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Comedy Central Yanks 'Michael and Michael Have Issues'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:15PM
Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter'Michael and Michael Have Issues,' the behind the scenes sketch comedy fest from 'State' alumni Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter was one of the funniest "no surprise" shows in Comedy Central's line-up in a long time.

So it should probably serve as "no surprise" that Comedy Central has put the kibosh on it.

Showalter sent out the awful truth in Twitter form yesterday. Black also followed up Showalter's sad announcement with his own Tweet that contains a certain word that starts with "F" and ends with "K" and it isn't "fullback."

I was a fan and I looked forward to the second season, but now I'll just have to settle with the inevitable buck squeezing DVD release. You guys had me at "bunny stomping."

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What to Watch: October 19 - 25

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 19th 2009 2:02AM

Peak Season (October 19, 10 pm, MTV)

This new doc series premieres tonight, with an introduction to most of the major players in the snowy soap. Cameras follow a group of kids - in their early 20s, as is the case up in Whistler - who work the slopes and bars in Whistler as they get together and break up. It's like 'The Hills' on ice.

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Did you watch Michael and Michael Have Issues?

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 27th 2009 3:01PM
Michael and Michael Have IssuesLast night was the season finale of Michael & Michael Have Issues on Comedy Central. Which means fans of the show can look forward either to its second season or its quiet death. With rare exceptions (like Important Things with Demetri Martin), shows come and go on Comedy Central with little fanfare. Mind of Mencia and Lewis Black's Root of All Evil weren't renewed, but their cancellations were never really announced, just mentioned by the players on the shows themselves.

So here's your chance to weigh in. Did you like MMHI? Were you one of the fans who attended the "blarties" and "twarties" (blog parties and twitter parties)? Did you pick up The State on DVD and watch for nostalgia? What did you think of the sketch show within a show format?

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Michael and Michael invite you to twarty

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 29th 2009 5:02PM
Michael Ian Blakc and Michael Showalter of Michael and Michael Have IssuesIf you're a fan of Michael and Michael Have Issues, you may want to have your Twittering device handy watching tonight's episode. Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter will both be doing a "pre-Tweet Town Hall" at 9:30 PM ET, and then continuing through the show, which airs at 10:30 PM ET, looking for questions from the audience and commentary on the show. Officially, they're calling it their Town Hall Twitter Twarty, or "twarty," short for "Twitter Party."

The plan is for the audience input to be featured along with commentary from the Michaels themselves and from writers Jessi Klein and Kumail Nanjiani, The Real Jim Biederman, and writer's assistant Stephie Grob, on the show's blog, www.michaelandmichaelhaveissues.com. The Michaels will post their favorite stuff on ComedyCentral.com during the week. Tweets can be sent to @mshowalter or @michaelianblack.

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Hoping for a healthy dose of sketch comedy from Michael and Michael Have Issues

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 15th 2009 8:35PM
When Michael and Michael Have Issues premieres tonight at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central, it'll be a return to sketch comedy of sorts for Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. The pair started out with The State on MTV, as this week's boxed set release reminded us. Their most recent TV project, Stella, the show, with former State member David Wain, wasn't really sketch as much as it was an exercise in absurdist slapstick.

Comedy Central has been showing episodes from the single season the show lasted in the run up to Michael and Michael Have Issues, and it has been a pleasant reminder of Stella's brief experiment with a half-hour TV comedy. It's hard to imagine keeping that premise going - Wain, Black, and Showalter free associating with different guest stars season after season. But it's been fun to watch it again.

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The new State DVD: You'll wanna dip your balls in it!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2009 3:05PM
Louie, the guy who wants to dip his balls in it, from MTV's TV bloggers get a lot of free DVDs to review. They range from the dull and drab to titles that some people would run over someone on the way to the movie store to get.

It's very rare, however, for anyone to get their grubby little hands on a title powerful enough to reverse the polarity of the universe and restore order to chaos. I managed to score that very thing a week before anyone could and I didn't have to sell my soul, my first-born child or any of my bodily objects to get it.

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VIDEO The Show Girl: Jada Pinkett Smith, 'Entourage,' Celeb Twitters & More!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 10th 2009 12:45PM
HawthorneYou've got questions, I've got answers -- I'm The Show Girl! This week, I chat with 'Hawthorne' star Jada Pinkett Smith about hubby Will playing Mr. Mom, and his early music catalog.

Then I catch up with 'Entourage' star Rex Lee (Lloyd!) who admits that President Obama isn't the only friend of the show in high places ... an A-list celeb couple might even be stalking him. Plus, I give a little sneak peek of Comedy Central's new show, 'Michael & Michael Have Issues,' starring two of my favorite celebrity Tweeters, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.

To get your questions answered on The Show Girl, just email me at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com. And if you want more, follow me on Twitter @TheTVShowGirl and subscribe to The Show Girl video podcast on iTunes. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong

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A possible preview of Michael and Michael Have Issues

by Nick Zaino, posted May 14th 2009 12:02PM
Michael and Michael Have IssuesIf you're a fan of Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black and you've been looking for information on their new Comedy Central show, Michael and Michael Have Issues, you've probably been a bit confused lately. Any press the pair have done for the show has been fairly vague.

And then you have the site dedicated to the show, www.michaelandmichaelhaveissues.com, which offers plenty of blog entries, including one from earlier this month titled "Photos of the Promos Shoot" that feature dancers holding up Michael and Michael heads on a stick (see photo).

Maybe this clip will help give a better clue. Poorly veiled tension has always been a part of the act with Stella (which also includes David Wain). But here we get to see Michael and Michael actually attack each other in a studio when Showalter takes issue with Black's impression of a butterfly fart. This is supposed to be from the series pilot, which premieres in July, but who knows? Maybe it's here to distract you from what they're really working on. (Oooohh! Conspiracy!)

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Two-thirds of the cast of Stella have new series

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 19th 2009 12:02PM
Michael Ian Black and Michael ShowalterMichael Showalter and Michael Ian Black (who made up the cast of Stella along with David Wain) are returning to Comedy Central with their new series Michael and Michael Have Issues.

The premise is somewhat similar to that of 30 Rock in which the two friends have a sketch-show-within-a-show. The comedy style of the duo has been somewhat hit-or-miss for me. I enjoyed Stella but didn't think that much of their stand-up comedy when I saw them perform live. Their scripted work (such as the movies Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter) remains their strong suit so I have high hopes for this series.

I do wonder if the characters are going to have the same names as the actors. Showalter and Black seem to have no problem with blurring the lines between fantasy and reality for the sake of television. Hopefully this show will last longer than Stella's single season.

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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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Catching up with the boys of Stella

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 23rd 2007 12:30PM
stella comedy on swingsFormer Stella and State alum Michael Showalter and David Wain have been making entertainment news these past couple of weeks. Showalter debuted his online series The Michael Showalter Showalter on College Humor with Comedian of Comedy Zach Galifianakis as his guest. (If you live in LA, you can catch Zach free tonight at the Upright Citizen's Brigade theater with VH1 talking head Doug Benson.)

David Wain debuted his latest directorial outing The Ten at Sundance. The feature, which sounds like Kieslowski's Decalogue gone zany, puts together ten shorts - each musing on one of the ten commandments. The screening has been getting positive reviews. Those of us without Park City press passes will hopefully be enjoying that film later this year. Keep your eye on The Ten's website for more info.

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The State now on iTunes

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 26th 2006 3:42PM
the state castI have never bought a television show from iTunes... until now. MTV's sketch comedy show The State is now for sale only on iTunes (it's not even on DVD). The State aired on MTV from 1993-1995. It was both weird and hilarious. The network essentially gave a bunch of college graduates free reign over their own show. It gave some of my favorite comedy actors their start, including Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Kerri Kenney and Thomas Lennon.

Season one is currently for sale, and it includes characters Doug, Louie, Barry & Levon... and $240 worth of pudding. According to The State website, run by David Wain, MTV will release subsequent seasons if downloads are popular and the network may even decide to put the damn show on DVD already.

[Via Pop Candy]

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Stella coming to DVD in September

by Bob Sassone, posted May 27th 2006 3:06PM
StellaIt's official (after many fits and starts and rumors): the first season of Comedy Central's comedy show Stella is coming to DVD on September 12. The show starred Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain. I thought it was sort of a modern Three Stooges.

Now, the DVD set says first season, but was there a second season of the show, or is this a complete series set?

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Stella stars present: American Schmidol

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 9th 2006 9:21AM
american schmidol stellaIf you're lucky enough to live in New York City and have an unusual sense of humor, you will totally dig this. Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain are judging a parody of American Idol, called American Schmidol. They're teaming up with Heeb Magazine and JDUB Records for a "giant-screen karaoke competition" at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday, March 13. I can't figure out which one will be the Simon character. Any of them could pull it off.

If you're like me and you don't live in NYC, but you're missing Stella and you're wondering when it'll be back (Hello? Comedy Central?)*, you can get your David Wain fix on his website. He has put up a scan of an article in Tokion Magazine called "Writing Comedy", which features Wain and David Cross. Or, you can download the audio version of the interview here.

*Thanks to commenter, Matt, who pointed out that Stella is not getting a second season on Comedy Central (despite its title as one of the best TV shows of 2005 by EW magazine). The official Stella website confirms it.

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