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:
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.
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 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 videos on the internet come from a plethora of sources, from established internet studios to TV networks to independent comedians. But how do comedy production studios fund their internet comedy videos? There’s no simple answer. In fact, one of the first answers I heard was “Our funding comes from everywhere.”
However, as I talked to representatives from CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, Jash, Above Average, UCB Comedy, and Comedy Central, a lot of common themes came forward. Branded content funds more than you think. YouTube revenue funds less than you think. Comedy studios, like everyone else, earn money so they can fund passion projects. Incubating new talent is also a [...]