Posts tagged as madtv

Watch Stephnie Weir Do a Live Psychic Reading at Second City in 1998

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.

This week's clip comes from Second City's 1998 revue The Psychopath Not Taken featuring ensemble performers Kevin Dorff, T.J. Jagodowski, Susan Messing, Tami Sagher, Rich Talarico, and Stephnie Weir. In the above clip, Stephnie Weir masterfully improvises a solo act as a chain-smoking psychic [...]

Adult Swim Orders a Pilot from 'South Park's Pam Brady and 'MADtv's Arden Myrin

Adult Swim has a new 11-minute cop comedy on the way. Deadline reports the network has greenlit a live-action pilot called Hole to Hole that'll be created by longtime South Park writer Pam Brady, who also penned Hamlet 2 and an early draft of Hot Rod, and will star MADtv alumnus Arden Myrin, who spent four seasons on the now-defunct Fox sketch show from 2005 to 2009 and is also a regular on Chelsea Lately. Hole to Hole is a parody of cheesy '80s cop shows and follows Ashleigh and Amelia Dangerhole, America’s sexiest billionaire detectives. If the show gets picked up, it'll be Adult Swim's fourth cop show [...]

Looking Back at MADtv

MADtv was created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small, two writers from In Living Color, Fox's first sketch show. It's very easy to see MADtv as Fox's follow up to In Living Color. Both shows were directed (at least initially) towards black and Latino audiences, both made extensive use of crude and crass humor, both relied heavily on reoccurring characters and both were critically-derided.

A key difference was that In Living Color had the Wayans family behind it. While the show was frequently inconsistent, it was capable of some great sketches on race in America. That aspect was largely absent from MADtv. Instead the show mostly stuck to [...]

Talking to Ike Barinholtz About 'The Mindy Project', 'MADtv', and His 'Game of Thrones' Audition Tape

From Twitter buddy to staff writer to breakout series regular, Ike Barinholtz earned a well-deserved meteoric rise during the first season of The Mindy Project. The improv actor had initially befriended Mindy Kaling over Twitter, which led to an invitation to the writer’s room on her Fox sitcom, which in turn led to Barinholtz donning the medical scrubs of Morgan Tookers, the show’s eccentric yet affable ex-con nurse. Barinholtz’s character was a highlight in the comedy's freshman year, which should come as little surprise to anyone who knows him for his work as a former cast member on MADtv, or more recently as Eastbound & Down’s Ivan Drago-inspired Russian [...]

The Lost Roles Interview with Eddie Pepitone

Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn't get, and the projects that fell apart altogether.

This week, I interviewed Eddie Pepitone, a much-loved stand-up comedian who's been performing for decades but has only recently seen his star starting to rise in the entertainment industry — an industry that he's awfully fond of lambasting in his act. A regular on Conan (where he plays a heckler), The Sarah Silverman Program (where he played a cook named "Eddie Pepitone"), and Marc [...]

11 Shows That Went Head-to-Head With 'SNL' and Lost

Saturday Night Live is an institution that has been considered overrated and underrated since its debut in 1975, always provoking debate, always somewhere on the minds of everyone in the comedy world, and subsequently and most importantly of all, always watched and analyzed every single week. And it seems that from the very beginning, everybody that wasn't NBC knew that they were screwed, and have continually opted to not counter with their own original programming. Fox seems to be the one network that refuses to admit defeat, throwing up their own comedy shows on Saturday nights since 1989, and returning to the weekend late night original programming game with [...]

8 of MADtv's Most Memorable Characters

For 14 seasons, Fox's MADtv served as the top sketch comedy show alternative to SNL and helped launch the careers of Artie Lange, Michael McDonald, Alex Borstein, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and many others, not to mention former writers like David Wain, Patton Oswalt, SNL's Bryan Tucker, and Up All Night's Emily Spivey. While MADtv may be just another ghost of Sketch Shows Past since its cancellation in 2009, many of its memorable recurring characters are still on the internet waiting to be revisited. Here's a look at eight of them.