David Koechner dropped by Conan last night and shared an old photo of himself with Andy Richter and a bunch of other late 80s improvisers from their days at iO Chicago. Koechner, who was at one point Richter's improv (or "off-the-cuffies") coach, reminds both Richter and O'Brien that a teacher's job is never finished, especially for Sugar Mountain.
David Koechner has, by our rough estimate, starred in approximately a bazillion different television shows and movies. The versatile comedic actor who got his start in the Chicago improv scene is best known for his roles as Todd Packer in The Office and Champ Kind in Anchorman – two hilarious, yet very distinct types of chauvinistic jerks – but you’re just as likely to recognize him from any number of sketch shows, sitcoms, cartoons, and 3D killer piranha films from the mid-‘90s on.
This year has proved as busy as ever for Koechner. In addition to once again donning Champ’s cowboy hat for the much-anticipated Anchorman sequel, he’s also [...]
David Koechner is set to star in a pilot the could end up being his first TV role in half a decade. Deadline reports that A&E Networks (the cable conglomerate that owns History, Lifetime, and A&E) has greenlit a pilot called Whitey that will star Koechner as the lead character Guy “Whitey” White. Here's the description of the character:
"[Whitey is] a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Whitey graduated high school, married his high school sweetheart and spent his career working at the local engine [...]
There are plenty o' podcasts but that doesn't mean there's too many. No really, I'm being serious. Sure there are gaggles of great giggle-inducing shows of comedians chillaxin' but there are certain topics and niches unaddressed. Well, the Earwolf podcast network is about to address many o' those niches with a whole mess of new and newish shows.
Specifically, they are adding three music-related shows, including Shortwave, a sort of WTF for musicians hosted by Grant-Lee Phillips. "Getting into music is a natural extension for us," explained Scott Aukerman. "I have bands on my show all the time, and we all know that musicians and comedians are [...]
Bob Odenkirk will be directing and starring in Girlfriends Day with David Cross, Bryan Cranston, Amber Tamblyn, David Koechner, and Fred Armisen. Odenkirk also wrote the film with former Mr. Show writer Eric Hoffmam. This opportunity is a big deal for Odenkirk, whose last two features The Brothers Solomon and Let's Go to Prison performed so poorly that he speculated a couple years ago in And Here's The Kicker (the current Splitsider Comedy Book Club book) that he was in "directors jail" and that he'd have to earn back some clout to be able to work on a feature again. No word yet on what the plot [...]
The Anchorman 2 cast are all in the midst of their final promotional push this week, but last night on The Daily Show, guests Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, and former Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell decided to approach their appearance a little differently, starting first with some knowing glances between Stewart and Carell then slowly devolving to a very slapsticky destruction of the Daily Show green room decor.
The most beloved SNL hosts over the years can make sketch comedy magic with anyone. Justin Timberlake, for example, seemed to hit it off so well with Jimmy Fallon in the early 2000s, but even after Fallon left the show, Timberlake still hosted stellar episodes with whichever lineup of actors and writers happened to be working those seasons. Alec Baldwin is another example — despite being famous for his Scoutmaster and Schweddy Balls bits, Baldwin has never been dependent on any particular writer or cast member to make him look good. Baldwin understands that it's about making everyone else look good, and that's why he's hosted the show 16 [...]
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
From workplace sexual harasser Todd Packer on The Office to the white trash Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons from The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, David Koechner's found a comfortable niche with his coterie of wildly inappropriate rednecks, yet you'd never know he'd be such a success judging from his single-season SNL stint from 1995-1996. These days, Koechner continues to perform live improv and stand-up on [...]
Dave Koechner looked for a new best friend at Bonnaroo, the home of new best friends. As the clip below suggests, he only really tried out comedians and famous people, much to the chagrin of that guy who has went alone to see Widespread Panic 78 times and had to get new soles for his Birckenstocks before this year's "Roo." Is Pete Holmes the man for the job? Well, it doesn't seem like Pete gets the difference between friend and worst enemy that you hate and wish dies of loneliness and wrong career decisions, so probably not.
David Koechner was able to do a lot in his first and only year on SNL so when he didn't come back for a second season, it was a surprise. (Though, it wasn't a terribly audible surprise, since it was the mid 90s and there really wasn't a venue such as this to complain about SNL). In a recent interview he explained what happened:
I said "no" to a couple of things on the show, which they don't like. And it was the first year that there was late night competition. My first year was the first year that MADtv came on the scene and Howard Stern was doing [...]
With Anchorman 2 set for a big opening weekend, NBC has ordered a show from one of its stars. Deadline reports that David Koechner has signed a deal to create and star in a one-hour sketch/variety pilot for the network. Koechner will produce the pilot alongside Lou Wallach, an ex-Comedy Central exec who produced Full On Koechner, his recent web series. Koechner said in a statement, "As a husband and father of five, my vision is for us to create a show that engages everyone. I want it to make a mom, dad and grandmother laugh, while the 13- to 19-year-old stands behind the couch peeking over his [...]
From Anchorman 2's Australian premiere, here's Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner singing "Afternoon Delight." Nearly 10 years later, it still sounds so surprisingly good for an a cappella song from a group of comedians.
David Koechner has teamed up with fellow Saturday Night Live alum Abby Elliott and Owen Benjamin, standup and star of TBS's Sullivan and Son, to tour the country via bus with a branded comedy tour called Splitting Hairs, sponsored by AXE Hair in association with Comedy Central. I recently had the chance to speak with David Koechner and Owen Benjamin while they were all riled up from being on a tour bus for a long time. We discussed the tour and the long-awaited sequel to Anchorman, which David Koechner says might maybe possibly be out in theaters next Christmas.
So, what can people expect from the Splitting Hairs comedy [...]
This video is great and all, and I know they only have five seconds to tell their tales, but I don't know how I feel about that boy. Not only is he totally imaginary but he doesn't even say thank you for the watch. If you're going to be the manifestations of someone's lunancy, you should at least have the courtesy of being polite.
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