Monday, April 12, 2010

The 2010 Streamy Awards

Felicia Day of The Guild, Winner Best Actress in a Web Series 2010
(Photo circa 2009)

You know that an awards ceremony is going badly when audience, nominated guests and crew are tweeting as if they're being held hostage. "I'm tweeting from inside the building. So many hours. Can't remember the last time I saw daylight."

The Streamy Awards are to honor those whose online work was worthy of attention. Sadly, they may have taken a step back after last night. The show had lots of technical problems. There was bad audio (the online audience could hear host Paul Scheer when he was off stage). Problems with timing and some very blue comedy that pissed off some people online. Oh, and streakers. Hello 1970's, your naked penises are back!

One can hope that it didn't anger the sponsors of the event - Kodak and Trident - two titans that probably hoped for something better than what they saw last night.

I don't want to dwell on the negatives. They're obvious. Plenty of people are talking about the bad on Twitter #streamysfail and #streamys. Here are the positives. Scheer did a remarkable job of holding down the awkward silences caused by frozen graphics and wrong video clips. His improv survival skills kicked in, and some of the funniest jokes of the night were told by him off script. Rob Huebel's bit as the pimp guy who headed up an internet porn site was hilarious. It got the biggest laughs of the night. It was great to see Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns and Ileanna Douglas' Easy to Assemble take home some prizes.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Here is a short list. All winners and nominees can be found at

Best Comedy Web Series: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
Easy to Assemble
The Guild
The Legend of Neil
Wainy Days

Best Drama Web Series: The Bannen Way

Angel of Death
The Bannen Way

Best Hosted Web Series: Diggnation

A Comicbook Orange
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show
Know Your Meme
The Totally Rad Show

Best News or Politics Web Series: Auto-Tune the News (news)

Auto-Tune the News
The Tomorrow Show with Mo Rocca
The Young Turks
VBS News

Best Animated Web Series: How It Should Have Ended

Eli’s Dirty jokes
Happy Tree Friends
Homestar Runner
How It Should Have Ended
Zero Punctuation

Audience Choice Award: Agents of Cracked

Agents of Cracked
Anyone But Me
Dorm Life: Semester 2
Star ()-ving
The Guild
Legend of Neil
The Totally Rad Show
The Young Turks

There's some interesting commentary online about the execution of the show. There's some positive here too. Hopefully, producers can learn from this and do a better job next year.

Jace Hall Show
Tech Tremor
Tubefiler News
End of Show

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