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2 June 2002 (USA) See more »
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A show with real 'crank' phone calls to real victims. Puppets are added as the 'actors' to give visual support to what is happening in the phone calls.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 42)
Artie Esposito ... Puppeteer (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Paul McGinnis ... Puppeteer (68 episodes, 2002-2007)
Victor Yerrid ... Puppeteer (62 episodes, 2002-2005)

Biz Markie ... Announcer (42 episodes, 2004-2007)

Series Directed by
Bill Berner (unknown episodes)
Bobcat Goldthwait (unknown episodes)
Hugh Martin (unknown episodes)
Ted May (unknown episodes)
Tom Stern (unknown episodes)
Kirk R. Thatcher (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Adam Carolla (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Adam De La Peña (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Daniel Kellison (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Jimmy Kimmel (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Darren Belitsky (64 episodes, 2002-2005)
Reed Agnew (62 episodes, 2003-2007)
Ethan T. Berlin (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
David Dameshek (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Eric Friedman (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Josh Gardner (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Sal Iacono (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jordan Rubin (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Erik Sommers (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Aaron Blitzstein (22 episodes, 2005)
Tim Burns (22 episodes, 2005)
Dan Mintz (22 episodes, 2005)
Morgan Murphy (22 episodes, 2005)
Rob Anderson (8 episodes, 2007)
Eric Appel (8 episodes, 2007)
Danno Carter (8 episodes, 2007)
Jason Jordan (8 episodes, 2007)
Jonathan Kimmel (8 episodes, 2007)
Mason Steinberg (8 episodes, 2007)

Rob Hammersley (unknown episodes)
David King (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Rob Anderson .... supervising producer / producer / ... (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Adam Carolla .... executive producer (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Daniel Kellison .... executive producer (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Jimmy Kimmel .... executive producer (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Jonathan Kimmel .... supervising producer / co-executive producer / ... (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
BJ Guyer .... coordinating producer (62 episodes, 2002-2005)
Tony Barbieri .... segment producer (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jackie Stolfi .... coordinating producer / associate producer (42 episodes, 2002-2004)
Chuck LaBella .... segment producer (30 episodes, 2005-2007)
Mark Banker .... segment producer (23 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jason Jordan .... segment producer (22 episodes, 2005)
Matt Lawton .... segment producer (22 episodes, 2005)
Jennifer Dugan .... associate producer (11 episodes, 2003)
Tim Busa .... supervising producer (10 episodes, 2002)
Eric Friedman .... segment producer (10 episodes, 2002)
Paul Raff .... segment producer (10 episodes, 2002)
Rick Rosner .... segment producer (10 episodes, 2002)
Akil Anderson .... associate producer (8 episodes, 2007)
Hend Baghdady .... coordinating producer (8 episodes, 2007)
Alexis Loughran .... associate producer (8 episodes, 2007)

Jennifer Saxon Gore .... line producer (unknown episodes, 2003-2004)
Brent Bradshaw .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Gregory Choa .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Tony Colon .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Doug DeLuca .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
Carly Hirsch .... art producer (unknown episodes)
Brenna C. McCarthy .... producer (unknown episodes)
Andrew Sipes .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Kent Voss .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Ethan Zweig .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Steven M. Gold (64 episodes, 2002-2005)

Adam Schlesinger (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Dallas Sterling (8 episodes, 2007)
Series Film Editing by
Jason Bielski (32 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mari Keiko Gonzalez (10 episodes, 2002)

David L. Mendel (unknown episodes)
Marcelo Sansevieri (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Peter Girardi (72 episodes, 2002-2007)

Susanna Graves (unknown episodes)
Rachel Greene (unknown episodes)
Mark Marek (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Chris Giammalvo (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Nashon Petrushkin (22 episodes, 2005)
Series Costume Design by
Carol Binion (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Tony Romero .... post-production supervisor (14 episodes, 2002-2003)

Sandi Yi-Trimble .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Strauss .... assistant director (18 episodes, 2005-2007)
Series Art Department
Verdelle Lavalle .... lead painter (52 episodes, 2003-2005)
Nashon Petrushkin .... shopper (32 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alice Vosmek .... art department coordinator (30 episodes, 2003-2004)
Dutch Merrick .... property master (28 episodes, 2003-2004)
Greg Finnin .... property master (22 episodes, 2005)
Mike Manasewitsch .... on-set dresser / set dresser (17 episodes, 2005)
Mark Brooks .... on-set dresser (10 episodes, 2002)
Isaac Reddick .... set dresser (8 episodes, 2007)
Carole Simms D'Agostino .... puppet builder (4 episodes, 2007)
Erik Schindler .... set dresser (4 episodes, 2007)
Josh Ritcher .... set dresser (3 episodes, 2002)
Jane Kilkenny .... prop shop (3 episodes, 2004)

David Kolodny-Nagy .... design assistant (unknown episodes, 2002)
Xavier Corby .... on-set dresser (unknown episodes)
Chris Davis .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Todd Hulin .... graphic designer (unknown episodes)
Shane Klein .... art department (unknown episodes)
Joseph Lallement .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Kristie Moore .... painter decorator (unknown episodes)
Brook Shafer .... on-set dresser (unknown episodes)
Mark Walbaum .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Jamie Santos .... sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2002)

Conner Moore .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Jason Gottlieb .... compositor (8 episodes, 2007)

Gordon Fales .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Keith Ogren .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Medick .... camera operator (18 episodes, 2003)
Chris Hughes .... gaffer (8 episodes, 2007)

Louis Aurelio .... tape operator (unknown episodes)
Brad Heiner .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Davis .... puppet costumer (62 episodes, 2003-2007)

Simone Williams .... puppet costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Crystal House .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2007)

Bryan Cantrall .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Michelle Roche .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Adam Schlesinger .... composer: theme music / composer: additional music (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Steven M. Gold .... composer: additional music (8 episodes, 2007)
Series Other crew
Peter Girardi .... puppet designer (72 episodes, 2002-2007)
Rebecca McCabe .... puppet wrangler (59 episodes, 2002-2007)
Blake J. Williger .... production assistant (32 episodes, 2003-2004)
Victor Yerrid .... lead puppeteer (30 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tony Strickland .... production assistant (22 episodes, 2005)
Chris Ward .... production accountant (22 episodes, 2005)
Robert A. Bowen .... technical consultant (20 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michael Appel .... board operator (10 episodes, 2002)
David Blenk .... assistant production accountant (10 episodes, 2002)
Melissa Fornabaio .... intern (10 episodes, 2002)
Jeff Angulo .... accounting consultant (8 episodes, 2007)
Kimberley A. Helms .... production secretary (8 episodes, 2007)
Tara Jones .... production accountant (8 episodes, 2007)
Nicolae Predescu Jr. .... production management (8 episodes, 2007)
Megan Kellie .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2007)
Carole Simms D'Agostino .... puppet builder (4 episodes, 2007)

Brent Bradshaw .... audio producer (unknown episodes)
Matthew Brooks .... puppeteer (unknown episodes)
Donna Cipriani .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Jackie Cohen .... assistant to executive producer (unknown episodes)
Sarah de Sa Rego .... coordinator (unknown episodes)
Megan Dillon .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Patrick Ebert .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Emil .... talent booker (unknown episodes)
Michelle Hickey .... puppet wrangler (unknown episodes)
Todd James .... puppet designer (unknown episodes)
Allison B. Johnson .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Benjamin Oren .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Adam Pagdon .... puppet wrangler (unknown episodes)
Paul-Michel Pierre-Benoist .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)
Rob Saunders .... puppeteer (unknown episodes)
Cassandra Seidl .... post accounting supervisor (unknown episodes)
Carol Summers .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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Before any episodes aired and the show was still being written, the original title of the series was 'Prank Puppets', but a Comedy Central lawyer approached executive producer Adam Carolla and said that the show's name would have to be changed. She said the title (despite the premise of the show) 'implied spite and malice' and that it was a 'legal liability'. Neither Adam, nor the rest of the crew really believed that argument, but they reluctantly changed the name anyway.See more »
Birchum:You know, I probably wasn't abducted by aliens. Come to think of it, I was raped by teenagers.See more »
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Teeerrrrible, 22 September 2004
Author: iamerror from Sacramento, CA

I remember this show looking really funny when it was first advertised. "Crank calls, puppets, and comedians," I thought. "How could you go wrong?"

The first thing that went wrong with this show was the Special Ed character. Because we all know how funny mental retardation is, right? There's not many things funnier than mental retardation, except maybe repetitive jokes that weren't even funny the first time. But this show has tons of those so I guess I really lucked out, huh? "Hey, this guy burps a lot. Isn't that funny?" "This guy was in Vietnam and he's craaaaaazy. Are we funny yet?" "Oh, wait. We got an unfunny English character, too." "We also got a guy that throws up. Throwing up is funny, right? No? Well, maybe if we do it over and over it will be."

Of course, there's been some funny calls on here. Most of them are pretty terrible, though. All of the returning characters seem to reach some sort of turbo-charged level of badness. Even comedians that are normally funny (David Cross comes to mind) seem to lose their funny powers on here.

All in all, this show is pretty bad. But what do you expect when it was created by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, two of the unfunniest people on the planet. The Man Show was one of the most pathetic shows ever put on TV. "Well, we could make a whole show with midgets and fart jokes. Maybe we could do a whole episode with midgets and then we could do one with fart jokes. Then, maybe we could do a whole episode with farting midgets."

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