When you go into the Funny or Die offices in Los Angeles, it has the vibe of a tech startup rather than a production company.
Then you see the giant horse wearing a top hat. Then you see people riding around on handless Segways called “Aisle Hawks”. Then you see some celebrity having a meeting about filming a sketch where they weep over the One Direction break up.
These three things are not exclusive to a “Fun Friday” or some holiday party. No, these things happened every day this summer while I interned at Funny or Die. It’s an unconventional workplace , but it’s unconventional nature showed me how creativity can still exist (even in the depths of Hollywood).
I thought for the sake of this blog I would walk you through my average day at Funny or Die. A place where I worked 9 am-7:30 pm and loved every minute of it. So without further ado, here’s what a typical (or an atypical) day looks like…
9:00 am: Arrive at FoD’s building, which is located on a lot in West Hollywood.
9:05 am: You’ve made coffee, stocked the refrigerator and made the grocery list.
9:10 am: Don’t forget the bathrooms! The men’s room needs the scented candle lit, an iPad playing Frank Sinatra, headlines posted above the urinals. MOST IMPORTANTLY: urinals need blue ice cubes put in every 2 hours to preserve “freshness and esteem”.
9:20 am: You go grocery shopping and see one of the guys from Reno 911! Buying lettuce. He likes Romaine. Hmm.
10:10 am: Back at FoD. You stock everything you just bought, and then go to the downstairs reception desk. That’s your assignment for the day.
10:30 am: You do the duties of the Front Desk Greeter! You greet everyone who comes in, and help him or her get to the right place. BE ON YOUR TOES THOUGH: If the phone rings more than three times, you have to answer it because the people upstairs couldn’t get it in time.
11:00 am: You are doing script coverage, feedback and notes, for a bad script when your boss tells you that you have a high profile job: A big celeb is coming in and she needs her lunch.
11:30 am: You return with her Curried Chicken Sandwich (YUM). You killed it. Celeb #1 thanks you for the lunch. You try to keep it together because she is Celeb #1 and she is talking to you.
NOON: One of the Execs had a baby! Hooray for him! And he is an NU Alum! Double hooray. You need to drive to his house and drop off a basket of goodies from FoD.
12:30 pm: You drive to the exec’s house. He answers the door and is so happy for the basket! Also, he looks extremely put together for just having a kid. Maybe that’s what the NU prep is good for?
1:00 pm: You return to FoD, and are immediately sent on another run. Runs are a typical thing in the life of an FoD intern. From lunch, to props for a shoot, you are vital in getting these things all together for the employees.
1:35 pm: You arrive at your destination! It’s a giant VHS tape warehouse. You get a box of tapes and head back to the office.
2:15 pm: You eat an avocado! It’s California, baby! They are EVERYWHERE.
3:00 pm: You have been running the phones. Taking calls, connecting them with employees. All in a day’s work.
4:00 pm: Celeb #2 and Celeb #3 come in for a meeting. They are very nice. They want to go get candy before their meeting.
4:05 pm: The Celebs are back. No Candy.
4:30 pm: Time for your last run of the day. It’s a two parter! You drop a broken phone off at the Apple Store. Then head over to a home goods store to pick up some stuff for a premiere happening.
5:00 pm: You picked up the “Burlap Floor Runner” and head back to the office. Now you are back at the front desk.
6:00 pm: You’ve finished the script coverage and advise them in your write up to not make the movie.
6:10 pm: YOU FORGOT TO FILL THE BATHROOM ICE UP ALL DAY.
6:20 pm: You filled the bathroom ice. Crisis averted.
7:00 pm: You get to go upstairs and sit with the other interns because the front doors lock at 7. No more greeting for the day!
7:15 pm: You restock the fridge, the cabinets and make sure the bathroom is okay.
7:31 pm: You say goodbye to the office horse and head home for the day.
I hope this gives some sort of insight as to what it’s like to be an intern at a “Big Time Hollywood Moving Pictures Company”. It was a blast all summer, and I learned so much about not only the company, but also myself.
Menial tasks are not menial. And no job is too small. And at Funny or Die, they actually give interns a full, fun experience. And the chance to ride on a really cool handle less Segway.
Wes Humphrey is a rising senior studying Theatre. Wes interned with Funny or Die this summer.