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Keeping It 'Halal in the Family' with Aasif Mandvi and Miles Kahn

Funny or Die premiered a brand new web series today called Halal in the Family, a retro sitcom parody co-created and written by Aasif Mandvi and Daily Show producer Miles Kahn that reimagines the typical multi-cam family show through the eyes of an all-American Muslim family and all the stereotypes, misinformation, and prejudice they face on a day-to-day basis. Mandvi also stars with House of Cards' Sakina Jeffrey playing his wife, and Jordan Klepper, Samantha Bee, and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter from The Roots make special appearances throughout the four-episode series. Ahead of Halal in the Family's premiere, I spoke with Mandvi and Kahn about the series' origins, [...]

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell Share Some of Their Failed Audition Tapes

To promote their new film Get Hard, Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell debuted a new video at SXSW over the weekend that's a collection of "failed audition tapes" of the guys trying out for some of each other's most iconic roles. Hopefully someday we'll get to see more footage from Ferrell's classic Laugh at My Pain standup performance.

Watch the First 'Billy on the Street' of 2015 with Michelle Obama, Big Bird, and Elena

Rejoice, because Billy Eichner is finally back with a special installment on Billy on the Street before it returns for a fourth season on truTV. This time he's brought three big stars with him: Michelle Obama, Big Bird, and the one and only Elena (who recently bought an iPad, it turns out). Eichner leads the three in an educational game of "Ariana Grande or Eating a Carrot?" then harasses a bunch of people on the street with Big Bird's help.

Court Jester: The Comedy of Blake Griffin

In the Venn Diagram of life, there have been a few people who meet in the middle of comedy and professional basketball. Michael Jordan was there, unintentionally, via Space Jam. Larry Johnson and Penny Hardaway had some moments in their 90s commercials. And for a long time, no one could touch Shaquille O’Neal both on and off the court.

And then there's Blake Griffin. A former number-one draft pick who has a quiet demeanor off the court, he's slowly built his comedy chops while no one was looking. While other athletes took to the gym in the off season, Griffin took an internship at Funny or Die. That, coupled [...]

Watch Nasim Pedrad's Unaired 'SNL' Sketch "Aziz Ansari Buys a Jacket"

A few weeks ago, Nasim Pedrad was a guest on Conan and shared a short clip from an unaired SNL sketch in which she played her favorite "boner-eraser" role Aziz Ansari. Today, Funny or Die did a wonderful thing and uploaded the entire sketch — titled "Aziz Ansari Buys a Jacket" costarring Taran Killam — which you can watch in full above.

Watch a Very Special 'Billy on the Street' with David Letterman

Billy Eichner was a guest on Late Show last night, and he paid tribute to Letterman's long late night career in the best possible way — a brand new Billy on the Street segment on the streets of New York. Watch a clip from Eichner's interview with Letterman below, where he looks back on taping a Billy on the Street with Michelle Obama and Big Bird (who is apparently an asshole behind the scenes):

Will Ferrell to Play on Ten Different Baseball Teams in an Upcoming HBO Special

HBO is teaming up with Funny or Die and Major League Baseball for a new special starring Will Ferrell. The pay network announced today that the untitled special will begin filming in Arizona tomorrow during spring training, and Ferrell will honor Bert "Campy" Campaneris by playing every position on the field for ten different teams throughout the day. The special will be dedicated to the fight against cancer through charities like Cancer for College and Stand Up To Cancer and is set to air on HBO later this year. Check out Ferrell's full game schedule below:

Scott Thompson's Buddy Cole Hosts His Own Film Festival

Here's a brand new video from Funny or Die starring Scott Thompson as his beloved Kids in the Hall character Buddy Cole, who decides to host the first ever Buddy Cole's Real People's Film Festival after the Toronto International Film Festival rejects the "dance-Western-non-musical" he lovingly made about "a young gay Indian lad during the wild wild west who's too, too spirited for his tribe." It's a shame that TIFF doesn't have the courage to include powerful films like Cole's, but at least he found some regular people who appreciate his art as much as he does.

Brad Pitt and Louis C.K. Go 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis

Funny or Die just released a brand new installment of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, this time featuring the very uninterested Brad Pitt. Pitt's interview has references to everything from his charity work to Benjamin Button to George Clooney, not to mention an extremely short standup performance by Louis C.K.

Funny or Die Launches Its Very Own News Vertical

Funny or Die is getting into the news business. THR reports that they've launched their very own news vertical today called Funny or Die News, a Daily Show-inspired news coverage site with Entertainment, Science/Tech, Sports, and Explainers categories already set in place. Dan Abramson — who also launched Funny or Die's digital magazine The Occasional — serves as the editor-in-chief and is joined by a staff of four writers. Abramson plans to start the site with daily news posts followed by longer pieces down the road "from a roster of real and character-driven columnists" as well as possible video components. "When people stopped trusting the news [...]

Funny or Die Is Changing the Comedy Game with Their New Venture 'Dips'

Just in time for April Fools' Day, Funny or Die launched a brand new venture today called Dips, a cutting-edge 1.5 second looping video platform that they seem confident will completely change the online comedy content game. Check out the official launch video above, then head over to the Dips page to watch some contributions from Will Ferrell, Bob Odenkirk, Lena Dunham, Andy Samberg, and tons more.

Funny or Die Unearthed Michael Bolton's 'Office Space' Audition

It only makes sense that Michael Bolton would be interested in the role of Michael Bolton in 1999's Office Space, and thanks to Funny or Die you can now watch his long-lost audition in full. I still consider Bolton's turn as Jack Sparrow to be the defining moment of his acting career, but he's not too bad at playing Michael Bolton either.

If You Have $300M, You Might Be Able to Buy Funny or Die

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's Funny or Die is reportedly considering a big sale. Bloomberg reports that the company recently hired a financial advisor to "evaluate options including a possible sale" with an asking price of $100-300 million. "We've received unsolicited interest from a number of companies," CEO Dick Glover said in a memo to FOD employees. "We are NOT trying to sell Funny or Die, but we thought it wise to engage some experts to help us evaluate the situation. In the meantime, if any of you mistakenly receive a briefcase full of cash, please bring it to my office immediately."

An unnamed source also told [...]

Megan Amram, Nick Offerman, Rich Fulcher, and Steve Agee Get Sweaty for Science

Megan Amram's new book Science…For Her! comes out on November 4th, so in order to get ladies jazzed up to learn about science, she enlisted three of the hunkiest hunks in comedy: Nick Offerman, Rich Fulcher, and Steve Agee to shoot a video to promote it. If those three studs gyrating and lip syncing don't get your juices flowing, check your pulse.