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My Damn Channel, the Funny Or Die Clone

When a company so blatantly rips off a competitor that it references it in its splashy launch story by the Associated Press and spoofs it on its own site — well, you gotta give them credit for owning up to it. My Damn Channel, which launches today, is clearly built in the image of Funny Or Die — the Sequoia Capital-funded, Will Ferrell-fronted web comedy site (play the video below).

With similar rhetoric to the recently announced 60Frames, the site promises to bring the creative freedom of internet video to established entertainers. It is led by former MTV and CBS Radio executive Rob Barnett with funding from Okapi Venture Capital, and will feature videos from comedian Harry Shearer, filmmaker David Wain, and music producer Don Was.

Interestingly, My Damn Channel appears to have waltzed in the door without any proven video to its name and “already signed a distribution deal with YouTube,” according to the AP. We haven’t been able to find the company’s content on YouTube yet. Its own site was fraught with error messages when we checked it out late Monday/early Tuesday. (Coincidentally, we had complained about the quality of the Funny Or Die site when it launched too.)

Says the about page (though again, we couldn’t get the linked video to load),

My Damn Channel gives its artists 100% creative control to develop their own brands and new storylines. My Damn Channel produces a diverse array of programming and… blah, blah, blah. Are you still reading this crap? This is the web age. People don’t read anymore. If you really want to see what we’re all about, check out PromoSexual.

So far the content isn’t especially appealing — there’s certainly no “Landlord” video set to take the site to 41 million views and beyond. But the piling on of the pros hopefully will turn up something worth watching.

16 Responses to “My Damn Channel, the Funny Or Die Clone”

  1. I didn’t have any special access — I just went to the site when the Associated Press put out a story saying it was launching that day.

    The company has since told me that even though the site was up, it was not fully ready until later in the day. But if you’re going to open yourself up and have the AP blow your horn, people are going to come poke around!

    Anyways, good to hear that everything’s working now and that some people are loving it. I’ll give the Don Was channel another look.

  2. Wow…This site was “technically” launched Tues, July 31st at 7 AM. I was online checking it out at 8 AM and it was ALL over YouTube… I watched all the videos I wanted with no problems and loved it. Cheers to My Damn Channel…This website will take off faster than you can say, “Dammmmmmmnnnnnnnnn”

  3. Having stared blankly at MyDamn Channel for a while, I can report that

    a) they have the kind of navigation that belongs in some action-movie DVD menu, not a website.

    b) let nothing bad be said about Harry Shearer

    c) Don Was? Really?

    Is this how one gets VC money these days?

    “Missed out on Funny Or Die? Still pouting over YouTube? Fear not… For a mere 10 million you can get in on the ground floor of a new online video site showcasing the work of Hank Azaria and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. The kids will eat it up. Sold!

    Next on the block, $12 million gets you a nice slice of a new online video site showcasing the work of Emo Phillips and Joe Walsh from the Eagles. Sold!

    Next, any takers for a new video site with flagship content from Bobcat Goldthwaite and the singer from Steppenwolf….?”

    I can has ca$hburger?

  4. See also new Euro comedy site Constant Comedy

    http://www.constantcomedy.com/

    It has some British pro-comics (if not exactly anyone in Will Ferrell’s league) and the novelty-value of live crowd-voting, to ‘gong-show’ clips off as they’re playing.

    There’s isn’t quite the same frat-comedy culture in the UK, but the net effect seems to be the same – a lot of low ratings.

    Of course, when it comes to art (comedy, film, music, etc.) everyone’s a critic…

  5. I find it interesting that you found technical problems with this site on “late Tuesday/early Wednesday” when this article was published Tuesday morning.