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October 14, 2010
A Funny or Die viral video is getting a chance for a television crossover. The comedy website said Wednesday that a pilot for "Undercover Karaoke" has been ordered by TBS. Funny or Die will produce the potential series, and co-founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will contribute to it. The show will be based on a video in which the singer-songwriter Jewel donned a disguise of a prosthetic nose, wig, glasses and butt padding, and sang under...
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March 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert. On Wednesday night's "The Colbert Report," Colbert rounded up those who had a real beef with the leader of the free world doing a comedy sketch to drum up registration on the Healthcare.gov website. Not surprisingly, those pundits mostly existed on Fox News and "later in the day on Fox News," according to Colbert.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Mad Men" is famous for its obsessive devotion to 1960s pop culture. Which is why clicking on this "Mad Men" remix video delivers the perfect delivery of a Rickroll at a time when the meme seems to have fallen out of fashion. For those who have forgotten, Rickrolling involves posting a link to a video or story with an enticing headline only to have it play Rick Astley's 1987 hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up. " British stand-up comedian Richard Sandling has gained a reputation for his "Perfect Movie" re-creations of famous film scenes using comedians, but his latest takes clips from the first four seasons of the hit AMC series and remixes them so that Don Draper and company are singing the words to the Astley hit. Rickrolling may be tired at this point (it's been around since 2007)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
President Barack Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" is the viral video of the day, but while your friends on Facebook may be laughing, not everyone is into the joke. Especially those on the White House press beat. During the daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News' Jim Avila questioned whether the appearance had damaged the "dignity" of the office of the president. According to the political website Talking Points Memo , Avila asked, "How much discussion was there in the White House about the dignity of the office and whether or not, in order to reach these people who don't watch us at 6:30, or who don't watch this briefing.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Greg Benson, actor and funnyman, has a new prank video climbing the YouTube charts. "Cell Phone Crashing at the Airport" has Benson and his hidden camera (operated by wife Kim Evey) crowding people at an airport as they talk on their phones. Benson, on his MediocreFilms, has crashed cellphone conversations before -- at a park, a soccer game, on the streets of San Francisco . He responds to others' conversations into his own phone. It takes a moment for people to register the pleasant-looking man invading their space.
NEWS
November 9, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), shown on video (see below) using sharp and angry language while discussing the economy with constituents, said today he was "a bit too passionate" at the gathering he hosted last weekend in a Chicago-area restaurant. In the video making the rounds today, the finger-pointing Walsh says he's "pissed off" and "tired of hearing that crap," and at one point demands quiet and warns that he may have to ask one of the attendees to leave. Walsh is a tea party adherent and among the most vocal members of the new freshmen class.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Is scaring the living daylights out of someone hilarious or mean? You decide. Last week, the Brazilian hidden camera show "Programa Silvio Santos" aired clips of people screaming in terror at a ghostly girl in a broken elevator. The video was posted to YouTube, where it already has more than 7 million views and rising. Gawker, and several other news sources, have referred to it as possibly the scariest prank ever. The poor unsuspecting subjects enter an office building and are directed to the elevators by a friendly woman at the front desk.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert. On Wednesday night's "The Colbert Report," Colbert rounded up those who had a real beef with the leader of the free world doing a comedy sketch to drum up registration on the Healthcare.gov website. Not surprisingly, those pundits mostly existed on Fox News and "later in the day on Fox News," according to Colbert.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With more than 190 million views in two months, the YouTube viral sensation "The Fox" by Norwegian comedy weirdos Ylvis hardly needed help getting seen. It got that help anyway, thanks to an 'SNL' spoof of the song starring "Scandal" star Kerry Washington and Jay Pharaoh. Titled "My Girl," the song finds Pharaoh confronting a righteously jealous Washington as she demands to know about all the "hos" in his phone. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The nonsensical and hilarious Ylvis refrain "What does the fox say?"
BUSINESS
October 8, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
The Ohio State Buckeyes may have won the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, but it's the OSU Marching Band that scored a viral video touchdown this weekend. A video of the band's halftime tribute to video games has already racked up more than 1 million views on YouTube. And if you haven't watched it yet, you should. You'll hear (and see) references to "Super Mario Bros.," "Zelda," "Tetris," "Halo" and "Pokeman. " Oh, and there's some old school Pac Man and Space Invader moments too. The video is 9 minutes long, which may seem daunting if you are planning to sneak this in while you are at work, but trust us, it's worth watching through to the end. And after you watch, you can marvel that the students in the band had just a little more than a week to memorize the music and their positioning on the field.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Kevin Grow has gone from longtime manager of his high school basketball team to a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in a matter of weeks. Born with Down syndrome, Grow has been manager at Bensalem (Pa.) High for the last four years. For the final two games of Grow's senior season earlier this month, Coach John Mullin let him suit up and play in the final two minutes of the games as a way of thanking him for all his hard work. And that's when the magic started. Grow scored three points in his first game and 14 points in the finale, including four three-pointers with one coming at the buzzer.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Have you seen the "Devil's Due" movie promotion featuring a robotic devil baby in a remote-controlled perambulator? Everyone else has. Posted Monday, the viral video had nearly 9.4 million views on YouTube as of Tuesday afternoon. The stroller approaches people on the sidewalks of New York, and the baby then scares them out of their wits (except for that one guy). The YouTube video is shown in all its gory below (or here for mobile users). Be warned, the fake demon child screams, spews what looks like milk and even flips New Yorkers the bird.  The video doesn't show any fallout from the scares.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
We asked readers to share the first thing they'd do after winning the Mega Millions jackpot , which rose to $636 million Tuesday. Some of our favorite responses:   ALSO: Brian Griffin is alive, well and the Most Powerful Dog of 2013 Cellphone crashing: Prankster invades fliers' space in viral video Movie quotes quiz: From 'Ben-Hur' to 'Bridesmaids,' who said it? Twitter: @danielrothberg daniel.rothberg@latimes.com
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Greg Benson, actor and funnyman, has a new prank video climbing the YouTube charts. "Cell Phone Crashing at the Airport" has Benson and his hidden camera (operated by wife Kim Evey) crowding people at an airport as they talk on their phones. Benson, on his MediocreFilms, has crashed cellphone conversations before -- at a park, a soccer game, on the streets of San Francisco . He responds to others' conversations into his own phone. It takes a moment for people to register the pleasant-looking man invading their space.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Something looks amiss outside this house on Plumosa Drive in Pasadena. Actually, a lot of things look amiss. Strewn about the front and side yards are wires and cords, a folding table overturned on the lawn, a children's stove smashed to pieces and, despite unseasonably hot afternoon temperatures, a pink umbrella abandoned beside the front door. It looks like a garage sale gone wrong. Or perhaps the beginning of clean-out day on "Hoarding: Buried Alive. " But on the backyard patio next to the pool, Debra Sterling explains that the mess outside (and inside too)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With more than 190 million views in two months, the YouTube viral sensation "The Fox" by Norwegian comedy weirdos Ylvis hardly needed help getting seen. It got that help anyway, thanks to an 'SNL' spoof of the song starring "Scandal" star Kerry Washington and Jay Pharaoh. Titled "My Girl," the song finds Pharaoh confronting a righteously jealous Washington as she demands to know about all the "hos" in his phone. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The nonsensical and hilarious Ylvis refrain "What does the fox say?"
BUSINESS
April 12, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
"Caine's Arcade," a short film about 9-year-old Caine Monroy and the cardboard arcade that he created in his dad's used auto parts store, went viral this week, getting 1 million views in just two days on Vimeo.  In the 11-minute short, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick gives viewers a glimpse of Monroy's ingenuity -- how he made a claw machine out of an S-hook and a piece of yarn, and made fun passes that can be verified by pressing the square root...
NEWS
April 23, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
It took Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester's daughter Lotte 12 years to grow from a full-cheeked infant to a coy 12-year-old girl on the brink of adolescence. But you can watch this incredible (and inevitable) evolution take place in less than three minutes, thanks to Hofmeester's video "Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. " Hoffmeester filmed his daughter once a week, every week, since her birth in October 1999. As she was about to enter adolescence, he decided it was time to share this visual history of his daughter's growth with the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Naughty Nurse has some competition this Halloween. The YouTube video "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" from the Norwegian comedic duo Ylvis has gone from viral video to cultural phenom, ranking among this year's most popular Halloween costumes, according to one online retailer. "The fox sold out almost immediately," said Marlon Heimerl, a spokesman for HalloweenCostumes.com in North Mankato, Minn. "Normally, that's not a huge seller. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Halloween costumes often reflect what's happening in the zeitgeist.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Jonah Peretti, founder and chief executive of the wildly popular website BuzzFeed, is trying to choose his favorite online video. "'Drunk vs. Stoned' was pretty fun," he finally says, singling out a BuzzFeed video in which a staffer tests whether it's easier to function on alcohol or on marijuana by getting really drunk and, on a different night, getting really baked. The three-minute video, featuring side-by-side comparisons of dancing, ball catching, drawing and Lego building, has scored more than 3.1 million views since its debut two months ago. BuzzFeed itself is riding high these days.
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