Cheezburger Network, the Seattle online comedy network behind Fail Blog, I Can Has Cheezburger, The Daily What and dozens of other sites, has raised an additional $5 million in funding.
A SEC filing today notes that the new cash is part of a $6.1 million round.
“The funds will be used to continue to build our social humor platform,” the company said via a spokeswoman.
As you may recall, Cheezburger raised a whopping $30 million in venture funding in January 2011 from Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group and others.
The company was founded in 2007 by Ben Huh, a former journalist who has built the empire of comedy sites through a series of acquisitions. At the time of last year’s funding, Cheezburger counted 16.5 million monthly visitors who generated some 375 million page views.
The 85-person company now attracts 25 million users who generate 500 million page views per month. The company is looking to hire about 15 people next year in areas such as marketing, development, editorial and sales.
Specific details of the new funding were not disclosed in the SEC filing, though it did note that Rich Levandov of Avalon Ventures is a director of the company. The former AOL exec joined the board, along with Madrona’s Greg Gottesman and Foundry Group’s Brad Feld, in 2011.
Cheezburger, which is the subject of a reality TV show on Bravo dubbed LOLWork, has been undergoing a transformation in the executive offices recently.
The funding at Cheezburger comes on the heels of several other large financing deals in the Seattle area during the fourth quarter, including $85 million invested in Zulily; $26 million invested in Smartsheet and $15 million invested in NanoString.