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Alex Blagg

Internetainment Tonight: Talking to CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, and The Onion (photo)

Internetainment Tonight: Talking to CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, and The Onion

You need to move over, showbiz, because some of the best entertainment out there is being made on the web these days. To better illustrate this point, I was joined by Mike Farah from Funny or Die, Streeter Seidell from CollegeHumor and Baratunde Thurston from The Onion. They sat down in Stratlandia to talk about […]

#FollowFunny: An Interview with Comedians Eugene Mirman and Brett Gelman (photo)

#FollowFunny: An Interview with Comedians Eugene Mirman and Brett Gelman

A major part of the Stratlandia experience is the SXSW comedy shows, so I sat down for an informal chat with Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers) and Brett Gelman (Eagleheart, and the SXSW-selected film Eat) about ways in which comedians can “leverage new media platforms” to “create disruptive buzz for their brands” during all the noise […]

The Podcasters of Comedy: A Conversation with Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson and Marc Maron (photo)

The Podcasters of Comedy: A Conversation with Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson and Marc Maron

I wanted to talk to comedians Scott Aukerman (Comedy Death Ray), Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies) and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast) about the monetization economics of podcasting 3.0, but based on the direction our strat chat took, I ended up getting the sense that they weren’t as serious about bottom-line revenues and ROI’s as I […]

The Meme Machine: A Strat Chat with Ben Bator, Ben Huh, Lauren Leto and Jonah Peretti (photo)

The Meme Machine: A Strat Chat with Ben Bator, Ben Huh, Lauren Leto and Jonah Peretti

Outside of the strat fundamentals offered on my site, one of the best ways to get hits is to figure out how to make memes (stuff that goes viral). To better understand the keys to doing this, and how make fat stacks off it, I sat down with Jonah Peretti from BuzzFeed, Ben Huh from […]

A Quick SXSW Strat Chat with Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio (photo)

A Quick SXSW Strat Chat with Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio

A.J. Daulerio, Editor-in-Chief of Deadspin and one of the most influential bloggers on the web, dropped by Stratlandia to talk a bit about sports, Gawker Media, getting big traffic numbers, and famous QB dong shots.

One on One Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk  (photo)

One on One Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

When I found out that Gary Vaynerchuk was coming to Stratlandia, I was a little worried about whether or not the IFC Crossroads house was structurally sound enough to contain the massive amounts of strategy that would be produced by the two of us sitting down together to talk social media. Luckily no one was […]

Interview with Michael Ian Black and Lisa Cohen from Witstream (photo)

Interview with Michael Ian Black and Lisa Cohen from Witstream

I was joined by legendary comedian Michael Ian Black (The State, Stella, Michael & Michael Have Issues) and his business partner Lisa Cohen to talk about their site Witstream, comedians on Twitter, and the business of being funny. You’ll laugh, and you’ll Tweet, and you just might learn something, so check out the whole interview […]

One on One Interview with Felicia Day (photo)

One on One Interview with Felicia Day

Felicia Day – one of the most beautiful, talented and famous ladies on the Internet – stopped by Stratlandia to tell me about giving the SXSW Keynote Speech, how she single-handedly created The Guild and turned it into a web video sensation, and how Hollywood interacts with the Internet. If you missed our conversation on […]

Video: The Greatest SXSW Internet Keynote Speech Ever (photo)

Video: The Greatest SXSW Internet Keynote Speech Ever

I’ve been having a lot of fun in Stratlandia, but did manage to hit one slight snag when the SXSW festival organizers decided to reject my offer to present my STRAT keynote presentation to close out the Interactive festival. I guess maybe they felt like the ideas and Internet analysis I was dropping was simply […]

A Quick Strat Chat with Rex Sorgatz from VYou (photo)

A Quick Strat Chat with Rex Sorgatz from VYou

Internet strategist Rex Sorgatz stopped by Stratlandia to talk about his buzzy new video messaging network VYou (of which I’m a very influential user), VIP panels, how to really drive buzz at SXSW. Check it out below.