Day: April 9, 2010

UCB fave Chris Gethard takes the lead in Comedy Central series with Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell

If you see a comedy nerd acting extra weird today, it's because they're slowly figuring out the news that Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre fixture Chris Gethard reported for work today as the new lead of the untitled Gary Sanchez Productions Comedy Central series that also features Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell. Yes. That's correct. When Gethard said on Twitter that he had to get up this morning for work, he meant this. The sitcom that Comedy Central greenlit for 10 episodes, with an option for 90 more, was supposed to begin production March 31 with Jon Heder in the lead role, until Heder dropped out last week. We can speculate all we want on why Heder dropped out. I have my theory. Anyhow. With the sets ready to go in New York City, producers quickly looked to fill the lead role and auditioned several comedians over the past week. Gethard, as a UCB fave and ASSSSCAT regular, obviously already has chemistry with UCB original Sanz. Gethard also has generated buzz in his ESPN basketball commercials, his Christmas morning appeal to Sean "Diddy" Combs, and making an Ohio comedy nerd's dream come true. Welcome to karma. In his biggest break yet, Gethard will play a young man who loses his job and has to move back in with his parents. Sanz plays one of his friends, an ex-con, while Parnell...

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“We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Jimmy Fallon’s 6-bee crew sings off against cast of “Parks and Recreation”

Jimmy Fallon and his NBC crew teased that this would be worth watching, and it totally was, for a variety of reasons in addition to the one you're thinking of. For one thing, this is a nine-minute filmed musical production on a late-night talk show, that flew in almost all of the cast of NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (only missing Aziz Ansari and Paul Schneider?), with additional appearances by SNL's Abby Elliott and Fred Armisen on an active SNL week, plus The Roots, and several writers and staffers of Fallon's, including head writer A.D. Miles. That was more than one thing. Quite an all-star mash-up. Million miles better than the We Are The World remake-that-wasn't. This certainly explains why Nick Offerman was performing stand-up at various city shows this week. Offerman's Ron Swanson is in it, plus Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Jim O'Heir and Retta. Just another reason why Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is finding its own place in the late-night TV landscape quite nicely in year two. OK. Enough from me. Roll the...

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