|Type of site||Entertainment website|
|Created by||Josh Abramson, Ricky Van Veen|
CollegeHumor is a comedy website owned by InterActiveCorp and based in New York City. The site features daily original comedy videos and articles created by its in-house writing and production team, in addition to user-submitted videos, pictures, articles and links. In early 2009, CollegeHumor's editorial staff wrote and starred in their own TV show, The CollegeHumor Show, on MTV. CollegeHumor is operated by Connected Ventures, a New York company that also owns Defunker, BustedTees, Sports Pickle, and Vimeo.
The site was created in 1999 by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen. Abramson and Van Veen were high school friends from Baltimore, Maryland. Site traffic averages over 7 million monthly unique visitors, according to Quantcast direct measurement. According to Fox News, "[We wanted to start] an advertisement-based business," Abramson said, "because at the time the advertising market was pretty hot and we’d seen other people develop Web sites that were popular making a lot of money." Their aim was to create a humor site that would appeal to the advertiser-friendly college-aged demographic. CollegeHumor, along with its parent company, Connected Ventures, was acquired by Barry Diller's InterActiveCorp in August 2006. In recent years, the site has become known for its original comedy content. In 2008, CollegeHumor was nominated for a Webby Award in the Humor category. Their videos Awkward Rap and Hand Vagina were nominated for the Webby Award for Best Comedy: Individual Short or Episode in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
CollegeHumor produces original comedy videos under the CH Originals (formerly known as CHTV) banner. In addition, the site hosts a large collection of user-submitted viral videos, encompassing home movies, bizarre sports highlights, sketches, and the like.
CollegeHumor's Pictures section features user-submitted photographs. Like the site's videos, CollegeHumor's pictures are of a humorous or bizarre nature. CollegeHumor also occasionally holds photo-based contests for its users. CollegeHumor also provides a hottest/cutest college girl contest almost every day throughout the year.
CollegeHumor posts original writing from its staff and users, including humorous essays, comics, interviews and weekly columns on sports, video games, college life, and dating. Contributing writers to the site have included notable comedians Christian Finnegan, David Wain, Paul Scheer, and Judah Friedlander.