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How to Upgrade Tosh.0

There are a lot of “chiseled host stands in front of a green screen as funny clips play behind him with commentary” shows on nowadays. The Soup is the obvious leader, and Web Soup is a rockin’ good time as well. Relative newcomer Tosh.0, on Comedy Central, has a lot going for it—but why does it feel like the show should be so much better than it is?

Probably because there’s way too much damn commentary. Daniel Tosh is funny, but if he’s going to host what’s essentially a weekly celebration of the internet, the clips themselves should be the focus. Yet for every, I dunno, five-second clip he shows, he makes at least five comments about it. He amps up the pace in a weekly “Web Breakdown” segment (going second-by-second with witty bits) and another segment in which he spends 20 seconds making as many funny retorts as he can about a video. One or two of the jokes land, and the rest feel extraneous. Tosh could easily talk less and show more videos just by making a simple trim.

Another option would be to play up the show's unexpected twists on web culture. Tosh's weekly “Web Redemption” segment is hysterical (though once again it's more successful when Tosh isn’t the only one making the funny, as was the case last night with the turtle kid). Also great are the videos he occasionally does trying to recreate internet memes. It always feels like Tosh.0 never really gets going until the “Web Redemption” kicks in.

I’ve never had G4 before, so I only recently caught my first-ever episode of Web Soup, and was blown away. Host Chris Hardwick gets really into each video and even dances around with giddy happiness at how watching them makes him feel. Some of the clips are longer, some are shorter, but they’re always set-up succinctly and summed up thusly. Web Soup lacks the raw sketch energy of “Web Redemption” and Tosh’s other original videos, but I don’t get the sense from Tosh that he’s all that enthused about the videos themselves. No commentary is going to ever be as funny as the source material, and once Tosh.0 figures that out, his show going to be awesome.

Do you think Tosh.0 would be funnier if it focused more on the videos it features, or do you like the show the way it is?

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Less "Tosh" and more ".0"? I don't buy that, and I doubt the millions of viewers that make Tosh.0 one of the top rated shows on Comedy Central would either.. Tosh's edgy standup/commentary is what sets the show apart from the others.
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I respectfully disagree, Mr. Heisler. Tosh is solid as is.
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This show is hilarious. Daniel Tosh is brilliant. The things he does to make this show work is unbelievable you don't see Joel McHale getting naked and floating in a tank or dressing up like a kitten in a diaper. He makes this show Tosh.0 Without him it would be a rip off of the soup. So the more Daniel the more this show separates itself from the others. (I love Joel as well but Daniel takes it up a notch)
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The show is called Tosh.0 so therefore it should focus on Daniel's jokes. Web Soup does not have Chris Hardwick's name in the title which means he can be replaced. I love Joel McHale as well but he can be replaced as well. Tosh.0 is his show without him there is no show so it makes no sense not to focus on him.
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How does this guy and his show get higher ratings then The Soup one of the best shows on television. Joel McHale is so much better then this Tosh guy.
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Uhh, Daniel Tosh is what makes that show. His funny comments are why I watch Tosh.0. Tosh is incredible. They don't need to change a thing.
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Yup, What most people are saying. What makes the show funny is his comments. Cutting them short would defeat the purpose of the show. It's hosted by a comedian for a reason... seems a bit ridiculous to assume that his comedy wouldn't be the central focus.
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Yeah you really don't get it. Tosh .0 is the funniest one of the "stand in front of the green screen" shows. Not because the videos behind him are amazing, but because he's a funny comic. The show is more about his comedy than the videos.
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I just don't think Daniel Tosh is funny. That sort of colors my opinion of the show.
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You just don't get it. The show is perfect the way it is. Go to the failblog website if all you care about are the webclips.
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You can watch the videos, and many others, in their entirety on the Internet. I watch 'Tosh.0' to hear his jokes, not to see stuff I can already choose to see. Plus, some of the videos aren't supposed to be funny by themselves (like most of the gross-out stuff). I love the show the way it is.
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no tosh's comments are why the show is great. i agree it could be better but the way to increase it is to have more segments where he does stuff around the office. the good ones have been great but hes had a few fall short and just bore like piss ups and the speed run.

but the clips are just there to showcase his comedy
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THE WAY IT IS!!
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i think more video would actually take away from the show. you would see too many redundant themes
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The show is perfect as it is. Without his edgy sense of humor and scripted bits, its not too different from watching kids hitting baseballs you-know-where while Bob Saget yucks it up. Which seems to be where Chris Hardwick gets his inspiration
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