Funny Or Die vs. SNL: Funny On Demand

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Difference between Funny Or Die and SNL

SNL or Saturday Night Live has truly made an indelible impact in the world of comedy. Referenced numerous times in media and culture, and recognizable around the world, SNL’s shadow looms tall in the entertainment scene. However, a new website has come up fairly recently, and it seems poised to attract pretty much the same audience of SNL. It’s called “Funny Or Die”, and in this article, we take a look at how it stands in comparison to the venerable SNL.

Profile

Funny Or Die is a website that features comedy videos. The brainchild of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay', Funny Or Die features original as well as user generated content.

SNL or Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a live comedy and variety television program. Developed by Lorne Michaels and Dick Ebersol, SNL began its run on October 11, 1975 over the NBC network.

Concept

Funny Or Die stands apart form the competition with a host of exclusive material submitted by a number of notable contributors. In addition, the site also has an in-house team that creates original content. Some of the most popular clips on the site feature well-known film and television personalities including Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Jerry Seinfeld. The site was conceptualized by Michael Kvamme and was developed by Randy Adams. Funny Or Die follows a novel format in that videos are retained or voted off to "die" by the site's users.

The majority of SNL’s sketches are generally parodies of culture and politics in the United States, with a particular bent toward more contemporary events and personalities. The show has become famous over the years for hosts that deliver opening monologues and goes on to perform with the rest of the cast members in sketches throughout the show. SNL also features performances by musical guests. The show also features a cold open sketch in which a cast member breaks character by announcing, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

Market Acceptance

Funny Or Die first video offering called "The Landlord" has racked up more than 70 million views. The site has since received venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital, and partnered with HBO in June of 2008.

SNL has received numerous awards since going on the air, among them 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and 3 awards from the Writers Guild of America. The show was also recognized in a list of “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” published by TV Guide, and was honored as one of the "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME" by Time magazine.

Compare and Contrast

Funny Or Die

  • A website that features comedy videos
  • Features original as well as user generated content
  • Videos are retained or voted off to "die" by the site's users

SNL

  • A live comedy and variety television program
  • Sketches are generally parodies of culture and politics in the United States
  • Recognized as one of 50 greatest TV shows of all time by TV Guide and one of the 100 best TV shows of all-time by time magazine

 
 

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  • Cheap Jerry Seinfeld Tickets wrote on December 2011

Jerry Seinfeld as a linguist, or even a cognitive linguist? The actor probably best known for his role in the sitcom of the same name.

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