Aubrey Plaza. Lizzy Caplan. Megan Mullally. Lake Bell. Casey Wilson. Ellie Kemper. Michaela Watkins. No, this isn’t the cast for Hollywood’s next great, Bridesmaids-style, all-lady ensemble comedy (although we sure wouldn’t mind if it were). It’s the list of comedians who star in a new, five-minute Funny or Die video called “Home for Actresses.” The clip features Mullally as the gray-haired, tea-drinking proprietor of the Peggy Dvorak Institute, where actresses learn “how to be cool, how to not gross people out with your hideous, actress-y personality.” Kemper in particular does a wonderful send-up of herself. Watch the hilarious short — where you’ll learn all about why you need to listen to Nina Simone instead of Ke$ha, date guys with drugs problems, and scorn motherhood — after the jump. … Read More
If you’ve got 37 seconds to spare this morning, then we invite you to check out last night’s episode of Childrens Hospital, which featured a Party Down reunion of sorts. Yes, this scene at Ken Marino’s bar mitzvah is entirely too short, but at least you get to see him and Megan Mullally sharing the small screen with Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen again, right? Plus, there’s the always hilarious David Wain as “an undercover slutty rabbi.” What’s not to love? … Read More
Yesterday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a high-level group that’s been studying drug usage and policing around the world, came to the somewhat unshocking conclusion that the war on drugs has utterly failed “with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.” Not only has the decades-long war cost world governments untold trillions of dollars, it has taken the lives of countless people, innocent and guilty alike, all while doing nothing to stop the global spread of illegal drugs. The comission, which includes former international presidents, U.S. Secretaries of State and Federal Chiefs, recommended that we simply stop fighting, legalize marijuana at the very least, and experiment with the legalization and regulation of other drugs.
In celebration of this news, we present you with a some of the best (and worst) anti-drug propaganda the media has to offer. We hope that future drug education takes on a tone that is less about fear-mongering and more about providing real facts, but while we wait for that to happen, we may as well laugh at the absurdity of these campaigns. … Read More
Some exciting news for those of us who can’t wait for the much-discussed Party Down movie (or simply don’t believe it will ever really happen): Our friends at Splitsider are reporting that in an upcoming episode of Childrens Hospital, which is fittingly entitled “Party Down,” former castmates Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr,… Read More
Thanks to Funny or Die, “Successful Alcoholics,” a dark comedic short that was well-received at both Sundance and South by Southwest, is finally online. TJ Miller (who you might remember as the dude who did that hilarious live-action Yogi Bear audition tape) and Lizzy Caplan play a co-dependent couple who is “young, successful, in love, and constantly shitfaced.” (An interesting bit of trivia: these two previously shared the screen in JJ Abrams’ Cloverfield.) The lovely Tony Hale has a small role as well. If you’ve got 25 minutes or so to spare (come on, it’s Friday afternoon), click through to check it out now, but be warned: it’s kind of heartbreaking. … Read More
Will 2011 be the year of the stoner comedy? Less than four months into the year, theaters have already seen the release of David Gordon Green’s uneven Your Highness, and now there’s a trailer for another paean to weed-smoking — directed by a guy with an impeccable comic pedigree. High Road is the feature film debut of Upright Citizen Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh. Billed as “a totally improvised ‘high’ comedy,” it stars James F. Pumphrey as a small-time pot dealer whose brush with the law forces him to decide between drugs, making music, and his pregnant girlfriend (Abby Elliott). The supporting cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Rob Riggle, Ed Helms, and Horatio Sanz (who’s long been known among New York audiences for showing up unannounced at UCB performances and ruining the show with his laughing-at-my-own-jokes schtick). High Road will premiere April 29th at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Honestly, based on this trailer, the movie looks like it might be a bit too Judd-Apatow-lite for our taste, but considering how much we like Walsh, Elliott, Caplan, and Helms, we ‘ll still likely give it a chance if it ever makes it to theaters. … Read More
According to the NY Post, when Lady Gaga was asked who she would want to play her in a hypothetical movie about her life story, she responded, “I’ve always been a big fan of Rosario Dawson. Oh, you know what, I would have Marisa Tomei play me. I am such a Marisa Tomei fan. All my friends call me Marisa when I get angry. Because my New York accent just flies out of my body and I start smacking my gum.” Well, even setting aside the fact that Rosario Dawson’s Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent would, um, kind of change the story and that Marisa Tomei is 22 years older than Lady Gaga, we don’t think these are remotely appropriate choices. This is why Lady Gaga will have an agent to help her decide who should play her in the movie. And also, she’ll have, you know, us. Click through for our picks for the best actresses to play Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, AKA Lady Gaga, in the movie of her life. … Read More