Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by Angie Han
Derrick Comedy may not be a household name quite yet, but it’s likely you’ve stumbled across some of their work before. (At the very least, you’re probably aware of its most famous member, Donald Glover.) The comedy group met as students at NYU, and quickly gained a following for their Internet videos, including “Bro Rape” and “Blowjob Girl,” featuring a pre-Office Ellie Kemper.
Derrick Comedy then made a leap to the big screen in 2009 with Mystery Team, an underrated indie comedy about three naive high school detectives who get in over their heads. Now the film’s director, Dan Eckman, has lined up a couple of new projects that’ll reunite him with some of his Derrick Comedy teammates. Read more after the jump.
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Besides the great actors and breakneck comedy pace, one of the things we all love about NBC’s Community is its ability to work in an almost never ending barrage of pop culture references. They’ve had full episodes based on things like Dungeons & Dragons and other episodes that are basically a hodgepodge of a single genre, like the zombie episode. Then there are sight gags like Abed seeing from The Terminator or everyone dressing up like a Pulp Fiction character. The list goes on and on. But, in a recent interview with Community star Donald Glover, he says that one of the themes he doesn’t think will happen is one of his (and our) favorite movies: Back to the Future. Read what he had to say after the jump. Read More »
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Last year Maggie Carey‘s film The Hand Job was announced, in which Aubrey Plaza would play a high school graduate who decides she needs a lot more sexual experience before college, and proceeds to work her way through a checklist of, er, action items. Yesterday many more cast members were announced and today we have even more, and roles for many of them.
Connie Britton will play the main character’s “liberal, free-spirited mother,” Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat are two of her best friends; and Scott Porter will play a guy in a band that Plaza has a crush on.
Dominic Dierkes and D.C. Pierson (along with their Derrick Comedy co-member Don Glover) will play lifeguards; Bill Hader will be their stoned boss at the pool. Johnny Simmons is Plaza’s classmate and co-worker, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is his sci-fi nerd best friend. There will be a few more roles cast yet, but this is a great cast so far. And after Easy A I very much welcome more efforts to turn the typical male coming of age sex comedy into a story outline that girls can get lost in, too. [Variety]
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