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'Sealab 2021's Super Stripped-Down Bottle Episode Is a Masterclass in Minimalist TV

‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined

“The power’s out, Debbie.” “I know!”

Adam Reed is a very talented comedy writer. He’s currently doing standout work on Archer, but before that, he was slowly refining his voice and building a style on cruder programs, like his first effort, Sealab 2021.The series was basically a re-appropriation of the outlandish series from the ‘70s with a crew stationed underwater.

The episode features the simplest of plots: the power has gone out and the fusebox must be [...]

Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Nick Offerman, and More Show Up in the Season 6 'Childrens Hospital' Trailer

At long last, Rob Corddry's Childrens Hospital returns for a sixth season on Friday, March 20th at midnight. Adult Swim released the first trailer today, which features a ton of guest stars like Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tony Hale, David Wain, and Nick Offerman as a mustachioed detective.

The "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" Controversy Continues: Read H. Jon Benjamin's Retort for Mike Lazzo

The ongoing creative dispute between David Cross/H. Jon Benjamin and Adult Swim exec Mike Lazzo just got more intense. After a series of messages between Cross and Lazzo — catch up with part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the dispute — Benjamin sent us an email this morning with a retort of his own, and he even attached an 11-page budget document to refute Lazzo's claim that he and Cross were "just too expensive" to earn a series order for their Paid Programming pilot, called "Icelandic Ultra-Blue," in 2009. Read Benjamin's full message to Lazzo below, lightly edited for clarity:

Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo Responds to David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin's Accusations (Again)

Adult Swim EVP and creative director Mike Lazzo just fought back against David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin on Reddit for the second time over "Icelandic Ultra-Blue." Not long after Cross and Benjamin posted an open letter to Lazzo on Facebook yesterday detailing their frustrations over Lazzo allegedly ripping off the time slot and no-promotion concept behind their 2009 pilot Paid Programming (for details, see part 1 and part 2 of the dispute), Lazzo took to Reddit again to address their claims, and it's pretty similar to his first response. Read the entire post from Lazzo below; Cross and Benjamin have not yet [...]

Derrick Beckles' 'Hot Package' Returns to Adult Swim February 27th

Adult Swim's entertainment variety show Hot Package returns later this month. The network announced today that the Derrick Beckles-created show is set to debut its second season on Friday, February 27th at 12:30am with a slate of celebrity guests including Mark McGrath, Heidi Fleiss, Fabio, Kenneth Anger, and Corey Feldman. For more on Hot Package, check out our interview with Beckles about its debut season.

Triumph Gets Some Valuable Stalking Tips from the Paparazzi

If you haven't been watching Adult Swim's The Jack and Triumph Show, here's a perfect example of what you've been missing. In this clip, Triumph tries a job that earns much lower respect than his usual gig as an insult comic when he meets up with the paparazzi for some insider tips. Triumph asks some hard-hitting questions too: "So what's more painful: Having your foot run over by Britney Spears, or taking a good, hard, long look at your life?"

Inside 'The Jack and Triumph Show' with Jack McBrayer

Playing the lovable but slightly creepy Kenneth the Page on NBC's 30 Rock from 2006-2013 brought Jack McBrayer to fame, but he's delivered that trademark sunny Georgian charm to tons of onscreen roles and television appearances. McBrayer has long served as a reliable supporting player on both the improv stage and television screen, but tonight he's the star alongside a brash plastic dog puppet with a flair for pop culture-grounded insults. The Jack and Triumph Show, a brand new Adult Swim series from the minds of Robert Smigel and Michael Koman, boasts perhaps the ultimate yin-yang comedy pair: Smigel's poop-obsessed Rottweiler Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is the perfect [...]

Tim Heidecker's Live 'On Cinema' Oscars Coverage Returns This Sunday

On Cinema is returning for more live Oscars coverage this year. Adult Swim confirmed today that Tim Heidecker's The Third Annual Live On Cinema Oscar Special is set to air live on adultswim.com this Sunday starting at 8:00pm with special guests Gregg Turkington, Governor Mike Huckabee ("pending availability," according to the press release), Mark Proksch, and more. Watch the official announcement on the special from Heidecker below:

David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin Respond to Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo About "Icelandic Ultra-Blue"

In his Reddit AMA last week, David Cross accused Adult Swim exec Mike Lazzo of ripping off the concept (specifically the time slot and lack of promotion) of his 2009 pilot with H. Jon Benjamin Paid Programming, and Lazzo had some harsh but confusing words for Cross in response on Friday, calling the Paid Programming pilot episode "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" a "dumbfuck program" that "is not too bad actually" and calling Cross a "delusional dick" for his claims. (Adult Swim even uploaded the full "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" video to YouTube shortly after Lazzo posted on Reddit.) Today, Cross and Benjamin responded to Lazzo on Facebook, and [...]

Expose Yourself to the Dark Side of Life with Brett Gelman

From early in his life Brett Gelman knew he wanted to be a comedian. Heavily influenced by the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks, Gelman worked his way up the comedy hierarchy – performing regularly at UCB and eventually landing recurring roles on shows including Married (FX) and Eagleheart (Adult Swim). Gelman has appeared in The Other Guys and 30 Minutes or Less and hosts his own podcast, Gelmania.

Gelman’s humor often blends insanity, confusion, and occasionally a psychological reflection of self, which, when combined with the former creates an eccentric elixir of comedy. I spoke with Gelman about Joan Rivers, frightening numbers, and his Late Night-themed Bar Mitzvah. His new [...]

Derrick Beckles and the Art of Weirdness

Derrick Beckles has made his career out of pursuing the subversive and strange. Growing up in Canada, Beckles was inspired by the absurdity of infomercials and paid programming, eventually creating TV Carnage, a compilation of bad clips from public access shows and infomercials. In addition to creating these compilations, Beckles has directed several music videos, helped shape the humor in VICE, and is currently working on a sitcom called The Hopes in which Courtney Love plays his wife. I spoke with Beckles about his eclectic jobs, being accessible to mainstream audiences, and his current stint as host of Hot Package. The second season of the show airs every Friday at 12:30 a.m. [...]

Here's the First Trailer for Dr. Steve Brule's Return in 'Bagboy'

Get ready, Dr. Brule fans, because John C. Reilly's hit character returns to Adult Swim tomorrow night. The network released the first trailer for the Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim-produced half-hour special Bagboy today, in which Brule fans can finally watch his lost sitcom: "Pablo Meyers presents Bagboy: a sitcom pilot from Steven Brule about the shoppers and employees of Meyer’s Superfoods. The pilot was made several years ago by Steven Brule but was shelved by Channel 5 due to its substandard quality and low entertainment value." See the pilot for yourself on Adult Swim tomorrow night at 12:30am.

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Starts Some Beef with 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'

With the premiere of The Jack and Triumph Show now less than a week away, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is already getting into network spats with other Adult Swim stars by insulting the long-running series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. To keep things fair, Adult Swim allowed Carl Brutananadilewski to respond to Triumph's insults at the end of the latest Jack and Triumph Show promo.

David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin Invented the Adult Swim 4AM Infomercial

To promote his new film Hits, David Cross fielded questions in a Reddit AMA today, and one of his most interesting responses came when a fan asked if there's a project he's worked on that he wished more people knew about:

Uh… yeah! Gosh. Yes. Icelandic Ultra-Blue. It was actually called "Paid programming." adult swim completely and totally ripped off the idea – we did it for adult swim. Jon Benjamin and I did it. It's really funny. And the idea that I pitched to Lazzo, in his office, standing in front of him, back in 2008? I wanna say? was to do a fake infomercial that would air [...]