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Katie Couric Investigates The Sillies (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Mar 8th 2011 6:30PM
'CBS Evening News' anchor Katie Couric has held some big feet to the fire during her career, like Sarah Palin and George Bush. Now she's gunning for some small feet -- preschoolers.

In a video for Funny or Die, Couric investigates the Sillies, a condition that affects millions of children every day. To cure these episodes, parents and teachers usually have the infected children jump around, shake their arm, kick their feet, etc. However, with her bulldog instinct, Couric digs into whether the Sillies are real thing or just a ploy by the young to misbehave.

While the veteran newscaster is known for her composure and playfulness alike, few have seen Couric do something this goofy. She proves her sense of humor and willingness to poke fun at herself, since the video essentially spoofs her career. The expressions alone she gives while interviewing the children make this a viral must-see.

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A 'Frakking' Great Love Song (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 18th 2011 6:00PM
For those unfamiliar with the brilliance of 'Battlestar Galactica,' "frakking" sounds like just another silly word to look up on Urban Dictionary. However, for fans of sci-fi, it's a very specific reference.

In the alternate universe where 'Battlestar' is set, saying "frak" is the equivalent to dropping the F-bomb. At first, it sounds absurd and just an obvious way to curse without the FCC crawling up the network's "ack." But after watching a few episodes, most viewers accept "frak" and even start to like it.

Break Media just released a music video entitled, 'Tonight, I'm Frakking You.' The dance-worthy R&B song spoofs the sci-fi terminology and fanboy culture as the singer, dressed as a Vulcan, courts ladies at a cosplay club.

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4 TV Pairings We Want on 'Between Two Ferns' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 16th 2011 4:32PM
Between Two FernsZach Galifianakis is a master at turning awkwardness into hilarity. While Steve Carell and Ricky Gervais also possess that skill, the bearded comedian does it in his own unique way with supreme subtlety and silliness.

A perfect example of that is his Web series on Funny or Die called 'Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis.' He plays a less famous, simpler-minded version of himself and interviews celebrities as if he knows very little about their careers. Stars who have appeared include Conan O'Brien, Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Bruce Willis and Charlize Theron.

One of the best episodes of 'Between Two Ferns' is also the most recent. Galifianakis opens by interviewing MySpace phenom and reality star Tila Tequila. After a minute, he announces they have another guest, Jennifer Aniston, but wants Tequila to stick around (as if they're on a late-night talk show).

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8 Memorably Wacky 'Family Feud' Answers (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 14th 2011 3:40PM
'Family Feud''s ability to set up absurd answers with innocuous questions makes it a clip bonanza for YouTube.

About once a month, the long-running game show has a clip go viral because the contestant's answer is unbelievably dumb, silly or inappropriate.

And the show's sixth host, Steve Harvey, milks the craziness for all it's worth, mugging to the cameras and acting offended when things go even the slightest bit off-kilter.

While Harvey's overacting and sense of comedic timing make him perfect for the online generation, 'Family Feud' has a long and stories history of producing countless WTF answers. Check out these eight memorable moments ...

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Steve Harvey Learns the Power of Pot on 'Family Feud' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 10th 2011 1:00PM
Family Feud, something that gets passed, steve harvey, jointWhen Mark Goodson and Bill Todman created 'Family Feud' in 1976, they could not have known how tailor-made the gameplay is for the viral-video age. Asking seemingly innocent questions can elicit surprising responses. That is exactly what happened recently when host Steve Harvey set up the following category: "Tell me something that gets passed around." He received the funniest answer since the woman replied "penis" back in October.

Harvey began his career in the drug- and booze-fueled days of '80s stand-up comedy. Now he's a family man, a born-again Christian and the host of 'Family Feud." He apparently doesn't get out much anymore either, because when one contestant answered, "A joint," Harvey couldn't believe it. Surely a group of 100 random people at a mall somewhere in middle America would not have given an illegal substance as an answer? Right?

Well, Steve, this isn't the 1950s anymore, because that's exactly what some people said.

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'Traffic Light''s Nelson Franklin Explains Dudes-N-Bros (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Feb 1st 2011 6:02PM
Fans of 'The Office' are probably watching the previews for Fox's new show, 'Traffic Light,' and thinking, "Hey, that guy with the hipster glasses looks familiar."

That guy is Nelson Franklin and he's familiar because he played Nick the I.T. worker that everyone at Dunder Mifflin treated poorly. Franklin left the small role to pursue greater opportunity as a main cast member on 'Traffic Light' (premiering Tue., Feb. 8 at 9:30PM ET on Fox) along with another former player on 'The Office,' David Denman, who played Pam's ex-fiancee Roy.

While Franklin's new show has to be keeping him busy, he still has enough time to shoot a hilarious and educational video for Funny Or Die.

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Nick Kroll Plugs His Standup Comedy Special (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 28th 2011 5:15PM
Comedy nerds are buzzing about Nick Kroll's Comedy Central special 'Thank You Very Cool,' which premieres Jan. 29 at 9PM ET.

While the 32-year-old isn't a household name yet, Kroll has been quietly establishing himself as the next big comedy star over the last few years. Hailing from the same alternative comedy world that birthed Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari and David Cross, Kroll's become an underground favorite with his hilarious characters, intelligent stand-up and acting range.

You may recognize his face as one of 'The League' cast members, or from his recurring role on 'Children's Hospital,' or from his standup sets on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 'John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show,' and 'The Benson Interruption.'

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Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 18th 2011 7:45PM
There is a moment in the film 'Almost Famous' where you cannot help but laugh out loud -- even though the scene is supposed to be touching, not funny. And it involves Tony Danza.

As everyone sings along to Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer,' it sounds like everyone is saying, "Hold me close, Tony Danza."

This misheard lyric was probably missed by the generation that first heard the song. However, to a generation that grew up with 'Taxi' and 'Who's The Boss?,' it's impossible not to hear it. That is the exactly what YouTube stars Barats and Bereta are counting on with their recent video.

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'Terrible Decisions' From 'Funny or Die Presents' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 11th 2011 4:30PM
Fans of 'Funny or Die' can rejoice because season 2 of HBO's 'Funny Or Die Presents' premieres midnight, Fri., Jan. 14. To prime the laughter pumps, the website posted a little preview of one series the show will feature, 'Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz.'

TV watchers will recognize Schwartz from his recurring part on 'Parks and Recreation' as Tom Haverford's annoying friend Jean-Ralphio and his regular role on 'Undercovers' as Billy Hoyt.

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James Van Der Memes: Watch the Beek Make Faces (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 4th 2011 4:30PM
Today's tweens probably don't know James Van Der Beek the same way previous generations do, as the lovably precocious Dawson from the teen drama 'Dawson's Creek.'

They only know Van Der Beek's face from the ever-popular three-second animated GIF of Dawson crying when Joey (Katie Holmes) dumps him. Kids just love to post that on their blogs when they're sad, ironically sad or sarcastically sad. Van Der Beek's face just conveys so many emotional levels.

Rather than turn a blind eye to the popular GIF, Van Der Beek has decided to embrace it. He's teamed with Funny Or Die to bring the public 'Vandermemes.'

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Cookie Monster Want To Host 'Saturday Night Live'

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 23rd 2010 5:30PM
Using the power of the Internet worked for fans of Betty White when they wanted her to host 'Saturday Night Live.' Can the same work for Cookie Monster?

'Sesame Street'
posted an 'SNL' audition reel for the gluttonous Muppet on their YouTube account. We're not sure if the children's show is serious about this viral campaign for Cookie Monster, which includes a Facebook page. But if they are successful, one of their most iconic characters would perform with the same people who railed against 'Sesame Street' for the Katy Perry debacle.

Chances are it's just a stunt. The producers probably want to seem hip again.

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Sarah Silverman's Thanksgiving Special (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 22nd 2010 6:45PM
Sadly, 'The Sarah Silverman Program' is no long with us. That does not mean Silverman will stop delighting, shocking and occasionally disgusting us with her endearingly foul wit. Her latest holiday video on Funny Or Die is a perfect example of just that.

The stand-up comic/actress/writer recalls a Thanksgiving when she was six years old and her well-intentioned father took her to their neighbor's farm to choose a turkey. (A similar version of the story appears in her recent book 'The Bedwetter.') As adults, it's easy to predict the future of whichever turkey young Sarah chose. However, to a child that outcome was not immediately apparent.

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'My Boys' Star Jamie Kaler Nearly Kills A Woman With Laughter (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 16th 2010 7:00PM
Jamie Kaler's show, the underrated TBS sitcom 'My Boys,' was canceled, but luckily, he has a stand-up comedy career to fall back on. Now Kaler is back on stage with a vengeance. Do you think he blames his audiences for 'My Boys' low ratings?

At a recent show at the Columbus Funny Bone, Kaler literally caused a woman to laugh so hard she began choking (see video below). It was so severe, the comedian noticed her from stage and says, "No, she's not joking." That prompted others to give the choking victim the Heimlich maneuver. Nothing popped out of her throat and everyone realized she was only laughing. Very hard.

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