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WHV Press Release: "The Ben Stiller Show"

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 02 2003 - 10:52 AM

"Rip-Roaring Hilarious" The Los Angeles Times THE BEN STILLER SHOW Debuting On DVD, June 3 BURBANK, CA (April 2, 2003) - In 1992, Ben Stiller (There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents) and co-creator Judd Apatow (The Cable Guy, Freaks and Geeks) attempted to revolutionize, or at least resuscitate, television sketch comedy. Unfortunately, despite a loyal core group of fans, not enough people "got it" and The Ben Stiller Show was cancelled in 1993. A decade later, however, the Emmy Award-winning comedy show has become a cult favorite and to celebrate that phenomenon, Warner Home Video (WHV) is releasing every single episode of The Ben Stiller Show on DVD, June 3, 2003. Now fans can see Ben and his inspired group of comedians--Janeane Garofalo (Mystery Men), Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) and Andy Dick (NewsRadio)-anytime they want. The Ben Stiller Show will be available in a 2-disc boxed set, for $34.98 SRP. The Ben Stiller Show premiered on Fox in the Fall of 1992, delivering 12 episodes (plus one unaired episode) of cutting edge sketch comedy. The show had three things going for it: A great cast, an inspired comic sensibility and the best segues between skits since Monty Python's Flying Circus. Joyce Miller of the San Francisco Examiner was effusive in her praise, calling The Ben Stiller Show, "the most spectacular, thoroughly original Fox series debut since The Simpsons." Ironically, after its cancellation, the show won the Emmy for Comedy Writing, beating out Saturday Night Live and two other Fox sketch shows, In Living Color and The Edge. Proof positive that, despite bad time slots, someone out there had a sense of humor. Since that time, The Ben Stiller Show and its cast have been honored by the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Academy of Television Arts And Sciences and, in 1999, the Museum of Television and Radio showcased the series in both New York and Los Angeles. The show has also continued to develop an audience following its syndication run on Comedy Central. The DVD version of The Ben Stiller Show includes commentaries by Ben Stiller, his entire cast and writers for the show on seven key episodes; A Brief History of The Ben Stiller Show including alternate versions of the pilot and two early parodies made for MTV; five unaired sketches with optional commentary; nine outtakes; an E! "Behind The Scenes" Special and an Easter Egg with "Melrose Heights" commentary by Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk. EPISODE SYNOPSES: 1. Sketches include: U2, The Early Years, Cape Munster (Spoof of Cape Fear with Stiller as Eddie Munster), Ben's Video Diary, What Is Sexy?, Michael Pheret, Agent (guest starring Roseanne & Tom Arnold and Gary Shandling) and Last Stand of Yakov Smirnoff. 2. Melrose Heights 90210-2402 is introduced, along with Skank, Tom Cruise: Dress Casual, Tonight Show Auditions and Cops In Salem, Mass. Guest stars include: Bobcat Goldthwait, Todd Bridges, Norman Fell and Ernie Hudson. 3. Running gags about Bruce Springsteen and Star Trek frame sketches including Amish Studs, The Quest For Space, Michael Pheret - Talent Agency and What Is Sexy? Guests include James Doohan, Run DMC, Jeanne Triplehorn. 4. Trendy Melrose Avenue in Hollywood is skewered throughout the show, framing sketches including Skank Goes Blind (guest starring Todd Bridges), Cops In Ancient Egypt, Low-Budget Tales of Cliched Horror and B-Minus Time Traveler. 5. Colin Quinn, Casey Kasem and Adam West co-star in sketches which include, Opening From A Train Museum, Annoying Guy At A Restaurant, Melrose Heights 90210-2402, Anti-Drug Lecture and Information 411. 6. Sketches include, Oliver Stone Land, Pan American Salesman Of The Year, Jake Steele Marionette Cop, Blue & White Shampoo, Bomb Squad and the introduction of Ask Manson. Sarah Jessica Parker co-stars. 7. More humor at The Boss' expense in Counting With Bruce Springsteen and other sketches like Grady's Oats, The Grungies, Stiller's Wheel Of Filler - Jewish Fly Guys, Video Diary, Of Buildings And Women. Rob Morrow and Dana Gould co-star. 8. Gary Shandling, Gary Coleman, Danny Bonaduce and Alex Karris co-star in sketches which include Hair Styling With Bruce, Woody Allen's Bride Of Frankenstein, Bad Twist Ending Theater, Ask Manson and America's Most Suspicious. 9. Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers plays basketball with Ben, framing sketches such as Mohican Master 2000 & Jazzercise With Wolves, Die Hard 12: Die Hungry, Ask Manson, Skank and The Let-Go Clinic. Guests include David Cassidy, Gary Coleman and Hervé Villechaize. 10. Dennis Miller and Danny Bonaduce co-star in sketches which include Three Men And An Old Man, Manson, Casting Call: Beethoven, America's Most Suspicious, Casting Call: Mighty Ducks and Tito Gallegos - Pig Latin Lover. 11. Antics on California beaches frame sketches like Relaxation Tape, Roundtable Takes On Skank, Headslammer's Ball, Andy Dick's Political Children's Theatre and Bruce Springsteen Makes An Answering Machine Message Tape. 12. A Few Good Scouts, Cops In Medieval Times, American Profiles - Hightech Hillbillies, Words We Can Use, The Legend Of T.J. O'Pootertoot and Grady's Oats. 13. The lost Ben Stiller Show episode includes Zoo TV At Night, Otto The Anti-Cupid, Kreepee Board, Michael Pheret, 30-Second Conspiracy Theory, Jacques Cousteau In The Recording Studio and Leslie Chapman - Actor/Dancer/Zombie. About Warner Home Video: With operations in 78 international territories Warner Home Video Inc., commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. 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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   Dennis Pagoulatos

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Posted April 02 2003 - 11:03 AM

This is awesome! Thanks for the news, Ron. I was a loyal fan of this show (and Stiller since then) so I'm royally psyched to get a chance to own these classics. Posted Image

He must have died while carving it!...

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