12:16 GMT, 5 August 2015

These would end up being the astonishing kaleidoscopic images produced by Morphsuits dancers whom claim which they can make the actual world's first human discoball.

David Labanca as well as Gianmarco Pozzoli are generally part of your group Discoteque machine and consequently are appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Italian duo employed kaleidoscopic mirrors to become able to wow a crowd along with promote his or her present in the city's Camera Obscura this morning.

They aim to add a party atmosphere into sets, along with audience members invited to bop about stage for you to audio within fluorescent stations.

This will be even though the team - which is planning to be doing at the Fringe this month from Zoo Southside - perform inside their brightly-coloured outfits.

Colourful: Morphsuit-clad David Labanca (in orange) and also Gianmarco Pozzoli (in green) via Italian dance company Discoteque Machine

Green as well as orange: The Particular performers in the giant kaleidoscope from Camera Obscura inside Edinburgh today to market their particular present later this month

Dancing: Mr Labanca as well as Mr Pozzoli will be executing via August 7 to be able to 31 with Zoo Southside as a portion of the particular Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Impressive: The Actual Italian performance duo used kaleidoscopic mirrors to be able to wow an audience along with promote their demonstrate in the Camera Obscura

Fun: They Will aim to have a party atmosphere throughout sets, using audience members invited to bounce upon stage to audio inside fluorescent stations

Astonishing: The Actual dance performance is billed in its description as being 'the display where you can't help obtaining up and also becoming a member of in'

Disco ball: The Actual display - starting in Friday - offers 'six rounds, 35 spectators upon stage and also 50 remixed tracks', according to its description

Technical: the dancers have been proved to be 'creatures that originate from the a long way away territory which invite the particular audience dancing to the stage'

put your hands up: the show, billed as an 'irresistible, immersive dance experience', is likely to be running later this month at the Fringe Festival

Opening up:The dance team are generally believed to possess a mission of 'bringing joy and also freedom in order to folks cursed by shyness'

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11:30 GMT, 5 August 2015

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Julie Klausner is no stranger to writing. She's written for TV shows (VH1's Best Week Ever and Fox's Mulaney), she's written a book (2010's autobiographical memoir, I Don't Care About Your Band), and she's written extensively about both the Real Housewives of New York and Beverly Hills. But it wasn't until she wrote the show that she wanted to see the most that it finally got made.

"I wrote a script for the TV show I wanted to do more than anything," she says.

"I sat down to write it thinking that if a producer or someone came to me and asked what show I wanted to do, I would have this ready. No one ever came to me and said 'What do you want to do?', mind you."

The resulting show is Difficult People, the first two episodes of which are streaming on Hulu now (with additional episodes available every Wednesday). The show stars Klausner, who plays a television recapper named Julie, whose best friend Billy - played by Billy on the Street's Billy Eichner - is a waiter who wants to be an actor and comedian. They are, naturally, very difficult people: taking selfies at a funeral, ruining a production of Annie for a young child, and doing things to an Oscar party that are so disastrous they'd make Meryl Streep cry very real tears.

Related: Billy Eichner's five best Billy On The Street moments

Amy Poehler, who was a fan of Klausner's previous work, especially her very popular podcast How Was Your Week?, is an executive producer on the show and one of the first people Klausner showed the script to. She says that Poehler helped her shape the show and get it into its current form and also provided the name for it. Poehler went with Klausner and Eichner to pitch the series, which was originally picked up by USA, who produced a pilot. However, when the cable network dissolved their scripted comedy division, it ended up at Hulu.

Klausner says the switch from a cable channel to a streaming platform didn't impact the content or structure of the show at all. She likens it to Curb Your Enthusiasm, but with a female lead. There have been a number of successful shows lately by and about women, like Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, but Klausner doesn't want to be slotted into a trend.

"I don't want to talk about women in comedy," she says. "That's so boring. It's something that has been giving so much attention. That we're a group that needs special treatment, then there is backlash to it. It's something that think pieces about it only make the stigma worse."

Based on that statement you wouldn't think that Klausner is afraid to speak her mind, but she says the Julie on TV is much different from the Julie IRL.

"The Julie on the show is braver and has the balls to say things I would say and she's a lot less self aware and a lot more impulsive," she says. "She doesn't get her role in not being successful in show biz. She's a lot lazier and more immature when it comes to accepting certain facts of life."

Difficult People stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner.

Difficult People stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Hulu

Still, many of the stories come directly from Julie's life, things she has said or done or situations that will be familiar to her podcast listeners, who have been following her catalog of misadventures for the past four years. Her interaction with Billy is peppered with pop culture references of things as varied as Angels in America and Vanderpump Rules.

"So much of what the show is commenting on the cultural world around us," she says. "I like to make a point in saying that I don't feel like I'm much different than I was writing recaps because I think writing about it is as essential a form of writing as any other. The insight into the world around us is the language that Billy and Julie speak."

What advice would she give someone trying to recap Difficult People? "It's tough to recap a scripted comedy because it's hard to be funny when you're writing about something that tries to be funny. My recommendation is not to do it," she says. "But we need the press, so my recommendation is to take flattering screen shots of me."

Difficult People is available to stream on Hulu now.

MTV's Trashed was a hotbed of future comedy talent - A.V. Club DC

posted on 04 Aug 2015 10:39 by cooperativeblos19
MTV, the once-innovative cable network that just passed its 34th anniversary, has long been an incubator of talent. Pauly Shore, Jenny McCarthy, Puck, Jesse Camp, Snooki. Where would any of them be without the guiding hand of Music Television? Even the channel's most obscure and least-remembered offerings provided national exposure for future show business legends. Case in point: the highly-caffeinated game show Trashed, which lasted five crazy, demolition-filled months back in 1994. Essentially a bald-faced ripoff of MTV's previous hit, Remote Control, Trashed pitted two teams of contestants against one another to answer insultingly easy pop culture questions in a debris-strewn, junkyard-themed set. The show's gimmick was that each team had brought along several treasured personal possessions--color TV sets, stereos, prom dresses, cassette collections--which could potentially be "trashed" if its members did not correctly answer enough queries about sitcoms and pop songs. Don't know who starred in Pump Up The Volume? Say goodbye to your favorite cowboy boots.

Now, thanks to YouTuber Andrew Ferreri, a full episode of Trashed--specifically an installment which aired on April 12, 1994--is readily available for viewing. The program itself is nothing particularly special, as it hews so closely to the Remote Control format, right down to the time-killing comedy bits and music-video-based lightning round. What is remarkable, though, is the presence of some future familiar faces. Looking almost prepubescent and very naive, future Talking Dead and Nerdist kingpin Chris Hardwick hosts Trashed as affably as he can. The aforementioned comedy bits, meanwhile, feature such able comedians as Brian Posehn (as "Crazy Boy"), Doug Benson (rocking a beret as "The Dateless Wonder"), and Dave Higgins (as "showbiz historian Shane Grey"). In his own reflections on Trashed, Hardwick also mentioned that the show's "elaborate machines" were designed by MST3K creator Joel Hodgson. This being 1994, the episode also includes commercials for films of the era, including The Inkwell, Backbeat, and Serial Mom, plus a plug for long-gone retailer Service Merchandise.

One possibly uncomfortable moment for modern viewers, however, arrives near the end of the program when a group of white actors dressed as frat boys gather around a handcuffed, jumpsuit-wearing African-American man and vomit beer on him. He lost the game and is therefore being "trashed." While Trashed likely intended this as a lighthearted moment with no racial underpinning whatsoever, it is difficult not to cringe when it happens.