Welcome to our 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 Jason Woliner, who has written and/or directed for Parks and Recreation, Nathan for You, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends, and Funny or Die and most recently served as executive producer, director, and writer on Adult Swim's Eagleheart. Early in Woliner's [...]
Childrens Hospital's Rob Huebel will star in a new IFC comedy pilot called American Storage, Deadline reports. Based on a 2006 short film starring Steve Carell and David Krumholtz, American Storage follows "the unlikely friendship between a straight-laced employee (newcomer John Karna) at a storage facility and Kurt (Huebel), the eccentric man he discovers living in one of the units like it was an apartment. Kurt steals Internet from next door, pays the lowest rent you could imagine, and basically thinks he’s got life figured out. He’s charming and interesting, and might be a genius or crazy." That last line is basically the perfect description of every television [...]
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Back in the good old days, before season four of Community was all we complained about, there was season three of Community to complain about. Dan Harmon had watched The Wire the previous summer and gave his show an overarching narrative, with the idea that every episode had to be watched in order to best understand the motivations of the characters and to better appreciate the jokes. The meticulous planning ultimately produced some great stuff at times, and abrupt, forgettable conclusions to some subplots at [...]
Childrens Hospital and Human Giant star Rob Huebel has a new show in development. Deadline reports that Huebel has been cast as one of the two leads, alongside Patrick Warburton, in a new CBS pilot called Jacked Up. Written by Greg Malins (How I Met Your Mother, Friends) and directed by Fred Savage, the pilot follows a recently retired baseball player named Jack (Warburton) who sets out to find a wife with help from his friend Barry (Huebel), who's divorced and owns a sports bar. Huebel also has a potentially-recurring guest spot lined up in ABC's pilot Bad Management. The Warburton/Huebel pairing sounds like a fun one [...]
Today's Lost Roles is brought to you by Childrens Hospital, which has its season premiere on Adult Swim tonight at midnight. If you're cool, you'll watch it.
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 Rob Huebel, star of beloved comedy shows like Human Giant and Childrens Hospital (currently kicking off its fourth season) and movies like The Descendants and I Love You, Man. Huebel was nice enough to [...]