Season 3 of Adult Swim's China, IL premieres Sunday, April 5th at 11:30 p.m and according to the show's creator, Brad Neely, this season marks the first time that the creative team has truly felt both comfortable and in control. In addition to China, IL, Neely is also known for Wizard People, Dear Reader — his alternative audio accompaniment to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone — along with consulting work on South Park and his unique blend of art, music and video shorts on creasedcomics.com. I talked to Neely (and China, IL Executive Producer Daniel Weidenfeld) about the show, the humor of history and the blurry lines of copyright [...]
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. [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]