Directed by Rob Thomas, starring Kristen Bell, Amanda Noret, Ryan Hansen, Max Greenfield, Chris Lowell, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Krysten Ritter, Daran Norris, Martin Starr, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jerry O’Connell, Justin Long, Dax Shepherd, Sam Huntington and Ken Marino.
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.
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.
The show will premiere in January alongside the full run of Archer. The details are as follows,
Unsupervised, created by and it is executive produced by Sunny‘s Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby, is a comedy about optimistic best friends Gary and Joel navigating the harsh landscape of teenage life and trying to do what’s right without any parental guidance whatsoever. Its voice cast includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Romany Malco, Fred Armisen, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby.
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.