The growth of the Internet is fueled by yearning: What will happen when I put my thoughts online? Will people notice? Will people respond to my personal video? How many hits did I get? Who looked at my profile today? Who read my post? Who linked to me? Will my blog make me famous? When can I quit my day job?
Sadly, most blogs have an audience in the single digits. And most video blogs, unless made by an attractive woman, have a likely audience of one. But the 34-year-old Ze Frank defied these statistics and achieved laptop celebrity. Over the past year, he has created a five-day-a-week show, called The Show, that's composed of monologues spoken into a camera. The Show ended last week, at the 365-day mark. At roughly three minutes per episode, that adds up to 18 hours of improvised insights and cult creation. It's the best sustained comedy run in the history of the Web. Too bad it's over. And irreproducible.
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