Day: March 20, 2014

Matt Walsh raises money for “A Better You,” talks about the funny freedom of improvised movies

Everything is connected by pizza. Or karma. Mostly karma. No matter what you believe in the nature of coincidences, karma and pizza, believe this: Matt Walsh brought his new improvised comedy film, A Better You, to Indiegogo and not Kickstarter or anywhere else for help crowd-sourcing his post-production finances because his role in another independent film (David Cross’s directorial debut, Hits) had brought him to Sundance where a chance meeting led him here. It’s an organic sequence of events. Like improv, finding the unusual thing and running with it. “I hid my shame, and I’m trying to have fun with it,” Walsh...

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IFC goes big on “American” in 2015, ordering new series from Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader; another starring Rob Huebel

IFC is hosting its annual Upfront event and party tonight in New York City, but announced at high noon today two new series, a new award program, two series renewals and even more in development for 2014-2015. “IFC began the year with significant momentum that continues to accelerate,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president, in making the announcements. “We’re delivering more original programming that is resonating with viewers, and key advertisers are seeking us out to reach consumers through the power and authenticity of our alt comedy voice. Through our current slate, IFC is continuing to partner with some of...

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Eugene Mirman on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Eugene Mirman’s routines have a non sequitur vibe upon first blush, but if you change your focus just a smidge, it all blends together harmoniously. Take Mirman’s performance on Wednesday night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. He opens with a bit about an audition scene set in the 1920s — topical because it’s pilot season! — and segues to a long-distance phone call from his hotel. Which makes sense if you imagine he’s in the 1920s. Just go with us on this one. Then please consider hanging his paintings in a Whole Foods near you. Roll the...

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