Archive for the Presidential Category


Posted in Andy Milonakis, Animation, Big Fat Brain, Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel, New Media, Presidential, Press, Vegas with tags , , , , on April 17, 2008 by Rob Barnett

Thanks to the NAB and especially to Ashley Howell, Chris Marlowe, and Rochelle Winters for inviting us to present in Vegas yesterday. Thanks to Jon Healey from the LA Times for moderating – and to Harry Shearer & Andy Milonakis for making the trip.

We filled a room of about 350-400 humans and started by showing a few of our original videos.  Fun seeing hundreds LOL at YSAP – up on a huge megascreen – and cool to see a crowd feel the bass of music produced by Don Was.

Harry Shearer made news – announcing “THE ALPHAS” – a project he’s been developing for 10 years – and the most ambitious new work making its way to My Damn Channel.

“THE ALPHAS” is motion-capture animation of the highest quality (Beowulf) – done in the fastest turnaround ever achieved (less than 5 day production cycles). Here’s more:

Imagine seeing the best-known people in politics and the media, every week, in hilariously private situations.  Not actors in makeup, but what looks and sounds like the real President, candidates, anchors, and the rest. That’s the idea behind “The Alphas”, a revolutionary new concept in topical sketch comedy.  Written and performed by Harry Shearer, who’s notched more than two decades as a creator of topical satire on his weekly public radio broadcast, “Le Show”, along with two memorable seasons on “Saturday Night Live”, “The Alphas” includes no makeup, no celebrity cameos.  Instead, utlizing a trio of cutting-edge motion-capture technologies–harnessed for the first time to a “week-of-air” production schedule, “The Alphas” features startlingly realistic computer-animated versions of the movers, shakers and yakkers.  They’re not lifelike–thanks to the technology and Shearer’s performances, they’re alive.  And every week, they’re deftly and drolly revealed for all their pretensions, resentments, jealousies and anxieties–all the good stuff, online just days after production.

Here’s the first news coverage from the LA Times and the Digital Content Producer Magazine with thanks for the ‘ink’ & correction to Michael Goldman.



Posted in Found Objects, Harry Shearer, Katie Couric, My Damn Channel, Presidential with tags , , on February 4, 2008 by Rob Barnett

New York Post

KATIE WARNS WEB WEENIE Post staff writer


February 4, 2008 — KATIE Couric is vowing revenge on the Internet joker who posted unflattering videos of her on YouTube.   CBS News started a new YouTube chan nel over the weekend for its primary election coverage.But the CBS anchorwoman used the debut to get a little personal with those who make fun of her on the Internet video site.“Hello YouTube viewers,” she begins. “You know, it’s nice to be on YouTube for a change when I know the cameras are rolling.”Then, smiling and shaking her finger at the camera she adds: “Harry Shearer, I’m going to get you!”Shearer, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and voice on “The Simpsons,” is one of the originators of “My Damn Channel,” another Internet site that last year posted two videos of Couric talking when she thought the cameras were off. On one tape, she makes fun of her predecessor Dan Rather.

On the most recent one, posted last month, she is seen at the anchor desk on the night of the New Hampshire primary complaining about her clip-on microphone, cursing and joking with her crew about how Rudolph Giuliani’s campaign was dead.

Both tapes were presumably intercepted from satellite transmissions between CBS and its affiliates and never intended to air on TV.

Couric’s retort to Shearer appears to put him on notice that she is watching him – and may try a prank of her own in the future.


Posted in Hillary, Obama, Presidential, Silent Debates with tags , , , on January 31, 2008 by Rob Barnett

Captions Welcome!






Posted in Harry Shearer, Hillary, My Damn Channel, Obama, Presidential, Press, Silent Debates with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 2008 by Rob Barnett


Fresh off last night’s Obama and Hillary heavyweight bout another My Damn Channel Silent Debate. In a selfless act of journalistic fairness, Harry Shearer steps aside to let Brit Hume from Fox moderate…and have a little lunch:


Posted in Found Objects, Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel, Presidential with tags , , , , on January 16, 2008 by Rob Barnett


Just back from a 3-city, 3-day work trip. I missed blogging for the first time while we hit our single biggest traffic day ever at My Damn Channel. Harry Shearer’s “Found Objects” are exclusive looks at footage you’re not supposed to see. The response to yesterday’s Katie Couric clip brought one million uniques to our site in less than 24 hours. It’s still climbing.  Everyone loves Katie. I think they’ll love Bill O’Riley & Ann Coulter less when Harry’s next “Found Objects” hits our site.  Here’s Katie if you want to watch & share the luv:


Posted in Hillary, Obama, Presidential, Press with tags , on January 4, 2008 by Rob Barnett


Was it just one night? Sounds like a bad Phil Collins song – but I stayed up late last night – did the ‘night feed’ with the twins – watching all the coverage I could get on the Iowhoppin’.

Was it just one night? Or did the possibility of positive energy & a more honest politic squelch every cynical pundit on the tube. The talking heads still sound like they’re ga-ga over Obama 24 hours later. It’s surprising and fun to watch.

Left my oldest daughter a voicemail early this morning to share some of the rush. So much idealism was attacked and literally murdered over 40 years ago….the caucuses felt like a night when the country was willing to hit the reset button. 

Washington has spewed lies for so long that the well of optimism and the hope of the great candidate was almost entirely evaporated. New voters are about to get their first glimpse at how an inspired, gifted leader could turn one good night into four better years ahead. I’m onboard.


Posted in Harry Shearer, Presidential, Silent Debates with tags , , on December 18, 2007 by Rob Barnett


Presidential 08 Comedy is a small category that includes black belts like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, & Bill Maher. These men have crafted a set of skills to allow the ‘nation’ to take a better look at itself and our leaders.We launched My Damn Channel by adding another skilled craftsman to this category. Harry Shearer has a resume as long as his…..well, let’s just say Harry makes humans think and laugh in every medium: radio, television, films, cds, dvds, books, blogs, and live appearances.

We signed Harry because we wanted to join the conversation about the 08 race for the White House. He hits the web every week with original videos produced for And today, he does this…silently: