Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black helped found the sketch comedy group The State more than 20 years ago. They've worked together regularly ever since. Their projects together have included Stella (with David Wain), several standup tours, and now a new Comedy Central series, Michael & Michael Have Issues.
Any weather people out there? Local news directors? Can I do the weather, please? Oh man, this looks like fun. Though I guess Andrew could probably make a game of canasta seem like the funnest thing in history.
The Monsters of Podcasting (Jordan, Jesse, Go! and You Look Nice Today) are coming to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.
Featuring special guest Jim Gaffigan.
307 W. 26th Street New York, NY 10001 (212) 366-9176
Pay our tour bills: get a poster (only $12!) Available at the show!
Around noon pacific, I'll be interviewing The Trailer Park Boys on the TSOYA live stream (for regular updates on when we're taping TSOYA, you can follow me on twitter). I couldn't be more excited. Earlier this year, I interviewed the show's creator, Mike Clattenburg, who was as charming and hilarious as the show he created. Now, I'll be talking with the boys themselves -- Ricky, Julian and Bubbles.
If you're not already familiar with their oeuvre, I recommend this half-hour documentary, "Trailer Park Boys 101," narrated by Canadian superstar Alex Lifeson from Rush.
In 1977, on "Celebrity Cabaret":
In his first Tonight Show Appearance, 1981:
His first time on HBO, also in 1981:
Comedian Todd Glass visits Jordan and Jesse to talk about throwing rocks, touring with Celine Dion, and more.
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I'm prepping for an interview with three of the members of The State. Which is to say I'm watching a lot of The State.
A) This is a very funny show.
B) It is distressing to me that they were in their *early* 20s when they made this funny show.
C) This is the dumbest sketch in history, and all I want to do in the world is be in it.
Jeff Harris is a Toronto based photographer who has documented his life everyday for ten years, one photo at a time. His website www.jeffharris.org was nominated for a Webby Award three years in a row. Harris takes a lot of the photos himself, and recruits friends when necessary. When the opportunity arises, Harris will get a celebrity to snap a photo or two. So far luminaries such as Beck, Gene Simmons, and Al Gore (and many more) have contributed. The series has an amplified poignancy due to Harris’ recent life-altering cancer diagnosis. Harris speaks about the challenges involved with a project of this magnitude, turning the camera around on a celebrity, and what happens next.
Chris Bowman: What gave you the idea to start a project like this?
Jeff Harris: In 1998 there was a lot of hype about Y2K and counting down the last days of the 20th century. My grandmother was born in 1900, and I wondered if my grandkids would be impressed that I lived through the year 1999. So I thought I’d make a diary, just take a picture of myself every day because I never quite succeeded with the diary concept. And taking a picture takes five seconds. I just wanted to commemorate every day of the last year of the 20th century. When I was winding down a friend was like “Why don’t you do it for another year?” And I said “Are you crazy?” Then I thought, OK. I’ll document the first year of 2000. After that it just switched to autopilot and we haven’t stopped for ten years now.
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This is a very special day, folks. A very special day.
Today is the day that we all get to watch probably the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch of all time, or at least the most under-appreciated.
A little sketch, written by a certain Mr. Jack Handey, called Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices.
Rejoice, for our day has come.