Month: June 2012

Watch UCB actor Jeffrey Marx on ABC’s “The Glass House”

While improvisers from around the country (and even some international actors) converge on New York City this weekend for the annual Del Close Marathon, some of the Upright Citizens Brigade star pupils inevitably cannot make it because they’re in the middle of production of a TV or film project. This summer, the UCB’s Jeffrey Marx is living in a glass house. Make it The Glass House, the new reality competition program on ABC (that CBS failed to stop, claiming it was ripping off its own Big Brother show). It airs on Monday nights and offers live streaming online for...

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Tig Notaro: Calling all clowns!

Have you ever felt so depressed that you called a professional clown company to send a clown over to your home to cheer you up? Comedian Tig Notaro has. And Notaro has used that experience to write a short film that she’d like to produce called Clown Service. She has recruited Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection) to direct it, and other comedians such as Kyle Dunnigan to act in it. But she needs $10,000 to make her movie. This being 2012, Notaro has turned to Kickstarter. Notaro’s Kickstarter project has attracted 34 backers, as of this writing, investing $1,488 toward...

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Eagleheart’s Maria Thayer survives “Pilot Season”

Maria Thayer co-stars in Chris Elliott’s ridiculously over-the-top cop show parody Eagleheart, which airs its second-season finale tonight on Adult Swim. It should return for a third season. But what if it doesn’t?!? That’d mean Thayer would have to start auditioning again for new roles. She has plenty of experience doing that, and you’ll say to what lengths she’ll put up with casting auditions in the webseries, “Pilot Season.” Directed by Andy Blitz (a consulting producer on Eagleheart and former writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien) and hosted on Funny or Die. The first episode showed Thayer in...

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A topical webseries: “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps”

Big day in U.S. politics, eh? The U.S. Supreme Court upheld much of President Barack Obama’s law expanding health-care accessibility with a 5-4 ruling today. Even so, the presumptive GOP presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, immediately made a speech upholding his demands to repeal the law if he’s elected. Despite the fact that “Obamacare” is modeled on “Romneycare.” Anyhow. This is all to say, it’s a timely time for a topical webseries to launch. Which is what UCB Comedy has done this week with “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps.” Its logline: “Mitt Romney needs to choose a running mate. Beth Myers is...

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Comedy Central greenlights three for 2013 series: Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, Ben Hoffman

Comedy Central is adding to its 2013 slate of series with three new orders, as Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer and Ben Hoffman all will be leading their own shows next year. “These three shows have one thing in common, and I dare viewers to watch every single episode to find out what it is,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s head of original programming and production. Well, for one thing, all three performers already had a current or recently pre-existing relationship with the network. Anthony Jeselnik, whose untitled weekly topical series should prove to be as dark and oftentimes offensive...

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