Eric Stonestreet – Funny Or Die

February 17, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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It is a rerun night of Modern Family, so how about some Eric Stonestreet in Funny Or Die (which we found on his personal website).

Have fun and stay in school (to all those people who tweeted that they are ditching school to watch Modern Family).

DATING FOR DUMBASSES: Lesson #63 – watch more funny videos
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Sofia Vergara Wins TV Guide Winter Games

February 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Sofia Vergara won TV Guide’s Winter Games in the category: Comic Actress You Think of As Your Secret Crush, Knowing She’s Everyone Else’s, Too.
Sounds right to us.

sofia vegara

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Why Does the LA Times Hate ‘Modern Family’?

December 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Modern Family” is one of the most acclaimed half-hour comedies to debut on a broadcast network in quite some time. Plus, actual viewers are watching it, judging by the very solid ratings.

The love for “MF” doesn’t extend to the grumpy folks at the LA Times Calendar section. The grinches at the paper apparently got annoyed at the virtually universal love for the show and decided to knock it down a few pegs in Sunday’s paper.

The Times included “MF” in the “Overrated” section of its weekly “Underrated/Overrated” column, suggesting the Steve Levitan/Christopher Lloyd series just isn’t as good as the classic comedies of the past.

Because, really, if you’re not as good as “All in the Family” or “Seinfeld,” really, why even bother?

Here’s what the paper said, in full:

Having been raised on classic sitcoms, we’re always curious when a show earns talk for upholding the tradition. But this ABC newcomer still needs improvement. As much as we love seeing Ed O’Neill at his cranky best as the show’s patriarch, many jokes for his young Latin spouse and his daughter’s clueless husband feel tired. And can we give the faux-documentary style a rest, please?

Read the full story at The Wrap.

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Behind the Scenes With ‘Modern Family’

December 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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ABC News has an article and a video about their visit to “Modern Family” studio. Here are some highlights from the article:
“We are trying to sort of capture slices of life,” Ferguson says. “The writers really write from their own families, and they are incorporating a lot of our stories as well. And they wanted to feel very real. Not farcical. I think they are doing a pretty good job of balancing that real wackiness with that really subtle sweet humor.”

His partner on television, Eric Stonestreet, agress with the assessment and describes himself in real life as “openly straight.”

“People like to laugh. That resonates first. But I think also we are holding up a little bit of a mirror each week for people to take a look at. Because so oftentimes in life we just breeze past [moments] and don’t acknowledge them, we just sweep them under the rug. … On this set we celebrate them. We celebrate the awkwardness. We celebrate the dysfunction,” Stonestreet says.

“I have been told over and over that no one watches TV anymore, and no one watches comedies. But someone is watching,” Bowen says.

“This show is a lot of fun. And rare,” O’Neill says, knowingly. “They don’t come a long like this often. Now we have to keep this up. That is our job. And [it's] stressful. When you come out of the gate like this you have expectations. Can we keep this up? But it is better to come out like this than to come out limping.”

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Sofia Vergara on ‘The View’

November 18, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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Sofia Vergara, from ‘Modern Family’, was on ‘The View’ today and got into troubles for inappropriate joke…

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Ty Burrell on ‘Modern Family’ and Getting Hit in the Head With an Airplane

October 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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AOL TV blog has an interview with Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphy the “cool dad” on ABC’s breakout comedy ‘Modern Family’. Here are some parts of the interview:

This is the third show you’ve done with Christopher Lloyd. What do you think is working this time?
I think that there’s something — if I must be so pretentious to use this word — something in the zeitgeist of this style of show. I just don’t think we’ve seen a family comedy sprung this way. Chris and Steve [are] getting to write jokes that don’t have quite as much pressure on the punchline. But I also think … that they built this incredible machine — a structure to the show of the three families. It’s so open-ended and so infinite as far as having possibilities for storylines without exhausting them or having the well run dry. Each storyline ends of being five or six minutes apiece per show, and it’s a perfect construct in the age of the Internet and five-minute videos. For [Chris and Steve], the funny part isn’t the issue. The real stroke of genius, and I just bow down to their ability, is how they built the vehicle of the show. These folks love each other even though they’re constantly messing up or stepping on each other or hurting each other’s feelings. It’s not so snarky that it keeps you at arm’s length.

The mockumentary format is popular these days with shows like ‘The Office’ and ‘Parks and Recreation.’ What about this style has been hardest for you as an actor?
I would say you have to pace yourself in a way. ['Modern Family'] is a very drawn-out process. The preparation at night has been really learning how to get your sleep, how to get my rest and prepare properly so that you’re basically ready every day. The cool thing about the form, if you have some ideas, you can throw it on the wall and see if it sticks. I don’t want to lose that spirit and I think that’s one of those things that’s made me want to come in prepared every day so I have the energy to want to add things and not just getting into a place where you’re punching a clock. Luckily, I’m playing a guy who is so well intended and such a positive force while he’s wreaking havoc.

Shelley Long was fantastic.
Yeah, she was amazing. We have an episode with Elizabeth Banks and Edward Norton and they’re both hilarious in it.

How was that plane flying into your nose simulated?
[laughs]. Well it was me out there hamming it up with nothing, and then they brought in the plane and flew it into a green-screen head. So, believe it or not, it was a blast. I’d stayed up the night before practicing my falls on my bed like an eight-year-old boy. It’s the pure essence of why this job is so good — a 48-year-old man bouncing on my bed at one in the morning.

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