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Funhaus (pronounced "Funhouse"), is a division of Rooster Teeth which features members of the former division Inside Gaming. The channel focuses on both gaming news and gameplay, similar to The Know and Let's Play respectively. Funhaus is based in the Los Angeles, California offices of Rooster Teeth Productions. The channel officially launched on February 16, 2015. With the disentegration of Machinima in early 2019, Rooster Teeth bought the Inside Gaming label, and the show now runs concurrently with Funhaus, starring the same (and original) cast note . note Funhaus produces many shows such as "Open Haus" (Q&A), "Art Haus" (a fanart showcase), "Filmhaus" (film discussion), "Funhaus Podcast" (a podcast, also formerly named Dude Soup), and gameplay series such as "Demo Disk" (gameplay of video game demos sent by fans) and "Wheelhaus" (gameplay of Steam games randomly chosen from a spinner). They even produced several comedy series, Arizona Circle, No Idea Ikea, and Last Laugh.

Core members include James Willems, Elyse Willems and Matt Peake. Members of the editing pool—Omar de Armas, Jacob Fullerton, Daniel Schneider, Don Casanova, Adam Brouillard, Ryan Haley, Lindsey Washburn, and Jon Smith—also make occasional appearances. Former members include Sean "Spoole" Poole (who left in February 2016 to move to Seattle), Joel Rubin (who left in April 2016 to work at SourceFed), Bruce Greene (who left in September 2019), Lawrence Sonntag (who left in December 2019),Adam Kovic (let go October 2020) and Alanah Pearce (left in November 2020 to write for Sony).


Funhaus is an example of:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Lawrence gives a long story about his process of figuring out how to masturbate as a teenager during their Back in 1995 gameplay.
  • The Alcoholic: Lawrence often paints himself as this in self-deprecating jokes.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Among many other examples, Lawrence declares that he would name his hypothetical starship the Star Raper.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: James will tend to do this when pretending to be one of the video game characters.
  • Butt-Monkey: Spoole.
    • With his departure, Elyse has taken this role.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: All seem to go off on strange tangents but Lawrence especially.
  • Colbert Bump: Anything Funhaus cover ends up getting this treatment, such as Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2, Dance! It's Your Stage and even the Rule 34 artists.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Mostly from James and Lawrence.
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  • Cop Show: The Machinimated scripted GTA police procedural.
  • Couch Gag: Some.
    • The intro of Open Haus will always be erratic and different.
    • The case at the beginning of Demo Disk will have something different written on each time.
    • Lawrence's Dude Soup salutation will be always appropriate to the episode's topic.
  • Cult: There is now the Cult of Peake.
  • Darker and Edgier: Imagine Achievement Hunter, or the rest of Rooster Teeth by that matter, without any awareness on political correctness, self depreciation, or offensiveness radar.
  • D.I.Y. Disaster: Played for Laughs with No Idea Ikea, with James and Adam attempting to assemble IKEA furniture without instructions and other obstacles.
  • Enemy Mine: They may be rivals with Achievement Hunter, but they'll team up to take out Lannan Eacott because he's Australian.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In their Hitman and Alekhine's Gun series, the gang has shown little remorse as they kill and maim hundreds of people, ranging from Nazis and gangsters to hookers and clowns. However, in part 7 of their Alekhine's Gun gameplay, James feigns shock at the idea of killing American sailors.
  • Freudian Trio: The regular game team forms one with James as the Id, Adam as the Superego, and Bruce as the Ego.
  • Friendly Rival: To Achievement Hunter. The two divisions often insult each other in videos, but also occasionally guest in each other's programming and are fairly friendly outside of work. Their fanbases on the other hand...
  • Funny Background Event: Usually courtesy of Peake.
  • Fuzz Therapy: Benson was originally trained as a therapy dog and will rush to anyone who seems scared, especially Elyse, during gameplay.
  • Gay Bravado: One of their most common jokes, regarding the entire office.
  • Gender Lift: Elyse receives two WWE avatars, one female and one male so that she can participate in a Battle Royale against the rest of the crew.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Lawrence deliberately plays this up, especially during the comment show.
  • Hacking Minigame: The "Time to Hack" splashcard appears when the gang encounters one in their gameplays.
  • The Hyena: Bruce will usually be the first to break down in wheezing laughter during gameplay.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The water based puns during the CSI Demo Disk.
  • Jerk Jock: Their interpretation of the warrior, "Volkor" in the game Warlords Battlecry II.
    • James himself tends to enjoy playing the part to ridiculous extremes.
  • Last-Name Basis: Peake.
  • Oh, Crap!: Bruce reverts to this face so frequently that there are multiple video compilations of it.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: They featured a selection of lines from various fanfics during an Open Haus. They also asked for the audience to write them a fanfic of Fun Haus.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Spoole.
  • Overreacting Airport Security: Bruce tells a story about he was almost kicked off a plane for boarding too early.
  • Parallel Porn Title: The gang get a lot of comedic mileage thinking up Incredibly Lame Pun names for porn parody versions of Toy Story, Lord of the Rings, Goosebumps, Star Wars, etc.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Because Alanah is Australian and is much younger than the rest of the crew, she doesn't understand the 80s and 90s references the others make, like not knowing who Jim Henson was, much to Elyse's horror.
  • Power Trio: Adam, Bruce and James.
  • Prank Call: Bruce and James have called the phone numbers found on the packaging of decades old demo disks; usually they are redirected to customer support desks (for larger companies that bought the now-defunct game studio) or to telemarketers to whom the line is redirected. They often ask for advice on how to make the defective software from the early 2000s function on a modern computer, much to the bewilderment of the person on the other end.
  • Race Lift: Lawrence's WWE persona, Lawrence Sakamoto.
    • Bruce's WWE persona is Ambiguously Brown and dresses in a Native American styled costume, due to Bruce stating he has Native American ancestry in a previous video.
  • Refuge in Audacity: James especially. They go into some pretty terrible conversations.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Adam left in October 2020, after inappropriate photos of him in the offices were leaked.
  • Rule34: Occasionally when waiting for games to load they'll look up Rule 34 relating to a movie or show. Example Rule 34 Rugrats. This would later become a mainstay of Demo Disk, and censored Rule 34 images even serve as thumbnails for Demo Disk videos.
    • And they're quite aware that there's Rule 34 of themselves as well. Lawrence has even asked the fanbase for some. During one Demo Disk they even stumbled upon a photoshop of Adam.
  • Running Gag:
    • The first episode of Demo Disk, Bruce snapped one of the disks, and now every disk must be snapped. After transitioning to Xbox 360 demos, this adjusted to Jon coming up with outlandish and slightly dangerous ways to break disks (since for whatever reason 360 disks are difficult to break barehanded). In a perfect display of escalation, one episode simply sent the disks to Achievement Hunter.
    • With increasing frequency, Bruce will state "We can show that" in regards to an image that's been censored in the post-edit.
    • Them extolling or mentioning they're doing steroids. A fan made multiple compilations of this gag.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Russian Gay Clubs.
    • Really, half the appeal of the show. Lawrence even mentions that all they ever end up talking about are movies during one of the drunk gameplay videos.
  • Self-Deprecation
  • Sketch Comedy: Their Arizona Circle project, which consists on a pilot special and a full season.
  • Team Pet: Benson, the resident lovable and lupus-infected dog. Specifically James and Elyse's pet, but he spends a lot of time roaming the office comforting stressed crew members.
  • Benson also replaces the MGM Lion in the Funhaus Theater Mode titlecard.


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