Funny or Die started years ago with The Landlord and spawned an online comedy empire that even had its own proprietary media player separate from YouTube and Vimeo, but has come across hard times as of late.
Now, they’ll be partnering with online media conglomerate Vox and using their digital platforms and technology to keep FoD going. Their exact plans are vague at this point, especially with a list of goals of the parternship that FoD has already had for quite some time,
However, the idea that Funny or Die recently had a notable wave of layoffs and is fully partnering with another media company has to make one think of the ongoing struggle between art and commerce when it comes making money from comedy online (i.e. even something as established as FoD needs help these days).