Infomercials (TV specials)

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Infomercials
Genre
StarringVarious
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Keith Crofford[e]
Mike Lazzo[f]
Walter Newman[f]
Producer(s)Melissa Warrenburg[a]
Ollie Green[b]
Mark Costa[c]
Paige Boudreaux[d]
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time5–22 minutes (15-30 min. with commercials)
Production company(s)Williams Street
Release
Original networkAdult Swim
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseNovember 3, 2009 (2009-11-03) –
present
External links
Website

Infomercials is the name of a project of quarter-hour American television comedy specials that have little to do with each other except that they are all fictitious.

Most of the episodes lampoon the infomercial format, while others parody tropes and cliches in media such as closed-circuit info channels in hotels, sitcoms, and public-access television. The specials typically air at 4 AM Eastern Time. There is no title card or common identifier to any of the episodes, and On-Screen Programming guide info on each episode is left generic. Every episode has a different look and feel as there are no common directors, production companies or crew between all of the episodes, although some production companies have returned to make additional (and unrelated) episodes.

One particular episode, "Too Many Cooks", is notable for gathering media interest in November 2014. It contains a long-form introduction sequence common to 1980s and 1990s TV shows, except with a seemingly endless cast that continued to be introduced for 11 minutes straight.[1][2]

Specials[edit]

All the titles are or have been aired under the homonym banner, according to the Adult Swim schedule.

No. Title Created by Written by Directed by Co-production(s) Original air date
1 Icelandic UltraBlue H. Jon Benjamin and David Cross Jeff Buchanan November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
2 Dangerously Delicious: Paid Advertisement Aziz Ansari (original stand-up comedy film) Aziz Ansari, Jason Woliner, and Eric Wareheim Eric Wareheim Abso Lutely Productions
Grandpa Pictures
July 23, 2012 (2012-07-23)
3 The NTSF:SD:SUV:HISS Infomercial[3][4][g] Paul Scheer Alex Fernie and Nick Wiger Alex Fernie 2nd Man On The Moon
Abominable Pictures
November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09)
4 Swords, Knives, Very Sharp Objects and Cutlery[g] Rob Huebel Eric Appel November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)
5 For-Profit Online University Wild, Aggressive Dog (s): Geoff Haggerty, Dan E. Klein, Matthew Klinman, Micheal Pielocik, Chris Sartinsky, and Sam West
(t): Sam West
Sam West Abominable Pictures
Wild, Aggressive Dog (uncredited)
December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)
6 Live Forever as You Are Now with Alan Resnick Ben O'Brien and Alan Resnick Alan Resnick and Dina Kelberman Ben O'Brien and Alan Resnick AB Video Solutions, LLC December 24, 2013 (2013-12-24)
7 Broomshakalaka! Justin Becker, Steve Clemmons, and Becca Kinskey Justin Becker and Steve Clemmons Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Abominable Pictures January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06)
8 Fartcopter[h] Rob Huebel Alex Fernie October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06)
9 The Salad Mixxxer Chris Amick, Ben Mekler, and David Soldinger Ken Marino and David Soldinger October 13, 2014 (2014-10-13)
10 Alpha Chow[i] Justin Becker, Steve Clemmons, and Becca Kinskey Justin Becker and Steve Clemmons Dave Green October 20, 2014 (2014-10-20)
11 Goth Fitness[i] Chris Amick, Ben Mekler, and David Soldinger Danny Jelinek
12 Too Many Cooks Casper Kelly October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)
13 The Newbridge Tourism Board Presents: "We're Newbridge, We're Comin' to Get Ya!" Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster Tom Scharpling Production Company Productions November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03)
14 In Search of Miracle Man Matt Besser and Rich Fulcher Neil Mahoney Abominable Pictures November 10, 2014 (2014-11-10)
15 Smart Pipe Wild, Aggressive Dog (s): Geoff Haggerty, Dan E. Klein, Matthew Klinman, Micheal Pielocik, Chris Sartinsky, and Sam West
(t): Micheal Pielocik (in Smart Pipe); Chris Sartinsky (in Book of Christ)
Zachary Johnson and Jeffrey Max Abominable Pictures
Wild, Aggressive Dog
November 17, 2014 (2014-11-17)
16 Book of Christ November 24, 2014 (2014-11-24)
17 Frank Pierre Presents: "The Frank Pierre Resort & Casino" Paul Scheer Matthew Freund Abominable Pictures
2nd Man On The Moon
December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02)
18 Unedited Footage of a Bear Ben O'Brien (concept) Alan Resnick, Robby Rackleff, and Dina Kelberman Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien AB Video Solutions, LLC December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
19 This House Has People in It Alan Resnick (concept) Alan Resnick AB Surveillance Solutions March 14, 2016 (2016-03-14)
20 Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep[j] Joe Pera Kieran O'Hare Chestnut Walnut Unlimited March 21, 2016 (2016-03-21)
21 Big Grams: "Born to Shine" / "Run for Your Life"[j][k] Antwan Patton, Sarah Barthel, and Josh Carter Sarah Barthel, Antwan Patton, and Jim Petosa Awesome Inc. March 28, 2016 (2016-03-28)
22 M.O.P.Z. Todd Rohal and Benjamin Kasulke Todd Rohal Mechanical Dreams
PFFFR
April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04)
23 Giles Vanderhoot Michael Showalter Michael Showalter and Jonathan Stern Michael Showalter Abominable Pictures April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25)
24 Live at the Necropolis: The Lords of Synth Nick Corirossi, Scott Gairdner, Charles Ingram, Danny Jelinek, and Ryan Perez Scott Gairdner and Ryan Perez Nick Corirossi and Charles Ingram May 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)
25 NewsHits Rob Huebel Sergio Cilli May 31, 2016 (2016-05-31)
26 Mulchtown Chris Sartinsky and Becca Kinskey Chris Sartinsky Danny Jelinek Ideal Milk Co.
Abominable Pictures[7] (uncred)
June 7, 2016 (2016-06-07)
27 Check It Out! with Scott Clam[g] John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim Abso Lutely Productions October 23, 2017 (2017-10-23)
28 The Suplex Duplex Complex Zack Carlson, Bryan Connolly, and Todd Rohal Todd Rohal PFFFR
Ten Acre Films
October 30, 2017 (2017-10-30)
29 Wet Shapes Kati Skelton Little Bear Bear Productions
It's Grim
November 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)
30 Innovation Makers: The Coyote Suit Dan Guterman and John Harris Danny Jelinek Abso Lutely Productions December 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)
31 A Message from the Future[l] Paul Scheer Paul Scheer and Jonathan Stern Ryan Perez Abominable Pictures
2nd Man On The Moon
June 4, 2018 (2018-06-04)
32 Cool Dad - Official Trailer Alex Kavutskiy and Ariel Gardner Abominable Pictures June 11, 2018 (2018-06-11)
33 Dayworld[j][h] Cole Kush and Jay Weingarten Abso Lutely Productions
Daytime Studio
June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)
34 Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough[m] Casper Kelly and Nick Gibbons June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)
35 Food: The Source of Life[l] Greg Hess Ryan Perez Abominable Pictures July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02)
36 Pervert Everything Lorelei Ramirez PFFFR
AB Video Solutions, LLC
December 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)
37 Flayaway Sarah Sherman Kati Skelton Abso Lutely Productions
Helltrap Nightmare
December 17, 2018 (2018-12-17)

Scrapped[edit]

  • The Six Pack Comedy Minute[9]
  • Ultimate Beetles Collection[10][11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Melissa Warrenburg serves as Producer for Williams Street on live action infomercials from 2016 and prior, as well as Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough in 2018.
  2. ^ Ollie Green serves as Producer for Williams Street on animated infomercials and on M.O.P.Z.
  3. ^ Mark Costa serves as Producer for Williams Street on live action infomercials after 2016.
  4. ^ Paige Boudreaux serves as Producer for Williams Street on action infomercials after 2018.
  5. ^ Keith Crofford serves as Executive Producer for Williams Street on all infomercials.
  6. ^ a b Mike Lazzo and Walter Newman serve as Executive Producers for Williams Street on select infomercials individually alongside Crofford.
  7. ^ a b c These three Infomercials are the only ones to be related to TV series.
  8. ^ a b These two Infomercials also serve as pilot episodes for Adult Swim.[5][6]
  9. ^ a b These two Infomercials are the only eighth-hour ones of the project, and are always scheduled as one program listed in TV guides as "Alpha Chow & Goth Fitness". No commercial break is aired between it.
  10. ^ a b c These three Infomercials are the only animated ones of the project.
  11. ^ Only music video Infomercial of the entire project.
  12. ^ a b These two Infomercials were originally called: Nuclear Political Ad (for the first), and Farm to Table (for the second).[8]
  13. ^ Only half-hour Infomercial of the entire project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grinberg, Emanuella (November 10, 2014). "This weekend's trending video: 'Too Many Cooks'" (Online). Turner Media. CNN. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ Branch, Chris. "'Too Many Cooks' Creator Dishes On Making The Viral Hit". Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  3. ^ "NTSF:SD:SUV" The NTSF: SD: SUV: HISS Infomercial (TV Episode 2012)". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Bean, Alex (November 13, 2012). "NTSF:SD:SUV:: Episode Recap - HISS Infomercial - Season 2, Episode 13 – ToonZone News". ToonZone. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Adult Swim Pilot or Real Florida". Vimeo. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  6. ^ "DAYWORLD - Cole Kush / Hello!". www.ckush.com. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  7. ^ Adult Swim Infomercials — Abominable Pictures
  8. ^ CREDITS — Abominable Pictures
  9. ^ Bnjrivera (March 11, 2016). "NEWS: The Return of the 4am Infomercials Premiering on 03.14.16 - [swim squad]". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
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  11. ^ Bnjrivera (March 11, 2016). "NEWS: The Return of the 4am Infomercials Premiering on 03.14.16 - [swim squad]". Retrieved May 26, 2018.

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