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Shows You Should Be Watching: 'InfoMania'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2010 10:00AM
InfoManiaIf you're not familiar with the cable channel Current TV (the one started by Al Gore), you're probably not familiar with the show 'InfoMania'. I would describe it this way: it's 'The Daily Show' meets 'The Soup,' with a dash of 'Best Week Ever.' I know, I know, you're saying to yourself, why do I need to watch yet another show that takes news and entertainment clips and gives them a snarky spin?

Well, that's a great question, person who says things to themselves. You need to watch this because it's a one-stop for all of the things you don't have the time or energy to keep track of and watch.

Watching an episode of 'InfoMania' is like getting all of the week's viral videos, wacky news moments, bizarre TV moments, ridiculous news items, commentary about advertising and magazines and technology, and all of the other pop culture "things" that everyone needs to see (even if they don't know they have to see them).

One of the reasons I like the show is because I don't want to take the time and effort to seek out these things for myself. I might see them mentioned on Twitter or on a blog that I frequent, or a friend might send me a link to them in an e-mail. But I'd rather have one place I can go to every week and get a funny take on all of the things I wouldn't have bothered to seek out in the first place. In other words, this show isn't just entertaining, it's useful! And if you are the type of person who already knows about these things, you might even appreciate the humor even more.

And the show actually is funny. Host Conor Knighton and his team really do skewer the stuff that needs to be skewered and they praise the stuff that ... well, actually, most of it gets a skewering. It's sarcastic and fast-paced and probably goes over the top sometimes, but there's so much stuff coming at you each half hour that it all balances out. I mean, just because you get a burnt chip in a bag of Lay's doesn't mean the other chips in the bag aren't worth eating, right?

I guess what I'm saying is, 'InfoMania' is a bag of potato chips: tasty, a bit salty, and even though you may not be sure if what you're eating is good for you, you can't stop until you eat the whole bag. You feel overwhelmed after eating the whole bag, but also strangely satisfied.

Here are a couple of segments to give you an idea of what the show is like.

'InfoMania' airs Thursdays at 10PM and several other times during the week. And you can watch several episodes at SlashControl.

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Thanks for apprising me that this show is out there. I'm going to check it out cause it seems right up my alley, and I never would have even heard of it without this post. I wish the website had more posts similar to "shows you should be watching." Too many good shows fall through the cracks.

April 13 2010 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

CurrentTV is a pretty good network.. It's pretty genius too.. Let people at home make the majority of the content and put it on TV in segments..

April 12 2010 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's also worth noting that infoMania makes itself available for free as an iTunes video podcast, as well as putting their episodes on hulu, youtube, and current's websites.

April 12 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've been watching this show for well over a year now and thanks TV Squad for showing this to others! It really is a pretty damn funny show and I look forward to it every week. If you can watch Sarah's stuff even though she's no longer on the show... but everyone else is pretty funny. Some jokes do fall flat but the show is smart enough to fix that. Think of it like a hipster version of Daily Show/The Soup that is for everyone.

April 12 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I sort of stumbled over this a couple of months ago, and I've been addicted ever since. This stuff is brilliantly done comedy with an absolutely perfect cast. It's appointment TV for me, too.

Imagine a faster, younger, more media-centric version of "The Daily Show", and you'll have 'InfoMania'.

April 12 2010 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I dvr the show every Thursday night. Brett Erlich, Sergio Cilli, and Ben Hoffman are very fun to watch.

April 12 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've been watching this show weekly on Hulu for about 6-9 months now. It's appointment TV for me. The cast is so damned funny that I rewatch episodes on a regular basis. Good call, TV Squad.

April 12 2010 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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