While I don’t know why exactly a comedy site that distributes original content from established comedians via the Internet has earth-shattering new technology necessitating the label “beta”, I’ll put aside any concern and enjoy a laugh or two on Funny or Die. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions is making a splash on the Internet, partnering with leading venture capital firm Sequoia Capital to launch comedy video site FunnyOrDie.com.
The site is simple enough in premise, and very Digg-like. Vote on the videos and decide whether they’re funny or whether they should die a fiery death. From Funny Or Die: The site was created by Gary Sanchez Productions and a bunch of Silicon Valley guys who drive Hondas and watch old episodes of Babylon Five. Venture capitalist, Mark Kvamme and his son came up with a concept for a new kind of comedy site and approached Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Randy Adams, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, signed on to handle design and implementation. They along with writer/producer Chris Henchy sought to make a comedy site where established comedians and regular users could put up stuff just because they think it’s funny. At the same time they wanted to eliminate all the junk that people have to pick through to find funny stuff.
Sequoia Capital knows a thing or two about successful user-generated Web sites, having provided early rounds of funding to YouTube. The company also delivered venture capital for YouTube’s parent, Google, as well as Yahoo! PayPal, and Meebo.
While Gary Sanchez is no-where to be found, I managed to track down his Myspace page located here. Wherever he is, Gary manages to produce some pretty funny stuff. It’s fun to see what these comedians get up to in their spare time when they are not censored or their creativity hampered by old-media. Check out Will Ferrell’s short below.