Matt Besser to host reality podcastMar 31, 2015
The mysterious Project Tippy Toe Earwolf show has some details now. Earwolf's co-founder, Jeff Ulrich, announced on today's Wolf Den episode the network's plan to launch a competition reality podcast that will follow a group of ten amateur comedy podcasts over ten weeks of competitions and judging.
Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder and frequent Comedy Bang! Bang! contributor, Matt Besser, will serve as the main host for the show. Besser will be joined each week by two guest hosts - one from the Earwolf on-air family and one host from another established comedy podcast (Marc Maron, Doug Benson, etc.). Project Tippy Toe is set to begin recording on June 5th throughout the Summer. Ulrich indicated Earwolf plans on a tentative September premiere date for the show.
Ulrich stated each week will feature three episodes, plopping on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (the judgement episode). Earwolf expects each episode to run about 30-minutes. The podcast contestants will compete weekly in a series of competition. No details on the nature of the competitions are available yet.
It's going to be fun to see Besser and some of the established comedy podcast personalities confront their medium head-on while messing with their amateur aspirers. Project Tippy Toe certainly has a ton of potential to entertain and provide yet another unique offering in the comedy podcast landscape. Earwolf continues to impress with its creative programming and push for additional and diverse programming. The reality competition format is kind of a sigh-fest on TV, a well worn format with little new to offer. Yet, it'll be interesting see what Earwolf brings to the format and how it plays out in an audio-only podcast format. In his announcement, Ulrich stated their desire to keep things constructive and not exploitative. Per Ulrich: "It's going to be low on drama for the most part. We want this to really be about the craft of developing a comedy podcast."
To hear more about Project Tippy Toe from Ulrich himself, check-out his brief announcement at the 39-minute mark of Episode #16 of The Wolf Den.
Brian Berrebbi To Co-Host New Onion AV Club Web Series Pop PilgrimsMar 31, 2015
Introducing Pop Pilgrims, the new A.V. Club travel show
Hello citizens of The A.V. Club. We're delighted to announce the imminent launch of our new web-video travel series, Pop Pilgrims. Here's the concept: We're pop-culture geeks, and that geekdom extends even to our vacations. When we travel, we don't just hit the tourist destinations--we also make time to track down film, TV, and literary locations. (After all, isn't the Friday Night Lights football field at least as culturally significant as the Alamo?) The series, which will involve 36 episodes spanning 12 cities, launches next Monday, May 16, and will run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We've got two hosts (a.k.a. guys with a little more screen presence than us): Dan Telfer and Brian Berrebbi. Oh, and we need your help: We've got 11 cities picked out, and we'd like you to assist us in picking the twelfth. When the first video launches next week, a submissions page will also go live, where we'll ask for your favorite pop-culture destinations. The most exciting suggestions will be acted upon, with extreme prejudice. Enjoy this little teaser video below, and see how many of our destinations you can identify.
Rob Corddry cast in Steve Carrell picMar 31, 2015
Brody, Corddry also join 'World'
William Petersen, who's been extremely selective in choosing feature roles since leaving CSI, is in negotiations along with Scream 4 star Adam Brody and Rob Corddry to join Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Mandate Pictures' Seeking a Friend at the End of the World. In addition to writing the script, Lorene Scafaria is making her directorial debut on the project, which finds an incoming asteroid threatening to end life on Earth.
Carell stars as a man whose wife leaves him amidst the ensuing panic, prompting him to seek out his high school sweetheart, who yearns to be with him when doomsday arrives. Knightley plays the female lead, a neighbor of Carell's character who accompanies him on a romantic road trip to find her.
Mandate and Indian Paintbrush are co-financing the picture, which is slated to start production later this month. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Joy Gorman will produce with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal of Indian Paintbrush. Mandate's Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown will exec produce. WME packaged the project for clients Carell, Knightley and Scafaria.
Petersen, who's been choosy with roles since leaving CSI in January 2009, will soon be seen in Tony Kaye's education drama Detachment, which recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
As Variety first reported, Brody just signed on to star in the indie Hemlock Drive with Susan Sarandon. He next stars opposite Greta Gerwig in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, and has also wrapped Julian Farino's indie dramedy The Oranges. Corddry last appeared as a hotshot insurance salesman in Fox Searchlight's Cedar Rapids. He recently wrapped The Weinstein Co. comedy Butter. Scafaria's sole feature credit was on Mandate's 2008 comedy Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. She's also written for Corddry's Cartoon Network series Children's Hospital. Mandate and Indian Paintbrush recently teamed on Jason Reitman's Young Adult, which will be released by Paramount.
Petersen and Brody are repped by UTA, while WME and Principato-Young Entertainment rep Corddry.