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November 17, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Meemaw visits 'Wake Up, White People' host David Cross on 'The Heart, She Holler' S3
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John Lee and Vernon Chatman have been weirding out late night television viewers for 10 years as the primary creative forces behind PFFR: first with not-for-kids kids show Wonder Showzen, then with the hallucinogenic, hard-to-look-at Xavier: Renegade Angel and, most recently, on the Southern Gothic soap opera The Heart, She Holler. (They were also writers and producers on Jon Glazer's awesome Delocated.) The thread running through them all: Lee and Chatman's gleeful dismantling of American culture, labyrinthine and pun-filled dialogue, and a desire to see viewers' jaws drop.

Season three of The Heart She, Holler debuts on December 1 on Adult Swim, starring folks like Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Steve Little (East Bound and Down) and other familiar comedy faces. You can watch the trailer below. There's a Season Three preview screening on Tuesday (11/18) at BAM at 7:30 with a Q&A with Q&A with Adsit (who just joined the cast) and John Lee. It's free and you can RSVP to attend, though entry is based on capacity. We're also giving away a pair of guaranteed passes as well, and details on that are below.

PFFR's John Lee
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In addition to working on his own shows, John Lee has directed episodes of Broad City and a few music videos, and he used to be in a couple bands: jokey late-'90s indie rockers Muckafurgason, and a pre-TV PFFR who put out records in the early '00s. Full disclosure: I've known John for almost 20 years, and he took a few minutes away from scarring Middle America's eyeballs to talk about The Heart She Holler, food courts, unprecedented sexual positions, Morrissey, David Lynch and the difficulties of wrangling an ex-President for a cameo. PFFR are infamous for their non-interview interviews, but there's at least a little directness here.

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BrooklynVegan: So what are you working on now? Season 3 of The Heart She Holler is in the can, right?

John Lee: Yeah, it's in the trash can as we say. The trash can of America. Any of your local mall food courts, that's what we call the trash can. We call the South "Food Court America" up here in the North.

BV: How much time have you and Vernon spent in the South?

JL: (Laughs) Together or separately? Well, together it was all in sin. It felt like forever but it was only six minutes. Um, separately? Through touring... it would add up to a handful of peanuts. A bag of boiled peanuts, that's how long I've spent in the South. But the thing is you don't even need to spend time in the South to understand American culture, like American hillbilly ideals. All you have to do is go 40 minutes outside of any city and you're there. America, it's all that. It's everywhere you go. The South is just the place everyone says "Oh, it's that." But it's not, it's everywhere.

Did you think you'd be doing a third season of The Heart, She Holler when you guys came up with the idea?

We, as in PFFR, all our shows that are self-created have never gotten past a second season. This is the first time we've broken the curse. Wonder Showzen was only two seasons, Xavier was only two seasons. Delocated made it longer, but that wasn't just our show. It was a thrill, but we were also scared because when you break a curse you never know what sort of demon's going to show up. The undead will rise? Your nightmares will become reality? We'll see.


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November 11, 2014

Miracle Man

Last week, Adult Swin oddity (is that reduntant?) "Too Many Cooks" took the world by storm with its brilliantly strange (eventually disturbing) homage to TV opening credits sequences of the '70s / '80s / '90s. You may remember that Adult Swim initially aired it in a 4AM timeslot that just said "INFOMERCIAL" on cable box schedules. Last night Adult Swim aired a new "informercial" at 4 AM, this time bearing a little more resemblance to "paid programming." Starring UCB's Matt Besser and Rich Fulcher (Snuff Box, The Mighty Boosh), it's a parody of self-help programs with maybe a little Psychic Friends Network thrown in as well. Is that Steve Agee in the audience?

Who is Miracle Man and how can he help you? Well you're just going to have to watch. (It's no "Too Many Cooks," but it has its moments and fans of Besser and Fulcher will definitely want to watch.) It'll air on Adult Swim in the 4AM slot though November 14 and you can watch it via Adult Swim's website if you're a cable subscriber. Or you can watch a medium-definition rip of it over at Gawker.

Adult Swim has other "informercials" too.

November 7, 2014

you can never have Too Many Cooks...

Too Many Cooks

Airing in a 4AM slot your DVR guide simply called "informercial," Adult Swim's glorious 12-minute parody of old TV show opening credits sequences is a genius trolling of stoned viewers. Watch until the end for maximum mind expansion. Video below...

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November 6, 2014

Diva

Intrusions on the NYC Subway, be it acrobats, mariachi bands, panhandlers or somebody eating a full meal with knife and fork beside you, are usually met by looking the other way. When it came to a Subway evangelist spouting homophobic hatespeech on an M Train on Tuesday (11/5), Lea DeLaria -- aka Big Boo on Orange Is the New Black -- spoke up. Or specifically, began to sing, leading the car through a rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." When that didn't shut him up, she went shout-for-shout with him for several stops, telling the preacher "You're part of the reason America's in trouble." Check out video (via Gothamist) below...

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Jeapardy

To quote GAWKER:

The writers of Jeopardy are good at a very certain thing, which is researching and writing a series of questions that tests both the depth and breadth of your knowledge. They are also bad at a very certain thing, which is making up names for fake rappers.

Last night's episode opened with a category called "Not a Successful Rap Musician," which asked the contestants to pick which rapper name out of a group of three was clearly made up by the show's writers. Below are all five of the category's answers--just to be clear, this happened on the real Jeopardy for adults who have trained for hours upon hours to appear on this illustrious game show, and not the Jeopardy for awkward suck-up teenagers.

CAN YOU FIGURE OUT WHICH ONES AREN'T REAL? Screenshots below...

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November 4, 2014

Reggie

IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! is currently in the middle of its new season and there have already been a few notable music guests on the show. The National made an appearance on the fall season premiere as part of a fake makeover show "Retool the School" and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne appeared on the Halloween episode (dressed as Carrie), and then made some impromptu music with bandleader Reggie Watts as a web exclusive. Watch clips from all three of those below.

Reggie Watts has a couple NYC shows coming up. On Friday (11/7), he'll be at The Bell House as part of a NY Comedy Fest show that also features Jim Gaffigan, James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, and Eliot Glazer. It's a benefit called Uncivil Union and proceeds go to The Ally Coalition and New Alternatives which look to "raise awareness and funds to end discrimination against LGBTQ people." Tickets are on sale.

Later Friday night Reggie will also perform at The Blue Note for a 12:30 AM set. Reservations are available.

Comedy Bang! Bang! videos below...

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October 16, 2014

The Walking Dead

Couldn't make it in person to any of the PaleyFest events this week? You're in luck because they're all streaming live and archived online. The Wire cast reunion hits at 7:30pm EST tonight, and meanwhile you can already watch the ones with The Walking Dead, Bob's Burgers, Law & Order SVU, Archer, Modern Family and others.

October 14, 2014

Prince Rock

Says the press release:

Music icon Prince returns to the SNL stage on November 1st marking his third time as musical guest. The evening also marks former SNL cast member Chris Rock's return as host.

The November 1st performance promises to be one for the record books and will feature his band, 3RDEYEGIRL (Guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen).

This is the first television performance from Prince since the release of his two chart-topping albums, ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, on September 30th. ART OFFICIAL AGE, Prince's solo album, bowed in at #1 on Billboard's R&B Chart while PLECTRUMELECTRUM, featuring Prince's new band 3RDEYEGIRL, debuted at #1 on the Rock Chart, making Prince the first artist in over a decade to debut two albums in the Top 10 at the same time. The New York Times declared, "Prince at his best doesn't just collect and recreate genres; he smashes them together."
I do declare.

October 13, 2014

Chris C

Happy Columbus Day, to those who still believe in and celebrate the fake holiday.... that John Oliver hilariously dissected on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, as you can watch in the video below.

Meanwhile, Oliver has just announced he'll be performing at Beacon Theatre on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/17) at 9 AM with local and Chase cardmember presales starting Wednesday (10/15) at 10 AM.

Video below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con

A record-breaking number of Spider-Men, Wonder Women and preteen titans crammed into the Javits Center for the four-day New York Comic Con -- many of them in their costumed finest.

Organizers expect the attendance to surpass 150,000 by the time the convention wraps up on Sunday.

"It's the worst day to wear body paint in the rain," Susan Li, 29, who was covered head-to-toe in pink as X-Men superhero Blink, said Saturday.

"But when you have some hardcore fan recognize you as your character, that makes the two hours of painting yourself worth it."

"It allows me to be who I am inside" Cici James, 30, who owns her own sci-fi bookstore, Singularity, in Brooklyn, said of the chance to dress up in her very form-fitting costume.

Queens resident Julian Keller, 22, spent more than 200 hours with his father to create the perfect General Zod costume, which would have made Superman do a double take. - [NY Daily News]

The 2014 NY Comic Con happened over the weekend, bringing record crowds (many of whom dressed for the occasion) to the event -- the NYC edition is finally starting to catch up to San Diego. (It's still got a long ways to go, attendance-wise. UPDATE: actually, nevermind) We've got a set of pictures from NYCC in this post, but even more and larger versions are up on BV's Facebook for those who really want to geek-out.

More (smaller ones) below...

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