If one thing became entirely clear in 2014, it’s that traditional descriptors like “sit-com” are so last century. Defining what makes a small screen laffer is no longer cut and dry. Digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon are following in the footsteps of industry innovators like HBO and Showtime and shattering the barrier between drama and comedy — and the obvious winner in this genre revolution is the viewing audience.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t great examples of the classic multi-camera comedy format still on the air (our list includes two of them), or that trendy single camera shows can’t be non-stop joke machines (we’d argue both “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” place laughs over pathos in every episode). But let’s also thank the shows pushing the envelope to make TV comedy a riskier,
That "The Flash" is actually good.
That recent, pricelessly funny Billy Bob Thornton guest spot as a lovelorn urologist-to-the-stars on "The Big Bang Theory."
That I don't work at the "Today" show.
That David E. Kelley is writing a TV show for Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman to star in.
That this is the last season for "Two and a Half Men."
That "Seinfeld" reruns still hold up pretty well.
That Casper Kelly made '80s sitcom parody "Too Many Cooks." Whether or not you like the finished product -- and it's often pretty disgusting -- I'm glad someone had the impulse to make it.
By now, youve probably seen Too Many Cooks, the parody video by cable network Adult Swim with the catchiest theme this side of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. (And if you havent, whats your deal? Seriously?) Created by Casper Kelly and Paul Painter, the 11-minute video takes the 80s sitcom opening credits premise and runs with it (at times literally), introducing us to no less than 60 characters, including Smarf, Coat and Lars Von Trier as Pie.
Since being uploaded on Friday, its been seen over a million times, and no wonder. Its a sitcom opening that ends up animated, set in space and dragged through blood spilled by a machete-wielding serial killer. (Who also shows up in the credits so youll know who he is dont worry.
The short is the brainchild of Casper Kelly, co-creator of Adult Swim’s “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell” and “Stroker and Hoop,” and debuted without much fanfare during Adult Swim’s 4 a.m. infomercials block in October. Since Thursday, it has trended almost constantly on Twitter as more unsuspecting viewers become hypnotized by its earworm theme song and general insanity. Look out for Lars von Trier’s cameo and prepare to be enthralled by Smarf.
Earlier this week, the cable net stealthily debuted in the wee hours of the morning Too Many Cooks, an 11-minute riff on the lost art that is TV’s traditional opening title sequence that is so wrong it’s right.
Stop what you’re doing, press Play above and thank us in the comments. (Shout-out to The A.V. Club for bringing Casper Kelly’s warped little gem to our attention. We owe you one.)
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As the series' season finale, “People in Hell Want Ice Water,” approaches at the stroke of midnight tonight (5/23), it was about time we got a bit of insight into the men behind the madness and red face paint. The show’s creators, Dave Willis and Casper Kelly, alums of Adult Swim series "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "Squidbillies," and cast members Matt Servitto ("The Sopranos," "The Mentalist"), Craig Rowan ("College Humor Originals," "The Onion Sportsdome"), and Henry Zebrowski ("Girls," Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street) sat down to discuss the origins of their diabolically funny series.
The show’s creation, according to Kelly, came from an earlier Kelly/Willis
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