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|Founded||June 2012in New York City|
|Headquarters||New York City|
Above Average Productions is an online comedy distributor and Multi-channel network owned by Broadway Video dedicated to making "high-quality stuff that makes you laugh". As of February 1, 2016 the network has over 8.6 million subscribers and 2.4 billion views on YouTube.
Above Average Productions is the digital sector of Lorne Michaels' production company, Broadway Video. Michaels previously formed Above Average Productions during the late 1970s when a series of specials were developed under a production company of the same name. However, the online comedy network that it is known as today was not founded until 2012.
In June 2012, Above Average Productions quietly launched after Broadway Video decided to help produce a Web series that Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien had come up with. The series was called 7 Minutes in Heaven and featured Mike O'Brien interviewing celebrities such as Patricia Arquette and Ellen DeGeneres, among others, in a small closet. After production on the series commenced, other members of the Broadway Video family expressed their desire to contribute to the online comedy community. This eagerness from within the company, along with popularity of 7 Minutes in Heaven, prompted Broadway Video to make the decision to officially revive the Above Average brand and form the "boutique multi-channel network" that Above Average is today. The current president of Above Average is Jennifer Danielson.
Above Average Productions is based out of New York City.
In October 2015, Above Average partnered with SNL co-head writer Bryan Tucker to launch a new sports comedy brand, The Kicker with a mantra of "For fans. For fun." The Kicker creates original sports comedy videos, articles, images, and digital content that are similar in tone to that of Above Average.
The Kicker posts content on its website as well as on its official YouTube channel.
Above Average Productions creates comedy shorts for mostly online audiences. The style of comedy is typically highbrow and satirical; goofier, lowbrow content is also released occasionally. The company's focus, however isn't only on producing quality content. Above Average gives up-and-coming comedians an opportunity to show off their talents, grow as performers, and to expand their professional networks. Comedians such as Broad City's Ilana Glazer and SNL's Sasheer Zamata were both featured on Above Average before moving onto larger scale television projects. Above Average also collaborates greatly within their many channels, as well as with other branches of Broadway Video, whether it be through sharing actors, writers, or directors.
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