On the site, the creator of Airplane! and Naked Gun tries desperately to recapture the zaniness (zanity?) of his youth with online shows like "Sands of Passion," a nine-episode satire on Islam that rides on old gags about Muslims: the man turned on by a burka-clad woman's ankle, the Islamic surgeons stopping an operation to pray to Mecca, and a suicide bombing in just about every episode. The few good jokes get buried by bad acting. "Sands of Passion" Zucker's other videos feel like rejected Mad TV skits.
In the several months since it launched, National Banana has earned no buzz, as opposed to competitors Funny or Die and Acceptable TV. Granted, those sites have the support of currently popular stars like Will Ferrell and Jack Black; they're also, well, funny.
Geez, if getting a million dollars for some half-assed sketches is this easy, I'm gonna take a drive down Sand Hill Road and find myself a VC.