Splitsider

Posts tagged as H. Jon Benjamin

The "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" Controversy Continues: Read H. Jon Benjamin's Retort for Mike Lazzo

The ongoing creative dispute between David Cross/H. Jon Benjamin and Adult Swim exec Mike Lazzo just got more intense. After a series of messages between Cross and Lazzo — catch up with part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the dispute — Benjamin sent us an email this morning with a retort of his own, and he even attached an 11-page budget document to refute Lazzo's claim that he and Cross were "just too expensive" to earn a series order for their Paid Programming pilot, called "Icelandic Ultra-Blue," in 2009. Read Benjamin's full message to Lazzo below, lightly edited for clarity:

David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin Invented the Adult Swim 4AM Infomercial

To promote his new film Hits, David Cross fielded questions in a Reddit AMA today, and one of his most interesting responses came when a fan asked if there's a project he's worked on that he wished more people knew about:

Uh… yeah! Gosh. Yes. Icelandic Ultra-Blue. It was actually called "Paid programming." adult swim completely and totally ripped off the idea – we did it for adult swim. Jon Benjamin and I did it. It's really funny. And the idea that I pitched to Lazzo, in his office, standing in front of him, back in 2008? I wanna say? was to do a fake infomercial that would air [...]

Treat Yourself to a Mystery Sack from H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman's New Online Store

H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman just opened up an online store. Called Flotsam General Store, the "post-structural online shopping experience" currently offers a small-sized "Mystery Sack" for $40 and free 6-8+ week shipping. What's in the sacks? According to the store's FAQ, "Flotsam sacks are stocked according to the principes of 'positive sourcing,' with three or more Flotsam products hand-conceived by the Flotsam Design Team." Benjamin said in an interview last month that the items included in each sack will be "products that will leave a legacy. Something to be proud of for time immemorial." Here's more information on Benjamin and Mirman's new business venture [...]

Rachel Dratch, H. Jon Benjamin, Bob Odenkirk, and Basketball Players to Do Fun Guest Spots

- Rachel Dratch is going to guest star on Up All Night as an Ava Show fan that's super excited about getting some memorabilia. Sheldon and Megan: together again!

- H. Jon Benjamin is going to play Dallas's life coach on Suburgatory. His character is described as a master storyteller named Tabitha, of course, who Dallas eventually brings along on her first date with George. I wonder if they're going to eat burgers or… spy stuff(?).

- Bob Odenkirk is reprising his role as Arthur Hobbs next season on How I Met Your Mother. He will sorta represent Barney in his pre-nup talks with Quinn, which [...]

Peeking Under the Bun of Bob's Burgers

Caution: after watching this video of the Bob's Burgers cast recording their voice overs, you may never look at Bob Belcher without seeing H. Jon Benjamin in blue eyeshadow. Conversely, every time I try to look at Kristen Schaal in this video I see phantom pink bunny ears. And sometimes I just see them floating in the air. Waving at me. Excuse me, I have some business to attend to on WebMD.

Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo Responds to David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin's Accusations (Again)

Adult Swim EVP and creative director Mike Lazzo just fought back against David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin on Reddit for the second time over "Icelandic Ultra-Blue." Not long after Cross and Benjamin posted an open letter to Lazzo on Facebook yesterday detailing their frustrations over Lazzo allegedly ripping off the time slot and no-promotion concept behind their 2009 pilot Paid Programming (for details, see part 1 and part 2 of the dispute), Lazzo took to Reddit again to address their claims, and it's pretty similar to his first response. Read the entire post from Lazzo below; Cross and Benjamin have not yet [...]

Conan O'Brien Discovers His Love to Kill with Sterling Archer

During last night's show, Conan O'Brien's animated guest Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) insisted that O'Brien meet him outside for their interview, only to take him on a violent Archer-style high-speed car chase with some Russian mobsters that brings out a completely new side of O'Brien: "I just killed a guy! That's a sexual thrill."

Here's a Clip of Alison Brie, Jennifer Lawrence, and H. Jon Benjamin in a Rejected Comedy Central Pilot

If you've ever wanted to see Alison Brie as a knockoff Buffy the Vampire Slayer or H. Jon Benjamin as an injured janitor, a short clip from Not Another High School Show — a rejected 2007 Comedy Central pilot from Not Another Teen Movie's Mike Bender — has been making the rounds on the internet today. A young Jennifer Lawrence also shows up near the end in a small but convincing part as a concerned high school student. (via Uproxx)

Chin Dildo Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Of Course

Guys, this is really powerful. I thought it was going to be just a bit but it's obviously a metaphor for… umm… how a lot of people stuck their chins out during the housing crisis or how people are really taking it on the chin from the economy or how people like to fuck others with their chins. Find out which it is below when HJB and his co-star, the chin dildo, give a 15-minute interview about the film and play ring toss.

Listening to the DVD Commentary for Home Movies, "Get Away From My Mom"

Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through pretty pictures and less pretty words, the behind-the-scenes secrets the creators, writers, and cast discuss about their show. If you've ever wondered what the Home Improvement crew was eating when they came up with the idea to have Tim Allen grunt, this is for you.

Show: Home Movies

Episode: “Get Away from My Mom” (S01E01)

Original Airdate: April 26, 1999

Episode Plot: Eight-year-old Brendon, who spends his days making home movies, discovers that his mom, Paula, is dating his soccer coach, Coach McGuirk.

[...]

David Cross and H. Jon Benjamin Respond to Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo About "Icelandic Ultra-Blue"

In his Reddit AMA last week, David Cross accused Adult Swim exec Mike Lazzo of ripping off the concept (specifically the time slot and lack of promotion) of his 2009 pilot with H. Jon Benjamin Paid Programming, and Lazzo had some harsh but confusing words for Cross in response on Friday, calling the Paid Programming pilot episode "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" a "dumbfuck program" that "is not too bad actually" and calling Cross a "delusional dick" for his claims. (Adult Swim even uploaded the full "Icelandic Ultra-Blue" video to YouTube shortly after Lazzo posted on Reddit.) Today, Cross and Benjamin responded to Lazzo on Facebook, and [...]

The Cast of 'Bob's Burgers' Is Going on a Live Tour in March

Fox's Bob's Burgers is hitting the road. The show revealed today that creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard will join voice cast H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz, and John Roberts on a live multi-city tour starting in March that will include standup, fan Q&As, live Bob's Burger table reads, and exclusive peeks at upcoming episodes of the show. Stops on the tour include Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Boston, with more to be announced. Ticket pre-sales start tomorrow here.

H. Jon Benjamin Narrates an Animated McSweeney's Story in "Ballad of a WiFi Hero"

Recently New York magazine decided to combine three great things — a funny McSweeney's story by Mike Lacher, retro video game-inspired animation, and the masterful narration talents of H. Jon Benjamin. The result is the above web video "Ballad of a WiFi Hero," which valiantly exposes the secret to unlocking uninterrupted wifi when all seems lost.

Eeek! There Will a 'Bob's Burgers' Crossover Episode of 'Archer'

This is real! H. Jon Benjamin told Entertainment Weekly: “[Archer creator Adam Reed] really likes Bob’s Burgers. And the fourth season has a Bob’s Burgers tie-in, which is really bizarre.” First, join the club, Adam. Second, aaaaaaaaah! And it won't be like a little cameo, it's a full episode built around Bob's Burgers. Benjamin continued:

“It’s like a Bourne Identity-type plotline. It starts off with Archer as Bob, making hamburgers, but he doesn’t know that he’s Archer. He’s at the restaurant and these, like, I think Russian thugs come in, and Bob dispatches them expertly. And then he’s like, What just happened? How did I do that? So he has to try to figure out why he’s [...]