The only reason I buy magazines anymore is so that I can cut out pictures of celebrity bodies and paste my head on them for my inspiration board. So, when I heard Funny or Die had an iPad magazine called The Occasional, I didn’t think it would be of any use to me.
Often, when I hear about an iPad magazine, I download it and find out it’s a shortened piece of crap with the exact same content that you can find on the publication’s website. In fact, I have yet to see an iPad magazine that wasn’t based on an already-existing magazine that costs too much money and makes me feel bad about my body. When I hear about some comedian’s iPad app, it’s usually poorly designed and barely useful. But The Occasional is beautifully designed and delivers a high number of laughs-per-minute (depending on how fast you read). So, yeah. FoD got me by the balls, and I’m into it.
The mag is an experiment in digital comedy. And it’s done right– mainly because it’s not a carbon copy of the site. Secondly, it highlights the concept of humor writing, which is something we see very little of on Fuuny Or Die– and for good reason (it is a video site, after all). But The Occasional is brought to us by some of the same writers and producers, but with new content, and with much better viewer interaction that you get on Funny Or Die. And it’s only $1.99 an issue.
The issue just released Monday finds Nick Offerman (swoon!) as its digital cover boy, and features fun articles like “Newt Gingrich’s Campaign Journal,” “How to Give Him the Sexiest Flag Day of His Life” by my spirit animal, comedian Megan Amram; “Four Seasons” by Delocated‘s Jon Glaser and an interview with comedian and Parks and Recreation scribe Harris Wittels (conducted by comedian and recent Comedy Awards red carpet host for Comedy Central, Julie Klausner) and a ton more. There are interactive games like Operation 2012, Create Your Own Political Scandal and Fuck Marry Kill, which is easily becoming my favorite. And you’d better god damn believe that the Offerman piece — adorned with slick photos and voice clips — is genius.
And by the way, The Occasional is called just that because of the seemingly lax distribution schedule. The first issue was listed as March/April and current issue represents the May/June effort. But even though the folks at FoD make lots of jokes at their own expense, they’re clearly serious about putting out a stellar humor magazine for the digital age. If you love comedy, have an iPad and two bucks every month, I can’t recommend The Occasional enough. It has made me fall in love with Funny Or Die all over again.