Check out the brand new podcast from Jared Jeffries. It’s a hilarious serial comedy featuring detective Spencer Marx (voiced by Jeffries) and his ridiculous sleuthing. First episode was brilliant…and the second episode is supposed to be in the next couple of days.
Listen to a preview of episode 1 here and then go and download the entire first episode for your listening pleasure.
Visit the official Trouble’s Up in Alphabet City site now to download the podcast- with links to the itunes store where you can get it as well.
Just watched the pilot of TV Land’s newest original sitcom, RETIRED AT 35. Didn’t expect too much going in, but I gotta say- this was pretty funny stuff. It started off slow, and there were some insane audience reactions at some lame jokes…that always worries me, because I feel like it’s either canned laughter, in which case it’s probably not truly funny, or it’s an audience full of lunatics who’d laugh at anything, in which case it’s…well, just creepy.
The plot rundown in a nutshell- 35 year old David comes home to his parents’ house in Florida. They’re retired and living in a community of sorts, David works in NYC for a manufacturer of chop sticks and toothpicks, and he’s always being hounded by his boss on the phone, even while in Florida for his mom’s birthday. David realizes in Florida he’s relaxed and calm, so he quits his job and decides to basically move in with his parents.
It’s a nice storyline, and it feels old-fashioned. There were some semi-risque jokes, but nothing vulgar or anything really. Then again, the twist at the end most assuredly been a big no-no 40 years ago on TV, but it was funny and it just felt wholesome throughout. The pilot’s twist at the end was pretty hilarious, and I found myself laughing out loud.
I have yet to catch any of TV Land’s other sitcom, Hot In Cleveland, and I doubt I will, but I will definitely be tuning in each week for Retired at 35.
I took part in a conference call with Scott Hallock, one of the creators of SCARE TACTICS, which just started it’s new season on SyFy Network. Great guy, really nice, and he had some great things to say about the show…one good piece of information I got from him was that the hilarious Jon Dore will definitely be a regular on season 4, so keep an eye out for that.
New episodes on SyFy on Monday nights! Check out the transcript for my part of the call below. Full transcript coming soon…
Our next question comes from the line of (Josh Boseman). Please proceed.
(Josh Bozeman): Hi guys. Thanks for taking the call. I love the show. I’m a big fan.
(Josh Bozeman): I have to ask, how did you score John Doerr and is he going to be on a regular
basis? The guy is hilarious. I love him.
We love John Doerr and yes, he is going to be on, on a regular basis. Several
people on our crew had worked with John before and apparently John was a
fan of the show. And so we approached him about doing some bits. And
luckily he was amenable.
And he is on next week’s show and the week after that. And he brings
something different and hilarious to every role he played. He wasn’t always
playing – sometimes he’s playing kind of a straightforward scientist.
Other times – a lot of times he got to play kind of a really creepy guy if you
saw this week’s episode, he was the bad guy. He brought a poisoned cake to
the party. And I love the way he read that line, “The cake is poisoned idiots.” I
win. You lose. I love the way he said that.
And then coming up in two weeks on the 18th he’s in a bit where he’s
brandishing a cleaver and, the woman says to him, “Oh my God, you have a
knife.” And he yells back at her, “It’s a cleaver,” and it’s just very, it’s a funny
moment in a very tense situation.
And so John will be back on a semi regular basis throughout the fourth season.
(Josh Bozeman): Great. That’s good to hear. Also I’m curious, you probably get this question a
lot, but how do you think – so like how do you know you’ve gone too far? Is
there a point where you think that you can go too far in a scare?
Because I know some of the scares they’re over pretty quickly and I’m sitting
there at home and I’m watching and I’m thinking oh, keep it going, keep it
going. This is great.
(Josh Bozeman): And then sometimes they drag out and you’re like wait a minute, this is
getting really crazy. Do you think there’s a point where as long as you don’t
scar the person or physically hurt them, you know…
(Josh Bozeman): …where do you draw the line at?
Well the goal is to – is for everyone to have a good time. We compare our
show to a roller coaster. We want it to be a thrill for people but when they get
off the ride at the end we want them to go wow, that was fun. Let’s do it
again. So you definitely can go too far and we’re cognizant of that.
And I don’t think we have ever. Because people bounce back at the end and
they do say to us, “Oh my God, that was fun. Let’s do it again.” And the way
they do it again is they give us the names of a bunch of their friends that they
want to scare.
And so we’re very careful about monitoring the situation. The friend or family
member who has set the person up is watching the bit as it goes along. And if
they ever feel like it is going too far they can tell us and we’ll stop
(Josh Bozeman): Oh okay.
So we do take that very seriously and we want people to have a good time. So,
if someone’s deathly afraid of spiders we won’t put them in a room full of
spiders. We don’t want them to face their real fears.
We want them to – we want to confront them with something that’s hopefully
ridiculous and have them believe in it and then at the end of it go oh my God,
I can’t believe I bought that.
Because we had – that’s another big reaction we got this season is people after
it was over going oh my God, I watch that show all the time and I look at
those people and I say how can they believe that? And now I’m one of those
people. I can’t believe it. I thought these shows were fake and now I know
(Josh Bozeman): Brilliant. All right. Thanks. I’m going to keep watching definitely and I
(Josh Bozeman): …taking the time out today.
Just finished THE INFIDEL, one of the selections from the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. FANTASTIC movie. Hilarious, sweet, touching, well acted, all of the above and more.
Omid Djalili plays the liberal-minded British muslim, Mahmud. He drinks every now and then, he swears, he doesn’t go to the mosque very often, he seems to be pretty laid back on the subject of religion. From the opening scene of Mahmud watching his favorite singer, 80′s glam rocker, Gary Page (a spoof on the metrosexual 80′s rock stars), it’s clear that this is going to be hilarious. Mahmud’s young daughter walks around the house spouting what sounds like terrorist rhetoric (it’s cute when the kids do it), and his wife seems to have the same laid back attitude about islam. Their son seems to be a bit more into the whole religion thing, if only to marry his sweetheart, whose mother has just married a muslim extremist and whose blessing they need to get married.
Mahmud’s mother has just died, and while going thru her house to pack things up, he sees adoption papers with his name on them. Through a very funny argument with a records clerk played by Miranda Hart (Not Going Out, Miranda), he discovers he was actually born jewish- adopted by muslim parents. He soon learns who his birth father is (by wrestling away the records from Miranda Hart, whose character is in a wheelchair), and is on his way to see him. Turns out, he’s on his deathbed and papa’s rabbi demands he be more jewish before he can see him. This leads to a very funny series of events where Mahmud befriends a jewish cab driver played by Richard Schiff, a rather non-committed jew in some aspects, though very religious in other ways. He tries to teach him the basics, from the dancing to the proper way to say “oy.” The two men become close friends, leading up to Mahmud attending a bat mitzvah where he’s forced to tell an old fashioned comical jewish story. All the while, he’s dreading the arrival of his son’s girlfriend’s new stepfather (the possible terrorist supporting cleric.)
I’ll leave the plot there, needless to say we get most funny for the first 3/4 of the film, some touching moments mixed in, and at the end it gets a bit serious with the film’s message that, well- we are who we are. We’re not all perfect religiously, we’re not all perfect people in general even, but we should embrace the various aspects of ourselves and do the best we can with it.
Great acting here by everyone. Djalili is hilarious as usual. He’s genius just standing in the shower scrubbing himself and yelling “jew, jew, jew,” as if he can clean the jew off him somehow. Schiff is nice here, also playing the funny man but doing his best to let Djalili shine throughout. And he does.
There’s a scene in the mosque, Mahmud is going to tell the imam that he’s jewish, but instead the imam presumes he’s going to tell him that he’s gay. No problem, the imam says…the koran is VERY strict on this subject, but islam is about interpretation no? The koran says the punishment for this is for brimstone to rain down from the sky, but I believe that brimstone has already rained down inside of you. And that should be good enough for allah, right? That’s satire at its best, my friends.
Very nice directing here, and the look of the film is fantastic. There’s a scene after things have gone a bit downhill for Mahmud, where he’s walking through the stalls from vendors that have been taken down, a piece of cloth is whipping in the wind as the vendor pulls it down for the day, it’s as well done visually as any scene from any number of epic films in history.
The music is brilliant throughout the film, the couple of songs from fictional rocker Gary Page are actually really catchy…I’ll admit it, I found myself trying to find these songs online. There’s some great stuff in the score that punctuates the little acts of jewishness, and those pieces scream “jew!” all over the place…the clarinet and all, it’s wonderful.
Highly recommend the film. It was a hilarious adventure they may have needed to be edited down a bit, but the pacing is nice, Djalili is perfect, you get some touchy feely stuff, you get comedy, you leave the film feeling great about life in general, 9/10 all the way. Maybe even 9.5.
You can watch The Infidel and many (all?) of the 2010 Tribeca film festival movies online or OnDemand.
New video looking forward to the April 17 premiere of DR WHO season 5 on BBC America! Matt Smith, the new doctor, talks about what it’s like playing such a legendary character.
Doctor Who: Matt Smith on Being the Doctor
Matt Smith talks about being the newest Doctor, his interpretation of the character, and the challenges of playing the role.
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I was wondering if there’d be a new season of the hilarious rock/comedy show ZRock on IFC. I tweeted Paulie from ZO2, and I got this reply:
Let’s do what he says- keep our fingers crossed, because that show is brilliant. Rockers with a fantastic sense of comedy…that’s gotta be rare.