In Category: ‘work’

Last December we did this pilot for Comedy Central, started shooting the series this summer and now it is airing and is getting great ratings. For this I am happy, the show is really funny, everyone on the show is great to work with, David Alan Grier is a genius and the entire art department is the most talented group of people I have ever met. Two thirds of the Chocolate News art department Candleabra competing in a tranny pageant 'Maya' recites poetry for Obama and McCain Next Wednesday we are shooting a 'day after the election' show that will air that night on Comedy Central, or you can check out clips and other random madness at

This is a presentation tape I shot way back in 2005. I had the idea after an emotional and drunken game of Celebrity at Mike and Kay's house a few months before after Thanksgiving dinner. We pulled together an amazing crew and cast. My friend Richard Valenzuela directed, Kaylyn Thornal edited and the incredible Darren Rydstrom was the cinematographer. Everything seemed perfect. Janet and I had just finished the Lisa Loeb show presentation tape, we had a new agent and, well, what could go wrong? After VH1 didn't pick up the Lisa pilot, we ended up selling the it to E! and TV Land picked up Celebrity. One, two punch. A budget was made, studios were scouted and our deals were made. And then it just sat there. Forever. Eventually all the executives at TV Land moved on to new jobs and we got the project back...and nothing happened. We pitched it to

“Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" (Wed at 10:30pm) is a hit!   It’s Comedy Central's top-rated debut since the launch of "Chappelle's Show" in 2003! Like "South Park," it was the No. 1 show in all of television for its timeslot among men 18-34 (2.4/8). For the night, Comedy Central stood as the No. 1 cabler in men 18-24 and 18-34. The influx of young men helped lift "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to its most-watched telecast (2.25 million) since October.  This was a great show to be a part of. I had a small but fierce art crew and it was great to be with Chris, Eric, Alison, Sketch, Devon, Mary-Eileen, Karen and so many more of the amazing Mind of Mencia crew for a couple months.This past week Comedy Central threw a premiere party at Lucky Strike in Hollywood (I missed it) and I have a new DVR

2008 is here and the Writers Guild Strike is still not settled. The first ten days of this year have been filled with calls and emails from friends, co-workers and people I haven't talked to in years all looking for work. Sure, all the late night shows are back on the air but the employees at Conan, Letterman and Leno were paid for the last couple of months even though their shows weren't on the air. They weren't exactly victims of the strike. If you weren't one the lucky hundreds to work in late night then you are (or soon to be) fucked. There are thousands and thousands of people out of work and in danger of losing their health insurance, their houses and savings. The thing that has worried me most is that the people I know who always have work and are usually the ones to do all the hiring

The other show I wrapped this week was The Chocolate News. TCN is a pilot for Comedy Central and was created, written and stars the brilliant David Alan Grier (you remember him from In Living Color). The show is a spoof of news magazine shows like 20/20 and Primetime Live but with a very black point of view. We shot thirty seven scenes in three days, those of you in the business know that's pretty insane, but DAG is so much fun to be around we barely noticed the hectic pace. Here are some pictures I took on set.    Troy is only 10 years old so we built him a nice bedroom... but don't make little Troy mad...    because he will kick the shit out of your set... Here Josh and Shane model the special couch they made... and here it is in use...    And finally, meet Phat Man, he was kind enough to perform for

The Writers Guild strike is a week old and it sucks already. Two of the projects I was to start in the past few weeks were postponed and many of my friends are already out of work. Of course I support the writers and agree with what they are fighting for, I'm just getting used to the fact the strike has shut down Hollywood and is going to ruin people's lives and businesses. This past week was a little exciting, shows shutting down, famous actors picketing in sweatpants and baseball caps, unemployed writers leaving Starbucks and joining the employed writers on picket lines and everyone feeling like the strike has made an impact. Soon everyone will feel that impact. The next few weeks aren't going to be pretty. This is the week people don't get last week's paychecks, it's one week closer to the holidays, it's the week people

OPEN LETTER TO ALL IATSE MEMBERS AND LOCALS ENGAGED IN MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION. FROM THOMAS C. SHORT, INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT As you are aware, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is currently in negotiations for a successor contract to the current agreement that expires on October 31, 2007. While the IATSE remains hopeful that a new agreement can be reached between the WGA and the Employers, there is a potential for a work stoppage. The IATSE has over 50,000 members in two countries engaged in motion picture and television production. Any work stoppage may have a profound and long-lasting impact on you and your families. The IATSE contracts contain provisions that require us to continue to honor our contracts. These "no strike" provisions require the IATSE to notify our members of their obligation to honor these contracts and continue working. Any individual member who chooses to honor any picket line is subject to

I am working on a stage next to where they shoot Family Fued. Seems they are doing a Halloween themed episode and having a bunch of set decoration delivered. Spiders, coffins, goblins and lots of tombstones are all being unloaded from the truck...including this one, which upon further inspection looks like it was stolen from a certain graveyard in Seattle. I know it's hard to see in this picture but the birth date and, well, death date are identical. Oh, and one one more thing-why wasn't I hired to do this fucking gig?

This week I finish shooting with Ike so we can pitch the show in November... ...pitch Kara to two very cool networks... ...and go to New York City for the first time in a year for work and vacation. More on what the "work" is when it comes together.