Youtube event with Seattle comic cancelled


Some people claim to hate shows like Comedy Central's 'Tosh.0' or MTV's 'Ridiculousness', yet while flipping through their channels if they happen to land on either, they can't look away. It's like watching a car slowly lose traction on an icy hill, can't take your eyes off it because you know it is going to end badly and it's only amusing because it isn't happening to you. These shows follow a similar format in that they both collect popular videos from the internet (usually cute animals doing cute things, or someone getting injured in a comical way) add comedian or celebrity to provide witty commentary, and voila! A hit show with killer ratings is born. I think these clips elicit primal responses in us that drives the popularity of these shows, so why not try it out on our own campus?
The event “YouTube, MeTube, WeTube,” organized by the Shoreline Arts Council, was designed with this format in mind. However, a few days before February 6, when it was scheduled to happen, the event was cancelled due to lack of community support and video submissions.
“The Arts Council is very excited about doing a viewer-centered film of event, but unfortunately we were not seeing the community support we hoped for to make it a success.” said Janessa Post, the program and publicity manager for the Shoreline Arts Council.
The plan behind the event was to showcase some of the community's favorite YouTube videos sprinkled with the observational, and sarcastic humor of the popular local comedian, storyteller, and former 'Last Comic Standing' cast member, Emmett Montgomery. The night was made even more enticing with the promise of “fabulous prizes, and “3 viewer choice awards” to be voted on and awarded to the individuals with the most entertaining submissions.
In addition, like any comedy show, alcohol would be readily available for purchase. Astonishing, I know; if beer and YouTube videos can’t seduce a college crowd into participation, then I don't know what will.
If this event sounds like fun to you, like it did to me, don't worry, it isn't a scrapped plan yet.
Post assures students that, “we are still talking to Shoreline Community College about the idea, and will hold on to the submissions we got to see if we can try again next year.”

_Russel Betcher

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