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Arts, Public Spectacle Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill’s New Comedy About Going Into Debt

Maria Bamford and Melinda Hill’s New Comedy About Going Into Debt

“I’m Peace. I have a Ph.D. in medieval studies. Which means I owe $200,000 in student loan debt at 49 percent interest rate! Whoops,” Maria Bamford quips as she introduces herself and the other endearingly in-debt characters in her new Funny or Die series, The Program. Bamford and fellow L.A...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle When a Nerd and a Hot Girl Survive the Zombocalypse

When a Nerd and a Hot Girl Survive the Zombocalypse

You're the nebbishy, bumbling IT guy. She's the hottest girl in the office, maybe the planet. Under no circumstances is she ever going to have a candlelit romantic dinner with you. OK, maybe one circumstance: You both survive the Zombocalypse. That dinner will consist of potato chip/cheesy poof/chocolate bar sandwiches...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle David Krumholtz Plays a Jewish Lady Who Tells You the Weather

David Krumholtz Plays a Jewish Lady Who Tells You the Weather

You've gotta check the weather today anyway, so why not hear it from a lovable, foul-mouthed Jewish grandmother? Visit WeatherFrom.com, type in your ZIP code, and you can do just that. Seventy-something-year-old Boca Raton resident Gigi, played by an unrecognizable David Krumholtz (Numbers) in full-body prosthetics, will tell you if it's sleeting...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>LARPs</i>, a Web Series About Live-Action Role Playing

LARPs, a Web Series About Live-Action Role Playing

Following in the footsteps of Felicia Day's hit web series The Guild, sleek, smart Canadian web series LARPs brings to life an endearing cast of characters from another oft-ridiculed "nerd" subculture: Live-Action Role Playing, which is like Dungeons & Dragons except that the players physically act out their roles. Hollywood loves to throw...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Advertiser-Funded <i>The Beauty Inside</i>, Rediscovered

Advertiser-Funded The Beauty Inside, Rediscovered

Every morning, Alex (Topher Grace) wakes up in a new body. Some days he's a virile, chisel-jawed man; others, a prepubescent girl or an overweight hipster. Some days he can speak only Mandarin. The pain of his predicament hits home when we see that he has to measure his feet...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle L.A.'s Answer to HBO's Gay Dramedy <i>Looking</i>? Funny or Die's <i>Not Looking</i>

L.A.'s Answer to HBO's Gay Dramedy Looking? Funny or Die's Not Looking

HBO's Looking offers audiences a cast of complex, gay male characters whose lives are just as mundane and confusing as the rest of ours. Funny or Die's Not Looking does the same, only it's way freaking funnier. After Looking's trailer left Jason Looney and Jeremy Shane feeling flat, they decided...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Downton Abbey</i> Meets <i>Modern Family</i> in the Victorian Mockumentary <i>Wimpole Street</i>

Downton Abbey Meets Modern Family in the Victorian Mockumentary Wimpole Street

Master of the house John Miller M.P. has gone missing yet again and his home on Wimpole Street is a tizzy of gossip from the grand dining room to scullery. The household is all the more hyped up on speculation since a journalist is interviewing its members about the disappearance...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Ben Stiller Funds Hollywood Newcomers' Fake Reality Show

Ben Stiller Funds Hollywood Newcomers' Fake Reality Show

As the final credits on the fictional reality show Lonny roll, the doe-eyed, mild-mannered protagonist waxes poetic about his hopes for his bowl-ing-alley date with Bethany. Then comes the teaser for the next episode: Lonny and Bethany's date is interrupted by a spaceship that bombs New York City! Lonny is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Rainn Wilson's YouTube Channel Created Its First TV-Length Comedy Series. And It's Brilliant

Rainn Wilson's YouTube Channel Created Its First TV-Length Comedy Series. And It's Brilliant

Jim Meskimen and Ross Marquand have successful careers as celebrity impressionists. Their Walt and Jesse from Breaking Bad will blow your mind. But along with dexterous vocal cords, they share the frequent desire to drop their lucrative party tricks and perform as themselves. Or, rather, as fictional versions of themselves...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Vice</i> Co-Founder Gavin McInnes Tells You <i>How to Be a Man</i>, on Netflix

Vice Co-Founder Gavin McInnes Tells You How to Be a Man, on Netflix

Mark McCarthy (Gavin McInnes) is dying of breast cancer, which means he has only a matter of months to capture his greatest fatherly advice on film for his unborn son. Ad-vice like: how to fight a bully, how to shoot heroin and how to give a woman amazing oral sex...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Chapman University Students Hit Reddit Gold With Web Series About College

Chapman University Students Hit Reddit Gold With Web Series About College

Web series are at their best when they use their brevity and repetitive nature to become a meditation on a theme and mine the smaller moments of our lives for the profound or absurd. Local Chapman University film students Almog Avidan Antonir and Tom Assam-Miller's series Long Story Short does...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How Jason Nash Makes a Living in Web Series

How Jason Nash Makes a Living in Web Series

Jason Nash came to Hollywood to follow in the footsteps of Woody Allen, making a living writing and starring in his own work. And he is - on the Internet. An overview of Nash's career in recent years illustrates the evolution of the monetization of scripted digital media. Perhaps it's...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>SNL</i>'s New Cast Member, Sasheer Zamata, Co-Created a Web Series About Lust

SNL's New Cast Member, Sasheer Zamata, Co-Created a Web Series About Lust

Love is absurd. The nonsensical capriciousness of the heart deserves a web series of equally absurd proportions, and UCB alums Nicole Byer (Girl Code) and Sasheer Zamata (the actress Saturday Night Live picked after its controversial auditions for a black female cast member) are here to provide. Pursuit of Sexiness,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Alison Pill Hooks Up Two Friends for a Web Series of Skype Dates

Alison Pill Hooks Up Two Friends for a Web Series of Skype Dates

Every night in January, Cora in New York City and Patrick in L.A. have gone on a date together via Skype. Their mutual friend, actress Alison Pill (The Newsroom), thought they were perfect for each other and set them up on Jan. 1. Their screens exploded with chemistry from the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle L.A. Restaurant Staff Makes a Web Series About an L.A. Restaurant Staff

L.A. Restaurant Staff Makes a Web Series About an L.A. Restaurant Staff

The term 86'd, formerly used by organized crime to refer to murdering someone, has long been co-­opted by restaurants to meansomething cut from the menu. In the first minute of indie web series , a slice-­of-­life comedy set in a corporate, cut-­throat restaurant in the Palisades, two servers find themselves…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Gringolandia</i>: Chilean&nbsp;YouTubers Made a Web Series About Immigrating to the U.S.

Gringolandia: Chilean YouTubers Made a Web Series About Immigrating to the U.S.

What does a young, Chilean industrial engineer who moves to New York City to become a filmmaker make a web series about? A young (tall, dark and handsome) Chilean who comes to New York City to make it in the land of the gringos, of course. The outstanding bilingual mockumentary…
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Arts, Public Spectacle This Web Series Is the Ultimate Combination: <i>Louie</i> Meets <i>Girls</i>

This Web Series Is the Ultimate Combination: Louie Meets Girls

Little horribles include: the moment you realize your junk food binge from the mini bar on your family's vacation cost them more than $100. The moment it dawns on you that not offering to switch seats on an airplane made you an enormous asshole. The moment someone catches you masturbating…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Natasha Leggero Gets Dirty in a Hot Tub

Natasha Leggero Gets Dirty in a Hot Tub

Want to hear "Weird Al" Yankovic describe the '80s in gasps and animal noises? Ever wonder if Sarah Silverman would grow out her pubic hair -- if the love of her life asked her to? So does comedian Natasha Leggero, and she's not afraid to ask. On her new web…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Interviews with Comedians About  Their Childhood Aspirations

Interviews with Comedians About Their Childhood Aspirations

When Maria Bamford was a little girl, she wanted to be a South American animal physician. Or a nun. Anything with a uniform, really. Segue that confession into a riff on how many blow-up Christs the typical nunnery orders, as well as Bamford's advice to aspiring comedians -- "Just stay…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Sexism Survival Tips From the Women in Hollywood Conference

5 Sexism Survival Tips From the Women in Hollywood Conference

The leader of the free world may be an African American man, but we're hardly in a post-racial society. A woman may have won the Academy Award for directing (an action movie!) in 2009, but women are still severely underrepresented in the entertainment industry both on screen and behind the…
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