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Public Access Producer Smith Took Over 'The Chris Gethard Show' This Week

Last month, an incident occurred on The Chris Gethard Show with a public access producer known only as Smith (played by comedian Brett Davis) who interrupted the show with complaints about TCGS and some personal digs at Gethard. For this week's show, Gethard's time slot on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network was overtaken by Smith for the debut episode of his own stuffy conspiracy show Truth or Myth with Smith, and the result is a hilarious hourlong look into Smith's twisted mind. I'm not sure which part is my favorite — the intense panel debate about 9/11, an overabundance of references to zinc, Smith singing "Brown Eyed Girl" with [...]

'The Chris Gethard Show' Returned to Public Access Last Night

A little over a month ago, Chris Gethard took a break from hosting his weekly public access show The Chris Gethard Show and announced that its fate would be decided on September 24th. Thankfully for TCGS fans, the show returned to the Manhattan Neighborhood Network last night, and Gethard wrote an update on his blog explaining why he decided to continue with it and what his plans are going forward:

The show is going to be different. It’s going to be rocky. We’re going to rebuild it from this perspective – when we started at UCB, I was a twenty-nine year old kid who slept in a human [...]

The Only Public Screening of the 'Chris Gethard Show' Pilot Will Be for the Winners of a 'Game of Thrones'-Style Tournament

In January, comedian Chris Gethard shot a pilot of his public access series The Chris Gethard Show for Comedy Central. The network recently passed on the show, but Gethard announced today there will be a one-time only public screening of the pilot, with a catch: you have to win an intense Game of Thrones-themed competition to be able to see it.

For the UCB Theatre's annual Del Close Marathon this coming weekend, The Chris Gethard Show is doing a Game of Thrones-style show with audience members forming teams and competing in a series of trials. Gethard writes:

"When only one team is left standing, they will [...]

Comedy Central Passes on 'The Chris Gethard Show'

Comedian Chris Gethard announced on Tumblr today that Comedy Central has decided not to order his pilot for The Chris Gethard Show to series. "Apparently at the end of the day, their marketing department thought we were too weird," Gethard writes. "We knew we were too weird. It happens."

Gethard taped the pilot, a continuation of his public access show of the same name, in New York City in January. The pilot was produced by Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay and featured Michael Cera as a guest. "I want to be very clear on something," Gethard wrote on Tumblr. "It would completely break my heart [...]

A Look Inside Last Night's 'The Chris Gethard Show' Pilot Taping

Wearing a white t-shirt with the words MAKE IT OR BREAK IT scribbled on the front in black ink, Chris Gethard stepped in front of the cameras last night to tape the Comedy Central pilot of The Chris Gethard Show. Longtime fans of Gethard's public access show traveled from Ohio, California, Hawaii, Canada, and Brazil just to be part of the inaugural episode, and Michael Cera had the distinct honor of being Gethard's first guest. Though we can't give away too many details on the content of the pilot, here's a peek at what the taping was like and why TCGS would make Comedy Central's best new underdog.

Chris Gethard Explains the Making of Wednesday Night's 'TCGS' Brawl

Yesterday Chris Gethard posted a bizarre clip from this week's TCGS showing what appeared to be a brawl with an angry public access producer named Smith, which turned out to be an elaborate stunt he planned with comedian Brett Davis. Gethard explained the behind-the-scenes process of the segment in a new post on his blog, where he breaks down the origins of the idea, who knew about it beforehand, and the resulting backlash by some TCGS fans who felt duped. "What you saw on last night's show is what happens when one of the most committed comedians I've ever seen plays it as real as possible," Gethard [...]

The Fate of 'The Chris Gethard Show' Will Be Revealed on September 24th

Last month, Chris Gethard wrote a manifesto on The Chris Gethard Show Tumblr page called "EVOLVE OR DIE: This Summer We Burn Down The Chris Gethard Show," and today he's written a followup post that assigns a specific date to the fate of his public access show. In the post, Gethard announced that the call in topic for this Wednesday's show is "Should we keep doing this show?" Gethard will tally up callers' responses then ultimately decide whether to cancel or continue the show when he returns for the next TCGS episode on September 24th:

I'm going to take all these thoughts and opinions and my feelings [...]

Hannibal Buress Has Phone Sex with a British Lady on 'Chris Gethard Show's Phone Sex Episode

Comedian Chris Gethard's self-titled public access/web show The Chris Gethard Show had an all-phone sex episode this week, with viewers calling in to have phone sex with Gethard and his panel in a violation of the show's public access station MNN's rules. Jump to the 32-minute mark to see guest Hannibal Buress have some unsatisfying phone sex with a weird British lady.

Talking to Chris Gethard About His New Album, His Comedy Central Pilot, and More

Chris Gethard has an exciting few months coming up. His debut standup album, entitled My Comedy Album, comes out today, his Comedy Central half-hour special is airing this summer, and he'll soon hear back on whether Comedy Central will be ordering his pilot of The Chris Gethard Show to series or not. He also recently returned to doing weekly episodes of the public access version of The Chris Gethard Show, which will soon be ending whether the Comedy Central version gets picked up or not.

I had the chance to talk with Gethard a few weeks ago about how focus groups reacted to The Chris Gethard Show's Comedy [...]

Chris Gethard Gives a Video Update on His Comedy Central Pilot

It's been over a month since comedian Chris Gethard put his public access program, The Chris Gethard Show, on hold to focus on making a pilot version of the show for Comedy Central, but here he is with a video update on the pilot process and his life about a week ahead of the taping. Gethard reveals that the pilot will not air, his friends Tami Sagher and Tom Scharpling will be present at the taping to give him feedback, and the pilot will have a big special mystery guest who is yet to be announced. There's also a stool update from Gethard in there.

A Rival Public Access Producer Almost Started a Brawl on 'The Chris Gethard Show'

Last night's Chris Gethard Show started out with an innocent concept: Bring 200 kazoos to the Manhattan Neighborhood Network studio and see what happens. Things took an unexpected turn when Gethard called out an MNN producer (he called himself only "Smith") who was brooding nearby during the taping, which ultimately turned into an ugly confrontation over why Smith, and allegedly other MNN members, can't stand TCGS: "You're using a public platform to further your own narcissism." It gets more and more awkward with each dig Smith makes at TCGS — which he calls "an ad for unemployment" and "the Party City show" — but the whole thing devolves into [...]

Chris Gethard: "This Show Has to Grow Or It Has to Go"

Back in May, Comedy Central passed on Chris Gethard's pilot for a cable version of his public access show The Chris Gethard Show, and now that it looks like TCGS landing on another network is unlikely, Gethard wrote a passionate manifesto on his blog today called "EVOLVE OR DIE: This Summer We Burn Down The Chris Gethard Show." Here's a bit of it:

It is time for us to burn [The Chris Gethard Show] down. It’s time for us to set a forest fire to this show, that might be the end of it but might just be the thing that allows new growth to happen. In short, the motto for the rest [...]

Chris Gethard Wrote a Brave, Insightful Piece About the UCSB Tragedy

"There was no they. No one was ever out to get me. They never held me back, only held me back. And eventually I realized that. And I found a lot more friends. And they were friends I felt more comfortable around. And all the things I thought I wanted when I was an angry young man – I either got them all or realized along the way that I never really wanted them. All the things I was angry about… as I’ve lived my life, I’ve come to realize that the world wasn’t making me feel that anger. I was making me feel that anger. The world couldn’t do anything to right its wrongs; only I [...]

'The Chris Gethard Show' Will Return to Public Access in April

Chris Gethard announced today that his self-titled TV show, which was recently made into a pilot for Comedy Central, will return to public access with regular weekly episodes on April 2nd. Gethard and company are due to turn in the final cut of The Chris Gethard Show pilot to Comedy Central sometime in March and will continue to do live public access shows on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (and streaming online) while they await news on whether Comedy Central is picking up the show or not.

"We don’t want to sit and rest on our laurels – we want to be back in the swing of things," [...]