Comedy Central Orders Justin Willman’s SLEIGHT OF MOUTH Pilot; Nerdist Unveils Fall Lineup
By Dan Casey on August 5, 2014
Worried that you wouldn’t be getting enough Nerdist goodness on your television screens when All Star Celebrity Bowling comes to AMC? Well, stop furrowing your brow — that’s how you get wrinkles — because Comedy Central has ordered our pilot presentation of comedian/magician/noted cupcake expert Justin Willman’s Sleight of Mouth. Many of you are likely familiar with Willman’s Nerdist Channel web series Magic Meltdown and his long-running live show at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, also dubbed Sleight of Mouth, and we can promise you that this show will be both everything and nothing like those two shows.
The show, set to begin shooting in mid-October, is a variety show of sorts in which Willman hosts comedians, celebrity guests, and a myriad of mindblowing magicians for sketches, man-on-the-street field packages, and, of course, live in-studio magic performed right before audiences’ uncomprehending eyes. Each episode will have a different theme and feature a new, breathtaking feat of magic-making by Willman or someone from his carefully curated lineup of illusionists. Add in some audience interaction, our social media savvy, and your have a recipe for one magically delicious variety show. The show, hosted by Justin Willman, will be executive produced by Justin Willman, Robert Morton (Late Show with David Letterman), Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, and Nerdist Industries’ Chris Hardwick, and is looking like it’s set to connect audiences’ jaws with their floors.
That’s not the only awesomeness coming your way this fall though. Those of you who were able to make it to the Nerdist panel at SDCC got a brief taste of our upcoming programming offerings, but now we’re proud to unveil a slew of brand new shows coming your way. Let’s start with a few shows with which you may already be familiar:
Nerdist: Play: Every Tuesday our resident gaming guru Malik Forte will unlock achievements and break hearts as he tackles a different aspect of the wild world of video games. Whether its talking about the evolution of the fighting game community or the future of Capcom as we know it, there’s no topic that Malik can’t handle with aplomb, ease, and a laid-back sense of humor that will have you stifling laughs at your desk while Victor from accounting looks over mildly annoyed. But what does Victor know? Filthy casual.
The Dan Cave: Airing Wednesdays and starring arguably the handsomest, funniest, handsomest, and most modest person in all of Nerdist, your truly, The Dan Cave will take you on a deep dive into the realms of movies, TV, comic books and more. From investigating if Legendary is putting together the pieces it needs for a shared cinematic universe, to the simple pleasures of the slow-motion bicycle dance-off in 1986’s Rad, to which of Marvel’s considerable catalog of characters should have made their silver screen debut before Guardians of the Galaxy, and beyond, there’s no corner of pop culture that shall remain untouched. Except My Little Pony. Some things weren’t meant to be touched by the likes of man.
Stay tuned in 5 years for the gritty, big budget reboot of both of those shows. In the meantime, here’s a look at what new titles we have coming down the proverbial pipeline:
Because Science: Airing Thursdays this fall, the Chief Science Officer of the Starship Nerdist, Kyle Hill will be taking us on a trip into the heart of hypotheses. Each week, Kyle will tackle a brand new scientific topic, break it down, and drop some serious knowledge on us. Will he use his powers for evil and start selling meth all across the greater Los Angeles area? Will he clone himself in order to get more work done and wind up creating a moral quandary that ends in a hostage situation and us not knowing which one to shoot? Will he wind up accidentally creating a black hole and causing the entirety of Nerdist HQ to collapse in on itself? It’s entirely possible, but hey — anything for ratings!
The Terror Twins Present: You first met Tawny and Trixie Terror (Madeline Walter and Olivia Taylor-Dudley) in director Andrew Bowser’s spooktacular short film Monster Machine where the titillating twosome reminded us of how desperately we needed an Elvira-esque duo in our lives. Now, having celebrated Christmas with them, we’re spending even more time with our favorite ghoulish gals in The Terror Twins Present, a talk show that finds Tawny and Trixie glibly gabbing with celebrity guests like Doug Jones (Falling Skies, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Brian Huskey (Neighbors, This is the End), as well as dealing with “Pinhead Perry”, the stage manager and the ghost of an intern who died on the job (Orange is the New Black‘s Lauren Lapkus). One thing’s for sure: it’s never a dull moment when the Terror Twins are in town.
The Adventures of The Sweet Electric What happens when a robotic British-esque glam rock band finds themselves on a series of spacefaring adventures? What happens when all of those Androgenoids are played by Liam Lynch? You get the greatest damn interstellar musical sitcom that mankind and robotkind has ever known. Created, written, directed by, and starring Liam Lynch (The Sarah Silverman Program, Sifl & Olly), The Adventures of The Sweet Electric is equal parts The Monkees, Hard Day’s Night, and MTV’s Young Ones with a generous helping of hard sci-fi for good measure. If it sounds crazy, that’s because it is. One thing’s for sure — androids and humans alike will definitely be dreaming of The Adventures of The Sweet Electric when it drops this fall.
Origin Story: In this inventive docu-series hosted by Nerdist’s Andrew Bowser, we will attempt one of the most daring missions ever attempted at a convention: to create a brand new superhero and bring it to life, cosplay and all, over the course of a single weekend. Each episode will chronicle the “origin story” by way of a Mad Lib that’s filled out by the con attendees, followed by a guest artist rendering the character, and a gifted cosplayer turning it from concept to costume. Then, on the final day, Bowser emerges like a beautiful, superheroic butterfly from the chrysalis of creation myth to conquer the con by filming a comedy sketch as the brand new character with fans and cosplayers alike.
Just Cosplay: Hot glue guns. Countless wigs. Blood, sweat, and tears. No, we’re not describing a serial killer’s hideout; we’re talking about what goes into an episode of Just Cosplay. Each week, this docu-series will offer an intimate, in-depth portrait of some of your favorite cosplayers and some you haven’t met yet as they delve into what made them fall in love with cosplay, their process, the always spectacular finished results, and much more. Whether you’re a veteran of the costumed convention scene or a newbie looking to explore your newest hobby, Just Cosplay is your one-stop shop for the latest and greatest in all things cosplay.
Scott Ian Horror Project: Blood, gore, and hard-hitting, horrifying looks behind the scenes of some of the coolest special effects houses in the business? Yes, please! Hosted by Anthrax guitarist/all around horrorhound Scott Ian, the show will offer up chills, thrills, and plenty of spills. Seriously, you guys, there’s more fake blood on this show than in the entirety of Kill Bill, Vol 1. Note: I can’t prove that, but I’m running with it anyway.
That’s just a small sample of the videographic delights you can look forward to in the months ahead. In addition to what we mentioned above, we’ll also have Video Podcasts, a weekly music show hosted by music editor Matt Grosinger (and live in-studio Nerdist Sessions from your favorite bands), the original one-off comedic stylings of Nerdist Presents, and much more. So, request some time off from work now because once the leaves start a-changin’, you’ll be like just like Armageddon-era Stephen Tyler: you won’t want to miss a thing.
Which show are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below. And God help me if you say Four Points…