The New York Comedy Festival goes down in the Big Apple, the City That Never Sleeps, the City So Nice They Named It Twice, Ol’ Stink Town from November 7-11, and with it comes scheduled appearances from Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, the Wayans Brothers, Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, and other well known comedians with penises. But the biggest attraction, which is not a double entendre, might be the cast reunion of a 20-year-old show that ran for 13 episodes before being unceremoniously cancelled. Starring Andy Dick.
The principal cast and producers of The Ben Stiller Show plan to reunite at the New York Comedy Festival, the festival’s organizers said on Friday. The lineup of alumni-made-good who will gather for the reunion, set for Nov. 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan, include Mr. Stiller (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and Meet the Fockers); Janeane Garafolo (The West Wing, 24); Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show With Bob and David), Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, This Is 40) and the ever-unpredictable Mr. Andy Dick, as well as Jeff Kahn and Rob Cohen. (Via)
Yes, when I think of Janeane Garafolo, I think of 24, too. No matter your feelings for Ben Stiller (mine aren’t positive!), The Ben Stiller Show was brilliant, ahead of its time, and launched the careers of not only the names listed above, but also Dana Gould, David Cross, and Dino Stamatopoulos. Plus, again, Andy Dick!
And yet: another day goes by, and still the cast of Caroline in the City hasn’t reunited. If number of episodes equals quality, which it does, then Caroline is over seven times better than The Ben Stiller Show. The world needs you most of all, Andrew Lauer.