JibJab Audience Votes Comedy Troupe “Famous Last Nerds” Winner Of Great Sketch Experiment
Winning Video, a Rap Parody Entitled “Shawshank in a Minute,” Available at JibJab.com and via Verizon Wireless’ V CAST
Santa Monica, CA – November 17, 2006 – JibJab, a digital comedy network, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless provider, announced today that JibJab’s online audience voted sketch comedy troupe “Famous Last Nerds,” made up of Erik Weiner and Jordan Allen Dutton, the winner of The Great Sketch Experiment, an online contest featuring six laugh-out-loud short videos by some of the country’s best up-and-coming sketch comedy troupes. The videos were directed by renowned comedy film director John Landis and are still available to view at JibJab.com and through Verizon Wireless’ V CAST service.
“From having the opportunity to work with a legend like John Landis, to being involved in a JibJab project and being voted the winners, the whole experience has been incredible,” said Erik Weiner of the ‘Famous Last Nerds’ comedy troupe. “We are thrilled to have been part of an initiative that is changing the entertainment industry and giving comedy troupes an opportunity to make it big.”
“Working with all the young talent on the Great Sketch Experiment was a wonderful experience for me,” said John Landis, Hollywood film director. “The increased popularity of digital media as a primary channel of creation and distribution of high quality, premium content, as we witnessed through this contest, represents a true milestone in the entertainment industry.”
“The up-and-coming comedy talent showcased in The Great Sketch Experiment was incredible,” said Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, co-founders of JibJab. “It is our goal to turn JibJab into a platform for lots of great comedic talent and The Great Sketch Experiment was a first step in that direction.”
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About JibJab Media
JibJab is a digital comedy network founded by brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis in 1999. The studio’s election parodies “This Land” and “Good to be in DC!” were seen more than 80 million times during the 2004 election, turning JibJab into an overnight, household brand, and leading Peter Jennings to name the Brothers “People of the Year.” JibJab has grown considerably since the election. Today, the company is comprised of the best and the brightest artists, technologists and business people, working hard to change the way comedy is created, produced and distributed – signifying a true media revolution beyond which they first dreamed about in their Brooklyn garage. For more information go to http://www.jibjab.com.
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