(May 2016 – June 2016), "Galactic War Room" – Another Star Wars parody, this time focused on the, "After the Trump" – Daniel O'Brien, Cody Johnston and Katy Stoll discuss the ongoing, This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 23:46. When he started the podcast, he'd intro the show with intensely thought out pieces of music that he personally curated into a Spotify playlist. He gave us this platform, he made us each better writers and I am eternally grateful. And I would go get ice cream and watch cartoons, for indeed I had worked hard that day. c. ALSO notice that the high quality of those messages is an intrinsic tribute to Jack, in and of itself. About 70% is considered to be main articles, "quick fixes", and the topics tabs. We've painted him as everything from a gun-nut pill-addict to, worse, a milquetoast square ruining everyone's fun. And that's a big deal. But if he saw something I wrote that didn't reach or exceed what I was capable of, he pushed. In 2006, that site was snapped up by an internet company for about the price of a decent house, one of hundreds of domains they were in the process of acquiring. With the shift from print to digital, and the open forum pitching process, Jack O’Brien steered the team toward a certain type of post: the much-derided listicle. Jack O'Brien, you are a true friend, and I'm going to sincerely miss you. At the 2011 SXSW festival, Cracked hosted Cracked Live, which featured live performances from Michael Swaim, Soren Bowie, Daniel O’Brien, Katie Willert, and Cody Johnston. Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole, 53, shows off knockout curves in plunging top and leopard print leggings Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole put a stylish spin on California casual Advertisement It was one of my favorite days of ever. But that's just traffic stuff, it's not proof of anything -- there's a video on YouTube of a drunk getting his dick caught in a quadrocopter that has ten times as much traffic. Cracked is published by Literally media Ltd.. Jack often said that we could learn a lot from Stacked because even though it was mostly garbage, there was at least ONE good idea buried within it. In 2014 a few of my friends in Seattle invited me on an out-of-the-blue road trip down to Los Angeles. What's good about Cracked will not leave with Jack O'Brien. Daniel O'Brien (born January 6, 1986), also known as "DOB", is an American humorist, author, writer, comedian and songwriter; formerly for Cracked.com.Since August 2018, O'Brien works as a staff writer on the HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.In 2019 and 2020, he was part of the writing team that won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing on a Variety Series. In my rare moments of self-reflection, when I realize how terrible and irrelevant my writing is, Jack takes a look at it and tells me it's great. [19] According to Former General Manager Oren Katzeff, "Nothing gets on the homepage without heavy editing";[3] [writers] "pitch the site’s on-staff editorial team, who give out assignments and feedback to writers after an idea is greenlit". God damn it, what is appropriate then? Jack “Obie” O’Brien, master mechanic and heavy equipment operator and repairman, master of all things heavy equipment and tractors, lost his battle with kidney disease on Oct. 30, 2020 and has moved on to the other side to be with his loved ones who have gone before. Connect to your existing Cracked account if you have one or create a new Cracked username. I've loved watching how these two people with completely different backgrounds, who only met in person a handful of times, built our brand and made it excellent. Bill Cosby left The Cosby Show and went on to become a renowned author. Not even once? best sellers list, and sold more than 40,000 copies. That'd probably about do it. I've greatly enjoyed working with you. I'm struggling to end this without getting too mushy. I mean Jack helped change the entire landscape of humor on the internet, bending it to match his own comedic sensibilities and, from that point forward, we've all just been retelling the same joke he created over and over. [46], Cracked has also expanded into live shows. Jack was a great boss. And throughout that time I've always only had one boss, and it's been Jack. I don't agree with that. Here it is. Because he helped cultivate every single one of us as writers (and more). The feature articles are the most popular, usually pulling in around 1 million views in their first week. Jack O'Brien, or rather Sic-Jac O'Flyin' (as he demanded to be introduced as when he officiated my wedding, to which he was not invited) taught me everything I know about comedy, leadership, perseverance, and -- for a lot of reasons that don't belong in a public article designed to roast/embarrass him -- compassion, kindness, empathy, and patience. Or to do anything with, really. [1], In 2013 Cracked was accused of disseminating factually incorrect information by Vice.com, specifically in their "5 Depressing Realities Behind Popular Reality TV Shows" article. He's never even asked me to tone it down. (September 2012 – December 2017), "Escort Mission" – Two roommates, a hardcore gamer (L33T) and a casual gamer (N00B) discuss modern video games and the unexpected implications of their worlds. [37] The book will be a comedic look at the secret to fighting and defeating every U.S. President in history. [3][16] Cracked.com publishes 2–4 articles daily (2,000 – 3,000 words each), along with video content, short-form content, and contests. It certainly changed my life, and I don't know how I could ever repay him. In a single phone conversation, Jack changed my future. -- Good luck, Jack. He served as the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California from 1981 through the end of 2007.. O'Brien has won three Tony Awards and been nominated for seven more, and won five Drama Desk Awards. And when I became a manager here I thought of everything I'd observed from him and applied it to my employees. Cracked formerly included a daily "Craptions" contest where users added captions to odd photographs; this feature had been relegated to the forums. Or rather, I suppose I should say, "was the best editor," because he's dead now. In retrospect, you were right; it was pretty funny. But the truth is that those only bubbled up into the collective consciousness because of the website that Jack built. We're all in it for the same reason, we've all helped this grow far beyond what any of us expected back in those early days when Lex Friedman was desperately coding the site on the fly and we could feel the bosses at Demand Media slowly realizing they had something really cool on their hands. The site included columns by Sean "Seanbaby" Reiley, Daniel O'Brien, Robert Brockway, Cody Johnston, Soren Bowie, Chris Bucholz, host and writer of the web series Hate by Numbers Wayne Gladstone, John Cheese, Christina Hsu, and Michael Swaim, head writer and performer of the sketch comedy group "Those Aren't Muskets!". Look, not everything in the pan is going to be gold. I can't tell you what that means to me, because I can't summon the words to convey it. Discussion about Cracked.com, but not for comments on stories posted to front page. Every good decision I've ever made as a manager in terms of finding good people, supporting and rewarding them, has been a result of me thinking about a situation and asking myself "What Would Jack Do" if placed in a similar situation. ($35 Premium Seating, $30 … Lots of times when Cracked comes up people think of the old magazine. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two dogs. The only part of it I remember was apologizing for the weird stain on my t-shirt, which they probably hadn't even noticed. You're almost done. I must un-nestle myself from beneath his wing and take flight on my own, as he informed me at our recent Fogo de Chao luncheon (my treat). Cracked is a proverbial brick shithouse of entertainment. As for what Jack has done for me ... let me put it this way: It kind of doesn't matter what happens with the rest of my life -- I will always know I was a part of building something special, and that can't be taken away from me. For more of Jumpin' Jack Slash Fic's greatest hits check out Yer Gramma was Built Like a Brick Shit-House In Her Day and The 5 Greatest Things Ever Accomplished While High. (Interview), Interview with a Zombie: Oren Katzeff of Cracked.com, Cracked Writers' Room: Jack O'Brien Describes How To Crowdsource Laughs, Cracked.com on iPad: A Deep Dive with Oren Katzeff, Cracked.com launches hilarious movie guide, Demand Media Will Be The First $1 Billion Tech IPO Since Google – Here's Why, Demand Media Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2010 Financial Results, "Exclusive: How Comedian Daniel O'Brien Turned One Joke Into A Major Book Deal", "Humor Website Cracked.com Hacked, Set Up to Serve Malware", "E.W. Fine arts and performing arts. Of course, not all of his pop-culture seeds found purchase. [28], In June 2017, Jack O'Brien stepped down from his position as editor-in-chief and left Cracked to build up the new comedy podcasting division at HowStuffWorks.[29][30]. Jack left Cracked a few months ago, though I'm not sure if it was explicitly to start this podcast or because he was pushed out. It all started at Armar la Gorda during the Rough Trade Show. Instead, Jack hit me with a surprise job interview. Jack O'Brien (editor) (born 1980), American editor Sports. I would eventually shorten this mantra to "WWJD," and that's why today you see bracelets featuring that acronym. Francis of Assisi once said, "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible", which I have to assume is accurate because it came from brainyquote.com and I trust them. You built this. New Jack City reached out to me in an email and said, "Hi Dan O'Brien, my name's Jack O'Brien (no relation) and I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Cracked. Host on The Daily Zeitgeist and The Cracked Podcast, Producer on The Ron Burgundy Podcast, and Guest on Behind the Bastards and Space Cave. Cracked was my clown college, and you were its crusty dean. I was quickly introduced to the founder of the site, Jack, or more accurately, one of the many nicknames he preferred to go by (The Jacker, Jacklemore and WOO-is, A-Jack of the Clones, Jack of Lamb, etc). [19][20] The app allows users to browse Cracked's articles, videos, and contests on the iPad. I'm not that good of a writer. More about the operation of Cracked.com. "Oh snap," I realized. he liked to muse before breaking into hysterical laughter. Although, the majority of action movie characters are named either Jack or John. [8], In October 2005, Cracked.com launched as a separate website under editor-in-chief Jack O'Brien, a former ABC News producer. But, mostly, it's the trust thing. 1488 episodes totalling 1446 hours, 36 minutes. In 2011, Cracked partnered with Rotten Tomatoes and Movieclips to launch Cheat Sheets, a comedic, user-generated guide to popular movies. (November 2013 – April 2017), "Rom.Com" – Employees of an online dating website company deal with various workplace situations. He never told me how to do anything. Get past my message, to their messages. One of them -- a comedic, non-fiction, observation-based essay about Die Hard -- was accepted with a few notes. I can't imagine a better boss for a young writer to have. But that's just more numbers, who cares. I was treating him to dinner to tell him about my own idea for a list-based, research-driven comedy website featuring articles, videos, podcasts, and personal experience pieces written in the inimitable style of Robert Evans, a writer I had not yet heard of at the time. Jack's in it, but only like one or two scenes, like Marlon Brando in Superman. Jack was dressed head-to-toe in bright yellow latex, swinging from the ceiling like a magnificent bondage pinata when-. The current senior editors are Ann Smiley and Logan Trent. He's also taken a lot of shit from columnists over the years without censoring any of them. Lastly, on a personal note, I simply have to thank Jack for making me a better creator and artist than I was when I started. [5], In 2010, the web series Agents of Cracked, featuring Daniel O'Brien and Michael Swaim, won the Audience Choice Award at the second annual Streamy Awards. [52], "Newswatch: Cracked Purchased by Mideast Group,". There's more stuff in the email, but I'm focusing on the part that I quoted. In early 2005, editor-in-chief Jack O'Brien founded the website Cracked.com as a separate website. (February 2014 – December 2017), "New Guy Weekly" – Alex Schmidt, then a newcomer on Cracked, demonstrates his extreme work ineptitude while filming himself on the phone for his video blog. From Cracked co-founder Jack O’Brien, THE DAILY ZEITGEIST is stepping into that fray with some of the funniest and smartest comedic and journalistic minds around. The first time I told Jack of Faith Disturbing that this was my favorite article, I didn't even realize it was written by him. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and see Mr. JACKson If You're Nasty's beautiful face in The 5 Most Hilariously Drug-Fueled Celebrity Interviews Ever - The Spit Take, and watch other videos you won't see on the site! Casual readers know Jack from some amazing articles, a killer podcast, the Spit Take, two books, as the co-creator of After Hours, and from the adorable devil-may-care smile on his profile picture below: But Cracked staff also know him as someone who's taken a pass at every piece of content published on the site since 2007. The old Cracked magazine, at its best, averaged something like 80,000 readers a month. Jack and co-host Miles Gray spend an hour every weekday sorting through the events and stories driving the headlines, to help you find the signal in the noise, with a few laughs thrown in for free. Private: Yo, Is This Racist? -- Jack is a tall man. I dare you. Either way, it's bold. Continue Reading Below. Right after the picture below was taken, we all retired to the Cracked building to watch Dennis Rodman's movie about little people who play basketball. -- Jack founded Cracked.com and gave it his undivided focus and energy for an entire decade. When I decided I wanted to try out a new type of content that eventually became the Personal Experience article section, he told me to go for it. My friends tell me to tone it down. Above, Kristi described early Cracked as a kind of tag team between Jack and I (at one point we were the only two dedicated employees) but the spirit of respect, humanity, and kindness that has been established here sure as fuck didn't come from me. BTW, this is a pretty good show, especially if you liked Cracked before all this happened. The precursor to "Does Not Compute". Once your son succeeds you, I vow to serve him as viciously as I served you, if not moreso. So maybe that's it. To reiterate, I drunkenly wandered into Cracked's digital front office ... and was immediately greeted by the guy running the place. At the time, I was still working minimum wage gigs in dishwashing or food delivery. Legendary Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O'Brien has, after 11 years, left the company for browner pastures. Any of us. Goodbye, the internet. [3] O’Brien and five other editors pick and refine the best material. History. -- Jack does not care for the film Prometheus. Cracked is, for me, a parcel of memories and a time and a mental space, and one I know I'll return to often. If Cracked rolled credits on every article, podcast, video, and business transaction, Jack's name would be on everything. Jack wanted Cracked to be different. [36] In 2009, Cracked debuted the web series "Agents of Cracked" which generated 20 million views over three seasons. Jack, thank you so much for welcoming me into the team and for your guidance. [6][21], In 2010, Cracked drew over 1 billion page views. So, Jack inexplicably brought me on board ahead of other much, much more qualified candidates and together we found that the world had been waiting for something exactly like this. He's never introduced the specter of marketability into our conversations. But when I get started on another of my "junkie Baron Munchausen" tales, the only thing Jack O'Brien does is rotate his finger in the air, as if to say "turn it up.". - Robert Brockway. Scripps Co. 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He rotates his finger in the air, and I turn it up. Jack O’Brien is the Editor-in-Chief of Cracked, and started the site in 2006. I joined in 2007 and there was a time for about two weeks where we were literally the only two creative employees working for this website, and I am thoroughly, fantastically uninterested in continuing this website without him and his guidance. In December 2017, Cracked ended their original video productions when E. W. Scripps Company, the parent company of Cracked, laid off the entire video production and writing staff. Tell Us Now: What's A Life Hack That Actually Works? When everyone else is kissing your ass and telling you that you're doing a great job (with work, relationships, creative hobbies), a true friend will say, "This is a great start, but you can do better. I've listened to every episode. My first day came and went and I've never once had a chance to put my foot down about anything. We consulted on everything from article titles to cute nicknames for each other. Ever. Joe was responsible for the Iraq War. They're two completely different names. We have no plans to let it die or let it get even slightly worse. Guest Appearances. Like, John Matrix in Commando is also technically Jack Matrix, and John McClane could easily start telling people to call him Jack McClane and it wouldn't be that weird. And he is the best editor that has ever lived." It is not hyperbole to say that Jack saved Cracked. You built us. I submitted two articles to Cracked ten years ago. Maybe with, like, three funny paragraphs in a Cracked article. So while I don't want Jack to leave, I'm glad he feels like he can. It was founded in 2005 by Jack O’Brien. I can certainly say you will be missed, but you'll no doubt make things great during your future pursuits. The hackers injected javascript that caused malicious software to be distributed to page viewers. [21][35] As of October 2014, Cracked had 22 web series exclusive to their site. On the Cover: "Face it - it won't be long before the idiot queen picks up a little African kid too." I'm keeping this short because a legion of other Cracked writers have messages here too. They're social rarities. -- Jack called my wife when I was hospitalized last year to see if there was anything he could do to help. Seriously. The model Jack set up was that everyone at Cracked can all do anything we want -- host shows, join podcasts, pitch videos, write fact-based articles or opinion based columns, contribute ideas on workflow or streamlining our process, recruit talent, all of it. No Daniel O'Brien. I don't know anything about boats. (October 2012 – June 2013), "Dispatches from Goddamn Space" – Soren Bowie plays an astronaut (undergoing a criminal investigation) stationed on the International Space Station giving lectures full of misinformation to elementary school students watching from classrooms on Earth's surface. [21] The app's landing page looks similar to Cracked's break room, with a soda machine, bar stools and a table. Notice that their messages are excellent pieces of writing. He eats like he's trying to be polite to his food. What? So join Jack O'Brien, Cracked staff members Dan O'Brien and Michael Swaim, and Psychology Professor Martie G. Haselton of UCLA as they debunk Rorschach tests, the Mozart effec,t and middle child syndrome, so soon you can be that person at the party who says, "Actually ..." Get your tickets here! "What the rumor mills didn't know was I had an inner fortitude born of faith in the Lord, and an erection you couldn't bend with two hands. Perhaps he saw the writing on the wall. Ugh, my stupid new boss is telling me these are "inappropriate lies. Cracked was started as a humor magazine in 1958 and was known for its conspicuous copying of Mad in layouts and style. He was not fired or forced out under the cloud of scandal, he didn’t get fed up with our bullshit and storm out — this process has been all tears and going-away gifts. Legendary Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O’Brien has, after 11 years, left the company for browner pastures. Orson Welles didn't rest on his laurels after Citizen Kane; he went and voiced a great Transformers cartoon. He was not fired or forced out under the cloud of scandal, he didn't get fed up with our bullshit and storm out -- this process has been all tears and going-away gifts. You let me eulogize him in my way! [4][13][14], In 2007, Cracked had a few hundred thousand unique users per month and 3 to 4 million page views. Jack at his most exasperated resembles me when I'm on vacation. Jack O'Brien leaves Cracked after 11 years. Anyone on the job market right now knows what a jaw-plummeting miracle that is. But for Jack, it was just how things ran. His willingness to always find the good in everything is probably why he insisted that we sometimes call him "Jacked," a pun that DOESN'T reference our website but instead is a play on the name of the short-lived sitcom Stacked, the premise of which was "What if Pamela Anderson owned a bookstore?" But beneath it all, everyone at Cracked knows that we are only here because of him. In fact, he had so avoided the spotlight in the early days of Cracked that I initially assumed he was more of a figurehead, like the Queen of England, or Ted Turner. Cracked.com is a website based on the humourous Cracked magazine, which dates back to 1958. It's not that Jack is a super hands-on boss. I hope he feels like it paid off. Unlike most people who go to LA and are invited into mysterious rooms by strangers, I wasn't murdered. My family sure tells me to stop. A couple of years into the job, Jack was writing individual articles that would reach a few million. Objectively half of what I'd done was unusable garbage. They said yes, and when I got there, Jack walked up, shook my hand, and asked if I would mind walking with him into, "this room over here.". But no, Jack O'Brien is real. Thanks for connecting! Her prosthetic arm looks way more realistic, though. My perception of comedy on the internet at the time was that it consisted of A) some wonderful satire like The Onion B) lots of frat-boy "bro" comedy ("10 Ways To Tell If The 'Nice Girl' At The Bar Is Really A Skank") and C) bitter "rant" comedy -- dudes playing over-the-top angry characters raging at inconsequential annoyances, talking about how this movie or that raped their childhood. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two dogs. It existed as a poor man's Mad Magazine for almost half a century, plugging along with a third of Mad's circulation. 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