Ben Schwartz

Anybody who watches Parks and Recreation already knows that Jean-Ralphio is probably the most connected, cutting edge entrepreneur/promoter/personality in Pawnee, Indiana, and maybe in all of the Midwest. This guy could find a way to get you bottle service on the moon. But what a lot of people probably don’t know is that Jean-Ralphio isn’t actually a real person. He’s just a character played by an actor named Ben Schwartz. I know, I was shocked, too. And even more mind-blowing than this news is a report that Schwartz has a new job lined up in a feature film, which will see him working with some of the biggest names in the game. According to THR, Schwartz has signed on to star alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Brad Fuhrman’s (The Lincoln Lawyer) upcoming tale about the world of online gambling, Runner, Runner. Even though Jean-Ralphio is the real power player in this situation, Timberlake technically stars as a professional gambler who starts working under the tutelage of an offshore gaming CEO (is that a real job?) played by Affleck. Schwartz is signed on to play the friend of Timberlake’s character, which makes sense, because he’s going to need someone to help him figure out the most fabulous ways to spend all of the money he wins. First step: buy a helicopter made out of crystal.

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According to Deadline Pawnee, there’s good news coming down the pipe for everyone’s favorite big-haired club promoter. The outlet reports that Ben Schwartz (better known to everyone who enjoys hilarious things as Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Recreation) has just sold a pitch for his romantic comedy, No Hearts Club, to Universal. Schwartz will write the screenplay for the film, which will be produced by Brian Grazer for Imagine Entertainment and executive produced by Kim Roth. No much else is known about the film as of now, but THR reports that it’s “a rom-com from the male perspective.” Despite his consistently quotable performance as lovable douchebag Jean-Ralphio on Parks, there is much more to Schwartz than just that epic role – he also co-stars on Showtime’s House of Lies, just finished up the feature Coffee Town, wrote the sure-to-be-hilarious Black List script for the remake of Soapdish (called El Fuego Caliente), and he’s written three comedic books. Oh, and he’s been nominated for two Emmys for his work on the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Oh, and won one of those Emmys. The kid is a-flush with…talent. Looks like Schwartz won’t need to rely on getting run over by a Lexus for his next payday. Bounce bounce bounce indeed.

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CollegeHumor is perfect at posting pictures of girls doing keg stands in their underwear, looking at the 90s as the only nostalgia available, and for matching booze choices to personalities. It’s also great at inexplicably both mocking and endorsing Axe Body Spray in the same breath. Now, after dominating the internet, CollegeHumor is going to try its hand at a different comical medium. According to Variety, CollegeHumor Media is partnering with Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, Yogi Bear, Wild Hogs) to give birth to Coffee Town – an original film that will star Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny), Steve Little (Eastbound & Down), singer Josh Groban and Ben Schwartz (Mystery Team, The Other Guys). The premise focuses on three slackers who have slacked into their 30s who now face the end of their slacking abilities. Specifically, Howerton’s character is a website designer who wants to stage a pretend robbery in order to stall a coffee shop from turning into a pub. The premise isn’t anything new, and what’s interesting is Copeland’s career so far has been mostly middling comedies aimed generically at older crowds. That excludes his work on Arrested Development, where he wrote episodes like “Sword of Destiny” (Tea for dong!) and on My Name Is Earl which found popular appeal in part because of its quirkiness. CollegeHumor on the other hand seems to cater to a focused demographic that includes people with permanent marker on their faces. It looks like they’ll try to expand that appeal here, and while […]

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Peep World is an excruciating assemblage of one-dimensional nags, linked under a sub-par quasi-Wes Anderson family dysfunction narrative umbrella. It’s a portrait of estranged narcissistic siblings, a high-society Los Angeles architect’s grown sons and daughter, who misbehave and alienate everyone around them amid convoluted circumstances drawn exclusively from the long tradition of stories about the intelligentsia’s human failings.

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