|The Funny 115 - The Third One
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Comments from actual Survivor players are in blue
|"The Funny 115 is the best thing on the
"In all perusing of the internet, in search of truth (or ones own mortality) I have never, and let me say again never laughed so hard as when I read the funny115. And to see glorious after glorious installment of mine and other antics, my only negative is this...when the hell are you going to post another one?! Poignant, ringing of truth at every turn, brilliant, observant and funny as hell!!!!"
-Benjamin "Coach" Wade
Survivor: Tocantins, Heroes vs. Villains and South Pacific
|“Did you ever see this blog Funny 115 or something like that? It’s
where he analyzed how unfair my season was?” Why yes, I said, not only
had I read it but I had talked to the guy. “That’s great,” Culpepper
said. “That guy got it.”
-The Tampa Bay Times (5/10/17)
|"The Brad Culpepper Funny115 article is the
greatest Survivor article ever written."
-@groey on Twitter
|"The Funny 115 is a must-read for any
Survivor superfan. I can
remember first discovering it many years ago and feeling like I
blundered into a goldmine. There's so much high-quality content there
it's astounding. And it's great food for thought for anyone going back
to watch or rewatch older seasons that don't get talked about as much
-Vacalicious on Reddit
|"Mario's dedication is so fantastic. He's
basically the one man
band who helps to stop the tide of CBS/casual propaganda from
completely dominating Survivor discussion, and I totally respect for
that. I'm a lapsed old school Survivor fan myself, and my apathy
towards modern seasons really bums me out, but then I have people like
Mario who can point out the positive stuff."
-JacobBlah on Reddit
love how Mario does this with his entries where he puts in these jokes
and captions to photos that only true fans would understand. It makes
me laugh so much because it's so subtle yet it puts the joke over the
edge and makes almost every entry hysterical (For example, in v3,
recurring captions of photos of Jeff telling people to make big moves)
and truly captures great comedy and value for the best moments in the
-CSteino on Reddit
|"Mario's dedication to the Survivor
community is insane. He's
basically been part of the online Survivor world since day 1 and even
if he says he doesn't like the show as much, he's still putting out
some of the best stuff out of anyone. He created the Funny 115 AND
Survivor Historians which are two things that have made my personaly
Survivor fandom that much more special."
-IanicRR on Reddit
"Whenever I need a pick me up, i go to the funny115 version 3 and read "Why doesn't Jenn care?" and I die of laughter every single time."
-Kelleykitty12 on Reddit
"I've only been reading F115 for about a week, but I'm almost done. I seriously can't stop."
some real funny ass shit!! Well played @MarioJLanza!!"
been reading Mario's work since 2005 or so. I think it's pretty much
the literary equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome by this point."
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you're a fan of the old or new seasons of Survivor, there's a list for
that. If you're a fan of watching spectacular falls from grace, there's
a list for that. If you're a fan of unique and wierd little character
traits, there's a list for that. If you're a fan of gravediggers from
Louisiana, bad damn liars, A.D.D. psycho boys, ATTACK ZONES,
bandy-legged little trolls, dumbass ice cream scoopers, people who
claim islands without jurisdiction, goat farmers who love ham, or sassy
moms who don't ever give a damn, there's a list for all that, too. It's
called The Funny 115, and its creator, Mario Lanza, has went to
incredible lengths to show newcomers to the show, as well as the
hardcore Survivor fans and even Survivor castaways alike, that even
though the game is a serious game full of cutthroat, cold-hearted
individuals clawing their way to the million dollar prize, there's
still plenty of light-hearted moments within the little cracks between
the strategy talks and the big moves that'll make even the toughest of
us all laugh."
|"Survivor moves fast sometimes. So there are
moments that are
hilarious but it's fleeting because other things happen. Mario is able
to isolate a moment and make it last 10 minutes or so (depending on
your reading speed. Mine is slower because I laugh so much). A good
example is Tyson smashing the ceramic pigs. I go back and read that
entry when I'm depressed. It makes me laugh every time.
There are entries that were big moments but seeing them written out and knowing that I wasn't the only one who found it hysterical when they aired makes me feel good."
-trickto on Reddit
|"Hi Mario, wanted to send you a quick note -
I've always loved
Brad Culpepper and voted for him for Second Chances. He always struck
me as such a nice, upstanding guy, who was a great sport. I'm so glad
you spent so much effort to clear his name! Kudos on your great work."
funny115 is the most woke thing on the internet."
Winner, Survivor: South Pacific
started reading your “The Funny 115” series, and it is totally busting
me up. It is one of the best things ever. Thank
|"Thank you for that brad
culpepper entry, mario. i've always been a brad fan, but bvw ultimately
left me uninspired, and so i've never felt compelled to revisit it. i
legitimately teared up at the end lol <3 i love the culpeppers
more than i did already. it honestly even elevates monica as a
character, because knowing that she's not actually delusional about her
husband makes her storyline fucking heartbreaking."
-whattt on Survivor Sucks
just wanted to comment and praise Funny 115 v3. I don't have any deep
analysis or insight, but it's really well written, really funny, and
really good. I appreciate that you praise the criminally underrated
Worlds Apart and its brilliant cast."
-Captain Merica on Survivor Sucks
|"According to Aristotle humour is
essentially a feeling of
superiority and derives from encountering those who are more inferior
or ugly than ourselves. So if you want a good laugh read the funny115."
|"Mario and I find the same sick shit funny
so the Funny 115 always cracks me up. We're on the same fucked up
-KorgDTR2000 on Reddit
|"I have been a Survivor fanatic from Season
1; I obsessively read
everything I can find on the internet. Your articles, book,
115 just nail it. Thanks again for making the internet and
media brighter and lighter. It is definitely needed these days."
|"I discovered the Funny 115 days ago. Why
haven't I seen this
earlier? God bless @MarioJLanza for being a Bill Simmons fan + for
-@_StanSy on Twitter
|"You don't have to search all that hard for
online lists these days, but
while most writers just toss a cursory handful of jokes at an even more
cursory handful of easy topics, Mario Lanza takes the pop culture list
to its glorious (and some would argue, certifiably insane), extreme.
The Funny 115, now in its third iteration, is an obsessive, insightful
and completely hilarious look at Survivor, from it's most noteworthy
laughs all the way down to obscure stuff that most would miss on their
first through fortieth viewings of the show. If you're a fan of
Survivor, you need the Funny 115. If you've fallen out with the show
over the years and want to mock what it's become, you need the Funny
115. If you hate Survivor, you need the Funny 115. If you've just woken
up from a 20 year coma and have no idea what Survivor, or a tweet, or a
Kardashian is, you need the Funny 115. It's just that funny."
author of Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel
am a big big fan of the Funny115, and I would like to thank you for all
your tireless work over the years and all the laffs. I loved Survivor
for the first 10 or so seasons it was on the air, and then I think it
stopped being broadcast (I'm from Australia; I think Palau was the last
season I watched), and that was it for my Survivor love until I
stumbled across the Funny115 about a year and a half ago and I was
re-hooked. I bought and read 'When It Was Worth Playing For' and LOVED
it. A sincere sincere thanks for all your great work.
In any event, as you are a sports fan, I'm sure you are at least vaguely aware of the existence of a terrific website called Deadspin. If you were not already aware, I thought you'd be pleased to know that the editor of said website is a massive Survivor fan, and, more importantly, a Funny115 fan, as I found out during a staff Q&A last week. In any event, I just wanted to pass on that you have fans all over the place, from Australia to a website that specialises in publishing tasteful photos of genitalia."
a world where Big Moves are dead serious, one man dares to laugh at the
stupid shit. His name is Mario Lanza, and he's about to become slightly
internet famous by making fun of people more successful than him. He's
got over a decade of television to watch obsessively and write about,
and he has no signs of slowing down."
|"I love the Brad Culpepper intros so much.
They function very
similar to the cold opens in The Office or other sitcoms. Kind of like
a little mini-entry before the real one."
-larrymcg421 on Reddit
|"If you love Survivor, subtle humour and
dick jokes, then the Funny 115 is perfect for you!"
"The best that I can say about the Funny 115 is that it is a smasher, not a meatball."
don't know whether I want to punch you in the face or give you a hug
You are hilarious. If you have any other ones send them over. I was dying!!!!"
-Rodney Lavoie Jr.
Survivor: Worlds Apart
|"Some entries are even funnier than Colby's
-Dennis Prince Scholtze
|"Every entry of the funny 115 which looks like a long read, I
sometimes think "man do I really wanna read all this..." I start
reading and EVERY TIME without fail theres a point I get to which makes
me think "what was I even thinking, OF COURSE I want to read it all,
it's gold." It's like I seem to temporarily forget how brilliant Mario
-PatrickWain on Reddit
|"Every meaty entry on this countdown is
delicious to the taste and very desirable."
-Adrian John Dias
|"Reading the funny 115 is probably my number
30 passion in life."
-Adam J. Patterson
Funny 115 has been a very welcome distraction in my life during the
hard times and has entertained me for years. I remember reading the
original one as you posted it to myspace I think? God that feels like
so long ago. Keep up the good work!"
-Maniacboy888 on Reddit
|"I know a f115 entry is good when i have to worry about my office mates hearing me chortle."|
getting caught up on version three and I cried laughing at the Thank
You Brad Culpepper article. Actual tears came out of my face. I always
liked Brad but that article still opened up my eyes to how awesome he
is as a Survivor character. Absolutely brilliant writing, Mario."|
- Dylan Turner
|"I recently discovered Funny115 and have now
wasted (really was it
wasted though) several days pouring through the entries. I
LOVE IT; I
don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much."|
|"Not even Trish Hegarty has the capacity to
hate the Funny 115."
|"Mario Lanza isn’t a Survivor, but he’s a
figure in the community.
He tweeted nothing about Zeke."
-EmAndScoutinBK, "Why I Won’t Forgive – And Why You Shouldn’t Either" (The Purple Rock Survivor Podcast)
|"Reading V3 of the Funny 115 is more
satisfying than monkey sex."
"I mean, what the hell else are you gonna do at work?"