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David Pasquesi: In the Limelight - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 28th 2008 2:09PM
David Pasquesi on Strangers with CandyNo, it's not Adrien Brody's snarky older brother. It's David Pasquesi, one of the stars of Spike TV's first original half-hour comedy, The Factory.

Looking at Pasquesi's IMDb page, he's done a fair amount of TV and film work, but the majority of his experience comes from both theater and improv. He currently does shows and occasionally teaches at Chicago's IO (Improv Olympic). Back in the day, he honed his improv chops under the tutelage of the legendary Del Close and was part of the class that developed The Harold. An improv geek's reaction to that would be "Holy crap!" and everyone else should be thinking, "Who's Harold?" Yeah, don't worry about it. If this interests you though, check out this great interview he did back in '06, all about his work in improv.

Fellow children of Second City, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Mitch Rouse created, wrote and starred in Exit 57, to which Pasquesi contributed as a writer. This very same team went on to create Strangers with Candy. Pasquesi had a recurring role in the series as Stew the Meat Man. He was only in a few episodes, but one of my favorite scenes from the entire first season is when art teacher Geoffrey Jellineck argues with Stew at the Blank household ("Obviously you have a beef, Stew"). Pasquesi returned for the role in the 2005 feature film version of the series.

After a few roles here and there on TV and in movies, including Jeff Garlin's I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With, Pasquesi joined Rouse's new project for Spike TV, The Factory, playing the role of smart-ass Smitty, who lives with his ex-wife because neither of them can afford to get their own places. It's the channel's first original half-hour comedy and it's totally improvised, in that Curb Your Enthusiasm sort of way. Perhaps it's because I'm not part of Spike TV's main demographic or I'm wary of watching material from the same place that brought us Stripperella, but I didn't think the show was spectacular. Then again, I've only seen the pilot and improv'd shows often need a little time before they find their feet. I'll probably tune in at least once more, just because I like Pasquesi.

To be quite honest, my main intention of writing this post wasn't to promote The Factory. Surprising, I know. Really, I just wanted an excuse to share this video that Pasquesi did a few years ago. It's called "Hobbies" and it's a short film from a series about regrets. He plays angry and bitter disturbingly well, and his improv skills are super-impressive. Plus, I don't know if some of you more avid readers have been able to tell, but I'm a fan of self-loathing out loud. Check it out (language NSFW):

The Factory officially premieres June 29th, but the first episode is available for streaming on the website. Watch it if you're a guy and you're into this sort of thing.

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