Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Best of Late Night

I am going to lay out a business plan for you that is sure to make millions. I am too lazy to make it happen, so I give it to you for free. All I ask is that you include an "inspired by Fat Knowledge" in your business proposal/credits. The millions you make are for you to keep.

Each night there are 5 hours of late night comedy with Stewart, Colbert, Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, and Conan. But, you don't know which show is going to be funny that night as comedy is hit and miss by nature. No one has time to watch it all. What you want is a way to just watch the funniest parts from each show.

1) After the shows air, break them down into short segments and put them online in a YouTube like format.
2) Have people vote for the segments that they think are the funniest in a Digg video or Colbert on Demand style. Use the wisdom of crowds to find the best parts each night.
3) Select the best 30 minutes of clips and air the show on Comedy Central the next day.

Viewers will like it because it gives them a higher quality viewing experience. Networks will go for it because it gives more exposure to their shows and another revenue stream to make more money off the same content.

This idea could be used for other genres of television as well: local news, nightly network news, day time talk shows or cable news punditry shows.

You might even be able to do it without the TV show. You could just make it a web site, ala Digg Video. The advantage of the TV show is that the quality of online video isn't that good and watching it on TV would look much better.

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