Funny or Die Launches Editorial News Vertical

Editor-in-chief Dan Abramson says the new arm of the popular humor website will inform, as well as entertain

Last Updated: October 8, 2014 @ 9:57 AM

Funny or Die just got serious. Kind of.

The humor website co-founded by comedy director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell launched Funny or Die News on Wednesday.

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“We are very excited to discover and explore, crafting a world where news junkies and humor fans can find common ground,” editor-in-chief Dan Abramson wrote in a note to readers. “We’ll be covering everything, meaning that you could actually come to Funny Or Die News to stay fully informed and get a ton of laughs. So check back throughout the day, as we’ll be creating regular content that falls in line with the daily news cycle.”

Abramson and news editor Nate Dern will lead a staff including writers Matt Klinman, John Howell Harris and Melinda Taub. Readers can expect “anywhere from 5 to 1000 stories daily.”

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“When people stopped trusting the news years ago they turned to sources like ‘The Daily Show’ and The Onion for their information.  Now that they’ve become respectable sources it’s time for an even less respectable news outlet,” McKay said in a statement. “We believe Funny Or Die News can fill the void.”