As you know, I happen to be in LA today, and what that means is that I am now VERY into development news and behind the scenes information. Big time. It’s my people now. I’m like a little Ari Gold out here (Ari Gold’s face is constantly covered in taco sauces, right?) LLOYD! GET ME GOLF SHOES ON THE PHONE! Just kidding, I’m more of an E, you know? Like, I straddle the line between being a Suit and being a Pizza Boy from Queens. (E is constantly driven around by his friend in his friend’s Ford Focus because he isn’t renting a car until next week, right?) ANYWAY, now that I have traded the New York Times for Variety, I know about stuff like this (from Deadline Hollywood, thanks for the tip, Nikki Finke!):

Comedy Central has put in development Evil Genius, a high-concept scripted comedy starring actor-comedian Paul F. Tompkins. The show, which Tompkins will write with Tom Scharpling (Monk), stars Tompkins as Professor Tiberius Lynch, an evil genius who has successfully taken over the world, achieving global domination. The only problem is — what should he do next? Being a genius doesn’t make it easier to navigate the everyday situations of office life, especially when that office is responsible for running absolutely everything on Earth. Lynch must contend with the quirks and foibles of his cohorts as well as the demands of the entire population of the planet, trying to pull off the ultimate balancing act.

OK, I was just kidding about all that showbiz talk. I hate that stuff, man! But you have to admit that this is still very nice news. Those two guys are so funny! We love new TV shows that sound good! Isn’t that right, Turtle? TURTLE! WHERE IS THAT ADJUSTMENT BUREAU HAT I GAVE YOU?!

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  1. Off-topic!

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  2. “Ari Gold’s face is constantly covered in taco sauces, right?”

    Maybe if he buys me a couple of drinks first.

  3. This sounds like a perfect storm of things I love (world domination, dapper comedians, etc.)

  4. All I need to hear is high-concept Paul F. Tompkins comedy and I am SO ON BOARD. Seriously, I was just watching the episode of Community where he plays the gay nerd trying to pick up Abed in the bar. And I says to myself I says, “Why not more Paul F. Tompkins?”

  5. God, I love both of these men. Couldn’t have happened to nicer guys.

  6. Great work Bing

  7. So Tompkins is the David Brent character, then?

  8. I’m trying not to get my hopes up…he is my favorite. If it becomes a show, I will smash a penny in his honor.

  9. You know what the “F” in Paul F Tompkins stands for? Fenomenal.*

    *His parents were entirely prescient, but terrible spellers.

  10. Tom Scharpling is doing Celebrity Apprentice recaps fro Vulture and so far sooooo good. Everyone should check them out, although you should also watch Celebrity Apprentice because it is an awesome mess.

    • I expected Tom’s writing to be good, but that first recap was so insanely hilarious. He really took it to the next level. PFT’s recaps of American Idol are great too.

  11. All I want to know is whether The Cake Boss will be a recurring character.

  12. The Pod F. Tomkast is awesome. I’d like to nominate “My fingers feel invisible” for Best Joke of 2010.

  13. How dare Tom Scharpling wear Paul F Tompkins’ hat. That is HIS hat.

  14. This sounds great. I can’t wait for it to have one perfect season and then get cancelled.

    • I can’t wait for it to have a perfect first season, wait a year for the second season to be launched by the network and then watch it be canceled.

      • Definitely. I’m really looking forward to reading interviews with the jaded creators later, who aren’t really sure what went wrong, but are at least happy with what they got to do.

        Damnit, Comedy Central’s a dick.

  15. I’m gonna go ahead and give this show the award for Best Sitcom Ever Made. Sorry, 30 Rock and Arrested Development!

  16. I’m a permanent fan of Paul F. Tompkins after I saw his “stand up” where he extolled the virtues of beer (amongst other things) as he drank multiple drafts throughout his performance. That description doesn’t do his performance justice, but… fuck off, I’m not as clever as he is.

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