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Ben Schwartz Explains How His Haircut Led to a Role on 'Parks and Rec'

"Prior to that, my hair was crazy. I'd been working with Mitch Hurwitz on a pilot, and I mentioned needing to get a haircut. But he's like, 'No, no, no, you will not touch that hair.' So because that went well and I thought it made me stand out more, I was like, 'Fuck it, I'm gonna keep it for auditions.' So I go to Parks and we're about to film my one-and-a-half pages of trying to be Ron [Swanson]'s assistant. Mike Schur comes down, wanting to see how I'm gonna play it, and he just fell in love with my hair. I did Jean-Ralphio once and Mike goes, 'We're [...]

'Happiness Isn't Everything': Mitch Hurwitz's Lost Post-'Arrested Development' Family Sitcom

"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 [...]

Watch Paul F. Tompkins and Ben Schwartz Have a Conversation

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.

Watch Ben Schwartz on an LA Morning Show

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.

10 Comedians on Instagram You Really Should Be Following

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 [...]

Adam McKay, Seth Rogen, and Ben Schwartz Are Working on a New Movie

Actor/writer Ben Schwartz has written a new comedy and teamed up with Adam McKay and Seth Rogen for the project. Variety reports that McKay is officially attached to direct the untitled comedy, while Seth Rogen is set to star. Schwartz — who most recently appeared on Parks and Rec, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and tomorrow's new release This Is Where I Leave You — will also co-star in the film. McKay and Will Ferrell's own Gary Sanchez Productions is behind the film as well as Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Good Universe; plot details are currently being kept under wraps. "Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re [...]

Henry Winkler Will Play Jean-Ralphio's Dad on 'Parks and Rec'

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 [...]

Watch Glenn Howerton and Ben Schwartz in the Trailer for CollegeHumor's First Movie 'Coffee Town'

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.

Jenny Slate Will Play Jean-Ralphio's Twin Sister on 'Parks and Rec'

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 [...]

Jean-Ralphio Will Return to Help Tom with a "Legitimate Business"

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:

"It's not like a flash of inspiration [...]

Showtime Is Releasing a Longform Improv Special Starring the 'House of Lies' Cast Online

Showtime announced today that they produced a live longform improv special starring the cast of their show House of Lies and that they'll be debuting it online next week. Called House of Lies Live, the special features cast members Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson, who are both experienced improvisers, doing a longform improv show alongside stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, who are new to the art form, and House of Lies guest stars/improvisers Eugene Cordero, Ryan Gaul, and Lauren Lapkus. The 30-minute special, taped earlier this month at LA's UCB theater, will debut online via Showtime's YouTube channel on December 30th and will air on Showtime the following [...]

CollegeHumor's First Movie 'Coffee Town' Comes Out Today

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.

Check out the trailer below:

Watch Ben Schwartz Dick Around with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

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 is Your Latest ‘Arrested Development’ Guest Star

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.

In other (minor) AD news, Henry Winkler just spoke to Moviefone, sharing his thoughts on the [...]