Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, stars of the acclaimed two-man play Oh, Hello on Broadway!, took over the host’s desk on Late Night with Seth Meyers this week at a Washinton D.C. taping of the talk show – in character.
The two play Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, two aging Upper West Side roommates who host a public access prank show, Too Much Tuna, in which they trick their guests by giving them sandwiches overstuffed with tuna. Their comedy act evolved from a sketch on Kroll’s Comedy Central series Kroll Show into an Off-Broadway production and national tour, and now into an Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directed full-scale Broadway play at the Lyceum, and a New York Times Critic’s Pick.
Late Night With Seth Meyers airs on NBC at 12:35 AM EST. It’s currently taping in D.C., where tonight it will host guest Vice President Joe Biden.
For fans of The State, Party Down, Reno 911!, and just about every live-action show on Adult Swim, Yahoo!’s unexpected foray into deadpan parody, Burning Love, was a nonstop joy. Ken Marino, in particular, as an idiot firefighter trying to find a soul mate via reality TV series, was pitch-perfect. This time around, the tables are turned, and former contestant Julie Gristlewhite (played as unhinged by the hilarious June Diane Raphael) is in the position of bachelorette and grand prize.
Competing for her damaged affections is a murder’s row of funny dudes: Nick Kroll, Rob Huebel, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Cera, Adam Scott—hell, even Jerry O’Connell and Colin Hanks are in the mix. Though we bet that nothing can top Jennifer Aniston’s turn in the original. Check out the extended trailer for season two below, then go hit up the first two episodes of it, which have already "aired." I promise that the weirdness of going to yahoo.com wears off eventually (no it doesn’t).
You may still be devising ways to corrupt Tim Tebow in his inaugural season with the Jets, people of New York, and FX’s semi-improvised bro-tacular comedy The League and its cast of funny people (Mark Duplass! Katie Aselton! Nick Kroll!) is coming back to give you some ideas. The first teasers for the show’s fourth season, following a rather dramatic ending last year involving Ruxin (Kroll) escaping the hospital post-stroke and Taco (Jon Lajoie) trying to hold a Viking funeral for the league, dropped this week. Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens guest stars in the promo spots, which all spoof Brett Favre’s Wrangler “Comfortable” ads.
Ken Marino of Party Down fame will also appear as a guest star this season, and sparked some speculation on the Internet Wednesday morning after a series of tweets about his being arrested for punching cast regular Nick Kroll in the face, bloody-knuckled Twitpic and all. Based on the show’s goofy tweets in response and the fact that Marino was allegedly posting from a cop car, this was probably all a pretty elaborate publicity stunt.
The League returns to FX on October 11, just in time for everyone to have lost interest in their actual fantasy football teams. Also, this is the year Jenny MacArthur wins the Shiva. I can feel it in my bones.
This week, we’re bringing you video interviews with some of the biggest and most respected names in New York comedy. While many think of comedy shows as cheesy affairs featuring lame stand-up comics and two-drink minimums, a new crowd of performers are changing the game by hosting their own shows to showcase their own talents as well as those of their friends, colleagues, and heroes. Today, we talk to Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel, who host Totally J/K at UCB East!
"Totally J/K is the best. Joe and Noah are both uniquely brilliant idiots. Their ‘List of Nothing’ which grows in size and ridiculousness every show is one of my favorite pieces of living comedy anywhere." – Nick Kroll
"Joe and Noah are so relentlessly and prolifically funny I almost can’t handle it. Their skin is so, so soft and supple, too. They really are the full package." – Dave Hill
"You should really get some quotes about our show. Noah loves when people talk about him. Negatively or positively." – Joe Mande
If college is a time for experimentation and self-discovery, perhaps it’s perfectly reasonable that Noah Garfinkel touched Joe Mande’s penis because he was curious about a crease in Joe’s sweatpants. It might also explain their shared neurotic vibe, but that’s how two budding comedians at Emerson became best friends. After graduation, they ended up in New York and found a home at the indie/alternative/whatever-you-want-to-call-it comedy breeding ground of Rififi in the East Village where they started their weekly show, Totally J/K, because "anyone could."
Like many who host a show, it was a place for them to develop and test material, best exemplified in their long-running "List of Nothing"—a brain dump of puns and absurd ideas that gives you a peek inside their creative hive mind. While Totally J/K has moved around the city to Sound Fix Lounge in Williamsburg before coming back to Manhattan at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea and now at UCBeast in the East Village on Thursday nights, it remains one of the best showcases for stand-ups in New York.
Dear readers, your new crack comedy pairing: Justin Bieber’s (possibly ex? I don’t even know anymore) girlfriend… and Ruxin from The League. In their latest video, pop star Selena Gomez and Nick Kroll skewer guilty-pleasure bodice-ripper Fifty Shades of Grey.
In “Fifty Shades of Blue,” Gomez provides the voiceover channeling Anastasia Steele to Kroll’s Carl Blue, a housepainter (as opposed to uber-wealthy flagellation fanatic Christian Grey) with adult-onset acne and terrible hygiene (he greets our narrator by shaking her hand after coughing into it). As she confides in her friend her erotic feelings for Carl, he digs lint out of his belly. And you can only guess her reaction to seeing Kroll with his caulking gun.
Whether you’ve read the book, haven’t or just don’t want to admit either way, watch and have a good laugh. You have to admire the commitment from both parties: