At this point, you really can't be considered a serious contender in the comedy game unless you generate at least a measurable presence on what a recent President called the Internets. Whether you’re a wet-behind-the-ears stand-up still getting the hang of doing the road, or you’re a wildly successful film star like Will Farrell—whose Funny Or Die is probably the top comedy website, featuring exclusive contributions from the likes of Judd Apatow—being active online, if not ‘Net savvy, is practically a requirement. And if you embrace that world, and prove to be an accomplished practitioner, it can fast-track your career path and provide more avenues to express your comedy vision—and the attendant independence and success that nudges aspiring funny folks closer to Will Farrell territory. Case in point: Nick Thune. Sure, he sports the markings of a bright, young comic—multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show,” half-hour special on Comedy Central, a calendar full of live dates, etc.—but for Nick Thune, the online world is his oyster. He’s fashioned all sorts of short video pieces, including ones exclusively presented on Funny Or Die, ranging from man-on-the-street (or field) interviews with concertgoers at Bonnaroo, to a short clip about having a Lincoln Navigator that’s, shall we say, only peripherally auto-related. He’s also created and stars in a web series, “Nick’s Big Show.” Comedy Central gave him some dough to create iThunes, a series of short films to be shown on—you guessed it—the Internet. And so on. But having said all this, it’s probably of at least equal importance for Cap City purposes to mention that Nick Thune is damn good and damn funny, in person, as suggested by the TV credits mentioned above, and his performances at prestigious festivals of the comedy ilk (like Just For Laughs, in both its Montreal and Chicago locations) and music (including Bonnaroo).