CBS Gets a Bit Edgy with “No Activity” from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Funny or Die
This uncensored trailer for No Activity, which will be a marquee series of CBS streaming platform, CBS All Access, is decidedly (and thankfully) against type for the broadcast network.
Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny or Die along with the cavalcade of your favorite comedy stars (Tim Meadows, Jason Mantzoukas, Arturo Castro, Bridget Everett, Amy Sedaris, etc.) explore what happens in the downtime of detectives and criminals (i.e. the countless hours spent waiting for something to happen).
Of course, such downtime leaves room for plenty of decidedly non-professional police or criminal syndicate behavior. See for yourself in the trailer here.
No Activity debuts on CBS All Access on November 12th.
Funny or Die Celebrates 10 Years with a Special Retrospective Series by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
10 years ago, The Landlord came out on Funny or Die and led Will Ferrell and Adam McKay on a path towards changing the game in terms of comedy content on the Web.
To mark the milestone, Will and Adam are doing their own “accurate” recounting of FoD’s history in a new weekly series. Start with part one here.
This night will go way back to the days that Adam McKay used to perform live and do improv. Ian Roberts being one of the UCB 4 is also another reason you shouldn’t miss this.
Get your tickets here.
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Variety Gets Interview with Mysterious Gary Sanchez (Not Adam McKay or Will Ferrell) of “Gary Sanchez Productions”
Apparently, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay “didn’t” just make him up from a random name on Will’s phone.
You can think of Gary Sanchez Productions as the sibling company to Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die that takes on more the feature film side of things in contrast to FoD’s digital and TV angle.
The namesake of the company has been shrouded in secrecy for years as the production company’s landing page says:
Gary Sanchez Productions is a film production company spearheaded by Paraguayan entrepreneur and financier Gary Sanchez. Also Americans Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy. Please see films so Mr. Sanchez can continue to live like king in poor, unequal country.Add Gary as a friend on Facebook!Please note: All inquiries regarding Rottweiler puppies should be directed to Mr. Sanchez’s home phone number. If you do not already have Mr. Sanchez’s home phone number, you will not be considered for the next litter. Mr. Sanchez is no longer accepting new clients.
For the first time ever, and “incidentally” on the 10th anniversary of Gary Sanchez Productions, Variety got a brief, but exclusive interview with the reclusive financier.
Such gems from the conversation include:
Variety: What has been your proudest accomplishment in your time here?
Gary Sanchez: One time I fought a man from the hills of Paraguay named Bako who was large and fearless. He had killed jaguars with a stick many times. I broke his neck while his whole village watched and cried.Oh wait, you mean my proudest accomplishment in regards to the company? That would be “Daddy’s Home,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Drunk History” and “Step Brothers.” I also think “Welcome to Me” is a gem.
Adam McKay Talks the Early Days of His Comedy Career as Well as The Crazed Stunts He Pulled When UCB Started
Now an acclaimed director, Adam McKay used to be part of the early days of the Upright Citizens Brigade and, as such, used to pull some pretty ballsy pranks, especially for a time when the UCB 4 was just getting started.
Funny or Die, Adam McKay, and Archie Comics Team Up For an Adaptation of “Archie” for Broadway
Funny or Die is really expanding their brand with their weatherman competition and now this Archie stage production.
Adam McKay is set to write it, while Funny or Die and Archie Comics will collaborate on the actual production at a date TBD.
McKay commented on the project, “Archie represents a bygone era of America and like all bygone eras, there are elements we miss and elements that should be bygone. This will be a musical that deals with both those realities in a bright, colorful and slightly demented way.”
So, with that in mind, you can look forward to both this Archie and A Confederacy of Dunces done live on stages in the not so distant future.
Ben Schwartz Feature Comedy Attaches Adam McKay as Director and Seth Rogen as Star
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
The likes of Ben Schwartz, Adam McKay, and Seth Rogen are teaming up on an upcoming untitled feature that was pitched by Schwartz. McKay is attached to direct and produce while Rogen is attached to star and also produce.
There’s no synopsis, premise, or logline, but, already, we have the feeling that this project might, at the end of it, have a giant blooper reel or even an alternate uncut version.
Sony Pictures Animation Full Length Feature Adaptation of ‘Manimal’ Could Be The Next 21 Jump Street
A short lived 80’s TV series known as Manimal following a man who could morph into different animals and fight crime has been in development to be adapted into a movie by Sony Pictures Animation for some time now. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez, and Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic have now hopped onto the project and it will hopefully have more traction in the next year or so.
In fact, Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, whose work you’re probably well acquainted with on Key & Peele, are set to write the script and this has so many elements to be every bit the fun meta comedy romp that 21 and 22 Jump Street has been.
Shez Cassim got put in jail in the United Arab Emirates for 8 months and counting because of this video clearly intended to be just a funny video.