"The Script Pile" is a new biweekly column on Splitsider that examines the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
Since Arrested Development was canceled by Fox in 2006, Mitch Hurwitz has created four other shows: the short-lived Fox duo Sit Down Shut Up and Running Wilde, an American adaptation of the UK sitcom The Thick of It for ABC (which never made it to air), and the least-talked-about of the four, a rejected CBS pilot called Happiness Isn't Everything.
Considering Hurwitz is best known for creating Arrested Development, the last thing you'd ever expect him to get involved with is a mainstream [...]
Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's delightful chat show, Speakeasy. His guest this time around is Parks and Recreation and House of Lies star Ben Schwartz, and the two have a nice, insightful 23-minute long chat about comedy and their careers that's totally worth your time.
Here's Ben Schwartz, star of House of Lies and Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation, giving a loose and goofy interview on local morning show Good Day LA, a show that heavily relies on audience applause sound effects. Watch 'till the end to see host Steve Edwards steal one of Scott Aukerman's jokes by accidentally calling Ben Schwartz's show "House of Pies." He's doing Aukerman's "getting all of Ben Schwartz's career specifics wrong" bit," but for real.
Is an Instagram worth a thousand words? You bet your smart phone camera it is! With so many ways to stay in touch and be constantly entertained by our favorite comedians every second of every day via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and so on, Instagram gets lost in the mix. You best check yourself (and your apps) to make sure that camera icon is moved to your home screen because top notch entertainment in the form of photos and comments are right there waiting to make you LOL, or whatever it is you do when projecting your approval of something funny. We put together a nice starter pack featuring [...]
It might seem like he's joking but this is exactly how you grill sausages. Watering can? Yep. Not one but two baby hockey sticks? Yep yep. Push-ups with an intense/constipated face. Yep yep yep. This is one time you do want to see how the sausage gets made. (BOOOOOM! Woooo! Dismount: nailed.)
It looks like we'll be meeting more of Jean-Ralphio's family next season on Parks and Recreation. THR reports that living TV legend Henry Winkler will be playing the dad of actor Ben Schwartz's popular club-hobbing douchebag character, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein. The news comes a year after Jenny Slate was cast as Jean-Ralphio's sister, Mona-Lisa, who appeared in three episodes so far. Winkler, who recently starred in the latest seasons of Arrested Development and Childrens Hospital, has signed on to appear in the first episode of Parks and Recreation's upcoming sixth season, an hour-long season premiere set in London that airs September 26th. He'll potentially recur on the [...]
Here's the trailer for CollegeHumor's first-ever feature film. Called Coffee Town, it's written and directed by Brad Copeland (who wrote for Arrested Development and also wrote Wild Hogs) and comes out July 9th on all digital platform. There will also be select theatrical screenings leading up to the film's premiere at Just for Laughs Montreal. Coffee Town stars Glenn Howerton (Always Sunny), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec), and Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) as three guys who turn to crime to save their neighborhood coffee shop because everyone knows robbery is usually the best solution to any problem.
Everyone's favorite Pawnee sleazebag Jean-Ralphio apparently has a twin sister, and she'll be appearing in a future episode of Parks and Recreation, Entertainment Weekly reports. Jean-Ralphio's twin, Mona Lisa, will be played by none other than Jenny Slate, a wildly-funny stand-up who you may recognize from Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death, and her Marcel the Shell with Shoes On short films and books. In an episode set to air later this season, Mona Lisa will get a job as a saleslady at Tom Haverford's Rent-A-Swag store. Just when you thought this show couldn't top having Joe Biden as a guest star, they go and hire Jenny [...]
Everyone's favorite awful person Jean-Ralphio Saperstein will back on Parks and Recreation next season for at least one episode. Mike Schur explained that he's coming back to help his old buddy Tom:
"Tom as the beginning of the season is struggling a bit because he hasn't had any good entrepreneurial ideas in a while and he's running short on cash and he strikes what could be the first ever actually legitimate business idea that he has ever had — and he invites Jean-Ralphio into the mix to be his business partner again."
Schur stressed that this isn't like Tom's other shenanigans:
But seriously, what the juice? This is Ben Schwartz in the part he was born to play: an excited teenager. Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja debuts next month on Disney XD, Disney's animated action-orientated kids network that you probably didn't know existed. The show is about Schwartz's character finding an 800-year-old ninja guide called "NinjaNomicon" (I'm not making this stuff up) and using it to fight bad guys and get through high school. The show also features Jim Rash, Tim Curry, Megan Mullally, and John Oliver, so let's all start making babies fast so we don't look weird watching it. Speaking of weird, watch the clip below that explains [...]
Web comedy enterprise CollegeHumor is putting out its first-ever feature film today. Called Coffee Town, it stars Glenn Howerton (Always Sunny), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec), and Steve Little (Eastbound and Down) as three friends who band together to save their neighborhood coffee shop. The movie marks the directorial debut of Brad Copeland, who wrote some great Arrested Development episodes and Wild Hogs. Coffee Town is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital platforms. The movie is also playing in a theatrical tour that begins today in NYC and will then hit other places, as tours tend to do.
Here's a video made for YouTube's Comedy Week in which Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, House of Lies) plays a movie executive trying to convince Wedding Crashers/The Internship duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to do another movie together despite being a crazy person.
Ben Schwartz, best known for his recurring role as delightful douchebag Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation and for starring on Showtime’s House of Lies, just landed a guest starring role in Arrested Development’s upcoming fourth season. As with most of the previously-announced guest stars, like John Slattery, Isla Fisher, Terry Crews, and Chris Diamantopoulos, there’s no word on who Schwartz will be playing. Despite the constant barrage of leaked set photos, the folks in charge are doing a pretty good job of keeping most of the new seasons' details under wraps.
What an ass Don Cheadle is. What is he even the Don of? Jerks? It's wonderful that Ben Schwartz was brave enough to tell the truth. This is the first of a Hollywood Reporter series in which they're having actors "stump" for their Emmy-nominated costars. Can't wait for the video in which the dog from Modern Family just takes a shit on a photo of the cast.
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