ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?
IFC clearly knows what it is doing. The network that brought you Portlandia (and also Comedy Bang Bang!, if that is your sort of thing), has just announced its green-lighting of two new shows; Spoils of Babylon and The Birthday Boys. The former will be written by and star Will Ferrell alongside long-time writing partner and former head SNL writer Adam McKay, while the latter will be executive produced by The Ben Stiller Show buddies Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk. Er, we mean, Saul.
And whoa my gosh, do they look great.
Recently, we took a trip to Los Angeles, and besides all the driving and the fact that it was way colder out West, the thing that struck us as the biggest difference between to the inhabitants of the only two cities in America is that people in L.A. are all really into their improv classes. We know, UCB and the Pit have dominated Chelsea, and we all know somebody who knows somebody who took a class at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and now writes for 30 Rock, but in L.A. it’s essentially the new Scientology, but with less famous people.
This is all to say that improv is getting pretty popular among the young, “hip” crowd these days, though lord knows why, because most people are just really awkward at that form of comedy. Which is probably why IFC, home to all awkward comedy (Portlandia, Bunk, and Comedy Bang Bang!) is holding a contest tonight where the winner will receive an improv course at the district with the highest per-capita of 20-somethings who all work at coffee shops nearest to them!
Also, you must have a valid Twitter account to enter. Natch.
tonight in dvr
Stop everything, Alien is on IFC tonight! And we’re aware it’s Valentine’s Day–so what if our take on love privileges enormous man-eating aliens over schmoopy special episodes on broadcast TV? This is Sigourney Weaver’s kickoff to a series that started great, got great, then–whatever, who cares… It’s characterized by lady-fighting action that Angelina Jolie can Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Wednesday, April 6
Youth and Beauty
Ah, Karen Russell. Or, as the Swamplandia! author might render it, Karen Russell! Never has a young author provoked such envy since that little minx Freudenberger. (Is it a girl thing?) But back to Ms. Russell: The 29-year-old phenom was pegged as an under-40 author to watch on that Read More
The New York Television Festival is a September gathering not for established artists, like the Cannes Film Festival, but for young renegades, like Sundance (another difference: it’s about TV). The festival announced today its annual search for new television writers with the Fox-sponsored contest to submit a pilot script. This contest, in its Read More
How much Portland is in “Portlandia?”
The new show, which premiered Friday on IFC, depicts a eco-friendly wonderland where the denizens of this magical Portlandia enjoy a rigorous pursuit of the liberal ideal. There are militant feminist bookstores, restaurants with overly extensive information about your dish’s living experience on a sustainable farm, and the openness Read More
True, it’s a fleeting mention, amid a lengthy list of other publications, but hell, we’ll take it.
In a newly released clip from “Portlandia,” the new IFC series starring Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, premiering January 21, there’s an unexpected cameo by a certain Speaker John Boehner-colored news weekly.
Looks like a cute show.