UK comedy director/writer/actor Richard Ayoade is about to become a published author. Chortle reports that Ayoade has signed a three-book deal with British publisher Faber and Faber to write a series of books that will make use of his "furious obsession with film with his innate sense of life's ridiculousness." The first book, which will come out in November in the UK, will depict "a filmmaker exploring himself, respectfully, insightfully, and sometimes by surprise… on a journey that has the courage to step inside."
Ayoade has been a big name in UK TV comedy for over a decade. He starred in and wrote for Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and hosted/co-created its [...]
Quick history lesson: if a music video was funny in the 1980s, it was probably completely unintentional. In the first half of the decade, the ridiculously low production values provided all of the humor, and in the second half, it was the unabashed bombastic elements that made you laugh. Weird Al, the Beastie Boys and their pie throwing antics, and weirdly enough Phil Collins' meta work were some exceptions to that, and helped lighten up the art form in the nineties, when directors like Spike Jonze presented artists in innovative and fun ways. In the mid-nineties comedic actors began to be cast in videos1, notably in [...]
Weird, right? This was NBC's failed attempt to remake the British hit sitcom The IT Crowd. This episode of television is particularly relevant because it was written by David Guarascio and Moses Port A.K.A. the new showrunners of Community A.K.A. our potential future worst enemies. It's not all bad: Richard Ayoade does a fine job playing the exact same character as before, Jessica St. Clair is as winning as ever, Joel McHale is there, and ummmm, hmmm, that's about it. What do you think? Is Community doomed? [Via]
Here's the brand new teaser for The Double, a dark comedy written and directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Jesse Eisenberg as a guy struggling with the appearance of his doppelganger. Based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella of the same name, this is the second film for Ayoade after his critically acclaimed 2010 movie Submarine, and he made tons of great British TV before that so everything he does is something to look forward to.
Beloved British sitcom The IT Crowd is coming back for an extra-long finale episode after ending its run in 2010.Bleeding Cool reports that creator Graham Linehan announced at a Q&A in Germany that the 40-minute special is set to start filming in three weeks after two-plus years of pre-production and delays. The show ended its four season run in 2010 and was renewed for a fifth season, but the fifth season was never made and everyone involved has been talking about wrapping things up with a special finale for years now. Stars Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry will all be returning for the last [...]
The first teaser trailer for Neighborhood Watch (the alien comedy directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade) is here, and it is not pleased that you've been TP-ing local houses. It might have to take you downtown and have some confusing words with you in a room with a single lightbulb. Or worse still, look at you sternly.
Here's the trailer for The Double, the second movie from director Richard Ayoade, who's best known for his acting work on UK sitcoms The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boos, and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Ayoade made his directorial debut with the 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama Submarine, but based on this trailer The Double looks to be quite a departure. A 1970s-esque movie about a guy who's life is ruined by the appearance of his doppelganger, The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg in both parts with Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn in supporting parts. It's based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella of the same name and just might end up being the best [...]
"When I was at university, they had a club that does comedy that I became involved in. I was in a very privileged position in that they got to put on shows because a number of great comedians came from there, like John Cleese and Stephen Fry. I just had an opportunity as a result of that. It was never brilliantly disposed at all. I’m so not a funny person. I’m as funny as I’ve ever been, which is not funny." -Richard Ayoade on how he went from studying law at Cambridge to star in movies with Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill.
This trailer for Submarine, which was directed by The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade and produced by Warp Films (which also put out the amazing Four Lions), looks pretty stellar. And if you need convincing that Ayoade is a competent director, he helmed an upcoming episode of Community, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
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