Friday, April 8, 2011

Creative Excellence Fridays - Funny or Die

You may already be familiar with this gem; funny or I discovered it about a year ago, and now it seems to have switched its' jets on turbo.

Funny or Die is a comedy video website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions with original and user generated content. Funny or Die is unique in that it contains a good deal of exclusive material from a number of famous contributors (e.g. Judd Apatow, James Franco) and has its own Funny or Die Team (FOD Team) which creates original material for the site. Many clips featured on the site feature well-known actors (examples include Charlie Sheen, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe, Lindsay Lohan and Jerry Seinfeld). Michael Kvamme, an aspiring young comedian, came up with a concept for a new kind of comedy site and the site was developed by Randy Adams. Videos are voted on by users of the site; those that are deemed funny stay, but those that are not "die" and are relegated to the site's "crypt".

Earlier this week I saw Billy Crystal on The Daily Show promoting a sequel to "When Harry Met Sally". What he was actually promoting was a short parody piece on what it could be like to try and produce that movie under today's youth focused business model.

Surf around FunnyorDie and you'll be amazed by the talent who are lending their services to various short skits. It's becoming a showcase for Hollywood superstars with a sense of humour. The phrase "one little tweak" becomes a catalyst for disaster.


And the second hot viral video from FunnyorDie this week, David Mamet's "Lost Masterpieces of Pornography" starring Ed O'Neill and Kristen Bell. Another instant classic.

Inspirationally funny. Have a great weekend.

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