From 1999 to 2001, ZUG took a backseat to Computer Stew, a daily comedy Web show produced, written, and directed by Hargrave and cohorts Jay Stevens, Al Natanagara, and Moses Blumenstiel for the technology Web site ZDNet. After the cancellation of Computer Stew in 2001, ZUG returned full force, with a redesigned site, a daily blog from Hargrave, and aggressive viral marketing tactics (such as an online ballot-stuffing campaign at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, which resulted in ZUG paralyzing the HBO servers and being disqualified from the contest).
The success of the site caught the attention of Citadel Press, which published 'Prank the Monkey', the first ZUG book, in 2007, which went on to become an Amazon.com humor bestseller. Hargrave is now working on "Mischief Maker's Manual," a book of pranks for kids aged 9-12, to be released in Spring 2009 by Penguin Children's Group .
Meanwhile, a number of readers have published articles on Zug. The staff chooses the funniest article submissions, which readers can then rate for the coveted “Funniest of the Month” title.. Those who have made it to the list of the top article authors include The Human Guinea Pig's article She's Gonna Blow: The Colon Cleansing Experiment, Student Stoner Intern's Wake and Bake:The Volcano Vaporizer Experiment, and Scott Kirk and Scott Taylor's Free Frosty, Please.
The GAB software, which has been built entirely in-house, features humorous touches like the “Swearbot,” which automatically turns swear words into the names of famous poets. Still, many threads have coarse language or adult discussions, so GAB requires its users to be over 18 years of age before they are given posting privileges.
Snowe chosen as class clown ; An online comedy site honors Maine's Sen. Olympia Snowe as America's Funniest Senator.
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Free-firing cowboy or peacenik? Cyber wit gets nasty in run-up to US polls ; As jokes about the US presidential election year start to appear on the Internet, Donald Myers in New York has a look at the humour on offer
Jun 12, 2004; An Internet gag goes like this: Einstein, Picasso and George Bush die and arrive together at the Pearly Gates. St Peter tells...