There’s more than one way to make your mark in comedy. Whether you pine for your own hour long stand-up special, a writing gig for a major network comedy, or a chance to flex your best character work in Studio 8H, there’s no clear way to reach the mountaintop. The state of comedy today has fewer barriers to entry than in the past due to one thing: the evolution of technology. In 2013, it pays to be a multitasker. Almost every comedian/writer has a podcast, a youtube channel, a twitter, a tumblr, a this and a that. The pervasiveness and popularity of social media and online/downloadable content has created an open vessel for any aspiring or underrated comedian reach a vast network of thousands to millions of people that otherwise would have been damn near impossible in years past. It has become so much easier to put yourself and your work out there for the world to see. Comedy 2.0 profiles the individuals who have made the most out of such tech trends and used them to launch or restart their careers.
The Web Series. Youtube, and various other online video platforms, have turned every computer into a stage for anyone with a camera to distribute projects to potentially millions of people around the world. Not everyone has the means to produce their own TV show, but anyone can create their own mini-show online. While it’s a hard feat to stand out from the ocean of users, a few comedians/writers have attracted quite the following and have transformed little three-ish minute videos into full-fledged TV pilots and series.