Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn't get, and the projects that fell apart altogether.
This week, I interviewed Eddie Pepitone, a much-loved stand-up comedian who's been performing for decades but has only recently seen his star starting to rise in the entertainment industry — an industry that he's awfully fond of lambasting in his act. A regular on Conan (where he plays a heckler), The Sarah Silverman Program (where he played a cook named "Eddie Pepitone"), and Marc [...]
Larry David has come up with an idea for a picture and he has brought on Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel to help him write it. All three were former Seinfeld writers and together wrote The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen. Like The Dictator and Curb Your Enthusiasm, David's film will be in a similar semi-improvised style. Superbad and Paul (and soon to be, weirdly enough, The Marriage Plot) director, Greg Mottola, is being eyed to direct. There is no word on what the film is about but I imagine it will involve an overly principled curmudgeon complaining about restaurant service.
Late last week, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner sat down with Jeff Garlin, of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, at Largo in Los Angeles to discuss Alex Trebek, Conan O'Brien, TV recappers, and the end of Weiner's AMC show. Of the stories that Grantland's Lane Brown relayed along, the one that I found most fascinating was this blurb:
When Weiner was a writer on a network sitcom he refused to name, he had a dispute with one of the show's actors that ended in a bruised ass. Said Garlin: "I know you were kicked in the butt once. [Weiner] was writing on a show, and one of the [...]
This week's Curb sees Larry trying to better himself in more ways than one — working with a personal trainer (30 Rock's Cheyenne Jackson) to better his physical health and possibly deepening his pockets through an investment opportunity from a forward-thinking inventor. The invention in question is the titular “car periscope,” a device that’s too wacky to actually exist but seems like it could be practical in the real world. In all fairness, the car periscope did look like a lot of fun. If Larry, Jeff, and Susie’s extreme excitement over the periscope are any indication of the real life enjoyment one would feel while using one, then I’d [...]
Those wondering when Larry David would get around to this season’s New York story arc are finally given an answer on this week’s episode, and LD’s reason for going to the Big Apple is definitely worth the wait. Five episodes in is the latest Curb has ever introduced a season-long story arc (these storylines are normally set up in the season premiere), but Larry David has been trying a lot of new things in Season 8. He’s shared credit with other writers for the first time on this series, hasn’t used Cheryl Hines beyond the premiere episode, and has given supporting players like Susie Essman and Bob Einstein more screentime [...]