The advent of the podcast has revolutionized the way people get their entertainment. No longer do media hungry consumers have to go to brick and mortar stores, online vendors or even piracy hubs to get top notch, high quality, download-to-own (or streaming) entertainment. Finding censorship free, HD entertainment is as simple as going to a website or logging on to iTunes and downloading whatever tickles one's fancy.
All this content being free, one might expect a lot of it to be low quality, but, in fact, the opposite is true. Recently, there's been a change in the podcasting landscape and independent artists are churning out audio and video programs to rival what's on TV and the radio in hopes of making a living on their podcasts. We're here to document that movement and what better way to start than by talking to the cast of the most popular podcast on earth, The Adam Carolla Show?
Today, on the very first edition of Podcast Playback we interview Adam Carolla, Teresa Strasser and "Bald" Bryan Bishop about the origins of the post-radio, FCC-free Adam Carolla Show, how the podcast is being monetized, the family of shows that have sprung up as part of the Ace Broadcasting Network and the very future of podcasting. Take a minute and spend some time learning about the cutting edge of new media.
For some actors, the only way to strike it big in Hollywood is to Fake It Til You Make It, but that's certainly not the case for today's behind-the-scenes interview subject, the brilliant and funny actor the world once new as Steve Urkel, Jaleel White.
The writer, producer is once again making people laugh with his new web comedy series and despite his busy production schedule he found the time to sit down with AOTB for a few minutes to talk about the biographical elements of his new show, how his career has evolved, how he deals with fanatical fans, how he avoided being type cast after portraying Steve Urkel for so many years and a lot more. Give it a look!
I'm a fan of woe and misery in general, so any segments that are about raining on someone's parade or ruining childhood memories are right up my alley. If you're anything like me, you'll really enjoy this scathing edition of Your Childhood Sucked, which takes an unpleasant look back at the fondly remembered children's game, Crossfire.
A lot of people will be stopping by marijuana dispensaries this 420. For the rest of you, who avoid such places like the plague, yet are kind of curious about what goes on inside of one, we present a video tour of one such establishment.
It's 420 and of the various activities you'll be engaging in today, video game playing has got to be high on the list, so high in fact that we've created a list of games you'll especially enjoy playing today. It shouldn't be hard to squeeze these in between your lying about lazily and your lying about lackadaisically.
Pong - Pong isn't the perfect game to play on 420 because even a person with impaired motor skills and hand-eye coordination could master it. Rather, it's the perfect game to play while in an altered state because only then can you comprehend the game's deep, spiritual message. You see, Pong isn't about maneuvering your stick to bounce a ball past another stick, it's about... Well, you'll have to experience it for yourself to find out.
Portal - Portal is mentally taxing. So, why are we recommending it to you when you might be mentally checked out? It's because anyone with a lot of time and patience can beat the game when they're well rested and thinking clearly. It takes a true genius to beat it while you're, let's call it, "feeling groovy." Challenge yourself, gamer!
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 - It's good for the same reason the behind-the-scenes photos of Olivia on the beach in Hawaii we posted earlier are good; it's filled with impossibly beautiful women wearing bikinis in impossibly beautiful situations. It's definitely worth your time on 420 or any day of the year for that matter.
Crackdown - Jumping from rooftop to rooftop like you're Neo or The Incredible Hulk is already fun. Doing it with your friend Mary Jane by your side and the "Free for All" DLC pack downloaded, which amplifies your already ramped up agility, is outrageous. You'll get so high you'll never come down (in the game).
Flower - It's hard to explain why flower is so good when you're getting your head right. After all, it lacks the traditional elements that make video games so great, like guns or violence. Maybe it's great because there's none of that stuff to harsh your mellow. You're just like a leaf floating along on the breeze or something, man. Groovy!
Although the brilliant comedians Cheech and Chong are busy making America laugh again with the "Get it Legal Tour," they still found the time to hang out with Kevin at the iLLADELPH glass store in Hollywood, admire a wide variety of "water pipes," and talk about what they've got planned for the rest of 2010. We've got behind-the-scenes photos of this monumental meeting of the comedic minds and you need to see them. So, get to it already!
So you technically can't build an actual working lightsaber, but learn how you can create an epic lightsaber battle video right at home! We've got sites, tutorials and apps for the special effects that will turn you into a real Jedi Master.