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Dana Carvey Talks to the Times

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Dave Itzkoff interviews Dana Carvey for the Times today. Dana talks about The Dana Carvey Show, which has just been released on DVD. The show's staff included Robert Smigel, Dino Stamatopolous, Louis CK and Charlie Kaufman, and the stars included Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

Besides sketches like "Nauseated Waiters," "Skinheads from Maine," and "Grandma the Clown," it included this tour de force from Heather Morgan, "First Ladies as Dogs."

I watched every episode of The Dana Carvey Show -- from the first to the last. I couldn't believe it wasn't a smash hit, and when it was cancelled I was devastated. My high school buddies Dan Kurtz and John King and I talked about it at lunch the next day every week. Carvey's right, though, maybe opening a sketch show in the family hour with a sketch featuring then-President Clinton suckling barnyard animals at his teats to prove how nurturing he was wasn't long for the network TV world.

Here's what Dana says about the show getting canceled, and about his career now:

The two things that can hurt you are if you need money or if you need fame. Those are the things that can be your Achilles heel. But if you don’t need money and you don’t need fame, then you’re free. You see how that works?

Lonely Island perform I'm On A Boat on Fallon

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This is delightful.

The Lonely Island definitely win the award for best white urban music parodists. They have a real point of view, the songs are consistently enjoyable, and they're very funny. Race or broad stereotypes are never the targets. Kudos to them.

Casey Wilson Reads Internet Comments

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In this delightful video, Saturday Night Live's Casey Wilson reads message board comments about, well, Casey Wilson.

Second Season for Party Down

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Looks like Party Down will officially get a second season from Starz. Jane Lynch may or may not return, depending on how her FOX series "Glee" goes, but Adam Scott, Ken Marino and the rest of the cast are in.

I've been watching the show on Netflix Instant Watch, and have really enjoyed seeing it come into its own. It's nice to see a small show that's driven by such talented people.

The Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg

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Bullseye
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Mike Clattenburg

Mike Clattenburg is the creator of the Canadian sitcom The Trailer Park Boys. It follows two friends, the scheming Julian (left) and the bumbling Ricky (right), as they plan petty crimes, grow dope, drink, and seek counsel from their wise (but possibly developmentally disabled) neighbor Bubbles (center). It's a surprisingly sweet and spectacularly profane look at life in the maritime provinces of Canada.

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Community with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase

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I very rarely post trailers and previews on this blog, but this one had me laughing, hard. I'm so excited that Chevy Chase is going to get a chance to flex his prodigious comedy muscles again, and Joel McHale is no slouch, either.

Perhaps the best part of the whole thing (well, maybe second to Chevy Chase) is that the creator of the series is past TSOYA guest Dan Harmon, co-creator of Heatvision & Jack and Channel 101.

Unrelated: someone just reminded me of the part in Fletch where Chevy Chases says his name is Dr. Rosenrosen. That might be the funniest thing in the world.

Jordan Jesse Go at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Video

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Jordan, Jesse, GO! - Live from The Bridgetown Comedy Festival from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Here's video of me and Jordan at Bridgetown, along with David Koechner and James Adomian as Gary Busey.

Behind Him All The Way

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Eugene O'Neill

Big Time Gene O'Neill joins Jesse and Jordan for discussion of marathons, prom and more.

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Aziz Ansari on Kimmel

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Aziz Ansari has been a highlight of Parks & Recreation so far, and he's hilarious in this appearance on Kimmel.

A Pledge Drive Treat

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The Sound of Young America: TV Pilot from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Here's a pledge drive treat.

Last year, I made a pilot for Current. They were planning an expansion into half hour programming, and were looking for an interview show that spoke to months their demographic. They were willing to do something without claiming any ownership of my IP, and really respected and got what I was up to. It was a great fit.

We put together this pilot (Mark Rinehart produced, ably), but by the time we'd finished, there'd been an administration change at Current, and they ended up with a very different prime-time programming plan. So we had this pilot, but there was nothing they could do with it. The parting was amicable.

We taped two radio interviews -- one with Patton Oswalt, then some later one with Ben Karlin. A few months after that, we wrote and taped some interstitial pieces in a day here in LA, including a mini-interview with the one and only Maria Bamford. I actually think the show came out pretty neat. Enjoy!
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