To break up a dense (and early) morning session all about Us, performance artist Ze Frank wants to do a quick human test. He asks you to raise your hand when a question applies. Answer honestly. This is a safe space. Ready? Let’s begin: Have you ever eaten a booger long past your childhood? Have you […]Continue reading
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Ever since his "How to Dance Properly" viral video (born as a party invite for 17 friends) hit the web in 2001, Ze Frank has been making people giggle, guffaw and gasp out loud whilst procrastinating at work. In many ways, he defines the genre of online comedy and continues to innovate madly on the form. His video series True Facts (which riffs on funny life forms like the echidna and venus fly traps) routinely attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers.
In 2006, Frank launched a year-long daily video blog called The Show with Ze Frank, which Slate.com called "the best sustained comedy run in the history of the web." His rapid-fire delivery and absurd explorations in audience participation has influenced a generation of digital native YouTubers. Perhaps his most brilliant move involved calling on fans to write the show for him. Using collaborative tools, online viewers collectively put words in his mouth (and props in his lap); he faithfully performed this wiki-comedy each week for his Fabuloso Friday show.
In 2008, along with Erik Kastner, Frank launched Colowars, the first massively multiplayer game on Twitter, which featured two months of sponsored online events and competitions. Recently he has worked with his audience to create a series of projects based on shared emotions such as pain, fear and the pang of nostalgia. Frank works as a consultant on audience engagement and a public speaker on the subject of the virtual life. In 2012, he returned to the internet airwaves with A Show.
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Who are we? What are we doing here? Such thoughts plague more than just angst-filled teenagers. In this session, speakers take a piercing look at these and other complex questions, challenging preconceived notions of who we really are (let’s not forget microbes), how the brain works — and how consciousness fits into the equation. Here […]Continue reading
On the web, a new “Friend” may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation — and reward it with something more nourishing. You’re invited, if you promise you’ll share. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011 […]Continue reading