Posts tagged as Fred Willard

Watch Fred Willard Play Earth's Last Centaur in This Old Second City Clip

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

Since the 2001 Christopher Walken-hosted episode of SNL, "Centaur Job Interview" starring Chris Parnell has long been regarded as comedy's greatest centaur sketch ever, but did you know that nearly 40 years earlier Fred Willard performed at Second City in a short but [...]

Watch the Trailer for the Fred Willard-Narrated Travel Show 'Horneytown, USA'

Fred Willard is seriously narrating a Travel Channel show called Horneytown, USA that interviews people who live in towns with dirty names like Hooker, Oklahoma; Blue Ball, Pennsylvania; and of course, Horneytown, North Carolina.

ABC Doesn't Trust Fred Willard's 'Trust Us with Your Life'

It hasn't be a great July for Freddie Wills. ABC is taking Trust Us with Your Life off the air and replacing it with reruns of that hilarious comedy about people falling on their respective faces, Wipeout. Though ABC is owned by the prudish Mickey Mouse, it seems like this decision was mostly a ratings call. Trust Us was not doing too well. It seems like people either didn't like the idea of short-form improv games being incorporated into premise based long-form or, more likely, they didn't like all that long-form improv narrative getting in the way of Wayne Brady being a real silly head.

Fred Willard Charmingly Recounts Turning Down a Role in Airplane!

In a wonderful interview with the always-charming Fred Willard, Vulture talked to him about roles he regrets turning down. And, well, this is great: Remember the movie Airplane!? I had just done a movie called How to Beat the High Cost of Living and it didn’t get a good review. And the same people sent me the script for Airplane!, for the Robert Hays part. I read it, and there were a lot of plays on words, and I said, "I don’t like this kind of comedy." So I turned it down, and then they came back and said, "We really want you for this part." Now, meanwhile, [...]

The Fake Talk Show is Born with 'Fernwood 2 Night'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Fake talk shows: today the TV is lousy with them. In fact, the form has been constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed so many times that [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'It's OK to Do Stuff,' A Comedy Album Featuring Lizzy Caplan, Andy Richter, and Fred Willard

Longtime Daily Show and Conan writer Rob Kutner has masterminded a new comedy album called It's OK to Do Stuff that drops today on Rooftop Comedy. It's a comedic homage to the 1972 feminist album Free to Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends, arriving on the 40th anniversary of that album. It's OK to Do Stuff features tracks from Lizzy Caplan, Fred Willard, Eugene Mirman, Andy Richter, Colin Hanks, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Eddie Pepitone, James Urbaniak, Fred Stoller, Megan Amram, and more. Here's a sample track called "Boy Meets Girl" featuring Fred Willard and Lizzy Caplan:

Girl Meets Boy (Skit) by Lizzy Caplan and Fred Willard

Fred Willard Discusses the Fred Willard Situation in a Very Fred Willard Way

What a guy, right? What happened was terribly embarrassing yet so quickly he's able to get on TV and make jokes about it. Second City taught him well. Next time he's on Fallon, to really show he's moved on, he should just start jerking o— actually, never mind, that's a bad idea, probably(?).

Dean Fred Willard Welcomes His Freshman Class via Video

Here is a video of Fred Willard as the dean of a shady, for-profit college. It's Fred Willard, so I don't think I need to sell this one too hard, right? You know you're going to like this already.

Fred Willard Joins Amy Poehler's NBC Pilot 'Old Soul'

The cast of Amy Poehler's David Wain-directed pilot about a retirement home keeps getting better. After news of Natasha Lyonne, Rita Moreno, and Nick Thune joining Old Soul's lineup, TV Line reports that Fred Willard — who has a recurring role on Modern Family as Phil's Dad — has signed on to play Hector, "a packrat and Broadway songwriter who has been married to Rita (Rita Moreno), his writing partner, for 50 years." Willard most recently appeared in Anchorman 2 and will show up in Andy Daly's new Comedy Central series Review in March.

Christopher Guest Casts His New Comedy with Exactly Who You'd Expect Him to Cast

It’s been six long years since Christopher Guest’s last comedy, For Your Consideration, but he’s finally back behind the camera for a new HBO/BBC2 series called Family Tree, which sees Guest working in the mockumentary format that he’s done so well with in the past. The Hollywood Reporter, um, reports that Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr., all members of the Christopher Guest Repertory Company, have signed on for recurring roles, which begs the question: “Where are Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, and Catherine O’Hara?”

It was announced last month that Family Tree would center around Tom Chadwick (played by Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd), who, after getting fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, [...]

Craig Cackowski on 'Trust Us With Your Life' and Improv on TV

Craig Cackowski is a long-time improv performer, teacher and coach, and a well-regarded veteran of Chicago’s Second City and iO (Improv Olympic) theaters. Now residing in Los Angeles, he performs regularly in celebrated improv ensembles Quartet at iO West and Dasariski at UCB, as well as shows at Second City Hollywood. You might know him best as Officer Cackowski, the no-nonsense campus cop on NBC’s Community. This summer, you can see him as one of the guest performers in ABC’s new series Trust Us With Your Life, a Whose Line Is It, Anyway?-style show in which host Fred Willard interviews celebrities like Ricky Gervais and David Hasslehoff, and [...]