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Review: ‘Sylvio’ is a Touching, Absurdist Comedy

Vine fad “Simply Sylvio” and its film adaptation — more plainly titled Sylvio — by directors Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley offer a tense amalgamation of lowbrow sensibilities and highbrow execution, which the anthropomorphic gorilla then beats into submission. In a film about dualities, it makes sense for Sylvio to tread lightly despite its loud premise, concerning the budding relationship between aspiring talk-show host Al Reynolds and the eponymous gorilla, as well as their fame, derived from the success of a recurring segment on the show in which Sylvio goes bananas by breaking stuff on-screen.

It is difficult to speak on the film without considering its possible influencers, most evident in something like Comedy Central’s The Eric Andre Show, or Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Good Job! which the film replicates aesthetically with The Al Reynolds Show, and thematically with its deadpan parody treatment of public access
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The Looney Bin: The Trickster Logic of Eric Andre and Bugs Bunny

By Jacob Oller

The Eric Andre Show is always unexpected, which makes it almost as powerful as animation. bout a year ago, friend of the site Sam Fragoso did a long, surreal, and introspective interview with one of the most creative comedians working today, Eric Andre. His self-titled Adult Swim program, barely holding onto the framing device of […]

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Matt Groening, ‘The Simpsons’ Creator, Making New Animated Series ‘Disenchantment’ For Netflix

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Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, will return to the small-screen with his third animated series, Disenchantment. The series is being made for Netflix and has been in the works for some time. While the entire cast hasn’t been filled out, Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show), and Nate Faxon (Friends From College) are all on board […]

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Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’: Everything You Need to Know About the Netflix Animated Series

The internet is abuzz now that Matt Groening has confirmed he’s in production on “Disenchantment,” his third animated television series after such legendary shows as “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” The former will be heading into its 29th season this fall, while the latter wrapped up its beloved seven-season run in 2013. But now we have a brand new Groening series to look forward to, one that will be highly bingeworthy given that Netflix is involved.

Read More: ‘The Simpsons’ Will Return to DVD After A Three-Year Hiatus, After Fans Demand It

Considering that both of Groening’s series had no problem exceeding the 100-episode mark (“The Simpsons” is currently sitting high with 618 episodes under its belt), it’s safe to assume he’ll be in business with Netflix for quite some time. While more details are bound to arrive between now and the series’ premiere date, here’s everything we
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Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’: Everything You Need to Know About the Netflix Animated Series

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The internet is abuzz now that Matt Groening has confirmed he’s in production on “Disenchantment,” his third animated television series after such legendary shows as “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” The former will be heading into its 29th season this fall, while the latter wrapped up its beloved seven-season run in 2013. But now we have a brand new Groening series to look forward to, one that will be highly bingeworthy given that Netflix is involved.

Read More: ‘The Simpsons’ Will Return to DVD After A Three-Year Hiatus, After Fans Demand It

Considering that both of Groening’s series had no problem exceeding the 100-episode mark (“The Simpsons” is currently sitting high with 618 episodes under its belt), it’s safe to assume he’ll be in business with Netflix for quite some time. While more details are bound to arrive between now and the series’ premiere date, here’s everything we
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Netflix Orders Matt Groening Fantasy Comedy ‘Disenchantment’ to Series

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Netflix Orders Matt Groening Fantasy Comedy ‘Disenchantment’ to Series
“Disenchantment,” “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening’s animated series for Netflix, is finally moving along, with the streaming service ordering 20 episodes and announcing the voice cast. The series takes place in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland and will follow the lives of a princess with a drinking problem named Bean, an elf companion named Elfo and her personal demon Luci. Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”) will star as Bean, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and actor Nat Faxon will play Elfo and Eric Andre (“The Eric Andre Show”) will voice Luci. Also Read: 'The Simpsons' Rejected Donald Trump's Request for Guest Spot,
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Here’s a Guide to the Stellar Supporting Cast

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Here’s a Guide to the Stellar Supporting Cast
The cast of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” includes no shortage of famous faces, including two Oscar nominees and two full-on Oscar winners. But anyone paying close attention while watching this weekend’s box office winner might have noticed a number of other familiar faces. In fact, director Jon Watts has packed nearly every small supporting role he could with a niche comedian or former child star on the verge of adulthood.

Read More: How ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Star Jacob Batalon Went From College Dropout to Blockbuster Star

So below is our guide to the various notable characters that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) encounters over the course of the film, and where else you have seen them before.

Donald Glover

Spider-Man: Homecoming” Role: Aaron Davis, a local criminal who, it’s been said, is canonically the uncle of Miles Morales, who in the comics eventually becomes Spider-Man. (This is a nice nod to a
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Hannibal Buress Paid an Imposter to Infiltrate Spider-Man Premiere

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Hannibal Buress Paid an Imposter to Infiltrate Spider-Man Premiere
Hannibal Buress portrays Coach Wilson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he apparently wanted to skip the premiere so he hired an imposter instead. I'd like to say it was a look-alike, but that was definitely not the case here because the guy looked nothing like the comedian. Buress is probably best known for his standup career and as Eric Andre's sidekick on the Eric Andre Show, which may very well be where this newest stunt originated from. I can just imagine Buress and Andre concocting the idea together and sitting back to watch the joke unfold.

Buress fired off a few tweets (that have since been deleted) asking for a "look-alike" to stand in for him at the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere. The comedian even offered $500 to somebody who could think on their feet with "solid comedic timing." Actor Joe Carroll took up the gig and went straight to the premiere as Buress,
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Family Comedy from Erica Oyama in Development at Fox

Erica Oyama: Steamy Awards/YouTube

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon’s “UnREAL” has earned rave reviews for depicting the disturbing drama and ugliness behind the scenes of a “Bachelor”-esque reality show. But before the Lifetime series came along, E!’s “Burning Love” took a more comedic approach to riffing on the long-running Chris Harrison-hosted series. “Burning Love’s” creator, writer, and executive producer, Erica Oyama, has a new project in the works. Deadline reports that she has a half-hour single camera comedy series in development at Fox.

“Based on Oyama’s life, the family comedy centers on Olivia, a single mom who returns to Alabama where her Japanese karate-master father still lives and teaches,” the source summarizes. “She joins the family business while enlisting her father’s help in toughening up her pessimistic nine-year-old son.”

A parody of “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs, “Burning Love” originally debuted on the web on Yahoo! Screen’s Comedy Channel before being picked up by E!. The Emmy-nominated series ran for three seasons. Its rotating cast included Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman (“Billions”), June Diane Raphael (“Grace and Frankie”), and Natasha Leggero (“Another Period”).

“Children’s Hospital,” “Ntsf:sd:suv,” and “The Eric Andre Show” are among Oyama’s other credits.

“It’s just so funny to hear, ‘female comedies are so hot right now,’ because, of course, they’re just comedies that have females in them,” Oyama said in a 2014 interview. “I guess it’s just encouraging that everyone’s sort of like, ‘Yes, these women are hilarious, and we should be watching them as much as we’re watching these guys be ridiculous, too.’ I hope it keeps going. I want to be a part of it, of writing it. Obviously, women are just as funny — it’s such a silly discussion that people are still having,” she emphasized.

Family Comedy from Erica Oyama in Development at Fox was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Fxx Cancels ‘Man Seeking Woman’ After Three Seasons

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Fxx Cancels ‘Man Seeking Woman’ After Three Seasons
Man Seeking Woman” has been canceled after three seasons, TheWrap has learned. Fxx has decided not to renew the Jay Baruchel-led comedy for a fourth season a month after the conclusion of the show’s low-rated third season. Including seven days of delayed viewing, Season 3 of “Man Seeking Woman” averaged just 367,000 total viewers per week. The sitcom follows Josh Greenberg (Baruchel) as he soldiers through the life-and-death stakes of dating. The series also stars Eric Andre (“The Eric Andre Show”) as Mike, Josh’s confident and daring best friend; and Britt Lower (“Sisters”) as Liz, Josh’s intimidating older sister.
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‘The A.V. Club’ Wants to Be Your Smart TV: How The Pop-Culture Site Is Moving Into the Entertainment News Circuit

‘The A.V. Club’ Wants to Be Your Smart TV: How The Pop-Culture Site Is Moving Into the Entertainment News Circuit
A modest studio nestled in a corridor of industrial Chicago is the latest front in the ongoing battle to marry news and pop culture. Here, writers for the Fusion network’s new weekly show, “The A.V. Club,” are discussing how to best taste-test a Nintendo Switch cartridge.

The gag will serve as the cold open for the second episode of the pop-culture website’s eponymous TV show, which premiered March 16 and will air a new episode every Thursday evening. Host John Teti and his writers, Yolanda Carney and Fran Hoepfner, recently learned that Nintendo has coated cartridges for its new gaming system in something deliberately foul-tasting, to prevent children from eating them. “So we’re feeding it to adults,” Hoepfner said.

Read More: Univision Will Indeed Be Making a Spanish-Language Version of ‘Breaking Bad

Teti laughed at the phrasing. “Let’s remember that,” he noted. (They wound up with,
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‘The A.V. Club’ Wants to Be Your Smart TV: How The Pop-Culture Site Is Moving Into the Entertainment News Circuit

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‘The A.V. Club’ Wants to Be Your Smart TV: How The Pop-Culture Site Is Moving Into the Entertainment News Circuit
A modest studio nestled in a corridor of industrial Chicago is the latest front in the ongoing battle to marry news and pop culture. Here, writers for the Fusion network’s new weekly show, “The A.V. Club,” are discussing how to best taste-test a Nintendo Switch cartridge.

The gag will serve as the cold open for the second episode of the pop-culture website’s eponymous TV show, which premiered March 16 and will air a new episode every Thursday evening. Host John Teti and his writers, Yolanda Carney and Fran Hoepfner, recently learned that Nintendo has coated cartridges for its new gaming system in something deliberately foul-tasting, to prevent children from eating them. “So we’re feeding it to adults,” Hoepfner said.

Read More: Univision Will Indeed Be Making a Spanish-Language Version of ‘Breaking Bad

Teti laughed at the phrasing. “Let’s remember that,” he noted. (They wound up with,
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The Worst TV of 2016

The Worst TV of 2016
We watch a lot of television. Most of the time, our job descriptions are a dream come true. Sometimes, though, television is very bad — and as the people responsible for covering it, we can’t look away. We’ve seen all the rebooted franchises and rehashed talk-show formats; the streaming bloat and the prestige fatigue. We watch the football games and the 24-hour news, the awards shows and the special reports. Peak TV means there’s more television to watch than ever — but along with great programming comes predictable duds, riding the wave of buzz and media to stink, with passive-aggressive insistence, on our always-on screens.

The Variety TV staff went through this year’s programming to come up with the frustrations, disappointments, and atrocities that dotted the television landscape. Some are grand ideas that flopped in execution; others are moments of failure within larger shows. There are many different ways to make terrible television, as
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Alan Thicke’s Boldest Alt-Comedy Moments: Watch Him on ‘Tim and Eric’ and More

Last night, actor Alan Thicke, best known as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom “Growing Pains,” died of a heart attack. He was 69 years old.

Read More: Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies at 83

Besides playing one of America’s most beloved TV dads, Thicke was a presence on many alt-comedy shows on Adult Swim, often making self-deprecating, strange cameo appearances. In one episode of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” Thicke advertised “The Cinco Napple,” an apple with a sleeping aid.

He made an appearance on “The Eric Andre Show” where he and David Alan Grier closed out the show with a goofy, upbeat song.

Thicke also appeared in the final episode of the short-lived series “The Jack and Triumph Show,” starring Jack Brayer (“30 Rock”) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Finally, Thicke even made a guest appearance on a first season episode of “Scream Queens,
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Alan Thicke’s Boldest Alt-Comedy Moments: Watch Him on ‘Tim and Eric’ and More

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Last night, actor Alan Thicke, best known as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom “Growing Pains,” died of a heart attack. He was 69 years old.

Read More: Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies at 83

Besides playing one of America’s most beloved TV dads, Thicke was a presence on many alt-comedy shows on Adult Swim, often making self-deprecating, strange cameo appearances. In one episode of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” Thicke advertised “The Cinco Napple,” an apple with a sleeping aid.

He made an appearance on “The Eric Andre Show” where he and David Alan Grier closed out the show with a goofy, upbeat song.

Thicke also appeared in the final episode of the short-lived series “The Jack and Triumph Show,” starring Jack Brayer (“30 Rock”) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Finally, Thicke even made a guest appearance on a first season episode of “Scream Queens,
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Sam Hyde Speaks: Meet the Man Behind Adult Swim's Canceled "Alt-Right" Comedy Show (Exclusive)

From the moment it premiered last August, Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace was causing disturbances in the insular and relatively supportive weirdo-comedy world of Adult Swim. The show, with its odd pacing, jarring graphics and bizarre characters and scenarios, at first glance contains all the hallmarks of other offerings from the Cartoon Network offshoot — cult sketch shows like Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and The Eric Andre Show. Watch long enough, however, and World Peace veers into some shocking and arguably offensive territory. In one sketch, a man trips his brother's wife because he...
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‘Where in the Hell is the Lavender House?’ Pursues the Creator of a Prank-Call Comedy Empire

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‘Where in the Hell is the Lavender House?’ Pursues the Creator of a Prank-Call Comedy Empire
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Where in the Hell is the Lavender House?

Logline: Two unlucky filmmakers get way lost trying to find and interview the Banksy of prank phone calls: Longmont Potion Castle.

Elevator Pitch:

This film is a documentary about a documentary about two documentarians trying to make a documentary about an anonymous prank phone caller with a huge cult following. It’s a scripted/unscripted reality performance piece about a crazy dude who has taken prank phone calls to a new artistic level over the past thirty years. It’s got a great indie comedy vibe, but with hidden camera pranks,
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Adult Swim Creative Director on ‘Limiting Female Projects’: ‘Women Don’t Tend to Like Conflict’

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Mike Lazzo, who serves as vice president and creative director of Adult Swim, received criticism this week for reportedly not hiring women in creative positions because, as one anonymous former employee recalls him saying, “when you put women in the writers room, you get conflict, not comedy.”

Read More: Hollywood Is ‘Epicenter of Cultural Inequality’ For Women and Minorities, New Report Finds — Girl Talk

Lazzo clarified his comments on reddit: “What I actually said was-women don’t tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict, so that’s probably why we (or others) have so few female projects,” he wrote. “Nonetheless this was a dumb answer to a good question as Lucille Ball and Gilda Rather to Amy Poelher and Amy Schumer prove my statement a load of generalized nonsense.” A recent Buzzfeed report states that only one out of every 34 credits go to women on Adult Swim, the
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Adult Swim Creative Director on ‘Limiting Female Projects’: ‘Women Don’t Tend to Like Conflict’

Mike Lazzo, who serves as vice president and creative director of Adult Swim, received criticism this week for reportedly not hiring women in creative positions because, as one anonymous former employee recalls him saying, “when you put women in the writers room, you get conflict, not comedy.”

Read More: Hollywood Is ‘Epicenter of Cultural Inequality’ For Women and Minorities, New Report Finds — Girl Talk

Lazzo clarified his comments on reddit: “What I actually said was-women don’t tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict, so that’s probably why we (or others) have so few female projects,” he wrote. “Nonetheless this was a dumb answer to a good question as Lucille Ball and Gilda Rather to Amy Poelher and Amy Schumer prove my statement a load of generalized nonsense.” A recent Buzzfeed report states that only one out of every 34 credits go to women on Adult Swim, the
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Adult Swim’s Next Insane Comedy ‘Dream Corp LLC’ Will Get Into Your Head (And Mess With It)

Get ready to enter your own mind — and maybe blow it wide open. On Oct. 23, the new Adult Swim series “Dream Corp LLC” premieres, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Read More: ‘The Eric Andre Show’: The Only Two Things They Can’t Do on TV’s Most Anarchic Talk Show

Per the official synopsis, the series is “an absurd comedy set in a neglected dream therapy facility. Each week desperate patients have their dreams recorded and analyzed by Dream Corp’s absent-minded professor, Dr. Roberts (Jon Gries), and his team of unremarkable scientists.”

Created by Daniel Stessen (who was nominated for the 2013 SXSW Grand Jury Award for his animated short “The Gold Sparrow”), the series is a hybrid in more ways than one, using a mix of live-action footage and rotoscoped animation to capture the divide between dreams and reality. The effect created leads
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