In this video from Just For Laughs 2012, Patton Oswalt discusses modern technology’s influence on the comedy industry. In the past, comedians had to be given opportunities from the “gatekeepers” of the industry in order to succeed. TV executives and production companies were the only path to fame, but now comedians create high-quality content without their help. By using social media, comedians can distribute their content to the world. They eliminate the middlemen and give themselves a bigger piece of the comedy pie.