprice salad anymore, it’s “Coolio Caprice Salad” that’s got kick. Some people like it real plain and they want to taste the flavor of the cheese, that’s what a lot of people are going for. Especially Italians, they just put a little bit of oil on it and that’s it. But I kind of flip it.
The whole premise of my style is to help people be able to go to a regular grocery store, get a two dollar steak and make it taste like a 20 dollar prime rib. That’s my thing right there.
COOKIN' with COOLIO - episode ONE: http://www.mydamnchannel.com/Cookin_with_Coolio/Cookin_with_Coolio/1CoolioCapreseSalad_530.aspx
Posted in My Damn Channel
, New Series
on 2/10/2008 11:35:00 PM by Rob Barnett
For Immediate Release
MY DAMN CHANNEL LAUNCHES 'HORRIBLE' NEW LINE-UP
Comic Soap Opera, Animated Shorts, and 'Cookin' with Coolio' Premiere Today
Over 13 Million Views for Original 'DAMN' Videos
'Wainy Days' Season 2 Finale Today
NEW YORK, February 11, 2008 - My Damn Channel (www.MyDamnChannel.com
), the entertainment studio and new media platform, today premieres three new reasons to work less and watch more video: "Horrible People," "Cookin' with Coolio," and "Carnival of Stuff." The company also debuts a new look and all-new features designed by Big Fat Brain and built by Reborn Studio.
My Damn Channel's original comedy and music videos have racked up over 13 million views since launching six months ago. The entertainment studio backs professional artists by producing and distributing videos on its own site and in broad syndication on major portals including YouTube (www.YouTube.com/MyDamnChannel
My Damn Channel's music destination is led by legendary music producer Don Was. The comedy line-up includes web phenom Andy Milonakis. Viral hits include videos by Harry Shearer (3.5 million views) and Big Fat Brain's "You Suck at Photoshop" (3.6 million views). David Wain's episodic comedy "Wainy Days" has over 4.1 million views and celebrates its second season finale today with episode 20.
"The best talent line-up in the game deliver original new videos every week," said Rob Barnett, president & CEO of My Damn Channel. "We're building a big brand, mass audience and real revenues at a fast pace without any corporate red tape."
Today's premieres include:
"Horrible People" - an evil comic soap opera
Actor and comedian A.D. Miles ("Wet Hot American Summer," "Dog Bites Man") writes, directs and stars in a depraved soap opera, which takes place at a never-ending cocktail party. Kristin Schaal ("The Flight of the Conchords") and Mather Zickel ("Dancing with Shiva") co-star with A.D. Miles. The series is produced by Jonathan Stern, and new episodes will unfold every Monday at lunchtime for 10 weeks of "addictive workus interruptus."
"Cookin' with Coolio" - the name says it all
The award-winning Hip Hop superstar is on a mission to invade your kitchen and create funkalicious dishes every Wednesday at lunchtime. The series is produced by Dead Crow Pictures.
"Carnival of Stuff" - original branded comedy
Carnival of Stuff is the new online channel for Steve Kerper, creator of HBO's cult series "Hardcore TV." "Invasion," the first of two new projects, is an animated series about two small but determined aliens ordered to conquer Earth, with decidedly mixed results. Kerper writes the series which is animated by Asterisk (SNL's TV Funhouse). In March, Kerper and My Damn Channel debut "Bedtime Stories," based on traditional children's fables retold with illustrations in a very provocative way by host Grace Helbig. Carnival of Stuff episodes premiere every Thursday.
About My Damn Channel
My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and new media platform created to empower filmmakers, actors, comedians and musicians to co-produce, distribute and monetize original, episodic video content. Programming is created for the My Damn Channel site (www.MyDamnChannel.com
) and for distribution on today's most heavily-trafficked online communities and social networks, such as YouTube and MySpace. My Damn Channel gives its artists 100% creative control and produces a diverse array of music and comedy from talent including Harry Shearer, Andy Milonakis, David Wain, Don Was, Coolio, A.D. Miles, Steve Kerper, and Big Fat Brain. The company is supported by an advertising revenue model, and by licensing the studio's entire portfolio of content across all forms of digital distribution, including online, mobile, VOD and DVD.
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