How is technology changing comedy?
Rob Huebel is an American comedian based in New York City. Huebel and fellow comedians Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer are writers, actors, and executive producers in the MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant.
He has been a sketch character actor on shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Upright Citizens Brigade. Huebel was also nominated for an Emmy award for his work as a producer for Michael Moore's Bravo series The Awful Truth and also produced for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Huebel is noted for his appearance as a panelist on the VH1 series Best Week Ever, his NetZero "Candidate Zero" campaign during the 2004 election, and his "Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man" character, shown at movie theatres before showtime.
He also appeared on the HBO television series Curb Your Enthusiasm as well as Fox's Arrested Development. He is the comedy partner of Rob Riggle, a comedian he worked with in the improvisational comedy troupe Respecto Montalban.
Question: How is technology changing comedy?
Rob Huebel: Well, I think technology is, like, playing a pretty big part in the way that people are sort of consuming comedy right now. I feel like it used to be that people would go home at, you know, 9:00 to tune into a certain TV show and catch it, you know, but now, with DVRs but, more importantly, the internet, just everything is on demand and so I think that affects what we do in the broadcasting world, like, I feel like so many people, you know, they're not going to adhere to the TV's schedule, why would they do that, you know, when they can just watch it online whenever they want? So things like iTunes, you know, YouTube, all that stuff is just changing, like, the delivery mechanism so I think that's a a big thing that's sort of changing the way we do things or not even changing the way we do things. It's more just, like, changing what our priorities are, you know? Like, I don't know that we get super worried about having eight billion people catch the show every week. Do that many people watch MTV? But, you know, so many people come up to us and they tell us that they've seen the show, blah, blah, blah, and you talk to them and then you find out, like, they start referencing, like, clips and specific things that it becomes clear that they saw it on the internet, you know? Which is-- that's fine, also. We'll take it.
Question: Is the Internet the new stand-up circuit?
Rob Huebel: I don't really do too much standup. One of the other guys in the group, Aziz, does a lot of standup and I think that-- but, I mean, as far as we're concerned, like, the internet is always great for marketing purposes like we don't really do, like, standup stuff and put that out there but, you know, we will put as many sketches as we can, you know, we'll leak that and put that online and try to get that on different comedy-related websites and stuff like that.
Recorded On: 4/1/08
It's changed how we're consuming comedy, Huebel says.
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