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Kinda Funny
Industry Entertainment
Genre Comedy, Video games
Founded January 5, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-01-05)
Founders Greg Miller
Colin Moriarty
Nick Scarpino
Tim Gettys
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Key people
Greg Miller
Greg Gettys
Nick Scarpino
Tim Gettys
Kevin Coello
Andy Cortez
Joey Noelle
Jared Petty
Andrea Rene
Gary Whitta
Services Online video
Community website
Number of employees
10 (7 full-time, 3 contractors)[1]
Website kindafunny.com

Kinda Funny is an online entertainment company that produces videos on video game culture, film, television, and comics.

Kinda Funny creates content on two YouTube channels: The primary Kinda Funny channel features comedy videos such as Kinda Funny: The Animated Series, as well as Kinda Funny's flagship podcast The GameOverGreggy Show, while Kinda Funny Games is the company's video game arm focusing on Let's Plays and the weekly podcast The Kinda Funny Gamescast. Since June 19, 2017, the Kinda Funny Games arm of the company has produced a live, daily, video games news podcast, for YouTube and the streaming website, Twitch, under the name "Kinda Funny Games Daily".

History

Kinda Funny members (from left) Gettys, Miller, and Scarpino at RTX in 2015.

On January 5, 2015 prominent IGN editors and producers Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, and Tim Gettys left the video game entertainment company to begin their own entertainment venture.[2] The new company was funded primarily through viewer support, and crowdfunding on Patreon.[3]

The channel covers games, film, television, and comics, as was covered at IGN, but often touches on other topics such as politics and snack foods. Their fans at IGN appreciated their off-topic commentary on these other subjects, so they decided to pursue it full-time with daily podcasts, live game and video streams, and produced YouTube shows. Their crowdfunding had raised $30,000 in the months leading up to their decision, and $10,000 the day of their announcement.[4] Soon after, raised close to $35,000 a month between two Patreon accounts. Ben Kuchera of Polygon viewed the news as evidence that fan-funded content had reached new levels, and remarked that content-creators served to make more money when fans paid creators directly rather than the creators usng advertising to raise money from fans.[5] The team also continued to freelance for IGN after they left.[6]

On March 30, 2016, Kinda Funny formed a partnership with Rooster Teeth by joining the LetsPlay Network, and now occasionally appear in video content on the LetsPlay channel, as well as selling merchandise through the Rooster Teeth online store and participate in LetsPlay events.[7]

New Kinda Funny content featured during one of GameSpot's two stage shows at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo.[8] Greg Miller was named "Trending Gamer" at the 2015 The Game Awards[9] and "Most Entertaining Online Personality" at the 2016 SXSW Gaming Awards.[10]

On March 13, 2017, Colin Moriarty announced his resignation from the company following a difference in creative vision with the rest of the Kinda Funny co-founders.[11]

In 2017, Kinda Funny added Andy Cortez, Joey Noelle and Tim's brother, Greg, to their staff.

References

  1. ^ "About Us Kinda Funny". Kinda Funny. Retrieved 15 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Colin. "Greg Miller quits IGN for new venture". Polygon. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Schreier, Jason. "Kotaku Asks: Video Game Personality Greg Miller [Q&A Over]". Kotaku. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Calvin, Alex. "Why are some of the games media's biggest names turning to Patreon?". MCVUK. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Kuchera, Ben. "Patreon, Greg Miller and the real cost of going indie". Polygon. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Sinclair, Brendan. "Greg Miller leaves IGN". Games Industry. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Gutelle, Sam. "Gaming Channels Kinda Funny, Rooster Teeth Announce Partnership". Tubefilter. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Paget, Mat. "Kinda Funny, Screw Attack, iJustine, and More Partnering With GameSpot for E3 Live Show". Gamespot. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Makuch, Eddie. "Witcher 3 Wins Overall Game of the Year at 2015 Game Awards". Gamespot. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon. "SXSW Gaming Awards 2016 winners". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Moriarty, Colin (March 13, 2017). "Colin Moriarty - "It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately."". Facebook. Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Kinda Funny's channel on YouTube
  • Kinda Funny Games's channel on YouTube
  • Kinda Funny Twitch
  • Kinda Funny Forums
  • Kinda Funny Subreddit
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