Welcome to our new column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.
For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy we spoke with John Levenstein, who has written for The Life & Times of Tim and Arrested Development (behind AD episodes like "Top Banana" and "Good Grief") and is currently co-creator, writer, and executive producer of Comedy Central's Kroll Show. Levenstein chose to take us behind the scenes of one of [...]
As far as character showcases go, it doesn't get much more elaborate than Kroll Show.
When Nick Kroll's sketch series on Comedy Central returned for its second season in January, it was clear that he had set his sights firmly on the pseudo-celebrity culture of reality television, with a lineup of characters inspired by the most despicable monsters that crawled out of the Jersey Shore and Real Housewives muck: the Guido womanizer Bobby Bottleservice, the psychopathic publicists of "PubLIZity," the man-child toilet-baby C-Czar, the self-destructively vain Rich Dicks, etc. But if the first season served to introduce the freakshow, the second season unleashed them out into [...]
The second season of Kroll Show, which premieres tonight, brings back tons of popular characters from the first season with the return of sketches like “PubLIZity,” “Rich Dicks,” and “Too Much Tuna.” The focus on building characters and telling stories separates Kroll Show from other sketch shows on air, which caused Seth Meyers’ to coin the term “sketch-uational comedy" when discussing the show.The audience becomes invested in the storylines of the characters as the show masterfully connects the sketches together, which will be extra exciting to see this season since Pretty Liz is pregnant and Dr. Armond is arrested for murder. While Nick Kroll himself stars in nearly all of [...]
Earlier this year, Comedy Central renewed Kroll Show for a second season, and we've learned that Season 2 will be premiering on Tuesday, January 14th. The sketch show's second season will be 10 episodes long, two more than the show was given for its inaugural year.
Inside Amy Schumer will also be returning with new episodes in 2014, with the second season slated to air Tuesday, April 1st, at 10:30pm, Comedy Central announced. The new season of Schumer will also be 10 episodes long and will feature guest stars Paul Giamatti, Parker Posey, Zach Braff, Josh Charles, Janeane Garofalo, Chrissy Teigen, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Artie [...]
Kroll Show and The League actor Nick Kroll is set to play his first starring role in a movie. THR reports that he's been cast in My Brother's Keeper, an indie comedy-drama to be produced by the Duplass Brothers. The film, which is set to start shooting in January in New York, stars Kroll as a young, self-centered businessman destroys his career on the eve of his company's launch. He then moves in with estranged, pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), her husband (Bobby Cannavale), and their three-year-old nephew (some toddler actor), and begins working as the kid's nanny.
Kroll is producing the movie and also helped come up with [...]