YouTube Comedy Week

23rd May 2013

Chris Kendall and Daniel Barker (among others) are taking part in the first ever global YouTube Comedy Week. Both headline Thursday's offering; Daniel with his series, Ideas Men, and Chris with a quiz show featuring other notable YouTubers.The event is a seven-day cyber extravaganza designed to showcase some of the best comedy across its expansive video platform. From May 19-25.It’s the largest-scale attempt yet by YouTube to program its billions of hours of video and lead viewers to its growing channels of original programming. The video site is planning more event weeks around various themes to be held later this year and beyond.Throughout the week, new episodes will debut from some of YouTube’s most popular channels, comedians will perform and comics will curate lists of their favorite videos.Among those participating are Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Michael Cera, Vince Vaughn and Seth Rogen. There will be new videos from Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island troupe. Popular comedy destinations with channels on YouTube like The Onion, Nerdist, College Humor and Funny or Die will join in. And YouTube hopes its less famous users will also get in on the act.The event is just the start of a new approach by YouTube to congregate its disparate stars from Hollywood professionals to Internet upstarts and to present a unified viewing experience for users. YouTube hopes the theme weeks will spotlight the original programming the site has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in to grow its platform as a kind of next-generation TV.