Day: July 26, 2010

Paul Rust, Michael Cassady and Harris Wittels are Don’t Stop or We’ll Die, a “piano-weirdo-pop trio”

When Paul Rust isn't writing a screenplay for Pee-wee Herman, Harris Wittels isn't writing an episode of Parks and Recreation, and Michael Cassady isn't appearing in TV episodes or the UCB-LA Harold Team Arts & Athletics and sketch team A Kiss From Daddy, the trio is making comedy music together in their self-described "piano-weirdo-pop" band, Don't Stop or We'll Die. Here is a video for their song, "I Got A Perm For Our Camping Trip." They're performing July 27 at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles with guests Garfunkel and Oates, Nick Offerman and Scott Aukerman. Bonus: For you Del Close Marathon fans, Rust and Cassady are both on the schedule this coming weekend for DCM12. What more do I need to say? Roll...

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Sundance Channel’s “Strokes of Genius” sits down with MAD Magazine’s Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones

Just in time to whet your appetite between Comic-Cons, the Sundance Channel presents a series of online short films called "Strokes of Genius" dedicated to two of the influential cartoonists from MAD Magazine — Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones. Steve Brodner celebrates their life and work in these shorts, sitting down with them to learn a little bit about their personal life stories, as well as a couple of their signature bits. Jaffee, responsible for the multiple fold-in cartoons that graced the back cover, talks about how he came up with "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions." Aragones talks about the idea of drawing cartoons with no words, aka Pantomimes. After the jump, two more shorts that are mini-autobiographies of the dynamic duo of MAD, plus see a MAD cover come to life within seconds! Al Jaffee Sergio...

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