Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Tony Hale stars in Funny or Die's sad, reimagined 'Where's Waldo'

Posted on

Wheres Waldo Tony Hale
Mandee Johnson/CleftClips

Oh there’s Waldo! And, wouldn’t you know it, he looks a lot like a sad-sack Tony Hale character.

That’s because the Veep star is playing the stripe-clad sneak in a new photo essay published Monday in The Occasional, the Funny or Die offshoot that began as a humor magazine app and has morphed into a McSweeney’s-esque website. And needless to say, “Where’s Waldo Today?” with Tony Hale doesn’t exactly paint a rosy future for Martin Handford’s famous creation.

In this version of the story — shot by photographer Mandee Johnson — Waldo is a divorced, unemployed loser who no longer has enough money to travel all over the world. So instead, he “challenges” readers to find him in places like a seedy motel room (where he’s cooking Spam on a hot plate), the unemployment line, or on a deserted beach, clutching the last remnants of a six-pack and watching sand slip slowly through his fingers. The joke: In nearly every image, Waldo is alone. Cue “Mad World.”

The pictorial won’t exactly give you the same pleasant, nostalgic buzz as Funny or Die’s staged Space Jam reading — but hey, don’t we all need a daily reminder that life is a futile journey inevitably leading all creatures to the same horrific end point?

No? Okay, that’s cool; maybe we can go back to talking about Chris Pratt’s hair-braiding skillz instead.