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Following the recent trend of” going fromOnline User-Gen to MTV, it seems falls into that same category. I think this is going to be a recurring theme and figured I’d bring readers up-to-speed on’s progress:
See more Will Ferrell videos at Funny or Die

Without a question, is hilarious and has a future in the Online Video business. They even have a Wikipedia Page, Funny Or Die. “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 also 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. 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”.”

The site’s first video, The Landlord, has received over 55 million views and features Ferrell confronted by a swearing, beer-drinking two-year-old landlord. In June 2007, they received venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital,[1] and in June 2008, they announced a partnership with HBO.[2]


I first knew about the Investment back in April when I came across a article Will Ferrell Takes Sequoia Investment. Then In June 2008, I read an article that insured my belief that they’ve made their place in the Online Video business, avoiding the User-Gen approch (in a way) and uploading professional content. As quoted from WikiPedia:
HBO and FunnyorDie announced that HBO had purchased a stake of less than 10% in Funny Or Die. With this, Funny or Die will be responsible for developing at least 10 half-hour episodes for HBO, and the companies may organize future comedy tours together. Regarding the agreement, Will Ferrell said, “I don’t want to overstate the importance of this deal, but this is the missing link moment where TV and Internet finally merge. It will change the way we as human beings perceive and interact with reality. Okay, I overstated it. But it is an exciting deal.”[3]
This is very similar to’s step from Online Video to MTV. I wrote about that earlier this week: CollegeHumor: From Online User-Gen to MTV
I’d keep a close eye on FunnyOrDie and see what Will Ferrell is fully capable of. Hats off to them! Now go and check out their latest footage (b/c most of it is not exactly censored for me to post on this blog):