MTV PRESENTS NEW THURSDAY BLOCK TO PREMIERE APRIL 5TH, 2007
SKETCH COMEDY GOES HAYWIRE AS MTV & NICK CANNON TEAM UP ON DYNAMIC NEW SERIES �NICK CANNON PRESENTS: SHORT CIRCUITZ� PREMIERES APRIL 5th AT 9:30PM (ET/PT)
Celebrity Guests Include Ice-T, Nas, Snoop Dogg and Lil Jon
(New York, NY - March 21, 2007) � MTV has again teamed up with comedic mastermind Nick Cannon for a new project, Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz. The series, created, executive produced and starring Nick Cannon himself offers a fresh new blend of sketch comedy that skewers pop culture with a hip-hop edge. With the help of some of the hottest comedy players, viewers will enjoy topical sketches, dead-on impersonations of beloved celebrities, notables and laugh-out-loud hi-jinx as only Nick and MTV can bring it. The eight-episode series will premiere on April 5th at 9:30PM (ET/PT) and joins new series Adventures in Hollyhood and Human Giant for MTV�s new Thursday night comedy line-up, along with returning series, Pimp My Ride.
Plugging in with Nick on Short Circuitz are some of the funniest comics to hit the airwaves. With the likes of Affion Crockett, Eliza Coupe, Leonard Robinson, Taran Killam and Mikey Day on board, hilarity is guaranteed! Nick and his uber-talented comedy crew notoriously parody everything from rappers who band together for a common cause, "R.A.C.S" (Rappers Against Child Support); Judge Mo Dolla$ (played by Katt Williams), a pimped out judge who's the star of his wacky courtroom; and celebrity guests adding to the fun, such as Ice-T explaining the virtues of his newest invention �Ice-Tivo�. Other guest celebrities include Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Nas and Kevin Hart.
Nick Cannon�s first collaboration with MTV, Wild N Out remains a fan favorite and is currently in production for a 4th season. Having previously worked in film and television, his award-winning Nickelodeon hit, The Nick Cannon Show and the 2002 movie Drumline shot him to celebrity status. He has been named as one of the Top Ten Most Successful People in Young Hollywood by People Magazine and recently appeared in the critically acclaimed film Bobby.
Fans can log onto mtv.com to enjoy the Short Circuitz Pre-Show only online! Nick talks about the new series and how its refreshing content will keep audiences laughing. He�ll also introduce his cast of comedic characters and the celebs that will join in on the fun. Also check out photos and bios of the entire cast and more! Additionally, MTV On Demand will give fans the opportunity to enjoy their most favorite sketches starting on April 27th. Clips as well as full episodes of Short Circuitz will be also available on MTV Mobile video on demand and mediaflo.
For �Short Circuitz,� Tony DiSanto and Tony DiBari serve as MTV�s Executive Producers and Karen Frank serves as Co-Executive Producer. Liz Gately is the Development Executive. Rod Aissa is the Senior Vice President of Talent Development. Michael Goldman also serves as Executive Producer. Nick Cannon is the creator and Executive Producer of the series.
THREE 6 MAFIA TAKES TINSELTOWN BY STORM IN THE NEW MTV SERIES "ADVENTURES IN HOLLYHOOD" PREMEIRING THURSDAY, APRIL 5TH AT 10PM ET/PT
Leaving Their Memphis Home Behind, Academy Award Winning Rap Group Three 6 Mafia Face Their Biggest Adventure Yet � HOLLYWOOD, CA
Plus, Experience Original �Adventures� Content On-Air, Online & On The Go With Exclusive Features On MTV.com, MTV Mobile & More
Santa Monica, CA (March 21, 2007) -- As the first hip-hop group ever to win an Oscar for Best Song, a music career defined by multi-platinum success, and recognized by millions of loyal fans across the globe, some may say hip-hop super group Three 6 Mafia has accomplished it all. However, it is only the beginning for this hip hop powerhouse as MTV follows them on their biggest adventure yet -- Hollywood, CA. Leaving the comforts of their Memphis home behind, Juicy J, DJ Paul, and their entourage of friends hit the road to conquer Tinseltown and try to become major Hollywood players in the new comedic-reality series, "Adventures In HollyHood" premiering April 5th at 10pm ET/PT.
The series begins as Three 6 Mafia and their entourage packs their bags in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and head west to Hollywood, California. Along with maintaining their success as multi-platinum hip-hop artists, finishing their anticipated follow-up album, and keeping true to themselves and their southern ways, the group tries to make the most of their fame by pursuing everything that Hollywood has to offer. The guys have set out however, to make sure the fame and fortune don�t go to their heads as they put the "hood� into Hollywood... Three 6-style. Audiences will be introduced to the following cast of characters never before seen on television: Juicy J and DJ Paul, the Oscar-winning members of Three 6 Mafia; Big Treice, their personal assistant; Computer, their internet consultant; and finally Project Pat, Three 6 Mafia�s rap prot�g� and underground hip-hop superstar.
In addition, fans will be able to experience a completely un-televised side of Three 6 Mafia and their adventures as they visit hollyhood.mtv.com, along with MTV Mobile services, MTV VOD and more. On these platforms MTV will showcase completely original content including the comedic Cooking With Three 6 Mafia, as they showoff their hilarious down-home culinary skills. Fans will also be able to watch as the guys face new �firsts� in Hollywood, as well as showcase the new music from their forthcoming album, �Last 2 Walk,� due in Spring 2007. At hollyhood.mtv.com, visitors will also be able to watch the premiere and finale episodes of �Adventures In Hollyhood,� as well as read cast bios, see photos, preview Three 6 Mafia�s new album, and much more.
Three 6 Mafia's beginnings date back to the early '90s, as their underground mix tapes quickly made a name for themselves on the streets and in the clubs of Memphis, TN. The group made their proper debut in 1995 with the album entitled �Mystic Stylez.� In the years since, the group has left a trail of gold and platinum records, exploding out of the local Memphis scene, and carrying their inventive southern, hip-hop sound to the masses around the world. Together DJ Paul and Juicy J have remained at the core of the group, not only as acclaimed rappers themselves, but also as renowned music producers, lending their skills to some of rap's elite including Mike Jones, Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins. However, it was Sunday, March 5, 2006 when the rap ensemble truly secured its place in hip-hop history when, in a surprise upset, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences awarded "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," from acclaimed MTV Film "Hustle & Flow," the Oscar for Best Achievement In Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song). Propelled to a new level of success, now Three 6 Mafia takes on Hollywood with their own MTV series, "Adventures In HollyHood," and gears up for the anticipated release of their next album �Last 2 Walk,� in Spring 2007 on Hypnotize Minds/Columbia Records.
For more information about MTV's "Adventures In HollyHood," visit www.hollyhood.mtv.com
�HUMAN GIANT� HIJACKS MTV CAUSING MIND EXPLOSIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BEGINNING APRIL 5 AT 10:30PM ET/PT
Short Film Comedy Series Features Guest Appearances by Ghostface Killah, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kelly Slater, Rob Riggle, Tony Hawk, Linda Cardellini, and Many More
New York, NY, March 21, 2007 � Caution!! Viewing the extreme magnifications, blood oaths and never-before-seen illusions in �Human Giant� may cause permanent laugh lines, warped humor and a possible mind explosion. MTV�s new short film comedy �Human Giant� takes over the network with its own style of fast-paced, hard-hitting comedy beginning April 5 at 10:30 PM/ET. Consisting of four members -- Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and Jason Woliner -- �Human Giant� delivers a unique brand of comedy in short film-style. The eight-episode series premieres as part of MTV�s new Thursday night comedy line-up featuring new series �Adventures in HollyHood� and �Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz,� as well as a new season of �Pimp My Ride.�
Staying true to that user-gen and viral video feel, �Human Giant� is intensified by a rebellious rock n' roll attitude. Never a dull moment, the series also features a long list of special guest appearances including Ghostface Killah, legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, pro surfer Kelly Slater, Mary Lynn Rajskub (�24�), Patton Oswalt (�Reno 911), Linda Cardellini (�ER,� �Freaks and Geeks�), Rob Riggle (�The Daily Show�), and Brian Posehn (�The Sarah Silverman Program�). �Human Giant� has gained a large audience in the New York and Los Angeles comedy scenes through live shows at the underground club Upright Citizens Brigade.
On April 3, two days before the series debut, the premiere episode will become available for free on XBOX, iTunes and Amazon. Additional episodes will continue to be available on an instant release the day after the premiere broadcast. Clips and full episodes will be available to MTV Mobile's current carrier partners and full episodes will also be available as part of Qualcomm's recently launched MediaFLO product which features live TV on phones, including the MTV channel. Additionally, the �Human Giant� cast has been using high-end mobile videophones to shoot behind-the-scenes and additional skits exclusively seen on MTV Mobile. MTV On Demand is offering individual sketches beginning April 13. Fans can check out MTV.com to watch their favorite sketches, get photos and cast bios, as well as read updates on an upcoming cast blog that will reveal behind-the-scenes stories of the show production.
Meet the �Human Giant� cast members:
Aziz Ansari is a standup comedian based in New York City. In 2006, he won the Jury Award for Best Standup at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO. Rolling Stone also chose him as the "Hot Standup" in their annual "Hot List." He has appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and plans on doing more standup on television soon. He was also in the film School for Scoundrels directed by Todd Phillips. Aziz finds his bio to be boring and uninteresting, but an efficient summation of his credits.
Rob Huebel is a comedian from the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. He was recently seen on �Curb Your Enthusiasm� and is a regular on VH1's "Best Week Ever." He is probably best known from his movie theater commercial campaign, 'Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man'. He has produced for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and was nominated for an Emmy award for his work on "The Awful Truth with Michael Moore." He has developed two sitcoms for network television. But they didn't get on. But he's not angry.
Paul Scheer performs regularly at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles. He can be seen weekly on VH1's "Best Week Ever" and his film credits include School for Scoundrels with Billy Bob Thornton, the Seann William Scott comedy Trainwreck, and Watching the Detectives with Cillian Murphy. He recently appeared in the Frank Darabont-directed drama series "Raines" starring Jeff Goldblum and is a frequent guest commentator on the Today Show. He has developed projects for HBO and Comedy Central, and AP magazine named him one of the Top 10 comics of 2006. So as you can imagine, he has a tremendous ego and now only wears Adidas track suits and refers to himself in the 3rd person.
Jason Woliner is a writer and director from New York. His videos and films have screened at comedy shows and film festivals across the country and have been featured on various television networks. He wrote and produced "Partisan Jab," a series of political comedy shorts which were licensed by AtomFilms and chosen for inclusion in the permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image. Recently, he has directed segments for VH1's �Best Week Ever,� shot pilots for both a police dramedy and a comedy/reality show starring improvisers from the UCB Theater, and directed a bunch of videos for comedians in New York City. He also worked on two successful series for Comedy Central's broadband channel, Motherload. He directs Human Giant's videos because he has retired from performing, having peaked at age 7 with the role of "Bratty Kid" in the film Weekend at Bernie's.
More information and clips can be found on www.humangiant.mtv.com and www.thehumangiant.com