Tangled web of humour

-- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

They call themselves the liver of the Internet. Much like the liver, Alberta comedians Neil Grahn and Wes Borg have spent hours "squeezing out the crap so only the good stuff remains."

In their case, the human body is a computer and the "good stuff" is the best comedy on the Internet.

"The Web is growing as the birthplace of comedy. There's some really great stuff out there and we want to share it with people," says Grahn.

Discovering what's funny on the Internet is the basis for the duo's comedy series, The Geek Show.

The idea came to Grahn while he was trying to fall asleep.

"I was at Wes' house and he kept asking me to look at funny things he found online. Then one night I was laying in bed and it came to me -- that would be a great idea for a show. We could invite the audience over to Wes' house and take a look at funny websites."

The former host of the CBC's Roughcutz and producer of the diet series Taking It Off knows a good idea when he dreams it.

The Geek Show was picked up by Canadian Learning Television (CLT), BookTV and AccessTV in October.

"We know people are watching because they're chatting about it on the Internet. The problem is we just don't know exactly how many are watching."

The show's success is based on those numbers, he adds.

"If enough people are watching, we'll get a second season. That's the dream. We really want another swing at it."

In a world full of big budget shows, The Geek Show prides itself on its primitiveness -- it's shot on DV video and edited on a G4 laptop -- and the attitude of its hosts.

The pair, who hail from the legendary indie comedy troupe Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie, label themselves the Ebert and Roeper of Internet humour.

"We find stuff just surfing around and we give our opinions on it. Some of it is just blowing us away."

Great cyber-comedy, such as world leaders George Bush and Tony Blair singing Endless Love to each other, and advertisements for the Trunk Monkey -- a friendly pet trained to keep your vehicle running smoothly-- are everywhere, says Grahn.

"It's really just a matter of finding it and that's where we come in."

The show airs tonight on Access at 11:30 p.m. and Tuesdays on CLT 10 p.m.


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