The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie is going to feature a little Party Down reunion. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who also created Party Down announced yesterday evening that Ken Marino and Martin Starr will both be appearing in the new movie. It was previously announced that Party Down alum Ryan Hansen would be back too. Marino will be reprising his role from the series as sleazy private investigator Vinnie Van Lowe, while Starr, who didn't appear in Veronica Mars, will be playing a new character: Lou “Cobb” Cobbler, a class of '09 grad who's attending the 10-year reunion. Three Party Down stars down; four to go.
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In the best use of crowdfunding yet, comedian Kurt Braunohler (Bunk) created a Kickstarter campaign and successfully raised $4,000 to put the phrase "How do I land?" in the air above Los Angeles via skywriting. Fast Company has an interview with Braunohler in which he explains why crowdfunding is best used for stupid, absurd purposes like this one. It's an interesting look at how the Veronica Mars movie of skywriting humor came to be.
Seth Olenick has been photographing hundreds of comedians the past six years in hopes of releasing the collection in a book called Funny Business, and he's crowdfunding the project because publishers for some reason aren't interested in this type of book despite Olenick's awesome photos and comedy photography's status as a burgeoning art form. Funny Business will include photos of Judd Apatow, Zach Galifianakis, Marc Maron, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, David Cross, Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, and tons of your other favorite people, with all the photos coming accompanied with blurbs by the comedians themselves. Check out Seth Olenick's blog for more of his photographs of comedians or [...]
In retrospect, it just seems so obvious.
After a few minutes of talking to the people behind Chicago's The Late Live Show, one starts to feel like the relevant question isn't, "Why did these guys decide to start a live, untelevised talk show?" The real question seems to be, "Why isn't everyone else doing it?"
"There are stand-up shows, there are improv shows, and there are sketch shows in Chicago," said Joe Kwaczala, the show's 25-year-old host. "Those are formats people are familiar with and can dial into. But so is a late-night talk show! We thought, 'Why isn't there one you can go out and see live?'" [...]