Celebrated actor Will Ferrell ("star of Expendables 2, The Day of the Dolphin, and Harlem Nights") has just released this video endorsing LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti. Now, I don't live in LA, so I don't know a ton about this race. But between this endorsement and his name sounding very similar to The Wire's Baltimore mayor Tommy Carcetti, he's got my vote. My theoretical vote because, again, I don't live in LA and it would be quite illegal for me to vote in this race.
Last night, Colbert dove deep on the growing civil war between establishment Republicans and their brash Tea Party cousins. He focused on "unlanced boil" Karl Rove's new SuperPAC, which is aimed at taking down more extreme right wingers in primaries before they get the chance to talk into microphones and let large groups of people know what they actually believe. Whose side does he take? He's just got to listen to his heart…er, gall bladder.
Love is in the air at this week's Dog and Pony Show – awkward, awkward love. That's because, in honor of Valentine's Day, host Halle Kiefer will share her on-stage duties with her ex, Dan Chamberlain. There's no way it can go wrong!
In addition to this soulful reunion, we'll have standup sets by Amber Nelson, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Rob Stern, and Naomi Ekperigin. That's so much goodness! It's all going down tomorrow night, February 8th, at 7:30pm at UCB East for only $10. Make a reservation here or just come on by after work. See you then!
Cuckoo, the BBC Three sitcom in which Andy Samberg plays an American hippie slacker who's the nightmare of his father-in-law, was the most popular new show on the network last year when it premiered. So it's not a huge surprise that it looks like it'll be returning for a second series later this year. It's not clear whether or not Samberg will return, but with British sitcoms generally having six-episode seasons, compared to 22 for their American counterparts, it would certainly be a much smaller commitment than playing a regular role on, say, Parks and Rec.
This Friday night is Splitsider and Tumblr's monthly Dog and Pony Show, and the lineup is pretty stellar: Mike Drucker, Phoebe Robinson, Adam Newman and Aaron Glaser will all grace the UCB East stage, joined as always by host Halle Kiefer.
It all goes down this Friday night at UCB East, which is located at 3rd St. and Ave. A in New York City. Tickets are just $10, and you can make reservations right here.
Here's the new red-band trailer for The Heat, the Paul Feig-directed action comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as a pair of mismatched partners taking on a criminal organization of some sort (I assume — the bad guys aren't all that well defined in the trailers). It's all pretty standard buddy cop stuff, but the casting in this looks inspired and like it'll elevate it above standard genre expectations. Look for it, wonderfully foul-mouthed McCarthy and all, in theaters on April 5th.
Vanity Fair just posted a behind-the-scenes video of a photo shoot featuring Judd Apatow and Steve Martin in which the two recount the story of their first meeting, many years ago. Judd was a young comedy nerd obsessed with Martin, and he actually went to the star's house to ask for an autograph. Steve refused, and Judd sent him a pretty obnoxious-sounding letter, to which Martin replied with his latest book featuring a pretty perfect quip on the inside cover that's only become more perfect with time.
David Faustino, who you are probably most familiar with as young Bud Bundy from Married with Children, has signed on to a guest spot on Modern Family. This is fun, as his former TV father, Ed O'Neil, is on that show! In theory, I would really love to see him appear as a smartass underachiever who constantly gets on Jay's nerves, all while Jay complains about not wanting to have sex with Gloria and Manny behaves like a promiscuous airhead. Alas, the two won't even share any scenes together: Faustino will be playing Claire's "highly successful classmate" at her college reunion. But at least we can imagine Al and Bud bickering over the cold cut tray at craft services. That's something.
Bill Murray has made a lot of really great movies in the past decade, but none of them are comedies in the traditional sense — at least not like his early work in movies like Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. In the new GQ profile on Murray, he ponders this:
"It's really a question I have. I think there's something that I can bring to a comedy today, but I don't know where to bring it," he says. "I've actually thought about having a manager again. Just to clear my head and have a plan." He pauses, as if working it out in his mind. "Eh, it's not that attractive to have a plan. I know that if I ever feel that I need to make a funny movie, I'll figure out how to write one. I'll get it done. If I ever get some ambition, I'm gonna get some shit done."
He does a mock-offended eye roll/blink. "What? It could happen."
It's true that it's tough to picture Murray in one of today's big-budget mainstream comedies like The Hangover or Bridesmaids, and he seems to have really found his sweet spot in non-comedies that happen to be funny. But boy, what would you give to see Bill Murray star in a straight-up comedy that he wrote himself? Bill, make it happen. If you feel like it, that is. Otherwise, just keep doin' what you're doin'. I think it's safe to say that people are on board either way.
This month at Splitsider and Tumblr's Dog and Pony Show, we've got one killer lineup. Check this out: for $5, John Mulaney, Annie Lederman, Dan St. Germain and Jaime Lee will all be performing, plus the always wonderful Halle Kiefer is pulling hosting duties. $5! If you're in NYC next Tuesday the 18th, you should come, laugh, and hang out with us. What do you have to do that's better than this?
The details: Tuesday, December 18th at 8pm at UCB East (E 3rd St and Ave A). $5. Make your reservations here, and we'll see you on Tuesday.
If you're reading this website, you probably don't need me to say much to convince you to go read Vanity Fair's amazing oral history of Freaks and Geeks. They even reunited the entire cast for a class photo! Seriously, set aside some time to read this one. It's worth it.
Tonight is the NTSF: SD: SUV:: Christmas special, in which our heroes are hunted by a homicidal Santa Claus. Perfect for the kids! As executive producer Curtis Gwinn, who also directed this episode, told me, "it's sort of a Paranormal Activity meets Tim Allen's The Santa Clause. You know, classic Christmas stuff." If that alone isn't enough to sell you, check out the exclusive clip above. The whole thing airs tonight at 12:15am on Adult Swim.
The move to crowd-funding was spectacularly successful. Brainpool raised its €1 million target in a single week as more than 3,000 fans invested up to €1,000 each in exchange for a small equity stake a share in the film's future profits. The move created a major buzz around the project and helped convince state funding boards to get behind it.
It seems unlikely that the US version will ever be turned into a movie. For one thing, the German version had 46 episodes. Ours? Comin' up on 185. Not exactly leaving people wanting more, for better or worse.
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