Jodie Levine: WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT TCR?
Brendan Hurley: I love this job, I’m proud of it, it gives me purpose, and I feel I’m good at it, so that’s one of the best parts, but also the people I work with, I would say a lot of us are very, very close. And Stephen pushes the envelope in a way that makes us all realize that there’s stuff that we can do that we wouldn’t have thought we could do before that. He makes the group as a whole stronger, and he just brings out the best in the people that work here. He thinks anything is possible, and he hasn’t been wrong yet.
Jodie Levine: AND HOW DID YOU END UP AT TCR?
Brendan Hurley: Someone I worked with heard they were looking for a prop master here. They’d interviewed four people before me and had already decided who to hire, but then I showed up and I guess they felt like they had to interview me. They hired me, and thank God they did because it just seemed like the perfect fit for me. Because every other show I’d worked on, I wouldn’t watch it. To work on a show where you get to create very childlike, fun items, it’s just the perfect job for me. I consider myself very lucky.
Jodie Levine: HOW MANY PEOPLE PITCH IN TO HELP YOU GET STUFF DONE BY SHOWTIME?
Brendan Hurley: In the beginning, it was just me, and back then I would tell interns to go out and get whatever materials I needed. I’d make the phone calls, and try to find out if they had stuff, how many were in stock. But about a year and a half ago, I got a props assistant, Liz Migliaccio, and now I have her do that, so it takes a lot off my plate. She’s great. There’s a bunch of other people that, when there’s something to be done, people here just do it, other staffers including Kate Sunbury, our Production Manager, and Torey Strahl and James Kuo, our production assistants.
Jodie Levine: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PROP YOU’VE EVER MADE?
Brendan Hurley: Actually, it was when Stephen went over to do [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon]. He needed a huge pint of Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack ice cream. That was a crazy day. The first [ice cream container] we worked on was 5 feet high, and Stephen, Ben and Jerry were going to pop out of the top with spoons. But then there was a change of ideas and it needed to be more of a Trojan horse. We remade it so that it was 9 feet high, and Stephen, Ben and Jerry just walked out through a door I’d made in the pint, located where the nutritional facts are printed.
Full Interview: Martha Stewart Living.
Thought you knew comedian and actor Steve Carell? Think again. Did you know he is also a very prolific author who has written over 5 books, including the new smash hit ‘Hot Enough for You? A Book I Literally Wrote Today’. When not taking the literary world by storm, Steve also dabbles in film, such as 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' co-starring the lovely Keira Knightley, which is in theatres Friday, June 22nd.
Hit the link for Steve’s appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘The Late Late Show’.
Don’t forget to add these to your book club reading list!!
Frank Lesser’s latest humour piece for The New York Times is a guide containing some stress-free suggestions for anxious people considering getting inked.
If you’re worried that you’re not cool because you don’t have a tattoo, and also worried about everything else, here are some stress-free suggestions for getting inked (after you’ve researched the ink to make sure it isn’t carcinogenic).
— A heart with “Mom” written inside, beneath the words “In case of emergency, contact.”
— A chubby toddler. It would have been an angel, but heaven is merely a construct to distract us from the inevitability of death.
— Tub of Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby. To calm you down when you start thinking about whether heaven is merely a construct to distract us from the inevitability of death.
— Teardrop tattoo. It will distract everyone from your nervous crying (see above). Plus people might think you killed a guy in prison so they won’t mess with you by making eye contact.
— A mole that’s irregularly shaped. At least you know this one’s benign.
— Tattoo of someone else’s face over your own. Hopefully this other person will be better prepared for life’s disappointments.
Full Article: The New York Times.
Rob Dubbin, writer for ‘The Colbert Report’ and 'Kill Screen Magazine' talks to Al Lowe creator of the adventure game series "Leisure Suit Larry", published by Sierra from 1989 - 2009, about the metaphysics of jokes, building model railroads, and how games don’t get published.
Kill Screen Magazine: Issue 3: Intimacy.
Help "Make Leisure Suit Larry Come Again" a reality.
"Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?" originated as a monthly humour/advice column in 'The Believer Magazine', created by Amy Sedaris and editor Eric Spitznagel, in which the column, known as “Sedaratives” is taken over by a different “advisor” each week, featuring a veritable who’s who of notable comedians and comedy writers, including Zach Galifianakis, Weird Al Yankovic, Louis C.K and Amy Sedaris, Allison Silverman, Dan Guterman, Kristen Schaal and Flat Points own Jerri Blank.
Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice.
The Believer magazine presents a compendium of advice from producers, writers, and actors of The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Late Show with David Letterman, The Hangover, and The Colbert Report, along with other musicians, cartoonists, New Yorker writers, and those similarly unqualified to offer guidance.
Here Amy Sedaris describes the perfect murder for unwanted hermit crabs—you will need a piece of meat and a brick. Simon Rich explains how to avoid being found dead in your underwear by firemen—buy some long johns. Zach Galifianakis provides insight into how he changed his name without a social security card—he just started calling himself Adam Zapple, and it stuck. Bob Saget finally illuminates what “friends with benefits” really means—a nonsexual relationship wherein your ex makes monetary deposits into your bank account.
“Advice columns aren’t exactly hard to come by. Advice columns managed by celebrities are a little tougher. But advice columns managed by comedians who may or may not have the slightest idea what they’re talking about? Now we’re getting somewhere. How about advice from a surlier-than-average Louis C.K., an enthusiastically verbose George Saunders, or a delightfully befuddled Fred Willard? Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars? is a collection of some of the best responses from The Believer magazine’s advice column. Guest-managed by some of the sharpest stand-up comics and writers working today … it is jam-packed with silliness, sarcasm, and wit… . The overall effect is a lot of chuckling and some well-deserved laugh-out-loud moments… . A perfect flip-through book for the comedians you know and love, and a solid introduction for those you don’t.” — Glenn Dallas, San Francisco Book Review
If there’s anyone you can trust for sage counsel, it’s celebrities of every sort. Actors, comedians, writers and musicians, have all the answers for the problems of life you didn’t even know you were worried about… . Oh, wait, were you wanting real advice? You’ll find none of that here, but you will get a criminal amount of laughter.” — Andy Bockelman, GALO Magazine
Amy Sedaris, who contributes twice – once under her own signature, and once as Jerri Blank the unforgettable drug-addled, middle-aged high school student she played on Strangers with Candy – provides some of the book’s best moments. One of these is Blank’s response to a writer whose birthday is overshadowed by the holiday it falls on. She responds with a story that begins one night after a cockfight, when “some words were exchanged between me and a wily one-legged Mexican named Vasquez… Let’s just say I soon found myself with a corpse… I had to drag him about twelve blocks so I could dump him in an incinerator. So my advice to you, Fred, is to save those tears for a real problem.”
Source: Laugh Spin.
Jon braved the intense Middle Eastern heat this weekend to embark on a moral boosting visit to the American troops stationed in Afghanistan. Here are some highlight’s from his trip:
Jon talks to Lyse Doucet from BBC World News about why he was happy to bring a bit of light relief to the troops based at the Bagram air base. (Apologies that the clip cannot be embedded).
Comedian/television host Jon Stewart (L) has the rare opportunity for some one-on-one time with Admiral Mike Mullen (R) as they set out on the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff’s summer USO tour. This trip marks the tenth and final USO tour for Mullen, who is joined by, in addition to Stewart, NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone and Illusionist David Blaine.
Surprise! Jon Stewart’s Weekend Visit in Afghanistan Boosts U.S. Troop Morale.
It was pretty cool, actually. Apparently, my friend told him to look for me because when I went over to introduce myself at the Kandahar USO, he was like, “Benari!” So, immediately, he raised ONE troop’s morale. Then we talked a bit about being Jews in Afghanistan. And rocket attacks. I did mention that when Colbert came to Iraq, he put on FOUR full shows. But Jon was quick to point out that Stephen got to bring his staff, so we concluded that Jon was probably a little bit more badass because he came to the combat zone solo. Also, he updated the status on the USO Kandahar Facebook page, which was apparently the first and only time he’s ever actually used Facebook.
Full Art and Video Clip: The Comics Comic.
USO Kandahar Facebook Page.
Kandahar 8:15. conditions remain hot and heroic. If the the temp rises any further I swear I’m jumping into poop pond. Jon Stewart out.
(Thanks to tumblr, @TheDailyShow and USO Kandahar for the images)
Steve dropped by “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Daily Show” this week to promote his new film "Crazy Stupid Love" co-starring Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore.