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‘Judd Apatow: The Return’ Trailer: Hitting The Stage Again Isn’t Easy

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Before was an acclaimed television producer and hit filmmaker, Judd Apatow was working the stand-up circuit. Once success in other mediums took hold, he abandoned the mic, but now, after 25 years he’s giving it another shot in the appropriately titled “Judd Apatow: The Return.”

“…. I stopped doing stand-up a long time ago, because I created ‘The Ben Stiller Show‘ that we did for Fox back in the day.

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Five Reasons The Ben Stiller Show was Way Ahead of Its Time

The Ben Stiller Show” was a major influence on the future of sketch comedy programs. Ben Stiller is the well known actor, comedian and filmmaker who created classic comedy films including “Realty Bites”, “Zoolander”, “Tropic Thunder” and “Dodgeball”. He is also the son of the long time comedy duo, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Ben Stiller would create short comedic films for “Saturday Night Live” and MTV which led to “The Ben Stiller Show”. The program featured sketch comedies and music videos. It lasted just 13 episodes in 1989 and 1990 but was picked up by Fox in 1992. After

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Ben Stiller Has a Father-Daughter Moment With 15-Year-old Ella at New York Film Festival -- See the Pics!

Ben Stiller Has a Father-Daughter Moment With 15-Year-old Ella at New York Film Festival -- See the Pics!
There were two Stillers on the red carpet this weekend!

Ben Stiller made a rare appearance with his 15-year-old daughter, Ella, on Sunday night at the 55th New York Film Festival for the premiere of his film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).

Photo: 'Risky Business' Babe Rebecca De Mornay Looks Ageless as She Steps Out With Look-Alike Daughter

Ella looked elegant in a green mini-dress and heels as she posed alongside her suited-up dad.

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The father-daughter duo also mingled at the event, posing with the 51-year-old actor's young co-star, Grace Van Patten.

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It was only appropriate that Ben had his daughter tag along while promoting his movie, as the film centers around an estranged family that gathers together in New York to celebrate the artistic work of their father, played by Dustin HoffmanAdam Sandler and Emma Thompson also star in the flick.

The Meyerowitz
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Flashback: 'The Ben Stiller Show' Turns 25! Why the Actor Laughed at Winning an Emmy for the Series

Flashback: 'The Ben Stiller Show' Turns 25! Why the Actor Laughed at Winning an Emmy for the Series
On Sept. 27, 1992, The Ben Stiller Show premiered on Fox, showcasing the titular star’s now well-known talent for emulating celebrities and crafting original characters. The sketch comedy series was abruptly canceled before its first season finished airing, but almost a year after it debuted, the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.

“We had no idea,” Stiller told Et backstage at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards. Apparently, none of the show’s writers had attended the ceremony with the notion they might beat out comedy institutions such as Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. At some point leading up to the night, Stiller thought maybe he should put together a few words, just in case. “And then at the last minute, I thought, You know, I'm not gonna prepare a speech, because I'll feel like such a jerk when I don't win.”

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Emmy episode analysis: Bob Odenkirk (‘Better Call Saul’) picks up garbage and cries over ‘Expenses’

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Emmy episode analysis: Bob Odenkirk (‘Better Call Saul’) picks up garbage and cries over ‘Expenses’
Bob Odenkirk reaped his third consecutive Emmy nomination as Best Drama Actor for playing attorney Jimmy McGill in AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” He’s also competing for the third time as a producer on the series. The actor already has two prizes for Best Variety Series Writing (“Saturday Night Live” in 1989 and “The Ben Stiller Show” […]
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Episode 9: Bob Odenkirk

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Brought to you by HBO. Breaking: It would be Bad if you miss this installment of Backstage’s podcast, and Better if you tune in right away! Bob Odenkirk, the renowned writer, producer, and actor, and star of AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan’s sequel to “Breaking Bad,” joined us to shed light on his many successes. A 12-time Emmy nominee and one-time winner (MTV’s “The Ben Stiller Show” for variety show writing in 1992), the Illinois native went from beloved sketch comedy creator-performer (“Mr. Show with Bob and David” alongside David Cross, plus its recent Netflix follow up “W/ Bob & David”) to admired dramatic actor with his memorable introduction in the “Breaking Bad” universe.
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Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video

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Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video
Over the years, there have been dozens of sports movies pitting the lovable underdogs against the seemingly unbeatable elites — it’s a classic American story. But none were perhaps as big of a surprise hit as 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the film starred Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller as, respectively, the underdog owner of failing gym Average Joe’s and the elite fitness guru trying to push the facility out of business. Backed by a wide and deep cast that also featured Justin Long as a male cheerleader, Alan Tudyk as a 24-7 pirate cosplayer,
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Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88 After Battle with Leukemia

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Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88 After Battle with Leukemia
Adam West, the actor known for playing the title role in the 1960s television series Batman, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed to Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and the BBC. He was 88.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

The actor is best remembered for his turn as Gotham’s Caped Crusader — though his career spanned six decades of film, stage and voice work.

Born William West Anderson on Sept.
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Flashback: A Random 78 Minutes of MTV From June 1982

A little under a year ago we got tremendously excited when we learned that VH1 Classic was going to be reborn as MTV Classic. Visions of Remote Control marathons filled our heads along with the chance to finally see if lost classics like The State, The Ben Stiller Show, The Tom Green Show and The Andy Milonakis Show lived up to our memories. The MTV vault was overflowing with half-forgotten gems and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to see them again.

The first sign of trouble came when they
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Bob Odenkirk Recalls His First Emmy Win

Bob Odenkirk Recalls His First Emmy Win
These days Bob Odenkirk is best known for his Emmy nominated work as the star of the acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul.” But Odenkirk’s first brush with Emmy came thanks to his career in comedy writing. In his second season on staff at “Saturday Night Live,” Odenkirk was part of a crew including Conan O’Brien, Mike Myers and Al Franken who went home with Emmy gold.

What do you remember about your first Emmy experience?

We were all so young. I rented a tuxedo because I didn’t own one. I didn’t see why I would ever need to own a tuxedo in my life. Now I have four. I don’t think I need four, but whatever I have them. It was comical to all of us. It was a weird mix of an honor, and a joke. We just felt like such interlopers in the actual business. We
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Janeane Garofalo to Make Broadway Debut in “Marvin’s Room”

Janeane Garofalo in “Love Hurts

Janeane Garofalo is set to make her Broadway debut. The two-time Emmy-nominated actress and stand-up comedian will star in Roundabout Theater Company’s “Marvin’s Room,” The New York Times reports. She’ll take the stage this summer. The production will be directed by Anne Kauffman, who is also making her Broadway debut.

The play, which originally ran Off Broadway in 1991, “follows the uneasy reunion between two estranged sisters, one of whom has leukemia,” the source details. A film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro was released in 1997. Streep received a Golden Globe nod and Keaton an Oscar nomination for playing sisters Lee and Bessie, respectively. Garofalo will be portraying Lee, and Lili Taylor (“American Crime”) will take on the role of Bessie, who needs a bone marrow transplant and asks Lee for help.

Garofalo’s film and TV career spans nearly 30 years, with credits including “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “24,” “The West Wing,” “200 Cigarettes,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Reality Bites,” and “The Ben Stiller Show.” She received two Emmy nominations for her role in “The Larry Sanders Show.” In 2012, Garofalo starred in “Russian Transport” Off Broadway.

“With more channels and more media outlets comes the ability of more people to work than when there were only three channels. But there are still rules for mainstream films, music, and TV. That’s the nature of it, that the ladies be attractive, young. The men have more leeway, they can look many ways,” Garofalo has observed. “If you want to see middle-aged women and older: British television. They’re very good about people looking many different ways.”

Both Garofalo and Taylor are 50-plus years old.

Kauffman’s previous directing credits include Off Broadway productions of “The Thugs,” “Belleville,” and “Smokefall.”

Previews for “Marvin’s Room” kick off June 8 and the play will officially open June 29 at the American Airlines Theater.

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Exclusive: How Judd Apatow Has Cultivated Success on TV

Exclusive: How Judd Apatow Has Cultivated Success on TV
Judd Apatow is no stranger to success -- or the work it takes to get to where he’s at today.

After getting his start on TV as a co-creator and co-producer of The Ben Stiller Show and, later, honing his craft as a writer on The Larry Sanders Show, he wrote and produced Freaks and Geeks as well as creating Undeclared. Though they only lasted one season each, both shows would go on to become cult classics while Apatow largely shifted his focus to film. It was there he found box office success with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, followed by an era of bromantic comedies with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad.

“I didn’t really plan to do TV,” Apatow tells Et on a snowy day in January -- the first of two conversations that coincidentally happened on snow-filled days during a surprisingly mild winter in New York City. While excited
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Exclusive: How Judd Apatow Has Cultivated Success on TV

Exclusive: How Judd Apatow Has Cultivated Success on TV
Judd Apatow is no stranger to success -- or the work it takes to get to where he’s at today.

After getting his start on TV as a co-creator and co-producer of The Ben Stiller Show and, later, honing his craft as a writer on The Larry Sanders Show, he wrote and produced Freaks and Geeks as well as creating Undeclared. Though they only lasted one season each, both shows would go on to become cult classics while Apatow largely shifted his focus to film. It was there he found box office success with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, followed by an era of bromantic comedies with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad.

“I didn’t really plan to do TV,” Apatow tells Et on a snowy day in January -- the first of two conversations that coincidentally happened on snow-filled days during a surprisingly mild winter in New York City. While excited
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Flashback: Bob Odenkirk Plays Charles Manson as Lassie-esque Companion

Charles Manson's place in pop culture was already well established by the early 1990s, with the provocative, baiting convict portrayed in film and television as a serious criminal ringleader. But Bob Odenkirk, who would later find success on Mr. Show, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, created the most singular performance of the cult leader in 1992, turning the deranged criminal into man's best f(r)iend on the revered, short-lived The Ben Stiller Show.

Simply titled "Manson," the skit finds a long-haired, bearded Odenkirk in a 1950s Lassie-styled TV show wildly gesticulating,
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Heather Graham, Stephen Mangan to Star in Bigamy Comedy ‘Bliss’

Heather Graham, Stephen Mangan to Star in Bigamy Comedy ‘Bliss’
European pay-tv operator Sky has greenlit bigamy comedy series “Bliss,” starring Heather Graham and “Episodes” actor Stephen Mangan, and written and directed by U.S. writer, director and performer David Cross.

Cross’ writing credits include Emmy-nominated “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” Emmy-winner “The Ben Stiller Show,” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” in which he also starred.

“Bliss” is a co-production between Merman, which produces Sharon Horgan’s Emmy-nominated “Catastrophe” and HBO’s “Divorce,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kenton Allen’s Big Talk Productions, best known for “Cold Feet,” in association with Cross’s Liberal Jew-Run Media Productions. The six-part series also stars Jo Hartley, who starred in “This Is England.”

“The series follows the complicated double life of Andrew (Mangan), a successful travel writer who, through extenuating circumstances, finds himself living between two sets of wives and children whose existences are unknown to each other,” according
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‘Better Call Saul’ Star Bob Odenkirk Teases Season 3: ‘Innocence Gets Torn Away’ (Video)

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‘Better Call Saul’ Star Bob Odenkirk Teases Season 3: ‘Innocence Gets Torn Away’ (Video)
A version of this story on Bob Odenkirk first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Down to the Wire Emmy Issue. If Bob Odenkirk wins an Emmy as the star of the Breaking Bad spinoff/prequel Better Call Saul, he knows why. (He’s nominated as producer and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — his tenth nominations, with two writing wins.) “Oh, dude, I lucked out, we all did,” said the sketch comedy writer who won writing Emmys at SNL and The Ben Stiller Show and is famed for creating Chris Farley‘s Motivational Speaker and
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The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z

The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z
Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red
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Watch: First Teaser For Judd Apatow’s Netflix Show ‘Love’ With Gillian Jacobs & Paul Rust

Watch: First Teaser For Judd Apatow’s Netflix Show ‘Love’ With Gillian Jacobs & Paul Rust
Judd Apatow made his name in television, working on “The Ben Stiller Show,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” "The Critic,” and co-creating “Freaks & Geeks” (which is a cultural touchstone now, though ignored at the time), and while “Undeclared” didn’t have the same impact, it still launched the careers of many young actors. Read More: Judd Apatow Produced 'Pee-Wee's Big Holiday' Headed To Netflix Since those TV days, Apatow has dived hard into world of movies in a big way, but he hasn’t forgotten either his TV or mentoring roots (he's an executive producer on the HBO hit "Girls," for example). And in February he's back on the small screen with his new Netflix show, “Love.” And while most of Apatow’s old crew, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco, etc. have found their own way, producing, writing and starring in their own created movies, in his no-child-left-behind way,
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Watch: First Teaser For Judd Apatow’s Netflix Show ‘Love’ With Gillian Jacobs & Paul Rust

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Judd Apatow made his name in television, working on “The Ben Stiller Show,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” "The Critic,” and co-creating “Freaks & Geeks” (which is a cultural touchstone now, though ignored at the time), and while “Undeclared” didn’t have the same impact, it still launched the careers of many young actors. Read More: Judd Apatow Produced 'Pee-Wee's Big Holiday' Headed To Netflix Since those TV days, Apatow has dived hard into world of movies in a big way, but he hasn’t forgotten either his TV or mentoring roots (he's an executive producer on the HBO hit "Girls," for example). And in February he's back on the small screen with his new Netflix show, “Love.” And while most of Apatow’s old crew, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco, etc. have found their own way, producing, writing and starring in their own created movies, in his no-child-left-behind way,
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Ben Stiller's Turning 50 So Enjoy These 12 Ridiculously Hilarious Moments

Ben Stiller's Turning 50 So Enjoy These 12 Ridiculously Hilarious Moments
So Ben Stiller is 50 today, which is just weird. Wasn't he just futilely romancing Winona Ryder in Reality Bites?! Well, presumably he feels the same way. But lucky for everybody, the actor, filmmaker and family man is still everywhere, making hilarious wink-wink cameos and churning out movies that people can't wait for. And, of course, he's still ridiculously good-looking. (Just don't tell Derek Zoolander he's 50—he may go on some Lost Weekend-style Botox tear.) In honor of his milestone birthday, here are 12 of our favorite Ben Stiller moments that will stand the test of time: The Ben Stiller Show only lasted 13 episodes, but all 13 are worth a re-watch. Or a...
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