I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.

The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.

Todd Phillips Producing New John Belushi Biopic

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John Belushi has already been brought back to life on the big screen thanks to the film adaptation of Bob Woodward’s controversial Belushi biography Wired, but apparently one Belushi biopic isn’t enough. Steven Conrad (writer of The Pursuit of Happyness) and Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) are teaming to develop a new biopic about the late comedian. Read More »

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Someone at the Vatican is taking the Blues Brothers line “we’re on a mission from God” a little too seriously. Over the years, Catholic authorities at the Vatican have endorsed a number of films as being recommended viewing for good Catholics. It’s mostly the expected stuff: The Passion of the Christ, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Ten Commandments.

Now The Blues Brothers has been added to the list. Must’ve been Aretha Franklin’s line about two guys looking like ‘Hasidic diamond merchants’ that put the film over the top. Read More »

Let’s make this movie a hit. Master of boiling, paralyzed rage and sorrow, comedian Zach Galifianakis, stars as the lead character, George Washington Winsterhammerman, in the true-blue indie, Visioneers, from first time director Jared Drake and writer Brandon Drake.

At this point, I’m supposed to shield the trailer from the words “quirky indie blah blah” and reassure you that even though the film dissects mundane office life in America (…yet again) it can still be a winner and spew originality like lava on a Tiki-themed putt-putt course. But I’m not. Because seeing Galifianakis reinvent the middle finger, rock a Founding Father wig/regalia, destroy paper towels during a perfunctory existential meltdown, and conjure John Belushi’s heady energy circa “Donuts of Champions” in a trailer to a feature film makes me very freaking happy.

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Visioneers just played CineVegas and the buzz is thick. Click here for further info, and here for info on the film’s fictitious Jeffers Corp.

Discuss: Anyone lucky enough to have seen this at CineVegas or the SIFF? Here’s a “Between Two Ferns” clip with Galifianakis vs Michael Cera.