A show with Ze Frank

Back in the middle ages of the web -- you know, 2006 -- when online video was still a bit of novelty, a guy named Ze Frank did something that was crazy for that time: he produced a short online show every weekday for a year. The result -- The Show with Ze Frank -- was weird/entertaining/goofy/thoughtful/collaborative/funny and covered everything from current events to the creative process. It helped define the "person looking into a camera, jump cut, quick cut" online video genre. And it was great.

As it happens, Ze is from Guilderland. He went to Guilderland High School. As he mentioned in one of the episodes of the show: "I was very popular in high school and very good at the sports. Just thinking about how popular I was makes me want to throw up." After graduating, Ze went to Brown, studied neuroscience, played in a band, and became wildly internet famous for a series of video clips of him dancing (including a form of dance "first explored by yours truly at the Senior Prom in 1989 in Guilderland, NY"). So, pretty much like everyone else you went to school with.

Anyway, the point of all this is that Ze Frank has decided to produce another show. And after posting a Kickstarter project yesterday to help fund it, he raised more than $60,000 in about 12 hours.

He's says he's planning to start posting episodes around the end of March. We can't wait.

One of the classic episodes of The Show is embedded after the jump -- "Brain Crack"...


Watching his former web show was likely the closest I have ever come to following something with religious-like zeal (besides reading AOA, of course). My favorite episodes involved a string of days watching him travel to and explore Cannes, France.

This is very exciting news.

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