Not to say that contestants are treating "The Remake" as a joke. "Oh, we have got a few hundred [entries]," she said, adding she wouldn't initiate the judging process until after the deadline. Fair's fair.
At which point, because I couldn't imagine a Funny Or Die interview without Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow somehow worming their way into a conversation, well, I helped them along.
Turns out, as the site's creators and sponsors, they are very hands-on. One of them has offices right across the street from Funny's 15-strong creative LA campus, and just last week, Lauren and Mr. Ferrell released a new "Bedside" video to what I am sure will be acclaim equal to "Landlord"'s, a keystone video of Funny Or Die. Makes sense, Lauren having been a part of his production team before taking the reins of the site.
Which, apparently, proved a sound business decision of Mr. Ferrell's. There are now multiple campuses across the US and a few satellite offices without. In the site's irreverent tone, Funny Or Die's "About Us" page warns of its elite private security force consisting of four hundred soldiers and six attack helicopters, and Lauren herself alleges she would lose face if she took anything to work short of a private bus — while a coworker opts for a tank. "We have an interesting parking lot. You should stop by."
I promise, the moment I hit LA, I mean to.
Being I am not even in the market for airline tickets just yet, I know, by then, the "Remake'"s winner will have been announced, his or her entry featured on the Jim Beam site, perhaps even gone viral — and if Lauren agrees to another, face-to-face interview, I will get to hear just what it was which made THAT particular video stand out.