Take away the guitar, add a slug. What do you get? Slug Solos, of course!
Do you love Stefon? Of course you do. HBO has inked a deal with SNL’s Bill Hader and we can only hope that means he will be bringing Stefon along for the ride.
HBO wants Bill Hader, badly. The premium cable channel has signed the former Saturday Night Live star to an exclusive development deal that would have him create and star in his own comedy series. No word if the deal will effect his gig voicing the evil Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio on Hulu’s original animated comedy The Awesomes , which was renewed for a second season last fall. Hader spent eight seasons at Saturday Night Live , including some time as a writer on the late night sketch comedy show. Since he left SNL in 2013, he has stayed busy, appearing […]
On today’s show the brilliant writer Jerry Stahl fills in for David while he’s away in Washington hanging out and recording the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Jerry’s guest is his old friend Larry Charles, who’s credits are so long and varied that we might break the internet listing them all here. But here’s a few: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bruno, Entourage, Seinfeld, Borat…the list goes on and on.
Larry Charles is best known as a staff writer for the American sitcom Seinfeld for its first 5 seasons, contributing some of the show’s darkest and most absurd storylines. He has also directed the films Borat, Religulous, Brüno, and The Dictator.
Although series co-creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wrote the bulk of the show’s episodes during the first five seasons, Charles was their second in command during this period. Charles had met Seinfeld co-creator Larry David when he was part of the writing staff of the ABC sketch show Fridays, on which David and Michael Richards were also part of the show’s ensemble cast. Charles had been unable to write for the show’s first season, as he had been writing for The Arsenio Hall Show during its production.
Charles is noted for contributing some of the show’s darker storylines and scenes. In the season 2 episode “The Baby Shower” Charles wrote a dream sequence in which the title character, Jerry Seinfeld, was killed. Charles’ episodes also covered such controversial topics as Nazis (in “The Limo”), a psychotic stalker (in “The Opera”) and a hospital patient committing suicide (in “The Bris”). A season-two episode he wrote, “The Bet”, concerning Elaine buying a handgun to protect herself, was never filmed because NBC, some of the cast and the show’s director felt the gun content was too provocative. Charles claimed that his writing on Seinfeld was heavily influenced by Dragnet, Superman and Abbott and Costello.
Charles said he was instrumental in the development of Cosmo Kramer; he felt that “Jerry and George were so well-defined through Larry David and Jerry, that there was less room for me to, sort of, expand on those personas. But Kramer was very unformed at the beginning of the show and it gave me an area of creativity to, sort of, expand upon. So I spent a lot of time with Kramer because he was a character that I could have an impact on in the future of the show”. It was Charles who imbued in Kramer a distrust of authority (especially in his episodes “The Baby Shower” and “The Heart Attack”), and who created the character of Kramer’s notorious unseen friend Bob Sacamano, after his real-life friend of the same name
Star of Yogi Bear 3D, T.J. Miller stops by to talk about the new Mike Judge show Silicon Valley, falling gracefully for Michael Bay and more. Plus the T.J.Miller Orchestra featuring Jeremy Kramer and Will Ryan.
If you liked the music in this episode you can get it all on T.J’s album ‘The Extended Play EP‘.
Comedian Rick Shapiro is our generation’s Lenny Bruce, and then some. He reveals all especially on today’s show about heroin, hustling, and the need to be on stage three to four times a night. Also Journalist John Matthews on lame attempts to help the homeless, Film Critic Michael Snyder, and highlights from the Ralph Nader Radio Hour.