I am absolutely thrilled to post the complete cut of the wonderful comedy special I helped put together for Showtime entitled “HOUSE OF LIES LIVE!" The show, which also airs on television on New Years Eve at 10pm on Showtime (with no beeps or edits), features House of Lies cast members Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz (that’s me), Josh Lawson, Lauren Lapkus, Eugene Cordero and Ryan Gaul performing long form improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA.
For those of you who have never seen long form before- the group begins by getting a random suggestion from the audience, they then use the suggestion as a springboard to MAKE UP AN ENTIRE SHOW ON THE SPOT. Nothing is planned beforehand. Every word is created right there, which is hard enough for seasoned improvisers, let alone these amazing actors who were daring enough to try it out for the first time on national television.
I have been performing improv for ten years at the UCB Theatres in New York and Los Angeles, so I am beyond excited to show the world even a taste of what we do on a daily basis. Please check out the video above (click on the settings wheel and pump that baby up to 720HD) and look out for the unedited, no beep version on Showtime/Showtime on Demand on New Years Eve at 10pm.
It would mean so much to me if you spread the word about the special. Please pass it around in any way you can dream. And yes, the online version has beeps in it, but those beeps made it possible for Showtime to post the entire show online for FREE (subscribers and non-subscribers) which is pretty amazing. Thank you so much to Showtime and to the huge amount of crew, cast, executives and producers who did so many things so well in order to make this special happen.
Trailer: Showtime to debut ’House of Lies' improv special online before season 3 premiere | THR
Here is Golden Globe award winner Don Cheadle arriving for our table read this morning.
Thanks to everyone who watched the House of Lies premiere last night. New episodes will air every Sunday at 10pm on Showtime. Can’t wait for you to see what happens next.
When I hosted the wonderful TV program Attack of the Show a few weeks ago live on G4, we pulled off something that had never before been accomplished on any of the over 1,000 episodes of the show. We wrote and performed a thirteen minute and forty one second monologue. It features three stories, an immense amount of crazy and a cameo from Josh Lawson (House of Lies, Australia) as a representative from Estonia. It is only up on YouTube for a limited time, so if you have 13:41 check it out soon. A huge thank you to all the writers and staff on the show for letting me make ludicrous jokes for so long. Click the video above to watch what head writer Casey Schreiner called “one of the best things we’ve ever done on Attack of the Show” and what my mom called “I don’t get it.”
If this isn’t an argument for Schwartz to have his own show, I don’t know what is.
The time I interviewed Kristen Bell. Published it today because: 1. Her show comes out Sunday. 2. As a birthday present to myself. Of course we talked about her campaign to be in “The Hunger Games” and the “Veronica Mars” movie. Below is a rather hilarious portion to give you the sense of just how charming she really is:
Did you have to do anything that made you uncomfortable? In one episode, a guy sucks on your character’s foot. Did you have a foot double?
Oh, no, no. That wasn’t uncomfortable at all! [Laughs] Having an actor I just met put my foot in his mouth? No, I did not have a foot double. I’m not really into doubles for stunts or anything else, but it was as awkward as it seems to be. You know, I had just met another actor who, as per the crazy script written, needed to put my foot in his mouth. We talked about it and I washed my foot and he had a mint — just for shits and giggles — and we just kind of went for it. We didn’t practice it at all, obviously, because: No. 1) Why would you? That’s weird. No. 2) We wanted it to be realistically awkward when we did it.
And just for the heck of it, a picture of the “Smash” cast.
Can you tell I’m excited for “Smash”? If you can’t, here’s some breaking news: I am so ready for “Smash.”
Edited for all audiences unfortunately. The series premieres Jan 8th and 10 pm.
TV Promo: House of Lies on Showtime | EW.com
TV Promo: Showtime’s House of Lies
With Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Ben Schwartz
It’s happening you guys. House of Lies on Showtime. I’m so excited. Can’t wait to get started.
Here’s the newest promo pic for the series.
On Thursday, Showtime ordered 12 episodes of ‘House of Lies,’ a half-hour comedy starring Don Cheadle as a “self-loathing,” cutthroat management consultant and Bell as one of Cheadle’s razor-sharp employees.
'House of Lies' was created by Matthew Carnahan ('Dirt'), and it's based on a tell-all book by Martin Kihn titled 'House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time.' Ben Schwartz ('Parks and Recreation,' 'Undercovers'), Josh Lawson, Dawn Oliveri, Glynn Turman (a favorite from 'In Treatment') and Donis Leonard, Jr., round out the cast.
The network also ordered the hourlong psychological thriller ‘Homeland,’ which stars Claire Daines as a CIA officer “battling her own demons” and Damian Lewis as a soldier who may be connected to an Al Quaeda plot.
Deadline reports that Bell has been cast in a lead role in the darkly comedic pilot, which stars Don Cheadle as a cutthroat management consultant who will go to any lengths to please his clients. Bell ("Veronica Mars," "When in Rome") will play a character named Jeannie Van Der Hooven, an Ivy League grad who works for the firm Cheadle’s character heads.
The “House of Lies” cast also includes Dawn Olivieri (“Heroes”) as Cheadle’s ex-wife and professional rival, Josh Lawson (“Romantically Challenged”), Ben Schwartz(“Undercovers”) as employees of Cheadle’s firm and Glynn Turman (“In Treatment”) as Cheadle’s father. Matthew Carnahan (“Dirt”) wrote the script, and Stephen Hopkins(“24,” “Californication”) will direct it.