Mike Farah is the Chief Executive Officer of Funny Or Die, the premiere comedy brand known for its award-winning content and an audience of more than 40 million people. Farah continues to grow Funny Or Die with his producing acumen, talent relationships and industry leadership. He’s helped expand both the long-form and digital divisions across every platform from Netflix to Facebook to linear media. He was producer on Funny Or Die’s first feature film, Between Two Ferns: The Movie for Netflix, and is executive producers for Impractical Jokers: The Movie.
Funny Or Die was awarded two Peabody Awards, one for the breakout Netflix series American Vandal and the other for Myubi, the ground-breaking VR comedy film produced in association with Felix & Paul Studios. Funny Or Die received three primetime Emmy nominations in 2019, including one for the Hulu series I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman and two in the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category. Funny Or Die’s award-winning branded entertainment division continues to innovate with recent projects such as Cooking with Jeff, starring Jeff Goldblum, in association with Kroger, and Under a Rock with Tig Notaro, in partnership with Amazon Alexa.
Prior to becoming CEO, Farah was Funny Or Die's President of Production, and won two Emmys as executive producer of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and an Emmy nomination for Billy on the Street. Farah was also instrumental in the development of Brockmire, a Funny Or Die video that was reimagined into IFC’s critically acclaimed and highest-rated comedy series, currently in pre-production for its third season with a fourth season already announced.
Named a “Maverick of Hollywood” by Esquire, Farah has also been selected to the “Silicon Beach 25,” and The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the Most Powerful Digital Players in LA. Farah is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of Indiana University. His career in Hollywood began as a food expeditor at The Standard, Hollywood.
At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch. - Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures?