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Funny or Die Specials to Air on HBO

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 2nd 2009 3:30PM
Funny or DieIt's not TV ... it's Funny or Die.

Funny or Die, the site founded two years ago by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is deep into filming for 12 half-hour episodes for HBO,

According to the New York Post, the site is reversing its stance on syndicating its content beyond the standalone Web site. "It will definitely get more viewership of our videos and, to us, that's the important thing -- we want the work that's created to be seen by as many people as possible," Dick Glover, the site's CEO, told the Post. A Funny or Die YouTube channel will launch sometime this month.Funny or DieIt's not TV ... it's Funny or Die.

Funny or Die, the site founded two years ago by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is deep into filming for 12 half-hour episodes for HBO,

According to the New York Post, the site is reversing its stance on syndicating its content beyond the standalone Web site. "It will definitely get more viewership of our videos and, to us, that's the important thing -- we want the work that's created to be seen by as many people as possible," Dick Glover, the site's CEO, told the Post. A Funny or Die YouTube channel will launch sometime this month.

While there's no word on when 'Funny or Die Presents' might hit HBO, viewers can expect content similar to what's found on the site: lots of video shorts and sketches. We're imagining 'Saturday Night Live' minus the sensors. Plus, with the half-hour timeframe, hopefully only the good skits will make the cut and none of them will drag on too long. as many on 'SNL' tend to.

Funny or Die even secured Andrew Steele, who spent 12 years with 'Saturday Night Live,' to steer the HBO venture. It's a rare marriage between a television show generating new original content and a Web site generating new original content, so there should be opportunities to lure viewers back-and-forth between the two.

It was 'The Landlord' that put Funny or Die on the map two years ago. The short film featured Will Ferrell getting verbally abused by his alcoholic, 2-year old landlord because he was late with the rent. It was twisted, dark and most importantly hilarious. While there's no word on whether 'The Landlord,' or any of Funny or Die's existing films will make the series, we think they'd be foolish to exclude them completely.


A smart move would be to put an episode featuring a character like Pearl ('The Landlord') on 'Funny or Die Presents,' and then offer unique installments continuing her adventures on the web site. That way, fans are inclined to watch the show and visit the website.

Throwing up a YouTube page now is a smart move as well, because it grants Funny or Die a chance to reach the largest online audience for video content in anticipation of the HBO series. No matter how big Funny or Die might get, it will never be as big as YouTube. Why not embrace the opportunity to get more eyes on your videos at YouTube, and then lure them back to Funny or Die?

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