Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy 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 Jake Fogelnest, who has written for Funny or Die, Billy on the Street, Hulu's Difficult People, and Netflix's upcoming and warmly anticipated Wet Hot American Summer prequel series. On top of all that, Fogelnest also has a new Ben Stiller-produced show in the works at IFC tentatively titled [...]
The team of Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant are a match made in comedy entertainment heaven. As members of the comedy troupe and MTV television show The State, these two created (along with Kerri Kenney-Silver) and starred in the ever popular, Reno 911! After six seasons and the Reno 911!: Miami film, the duo has written blockbuster films, a book about writing said blockbuster films and yet still finds time to appear on television and in film.
Five years after the show concluded, the complete series is now available on DVD. I spoke to the pair about the series' character and sketch inspirations and shared experiences with police [...]
Screenwriting team Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant are currently in final negotiations to pull off what seems like an impossible cinematic feat. THR reports that the duo are attached to write a movie adaptation of the hit 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book series, with We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber already signed on to direct. While it's way too early to know how Lennon and Garant plan to adapt well over 200 books that cut across multiple time periods and genres, if there's anyone who can successfully write a Choose Your Own Adventure movie it's the Night at the Museum guys.
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Robert Ben Garant will be joined by his partner in crime, fellow The State/Reno 911! alum Thomas Lennon, as his co-director for a comedy remake of the cheesy 90s lifeguard soap Baywatch. This is the silliest project Lennon and Garant have ever worked on, and keep in mind that Lennon wrote “Porcupine Racetrack” and the duo was previously developing a “leprechaun action comedy.”