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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 [...]

Check Out Paul Scheer's Adult Swim Infomercial for "The Frank Pierre Resort & Casino"

From the mind of Paul Scheer, here's the latest infomercial to air at Adult Swim at 4:00am, this time for the luxurious destination known as "The Frank Pierre Resort & Casino." While the resort is, in fact, built on sacred Native American land, Frank Pierre (played by Newsreaders' Ray Wise) personally guarantees that the entire compound is "100% not haunted by ghosts."

"Too Many Cooks" Is the Most Insane and Perfect Sitcom Opening of All Time

In addition to Scharpling and Wurster's Newbridge tourism ad, another informercial that ran at the 4:00am time slot on Adult Swim this week is "Too Many Cooks," a retro opening TV credits parody/nightmarish hellscape experience not meant for the weak of heart or mind. This informercial comes from the mind of Chris "Casper" Kelly — co-creator of Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell and writer for Squidbillies, Harvey Birdman, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force — and is…well, it's better seen than explained. Be warned that this video will cause vivid auditory hallucinations of the catchy "Too Many Cooks" theme song for the rest of your life.

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 [...]

Check Out Adult Swim's "Salad Mixxxer" Infomercial Starring Kurt Braunohler

Adult Swim has a strange policy with how and when they post their 4:00am infomercials on YouTube, but since last week's "Too Many Cooks" hit a million views they've uploaded two more recent infomercials online. In addition to Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster's Newbridge infomercial, yesterday they also uploaded "The Salad Mixxxer," which ran on the network in early October and stars Kurt Braunohler as a '60s-era TV salesman showing a batch of restless housewives (Liz Cackowski, Carly Craig, and Betsy Sodaro) the latest NSFW kitchen tool on the market. Fun fact: "Salad Mixxxer" was co-directed by David Soldinder and Ken Marino.

Here's an Infomercial for a Fake College Written by Ex-'Onion' Writers that Adult Swim Has Been Airing at 4AM

Adult Swim has been quietly airing this fake infomercial for "For-Profit Online University" all this week at 4am. FPOU is a one-off special from a conglomerate of former Onion writers called Wild Aggressive Dog, which is made up of Geoff Haggerty, Dan Klein, Matthew Klinman, Michael Pielocik, Chris Sartinsky, and Sam West. FPOU was written and directed by West, with some writing assistance from the other Wild Aggressive Dog writers, and it stars Nicole Byer, Nick Corirossi, and Brian Huskey, among others. The network has been airing faux-infomercial's late at night, like Michael Ian Black's series You're Whole or Rob Huebel's one-off Dragon Shumway knife infomercial, but FPOU is the [...]

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 [...]

Casper Kelly Calls "Too Many Cooks" a "Shower Idea"

"I think it was a shower idea – just simply the idea of a show sitcom open that doesn't stop. It made me laugh. But I didn't think it could work for 11 minutes so I didn't do anything with it. Then my coworker Jim Fortier (Squidbillies) told the idea to Mike Lazzo (head of Adult Swim) at a party and he laughed. So I decided to go for it. I told Mike I wasn't sure it could work for 11 minutes – just adding actors. Mike said even Andy Kaufman would only do that for about 4 minutes – and then I needed to start zigging and zagging. He [...]