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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.

'Marry Me' Star Ken Marino on Why Comedy Gets Lower Ratings Than Drama

"I think the reason that comedy maybe gets lower ratings than the reality shows or dramas is that there's a lot of different places you can do comedy, you can get comedy elsewhere, you can find comedy online. I think that what's nice about our show is that … there are people who look for alternative stuff that I think will appreciate this show as well as people that [like] big, straight-up network comedy. It's sort of a mixture of both."

- Star of NBC's new comedy Marry Me Ken Marino explains why comedies have the biggest ratings struggle to The Wrap.

Ken Marino Joins Jack Black in 'Goosebumps' Movie

Ken Marino will be in the movie adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. The Party Down and The State actor will play a supporting role in the film, also called Goosebumps, joining stars Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette, and Jillian Bell, Deadline reports. Directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels), the movie follows a boy and R.L. Stine's niece teaming up when a bunch of Stine's imaginary monsters are set free in the town of Greendale, Maryland. Marino is playing blowhard football Coach Carr, while Black is playing R.L. Stine. The movie is set for a March 2016 release.

'Eastbound & Down's Fourth Season Was Its Best Yet

I was skeptical when creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill opted to bring back Eastbound & Down for another season after ending the show with a well-received finale last year. It's rare for a show to come back from the dead like that and seems like a risk, but that risk paid off. Thanks to a few key cast additions (particularly standout Ken Marino) and Kenny Powers' new arenas to run amuck (a sports talk show and raising a family in suburbia), this was the most satisfying and fresh season of Eastbound & Down's four-season run.

Watch Ken Marino Twirl a Sign Around Shirtless for 'Burning Love's Emmy Campaign

Here's a clip from TMZ (I know, gross) of a shirtless Ken Marino in a fireman's outfit, twirling a sign around in the middle of an LA street to get people to vote for his Yahoo! web series Burning Love at the Emmys. It's not usually how people campaign for Emmys votes.

NBC Orders Five Additional Episodes of 'Marry Me'

Good news for one of this season's new comedies: Not long after canceling A to Z and Bad Judge, THR reports that NBC has ordered five more episodes of its freshman comedy Marry Me from creator David Caspe. This brings Marry Me's debut season order up to 18 episodes, though it's unknown yet whether NBC will eventually expand it to a traditional 22-episode season. Starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as an engaged couple, Marry Me is one of the few new comedies to fare well with both critics and ratings this year and benefitted greatly from having The Voice as its lead-in for its first two [...]

Zach Galifianakis-Kristen Wiig Bank Heist Comedy Adds Ken Marino and Kate McKinnon to the Cast

The cast for Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig's next movie keeps growing more and more impressive. Deadline reports that Ken Marino and SNL's Kate McKinnon have also joined the cast of the untitled heist comedy, previously known as Loomis Fargo, that also stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. SNL writer Leslie Jones, who appeared on-camera for a much-talked-about Weekend Update piece this season, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Nebraska's Devin Ratray, and iO Chicago performer Ross Kimball have also been added to the cast.

Lorne Michaels is producing and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is directing the movie, which is based on a true story and [...]

Ken Marino Joins Casey Wilson in David Caspe's NBC Pilot 'Marry Me'

Casey Wilson has found her onscreen fiancé. TV Line reports that Ken Marino has signed on to star opposite Wilson in Marry Me, creator David Caspe's (Happy Endings creator and Wilson's real-life fiancé) upcoming pilot for NBC that follows a newly engaged couple. Marino appeared in a handful of shows last year including Burning Love, Children's Hospital, Drunk History, and Eastbound & Down. Marry Me will make Marino's first starring role on a major network comedy since he was a regular on the short-lived NBC series Leap of Faith back in 2002.

'Eastbound & Down' Season 4 Justifies Resurrecting the Show

It came as a bit of a shock last year when Eastbound & Down was renewed by HBO for a fourth season. For years, showrunners Danny McBride and Jody Hill had been planning on ending Eastbound after its third season and they even wrote/shot/aired the last episode as a series finale. But after a few months, the duo decided to do one more season. Last year, they had wanted to show Kenny Powers as a settled-down family man with his new wife April, but actress Katy Mixon's busy schedule on CBS's Mike & Molly meant they couldn't get her full-time for their third year.

Scheduling worked out so that Mixon [...]

Ken Marino to Co-Create and Star in a New Comedy for Fox

Ken Marino, star of The State, Childrens Hospital, Party Down and tons of other great things, is coming to Fox. The network just bought an untitled single-camera comedy written by Marino and his wife/writing partner Erica Oyama and set to star Marino, Deadline reports. Will Gluck (Easy A, the upcoming Michael J. Fox Show) is onboard as a producer. Marino and Oyama are a busy writing duo these days. In addition writing on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital together, they're also scripting a feature called True Freshman, adapting the book Go the Fuck to Sleep into a movie, and are on hiatus from their [...]

Ken Marino's Kids Have Learned His Famous Catchphrase from 'The State'

Marry Me star Ken Marino was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he admitted to teaching his five and seven-year-old children that his famous The State catchphrase is just how adults greet one another. So there you have it: Somewhere out there there's a mini Ken Marino saying "I wanna dip my balls in it" on the playground, which is the kind of enduring legacy we can all believe in.

Ken Marino and Erica Oyama Are Writing a Female Road Trip Comedy

Ken Marino and Erica Oyama are writing another movie together. The husband-wife writing team has sold a pitch for a female road trip comedy called Me Time, THR reports. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film is said to be a story along the lines of Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Me Time is just one of a plethora of writing projects Marino and Oyama have in the works, including the college comedy Return of the Jocks (originally titled True Freshman) and the profane childrens' book adaptation Go the Fuck to Sleep,

'Burning Love' Is Done (For Now)

It looks like Yahoo!'s Emmy-nominated web series Burning Love, a parody of dating shows, may have come to an end. "I think we’re all done," creator Erica Oyama told Variety this week. "I addressed each incarnation of the source material – The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad. But if we had a great idea to reinvent it, I would be all for it." Variety writes that there are currently no plans for a fourth season of the series. Written by Oyama, who produces the show alongside writing partner/husband Ken Marino, Burning Love debuted on Yahoo! to critical acclaim in 2012. Its third season finished airing last spring, [...]

Talking to Ken Marino About ‘Bad Milo!’, ‘Eastbound & Down’, and Playing Both Nice Guys and Jerks

If there’s one actor who possesses the sheer gravitas to play a man plagued by a murderous ass demon, that actor is Ken Marino. As one of the many talents to spring from the MTV sketch group The State, Marino has starred in a number of classics that have become required viewing for any modern comedy fan: Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Party Down, Childrens Hospital, and, most recently, the horror-comedy destined for cult status, Bad Milo! Executive produced by the Duplass brothers and featuring Marino as a downtrodden nice guy whose stress at work and at home physically manifests itself as a bloodthirsty butt monster, Bad Milo! [...]