the show with zefrank
|'the show with zefrank'|
|Hosted by||Ze Frank|
|Genre||comedy, current events|
|Picture format||.flv, .mov, .mp4|
|Original release||March 17, 2006 – March 17, 2007|
the show with zefrank was a web video show by Ze Frank produced each weekday from March 17, 2006 until March 17, 2007. The format of the program combined commentary on media and current events with viewer contributions and activities. It is considered one of the most influential series in the history of vlogging because of its pioneering nature and for inspiring many of the elements which now define the genre. It also inspired many of today's most popular vloggers, including the Vlogbrothers, Philip DeFranco and Wheezy Waiter. It was the subject of articles in Slate, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Newsweek.
The show ran two to three minutes in length. Topics ranged from serious socio-political commentary to absurdist comedy and running gags. One such gag was to open episodes with outlandish skits, followed by the question "Are the new viewers gone yet?" He also performed original songs to emphasize a point or concept.
Thousands of photos, videos and music files were contributed by the audience, including over 1,000 photos in one 20-hour period. Viewer feedback from a previous show, a segment he called "S-s-s-somethin' from the comments," often served as a launching point to a new topic. One episode was scripted by thousands of viewers using a wiki.
On the May 16, 2006 episode, Ze challenged his viewers to create an "Earth Sandwich." The goal was to place two pieces of bread on the ground at points directly opposite each other on the globe, creating a giant sandwich between the two pieces of bread. The task was completed by brothers Duncan and Jon Rawlinson in Spain and Morgan in New Zealand.
The show concluded on March 17, 2007, as planned. Ze's final words to his viewers were "thanks so much for an amazing year."
In 2012, Ze launched a Kickstarter campaign to launch a new show, this time called 'A Show with Ze Frank', with the goal of reaching $50,000. By the end of the campaign, he had reached almost $150,000 and the new show began in April of that year. The show continued to run on the YouTube channel 'zefrankenfriends' until November 2013.
- "How Ze Frank became a Web video star" by Michael Agger, ''Slate, March 23, 2007
- "And You're So Funny? Write My Script" by Warren St John, The New York Times, June 18, 2006; Page C1.
- "A yearlong chat ends" by Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2007
- "The Guide: Internet: The Show" by Johnny Dee, The Guardian UK, July 1, 2006
- "Want to Be a Video Star?" by Anna Kuchment Newsweek, September 25, 2006
- "First Ze Take Hollywood" by Spencer Morgan, New York Observer, January 21, 2007
- "And You're So Funny? Write My Script" by Warren St John, The New York Times, June 18, 2006; Page C1
- the show with zefrank
- "Dig a Hole to China? Try a Sandwich Instead" by Robert Krulwich, National Public Radio, June 17, 2006
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- Earth Sandwich Video (scourist.com)