Super High Teams Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson & Common in Weed-Fueled Superhero Comedy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg and Craig Robinson are teaming up with Common and New Line Cinema for a different kind of superhero comedy titled Super High. New Line recently prevailed in winning the rights to the pitch for Super High in a competitive situation, beating out several other big studios in the process in a whopping seven-figure deal. Super High will feature Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson, and Common in a world where a special kind of marijuana grants you incredible superpowers. No doubt Samberg and Robinson will be a pair of slackers who decide to become superheroes with the use of some magical jazz cabbage, perhaps with Common starring as a more experienced do-gooder, or perhaps even the movie’s villain. The script for Super High will be written by award-winning author Adam Mansbach based on a story by Mansbach and Shamier Anderson. Y Samberg has become a modern comedy staple thanks to roles in the likes of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and the recent comedy romance Palm Springs. Robinson meanwhile has also found huge success in the thanks to roles in such movies as This is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine, Dolemite Is My Name, Pineapple Express, and alongside Samberg in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Anyone who has seen Samberg and Robinson together in the police-based sitcom knows how infectious the chemistry between the two actors is, which, along with the writing talent of Mansbach, could well lead to Super High being something rather special indeed. Samberg recently discussed how they plan to approach Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests that have swept across the United States. “We’re taking a step back, and the writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward, as well as the cast,” Samberg said. “We’re all in touch and kind of discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally okay about. I know that we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge, so we’ll see how it goes.” Super High does not currently have a release date due to being in the very early stages of production.
Death of a stoner: Weed too tame for modern, adrenaline-junkie comedy
The stoner comedy has been a reliable subgenre for ages, man, but it could be on its last breath. We can’t expect to see new movies from a stoner duo like ’70s and ’80s icons Cheech and Chong or their new-millenium counterparts Harold and Kumar anytime soon. Throughout the past half-decade, raunchy, R-rated comedies have consistently upped the crazy quotient to the point that smoking weed bears the modesty of sipping a cup of tea. Blame modern overstimulation or the crawl toward marijuana legalization for our heightened tolerance, but weed in the movies just doesn’t pack the unpredictability of cocaine, acid or HFS. Much like workplace scotch in the world of “Mad Men,” marijuana lingers in the background of most Judd Apatow or Seth Rogen flicks – aside from “This Is the End,” which was covered by a wall of smoke. As for when this shift toward adrenaline-infused drug comedy began, it’s a little hazy, but 2009’s “The Hangover” could be a turning point. Although the film’s hook depended less on drugs than on a wild night of drinking, “The Hangover” established a twisty, action-movie approach to comedy – while grossing $277 million and spawning two downgraded sequels. Take 2012’s abysmal party orgy “Project X” – a few teens want to throw the caps-locked “Best party ever,” so they buy some reefer as a party favor. Even a couple years before “The Hangover” rewrote comedy’s playbook, “Knocked Up” featured a delirious, paranoid trip to Cirque du Soleil – courtesy of psychedelic mushrooms. A madcap hard drug scene can be riotous, but only if the movie doesn’t depend on stringing together a dozen of these scenes. The aforementioned scenes work, partly due to the creative teams behind each film, but also because the movies aren’t about partying or drugs exclusively – they’re about undercover cops, talking teddy bears and unplanned pregnancy, respectively. Because outrageous, drugged-out moments can come from any subgenre of comedy, we don’t need to seek out stoner comedy for these thrills. So perhaps this is the blueprint for the future of “Stoner comedies” – as long as weed isn’t the centerpiece, they might survive.
Comedy’s Favorite Jewesses Spoke ‘Broadly’ About Weed, Jewish Camp and Body Oils
Despite each having their own romantic endeavors, the core relationship of Comedy Central’s Broad City remains the deep friendship between its titular broads, Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler, played by real-life besties Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Jacobson and Glazer brought their friendship to the stage at World Cafe Live for a sold-out fundraiser for Golden Slipper Club and Charities on May 21. The night included a live band in the beginning – which played the intro to the show before Jacobson and Glazer came out, and got the whole crowd scream-singing “Four and three and two and one!” – as well as a raffle and a dance party that stretched late into the evening. Jacobson and Glazer sat on stage and interviewed each other with questions they thought of for each other. They were introduced by Alan Jacobson, Abbi’s dad, who was a past president of Golden Slipper Camp and remains involved with the organization. As Abbi has been asked to speak at many events now, Jacobson, who was also celebrating his birthday that night, mentioned that because of his involvement with the organization, this was one he was hoping the Jewesses would participate in. Before the event began, Abbi Jacobson was hanging out in her dressing room with her family but was able to talk briefly about writing the hit show and what’s next for the characters. As both Jacobson and Glazer are Jewish, so too are the characters who share their names. “It wasn’t even a conversation, just because we are Jewish,” Jacobson said to the Jewish Exponent. Jacobson grew up in Wayne, attending camp at Arrowhead Day Camp and later Camp Kweebec. The last season saw growth in different relationships the characters were in and some significant guest appearances, and Jacobson is always excited to see what fans think. Jacobson and Glazer asked each other about their first times getting high – a hobby they partake in quite often on the show although, as the audience learned, the weed on the show is not real – what kind of “Old person you think you’ll be,” their spirit animals, beauty tips and their own camp experiences.