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An HBO Comedy Starring Rob Riggle as an 80s Wall Street Douchebag? Yes, Please

HBO has been on a hot streak lately, with both of their new spring comedy series, Girls and Veep, getting renewed for second seasons and enjoying pretty great reviews all around. And from the sounds of it they're looking to extend that streak: they're in talks to produce a new series from Rob Riggle, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy that sounds downright delightful. The single-camera comedy, based on an idea by Riggle, is being written by Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Set in the world of bond traders in 1980s Wall Street, it revolves around a successful, hard-living boss (Riggle) who lives a dark, self-centered, unhealthy life.

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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Megan Mullally, Fred Armisen, Stephen Merchant and More

To celebrate the joyous holiday of St. Paddy's Day, Conan gathered its favorite funny people and served 'em all up a delicious cold green- [spit take]. No one really seems sure what it is, but I like to imagine that it's that stuff Dumbledore has to drink to get to the Horcrux in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Riggle, Posehn, and Nanjiani Catapult To Hell and Back Beyond Great and Into Awesome

Only January and already there's a lock on R-Rated Stop-Motion Animated Comedy of the Year. To Hell and Back, starring TJ Miller and Nick Swardson, just added Rob Riggle, Brian Posehn, and Kumail Nanjiani to its cast, and their roles sound pretty perfect:

Riggle will voice a 20-year-old who is finally growing up. Posehn will play an aging heavy metal fan trapped in the 80s (naturally). And Nanjiani will play “Sal the Demon, an employee in hell.”

Thought experiment: if every viewing of this heavenly movie required you to spend one year in hell, how many times would you see it? More or less than five?

Saturday Night's Children: Rob Riggle (2004-2005)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 35 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Some SNL cast members don't find widespread success until after they leave the show, and that's the case for Rob Riggle, who was a featured player from 2004-2005 and left without much of a lasting impact in terms of characters, sketches, or impressions. SNL never figured out what to do with this tall, vaguely menacing, but ultimately hilarious Superman/soldier hybrid who's also a pilot [...]

Alec Baldwin Is Joining Adam McKay's Ferrell/Wahlberg Football Comedy

Looks like Alec Baldwin is joining what was formally known as The Turkey Bowl and is currently known as Three Mississippi as "Wahlberg’s father, a Kennedys-obsessed dive bar owner who pushes his family into an annual Thanksgiving football game with Ferrell’s clan across town, which they always lose." Also on board: Rob Riggle as Wahlberg's gay cousin and, apparently, Jeremy Renner. I am looking forward to all those boston accents!

Watch a 10-Year-Old Video About the UCB Theatre and See Zach Woods Look Like He's 13

When I spoke to Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, there was a lot of discussion of their old UCB days. Here is a clip from an old news story from those days and it's a really fun watch. The highlight has to be the interview with Zach Woods talking about how UCB is such a refuge from high school (HIGH SCHOOL!!!): "I'm not a huge fan of high school but I'm a huge fan of this," from the mouths of babes, literally. There is also a lot of Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz in jean shorts, a crew-cut-possessing Rob Riggle, and Paul Scheer referencing a Palm Pilot. Hop [...]

The New 21 Jump Street Trailer Is the Longest Trailer Ever

Four minutes and 43 seconds has got to be brushing up against some records for longest movie trailer ever. But while not all comedies might be able to pull it off, this trailer makes 21 Jump Street look worthwhile even after watching five minutes of its best jokes. It's got all the Rob Riggle touching Jonah Hill's tongue of the original trailer, plus more angry Ice Cube, frustrated school principal Jake Johnson (who could easily be playing his New Girl character who's quit bartending), and Channing Tatum telling science to fuck itself while standing in front of a white board full of the number 4. In other words, [...]

There's Officially Nothing Rob Riggle Can't Do

Come ON, Rob Riggle. So you're a Marine and a former SNL cast member and Daily Show correspondent, and you also can just bend metal at will like you're Magneto or something? That's the story? Pffff. Whatever, Riggle. We've seen this all before. Let me guess, you're also a classically-trained chef? You've competed in the US Open in Men's Singles tennis? You speak fluent Japanese? You go to dinner with Madonna? You got a 2400 on your SATs? You designed a line of combat fatigues that Anna Wintour loved? You were Google's first outside investor? You never sunburn? Stop bragging, Riggle. We don't care.

Rob Riggle Gets HBO Development Deal, Stars In Lifestyle Lemonaid

As part of the excellent Rob Riggle's HBO development deal, he'll star in the upcoming comedy Lifestyle Lemonaid, a show based on a blog of the same name written by Nikki Joel, wife of WME talent agent Brandt Joel. In addition to blogging about fashion and "lifecasting," Joel uses Lifestyle to reveal the painfully intimate details of her husband's life, from his interest in a vasectomy to their "pull and pray" birth control method to his humiliating Christmas gift of adult-size footie pajamas. So, just the kind of thing to send a burly ex-Marine into an enraged fury.

Rob Riggle Talks About Improv, the Internet and His Upcoming Projects

Rob Riggle is a busy guy. The onetime Daily Show correspondent and SNL castmember has already built up a seriously impressive comedic resume, appearing in movies such as The Hangover, The Other Guys and Stepbrothers and shows such as 30 Rock, Arrested Development and The Office. And he's showing no signs of slowing down; he stars in a new CBS pilot produced by Mark Wahlberg, has a part in both Tom Hanks' upcoming Larry Crowne and Matt Walsh's High Road, and appears as the President of the Navy in Paul Scheer's upcoming NTSF:SD:SUV. I talked to him about everything he's got going on, how he stays in touch with [...]

Rob Riggle and His Athletic Build to Host the ESPYs

The ESPYs, which as I understand it are like the Teen Choice Awards of the sporting world, have a host for the 2012 edition: Rob Riggle. The Daily Show/SNL/UCB/Marines vet will take the stage for the live broadcast on June 11th. Former hosts Seth Meyers, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong, and Justin Timberlake will also be making appearances, presumably alongside awkward professional athletes attempting to be funny. Should be fun!

New Trailer Suggests That High Road May Be the Best Improvised Comedy of the Year

Here's the latest trailer for Matt Walsh's improvised UCB movie High Road, featuring Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Kyle Gass, Abby Elliott, Lizzy Caplan and Zach Woods. It looks quite a bit more put-together this time around, with a plot and everything:

Glenn “Fitz” Fitzgerald (James F. Pumphrey) is a young man whose loyalties are split among his band, his girlfriend Monica (Abby Elliott) and selling weed. After his band breaks up, Fitz finds himself dealing pot out of his garage and bonding with 16-year-old neighborhood kid Jimmy (Dylan O’Brien). As his former band mates (Zach Woods, Matt L. Jones, Lizzy Caplan) begin finding success and [...]

The Red-Band Trailer For 21 Jump Street Looks Pretty Great

Let's go ahead and declare this afternoon a high school comedy trailer double feature! Act One was Project X; Act Two is 21 Jump Street. The latter stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ellie Kemper, which we knew about, but there's also Nick Offerman and Rob Riggle. And Ice Cube, and Dave Franco. And a party! Duh, because parties are an essential staple of the high school comedy. As are drugs and pooping oneself. And those aren't even the best part of the trailer. (The best part of the trailer is when Ice Cube says "Twittersphere.")

Rob Riggle Talks About His Early Days with UCB, His "Oprah Story"

Serial Optimist has an excellent interview with Rob Riggle today, in which he talks about his early career and how he transitioned from being a US Marine to one of the most in-demand comedic actors around. In particular, I love this anecdote:

I wrote down in this book, and to me at the time, quitting flight school was so hard for me, again I’d never quit anything in my life, it wasn’t sitting well with me to quit, so if I’m going to quit, it has to count. The first thing I wrote down in this book was that I’m going to get on Saturday Night Live. I [...]