The Whitest Kids U Know are a sketch comedy group based in New York City. They won top sketch honors at the 2006 Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, and rode a weekly gig in a NYC club to their own sketch series, which now airs on IFC. Sam Brown, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter talk about the trials and travails of professional sketch comedy and what it means to "do whatever you want."
Look, I don't want this blog to just become the posting-ONN-videos blog, but shit, they are the funniest thing going right now.
This clip is so fucking amazing.
In the unsolicited endorsement department, I just wanted to thank Perfect Day Designs for doing an absolutely spectacular job with the photography at my and Theresa's wedding this past summer. Their very reasonable rate included two wonderful photographers, a great engagement photo session, the rights to (and digital originals of) our pictures, an awesome photo booth at the wedding and a beautiful custom album. Ben and Jeff couldn't have been nicer, and couldn't have shot better photos. And again -- their price was very reasonable, notably less than a number of other folks we priced. If you need wedding or event photography in the Bay Area, Perfect Day Designs have my whole-hearted recommendation.
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Order your shirt today. The shirts will be printed beginning March 10th, and should arrive in your mailbox in early to mid April. Proceeds, of course, benefit The Darkish Teal Ribbon Fund for Jordan and Jesse.
All gone. Sorry.
The internet's been clogged with rumors about a possible film adaptation of the wonderful sitcom Arrested Development. Last week, I had a chance to talk with one of the show's stars, Jeffrey Tambor, and I took the opportunity to ask him to clarify exactly what he knows about the film as part of our extensive in-person interview with Tambor, which you can hear here.
This is what he told me, in no uncertain terms: "Well, here's the real truth of it: we are going to do it. It's very, very probable. The script is not finished yet, and when the script is finished, we will go into production. I'm positive. "
As Tambor explains in the full version of the interview (which will be up here and in the podcast feed in a couple of weeks), he and Mitch Hurwitz have been close since before Arrested was even a television show, so Tambor knows what of he speaks.
Here's the audio of this small portion of my 40-minute conversation with the actor behind George Bluth Sr. (and of course Oscar Bluth). And speaking of Oscar, he shares a little tidbit at the end about how Hurwitz created the long-haired Bluth.
The transcript of the Arrested Development film portion of the interview follows. Don't miss our full interview, which is now on the web and covers Tambor's career from Kojak to Hellboy and beyond.
Jesse Thorn: What do you understand is the current state, according to the current knowledge of Mr. Jeffrey Tambor, celebrity actor and cast member of Arrested Development, of the proposed Arrested Development film?
Jeffrey Tambor: Well first of all, that wonderful actor who does Spongebob, what's his name?
Tom. Tom said to me, "Jeffrey, before we go on..." and it was a colloquy about Word Girl, "is there gonna be an Arrested Development movie?"
And I said "yes!" and there was a big huzzah.
Well you couldn't find a house full of more committed comedy nerds than at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
But previous to that, there was a reporter who had asked me about the Michael Cera thing, I think that's what you're referring to. And I said, "I will go to Michael Cera's house and I will pull him out by his hair..." and like that. Well what I didn't know was that there was this kerfuffle that was going on about Michael Cera.
Well, here's the real truth of it: we are going to do it. It's very, very probable. The script is not finished yet, and when the script is finished, we will go into production. I'm positive.
Have you signed any papers or anything?
No, what I have done is I talked to Mitch. He called and said, "Hey pal, you on board?" and I said, "absolutely." Jason [Bateman] and I just had lunch the other day, and we're all excited about it so everyone, to a man, is on board.
Including Michael Cera, who was said to be circumspect about it? (And Michael Cera has been a guest on this program, best guy in the world...)
Oh he's... yeah, yeah yeah. Do I have 100% certainty? No. But I think when everything comes together, and he sees the script, I know that Mitch can take care of all of this.
If you're a fan of Jeffrey's, by the way, he's teaching an acting workshop in Los Angeles on March 21st. You can find out more information at jeffreytambor.net.
And if you love Arrested Development, you probably love other things that are awesome, so check out our archive for in-depth interviews you'll love with folks like Rob Corddry, John Hodgman and Jack Handey.
Jeffrey Tambor has spent more than 30 years as an actor. A native of San Francisco, he started in television in the 1970s, and his career has followed a simple track since: he plays important authority figures (doctors, lawyers, judges) and self-important pseudo-authority figures. He portrayed the sweet, sad, hilariously self-centered sidekick Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show in the 1990s, and this decade played the patriarch of the Bluth family on Arrested Development. In addition to his work as an actor, he's also a teacher, having worked for many years alongside late legendary acting teacher Milton Katselas. He teaches regular classes and workshops in Los Angeles, including one March 21st at the American Film Institute.
I'm so happy to report that today on KALW in San Francisco, general manager Matt Martin announced that the station will be picking up The Sound of Young America. We'll be airing Wednesdays at 2PM on the station (91.7 FM for those in the Bay), after This American Life and a new compilation series from the winners of the Public Radio Talent Quest. Broadcasts begin this coming week.
As many of you know, San Francisco is my hometown, and I always keep it 100% Sucka Free. I'm really proud to finally be on the radio in the city where my heart is.
In celebration of this awesome news, I have posted above the video for "San Francisco Anthem," produced by Traxamillion and featuring Big Rich, San Quinn and Boo Banger.
One day it'll be "house in Twin Peaks / view panoramic" for me and mine, but in the meantime, at least I'll visit once a week on the airwaves.