Funny or Die Presents

Common Sense Media says

Mixed bag of sketch comedy lubricates humor with liquor.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Cynicism is the main draw for this show, which finds humor in the pain and suffering of others, and encourages people to get drunk and sloppy.

Positive role models

The characters in this sketch comedy show make fun of everything and everyone, often while drunk and/or stoned. They seem like clichéd twentysomethings, old enough to act stupid, but not yet wise enough to think of a good reason not to.

Violence

Some slapstick violence, including heads being cut off, a man falling into a woodchipper, and a penis being cut off with a table saw. It’s not very realistic and it’s all played for laughs, but many of the images are over-the-top gory.

Sex

Some sexual references, including people kissing and drunken hookups in a bar. No nudity.

Language

Plenty of swearing, incuding “s--t” and “f--k.”

Consumerism

The show self-consciously mentions that it’s on HBO. Some skits feature well-known bars, including Margaritaville and Cabo Wabo; other mention major companies, like Mattel.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink heavily and get quite drunk. Sometimes they smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and one skit focuses on two men taking ecstasy. Being drunk and acting stupid is made to seem exciting and fun.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sketch-comedy series is best for grown-ups. Some bits are quite funny, others miss the mark, and almost all of them try to find humor in the questionable antics of young adults who are under the influence of…something. There’s plenty of drinking and drugs -- including marijuana and ecstacy, a good bit of cursing, a few sexual references and some graphic, though comical, violence.

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What's the story?

Anyone familiar with the website Funnyordie.com should know what to expect from the sketch comedy series FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS: a random collection of video skits, some hilarious, some mildly funny, some that just don’t quite come together and many, many jokes about drugs, liquor, and sex. The videos are truly a mixed bunch; there’s some historical humor, sci-fi parodies, a few gross-out accidents involving power tools, and even some spot-on political bits.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Funny or Die team has a sharp wit, but like any mixed bag, some of the items are stinkers. There’s a heavy emphasis on drunken behavior, which will surely appeal to its intended audience of twentysomethings, and some people might think the slapstick gore crosses the line from enjoyably subversive to unpleasantly gross. But there are diamonds in the dross, including some biting political observations and some entertaining lunacy.

The website has strong ties to the entertainment industry (it’s backed by Will Ferrell), so look for star cameos, including Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and Fred Willard. It’s not good for kids, and sometimes is just not good, but a few of the skits will definitely spark laughs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the drinking and drug use in this show. What's funny about people under the influence? What are the real-life consequences of the kind of drinking and drug use that appears on the show?

  • Talk about sketch comedy on TV. Who do you think this show is aimed at? How does it compare to better-known shows, like Saturday Night Live? Do you think this series is funny?

  • The series is based on a popular humor website, funnyordie.com. How does the show compare to the online videos? Do you think this Internet entertainment translates well to television? Which do you prefer, and why?

TV details

Cast:Fred Willard, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel
Network:HBO
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA

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Kid, 6 years old May 18, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

funny

This show is full of different shows all in one. The best one is billy on the streets.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old September 3, 2010
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

not for kids. frankly,not for anyone.

violence sounds horrific
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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