Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I Hit It With My Axe

Zak Smith is not your average, everyday porn star. Most porn stars don't have an M.F.A. from Yale. Most porn stars aren't renowned artists with gallery shows. And most porn stars don't have their own web series documenting the Dungeons and Dragons games they lead as Dungeon Master. Together with his girlfriend, adult model Mandy Morbid, he stars in I Hit It With My Axe, a show on EscapistMagazine.com that's gained a lot of interest due to the concept: watch D&D as played by a group of people from in and around the porn industry.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Pete Holmes Show: “We’re Not Here to Tell You How Much the World Sucks”

The one thing late-night TV needed was another tall comedian on TBS, so Conan O’Brien has called upon podcaster excellente Pete Holmes (You Made it Weird) to bring his brand of thoughtful, positive, yet intensely silly comedy to the airwaves following his own show, in the half-hour The Pete Holmes Show, which kicks off a four-nights-a-week schedule October 28th. I had a chance to sit down with Holmes, his executive producer Nick Bernstein and supervising producer Oren Brimer at the New York ComicCon to talk about how his show will make your life better, why podcasting is like a romantic relationship and what it’s like to see a two-story image of himself having sex with the sky.

Read the interview at DVDTalk.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rick and Morty: Dan Harmon’s Next Experiment

After stunning the world (or at least the portion of the world that pays attention to what showrunners do) by reclaiming his series Community, after being removed for season four, Dan Harmon has taken the next step and created a cartoon for [adult swim]. (Naturally, considering the memorable animated episodes of Community.) Co-created with Justin Roiland (heard on Out There, Gravity Falls and Adventure Time), Rick and Morty is your average sitcom about Rick, a crazy scientist, who leads his moronic grandson Morty into intergalactic danger. In advance of the half-hour show’s December premiere, Harmon and Roiland sat down with me at NY ComicCon to talk about testicle monsters, cracking whips and learning to collaborate.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Birthday Boys: New Episodes, New Friends

Sketch comedy has rarely been hotter on TV than right now, with shows airing on several major networks. One of the more recent additions has been IFC's The Birthday Boys. Executive produced by a pair of SNL alumni with their own sketch-comedy success in Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (The Ben Stiller Show) , The Birthday Boys translated their popular Upright Citizens Brigade show to television, bringing a hard-to-define style to the TV sketch comedy universe. The first season was released in a highly-recommended DVD set in August 2014 (DVDTalk's review) and the second season kicks off Friday, October 17 at 11 p.m. EST on IFC. Following an appearance at New York ComicCon, three members of the group, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford and Tim Kalpakis, spent a little time with me for a delightful little chat about adapting the stage to TV, working with Dana Carvey and combating segregation.

Read my interview at DVDTalk.com