Our story this week: Sean Canady was a lovesick nerd in the heady, wild west days of the early internet. Looking for love in all the wrong chat rooms, he found respite in one distant and thus un-fuck-up-able relationship. But when the girl on the other end of the chat window stepped away for a few moments, her neighbor stepped in and everything changed.
Sean Canady is a comedian in New York. See him co-host The Big Shrink at UCBeast Feb 26th or put him in your ears with The Sharon Spell Show podcast. He recorded his story at Oh Hey, Guys!, the storytelling open mic at UCBeast.
Sure, there might be plenty of bong hits and tennis-ball-fetching, but creator and star of Wilfred Jason Gann wants to make clear that the black humor of his new FX show isn't going to be scarified for a few leg humping jokes. "It’s a dark comedy that I call traumedy," Gann explains. "There’s the human trauma, and then the trauma that Wilfred goes through. We really hit some dark human emotions." So, of course, when producers tried to entice Gann into make an American Wilfred after having a 16-episode run in Australia, they naturally compared it to the most prominent traumedy of our time. "And then, they [...]
As far as casting goes, Elijah Wood seems like just the kind of guy to hallucinate a misanthropist talking dog. With his giant, frightened Precious Moments eyes and dapper type-A neatness, Wood's protagonist Ryan already seems to be at the brink of sanity when the pilot begins: here is Ryan typing up the fourth draft of his suicide note, here is Ryan blending his anti-anxiety meeds into a smoothie, here he is jumping rope in an effort to kill time before he dies. Here is Ryan meeting his psychological problems disguised in a dog costume.
FX just ordered 11 episodes of a new comedy called WIlfred, which will star Elijah Wood. It sounds pretty insane! It'll be "about a guy, Ryan (Wood), the girl next door (Fiona Gubelmann), and mixed-breed dog, Wilfred (Jason Gann), who is part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender."
It's based on an Australian show of the same name, and creator of the original Jason Gann will play the titular/canine role. Consider my interest piqued. Look for it next summer.