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Several of the shows taking pronounced zig-zags in TV comedy share a key player: writer, producer and director Jonathan Krisel, a creative force behind “Baskets,” “Man Seeking Woman” and “Portlandia.” Though the stars of these shows—Zach Galifianakis, Jay Baruchel, and Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, respectively—light things up on screen, Krisel helps lead the many people it takes to screw in those lightbulbs. Krisel, an executive producer of all three shows (he also co-created “Baskets” and “Portlandia”), broke »
- John Jurgensen
“When it comes to dating,” said Simon Rich, creator/Ep of Fxx’s Man Seeking Woman at TCA today, “it doesn’t matter who you are: It’s a living nightmare. And it’s something we strive to capture this year.” While the first season dealt with the single-guy follies of Jay Baruchel’s Josh Greenberg, season 2 will delve into the all the characters’ dating mishaps. “This season is about unrequited love,” said Rich. “For the characters, through no fault of their own, they fall… »
Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up.
On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!
Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes »
- Adriana Floridia
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There is a TV show currently airing that once had a Japanese penis monster crash a dinner party. I just want to get that out of the way before we get started here, because the first thing that needs to be understood about Man Seeking Woman is that it’s a show about love. It’s a candor-filled take on dating, relationships, best friends and the weird, awkward, surreal spirals your life can go down the older you get (on the outside, if maybe not so much on the inside). Oh and there are aliens.
We’ll get to that, but first the basics: Josh (Jay Baruchel) is a late-in-his-game 28-year-old who attempts to navigate the surreal waters of the dating world with bestie Mike (Eric André) and parent-favorite sis Liz (Britt Lower) at his side. His failures are arduous and deep, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Refreshing in its silliness as well as its commitment to offend, “Man Seeking Woman” crams a lot into each half-hour episode, sometimes to its detriment. On the whole, though, this Fxx comedy (a castoff from its flagship network), culled from author-creator Simon Rich’s short stories, departs from many of today’s more-admired comedies in its steadfast determination to be funny, incorporating wild, cartoon-like flights of fancy into the narrative. Not everything works, but the previewed episodes again establish this as a series with a singular vision, elevating the indignities of dating to an epic level.
Comparisons to early Woody Allen remain inevitable, especially with the way Jay Baruchel plays the perpetually flustered, inordinately imaginative Josh, who, in the first season, was the only one in his circle bothered by the fact that his ex-girlfriend was dating Hitler (yes, that Hitler). The new campaign opens with Josh actually having a girlfriend, »
- Brian Lowry
5 items from 2016
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