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Gen Zed Trailer Out Today!

8 Jun

The trailer for Hayden Black ‘s ground-breaking animated series Gen Zed is out today.

Gen Zed is making headlines as the first ever animated show to feature a trans actress in a leading role. The series follows 4 disparate college-age people who move in together.

To find out more about the series read our interview  with Hayden from earlier in the year, and like the show on Facebook to get all the latest news.

Hayden Talks Gen Zed

14 Feb
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TVO regular and sporadic Rich Fulcher collaborator Hayden Black is about to unleash a new animated show, Gen-Zed! – which is making headlines as the first ever animated show to feature a trans actress in a leading role.

Hayden took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about Gen Zed and the folk involved with it, and the resulting Q&A is below.

Where did you get the idea for the show?

I was wondering how younger people just emerging out of high school and college were going to handle life now they’d grown up immersed in tech and the bazillions of choices it gave you. It’s a double-edged sword, tech. These days you can find anything you want, download it, listen to it, play it, watch it – but it can also bury you alive. Plus I was hungry to tell a story with a Transgender woman in it. Transparent got there first and they did an absolutely magnificent job. Gen Zed is aimed at a much younger audience .

What were your main influences when writing Gen Zed?

First influence is “The Young Ones” – the anarchic, rebellious spirit that formed my childhood. I wanted to do a show that WASN’T for your parents. Something “the kids” (thanks, Rik) could own. The second is “Spaced”; specifically the flights of fancy that Edgar Wright did so brilliantly. I actually wrote the pilot as live-action but I always had animation in the back of my mind. I got talking to an animator who thought it was a great show to animate but her busy schedule prevented her from coming on board. And then the magnificent Alex Bradley showed up and BAM.

How did you come up with the characters?

Shona, the young Trans girl, is based on a Trans girl I know who’s hysterical, witty, beautiful, amazing and brilliant. I wanted to capture her; both her beauty and her pain. Living your life that way, the only way you can live if you’re born in the wrong body, takes such bravery because of how some shitty, ignorant people choose to live theirs. I always think that men who make fun of Trans women aren’t really men at all. Irony! The other characters were mixtures of various things; Cameron’s a shit poet which is based loosely on The Young Ones’ Rik. Living in LA, I know a few people like Betsy who are a little too dependent on prescription drugs but don’t think they have a problem. And Huey’s just a complicated nutter; sort of like The Young Ones’ Vyvyan but with a bit more depth.

Did you set out to write a Trans character, or did they naturally fit with the rest of the characters?

Yes, I did. Shona was the first character to emerge. The rest followed her lead.

And so is it true that this is the first-ever animated series to feature a Trans actress in a lead role?

Yes!! It’s astonishing that no one’s done it before. In fact, the only animated shows thus far to feature trans characters in lead roles are Anime series and so they’re all about magic turning boys into girls – nothing realistic that portrays Trans women as real people has ever been done in this format. Which is such bullshit. But as I’ve written and researched this show, I’ve come to realize that by creating a strong role model, Trans people might have something to help them realize that they’re NOT alone and that SHIT GETS BETTER! The tragic story of Leelah Alcorn the kind of things we want to stop from happening ever again.

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How long did the scripts take to write?

I wrote a 28-page pilot in June 2014, in about 2 weeks. It sort of sat there while I worked on other things but Gen Zed began picking up steam around October. For the next few months, it became re-write city, involving table reads, etc., and it just got better and better. I also decided to change the pilot presentation into a web series so I let it grow from 28 pages to about 54, knowing I’d split it into roughly 7 x 5 minute webisodes.

How do differences in cultural references in Britain and America have an influence on your writing? Do you feel you can only use American ones?

I write for an American audience because that’s where I live. But at the end of the day, I can’t (and don’t want to) escape my mother culture, so both cultures go into my writing. I look at both styles of comedy – American and British – and try to use both. So there’s wit, intelligence and smarts along with bad puns, toilet humour, and physical comedy. Hopefully it’s a good mashup. 

Do you use your British humour in your writing, and do the American audiences ‘get it’?

I always use some British humour but I’m all about writing a comedy that everyone can get. I won’t get too self-indulgent because what’s the point? I do like a handful of earned jokes though; something you don’t get at first but when you do, you go “Ah!” So I’ll pepper in a few jokes here and there that not everyone will get but if you’re one of the few who do, you’ll know I was writing specifically with you in mind.

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Did you have actors in mind for the role or did you just see who turned up for auditions?

I had no actors in mind – I never do, to be honest. I just write it. Actors come to the table with their own talents; their take on their character can add something you didn’t realize was there. I got very lucky with Gen Zed because I cast it so quickly.

Julie Rei Goldstein was the first trans actress I auditioned and she just nailed it! She got the character, got my humour, and delivered Shona so quickly I was amazed. Shona is a complex character – they all are, really – but Julie knew just how to drive it. There are moments of snarkiness, moments of over the top silliness, and moments of sadness and horrible things and she knows when to put her foot on the pedal and when to hit the brakes.

John M. Keating was referred to me by America Young (of Goodnight Burbank) and he’s so talented and such a great bloke. Emily C. Chang I met a few years ago at a comedy festival here in LA. I watched a short of hers that she starred in and it was clear how talented she is. So I made sure to add her to Facebook in case there was ever a time when we could work together and I’m glad I did! She just batted it out of the park with her first read.

Kevyn Richmond was recommended to me by a producer friend and the moment I saw his reel I knew he was Cameron. And then there’s Marcelo Tubert who plays Miguel, their landlord. He’s a very established character actor so what you get with Marcelo is a huge talent and a man full of ideas that he brings to the table. I even sneaked in a line for the girl who Shona is based on! So she gets to cameo alongside the character based on her.

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How did Jane Wiedlin become involved?

We follow each other on Twitter and so I sent her a DM asking if she’d like a cameo. She agreed to read the script then responded with an email that said she wouldn’t do a cameo. She’d only do a recurring character because she loved the script so much. I created a brand new character for her that wasn’t in the pilot; she plays the girl who works with Cameron in the video game store that he has a mad crush on. She even flew down from San Francisco just to record with us in person and she was SO lovely.

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What about the music? Did you write your own theme tune again?

Yup! I co-wrote this with James Semple, a British composer. And I also wrote pretty much all of the incidental music that you hear in the show too. Have I made a stupid joke about playing with my organ in public yet? –  because this would be the place to do it!

How long has it taken from when you first had the idea for the show to actually recording the voices for the first episode?

Really quickly – about 8 months. I wasn’t planning on shooting Gen Zed when I first wrote it so it’s all taking off rather fast. But that’s how these things usually happen. It’s the stuff you least expect.

How long does the animation take to complete?

Alex is telling me a month per episode, so all I can do is hold my breath. His preliminary artwork has been rather fantastic so I know I’m going to be gob-smacked when I see it all come together.

When will the episodes be available to watch?

I’m hoping it’s ready to go by late Autumn 2015. But we’ll have snippets and scenes to promote the show much sooner than that. If you follow the twitter @Gen_Zed and find us on Facebook, you can be up-to-the-minute and take place in competitions, win prizes like signed scripts, etc.

The Velvet Onion would like to thank Hayden for taking the time and trouble to answer our questions. If you’d like to know more about Hayden and his other work, please visit his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.When Gen Zed is available to watch we’ll be the first to let you know!

Thanks For The Memories

5 Feb

Celebrating our 5th birthday this week has caused us to get a wee bit nostalgic. So we thought we’d collate some of those “Do you remember when?…” reminiscences into a Best of the first 5 years of TVO. It’s not a comprehensive overview of everything we’ve done, more a subjective account of a few of those ad hoc moments that made us feel warm, fuzzy and just a bit excited.

The favourite moments are different for all of us; sometimes it’s the memory of the event behind the article; sometimes it’s because we nailed an exclusive or wrote something that generated a huge amount of traffic for the website (one post last year generated over 13,000 unique visits in one day, fact fans!), and often it’s the buzz of being able to share something new, exciting and special with you, our readers. So here are a few of the happenings which have brought a smile to our faces over the past 5 years: 

Paul

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© Paul Holmes

There are so many glorious memories to treasure. There’s one particular Forgery Club that will forever be in my mind, presented by Hot Brew, and featuring a rare performance by Brown Jenkin (Colin Hoult & Stephen Evans), an appearance by The Mighty Thor and loads more. We were sat talking to Steve Oram before the show, and he noted that he’d never made it big because he liked to do things that broadcasters don’t know what to do with… then went on to give the audience an epic, ten minute long version of “Mary“. To this day, I can’t get a cab in London without thinking: “I will not go South of de river.”

I was particularly proud of the Mongrels takeover in November 2011, as various people being very busy meant I did that one pretty much solo, but was riddled with a genuine (and full blown) flu after arranging interviews with the whole cast and creator Adam Miller! I managed to salvage the interviews, strike up positive relationships with every single one of the team I spoke to which continue to this day, and fix up a wodge of behind the scenes stuff AND a competition to win DVDs of Series One, despite being unable to stand up or focus on a screen for more than a few minutes at a time. If you click here and scroll down, you can see everything.

Another good one to mention is Zimbani, which came to my attention early on in the life of TVO, when Dave McNeill & Colin Hoult emailed me to enthuse about their new show featuring Julian Barratt. It was the first time anyone had come to me direct outside of casual chatter, and really began expanding our world for the first time. Colin later made my partner, and occasional TVO designer, Lauren, get down on all fours and pretend to be a pig in front of Simon Amstell. Now that was a strange moment.

Then again, there’s many of those. Getting accidentally lost for a moment in a strange building behind the London Palladium with Isy Suttie at a screening of Alice Lowe‘s People Place. Similarly, getting trapped in a lift with Mike Fielding and an old lady who refused to let anyone else press the buttons to get us out of this chaos. And then there’s that strange bar James Wren led a motley post-Spank crew along to that felt like something out of a Bond film, somehow managing to stay glamorous at 3am. It’s been a funny old time.  But above all else, it’s just been nice to be welcomed into the fold of this wonderful group of friends and collaborators, and be trusted to give them everything I can to help their work reach a wider crowd. Let’s keep doing it, eh?

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Having been involved in TVO since the very early days makes picking a favourite moment is a real challenge – but this one was pretty special: In 2011 Dave Brown was putting together Noel Fielding‘s art book Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton. They needed one last thing to finish it off before it was sent to the printers, and they contacted us to provide it. We were able to offer our readers the opportunity to have a photograph of their faces painted over by Noel and included in the book. A double page spread of your lovely faces appeared in the book when it was published, alongside the caption ‘MY TINY CHILDREN’. A wonderful show of their appreciation for the fans, and something which we were delighted to facilitate on their behalf.

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Our Sightseers take-over was pretty special too (click here and scroll down). We had no idea it would become such a cult hit at the time, and it was great to be able to support so many of ‘our lot’ (Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Richard Glover Tom Meeten) with a week of exclusives.

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On a personal level, getting to know a few of the people who we write about – and discovering that they’re damned nice people as well as being unbelievably talented – has been a privilege.

A particular high point has been getting to know Hoppo. Introduced to me at Club Fantastico as “the only man to have survived Old Gregg”, John Hopkins turned out to have a TVO pedigree as long as his (long) arms, being part of the original Ealing Live gang and having worked with half of the people that we cover. He’s also lovely. If you don’t know who he is, we urge you to read our interview/profile about him and check out his stuff.

Helen

There are lots of brilliant moments I could mention, but as a fan of Hayden Black, it’s been a pleasure getting the chance to spread the word about him. I guess I’ve become our resident expert on Hayden’s creative and comedic output; take a look at this to find out more.

Paulyne

The moment that stands out in my mind is Fulchfest (Rich Fulcher‘s legendary comedy night in Kentish Town). I’d say that was the most fun I could have. This Pete Heat video that we filmed summarises it perfectly:

I’ve also had some brilliantly fun nights at Dan Clark gigs – often with Mog. Here’s a review of one of them.

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Aggie

I think my favourite moment is the Zappa Plays Zappa gig at the Camden Roundhouse, with The Mighty Boosh Band as support. Being surrounded by odd men with moustaches while weird music was playing… and then rushing across town to a Rich Fulcher gig – where all the familiar faces already were. It was a perfect blend of what started it all and the new direction TVO had pushed us all in.

Rosanna

Seeing the Boosh warm-up gigs in 2013 was great, and it was lovely going to Soho Theatre as part of the TVO team. It was brilliant to see them on stage together again, in a lovely small venue, with the magic between them there as if they’d never gone away. The review was great too!

I loved going to see the Inside No. 9 preview at the BFI. It’s now one of my favourite pieces of TV and seeing it in the cinema was really special.

Michael

Being involved in filming TVO Live was one the most fun shoots I’ve done, but also the toughest because it was so difficult holding the camera still due to my laughter! We couldn’t have wished for a better line up. Fingers crossed for a TVO Live 2!

Trixie

My favorite TVO memory is of when I interviewed Rich Fulcher in LA. I hadn’t done anything like it before, and he was so funny and generous! I admire Rich so much, and it was wonderful that he was everything he seems to be and more. A truly funny man.

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The Luxury Comedy coffee competition was great, because it encouraged people to create something artistic. And I loved the series of Noel Fielding interviews to celebrate his birthday, which featured questions from our readers:

So there you have it – a sprinkling of very happy memories from a few of us. A big TVO thank you to the artists who we write about, who have provided us with these highs and who make it all possible. And thanks too to you, for being interested enough in what we do to come with us on our journey to the outer reaches of the comedy universe. It’s been quite a ride so far…

Hayden’s Seismic Stand-Up

24 Oct
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Anyone in the  Los Angeles area on Sunday can be a witness to an historic occasion!

Friend of TVO, the multi-talented Hayden Black, is making his first foray into Stand-up Comedy this Sunday, in Seismic at 7pm alongside a variety of comedians, hosted by Sal Rodriguez.

The free show is at Muse on 8th. For more information see the poster below or the event Facebook page.

If you do go along, please say Hi to Hayden and tell him TVO sent you!

Teensy Tweets Are Back

14 Sep

Teensy Tweets, the animated web series by Hayden Black, is back!

The topical show takes some of Hayden’s tweets about the latest news and gets animated birds to say them.

After the pilot episodes a couple of years ago, they are back weekly to give us an unusual view of the latest happenings.

Catch up with the birds on YouTube and watch the latest episode here.

 

Festive TV Catch-Up

5 Jan
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There were some great TV programmes on over the Festive period, many featuring TVO favourites. We’ve posted about most of them, but there’s still the opportunity to catch up on many of the delights:

Most recently, Kevin Eldon took part in Celebrity Mastermind, if you didn’t see it on Thursday, you can catch up here.

Kevin popped up again during the festivities as Doctor McFee in Death Comes to Pemberley, which is still available on BBC iPlayer.

The Christmas edition of Lee Mack’s Not Going Out featured Katy Wix and can be viewed here.

Charlie Brooker reviewed 2013 in 2013 Wipe, although not featuring any TVO related people, Mr Brooker has written many great shows featuring TVO artists.

There was also a re-run of Ambassadors, starring Robert Webb and David Mitchell, with a scene stealing guest appearance by Mr Michael Smiley. You can catch this episode – and the others – on BBC iPlayer.

Matt Berry fans had plenty of opportunities to see and hear the man himself on New Year’s Eve, first Matt was in the final episode of The IT Crowd – also available on 4OD along with every other episode of The IT Crowd and the special documentary, The IT Crowd Manual, which was broadcast on Christmas Eve.

This was followed by Matt narrating The 50 Funniest Moments of 2013, which is now available on 4OD. Then to round off the New Year celebrations, Channel 4 showed every episode of Toast of London, also available on 4OD.

Rich Fulcher popped up as a commentator on The 50 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians on Channel 5. This featured clips from a wide variety of comedians spanning the years up to the present. You can catch up with this on Demand5.

Rich also presented 2013 Mashed on Channel 4, which also featured a sketch by Hayden Black. Again you can still see this on 4OD.

And of course there was the Big Fat Quiz of The Year featuring Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade – on the same team! If by any chance you missed it, there’s still time to catch up on 4OD

Merry Mashed Christmas From Rich Fulcher & Co!

19 Dec
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© The Connected Set/Channel 4

That mystical beauty… that ephemeral wonder… that intoxicating titillator Rich Bloody Fulcher has sent us a special message to everyone at TVO and our readers, filled with seasonal greetings and information on his brand new show.

Cast your minds back to December 2012, and you may recall Fulchybaby presented a round-up of the year for Channel 4, entitled 2012:Mashed.  Well, it’s back, with more wacked out sketches and celebrity pastiches from some of the biggest minds on YouTube.

This year, that list of contributors includes another TVO regular, one Hayden Black of Goodnight Burbank fame.

We can’t wait, but sadly we have to – as the show will air on December 29th at 11:05pm exactly, give or take a minute, because we’re not scientists or schedulers.

For more from the Mashed team at The Connected Set, visit their YouTube channel as soon as possible.  But first, check out the video from Rich to us (and you) below…

Hayden Black – Encounters With Doctor Who & Rich Fulcher

10 Dec
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When we found out Hayden Black was involved with 2013 Mashed and Behind The Sofa – Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who, we wanted to know more, so Hayden kindly agreed to answer a few of our questions.

Let’s start by talking about Behind the Sofa.. Were you involved in the project from the start?

Steve Berry, the editor, reached out to me via Facebook – a place I do a startling amount of business – and asked me to write a piece back in 2010. I was honoured and flattered and said yes immediately. I sent him the piece then forgot about it. When I saw the book coming out, and its long list of amazing contributors, I assumed in my typical neurotic manner that I’d been pushed aside for some of these much bigger names. My neuroses are my least favorite part of me and yet they make up about 98%.

Did you have a word limit or any restrictions on what you could write about?

I think he told me to keep it to a couple of pages. But the subject area was rather wide – anything to do with Dr. Who and how it had touched me personally. I decided to forgo the story about blu-tac’ing some polystyrene packaging to my bedroom wall and pretending it was a TARDIS console, as there wasn’t much more to it than that. Or racing through the Dr Who Exhibition in Blackpool just so I could get to the shop at the end. I was a sad 11 year-old boy. But some 11 year-olds wind up making comedy when they grow up.

Which is your favourite story from the book?

Oh, easily mine. It was so well-written and I was hanging on every word – that boy has a bright future ahead of him. But to be honest, there’s so many great ones that it seems churlish to pick just one. Go out and buy the book and decide for yourself – it’s for charity after all.

Would you like to write for Doctor Who?

In a heartbeat! Or two heartbeats (see what I did there?). I loves me Who and after years of having to pretend I didn’t, I can now wear my geek on my sleeve. I have a couple of ideas I’d like to explore. The way I look at it is that there’s plenty of life left in the show and there’s plenty of life left in me so at some point, things could converge.

Who is your favourite Doctor?

Tom Baker. Hands down. But I’ve really liked David Tennant and Matt Smith’s interpretations – and for that matter, Chris Eccleston’s. And I’m looking forward to Peter Capaldi coming on board. I didn’t much care for 80’s Who. It was so overlit and when you’re doing a sci-fi series for tuppence ha’penny, the last thing you want to do is highlight how bad your effects/sets are. Oh, don’t get me started on 80’s Who… *shudder*…

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Hayden’s Highlights

2 Dec
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Hayden Black has written a sketch for Rich Fulcher‘s 2013: Mashed show, due to be shown on Channel 4 later this month. You can probably remember 2012: Mashed from last year, also hosted by Rich, featuring material from internet legends like Dan Bull, Rob Manuel, Cassetteboy, and David Schneider. Hayden has written an animated sketch about Justin Bieber, inspired by some of the headlines he’s made this year.

Hayden has been busy as he has also contributed to an anthology of stories about Doctor Who: Behind the Sofa – Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who, which was first published last year. It was compiled by author Steve Berry in memory of his mother, Janet, and is beautifully illustrated by Ben Morris.

A new extended version of the book has been published to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, and again all profits from the book go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. This version has all the previous stories, including those from Charlie Brooker and Rhys Thomas, plus contributions from Sophia Myles, Ben Aaronovitch, John Leeson and many others.

Behind the Sofa.. is also one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013 and is, of course, available from The Velvet Onion Store.

Hayden’s Hollywood Hustle

6 Oct
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© Hollywood Hustle

Writer, actor and producer Hayden Black is taking part in Hollywood Hustle – a documentary about Freelance life in Hollywood.

The film will document the experiences of several freelancers over the course of a year, including Hayden.

In that time, the audience will experience the successes, struggles and excitement of each freelancer by listening to in-depth interviews and seeing candid footage of life on set as well as a lens into the daily rituals of a freelance filmmaker.

There will be interviews from industry veterans, Los Angeles locals and Hollywood icons, to leave the audience with a strong appreciation for the hard work, creativity, sacrifice and dedication demonstrated by the freelance community.

If all that has captured your interest, then you can see the Promo for the film here.

Hollywood Hustle is being produced and directed by Scotty Tipton; a freelance Sound Mixer in Los Angeles.

Voice Over Action

12 Sep

Writer, actor, director and producer, Hayden Black has released a new voice-over reel to showcase his vocal talents. You can hear him in action below, being American, British and even some talking birds!

Hayden first came to our attention a few years ago when he wrote and starred in the first series of Goodnight Burbank, a spoof news bulletin showing what the news anchors get up to when the camera stops pointing at them, and was one of the first series to be made for the internet. The one and only Rich Fulcher also starred in the show.

Since then Goodnight Burbank and Hayden have gone from strength to strength; the latest series was 6 half-hour shows that were shown on a subscription TV channel, and has guest appearances by John Barrowman and Dominic Monaghan.

Own Goodnight Burbank!

5 Jul

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Spoof news series Goodnight Burbank is now available to view or download from the comfort of wherever you are; and if that’s not exciting enough you could make money from it too!

Writer and star of the show, Hayden Black, has made all six episodes of the first series of Goodnight Burbank available to view or download anywhere in the world through the new GNB player on Facebook. There are different packages to buy, from one episode to the full package including out-takes.

As if this isn’t good news itself, if you post/share the player you get 25% of all sales! There are not many other people doing this so you can be first to experience it; not only do you get to share your favourite show, you get to make money too.

Click this link to see what’s on offer.

Hayden At The Oscars

24 Feb
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Hayden Black will be commenting on the Oscars live from Hollywood later today!

The show Oscars Live & Loud will be broadcast live on the front page of Ustream and mevio.com from 3pm PT to 9pm PT including the red carpet and award show itself.

Hayden will be co-hosting from a special Tweet Suite at the W Hotel, from which he and others will be live Tweeting comments about the proceedings. They will also be shown live during the broadcast. Follow their tweets at #wliveandloud.

Among Hayden’s fellow Tweeters will be comedians Wendy Wason and Tara Flynn who TVO readers may recognise from Moone Boy, Time Trumpet and Pixelface.

If you’re wondering what Hayden and his co-hosts will be wearing, they are being dressed by fashion designer Mila Fargo.

Hayden & The Doctor

14 Dec
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TVO regular Hayden Black will appear regularly in Season Two of The Brit List – starting with The Doctor Who Ultimate  List of Lists next Friday (21st) on BBC America, hosted by Asha Leo.

So lucky American Peelers who like Doctor Who (and who doesn’t?) will have a chance to see the ‘Top Five Companions’, ‘Top Five Scariest Moments’ and many other Doctor Who related lists.

Hayden is joined on the panel by John Barrowman, cat-loving comedian Susan Calman and Matt Kirshen.

Everyone can watch the video of John Barrowman describing his  favourite Doctor Who Monsters here, but the show is only available to viewers of BBC America.

For more information about the show and what time it’s on in your area follow this link.

Hayden, writer and star of Goodnight Burbank, recently contributed to the book Behind the Sofa alongside Rhys Thomas, Charlie Brooker, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Ross, Bill Oddie, Toyah Willcox, Al Murray, Hugh Bonneville and many more celebrities.

You can still order the book from our TVO Amazon Store and all profits go to Alzheimer’s Research UK, it will make a fantastic gift for the Doctor Who fan in your life!

Get Behind The Sofa

4 Nov

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Way back in March we told you about Behind the Sofa – Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who,  a new book  in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK, which celebrates Doctor Who.

The book contains over 100 contributions from many writers and celebrities including writer and actor Hayden Black, TVO regular Rhys Thomas and Nathan Barley creator Charlie Brooker, as well as Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Ross, Bill Oddie, Toyah Willcox, Al Murray, Hugh Bonneville and Roland Rat!

Behind the Sofa has finally been published and it is a treasure trove of stories on the subject of Doctor Who and everything around and about the show. The stories cover many different perspectives from the horror of missing an episode, but being scared to watch, to meeting The Doctor, writing for Doctor Who, and anecdotes from those who actually worked on the show.

It was compiled by author Steve Berry in memory of his mother, Janet, and is beautifully illustrated by Ben Morris.

You can order the book from our TVO Amazon Store and all profits go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Chasing The Hill Returns

5 Sep

Episode Two of Chasing The Hill, starring Hayden Black  is available to buy now from the Chasing the Hill website, at the very reasonable price of $2.17.

This episode titled Send In The Dancing Chihuahuas, also stars Matthew Del Negro, Robin Weigert, Richard Schiff, Sharon Lawrence and Corinne Becker.

To coincide with the debut of the second episode, the Political Style blog has an exclusive interview with Sharon Lawrence about her role as the Mayor of Los Angeles.

For a sneak preview watch the clip below.

Chase The Hill Today!

14 Jul

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Tomorrow (15th July) sees the premiere of Chasing The Hill, a new web series starring Hayden Black and, among others, Matthew Del Negro (Sopranos, The West Wing), Robin Weigert  (Deadwood, Sons Of Anarchy), Josua Malina (Scandal, The West Wing) and Melissa Fitzgerald (The West Wing), as well as appearances by real politicians.

The series follows the re-election campaign of a fictional Democratic representative from California (Weigart), struggling to fend off a primary challenger. She hires a veteran political consultant at the  last hour in a desperate effort to hold on to her seat. The show is filmed on location in a documentary style.

The first episode, Awesomeness is a Warm Gun, debuts on the Chasing the Hill website. The show is available worldwide on a ‘pay per view’ system, using Paypal. It costs only $2.49 to download each episode, which will be at least 30 minutes long.

Read more about the show and our interview with Hayden here.

Teensy Tweets Are Here!

28 Jun

Hayden Black has unleashed his tweets as teensy animations! Each tweet is spoken by one of the new bird characters Percy, Shaggy, Ray Ray and Owlscar Wilde, who have been created especially for the series.

Each episode is one minute long and has 3 or 4 Teensy Tweets, voiced by Hayden and illustrated by Natalie Sharp, with animation by Nathan Babian.

You can watch the pilot episode below and new ones will be released every Wednesday. So why not take a look? It’s only a minute of your time, and it might make you smile!

Hayden Celebrates BritWeek

3 May

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Hayden Black is set to take part in a panel celebrating Digital Innovators during BritWeek at Madam Tussauds Hollywood, today from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Tickets and more information are available from their website.

As we mentioned earlier, Goodnight Burbank was featured in the LA Comedy Shorts festival last week. Hayden didn’t win any awards this time, but GNB got a great review from NBC.

Hayden’s Chasing The Hill

15 Apr

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Hayden Black is set to appear in a brand new web series starring West Wing star Richard Schiff!

Chasing The Hill is described by The Hollywood Reporter as exploring “the complicated process of running for Congress in a fictional story that plans to take a docu-drama approach.”

Distribution of the series will be via subscribers paying $2.49 for a link that they can use to download episodes from a new advert-free web site, ChasingTheHill.com. You can read all about it at the Hollywood Reporter.

What’s more, we have an exclusive interview with Hayden about the show and what he has planned for the future!

Hi Hayden, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. When did you first hear about Chasing The Hill, and how did you get involved?

Brent Roske, the amazing writer/producer (if you don’t believe me, google him) contacted me a month or so ago and told me he had a pilot script for a political series. I love politics – it’s like drugs for people who don’t do drugs because 1) it’s about as useless, and 2) f***s your life up anyway. We talked about our favorite political comedies and I told him about The Thick Of It. He hadn’t heard of it but, ironically, was a huge fan of In The Loop, which is the movie spin-off – so we realized we both love the genius, Armando Iannucci. By the way, how great is it that one of comedy’s biggest maestros has such a big, fancy Italian name? It’s like we have our own Galileo.

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