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The Return of JibJab

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Jib-Jab's first election satire since 2004 takes aim at McCain, Obama, Bush, Clinton and the landscape of campaign 2008.

By Garance Franke-Ruta
They're back.

Jib-Jab Media Inc., the online humor company whose "This Land" video was the viral hit of the 2004 election cycle, has produced its first satire on campaign 2008, titled "Time for Some Campaignin'."

Founded in 1999 by brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab has since 2004 been busy developing personalization tools for online humor and e-cards, known as "Sendables," and expanding their empire under a partnership with Polaris Venture Partners.

The new video features this personalization technology, allowing viewers to upload and insert a photo of themselves into the video, and is also a "Sendable" designed to be e-mailed.

Other recent JibJab ventures include JokeBox, "a trading hub for the funniest videos, photos, audio jokes and text jokes on the web," and comic Barack Obama ("Vote Obama") and John McCain ("No Country for Old Men") e-cards.

Posted at 11:32 AM ET on Jul 16, 2008  | Category:  Making the Rounds
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Laughter is often times the best medicine. I think that Obama needs to show that the has a sense of humor and not think that he is being picked on. It would do the country good to be able to laugh for a change in spite of the fact that conditions are beyond critical.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | July 16, 2008 11:29 PM

This one of Michelle Obama is hillarious!

Posted by: PeaPod | July 16, 2008 10:12 PM

Sorry, not in the mood to laugh much these days.

Posted by: Monk | July 16, 2008 10:04 PM

Actually, the true election original was "Capitol Ill" from the 2000 election, showing Bush and Gore rapping at each other. Ah, a relic from a more innocent time.

Posted by: Chris | July 16, 2008 9:50 PM

The first one from 2004 was witty and original. The ones that followed have just been tired retreads of the same formula.

There was nothing unique or insightful about this video. Just a rehash of memes already overdone elsewhere.

Posted by: AxelDC | July 16, 2008 9:40 PM

"This Land," was excellent however I think the best one of 2004 was "Good to be in DC"

If "Time for some campaigning" is the start, there will hopefully be more good videos to come as the election progresses.

Posted by: UnAmerican | July 16, 2008 7:56 PM


Welcome back Jib-Jab! I missed you since This Land Is our Land....I checked out the other more recent stuff you produced, but it lacked the bite of the campaign videos.

This is good natured fun against everyone!

And remember: Change is better than dropping dead in a nursing home.

Posted by: Gary E | July 16, 2008 7:52 PM

Hey Libs, I can see why this kind of broken humour offends your sensibilities. As we all know, if it bends, it's funny.

Bend over, kids, here comes your Funny.

Posted by: China_Rider | July 16, 2008 7:18 PM

Wow, cowardly political humor for people who know nothing about politics! Awesome!

It's like CNN married Mark Russell and they had a video baby.

That McCain fella's old! And that Bobama guy says "Change" a lot!

Posted by: ibc | July 16, 2008 7:12 PM

Has anyone here heard that Dan Quayle is on McCain's short list for VP?

Posted by: Schwartz1 | July 16, 2008 6:05 PM

Yeah, he needs someone to make him impeachment proof like Bush/Cheney.

Posted by: Arny | July 16, 2008 7:11 PM

Hilarious - we need more of this stuff. It's hard to believe that these two are the best America has to run for President. What can you do but laugh?

Posted by: Leigh | July 16, 2008 6:51 PM

Has anyone here heard that Dan Quayle is on McCain's short list for VP?

Posted by: Schwartz1 | July 16, 2008 6:05 PM

What do I have to do to get four links from the WaPo?

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 16, 2008 1:27 PM

More e-mail addresses. Just open up new ones.

Posted by: George | July 16, 2008 5:57 PM

Dude, that was really good. And I like how they covered all the people from Bush to Arnold. It's funny.

Posted by: Cat Whitteker | July 16, 2008 4:45 PM

I love this!! This is what we need, along with caviar and cheese!!!!

Posted by: imagination | July 16, 2008 2:25 PM

loved it, but I am easily entertained

Posted by: lucci8 | July 16, 2008 2:19 PM

I loved this, particularly the Obama section with him riding My Little Pony over the rainbow. I'm an Obama supporter, but I also think he should be the butt of political humor just like any other politician.

Posted by: CandyKay | July 16, 2008 2:02 PM

What do I have to do to get four links from the WaPo?

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 16, 2008 1:27 PM

.. not as funny as some others. However, loved Bill getting hit on the head.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 12:54 PM

Who cares?

Posted by: Playa | July 16, 2008 11:39 AM

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