|Curious about Pointless TV?
If you want to learn more about the what and why
of this website, you've come to the right place.
Pointless TV is a great place to go to see some free, funny,
online videos. It's also the official website for Pointless
TV, a sporadically-aired public access show out of Wisconsin.
For a more detailed story, read "The Epic of Pointless TV" below.
Once you're done here, you should check out the
videos. And if you want to know more
about the people behind Pointless TV, check out the bios section.
|The Epic of Pointless TV
I know what you're thinking now:
Wow. What a clever website. So
eloquently worded. So mysterious and yet so inviting. I need
to know more!
First of all, thank you. I try. Secondly,
here's the skinny on PTV:
was born in the late summer of 2002. It was the brainchild (not
to be confused with love child) of Peter Simon and Jeff Thelen, two decidedly
bored gentlemen from Mayville, WI. It seems worth mentioning at
this point that Jeff Thelen is also the somewhat self-important author
of this fine Internet establishment. Hi, I'm Jeff. Nice to meet
to my story. Petey and I, along with several of our friends, had
started performing, taping, editing, and showing friends and family skits
of ourselves. It wasn't long before we realized that we could mix
them all together and make a TV show. A few phone calls to the local
cable access channel and several nights of post-production later, and
Pointless TV was born.
it. We ended up doing two more shows between January and April of
2003 for the Mayville public access channel. We were even featured
in the documentary, Cable Access Show, which aired on PBS36 out
of Milwaukee. (It helped just a little that our good friend Ryan
Erdmann produced that documentary.) This website has been up since
before the first show, offering exclusive content and witty writing throughout.
Pointless TV, it seemed, had a point.
Then what happened?
got to be something we really believed in. The problem was, there
just wasn't any time. I would have loved to have done another episode,
but I had a full time summer job and both of us were getting ready to
move away to college. PTV was put on hold.
I spent the better part of December 2003 putting
videos online and redesigning the site. There is now over an hour of
Pointless TV living online. You can also play several fun games,
and talk in the dedicated PTV forum. Thanks to the lack of
limitations at our new web host, we can have cool things like
searches, near unlimited space, interactive sites and more.
When I first decided to redesign PointlessTV.com and
add videos, I envisioned it replacing the actual show. But that
won't happen. It may be a while before you see another episode
of Pointless TV, but rest assured, you will. In the meantime,
enjoy the videos and keep checking back for more info.
February 17, 2004
|Contact Information (Updated)
If you want to send us something, it would help if
you knew where to send it. So here you go.
If you just want to talk to us, without the hassle
of stamps or an email program, come visit us in the
and leave a note. Most of us have our personal email addresses
and IM info posted there, as well.
|How to Contribute
Wondering what you can do for Pointless TV? (You
know you are)
Plenty. The more people that we get involved, the
better things will get. If you want to help make Pointless TV a better
place, you can contribute money (always nice), props, or just
yourselves as cast or crew in one of our skits. Or, you can save us a
lot of work and send us your own clips. That's almost as good as
There's nothing we like more than getting someone
else's clip to add to our collection. It saves us the trouble of
working towards one of our own. It's kinda like a Christmas present.
Plus you get to show everyone that someone put your clip on the
Internet. Anyway, if you have a tape that you want on Pointless TV,
Now that we're off of public access and on the Internet, we have a
little more freedom concerning what we can put out there. So
unless your clip offends me, which is near impossible, we'll probably
Got little kids and that freaks you out? We'll
put up a warning for any clip that isn't appropriate for younger
How to Give Us Stuff
We can accept footage on VHS, SVHS, MiniDV, 8mm, Hi8, and Digital8
tapes. We will also take DV-encoded AVI files if you have some way to
give them to us. Our return policy is simple. If it's free or easy for
us to do, we will give you your stuff back. If it isn't, thank you for
donating equipment to Pointless TV.
To recap: if you mail us something, unless you have
return postage, we keep. If you hand a tape to us, we will hand it
back to you when we're done. Bada-bing, bada-boom.
|How can we help you?
Do you have a show kind of like Pointless TV? Do you
wish you did? Do you just have some stuff you want to see put
online? Odds are, we can help.
There are a bunch of guys here with a variety of
skills that you might find useful. We do anything from web
design to video transfers, and we come cheap. For more info,
email us at
Want your show to have an online home, too? We can help.
PointlessTV.com is offering relatively inexpensive web hosting to
others in the fledgling filmmaker industry. We can put your
videos online, give you pointlesstv.com email addresses; all sorts of
stuff. For pricing and other info, email us at
Get Up and Go
We always thought it would be a good idea to make it look like someone lived in a department store. The problem was, no department store would let us in with cameras. We almost made it at ShopKo, but this lady put her greasy hand on my lens and made us leave. So we decided on a gas station. It was still pretty good.
Click here to play the video.