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Guess why David Cross hates Jim Belushi

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2009 3:02PM
David CrossOK, I'm going to trust you not to read this piece in the New York Daily News where David Cross explains why he has dumped on Jim Belushi so much over the last ten plus years. Before you read it, vote in the poll below. What happened to make the Mr. Show/Arrested Development star dislike Belushi?

And no, it's not because Cross wanted to be the lead on According To Jim.

Why does David Cross hate Jim Belushi?
Belushi wouldn't sign an autograph for Cross' friend287 (23.3%)
Belushi beat him out for a movie role62 (5.0%)
They both dated the same woman69 (5.6%)
He overheard Belushi saying nasty things about him93 (7.6%)
According To Jim was on way too long199 (16.2%)
He doesn't, it's a gag between the two521 (42.3%)

OK, go read the article now.

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Seven sketch comedies that deserved more chances than Mad TV got - VIDEOS

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 3rd 2008 10:34AM
Mad TV came along at a time in American television history when America had an excuse to get out of the house and live healthy and productive lives on Saturday night.

But eventually, the show evolved into a 60-minute scream fest of recurring characters spouting catchphrases over and over and celebrity satire that taught lessons about the proliferation of pop culture and ignorance. Important lessons, such as "Boy is Anna Nicole Smith dumb and fat!" and "Hey, is that Paris Hilton a whore or what?" Every episode felt like a hand was reaching out of the TV and rubbing a cheese grater across my face. Now 14 years after its inception, Fox has finally decided to pull the plug on Mad TV and let it die a slow horrible death instead of taking it out Old Yeller-style, the way God intended.

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Funny people talk about the comedy biz

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 3rd 2007 12:04PM

vernon chatman and john leeThe folks behind some of my favorite series of the past decade talking about the TV comedy business? Yes, please.

Golden Fiddle has a transcript of a panel discussion with David Cross (Arrested Development, co-creator of Mr. Show), Bob Odenkirk (the other co-creator of Mr. Show), Chuck Tatham (writer, Arrested Development), and Wonder Showzen creators Vernon Chatman and John Lee.

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Ten easy steps to sketch comedy greatness

by Julia Ward, posted Apr 15th 2007 12:02PM
Human GiantWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

It seems like we're experiencing a renaissance of decent sketch comedy programming or maybe we're just reaching an Upright Citizens Brigade alumni saturation point in popular media. (Seriously, move over Second City, and SNL, your days are numbered.) It could be the internet's doing - between the amateurs on YouTube, Super Deluxe and VBS, there's no shortage of comedy gold out there in accessible, bite-sized nuggets. Rather than try to pin down how and why our airwaves are awash in sketch-length comedy goodness, I'd like to draw your attention to MTV's most recent offering - Human Giant.

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Sarah Silverman gives you sex advice

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 23rd 2007 1:07PM
Sarah Silverman and kidThe Onion's A.V. Club is inviting readers to ask Sarah Silverman for sex advice. Post your question to the site, and the best questions will be forwarded to Ms. Silverman. Her answers will be included in an upcoming feature on the The Sarah Silverman Program, set for its Comedy Central debut on February 1st. Several clips from the show were recently posted online. It looks something like the non-stand-up portions of Jesus is Magic with lots of Mr. Show alums and Sarah's sister Laura in supporting roles.

I personally recommend that you seek Sarah's sex advice. She and boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel were recently featured in Esquire's "What I've Learned" issue, and they had plenty of useful relationship tips to share. For instance, pretend your parents are someone else's. This makes you more tolerant of their eccentricities. That's great advice, and when you're done gleaning all the knowledge you can from Sarah, you can send a letter to Amy Sedaris care of The Believer for further enlightenment.

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David Cross defends himself against critic

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 17th 2007 2:19PM

David CrossSometimes a celebrity will (supposedly) leave his or her comments on a web site, but you're never quite sure if it's really them or just someone impersonating them. But comedian David Cross is online a lot and when he leaves a comment you know it's him. Case in point, this comment left after a SFist review of a recent gig in San Francisco.

You can read the review, but to summarize: the reviewer loved Cross' stuff on Mr. Show and Arrested Development, but she couldn't take his jokes about Mormons (and on Martin Luther King Day too!). Cross doesn't just leave a snide comment or a quick, expletive-filled putdown, he actually goes on at length about the review, how the show was really perceived by the audience (and he has it on tape to prove it), and tries to explain the comedy he was trying to do at the show. Now, it's never good to "explain" your comedy, but what else is someone supposed to do when they are basically called a bigot?

[via Gawker]

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The State vs. Mr. Show - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 4th 2007 8:35AM

mr. showKittenpants over at CC Insider found a video on YouTube of one of my favorite sketches from MTV's The State, a gritty drama edited for television that kind of loses something without all the cursing. There's just nothing especially menacing about the word "poop," no matter how much anger and passion you put into it.

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Previously on Cinematical: Monday polls, Mr. Show, and Mac ads

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2006 6:16PM

David Cross and Bob OdenkirkOur weekly roundup of what's going on at our sister blog (we cover the small screen, they cover the bigger one), Cinematical.

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How to not alienate David Cross

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2006 11:00AM
David CrossBeing a celebrity must be weird. Aside from the fame and fortune (if there is, indeed, either), you have to deal with a public that feels as if they know you, just because they've seen you on the big screen, in interviews, or you come into their home every week. It's probably hard for people who are in the celeb stratosphere and have to have an entourage and a gated home, like Madonna or Leonardo DiCaprio or Michael Jackson. People who aren't exactly going out to bars with friends or shopping or going to the movies down the street. But it can also be hard for other celebs.

Someone like David Cross. He's famous, but he's not FAMOUS. He's really just a regular guy who goes out to bars and restaurants in NYC, hangs out with friends. He's written a piece for New York mag's ettiquette issue, on how to not alienate a celeb if you see one out somewhere. It's pretty funny, but pretty accurate too.

My favorite part is when Cross tells the story of how he was standing at a bar one time, and a guy came up to him, snapped his fingers in his face and yelled, "Name!"


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In the Limelight: Tom Kenny

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 23rd 2006 9:07PM

Tom KennyTom Kenny... Ever seen him? Maybe not. Ever heard him? Probably. This guy isn't really a familiar face, but he's definitely a familiar voice, most notably as Spongebob Squarepants, the little sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Some of you that were born before 1990 and lean more toward the less-animated comedies might know him as a guy from Mr. Show with Bob and David (Tom was neither Bob nor David).

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