The Orson Welles Show: Not as Disturbing As the Viral Video Suggests

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As their name indicates, viral videos spread like wildfire. But most videos are fairly benign, whereas the one that crossed my Twitter feed a few hours ago is, like any virus worth its salt, legitimiately pernicious. First the clip: from BuzzFeed via Nerdcore, a “crazy” video of a never-aired interview between Orson Welles and Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It’s from the pilot of “The Orson Welles Show,” a proposed 90-minute weekly series that never made it off the launching pad.

Certainly, Welles’ delivery doesn’t inspire the warm-n-fuzzies (though I do love the way he derisively refers to television as “the box”). But the main source of the creep factor — the weird footage of a lifeless Miss Piggy and a suicidal Kermit the Frog — is not from “The Orson Welles Show.” It’s actually an excerpt from a very funny sketch on “Late Night With Conan O’Brian” called “Muppet Faces of Death.”

The original YouTube video was clearly done as a parody of Welles’ Vincent Priceish delivery, but the clip’s infection appears to be spreading across the web without much acknowledgement that it’s an altered version of the original footage. Not cool, Internet!

Just to set the record straight, let’s leave you with a couple excerpts from “The Orson Welles Show” that prove the show was not, in fact, pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel. Here’s more from The Muppets portion of the show. See, Kermit’s not dead!

Welles’ comments about the medium of television in general, and talk shows in particular, are interesting as well. This time he sarcastically refers to television as “the tube” — hard to believe no one wanted to put this show on the air, right? This final clip’s even better. It’s a delightful magic trick guest-starring the aforementioned Angie Dickinson played deconstructive-style a la Welles’ late career masterpiece “F For Fake.”

And speaking of “F For Fake,” if you want more to see more of “The Orson Welles Show,” check out “Orson Welles: One-Man Band,” a documentary about Welles’ unfinished projects, on the “F For Fake” DVD from The Criterion Collection.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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