‘Funny or Die with the Farahs:
The Tension Between Truth and Entertainment’

‘Funny or Die with the Farahs: The Tension Between Truth and Entertainment’

Starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at the Elizabeth Theater (above the Park Bar). Tickets are $10.

Ann Arbor-raised brothers Christopher and Mike Farah have made their careers straddling the seriously hilarious and the hilariously serious, most prominently at the humor website Funny or Die, where Christopher is a consultant and Mike is the president of production.

Many of their projects have capitalized on some element of what is commonly called “reality”: “Billy on the Street,” “American Muscle,” “@midnight,” “Between Two Ferns.” That specialty will be the jumping off point for this Freep Film Festival program, which will include clips from their projects and conversation between the brothers about what it all means.

“In every single one of those projects, a big part of the appeal, the entertainment, comes from the perceived ‘realness’ of it all,” said Christopher Farah. “But as we use ‘truth’ and a ‘documentary’ feel to get viewers and laughs – to entertain people, in other words – at what point do we actually start to degrade and diminish the very truthfulness that made these projects appealing in the first place?”

Expect an informal program that’s revealing, provocative and long on laughs – all through the prism of truth colliding with humor.

During the program: Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.