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Stranger Things: Here's Why You Recognize Murray the Conspiracy Theorist

There's a saying: just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you. Enter Murray Bauman, a former journalist who has been following the events of Stranger Things season one very closely, coming to Chief Hopper with all sorts of ideas about Eleven and Barb and a vast government conspiracy. And he's not wrong, though Hopper can't tell him that. But who plays this bearded believer? It's Brett Gelman, one of those quintessential "Hey, it's that guy!" actors. RelatedA Quick Refresher For Anyone Who Can't Remember How Stranger Things Ends Gelman got his start doing improv and stand-up comedy in New York City. He quickly developed improv group Monkey D*ck, which went on to be developed into a limited-release TV show for the Upright Citizens Brigade. He also developed a character called Rapzilla for a couple of shorts that eventually made it onto MTV's sketch comedy series Human Giant.
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Coming Distractions: Brett Gelman makes cringe comedy with Michael Cera and others in the Lemon trailer

Brett Gelman has never been one to shy away from stranger material. In fact, he dives into it—most often with projects of his own creation, like Brett Gelman’s Dinner In America, but also playing odd-duck characters in series like Eagleheart or Another Period. He’s also shown range as more buttoned down and grounded people in things like Fleabag and Married. His new film, Lemon, looks to combine those two skill sets, taking a distinctly unusual character and plunking him down in the middle of real-world situations, and letting the awkwardness unfold.

Co-written by Gelman and director Janicza Bravo, the movie stars Gelman as Isaac Lachmann, a 40-year-old man with a stalled career, a girlfriend on her way out the door, and a difficult family. And it only seems to get worse from there—“he just watches as his life unravels,” is how the film’s press notes
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Rotterdam to open with Us comedy-drama 'Lemon'

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Rotterdam to open with Us comedy-drama 'Lemon'
Exclusive: Debut feature, starring Brett Gelman, Michael Cera and Judy Greer, to get international premiere at Rotterdam.

Us comedy-drama Lemon by writer-director Janicza Bravo will open the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) on 25 January.

Bravo’s debut feature will get its international premiere at the festival following its world premiere in Sundance.

Lemon tells the story of Isaac, a gawky forty-something from Los Angeles, whose life is not going as he would like. Accepting things doesn’t come naturally to him, he has to face the fact that his girlfriend has left him and his acting career mostly consists of commercials about diseases.

Co-writer Brett Gelman (of Adult Swim series Eagleheart), Bravo’s husband, plays the lead role alongside Judy Greer (Ant-Man), Nia Long (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Michael Cera (Juno).

Both Gelman and Bravo are set to attend the screening.

The film is produced by Burn Later Productions, Killer Films and [link
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Former Adult Swim Star Brett Gelman Joins Stranger Things

Actor and comedian Brett Gelman, former star of Adult Swim series 'Eagleheart', has just signed up for a role on the second season of Netflix's highly anticipated sci-fi horror series 'Stranger Things'. The forthcoming season is set to premiere on the streaming network in June 2017 and already it has managed to acquire a fresh ensemble ready to join the nostalgic action. Dacre Montgomery, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Matthew Modine, Cara Buono, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp are all set to return and the series already has another couple of 80's icons joining the show in the form of 'Goonies' star Sean Astin and funnyman Paul Reiser. Gelman is set to play a new character in the second season called Murray Bauman. Bauman is 'a disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist who is investigating a cold case in Hawkins....
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Adult Swim Regular Brett Gelman Says He Won’t Work With Network Over Treatment of Women

Brett Gelman, a comic actor who has appeared on Adult Swim programs including “Eagleheart” and “Brett Gelman’s Dinner in America,” said via Twitter that he is cutting ties with the Time Warner-owned outlet over some comments made by a network executive and the network’s decision to run “Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Police,” a series that has many fans with conservative leanings.

A spokesperson for Adult Swim said the network declined to comment.

On Twitter, Gelman cited recent remarks by Mike Lazzo, an Adult Swim executive vice president, about the absence of female creators associated with the network, as a reason for why he planned to “sever ties” with Adult Swim. On Redding, Lazzo recently noted that “women don’t tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict, so that’s probably why we (or others) have so few female projects.” But he also acknowledged that “this was a dumb answer to a good
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Brett Gelman: Sexism Reason ‘I Have Severed Ties’ With Adult Swim

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Brett Gelman claims the reason he cut off contact with Adult Swim was due to the adult animation programming block’s lack of female creators. Gelman, an actor and comedian who worked on Adult Swim shows “Eagleheart” and “Hot Package,” posted a write up of a recent reddit post from Adult Swim creative director Mike Lazzo discussing comments he made about women. Gelman captioned the tweet with, “This is the reason I have severed ties.” Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo Takes to Reddit to Defend Lack of Female Creators https://t.co/fjxE8FYx7z This Is The Reason I
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Those Who Can't: truTV Releases Official Trailer

The new workplace comedy series, Those Who Can't, premieres February 11, 2016 at 10:30 Et/Pt, on truTV. A 30-minute sitcom, this show is truTV's first full-length scripted comedy.

Here's how truTV describes it: "The half-hour show follows three trouble-making teachers, played by show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. More inept than the kids they teach, they're out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. Joining them is Maria Thayer (Eagleheart) as the school librarian with an insuppressible passion for life."

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Brett Gelman on Playing a Naked Hippie in the Mad Men Finale

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Brett Gelman on Playing a Naked Hippie in the Mad Men Finale
For the duration of the back half of the second half of Mad Men season seven, viewers didn't know where Don was going, what he was doing, and whom he would meet. Still, fans (especially comedy fans) weren't expecting to see Brett Gelman, the comedic actor best known for his podcast appearances and roles on Eagleheart and Married. There, he sat in group therapy, looking not too far off from the character he played on Go On. Vulture caught up with Gelman (who will be performing at Vulture Festival's Comedy Night) to talk about getting the role, getting naked, and watching Jon Hamm shoot that final shot.What was the audition process like for getting this role? [Laughs.] It was all very secretive — always. I did a thing for a character and then Matthew Weiner had me read for a different character, which was the character I ended up playing.
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TruTV Greenlights First Full-Length Scripted Comedy Series

TruTV Greenlights First Full-Length Scripted Comedy Series
TruTV has given the greenlight to its first-ever full-length scripted comedy, “Those Who Can’t,” with a 10-episode order, the cabler announced Tuesday.

The series revolves around three frustrated and dysfunctional high school teachers in Denver who are as screwed-up as the students they teach.

The half-hour laffer will star show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy. The trio hails from Denver-based comedy troupe the Grawlix. Maria Thayer (“Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Eagleheart”) rounds out the cast as Abbey Logan, a new librarian who questions, denies and then ultimately joins in on the antics of her co-workers.

“‘Those Who Can’t’ has exactly the kind of fresh, slightly off-kilter humor we’re looking for as we venture into the world of scripted comedy,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for TruTV. “Adam, Andrew and Ben have created a terrifically funny show that’s a perfect fit for the
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Ash vs Evil Dead Casting News

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When Sam Raimi talked about the possibility of an Evil Dead TV series last year, there were many who thought the project would never see the light of day, but it became official late last year. Bruce Campbell is returning for Ash vs Evil Dead, a new TV series that will premiere later this year on Starz and we have the names of two people that will be joining Ash in his fight.

Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.

Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who
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The New Yorker Presents, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” is the most interesting premiere in recent memory

The New Yorker Presents, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon

Of all the recent pilots released by Amazon, The New Yorker Presents is easily the most interesting. A half hour smorgasbord of content, this first episode is completely fascinating in terms of its form and what that could mean for both Amazon’s original series and television in general going forward.

The conceit of The New Yorker Presents is simple: a little bit of this, a little bit of that. This first episode contains a short film, a conversation/interview with an artist, a short documentary and a recorded performance of a poem. The ultimate success of a series like this is similar to that of a sketch comedy in that episodes and individual segments will be hit or miss week-to-week. Obviously, the goal becomes bringing together a collection of talent that is of
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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Friday, July 25

10:00am - 11:00am - Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence

Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from
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Robot Chickens and Selfish Milkshakes: 'Adult Swim' 101

There was a certain point in history, somewhere between The Simpsons and Daria, when TV animation ceased to be the sole provenance of kids drooling over their morning bowls of Lucky Charms. These days, cartoons for grown-ups are not only ubiquitous, but hilariously twisted and high-quality to boot — and that's due in large part to a phenomenon called Adult Swim. What began as a freaky little block of late-night programming has evolved into a vast, even-freakier universe of animated and live-action series with a sardonic, absurdist sense of humor that's
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Exclusive: Alison Pill, Alex Karpovsky & More Join Adult Swim's 'Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends'

Adult Swim has made a stir attracting quality guest stars for special event programs of late, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler -- and that's just for Adam Scott's "The Greatest Event in Television History." Now, they'll be broadcasting their first celebrity dinner party with a late night twist. "Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends" premieres Thursday, April 24th at midnight, and Indiewire has exclusive photos as well as the full list of cast members/dinner guests.  Joining Gelman for the half-hour special he co-wrote with director Jason Woliner ("Eagleheart") are Dale Dickey ("Justified," "True Blood"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man," "In a World..."), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock," "Broad City") and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls").  The scripted comedy special invites guests to "a lively night of dining, showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman, a...
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FX Orders Judy Greer–Nat Faxon Series

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FX Orders Judy Greer–Nat Faxon Series
It appears we'll once again have a place to regularly see Judy Greer. FX announced today that they've ordered ten episodes of Married, a comedy from Andrew Gurland about a couple who gets along famously in all ways, except the sexy way. Greer plays the wife to Nat Faxon's husband. The show will also feature noted funny people Jenny Slate (SNL, Parks and Recreation) and Brett Gelman (Eagleheart, Go On). FX is also giving ten episodes to You're the Worst, a comedy from former Weeds and Orange Is the New Black writer Stephen Falk, about two self-destructive people who fall in love. Both shows will premiere in July. Who needs summer love when you can watch comedically bad love?
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You Should Really Embrace the Lunacy of Eagleheart

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You Should Really Embrace the Lunacy of Eagleheart
To me, there is no more rewarding and consistently, hilariously wacko comedy on TV than Eagleheart, which wraps up its third season this Thursday night at midnight on Adult Swim. Based on its original logline, it was always a weird fit for a network that is the dominant late-night destination for young viewers: Chris Elliott in a Walker Texas Ranger parody — two early nineties comedy touchstones that probably seem perplexingly dated (and therefore easily shrug-offable) to Swim's core audience. (What, Weird Al wasn't available to do the theme song?) Yet Eagleheart gradually ditched the ultraviolent-cop-in-a-cowboy-hat easy laughs and this season threw Elliott's U.S. marshal Chris Monsanto into a MacGuffin of a mythology (simultaneously a parody of serialized cop shows and Bad Robot series) that has given its creators an excuse to veer in more surreal directions than any ten-minute episode should be able to contain. A recent episode, "Spats,
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'Eagleheart' exclusive clip: Marshall Chris Monsanto and partner Susie meet the Spats

'Eagleheart' exclusive clip: Marshall Chris Monsanto and partner Susie meet the Spats
A new clip for Adult Swim’s Eagleheart finds Marshall Chris Monsanto (Chris Elliott) and his partner Susie (Maria Thayer) running from an angry mob.

Watch the exclusive clip from season 3, episode 8 of Eagleheart before it airs tonight at midnight below:

Thursday’s episode finds Chris and Susie stumbling upon a town ravaged by a mysterious lack of shoeshine boys. When they attempt to help, they uncover a secret that will change their lives forever.

The clip above shows Chris and Susie escaping into the undergrounds of the city, which is inhabited by the mysterious shoeshine boys who don’t
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'Community' Season 5 guest stars: Who is the most-anticipated?

"Community" has cast Chris Elliott ("Eagleheart") for Season 5 of the comedy. But Elliott is not alone -- of the many guest stars announced for the upcoming season, who is the most anticipated of all?

For the record, Elliott will be playing Russell Borchert, the legendary founder of Greendale Community College. He went missing many years earlier, following a strange sex scandal. According to EW.com, the episode telling the tale of Borchert will most likely air in May of 2014.

But where does Chris Elliott rank when it comes to anticipated guest stars on "Community." Check out our list of 10 of the other big stars and then vote for your most-anticipated actor below!

1. Nathan Fillion

His role on the show is not entirely clear. But it's Nathan Fillion -- how could "Community" go wrong with that?

2. Jonathan Banks

Probably the first guest star we'll see, Banks is taking up the mantle of "crazy,
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Scoop: Community Casts Chris Elliott as Greendale's Mysterious [Spoiler]

Scoop: Community Casts Chris Elliott as Greendale's Mysterious [Spoiler]
The man behind all (kooky) things Greendale will make an appearance in Community‘s upcoming fifth season, courtesy of funnyman Chris Elliott.

TVLine has learned that the Saturday Night Live alum will guest-star in a spring episode of NBC’s cult comedy (returning Thursday, Jan. 2 at 8/7c), playing the eccentric founder of Gcc.

Related | Donald Glover Reveals the Real Reason He Quit Community

No word on why Elliott’s Russell Borchert resurfaces; we only know that he vanished off the face of the planet Greendale campus decades ago, following a bizarre sex scandal.

Season 5 of Community already boasts an impressive
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'Community': Chris Elliott to guest

'Community': Chris Elliott to guest
The Eagle(heart) has landed at Greendale.

Eagleheart star Chris Elliott will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Community, EW has learned. The veteran comedic actor (Get A Life, There’s Something About Mary) assumes the role of Russell Borchert, the quirky founder of Greendale Community College who went missing many years ago after a bizarre sex scandal. His episode will likely air in May.

Elliott joins a long list of famous folks who will grace this fifth season of Community, including Nathan Fillion, Walton Goggins, Jonathan Banks, Vince Gilligan, David Cross, Robert Patrick, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Rob Corddry,
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