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BOB’S BURGERS/ARCHER Star Jon Benjamin Lands New Comedy Central Series!!

I am – Hercules!! The hilarious Jon Benjamin, already busy playing the lead in two series – FX’s “Archer” and Fox’s upcoming “Bob’s Burgers” – just received a 10-episode order for a third. Comedy Central’s “Jon Benjamin Has A Van” is a live-action faux newsmagazine from Funny Or Die, inspired by videos Benjamin created for a live comedy show. Benjamin has a long history with Comedy Central, stretching from his improvisational work as son Ben Katz on “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” to his stint as writer-producer and second banana on the recently-cancelled “Important Things With Demetri Martin.” On the Cartoon Network, Benjamin was Satan on “Lucy, Daughter of the Devil” and Coach McGuirk on “Home Movies”: Find all of Deadline Hollywood’s exclusive on the matter here.
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  • July 12, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Dead Fucking Last.

    by Crow3711


  • July 12, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by Exasperilious

    He's hilarious. "I can suck my own dick, and I do it...a lot."

  • July 12, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Comedy Central will suck untill they drop all censorship

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 12, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by JonOfTheShred

    Archer is hilarious, and Coach McGuirk was the best thing about Home Movies.

  • July 12, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Archer is so damned funny.

    by fiester

    Best animated show in a long while. Check it out.

  • July 12, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by tehBIGIvan

    I could use some more Lucy DOTD over here.

  • July 12, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    How could you leave out his glorious work in...

    by Lenny Nero

    ..."Wet Hot American Summer." <p>"If you wanna smear mud on your ass, smear mud on your ass - just be honest about it." (And continued with the above TB quote about self-fellatio. 0

  • July 12, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Comedy Central sucks ass

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    The way they jacked that Mohammed South Park episode was deplorable, even censoring the final "you know, I've learned something today" scene because they were shaking in their boots from both radical Muslims and conservative bigots who hate all Muslims, radical or otherwise. They fuckin' censored the anti-censorship speech. Too bad Trey and Matt were scared shitless of the legions of suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying flying monkeys (i.e. lawyers) CC would've unleashed if they went in breach of their contract. If I was them, I'd churn out nothing but Terrance and Philip episodes next season, see how Comedy Central likes that. Oh wait, they'd probably love it. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, what are you doing on such a shitty network?

  • July 12, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Clip is not as good as archer.

    by Reilly

    He always sounds the same in anything he does (archer, venture bros, home movies, bob's burgers?), but I really only found it to work in home movies and Archer. Oh man, Archer has so many great lines and he delivers them well. I need to watch it right now!

  • July 12, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Jon Benjamin is the Fuckin best!!!

    by NeverTalksBack

    I love this guy, he is hysterical in everything he does. Coach McGuirk is one of my favorite cartoon characters of all time! The man is outta his mind funny. I will watch anything he's in, just love how he delivers a line. Fuckin gold! ;) Can't wait to see this

  • July 12, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Id rather have 3x as much Archer

    by Saen

    FUCKIN LOVE THAT SHOW! Best Animated Show on tV!

  • July 12, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by NeverTalksBack

    You do realize that Jon & Brendan played like almost EVERY other character on Home Movies & they didn't all sound like the same person, to me anyway. He played Jason on Home Movies too who sounds nothing like McGuirk, just sayin

  • July 12, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by ROBRAM89

    I literally just watched all of Archer over the past two days. So sad I missed it when it was on the air. I hope it last longer than most of Adam Reed's shows.

  • July 12, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Who's the Caboose?

    by langdonboom

    Benjamin is a genius, but nothing will ever top his performance as the laywer in Sam Seder's Who's the Caboose:

  • July 12, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I'm not Yoda. OK, I'm Yoda.

    by MaxCalifornia.

    He was hilarious as Yoda in the Family Guy Empire strikes back spoof.

  • July 12, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    i love "home movies"

    by chibnut

    i think im the only one that does though.

  • July 12, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Important Things Cancelled?

    by fugurt

    Important Things was cancelled? When? I don't see that anywhere else.

  • July 12, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Re: IMPORTANT THINGS cancelled.

    by Bungion Boy

    I too never saw a story (especially on this site) about its cancelation. I can't say I'm surprised. After Comedy Central moved it to midnight and gave its time slot to South Park reruns I figured it didn't have too long. Too bad though. I thought the last season of IMPORTANT THINGS and THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM were the best so far.

  • July 12, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Ah Comedy Central the land of forgotten TV shows

    by RPLocke

  • July 12, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Coach McGuirk spinoff

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I enjoyed the episodes of Home Movies that focused on him the most.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Is true

    by Hercules

    Important Things and Sarah Silverman Program: both kaput and both saw their cancellations discussed in this column.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Important Things was cancelled?

    by Heckles

    That sucks. Silverman, not surprised. Man. Important Things was great. Damn Comedy Central.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I'll take the trade

    by INWOsuxRED

    of Important Things for a JB solo show. He was the best thing about Important Things and most everything else he works on. Loved him as Bruce Willis on Human Giant.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    I saw Silverman cancellation Did not see Important Things

    by hst666

    I check this site regularly and never saw a headline of Demetri's show being canceled. Maybe it was buried in another story?

  • Maybe if they didn't pound the shit out of their network with endless reruns, they might have ratings good enough to support nifty shows like Impotent Things and Sarah Silverman is the Worst Person Alive. At least Ugly Americans seems to be getting a second season (or they're pissing money away on a Comic-Con panel for nothing). I fear quick death for my beloved Futurama though.<p>Anyway, nice to see that after DECADES of obscurity, H. Jon Benjamin is now being given too many jobs to count. Even my 12-year-old niece knows who he is thanks to his work as Carl the convenience store clerk on Family Guy. Although I still think his inclusion on Venture Bros doesn't quite fit.

  • July 13, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    (that word was "horribly") nt

    by JT Kirk


  • July 13, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Jason on Home Movies sounds different because...

    by JT Kirk

    ...the voice was pitched up. Duh, dude.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Important things and the SSP

    by adml_shake

    were both over rated. After I was a few episodes into each, I figured the cancellation wouldn't be far off. TSSP took longer than I thought though.

  • July 13, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    I always thought Coach McGuirk' voice...s

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...was Patrick Warburton. Weird.

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  • July 13, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Ok WHEN is Archer coming back??

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Archer is one of the most fun things on television, and not just because of Benjamin, but all of the characters are amazing, and each episode brought something new to appreciate and laugh about, as well as all the new characters, cameos, just everything, absolutely top notch. HURRY UP ARCHER!!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Dmitri Martin

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    He is an extremely clever and funny guy, but his brand of comedy is more like a favorite warm blanket or something, it's not laugh-out-loud funny, and so it just doesn't really translate very well as a tv show. He is more of a 'performance artist' anyway, and that is really not the kind of thing you can just snap off every week. It takes time to refine that stuff.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Important things

    by sharpie

    I stopped watching after the fourth or fifth time Demitri stole a bit from Mitch Hedberg

  • July 13, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Where the hell is the LUCY, DOTD DVD set?

    by SpyGuy

    I know the didn't run long, but this was such a classic. How you can not have episodes like the Jesus/Satan karaoke duet and the vampire altar boys on a DVD set is absolutely beyond me.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by schadenfreudian

    As long as Archer remains on the air for a couple more seasons at least, I'm fine with Benjamin having as many series as he can handle. He's a talented guy. Been a fan since Home Movies.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    I nearly had a stroke I laughed so hard when Coach blew out his pectorals on Home Movies.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Dmetri Martin had a special...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...and I bust a gut laughing while all my friends sat there with quizzical expressions. I like wry, low key humor. His show wasn't as funny, granted I never saw more than 2 episodes due to CC's constant rescheduling. This so-called "network" survives on Jon Stewart, Colbert and South Park, everything else is filler as far as they're concerned.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    True Story

    by Balcony Fool

    My first band was called Ben Katz Cult. That guy's delivery of nearly every line kills me. Hope his new show is a hit.

  • July 13, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by NeverTalksBack

    That is not the only reason Jason sounds different from McGuirk, seriously, try watching the show again. I own every episode of the show and have seen them all dozens of times. They did the same thing with Brendan's voice, but his voice doesn't sound much different than it does in real life... duh

  • July 13, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Saw the pilot

    by Shayde

    It was funny as hell. Can't wait for this series.

  • July 13, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    by fahq1977

    archer is back in 2011. Long wait... :(

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  • July 13, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Extremely funny guy

    by Mr Lucas

    As Balcony Fool says, great delivery - so dry. Kind of sounds a bit stoned. Loved his work since Katz. I bet he's fun to hang out with.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Archer is available for instant play at netflix

    by Nerd Rage


  • July 14, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by Triple_J_72

    Screaming curse words like some nutjob until your voice cracks is today's standard for "hilarious" I guess.

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