THE BEN STILLER SHOW (1992-1993)
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Mark Riddles (ranked it 36):
But, But, BEN STILLER STINKS! DID YOU SEE ALONG CAME POLLY, THE HEARTBREAK KID, OR MEET THE FUCKHEADS? WHY WOULD ANYTHING HE DO BE CONSIDERED GOOD. TROPIC THUNDER WAS ONLY GOOD BECAUSE OF THE LATE-GREAT ROBERT DOWNEY JR. THIS LIST STINKS, I'M OUTTA HERE.
That's the initial reaction I got when I told a friend (also named Ben) about the list I'm making. He actually left when he said "I'm Outta Here", so I have to give him credit. REGARDLESS, The Ben Stiller Show was not only funny, but stacked with talent. To have Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, and Judd Apatow (that's right, BEN, your JUDD APATOW) on one show would be a dream lineup now. They all went on to be more successful than anyone MADTV has ever had on their show. Even Andy Dick, who is probably a dickhead went on to do the fantastic NewsRadio.
Ben Stiller could really make sketches too. He dropped the audience like a dead weight and made some of the best filmed sketches around. In fact, Ben Stiller said "suck it" to Saturday Night Live specifically because they wouldn't let him to non-live sketches. Now they give Andy Samberg the big bucks to do just that. Some purist argue that sketch should always be on stage, but I think there is a room for both kind. I kind of wish Ben Stiller was a success of TV and maybe made a single camera comedy. The Cable Guy would of been a great TV show.
Jixby Phillips (ranked it 36):
There was a time when this show was a hot bootleg commodity. I miss the days when you could actually buy this on ebay all coming on a single VHS tape all in crappy EP mode, taped from Comedy Central or FX. These were days when ebay was a police-less frontier, I used to literally tape DVD extras and sell them on VHS to people. If I did that today theyíd call me a fool.
I think thereís something to be said for a show that does parody well. When I hear David Cross moaning about his experience all ďI WASNíT REALLY A BIG FAN OF PARODY WAH WAH WAHĒ itís not like you were writing for Mad Magazine or something, sheesh. Iím sick of this, and Iím done.
COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY
AN EXCERPT FROM A THE BEN STILLER SHOW FANFICTION WRITTEN BY RomanArchesFall:
"Andy, I need your help," whispered Ben as he grasped Andy's shoulder. "We have to stop Jeanane!"
SAFE FOR WORK DRAWING:
IMDB TRIVIA (found by Mr. Adventure!)
The Ben Stiller Show was originally going to be nothing more than a pair of white Mickey Mouse gloves stroking Ben Stiller's smiling face as it poked through a black velvet canvas.
WHERE TO WATCH THE BEN STILLER SHOW:
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