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.
Hulu has the first reason of the British comedy series, KINGDOM, starring the always funny Stephen Fry.
Speaking of Fry- he might be coming to a PBS station near you. His 2008 6 part documentary series, STEPHEN FRY IN AMERICA, is now airing on HDNet in the US, but it starts feeding to American Public Television subscribing stations (most PBS stations get various feeds from APTV) this Monday. So, I assume some stations around the country will start airing it.