Judd Apatow‘s next film, Trainwreck, has just filled out its cast. Apatow will direct a script written by and starring Amy Schumer. Now almost a dozen new actors have joined a cast which already included Bill Hader, Brie Larson and Colin Quinn. They are recent Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, comedian and director Mike Birbiglia, Girls neighbor Jon Glaser, SNL MVP Vanessa Bayer, WWE superstar John Cena, Perks of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller and last, but definitely not least, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton. The film is scheduled for release July 24, 2015. Read More »
The Dana Carvey Show is now on Hulu. What’s the big deal? Well, when the sketch comedy show premiered on ABC in the mid ’90s—following a family-safe block of programming—millions were in awe at the stuff it got away with. It was too good to be true, giving SNL an irreverent elbow. When Carvey spoofed President Bill Clinton by whipping out countless flabby breasts to proudly nurse babies and puppies, it was the beginning of the end. Ratings were steady but still used as a scapegoat, and it was axed after eight episodes. Parents and middle school teachers exhaled in unison.
Knowing that Robert Smigel‘s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” debuted right after Jonathan Taylor Thomas’s stupid girl troubles on Home Improvement remains incredibly surreal and relevant in the current climate.
After the jump is a screen-shot that captures the show’s insane roster of writers: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman for starters…
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UPDATE: The pilot episode of Delocated can now be streamed online. Check it out.
So, I just finished viewing the first two episodes of Delocated, the new live-action series on [adult swim] about a family in the witness protection program that “delocates” to NYC to star in a reality show. The series’ creator and and star is funnyman Jon Glaser, best known for his work as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and a compadre of Human Giant. To describe what I just watched in one word: (f)uncomfortable. In 29: After I stopped laughing at the “Bar Mitzvah” episode, a strange darkness overcame me when I wondered what would happen if Delocated suddenly appeared in the Cleavers’s living room.
As gleefully expressed in the above image, the show’s family of “Does” is required to wear ski masks in public at all times, but also in private due to constant filming. Even more bizarrely, the family’s voices are surgically disguised with “harmonizers.” This adds a “crime show confession” paranoia to their casual back-forths, bouts of flirting, arguments and more formal elocution (re: the son’s ska-themed bar mitzvah). My favorite aspect so far is that each family member—the dad, the mom and son—address each other and everyone they encounter under an alias. As the opportunistic father, Glaser goes by “Jon.” We aren’t given their real names or a surname, and the warped detachment allowed these masked characters—if it holds—will only intensify and irk viewers as the show progresses.
Paul Rudd (and his filmography) makes a cameo in the pilot episode and comedian Eugene Mirman stars in the series as a Russian hitman out for revenge and—evidently not “or”—a career in stand-up. Clearly, Delocated is the next step for [adult swim] in the direction of live-action in addition to being a splattery platform for the ongoing sonic comedy boom in our pop culture; Many diehard messageboarders have and will continue to angrily attest that the programming on [as] is moving away from its roots in subversive animation and anime to secure a higher and more lucrative profile. You may or may not know that actor John C. Reilly is on deck for a live-action spin-off for his Dr. Steve Brule character from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chances are if his show was on NBC you would.
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