David Cross directed his first film in 2013 called Hits, which premiered at Sundance last year and now has a full trailer. Hits stars Matt Walsh as a father in a small New York town who becomes unexpectedly famous thanks to YouTube and includes cast Meredith Hagner, Amy Sedaris, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, and more. The film doesn't yet have a premiere date, but that shouldn't make you any less excited to see what Cross has in store for his first time behind the camera.
Veep star and UCB cofounder Matt Walsh was a guest on Late Night last night, and he and Meyers talked all about the new season of Veep, Walsh's recent crowdfunding project for his film A Better You, and why he had to exploit his children into giving away important lifehacks, which leads to an entirely different conversation about Cheetos.
Since longform improvisation was created by Del Close in the 1980s, there hasn't been a book on the art form as thorough as the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre's new improv textbook. Co-written by UCB co-founders Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh (Amy Poehler receives a "Special Thanks" credit), The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a new definitive tome on the subject that was released earlier this summer.
I recently had the chance to talk to Matt Besser and Matt Walsh about how the book came together, their improv pet peeves, their favorite performers, and the future of UCB.
"Would it be so hard for people not to be assholes?" – Selina Meyer
Veep reminds me a lot of The Larry Sanders Show, and I'm sure I'm not alone in drawing such a parallel: both are enjoyable, really funny comedies that happen to consist of unilateralists that are absolutely awful to one another. Garry Shandling — Larry Sanders himself — said years later that everybody watching had gotten it all wrong, that the men and women that worked for the talk show within the show truly loved one another, and their way of communicating those feelings happened to be by way of appearing self-centered, duplicitous, and/or exchanging creative R-rated [...]
The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater has been talked about quite a bit this month, with escalating Facebook messages, responses from people working in every [...]