Day: June 11, 2008

New 23/6 investigation: “Exposed”

The political parody site, 23/6, opens up an investigative reporting wing with this new series, Exposed. In the first episode, political "comedian" Barry Goldstein gets his comeuppance. With cameos by Michael Showalter and Mike Birbiglia, shot in part at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Enjoy. 236.com: ExposedUploaded by...

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Unscrewed by Harland Williams

Harland Williams has written 21 short comedic pieces for upstart Internet network KoldCast TV, and the first of what should be weekly installments on KoldCast (as well as on YouTube) appeared today. Here is Williams discussing "Dirty Internet Terms." On YouTube, it’s here. Makes me want to blog right now! After the jump, Harland Williams has a mini-series called "Larry Boobs" to share with...

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HBO buys part of Funny or Die

This Just In (ahem!)…HBO has bought part of Funny or Die and ordered 10 half-hours of programming from the online video site! "We do know we want it to be in the same family of the comedy that we’re doing on the website — just a wide range of anything from a funny offbeat talkshow to a maybe more-traditional-type sitcom to a show with puppets," Will Ferrell told Daily Variety. "We don’t want to limit ourselves in any way, which is what we love about the stuff that we do for Funny or Die. The spitballing on these ideas is going to be the fun part of all this." Once again, the power of celebrity has helped Funny or Die thrive while other similar online comedy video sites have faltered (including HBO’s previous effort, This Just In). The Variety article also reports that Funny or Die has completed two rounds of financing backed by Sequoia Capital, is worth an estimated $100 million, and averages 3.2 million monthly unique visitors to the site. Which reminds me, The Comic’s Comic also is open to outside investors! Email me to find out...

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