(L-R: Mitch, Thomas, Jim)
Editor's Note: Today we have guest bloggers! The Worst Generation is our newest series and we thought it might be nice for you to get to know its stars a little more intimately, so here they are:
So, My Damn Channel wants us to do some type of blog thingy to kinda introduce ourselves to the people of the internet. Since we don't have any actual "fan mail" (or even "fans" for that matter), I've ripped off a few questions from a Justin Bieber fan site for us to answer. Answer these bad boys and any other questions you can think of to get this bad boy rollin'.
If your house was on fire and you could only take one thing with you what would it be?
- Roxy, 13, Detroit
JIM: Hi Roxy. Thanks for watching. I'd probably have to grab my amazing-incredible-pornography box, a.k.a. my computer. Either that or my collection of Simpsons action figures.
THOMAS: Bauer, he's the only hope any of us have for success. And you're an idiot Jim the question clearly stated one thing that you would take and you clearly listed two.
JIM: I get nervous talking to people from Detroit. She probably just wants to steal our stuff.
MITCH: My depression pills.
Where do you get your best love advice?
- Lonely in Little Rock
MITCH: My dad once told me. "never take home the three legged dog from the pound just because you feel sorry for it." That made since when I was 9 and it still does to this day.
JIM: I've tried it all; tarot cards, gypsy palm readings, fortune cookies, magic 8 balls... and I found the best place for you to get your love advise... is from inside your heart :)
THOMAS: I just watch what Mitch does, and it teaches me exactly what NOT to do as far as love is concerned.
If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would it be?
THOMAS: I don't really care as long as those three people are buying. And it better be some gourmet shit, if I have to go listen to three other people bore me to death I don't want to do it over a Big Mac and fries.
MITCH: Bo Jackson, The Pope, and Dennis Rodman
JIM: Wow Mitch, what are the odds of the Pope even responding to that evite? I'm going with Jenna Jameson, Pamela Anderson and Angelina Jolie. In their primes. Next question.
How does it feel to be mobbed by screaming girls?
JIM: You get used to it.
THOMAS: Feels normal, they've been doing it my whole life.
MITCH: Sometimes, I don't feel worthy of it all. Other times, it gets annoying having to hear all the jibber-jabber that comes along with it.
Describe your dream girl.
MITCH: I hear your dream girl is actually a version of your mother. So probably an annoying old bitch.
JIM: My dream girl is funny, smart, nice smile, pretty eyes, caring of others, and got an ass so big you can see it from the front.
THOMAS: Depends on my mood. And the season.
What would a fan have to do to date you?
THOMAS: Tell me their daddy was Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Jerry Bruckheimer or any such type of person, so that I can leave these clowns of TWG behind and get started on my life doing something that is actually worth a shit.
JIM: Be 18 years old and have a vagina. A trust fund wouldn't hurt either.
MITCH: Have you ever heard of a ballcuzzi?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JIM: Hopefully off of unemployment and out of my parents' basement.
MITCH: Cute cottage near the sea with roommates that make me breakfast and flush the toilet once in a while... or unemployed in my parents basement.
THOMAS: Dating Spielberg's daughter.
How do you deal with all the haters out there?
MITCH: I always carry a butterfly knife I got in Baja. Can't hate when you're getting stabbed.
THOMAS: In the words of Tupac: " Fuck it. I feel like I shine. And I don't give a fuck how many white people, the Media, black people, playa haters, police, whoever, try to darken my shine, Im'a always shine through. "
JIM: Uhhhhh wait what?
What would you do if all the fame went away tomorrow?
JIM: If all of this fame was suddenly taken away from me, I'd probably blow my head off.
MITCH: It would be a long way to fall, but I'm sure I could still pull ass so who cares.
THOMAS: Be excited that I'd never have to answer stupid questions like these again. Is this really what you want us to do Jimmy? Whataya' stupid or something?
How would you describe your style?
JIM: Oh I dunno, maybe rural-chic with an urban twist.
MITCH: Commando, Ballistic, and Fresh.
How do you maintain such a hot body?
THOMAS: Layers and no AC.
MITCH: Commitment to Excellence.
JIM: More like commitment to purging after every meal. I usually lift like 8 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Editor: Uh, thanks, guys! We'll all be watching you and Bauer every Tuesday at www.MyDamnChannel.com/TheWorstGeneration! And following you on Twitter at @TheWorstGen! And on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheWorstGeneration!
Otherwise we'll be avoiding Mitch and his butterfly knife.
Harry Shearer's documentary about the REAL reason Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, The Big Uneasy, starts its one-week-only New York and Los Angeles engagements tomorrow. To mark the event, Harry will do a LIVE CHAT on Friday, September 24th at noon Eastern/9am Pacific.
Go to MyDamnChannel.com/HarryLive to type in your questions and have Harry answer them LIVE via video broadcast.
We've already decided that you will be there. You're gonna do it. You HAVE to do it. It's your chance to chat with Harry freakin' Shearer for goodness' sake.
Posted in Harry Shearer
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, The Big UnEasy
, New Orleans
, Crescent City Stories
, The Simpsons
, Le Show
, Huffington Post
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on 5/25/2010 5:44:59 AM by Rob Barnett
'On assignment' in New Orleans for My Damn Channel.
If you're a resident here, you have our maximum respect and thanks for giving the rest of us one of the most magical places on earth. If you've visited, keep coming back. If you've never been...make it happen captain. You'll find warm souls, inspired sounds, the finest food, drink, fun and good times you can experience.
We lead with laffs at My Damn Channel. But there's more than comedy beneath your fingertips. This is why Harry Shearer was the first artist we asked to trust us to let him reach you without one drop of Hollywood execu-nonsense in the way.
Harry has lived in New Orleans for over a decade, shuttling from here to
LA and the rest of his working world. From The Simpsons, to Spinal Tap, to SNL, to Le Show on NPR, Huffington Post, comedy albums, music, music videos, and more - Harry Shearer is an artist who never stops creating, entertaining, living and giving.
Harry has created many of the most-viewed, most-talked about videos on My Damn Channel. He has two projects in the works that you'll see next.
On June 4th, you'll see "Deaf Boys." Here's a sneak preview along with a note about the original song and short film to come.
This August, Harry will release a documentary feature film he's directed about the city he loves. "The Big UnEasy" opens on the 5th anniversary of Katrina to tell the story about the un-natural disaster that nearly destroyed New Orleans. The film details why the levees broke, why the city is still in danger, and why Congress and The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting more cities like New Orleans at risk.
Harry will share news and videos about the making of his film over the summer. We presented a series of videos back in 2007, on the 2nd anniversary of Katrina called "Crescent City Stories."
Who says The Simpsons don't age??
This Sunday night, "The Simpsons" turn 20 yrs old and the Internet is going viral with excitement (I mean, hey, they're almost drinking age!).
For those who don't know (welcome to Earth!) - our very own Harry Shearer performs a huge range of the voices for the characters on "The Simpsons", including (but not limited to):
- Mr. Burns
- Waylon Smithers
- Ned Flanders
- Principal Skinner
- Reverend Lovejoy
- Dr Hibbert
- Kent Brockman
- Eddie (the cop)
- Rainier Wolfcastle (McBain)
- Mr. Bouvier (Marge's father)
- Dr. Marvin Monroe
- Mr. Largo
- Marty (from KBBL)
- Dr Loren J. Pryor
- Jebediah Springfield
- Judge Snyder
- Sanjay (Apu's brother)
Harry was featured in an interview with the Associated Press, and from there - it's spreading like a Winter Cold across the globe!
Here's a sneak peek:
To celebrate - we're asking all of our readers/fans to dress up as Ned and attend church this Sunday (JUST KIDDING). In all seriousness, check out some of the awesome articles going around on the web with Harry's exclusive interview and don't make plans this Sunday evening. This week's episode ("Once Upon a Time in Springfield") will be one you won't want to miss!
Shearer, who began his career as a child actor... keeps a multiplicity of projects
under way. He hosts his own signature channel on the "My
Damn Channel" comedy Web site.
"Matt [Groening] has a satirical, anti-authority streak," says Shearer. "From the
beginning, 'The Simpsons' was taking the side of the family against all
the authority figures and institutions that buffeted them in the modern
world. Certainly, that resonated for me."
(It doesn't hurt that they're mentioning My Damn Channel, either... whoo-hoo!!)
LAPDANCE with KURT LODER is our newest series premiere on My Damn Channel.
Kurt Loder saves the world - one interview at a time.
Author, journalist, MTV anchor, movie writer, and former Rolling Stone senior editor Kurt Loder interviews filmmakers, musicians, and anyone else who's around, anywhere in the world, via iChat.
Harry Shearer is our first victim. Four video segments just went LIVE.
Topics include: a Spinal Tap reunion, Ricky Gervais, Eddie Izzard, Richard Pryor, Christopher Guest, Tom Leopold, Paul Shaffer, reality TV, TV news, Sarah Palin, Al Franken, and you can find out what kind of world it would be - if it was ruled by Harry Shearer.
on Spinal Tap:
Reality TV / News:
Posted in My Damn Channel
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, Rob Barnett
, Cookin' with Coolio
, You Suck at Photoshop
, Found Objects
, Harry Shearer
, Okapi Venture Capital
, Will Ferrell
, Funny or Die
on 5/16/2008 6:13:54 AM by Rob Barnett
06.02.08, 12:00 AM ET
Rob Barnett's My Damn Channel gives TV creators something they've always wanted: ownership.
Posted in Harry Shearer
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, Karen Murphy
, President Bush
, "935 Lies"
, "Songs of the Bushmen"
, The Center for Public Integrity
, Dick Cheney
, Condoleeza Rice
, Donald Rumsfeld
, My Damn Channel
, Rob Barnett
on 5/13/2008 12:37:29 AM by Rob Barnett
PRESIDENT BUSH “LIES” ON MY DAMN CHANNEL
Harry Shearer’s “935 Lies” World Premieres Today
New York, NY – May 13, 2008 – My Damn Channel World Premieres Harry Shearer’s music video, “935 Lies” today. The song is from Harry Shearer's forthcoming record "Songs of the Bushmen." See it here.
Harry Shearer is an actor, author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi-media artist and record label owner. His work is inside the heads of millions worldwide from The Simpsons, This is Spinal Tap, Le Show, and Saturday Night Live. Shearer plunged into the online universe to become a cornerstone of My Damn Channel. Each week, Shearer unveils a new political or pop culture satire on his own branded channel.
“935 Lies” is filmed in what looks like a corporate meeting held by the publishers of "Modern Liar" magazine. Shearer enumerates, with what looks like either pride or insensate rage, some of the almost one thousand falsehoods uttered by Bush Administration leaders that led us to war. Oddly, as he does so, he sings about other notable things that come in bunches of a thousand. And food is served.
According to The Center for Public Integrity, “President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq.”
Harry Shearer said, “If it just helps us all to be better liars in our own lives, this damn war will have been worth it.”
Rob Barnett, founder & CEO of My Damn Channel said, "The most powerful force in the world is not a weapon or a nation but a truth...that we are spiritual beings and that freedom is the soul's right to breathe." Barnett was quoting President George W. Bush.
“935 Lies” Credits:
Music & Lyrics HARRY SHEARER; Director HARRY SHEARER; Producer KAREN MURPHY; Music Producer/Engineer JOHN FISCHBACH; Director of Photography MATT MINDLIN; Editor MIKE HALE
About My Damn Channel:
My Damn Channel is an entertainment studio and new media platform created to empower comedians, musicians and filmmakers to co-produce, distribute and monetize original, episodic video. Artists create content for the My Damn Channel website and for syndication on the most heavily-trafficked online communities and social networks. My Damn Channel has racked up 22 million views, 7 accolades from the 2008 Webby Awards, worldwide media coverage, major national advertisers and blah, blah, blah…Are you still reading? Start exploring now: www.MyDamnChannel.com
|KATIE WARNS WEB WEENIE Post staff writer
February 4, 2008 -- KATIE Couric is vowing revenge on the Internet joker who posted unflattering videos of her on YouTube. CBS News started a new YouTube chan nel over the weekend for its primary election coverage.But the CBS anchorwoman used the debut to get a little personal with those who make fun of her on the Internet video site."Hello YouTube viewers," she begins. "You know, it's nice to be on YouTube for a change when I know the cameras are rolling."Then, smiling and shaking her finger at the camera she adds: "Harry Shearer, I'm going to get you!"Shearer, a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and voice on "The Simpsons," is one of the originators of "My Damn Channel," another Internet site that last year posted two videos of Couric talking when she thought the cameras were off. On one tape, she makes fun of her predecessor Dan Rather.
On the most recent one, posted last month, she is seen at the anchor desk on the night of the New Hampshire primary complaining about her clip-on microphone, cursing and joking with her crew about how Rudolph Giuliani's campaign was dead.
Both tapes were presumably intercepted from satellite transmissions between CBS and its affiliates and never intended to air on TV.
Couric's retort to Shearer appears to put him on notice that she is watching him - and may try a prank of her own in the future.
Posted in My Damn Channel
, New Series
on 12/3/2007 11:10:00 PM by Rob Barnett
Calling all Co-Cons. We’ve been getting a ton of calls in the wake of the writers’ strike and after Harry Shearer went mega-viral with Dan Rather & Katie Couric.
We’re leaking our latest announcement here:
My Damn Channel STRIKES BACK AT “OLD MEDIA” WITH TOP TALENT from HIPHOP, comedy central AND HBO
Four original web series include a twisted soap opera, animated alien invasions, hiphop cooking and “Horrible” comedy
NEW YORK, December 4, 2007 – My Damn Channel , the entertainment studio and new media platform, today announced three new talent signings. Grammy-winning recording artist Coolio; A.D. Miles (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Reno 911,” “Dog Bites Man”) and Steve Kerper (MTV, HBO, “Amaze Your Friends”) will launch new video channels and create weekly original episodic video content for the Web.
Debuting in early 2008, these entertainers will join comedian/political satirist Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons,” “This is Spinal Tap”); music producer Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan); independent comic filmmaker David Wain (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “The Ten”); Web phenom Andy Milonakis (“The Andy Milonakis Show,” MTV); and the new comic duo Big Fat Brain, in creating weekly series for My Damn Channel.
“Our new media platform is only four months old, but we’re growing more teeth and muscle,” said Rob Barnett, president and CEO of My Damn Channel. “Our biggest new videos are bringing in millions of viewers, and new sponsors such as Lincoln, Universal Pictures and ASCAP have signed on. We’re striking back at our old media competitors by giving our talent a new creative platform without executive interference.”
My Damn Channel’s newest artists bring with them bodies of work that are both diverse and decorated. Following is a brief overview of each:
Coolio is an award-winning Rap superstar with over 27 million albums sold worldwide. He has won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, an American Music Award, 3 MTV Awards, 2 Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, and 2 ASCAP Awards. Coolio continues to perform live throughout the world. He is a composer, voice-over artist, and an actor who has appeared in over 50 films and television shows. Coolio received notoriety for his recent work in reality shows such as “Celebrity Bootcamp” and “Celebrity Fear Factor.”
Coolio is blazing new territory and taking on Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray and all other competitors by creating “Cookin’ with Coolio” for My Damn Channel. In this original weekly series, he will teach viewers to cook soul dishes that are fast, healthy and affordable. Using only the freshest ingredients from local supermarkets, Coolio will invite viewers into his home kitchen as he whips up Fall-Off-The-Bone Chicken, Soul Rolls and more. Coolio will be joined by two sexy soux chefs, “The Sauce Girls,” and by celebrity friends. “Cookin’ with Coolio” will be produced by Dead Crow Pictures.
“When it comes to the kitchen, I’m on a mission,” Coolio said. “I’m the neighborhood ghetto witch doctor superhero and I’m gonna make you forget about every other cooking show you’ve ever seen.”
A.D. Miles is an actor, writer, director and comedian whose acting credits include the cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer,” “The Ten” and “The Believer,” the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Miles’ television credits include “Reno 911” and “Stella,” and he was a writer and star of the critically acclaimed series “Dog Bites Man” on Comedy Central. Miles performs regularly in comedy clubs and colleges across the country.
A.D. Miles is creating the original series “Horrible People” for My Damn Channel. It’s a depraved soap opera that takes place entirely at a never-ending cocktail party, where guests drink too much and are always getting murdered or pregnant. “Horrible People” will be produced by Jonathan Stern, who also produces David Wain’s “Wainy Days” series for My Damn Channel, which has been seen by nearly 1.5 million viewers.
“‘Horrible People’” is based on my belief that most of us are not as civilized as we seem,” Miles said. “We are, in fact, vile selfish beasts who are a hair's breadth away from stabbing someone over the last cocktail shrimp.”
The first episode of “Horrible People” will feature Mather Zickel (“Dancing with Shiva”) and Kristen Schaal (“The Flight of the Conchords”) starring alongside Miles.
Steve Kerper has been writing sketches in New York City for over 150 years. The first series he created was “Pirate TV” for MTV. The late Michael O’Donoghue (first head writer for SNL) saw “Pirate TV” and introduced Kerper to HBO, where he wrote and produced “Hardcore TV.” Kerper’s series gave birth to such infamous sketches as “Raging Bullwinkle” and “This Old Whorehouse.” Over the years he has written for television at FOX, CBS, ABC, FX, Comedy Central, MTV, Showtime, TV Land and VH1. Kerper has written for films at Warner Bros., Universal, Disney, Miramax and Dimension. Since “Hardcore TV,” he has worked with such notable celebrities as Civil War General John Bell Hood, Enlightenment philosopher Thomas Hobbs, Pakistani Cricket legend Shoiab Malikatani, and tons of fat people. He missed out by only 78 votes on being Secretary of Defense of Paraguay, a bitter pill to swallow.
Kerper is creating and launching two original series for My Damn Channel, on a newly-branded online destination called “Carnival of Stuff.”
“Invasion” is an animated series about two small but determined aliens ordered to conquer Earth, with decidedly mixed results. The series is written by Kerper and directed and animated by Asterisk (SNL’s TV Funhouse).
“Bedtime Stories” features YouTube cult personality and one-time pole vault medalist Grace Helbig. The series is based on traditional children’s fables retold with illustrations in a very provocative way. Kerper will write and direct the live action production with illustrations by Asterisk.
“I’m so excited about working with My Damn Channel that I’m even thinking about getting a computer so I can watch it,” concluded Kerper.
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 by artists for the My Damn Channel site (http://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 to develop their own brands and new storylines. My Damn Channel 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.
Edelman (for My Damn Channel)
Posted in Harry Shearer
on 11/28/2007 7:16:00 AM by Rob Barnett
We've been planning a series of internet debates as the countdown to Iowa continues.
We were not ready to confirm the participants until word leaked out in Florida where the YouTube mothership is getting ready to land on the Republican candidates tonight on CNN.
We can now confirm that next Tuesday night, Dec. 4, Tim Russert will moderate an historic debate between Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and Sen. John Edwards (D) on My Damn Channel.
My Damn Channel will make next Tuesday's debate available simultaneously on YouTube.
Our debate format was developed by Harry Shearer ("Le Show," Huffington Post, "The Simpsons"). Voters and caucus goers will have a unique opportunity to access the candidates without any of the usual barriers that prevent them from taking a look at the real people who want to be President.
More debate details to follow.