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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.


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Ten Colbert clips you probably haven't seen - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted May 22nd 2008 10:42AM
Young Colbert and CarellHardcore Stephen Colbert fans might take one look at this list and scoff. To them I say, "Hey, girls who live on the Colboards, chill out." This list is meant for the casual fan of The Colbert Report, who loves the show and, at most, knows Colbert's history through The Daily Show and maybe a little Strangers with Candy.

As someone who has been a fan of Colbert for about eight years, I'm here to educate, here to spread the good Word. It is the duty of a good fan -- especially one with too much time on her hands -- to change the minds of people that see Colbert just as the TV blowhard who happens to share his name.


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Spike gets its own comedy series

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 29th 2008 9:40AM
Mitch RouseSpike TV has ordered six episodes of Factory, a largely improvised comedy revolving around four small-town factory workers who'd rather do anything than work at their boring jobs, according to a Hollywood Reporter story. It will be the Guy Network's first original comedy series.

Set to premiere on June 29 at 10 p.m., Factory is directed, produced by, and stars Mitch Rouse (pictured), co-creator of Strangers With Candy, the short-lived TV series that ran from 1999-2000, as well as the 2005 prequel feature film by the same name.

Rouse has an interesting list of credits. In addition to numerous feature films, he played Dr. Ryan Gibson on According to Jim (come on, there must be someone out there who watches this show), Fireman #1 on Reno 911, and was a regular on Exit 57, a mid-1990s comedy-sketch show.

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Who's that celebrity?

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 3rd 2006 10:36AM
RavenI was cleaning up some of the files on my old computer when I stumbled across one that brought back some interesting memories. It's a photograph of one of my all-time favorite celebrities! I remember being so amused by the picture the first time I saw it I immediately saved it (in fear of it disappearing off the face of the Internet in the near future, I guess). And now, I share it with all of you. See if you can guess who this celebrity is.

Okay, I'll go Gene Shalit for a second and give you a cheesy hint: This late-night TV star looks willing to "bear" it all!

Answer after the jump.

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Weak Comedy Central love for Strangers With Candy

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 15th 2006 5:09PM
Jerri BlankOn Friday night, Comedy Central aired a Strangers With Candy mini-marathon, hosted by the stars (Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Paul Dinello) to promote the film. It was great and all, but I was annoyed to see the ridiculous time slot they stuck it in... 1:00 AM to 3:30 AM. Seriously, Comedy Central? You're going to hand over the throwaway time for one of your original series, but play nice with My Super Ex-Girlfriend and their "Sunday with the Guys" afternoon slot? I know Strangers fans are usually a little weird, but we're not all nocturnal. Stephen Colbert's one of your main men now, Comedy Central! Show him some love.

I'm an insomniac, so I caught the whole marathon. Did anyone else watch?

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The inspiration for Jerri Blank

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 14th 2006 2:06PM

florrie fisherFans of Strangers with Candy know that Amy Sedaris based the character of Jerri Blank somewhat on real-life ex-junkie/prostitute Florrie Fisher, the centerpiece of a 1970 documentary titled The Trip Back. The documentary was just one of many television specials created during the 70s and 80s to scare kids silly when it came to drugs, or not scare them at all, depending on how much a rambling middle age woman actually frightens you. I've stuck a clip of Fisher ranting about LSD after the jump, but if you want a little more of her wit and wisdom, click here.

[via The Hater]

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Some quick reflections on the Strangers with Candy movie

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 10th 2006 10:27AM

strangers with candyThe television series Strangers with Candy was one of the tightest, most cohesive comedies to come along in the last several years. Its subtle mix of vicious satire, peripheral sight gags, and jokes that sometimes hung in the air for a moment before your brain was able to catch up to them was suited perfectly to the half hour format. In addition, the main cast (Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, and Craig Hollimon) are all great comedic actors who played together like veteran jazz musicians, each adding his or her own unique personality to the whole. But can something that worked so well on television make the transition to the big screen and still be just as good? The answer is yes, sort of.

Strangers with Candy the movie serves as a prequel to the television series which ran on Comedy Central in the late 90s. Fans of the series know the story: Jerri Blank ran away from home thirty-two years ago to delve into prostitution and copious amounts of drugs. After being released from a stint in prison, she decides to return home to start her life over again as a 46 year old high school freshman. In the movie, Jerri returns to find her father (this time played by Dan Hedaya rather than Roberto Gari*) is in a stress-induced comma caused by the sudden disappearance of his beloved daughter all those years ago. The doctor tells Jerri that if she were able to do something truly amazing, say, win the school science fair, it might help her father to wake up.

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 27th 2006 11:21AM
Every Tuesday here on TV Squad , we will highlight the week's TV-on-DVD releases. Some noteworthy releases today, June 27, 2006:
  • strangers with candyAcapulco H.E.A.T. - The Complete 1st Season
  • Alice - TV Favorites
  • Civilisation (mini-series) - The Complete Series
  • Columbo - The Complete 5th Season
  • Commander-in-Chief -Season 1, Volume 1
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - Movies
  • Family Affair - Season 1
  • Fear Factor - The 1st Season
  • Galaxy High School - Volume 1
  • The Jackie Gleason Show - The Color Honeymooners: Collection 1
  • Masters of Horror - Deer Woman (John Landis); Deer Woman / Sick Girl; Sick Girl (Lucky Mckee)
  • Monk - Season 4
  • Project Runway - Complete 2nd Season
  • Roseanne - The Complete 4th Season
  • Slings and Arrows - Season 1
  • Step by Step - Television Favorites
  • Strangers with Candy - The Complete Series
  • Tracey Takes On... - The Complete 2nd Season
  • Your Show of Shows - Best of Sid Caesar

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Strangers with Candy: Who Wants Cake?

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 23rd 2006 7:05AM

starngers with candy(S01E04)

Jerri (reading her poem in class): When you work from your home, and John's callin' the phone, you're a call girl / When you walk 'til you limp, and give a cut to a pimp, you're a street whore / When their beggin' you please, to get down on your knees, near their groinage / 'scuse a me, don't you see, don't you touch where they pee, without coinage --

Mr. Noblet: Thank you Jerri, that'll be --

Jerri: When I straddle and squat, to show you my--

Mr. Noblet: All right Jerri...

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It's Amy Sedaris Day!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 21st 2006 3:59PM
Amy SedarisSo regular readers of TV Squad and my personal blog know that I have a love for Amy Sedaris. And it's not a crush or stalking, it's a mature, serious, dinner-and-a-movie type of love. Sure, Adam and Joel will say they love her too, but their love isn't real (plus I hear Joel's wanted in five states and Adam always forgets to put the toilet seat down, if you're reading this Amy). So I'm excited to see that Amy will be on The Late Show With David Letterman tonight.

But that's not all! Amy also has a podcast interview today over at Salon. Among other topics, she talks about why she likes ugly people and misfits.

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Watch the Strangers with Candy trailer

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 28th 2006 5:31PM
strangersd with candyWho got the Strangers with Candy movie teaser trailer? Adam got the Strangers with Candy movie teaser trailer. Well, okay, actually ThinkFilm, the film's distributor, has it, but they posted the bad boy on YouTube and I've stuck it up here for your viewing pleasure. Check it out after the jump. The voiceover on the trailer describes the movie as the prequel to the "hit" Comedy Central series. Well, I wouldn't call it a "hit" because I think it actually did quite poorly in the ratings. But then, that just meant more for those of us who thought this was one of the smartest, funniest comedies to hit television in the last several years. I am infinitely stoked. Awash in a sea of stoke, I am. Anyway, click below and enjoy. The movie will open nationwide in July. 

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Strangers with Candy movie site is up

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 5th 2006 1:05PM

jerri blankPop Candy points out that the official site for the upcoming Strangers with Candy movie is now online. According to the site, the new movie will be a prequel to the series, focusing on Jerri's release from prison, and her new life as a forty year old high school freshman. When Jerri returns home she finds her father is in a coma. Her stepmother allows Jerri to stay when its revealed her presence may help her father snap out of the coma he's been in for three decades. To make daddy proud, Jerri enters a science fair competition, during which, I assume, lots of wackiness occurs. They even gave a cameo role to Tony Lagarto, who runs the insanely in-depth fansite JerriBlank.com. Hey, I'm a fan too, where's my role? I didn't obsessively tape every episode for nothing, darn it. I could have at least played a filing cabinet or something.

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More on the Strangers with Candy movie

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 7th 2006 1:30PM
strangers with candyI mentioned recently that the movie version of Strangers with Candy would in fact see the light of day after all. Of course, there wasn't much information at the time other than Amy Sedaris' alleged announcement, but Martha over at Cinematical uncovered a bit more. The movie will be released by ThinkFilm, an independent distributor. Originally the movie, which is produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants, was to be distributed by Warner Independent Pictures, but the filmmakers switched to ThinkFilm due to "rights clearance issues." Well whatever, the movie is coming out, albeit in limited release, and I'm stoked. So stoked, in fact, that I'm using out-of-date slang. That's how totally boss this movie is going to be. Word up.

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Previously on Cinematical

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2005 12:14PM

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