How The League‘s Jason Mantzoukas Met The Dictator

by Ethan Alter May 14, 2012 6:01 am
How <i>The League</i>‘s Jason Mantzoukas Met <i>The Dictator</i>

Sacha Baron Cohen may be the main attraction of The Dictator, but don't be surprised if everyone who sees the movie comes out raving about his co-star Jason Mantzoukas. Best known as the outrageous Rafi on the FX series The League, the Upright Citizens Brigade-trained comic actor steals almost every scene he's in as Nadal, a nuclear scientist that runs afoul of Cohen's dictator, General Aladeen, in their home country of Wadiya only to emerge as his equal when the tyrant is stripped of his identity and let loose on the streets of New York. On a recent press pit stop in Manhattan, Mantzoukas spoke with us about testing his improvising skills against Cohen, what scenes didn't make it into The Dictator and why he hopes that Rafi never gets his own spin-off series.

The League: A Thanksgiving Episode for the Rest of Us

by Rachel Stein November 18, 2011 11:41 am
<i>The League</i>:  A Thanksgiving Episode for the Rest of Us

Whenever I watch The League, I expect to be slightly horrified, fairly disgusted and thoroughly amused. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect form "Thanksgiving," given all of the conventional tropes of a holiday sitcom that it promised, but by the end of the episode, I was choking on my own laughter (but thankfully, no one's beloved class pet). This highly underrated comedy managed to take every clich├ęd part of a Thanksgiving episode, flipped it over and nailed it from behind in front of its loved ones. Here are the banalities the writers used, and how they managed to cover them in the funniest filth I have ever seen.

The League is a Little No-Girls-Allowed, But It’s Still Funny

by Mindy Monez October 30, 2009 10:42 am
<I>The League</i> is a Little No-Girls-Allowed, But It’s Still Funny The League is FX's newest sitcom about a bunch of lunatic best friends who say and do stupid things, and being a huge It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fan, I'd have been excited to watch it even if it didn't boast Nick Kroll and Paul Scheer as castmembers. Based on the strength of the network alone, it seemed like it was inherently worth watching, no questions asked. But after watching the pilot, I'd definitely say the show has potential, but I've got some major caveats.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

by Ashley Chervinski October 18, 2011 1:18 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A zombie invasion is hitting the small screen.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

by Ethan Alter September 3, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kerry Washington's D.C.-set soap is so much fun, it's scandalous.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, December 20, 2012

by Rachel Stein December 20, 2012 3:34 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, December 20, 2012

Oh, hell yes.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, November 1, 2012

by Rachel Stein November 1, 2012 4:00 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, November 1, 2012

Celebs are coming together to help the Jersey Shore... the place, not the show.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 9, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

These guys truly are in a league of their own.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

by Ethan Alter September 4, 2012 3:36 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

She's baaaaack!

TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

by Ethan Alter October 4, 2011 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

All they want to do is eat your brains. They're not unreasonable, no one's gonna eat your eyes.

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