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Funny or Die Launches iTunes Magazine 'The Occasional'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2012 at 10:52AM

FunnyOrDie, the popular comedy video site, is launching a bi-monthly digital humor magazine, "The Occasional," on iTunes. "The Artist" Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin graces their first cover.
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The Occasional

FunnyOrDie, the popular comedy video site, is launching a bi-monthly digital humor magazine, "The Occasional," on iTunes. "The Artist" Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin graces their first cover. The humor mag's content distinguishes itself in two ways: it's funny and it's interactive (email a five-second sound bite letting them know how they did).

“Once you get past the realization that it's the greatest thing you've ever laid eyes on, you may notice it looks nothing like anything resembling a magazine," writes Funny or Die in an email. "And there's a good reason for that. We have no idea what we're doing.”

The inaugural issue offers a Craigslist-style “Dog Missed Connections,” an email correspondence between Videogum’s Gabe Delahaye and a spammer offering blind European children for adoption. There's also a fresh Zach Galifianakis “Between Two Ferns” episode co-starring Ed Helms ("The Office," "The Hangover").

This article is related to: Web/Tech, New Media & Technology, comedy


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.