The Los Angeles Times spotlights the folks at Funny or Die today as part of the paper's series on how show business is looking more and more at alternative comedy. Although I'm not sure I'd call the site's celeb-studded model alternative, FoD certainly has helped make more people aware of a number of comedians who you'd normally find in the UCB Theatres instead of the mainstream comedy clubs. The LAT piece also points out that FoD has maintained success by getting celebrities to appear in videos for free, and from companies to promote their projects and products. Coincidentally, today's home page on FoD gives a big push to the late George Carlin's Last Words, with a video from Simon & Schuster promoting some of its other comedians with books (Michael Ian Black, Jeffrey Ross, Richard Belzer, Susie Essman and George Wendt):
If you'd like to read an excerpt of Last Words, Funny or Die has made that possible, too. Here is chapter one from Last Words, by George Carlin. It's co-authored by Tony Hendra. You can also enter a sweepstakes to win a Carlin prize package.