Comic geniuses make funny to promote 'Comic Genius'

Photographer Matt Hoyle already has created a book showcasing the top comedy stars from TV and movies, now he's got them making funny in a series of Funny Or Die videos.

You can see the first two videos, one featuring Neil Patrick Harris and the other with Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog, on the site now (and below). The videos are helping Chronicle Books promote Hoyle's book, "Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People," which features more than 130 portraits of the biggest names in comedy, including Martin, Harris, Tina Fey, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, David Cross, Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman, Conan O'Brien, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Wiig, Kristen Schaal, Tracy Morgan, John Oliver, Bob Odenkirk, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Carol Burnett and many more.

Hoyle wrote and filmed the videos with the stars, which basically turns his book into a digital collection of awesomeness.

Harris' ode to the silent film era, "Pictures of Love with Neil Patrick Harris," is the better of f the first two videos. Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog in "Dueling Banjos" does nothing for me. But I can't wait for more of these videos.

"Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People" will be available Oct. 15, and you can pre-order at the

Funny Or Die site. Hoyle is donating proceeds from sales to Save the Children.

What do you think of the videos?


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