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'Modern Family's Ty Burrell Replaces Christoph Waltz in the 'Muppets' Sequel

Last month, Inglorious Basterds' most charismatic Nazi, Christoph Waltz, was in talks to play the villain in the new Muppets movie, but those negotiations have broken down. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says that goofy Modern Family dad Ty Burrell will be taking over the role, that of an evil Interpol agent. Burrell is currently the only human star attached to the movie, but plenty of supporting roles and cameos have yet to be cast. James Bobin and Nick Stoller, who worked on the previous Muppets film, are returning to write the sequel, with Bobin directing this one too. This probably isn't the first time Ty Burrell and [...]

Paul F. Tompkins Has a Fancy Drink with Ty Burrell

Paul F. Tompkins has a new Internet webseries, in which he talks to famous fellows about drinking and being famous fellow. It’s a perfect show for PFT since he is funny and charming and dresses like the manager of one of those modern speakeasy bars. His first guest is Ty Burrell, who tells a story about his first time drinking and how he spent the entire time talking literally about what being drunk felt like (which is the converse of the also common first drinking response of incessantly repeating the phrase, "I'm not drunk.").  It's the perfect way to continue celebrating Cougar Town's possible TBS move. A [...]

Josh Gad To Guest Bumble On Modern Family

Every sitcom needs a nutty neighbor (it's basically the eleventh commandment), so Josh Gad's Modern Family guest spot is in complete accordance with the Lord's degree. According to EW, the Book of Mormon star will be featured this fall as a neighbor of the Dunphy clan who has "made all decisions in his life based on what Phil would do," suggesting that his house is filled with an insane number of dangerously unsecured bookcases. Maybe the episode will have him stopping their house by for a cup of Claire's overbearing screams?

Contract Negotiations Might Delay 'Modern Family's' Production Schedule

With table read set for tomorrow, it seems uncertain whether Modern Family's six Emmy-nominated leads will show up. Simply, the gang wants more money. Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara are negotiating together, ­Friends-style, to get their $65,000 an episode up to about $200,000, plus some backend dollars. Ed O'Neill is going at it alone because he was already at $100,000. $200,000 sounds like a lot – putting the actors at about $4,800,000 a season – and it is, but you have to consider a hugely popular series like Modern Family, especially once it goes into syndication, is worth easily well into the [...]

Sundance Premieres Will Feature Celeste and Jesse, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan & More

The Sundance 2012 premieres have been announced, and like this year's film selections they include lots of comedyfolk! We've got Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones in the long-awaited Celeste and Jesse Forever (with more photos here), Chris Rock in 2 Days in New York, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, and Adam Scott in Bachelorette (Party Down reunion alert!), and Josh Radnor in Liberal Arts. And Justin Long and Ty Burrell and Parker Posey, oh my. Full synopses below.

Ty Burrell on Crafting Modern Family's Sweet Dum-Dum Phil

Modern Family's Ty Burrell might make being a sweet dope look as easy as rolling down a hill, but like all cheery TV boobs before him, Phil's obtuseness is the result of Burrell's painstaking attention to The Craft. “He has a level of obliviousness that is, to me, more akin to a dog personality,” the actor explains. “He’s so excited in general.” Having a writing staff and director cued into the cast's needs makes the creation of a character that much easier. As Burrell explains, "One of the very important things is keeping things on set really light all day long, and a good director will consciously [...]

Chelsea Handler, David Letterman, Jon Stewart Among TV's Most Overpaid, Kind Of

The LA Times looked at the salaries of 24 people on television and compared it to how popular their shows were. The result was a list of who was overpaid and underpaid. Here are the comedians on the list (and Snooki):

#1 Chelsea Hander: Salary: $12 million | Ratings: 0.718 million | Pay per viewer: $16.70 #3 David Letterman: Salary: $31 million | Ratings: 3.2 million | Pay per viewer: $9.69 #4 Jon Stewart: Salary: $14 million | Ratings: 1.7 million | Pay per viewer: $8.24 #6 Craig Ferguson: Salary: $8.5 million | Ratings: 1.5 million | Pay per viewer: $5.67 #11: Stephen Colbert: Salary: $4.5 million | Ratings: 1.2 million | Pay per viewer: $3.75 #12 [...]

More Comedians Are Lending Their Hilarious Faces And Voices To Commercials

More and more, advertisers are looking to comedians to sell their products, says the New York Times. (I knew Melissa McCarthy becoming the face of Ivory soap was important for some reason!) Apparently, it's economy-related: people like to laugh during tough times. Go figure. Fred Allen and Jack Benny did radio commercials during the Depression; Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres do TV commercials now.

Beyond the economic factor, comedians give off an image of lightheartedness and humanity, which is valuable for heavy-hearted, faceless, evil corporations. In the words of Charles Torrey, vice president for marketing for the Minute Maid trademark (oh, right, him), “humor is a way [...]

Let Ty Burrell Explain to You What a Hexagon Is

Ty Burrell has quickly become on of my favorite comedic actors out there, and this great clip from his appearance on Sesame Street only makes my love for him grow stronger.