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Comedy Central giving Stella cast another pilot

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 14th 2008 12:15PM
StellaComedy Central is giving some alumni of Stella and The State another crack at a show. Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter will be the co-stars of the half-hour pilot Michael and Michael Have issues.

The premise is a show-within-a-show, with segments from the stars addressing issues that the Michaels have with "themselves, each other and the world at large."

I missed The State, but I did catch episodes of Stella (also starring David Wain), which was another attempt by the same comedians to create a show that blurred the line between reality and fantasy (such as having character with their actual names. You know, the old Jerry Seinfeld trick).

I liked Stella, but didn't think it would last more than a season (and it didn't) because the humor is very abstract and cerebral (sort of the anti-According To Jim). My gut instinct is the same for this show even though I want it to succeed. Is it better to have a good show that lasts one season or a mediocre-at-best show that lasts eight? I vote for the former.

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I'm a big fan of Wain. He's got random humor that isn't for everyone. But he's also the average joe who gets the hot girls in Wainy Days. If you haven't seen it, here's one of Elizabeth Banks making out with a hot girl:


September 09 2008 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The State was one of the best sketch comedy shows of all time, IMO. I loved it and was sad to see it go so soon. Sad, then, that Stella, Viva Variety, and most of the other shows with former State cast members are usually not near as good or as interesting (Reno 911 being an exception, of course). I'll try this new one out, hope it's great.

August 14 2008 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We play hockey with the prime minister

August 14 2008 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know.

August 14 2008 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who's Marcus?

August 14 2008 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We should call Marcus.

August 14 2008 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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