JibJab, Landis Experiment with Sketch

JibJab, the digital comedy network behind such popular viral web toons as the political satires This Land and Good to be in DC! has teamed with Verizon Wireless and accomplished film director John Landis to launch a comedy contest. The Great Sketch Experiment features some of the best up-and-coming sketch comedians competing for laughs in six comedy videos, which are available today for free at JibJab.com and on Verizon Wireless’ V CAST service in the V CAST Showcase channel.

The Great Sketch Experiment initially brought together 50 comedy troupes from across the country to compete for the six slots to have their short films directed by Landis, whose credits include the legendary comedies Animal House and The Blues Brothers.

The six finalists in the contest come from across the country, representing the comedy scenes in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. The winning team will receive a $10,000 development deal with JibJab and have their performance featured on Verizon Wireless’ V CAST service. Viewers can vote for their favorite video online at www.jibjab.com through November 16.

“The Internet has given new talent a way to reach directly to the public,” says Landis. “It is an exciting and ever-evolving new medium and I am happy to have been given the chance by JibJab to meet and work with fresh young talent.”

“Working with a master director like John Landis has been a dream come true,” comment Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, co-founders of JibJab. “The Great Sketch Experiment is just the beginning of what is on the horizon. We plan on making JibJab a platform for discovering the world’s best up-and-coming comedy talent.”

The Spiridellis brothers started JibJab in their Brooklyn garage and obtained worldwide fame when their animated 2004 election parody, This Land, was downloaded more than 80 million times. The duo have debuted several other animated shorts on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and were proclaimed ‘People of the Year’ by late news anchor Peter Jennings. For more information on the compay, go to http://www.JibJab.com.