“Being Asian has a big impact on who you are as a person, and it will continue to have a big impact on you in the future. So whether you identify as an Asian-American, an American-Asian, just Asian, just American, or Australian, it’s something that’s going to keep affecting your life. But I think this is because it’s one of the first things people notice when they see you.”
Channel 101 started as a series of short film “challenges” between the two creators, but developed into a monthly film festival at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. Creators would pitch ‘pilots’ for shows, the audience would vote on the best ones, and the winners would get posted … on the INTERNET. W-woo?
Despite having the worst possible prize, Channel 101 became the launching pad for comedy groups such as The Lonely Island. Who went on to create like, 9 of the first 12 viral videos in existence, as well as some objectively legitimate masterpieces.
It was even the birthplace of a little show called Rick and Morty.
This single, pre-YouTube internet comedy festival wound up launching the careers of countless talents who, one decade earlier, would’ve been lucky to even be invited to the massive fight over the one available NBC primetime slot (which would’ve ultimately gone to John Larroquette, anyway.)