Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Human Giant Hijacks MTV

We don't know how something as original, subversive, and hysterical as The Human Giant can be so successful, but apparently it is, because MTV is letting the group take over their network (and its sequel channel) for 24 hours this weekend starting Friday at noon. This sounds as crazy on MTV's part as parents leaving their six-year-old twins in charge of the house for the weekend, but you the viewer get to reap the rewards. Aziz Ansari assures that they have free reign to do whatever they want to do for 24 hours, including airing any show they want and inviting any guest they want, so of course they've invited a superteam of comic heroes like Bob Odenkirk, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Showalter, Jon Benjamin, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jon Glaser, Eugene Mirman, Andy Blitz, and Rob Riggle, many of whom have already appeared on the sketch show. There will also be musical guests and, presumably, some Human Giant episodes or something. The Crazy Police will be on call in case, you know, things get too crazy.

Join them live at your television set for the full extravaganza if you can, because there's not a whole lot of 24-hour torrents out there.

Slow News Day: Eli Roth Fakes It, Berkley Breathed Makes New Opuses, Gary Cole Takes a Road Trip, and Bruce Plays the Piano

ITEM: Eli Roth is talking about following Grindhouse with a full movie of fake trailers, which he would call Trailer Trash. He tells Collider magazine that he wants to make something as ridiculous and over-the-top as Borat, and he wants to bring along Grindhouse buddies Robert Rodriguez and Edgar Wright. But he can say all he wants, and it will still be hard to get a studio to sign on after Grindhouse's sad, unfortunate B.O. numbers.

ITEM: Bloom County and Opus creator Berkley Breathed has had an Opus film gestating in animation development hell for many years now, but Gore Verbinski and Robert Zemeckis aren't waiting any longer. This website claims the directors are interested in bringing, respectively, his misfit animal tribute picture book Flawed Dogs and his sci-fi parenthood epic Mars Needs Moms to the big screen as CGI kiddie blockbusters. That sounds great and all, but whatever happened with that rumor about Bill Watterson hand-animating his own independent Calvin and Hobbes feature?

ITEM: The great Gary Cole and Jennifer Coolidge have signed on to join indie scream queen Agnes Bruckner playing a broken family trio in David Moreton's game show slash road trip comedy Say Hello to Stan Talmadge. Moreton worked with Coolidge before on an obscure gay-interest comedy called Testosterone, but pairing her with a cult character actor like Cole should easily open this up to a bigger audience.

ITEM: Speaking of cult actors, surely you haven't forgotten Bruce Campbell's recent stint as the suave new spokesman for Old Spice, and you'll be glad to know that the manly fragrance is airing a second chapter, which is even better than the first. Enjoy...

Friday, May 11, 2007

Night of 1000 Pilots

If you've like us, you've probably been wondering what the hell's going on with the multitude of long-gestating new Adult Swim shows, some of which were announced over a year ago. This weekend, they solve the problem once and for all by simply throwing up the whole batch. Six premiere episodes are online now, and will hit Cartoon Network in the upcoming regular Sunday night block. Make sure to cast your vote online to help along your favorites, or to put your enemies out of a job.

Included this adult-friendly baby shower are the superbly drawn Superjail, featuring the voice of David Wain as a Wonka-like warden of an unofficial, malevolent fantasy prison, Tony Millionaire's gloriously pessimistic comic-strip spin-off The Drinky Crow Show, featuring Mad TV and Office Space star David Herman and voice-over extraordinaire Billy West, David Banner's rap-happy tribute to Southern Gothic weirdness That Crook'd Sipp, the ripped-from-the-web Reboot knock-off Fat Guy Stuck in the Internet, and the iffy live/animation hybrid Let's Fish, starring 30 Rock's Scott Adsit and Brendon "Dethklok" Small. There's also a painstaking, sepiatoned short documentary about the voice of Space Ghost, George Lowe, which seems to only be included to hit an even six.

Fat Guy and Superjail have supposedly already been picked up for series, along with the upcoming Lucy, Daughter of the Devil, which aired its pilot early last year. Korgoth of Barbaria is still hanging in limbo. The non-inclusion of other rumored pilots like Western Times and Evan Dorkin's Tyrone's Inferno probably means they're dead and buried. Pour a little out for them, Drinky.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Slow News Day: Professor Jables, Weeklong Swim, No-Name Nowhere Director

ITEM: Jack Black and the Acceptable TV crew have added more hilarious amateur filmmaking tutorials to their website, concluding with a depressing guide to rejection, complete with Heat Vision and Jack reference. By the way, if you haven't been watching Acceptable TV, you should really get started.

ITEM: Adult Swim is expanding to a full week of 11-6 programming, which will make room for more new shows like the previously reported Fat Guy Stuck in Internet (formerly known as Gemberling), a full season of Lucy, Daughter of the Devil, and the long-developing Superjail. Meanwhile, the second seasons of The Boondocks and Metalocalypse are coming this summer, and new episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and (if finished in time) Venture Bros. this fall.

ITEM: Karey Kirkpatrick has signed on to direct Eddie Murphy in the promising-without-Eddie-Murphy Ed Solomon/Chris Matheson script NowhereLand. Kirkpatrick is probably best known for butchering the script to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but he also penned the super-affable Chicken Run, and his offbeat cereal-themed directorial debut Flakes is getting pretty good notices in its current festival run, so let's say his involvement pushes NowhereLand further towards the "yes" end of "maybe."

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Slow News Day: The Award for Best Girlfriend Goes to Detective Robot

ITEM: The MTV Movie Awards have snagged Sarah Silverman to host the June 3rd event, which will surely give Stomp the Yard the Best Booty-Shakin' Award it so richly deserves. Meanwhile, the ceremony has jumped on the viral video scene (who hasn't?) by letting viewers contribute their own short comedy films for the Best Movie Spoof category.

ITEM: Rainn Wilson will star in The Girlfriend Experience, based on his own idea about a lovelorn nerd who hires a hooker to play his girlfriend, an idea hundreds of respectable comedy writers have surely thought up and rejected. Nevertheless, there's some very small hope in the fact that Ivan Reitman is producing the film, and screenwriters Mark and Brian Gunn created the moderately amusing boy band spoof 2gether and were deemed worthy enough to write the upcoming juvey comedy Juvenile for Steve Carell (as well as the less promising Mighty Mouse revamp). In case you were wondering, they're cousins of James "Mrs. Jenna Fischer" Gunn.

ITEM: Broken Lizard's Paul Soter recently branched off to make Watching the Detectives, a noirish anti-rom-com starring Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu, and also featuring Jason Sudeikis, Human Giant's Paul Scheer, and Josh "the only good part of Year of the Dog not named Reilly" Pais. The movie premieres next week at the Tribeca Film Festival, and ComingSoon.net grabbed an interview and a trio of awkwardly funny clips.

ITEM: Seth Green and his Stoopid Monkey pals have managed to coerce Lucasfilm into letting them to a half-hour Star Wars special, which will still feature an array of short, hit-and-miss clips, only all under the umbrella of the sci-fi universe. They've even got George Lucas on board to drop some nasal voiceover action, as well as the less surprising Mark Hamill, who already works on Metalocalypse and has always been quick to mock himself. Plus you've got some Conan O'Brien, Robert Smigel, Seth Macfarlane, Malcolm McDowell, and even Hulk Hogan. Robot Chicken: Star Wars airs June 17.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Spinal Tap Reheated

There's an unexpected late addition to Al Gore's predictable Live Earth lineup, and thy name is Tap. They'll perform a set on July 7, including the performance a new, enviro-friendly single "Warmer Than Hell." There's been Spinal Tap reunions before, and even new songs before (remember the exclusive Internet download "Back from the Dead" from the Tapster parody a few years back?), but this merits some extra attention since director and co-creator Rob Reiner will also be in attendance, and the reunion led to a new 15-minute short film premiering at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. The short is a "Where Are They Now?" sort of deal, which finds Nigel breeding miniature race horses, David a hip-hop mogul, and other bittersweet improv goodness. Sure, the whole thing reeks of alterior motives and phoned-in pointlessness, but isn't that what being an aging rock band is all about?

Fortunately, the real-life band members are not doing quite as pathetically as their fictional counterparts. Michael McKean is one of many, many great comics in the upcoming improv-poker feature The Grand, and he's currently filming the indie music-themed spoof Adventures of Power with frequent collaborator Jane Lynch and director Ari Gold. He's also signed on to star in Mitchell Hurwitz's Arrested Development follow-up The Thick of It, whose pilot episode will be directed by Christopher Guest. And Harry Shearer will be voicing half of Springfield in this summer's most anticipated TV movie, and recently released a new comedy book, CD, and DVD, all available on his site.

Rob Reiner is directing The Bucket List, a dark comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two dying men carrying out their final wishes, which could be the first decent film he's made in well over a decade (but will probably just be another dull cookie-cutter shitfest).

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Interview Roundup

The last few news days have been too slow even for our Slow News Day department. The Coen Bros. and George Clooney have announced new dark comedies with little in the way of plot or cast, Les Claypool's Electric Apricot, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, and a few other long-wrapped features were picked up for distribution, the Simpsons are getting their own damn ride, and that's been about it. All the comedy mainstays must be out promoting their current projects instead of making new ones, so why not check out this bevy of recent interviews?

The AV Club talks to Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, keepers of last weekend's biggest per-screen box office numbers, about 138 different cop movies and how to act like a monkey.

Michael Showalter has an awkward phone call with Human Giant.

CHUD talks to Paul Rudd and Ken Marino about those pesky State DVDs and imaginary comedy battles.

The AV Club talks to Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad, and Carl about peanut butter, mimes, and condoms.

People asks Adam McKay how to get your daughter to curse like a sailor, and then has a brief e-mail dialogue with the Landlord herself.

Gothamist talks to Jon Benjamin about his new Super Deluxe cartoon, his formative years, and "fuck powder."

Monday, April 16, 2007

Slow News Day: Reno-ers Down Under, Ferrell or Die, Chasing Chevy, Wet Hot Karaoke

ITEM: In a new interview with Moviehole, Tom Lennon only-half-jokingly explains his vision for a Reno 911!: Miami sequel, which would send the team to Australia to pull a horny koala off Steven Seagal’s face, among other things. He also reveals that he and Ben Garant are now writing the Mike Myers vehicle How to Survive a Robot Uprising, and are in the early stages of development on a Night at the Museum sequel too, but who gives a shit?

ITEM: With a million views so far, you’ve probably already seen Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s exclusive Internet short The Landlord, but just in case, here it is in all its youthful, foul-mouthed glory. So far, no word on where the hell this thing came from and how start-up video site Funny or Die managed to get a lock on it.

ITEM: Chevy Chase attempts to clear up every rumor he’s ever been attached to in a new Q&A with Time. Among the more interesting revelations: His long-term absence, peppered with phoned-in supporting roles, may be coming to a close now that his daughters have grown up, he only left SNL for a girl, and he claims the damaging gossip about his backstage gay-bashing is 100% fabricated, and that he has the testimony from Will Ferrell to prove it. A far less interesting revelation: he thinks Vegas Vacation was “just OK.”

ITEM: This weekend at a Michael Showalter-hosted magazine premiere party, Paul Rudd and David Wain belted out a no-holds-barred Boston karaoke classic to live accompaniment by champion weirdsters Of Montreal. Fortunately (or maybe not), someone captured it via shitty cell phone camera, and now here it be:

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Slow News Day: If You Hate Edgar Wright, Ed Helms, Todd Phillips, and Matthew Broderick...DON'T Read This. DON'T.

ITEM: Edgar Wright, currently touring the country with his so-called "secret" Hot Fuzz Q&As, has revealed that Fuzz is the second film in a planned trilogy of genre exercises, and that he and Simon Pegg are already in the early stages of the final entry. Now he's telling Rotten Tomatoes that he might be interested in developing his hysterical Don't faux-trailer into a feature film that would maintain the same level of European-style horror confusion for 90 minutes. Could Don't be the elusive third film? Probably not, if Grindhouse's numbers don't pick up this week...

ITEM: Speaking of poor numbers... yes, the rumors are sadly true. Andy Barker, P.I. has not only been unceremoniously canned, but the remaining episodes have been immediately ripped from the schedule, and the final two, arguably the best of the series, will air instead this Saturday night while no one's watching (but remember, you can watch all six episodes on NBC's website at any time). Meanwhile, Raines is still at large.

ITEM: Time for the Daily Apatow News Break. Ed Helms, of The Daily Show and The Office, will co-write and star in A Whole New Hugh for producer Judd Apatow, based on an original pitch by Helms and TV writers Jake Fleisher and Ian Berger. It's the story of a depressed failure who gets a much needed ego boost when his friends pitch in to give him a fake success story. Helms just finished off a small role in another of Judd's films (Walk Hard), which seems to be the only prerequisite to getting your own Apatow Production these days. He'll also appear (as previously reported) in Starship Dave and Evan Almighty. Meanwhile, the long-delayed sci-fi comedy First Time Caller, now known as I'll Believe You, is finally due to release this September, and features Helms as well as Patrick Warburton, Fred Willard, Chris Elliott, and Helms' former co-correspondent Mo Rocca.

ITEM: Todd Phillips, probably still kicking himself for leaving Borat, is producing The Chadster, and is all but confirmed to direct as well. If so, he'll be working for the first time on someone else's screenplay, instead of with his own writing partner Scot Armstrong. Chadster is written by British filmmaker Michael Samonek, and involves a Best Man whose position is challenged when the groom's long-lost former best friend shows up with a bag full of wacky hijinx. No word on the stars, but if it isn't Owen Wilson, Jon Heder, or Seann William Scott, we'll be damn surprised. Meanwhile, word on the street is that there's a new draft of Old School Dos floating around...

ITEM: Sherwood Kiraly will adapt his own quirky novel Diminished Capacity into a family dramedy, to be directed by Oz's Terry Kinney. It's the story of a brain-damaged man, the high school sweetheart he can't remember, and his Alzheimer's-impaired uncle, all traveling to a Cubs game in hope of getting some quick cash off a rare baseball card. Doesn't sound too shabby, actually, especially when Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, and Virginia Madsen have just signed on board. See if you can guess who plays who... (hint: Alan Alda is old.)

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Where Are They Now: Freaks and Geeks Edition, Part Two

Read Part One here.

Joe Flaherty (Harold Weir): Comedy legend Joe Flaherty quickly jumped onto a recurring role on The King of Queens, and is now apparently hosting an Adult Swim-style animation showcase called Uncle Joe’s Cartoon Playhouse for some obscure Canadian station called Bite TV (you can watch a promo here) . The pilot has already been picked up for series, and may be imported to the States soon. He’s also currently filming a wacky kiddie camp flick called Summerhood with Christopher McDonald. Meanwhile, the latest edition of Shout Factory’s SCTV discs is a best-of compilationfeaturing new commentary from Flaherty.

Becky Ann Baker (Jean Weir): Becky is a longtime character actor who’s had no problem racking lots of dramatic roles since playing Sam and Linday’s pleasant, rosy, and frequently embarrassing mother, from multiple Law & Order appearances to a starring role in last year’s controversial Death of a President. She does however appear in the low-budget teen comedy Gretchen, also starring Stephen Root, which made the festival rounds recently and will hopefully land on DVD soon.

Sarah Hagan (Millie Kentner): Playing the uber-geek on Freaks paved the way for Hagan to play a recurring, D&D-loving uber-geek on Buffy the Vampire Slayer's final season, until she was eaten by a mega-vamp. Since then, she landed a juicy role on a (probably angst-filled) episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and now she’ll be appearing in a small supporting role with Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch in the middle-aged dance party Spring Breakdown, which is set for release early next year.

Dave “Gruber” Allen (Jeff Rosso): Dave was belting out comedy classics semi-professionally long before he treated our boys to his smoking acoustic Alice Cooper covers, as the naked half of the LA live staple Naked Trucker and T-Bones, which has now of course blossomed into an over-advertised, cameo-plastered cable variety show. He’ll also team up with Zach Galifianakis in a new concert film by Jon Brion, another mainstay of Hollywood’s live music (and sometimes comedy) scene. No word yet on whether his minor cult classic Comedy Central series Higgins Boys and Gruber will ever see the light of day on DVD.

Steve Bannos (Frank Kowchevski): Kowchevski, who also wrote for the show, continued roaming high school halls in the Nickelodeon series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide (Declassified to its true fans), but recently left for a role in the amusing but quickly cancelled Ted Danson group-therapy sitcom Help Me Help You. Meanwhile, his good buddies Paul Feig and Judd Apatow have been keeping him more than busy with quick and easy film roles in 40-Year-Old Virgin, Unaccompanied Minors, and the upcoming Drillbit Taylor, and he’ll also appear with Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Will Arnett, Rob Corddry, Andy Richter, Andy Daly, and a ton of other hilarious people in next year’s anticipated Semi-Pro.

Stephen Lea Sheppard (Harris Trinsky): After scoring a major (and friggin’ hysterical) role in The Royal Tenenbaums, this king-of-the-geeks seems to have willfully withdrawn from acting to focus instead on writing werewolf-themed role-playing games, meaning he’s closed the gap more than anyone here on the difference between his character and his real life activities. (EDIT: Oops, Sheppard himself just informed us that he actually works on Exalted, which is a mythical fantasy RPG. No werewolves. Sorry to misinform, and our thanks to Stephen!)

Tom Wilson (Coach Ben Fredricks): Known a million times better for shouting at Marty McFly than for wooing Haverchuck’s mom, Wilson’s had no trouble keeping hella busy maintaining a hella bizarre resume, from providing all manner of voices for Spongebob to nabbing supporting roles in grating Hollywood shitfests Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Zoom. He also joined Steve Bannos on the short-lived Help Me Help You. But more importantly (to him, anyway), he’s been pushing himself as a live comedian with his own…special brand of…musical…er, comedy… which you can watch at his personal web site, and even buy his new CD Tom Wilson is Funny!, although we’re a bit more partial toward his other hobby, painting pop art.

Jake Kasdan (Director/Consulting Producer): Kasdan, who directed the pilot and most other key episodes, has continued to follow his famous father’s footsteps, directing Orange County and The TV Set, the latter of which opened in limited theaters today, and whose lead character is openly based on Judd Apatow. The film follows the trials and tribulations of working with network heads on a labor-of-love TV show, which is based heavily on real-life experiences behind the scenes of Freaks, and also possibly from Kasdan’s failed Alan Cumming pilot based on his fantastic debut film, The Zero Effect. Now Kasdan is filming his next movie, the absolutely delicious sounding musical bio-pic spoof Walk Hard, co-written and produced by Apatow.

Judd Apatow (Director/Writer/Executive Producer): Apatow has gone on to become literally the biggest name in contemporary comedy. Maybe you’ve heard of him. After following up Freaks with the similarly themed, similarly beloved, and similarly cancelled Undeclared, Apatow tried to get two other series off the ground, Life on Parole and Sick in the Head (working with Freaks creator Paul Feig on the latter), before giving up on TV altogether and instead making The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which made about a trillion dollars and is frequently called the best comedy of the century so far. Meanwhile, he continued exerting the producing muscle he exerted on Freaks, the Larry Sanders Show, and the Ben Stiller Show into film, producing all of the Adam McKay/Will Ferrell vehicles and fleshing out his Apatow Productions company into a machine gun of comic quality. He has now set up no less than seven upcoming projects, including all the ones we’ve already mentioned in other sections of this feature, plus the Adam Sandler vehicle You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, which Apatow wrote with Sandler and Robert Smigel. His next project as writer/director, Knocked Up, comes out this summer, and will surely blow you away.

Paul Feig (Writer/Producer/Series Creator): Feig quickly fell into directing after the end of the series, with the indie melodrama I Am David, as well as many episodes of Arrested Development and the American Office. Last Christmas saw the release of his critically panned family holiday flick Unaccompanied Minors, filled with several friendly faces to F&G fans and comedy fans in general. Next he’ll direct Stargirl, based on a teen-friendly novel about a popular high school boy and the quirky underdog girl who loves him. If that’s not familiar territory, what is?

Next week: Arrested Development

Friday, April 6, 2007

Do You Superbad?

Superbad, somehow only the second most anticipated Judd Apatow related comedy of the year, has gone and got itself an official movie site. Right now you can download a screensaver and stare at a countdown clock, but word on the street is that the place will soon become as happening as the high school keg parties depicted in the film. And oh yeah, there's also the first trailer. Nothing super bad about that, provided you have a functioning US driver's license to get through Sony's creepy childproof digi-lock.

The film, directed by Undeclared vet Gregg Mottola and written by the great Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, releases August 17. Star Michael Cera also has Jason Reitman's Juno and the sketch film Parental Guidance Suggested coming later this year, and his new web series, Clark and Michael, premieres this month at CBS.com. The latter is a mockumentary following Cera and best friend Clark Duke living the high life based on an indefinite pilot greenlight, and features everyone under the sun, including Arrested Development pals David Cross and Tony Hale, plus Andy Richter, Patton Oswalt, Tim and Eric, and Superbad co-star Jonah Hill, who will match Cera's gusto with appearances in the surefire hit Evan Almighty and the Danny DeVito comedy One Part Sugar, as well as lending his voice to the star-studded CGI Seussage fest Horton Hears a Who. You also may have caught him in the premiere episode of Human Giant, and you'll see him the aforementioned other Apatow production, Knocked Up. Hey, who needs college?

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Where Are They Now?: Freaks and Geeks Edition, Part One

Here's a new feature at the Comedyblog where we track all the members of certain circles to see what they're up to. We'll start, appropriately, with Freaks and Geeks, the infamous starting point for a new generation of actors, and the point where Judd Apatow started his climb to becoming arguably the biggest name in contemporary comedy. It also happens to be one of the greatest and most lamentably cancelled shows in history. Part Two comes tomorrow.

John Francis Daley (Sam Weir): After starring with Ryan Reynolds in the box office bomb Waiting… and the quickly cancelled culinary comedy series Kitchen Confidential, John is getting back on the horse with The Call, a recently announced pilot about a group of paramedics who “save other people’s lives while screwing up each other’s.” Meanwhile, 5-25-77, the long-delayed autobiographical story of a bunch of nerds seeing Star Wars for the first time, is finally due to be released “as close to 5-25-07 as possible,” according to Patrick Read Johnson, the writer and director portrayed by Daley in the film. Daley will also appear in an episode of Michael Cera’s web series Clark and Michael, premiering on CBS Innertube later this year.

Linda Cardellini (Lindsay Weir): Her dramatic turn in Brokeback Mountain has sent her over to the other side, becoming a regular on ER and starring in a new chapter of the long-running Lonesome Dove series. But comedy fans surely recognized her in the premiere episode of the fantastic new sketch show Human Giant. Oh, and she also shows up on Robot Chicken from time to time, probably getting dry-clay-humped by Scooby Doo.

Samm Levine (Neal Schweiber): Levine has become the king of quick and hilarious TV cameos, from Undeclared to Entourage to Family Guy to Veronica Mars, and occasionally dips his toes into the film scene as well, whether it’s being the creepy pool kid in Club Dread or providing geeky tech explanations in the less-than-well-received horror flop Pulse, a film for which he was the only actor who bothered to show up for the commentary track, a fact he’s more than ready to be self-effacing about. Levine also stars with Seth Macfarlane and Alexis Bledel in the short film Life is Short, hitting festivals around the country starting this month, and has supporting appearances in two upcoming features, the Amanda Bynes tweener laffer Sydney White, and the gay-themed dramedy Anderson’s Cross.

Martin Starr (Bill Haverchuck): Starr has kept relatively busy basically taking extra work in all manner of TV and movies, almost exclusively playing characters with numbers after their names. But this summer, he’ll join Segel and Rogen in Knocked Up, playing a nappily bearded roommate which leads to the funniest beard jokes you’ll ever hear in cinemas. Then he’ll join Tom Arnold in the questionably titled Good Dick, and then it’s back to numbers playing Dude #5 in Seth Rogen’s Superbad. Superbad’s Michael Cera has also thrown Starr a guest spot on his new web series Clark and Michael, which also features John Daley.

Jason Segel (Nick Andopolis): Several years after FOX decided he was too wild and subversive to topline Apatow’s original vision for Undeclared, Segel is now making a good living out of starring in the blandly enjoyable traditional CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, with the bonus privilege of getting to pretend to fuck Buffy babe Alyson Hannigan. He also has an occasional recurring character on CSI, so take that, FOX. Segel is also one of the already legendary Roommates in Apatow’s upcoming masterpiece Knocked Up, and he’ll work with Apatow yet again when he stars in his own script for Forgetting Sarah Marshall, playing a jilted ex-lover who tries to escape his depression through a Hawaiian vacation, only to discover his ex visiting the same island with her new boyfriend. Apatow will produce with first-time director Nicholas Stoller, a Strangers with Candy writer who also worked with the pair on Undeclared. And the girlfriend’s played by Lake Bell, whose Veronica Mars featured Samm Levine! Small world!

James Franco (Daniel Desario): Now much better known for his superhero vendetta than for sharing porn with clueless geeks, Franco is keeping more than busy with a multitude of overblown melodrama projects in the works. However, he still shows his proud comedy roots here and there, writing, directing, and starring in the wholly bizarre-looking direct-to-video chimp flick The Ape, and also recently sighted at Sundance in the Bruce Lee send-up Finishing the Game, starring alongside MC Hammer (multiple exclamation points and question marks). He recently finished filming Camille, a darkly comic adventure about a thief and his deadly sham marriage, also starring Sienna Miller and David Carradine. And now, most exciting of all, he’s filming The Pineapple Express, his return to both producer Judd Apatow and co-star Seth Rogen, in a stoner action buddy comedy written by Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg, and directed by indie hero David Gordon Green.

Seth Rogen (Ken Miller): Where to start? The monotone schlub who arguably got the biggest laughs on the series went on to getting the biggest laughs of Undeclared as well, and even picked up writing a few of the show’s best episodes. That talent got him a gig on Da Ali G Show, and then Apatow cast him as one of the leads in the gargantuan-mega-hit 40-Year-Old Virgin, where he was so funny that studio heads quickly cast him as the only mildly amusing character in You, Me, and Dupree, and now he’s on his way to becoming an A-list headliner with his critically lauded performance in Knocked Up. Apatow is also turning his writing career with high school chum Evan Goldberg into a second career, producing their scripts for the autobiographical Superbad, John Hughes’ kid-comedy Drillbit Taylor with Owen Wilson, and The Pineapple Express, which will star Rogen and Franco. That’s three Rogen scripts within a year of each other. He’ll also have smaller acting roles in Fanboys and the family fantasy The Spiderwick Chronicles, as well as lending his voice to Horton Hears a Who along with Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and Superbad star Jonah Hill. That’s almost as busy as Green Goblin Jr. up there!

Busy Philipps (Kim Kelly): Joining the cast of insanely popular teen soap Dawson’s Creek has made Busy a constant mainstay of various television, lending voices, like many of these guys, to Seth Macfarlane’s various animated projects, and headlining the girly UPN sitcom Love, Inc., which wasn’t nearly as bad as it should have been due to the involvement of several Upright Citizens Brigade favorites. Now that it’s been cancelled, she’s joined Cardellini at ER. Strangely enough, Philipps actually developed the story line for Blades of Glory, currently the #1 movie in the country. Yes, it was Kim Kelly who thought of two dudes skating together. These freaks pop up everywhere.