Will Ferrell, Adam McKay (whose directorial credits include Anchorman and The Big Short), and screenwriter Chris Henchy launched Funny or Die on April 12, 2007. “The Landlord,” in which McKay’s then-20-month-old daughter Pearl delivers a profanity-laced tirade to Ferrell, served as the site’s first video. It ended up becoming a massive hit, and it currently has more than 85 million total views. We have no word on whether Ferrell ended up paying his rent.
Bolstered by the success of “The Landlord,” Funny or Die spent the next decade living up to its name, often with the help of celebrities. The company’s most popular program, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,