Jack often said that we could learn a lot from Stacked because even though it was mostly garbage, there was at least ONE good idea buried within it. I submitted two articles to Cracked ten years ago. No Daniel O'Brien. Once every few days I think about the "(no relation)" joke and how to me it's a pretty perfect joke. But if he saw something I wrote that didn't reach or exceed what I was capable of, he pushed. In 2006, that site was snapped up by an internet company for about the price of a decent house, one of hundreds of domains they were in the process of acquiring. Instead, Jack hit me with a surprise job interview. You're almost done. Anyone else would have led with that information, but not Jack. (November 2011 – October 2013), "8-Bits" – Sketches parodying life as depicted in video games. Miles Gray and Jack O’Brien of The Daily Zeitgeist. When I was a piece-of-shit intern with terrible ideas, he gave me a lot of safe room to fail while I learned, and encouragement and guidance when I was doing something right. They said yes, and when I got there, Jack walked up, shook my hand, and asked if I would mind walking with him into, "this room over here.". Jack O'Brien leaves Cracked after 11 years.  In early 2005, then Cracked owner Dick Kulpa sold the magazine to a group of investors who announced plans to revive a print version of Cracked with a new editorial focus and redesign. "The pilgrims couldn't believe their luck when they found that American forests just naturally contained an ecological kaleidoscope of garden plots ... Frontiersmen who settled what is today Ohio were psyched to find that the forest there naturally grew in a way that 'resembled English parks.' Francis of Assisi once said, "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible", which I have to assume is accurate because it came from brainyquote.com and I trust them. My first day came and went and I've never once had a chance to put my foot down about anything. Cracked is a proverbial brick shithouse of entertainment. Now, for those of you unfamiliar with the maneuver, a Bolivian Trainride is when one man sets up a line of cocaine on his erect-. Unlike most people who go to LA and are invited into mysterious rooms by strangers, I wasn't murdered. -- Jack's real name is "John." He will always be the best Editor-in-Chief the site has ever had (which is like an Editor but with more feathers in the headdress). My friends tell me to tone it down. Smith, Steve. Especially when I repay him with terrible lies that only serve to cast dispersions on his character? Any of us. He helped design a system where elitism couldn't thrive, and people were judged solely by their knowledge and talent. In June 2011, it reached 27 million page views, according to comScore. I've greatly enjoyed working with you. My first pitch was immediately given patient and helpful feedback by another forum member, which I promptly and snarkily refused to follow (I was a genius, after all). The precursor to "Does Not Compute". I've listened to every episode. Jack always hated that, because he had a grander vision of what the brand could be: a source of information and comedy, crossing various media, and most importantly giving the audience their money's worth in references to Back To The Future. "What the rumor mills didn't know was I had an inner fortitude born of faith in the Lord, and an erection you couldn't bend with two hands. He has a family, I think, and eventually, creative people just want to try new things. I can certainly say you will be missed, but you'll no doubt make things great during your future pursuits. Above, Kristi described early Cracked as a kind of tag team between Jack and I (at one point we were the only two dedicated employees) but the spirit of respect, humanity, and kindness that has been established here sure as fuck didn't come from me. Again -- thank you, Jack O'Brien. Goodbye, the internet. As I picked at my side salad, Jack mulled over my pitch, mouth agape with surf n' turf and caviar. Anyone who has ever been on an editorial call or in a brainstorm room knows how easy it is to discard a half-baked idea and move on to the next thing; the comedian's resting state is "That didn't work, let's keep trying." Thursday Night Jackdown and I have never sat down and had a discussion where we formalized or even addressed his status as my capital-M Mentor, but that's how I've always felt and how I've always internalized our interactions. It certainly changed my life, and I don't know how I could ever repay him. We are sad to announce that on December 29, 2020, at the age of 81, Jack O'Brien (Toronto, Ontario) passed away. I think he has to change his name now so that none of us have to see Jack O'Brien working for a company that is not Cracked. To reiterate, I drunkenly wandered into Cracked's digital front office ... and was immediately greeted by the guy running the place. It was one of my favorite days of ever. (Interview), Interview with a Zombie: Oren Katzeff of Cracked.com, Cracked Writers' Room: Jack O'Brien Describes How To Crowdsource Laughs, Cracked.com on iPad: A Deep Dive with Oren Katzeff, Cracked.com launches hilarious movie guide, Demand Media Will Be The First $1 Billion Tech IPO Since Google – Here's Why, Demand Media Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2010 Financial Results, "Exclusive: How Comedian Daniel O'Brien Turned One Joke Into A Major Book Deal", "Humor Website Cracked.com Hacked, Set Up to Serve Malware", "E.W. How Cracked Cracked the Comedy Code: A How To, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cracked.com&oldid=1000406046, Online periodicals with defunct print editions, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Agents of Cracked" – Michael Swaim and Daniel O'Brien portray fictionalized versions of themselves and their bizarre experiences while writing for Cracked. And he is the best editor that has ever lived. In early 2005, editor-in-chief Jack O'Brien founded the website Cracked.com as a separate website. 5 posts • Page 1 of 1. Can you imagine that? I'll never forget the day Jack O'Brien first pitched me the concept of Cracked.com. , In October 2005, Cracked.com launched as a separate website under editor-in-chief Jack O'Brien, a former ABC News producer. I only bring it up to say the first nine words The Jacks of Life ever wrote to me contained one of my favorite jokes of all time. I was crushed by his assessment initially, but when Jack said he liked my moxie and offered me an unpaid intern position at HIS new website Cracked.com over his third dessert, I knew I'd hitched my star to the right wagon's coattails. I call them Jack Facts(TM). (May 2017 – December 2017), "Katie Willert Experience" – A sketch comedy series featuring Katie Willert. That was because of Jack, another genius named Jay Pinkerton, a college intern named Daniel O'Brien, and a bunch of freelance writers they'd cobbled together. Watch that and then tell me you don't like Jack. Also? Once, someone told me his dad was an NBA coach. Like, John Matrix in Commando is also technically Jack Matrix, and John McClane could easily start telling people to call him Jack McClane and it wouldn't be that weird. For more of Jumpin' Jack Slash Fic's greatest hits check out Yer Gramma was Built Like a Brick Shit-House In Her Day and The 5 Greatest Things Ever Accomplished While High. #948 November 1, 2017. Jack, thank you so much for welcoming me into the team and for your guidance. And I would go get ice cream and watch cartoons, for indeed I had worked hard that day. He definitely hates at least one of them. He got a great offer several weeks ago to do something really cool and just decided the time was right. Cracked is published by Literally Media Ltd., Saying Goodbye To Jack O'Brien, Cracked's Cool Dad, 15 Celebrities Who Somehow Survived Incredibly Deadly Situations, The Entire 'Animal Plays Sports' Genre Is Dominated By One Man. (May 2016 – June 2016), "Galactic War Room" – Another Star Wars parody, this time focused on the, "After the Trump" – Daniel O'Brien, Cody Johnston and Katy Stoll discuss the ongoing, This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 23:46. And unlike most real parents, Jason and Jack have such a deep respect for each other's opinions that all you had to do was say, "Jason (Strict Dad) liked this entry" and Jack (Cool Dad) would say, "That's all I need to know. The Cracked Podcast #91 October 26, ... That’s kind of the point. Founded originally in 1958 as Cracked Magazine, in 2005 Jack O’Brien launched cracked.com, which is a humor website that often reports high factual content. And when I became a manager here I thought of everything I'd observed from him and applied it to my employees. We have no plans to let it die or let it get even slightly worse.  They hosted "The Making of ‘After Hours’: How a Conversation Becomes an Episode", "Comedy Troupes Are the New Rock Stars", and a performance of the sketch comedy showcase "Cracked LIVE: The 6 Most Bafflingly Hilarious Things Happening in Front of You (Right Now)!". So let me say this instead: I've worked with Jack for about ten years and never saw him really lose his temper, or get jaded about this whole thing, or succumb to the constant, overwhelming pressure to turn to the internet's dark side. He gave us this platform, he made us each better writers and I am eternally grateful. Cherished. But, of course, I will, because he trusts me to do it (and because I'm paid quite well). Jack wanted Cracked to be different. Don't get me wrong -- if I did a good job with something, he let me know it. They're doing that for a reason -- because most people know that the collection of people they hang around are one thing ... but a true friend is on another level. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Jack O'Brien to pay them a last tribute. I hope he feels like it paid off. with fresh eyes again because they are such an intrinsic part of who we are now that the jokes don't even sound like jokes anymore. Jack “Obie” O’Brien, master mechanic and heavy equipment operator and repairman, master of all things heavy equipment and tractors, lost his battle with kidney disease on Oct. 30, 2020 and has moved on to the other side to be with his loved ones who have gone before. With Jack, I never felt like I was writing to fit a prompt, or hit some arbitrary metric. Then in my performance review this year Jack actually said he liked that video a lot, so it kind of worked out in the end. I joined in 2007 and there was a time for about two weeks where we were literally the only two creative employees working for this website, and I am thoroughly, fantastically uninterested in continuing this website without him and his guidance. , In 2010, the web series Agents of Cracked, featuring Daniel O'Brien and Michael Swaim, won the Audience Choice Award at the second annual Streamy Awards. When I first met Jack O'Brien, he was taking a Bolivian Trainride in the bathroom of Armar la Gorda, a dusky Latin Satanist gay bar on the corner of 66th and 6th. By Jack O'Brien • September 08, 2011 There are some fairly idiot-proof tasks that movies pretend are difficult. Years later it would also be Jack who first called and offered me a job as an editor for the site. In a single phone conversation, Jack changed my future. The first time I told Jack of Faith Disturbing that this was my favorite article, I didn't even realize it was written by him. Orson Welles didn't rest on his laurels after Citizen Kane; he went and voiced a great Transformers cartoon. We're all in it for the same reason, we've all helped this grow far beyond what any of us expected back in those early days when Lex Friedman was desperately coding the site on the fly and we could feel the bosses at Demand Media slowly realizing they had something really cool on their hands. Comikaze Expo Presents Cracked.com’s "After Hours" LIVE! BTW, this is a pretty good show, especially if you liked Cracked before all this happened. He had an unwavering belief that you can succeed in this world by appealing to the best in people, that the audience was naturally curious, to the point of being willing to see their prejudices proven wrong. And throughout that time I've always only had one boss, and it's been Jack. Needless to say, I was angry -- and that booze-churning ire translated into utter dickheadedness in the workshop. Thanks for everything. He rotates his finger in the air, and I turn it up. However, it is also possible that Jack isn't listening to anything, and just has the earbuds in as a power play. A couple of years into the job, Jack was writing individual articles that would reach a few million. Until the day I die, I'll never wrap my head around all of the things Jack has accomplished in the last ten years. Not even once? Legendary Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O'Brien has, after 11 years, left the company for browner pastures. Rest In Peace. In my rare moments of self-reflection, when I realize how terrible and irrelevant my writing is, Jack takes a look at it and tells me it's great. or asking babies if he makes them horny.  Published by the Penguin Group's Plume division, the book features 20 articles that had previously appeared on the website, and 18 that are new to the book. (September 2013 – February 2014), "The Spit Take" – Jack O'Brien addresses some theme, usually illustrated with video clips. Cracked.com is a website based on the humourous Cracked magazine, which dates back to 1958. I'm not an easy person to talk to, or not talk to.  The site fit well within Demand Media's network, with Jack O’Brien noting "They understand the web, and they made us nail down a voice". With the shift from print to digital, and the open forum pitching process, Jack O’Brien steered the team toward a certain type of post: the much-derided listicle. The man contained layers.). Henry Rathbone and his wife Clara were sitting next to Abraham Lincoln the night of the assassination, and despite the decades of conspiracy theories and ghost stories surrounding the Lincoln family, the craziest and bloodiest story of the night belongs to Mr. Rathbone. (August 2011 – September 2012), "The Start-Up" – Michael Swaim, Cody Johnston, and Katy Stoll as three people working from home who meet through teleconference to discuss their new start-up company. To be Editor-in-Chief requires you to constantly be consuming information, and I've heard rumors that he has a text-to-speech program that reads him the article pitches for the day so he can multitask. (March 2014 – March 2016), "Antiheroes" – A parody of a superhero origin story. So join Jack O'Brien, Cracked staff members Dan O'Brien and Michael Swaim, and Psychology Professor Martie G. Haselton of UCLA as they debunk Rorschach tests, the Mozart effec,t and middle child syndrome, so soon you can be that person at the party who says, "Actually ..." Get your tickets here! Connect to your existing Cracked account if you have one or create a new Cracked username. When I was first hired as a Cracked editor in 2010, I braced myself for the competitive, testosteroney, maybe misogynistic conference call meetings that would surely be a part of my weekly routine. 15 Biggest Overreactions In The History Of Actor-Director Feuds, Shocking: Questionable NYC Pickup Artist Arrested After Alleged Involvement in Capitol Siege, Yer Gramma was Built Like a Brick Shit-House In Her Day, The 5 Greatest Things Ever Accomplished While High, 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America, The 5 Most Hilariously Drug-Fueled Celebrity Interviews Ever - The Spit Take, 55 Of The Weirdest Things To Happen In The Courtroom, 5 Reasons That Normal-Looking Free Newspaper (In Your Hometown) Is Anything But, Don't Let Them Keep You From Your DJ Dream. The culture that Jack set up was collaborative and kind and every person's opinion carried weight. That'd probably about do it. Still are, TBH.) I dare you. The other -- a sketch titled "The William H. Macy Institute for Hard-Fucking" -- was neither accepted nor discussed. That expectation wasn't a reflection of the guys I was about to work with, they seemed nice in print -- which was how all of my interactions up that point had occurred -- it was based on how I thought guys functioned together in groups. He was not fired or forced out under the cloud of scandal, he didn’t get fed up with our bullshit and storm out — this process has been all tears and going-away gifts. The old Cracked magazine, at its best, averaged something like 80,000 readers a month. I think the clearest example I can think of for this is when I shot that mushrooms video in our office with Robert Evans. But, mostly, it's the trust thing. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. Jack took a 21-year-old idiot dreamer who sometimes knew how to make people laugh and gave him the career of a lifetime. And that misconception was just based on ... high school, I guess? (September 2012 – December 2017), "Escort Mission" – Two roommates, a hardcore gamer (L33T) and a casual gamer (N00B) discuss modern video games and the unexpected implications of their worlds. The model Jack set up was that everyone at Cracked can all do anything we want -- host shows, join podcasts, pitch videos, write fact-based articles or opinion based columns, contribute ideas on workflow or streamlining our process, recruit talent, all of it. Seriously. And so my introduction to Cracked was to act exactly like the kind of petulant jackalope Future Me would boot from the forums. They won't ever let you settle for mediocre because they know you're capable of more. (Bylines and formatting were screwed up at the time. I belligerently entered the Cracked Writer's Workshop about six or seven years ago. But that's just traffic stuff, it's not proof of anything -- there's a video on YouTube of a drunk getting his dick caught in a quadrocopter that has ten times as much traffic. Continue Reading Below. In 2017, jokes about the honey badger not giving a fuck, or how Thomas Edison's a dickhead feel, so well worn they might as well be factory-issued jokes that come standard with a brain. One of them -- a comedic, non-fiction, observation-based essay about Die Hard -- was accepted with a few notes. So, Jack inexplicably brought me on board ahead of other much, much more qualified candidates and together we found that the world had been waiting for something exactly like this. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two dogs. Also, that quote reminds me of how much fun and greatness has come from Jack's unabating efforts to always keep our ship sailing ... into the sun? Or if it's not great, he tells me how to make it great. I could write about how he plucked me from obscurity and gave me a job without having ever met me or even seen my face, but that story is mostly about me. , Crown Publishing Group acquired the rights to Cracked writer Daniel O’Brien's How to Fight Presidents, for more than $60,000. Jack O'Brien, you are a true friend, and I'm going to sincerely miss you. It was a huge risk to throw an editor job at an unemployed guy with the forum name "Antagonasty" and, as far as he knew, zero clean t-shirts. It was founded in 2005 by Jack O’Brien. In ten years I've been a lowly intern, the Creative Director for our Video Department with a number of employees who fear me, and everything in between. I had the freedom to experiment and just enough guidance to know when my experiments were dumb and likely to end in a flurry of lawsuits. I was gonna tell them he was the conductor! But no, Jack O'Brien is real. It was called The Minis. In 2007, Jay got hired away by Valve and helped write Portal 2. 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