• Wed, Dec 8 2010

Did Jimmy Kimmel Steal A Video From Funny Or Die?

Over the weekend, a video parodying the trailer for Mel Gibson’s new movie, Beaver, hit the web. On Monday, a very similar video aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The two vids, brilliant in their obviousness, intercut the trailer with Mel Gibson’s infamous phone calls to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

The trailer on Kimmel wasn’t the exact same one but rather makes use of the phone call conceit. Of course, it’s possible that Jimmy’s writers simply had the same idea — it is the logical joke, after all. However, the original video was on the front page of Funny or Die and heavily linked around the web. And here’s the kicker: On Monday, one of the video’s creators, Dan Samiljan, tweeted a link to the video at Jimmy Kimmel. Then, a day later, he was blocked from Jimmy’s account. Dan explained the situation to us:

“I tweeted my video to him yesterday, which, like an idiot, I deleted last night because I don’t like have tons of crap like that on my Twitter. This morning, my mom told me I was on Kimmel last night, so I looked it up but the video wasn’t ours. So I wrote him two tweets. And now I am no longer following Jimmy Kimmel [on account of having been blocked].”

Here are the two videos for comparison. (Dan’s is NSFW.):

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