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COMEDY: Chris Parnell on screenwriting (Archer, SNL, Suburgatory, Lazy Sunday 2, Anchorman)


Poop mouth

Chris Parnell is a veteran comedic actor who honed his skills in The Groundlings and on Saturday Night Live, before moving to films like Anchorman and Hot Rod. Lately, he’s appeared in 21 Jump Street, The Five-Year Engagement and he’s a regular cast member on the sitcoms Suburgatory and Archer. Those two shows had already finished for the season when Parnell popped up on the season finale of Saturday Night Live (Kristen Wiig’s final episode) in the sequel to one of the great viral videos of all time, Lazy Sunday 2. Read more

Risky Business screenplay

Paul Brickman, writer/director of Risky Business, is one of those Hollywood enigmas. Risky Business was a very confident, stylish, well written and impressively directed film that performed well at the box-office. So why did Brickman go on to direct only one more film? (1990’s Men Don’t Leave with Jessica Lange) Read more

Worst Pitches Ever?

As my friends at Inktip prepare the next Inktip Pitch and Networking Summit (July 22-23 at the Marriott Burbank Airport), I came across these amazing pitches from last summer that were entered into a contest sponsored by American Express and the Tribeca Film Festival.

They have both achieved viral fame and it’s easy to see why.

The first is a frightening tale of the apocalypse that plays on a universal human experience…

The second, perhaps more inspired, is “a Greek-like tragedy” in the words of the wunderkind narrator…

With that shown, I encourage you to work on some REAL pitches for upcoming opportunities like the Inktip summit, which is the only “pitchfest” event that I’ve ever worked with and I had a blast. I’ll be telling you more about it in the coming weeks.

Until then, I’ll be here waiting patiently for the day that Gesundheit and Mr. Stache make it to the big screen! And they say no one comes up with great movie ideas any more…

-Dan