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'Jon Benjamin Has a Van' ... And a Lot of Random Funny Stories to Tell

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 14th 2011 10:30AM
'Jon Benjamin Has a Van' ... and what a van it is! The voice behind 'Archer' and 'Bob's Burgers,' H. Jon Benjamin (actually, he's dropped the 'H' here ... see below) is starring, voice and body, in the new Comedy Central fake news/sketch comedy series (premieres Tues., June 14, 10:30PM ET; moves to its regular timeslot on Wed., June 15, 10:30PM ET).

The show finds the frequently animated actor and comedian roving around in his super cool van in the pursuit of stories -- like the man who has pre-traumatic stress disorder, old people trying to use the Internet and a war between the gangsters of Little Italy and their miniature enemies in little Little Italy.

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FX Renews 'Archer'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 12:03PM
'Archer,' the new animated spy spoof on FX, hasn't exactly been destroying the competition in the ratings, but it has gotten enough viewers and critical acclaim and the network has given it a second season.

This makes me extremely happy. The show isn't as laugh out loud funny as I hoped it would be (though it has had some laugh out loud moments for sure), but I love the entire concept, a modern take on the classic '60s spy genre. It's like a really irreverent, dirty 'In Like Flint.'

The voice work (by H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, and Aisha Tyler, among others) is perfect, and one of its funnier aspects is how most of the characters aren't even that likable. 'Archer' has created a world I want to get to know better (and that's a good thing, especially in a cartoon).

This season had ten episodes and FX has ordered thirteen for the second season, which means they have faith in this show. We'll have to wait until 2011 for the new episodes though.

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5 Reasons 'Archer' Is the Funniest New Comedy on TV

by Sharon Knolle, posted Jan 28th 2010 12:45PM
After Austin Powers, Maxwell Smart and who knows how many other take-offs on James Bond, do we really need another spy spoof? If you're talking 'Archer,' FX's hilarious new animated series, then yes, yes we do.

Picture it as 'Mad Men,' if the opening graphics were the whole show, and it wasn't about Sterling Cooper, New York ad agency, but Sterling Archer, ISIS intelligence agent. And if it were a whole lot sillier. And more crass.

Or maybe it's more like old-school Hanna-Barbera adventure series 'Jonny Quest,' but with actual swear words and zero life lessons.

Here are five excellent reasons why you should be tuning in ...

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Archer -- An early look

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 13th 2010 11:02AM
There is only one really bad thing about Archer, and that's the fact it's going to make my Thursday viewing line-up very, very full. Way to not anticipate my needs, FX. Geez.

I just sampled five episodes of FX's new animated offering, including the pilot that quietly aired a few months ago (reviewed by Jonathan Toomey here), and I already love it. There are a lot of appealing things about Archer: It's 60s-style super-spy adventures plus hilarious writing that maintains a great pace for the entire half-hour. Oh, and puns. Lots of puns.

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Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: The Complete Series - DVD review

by Erin Martell, posted Dec 7th 2007 3:21PM

Dr. Katz, Professional TherapistDr. Katz, Professional Therapist is on my short list of shows that were good from start to finish. This consistency is due to the show's brilliant comedic cast and the fact that every episode followed the same simple, perfect structure. The show's weekly guest stars are among the most talented and successful stand-up comedians around. Many of them went on to star in popular TV shows and films--people like Dave Chappelle, Ray Romano, Richard Lewis, and Wanda Sykes. There were also noteworthy appearances from now-deceased comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Mitch Hedberg, actors like Winona Ryder and David Duchovny, and award-winning writer David Mamet.

If you're like me, and have trouble picking a favorite season of Dr. Katz, the Complete Series box set is an ideal choice. At a cost ranging from $88 (comedycentral.com, on backorder) to $112 (amazon.com), the set definitely belongs in the "splurge" category, but it's well worth it.

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Who deserves more fame?

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 3rd 2006 9:32AM
Allison MackEntertainment Weekly ran an interesting online reader's poll asking, "Who deserves more fame?"

While I'm not sure I'd wish big time, privacy-destroying fame on any of my favorite performers, there are definitely some TV actors out there who are severely underrated.

Who was included on the EW list? Christopher Gorham, Ugly Betty; Allison Mack, Smallville; Sara Rue, Less Than Perfect; Nathan Fillion, Firefly; Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, Supernatural; Wendell Pierce, The Wire; David Hyde Pierce, Fraiser; Matthew Settle and Damian Lewis, Band of Brothers; the cast of Everwood; Clea DuVall and Nick Stahl, Carnivale; Mary Lynn Rajskub and Roger Cross, 24 and Tahmoh Penikett, Battlestar Galactica.

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Zach Galifianakis on tour

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 2nd 2006 1:01PM
Zach GalifianakisThe furriest member of the Comedians of Comedy and Dog Bites Man team Zach Galifianakis is embarking on a fall tour.

If you've missed out on Galifianakis' more recent outings, you may remember him from the short-lived VH1 talk show Late World with Zach.

If you haven't seen Galifianakis live, you're in for some of the most experimental stand-up to hit the stage since Andy Kaufman took Carnegie Hall out for milk and cookies.

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The Daily Show: October 10, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 11th 2006 6:22PM
The Daily ShowPresident Bush is infamous for his well-strategized photo ops and metaphorical backdrops. As for Dennis Hastert... not so much. Hastert held a press conference to address the Mark Foley scandal... with a graveyard in the background. Jon's Cryptkeeper side-story was really funny because it sounded like he was still a little annoyed that an appearance would cost $10,000. "I like GORE! Aaah-hahaha."

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