Before Zoolander, Night at the Museum, Dodgeball, There's Something About Mary and Meet the Parents there was The Ben Stiller Show! Now, catch Stiller's early years in this acclaimed but short-lived comedy series. Launched in 1992, the series boasted a strong following and, though it only a short time on network television, the sharply written and ingeniously funny show snatched the Emmy Award for comedic writing and was the darling of widespread critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times calls it "rip-roaring hilarious" while the San Diego Union-Tribune finds it "wildly funny, scathingly sardonic and brilliantly executed." Co-starring alongside Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick and Bob Odenkirk early in their careers, Stiller's groundbreaking sketch comedy talents are put to hilarious use with spot-on showbiz parodies of movies, television, music and more, including wickedly funny impersonations of Tom Cruise, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Willis and more!
The cast introduces several comedy sketches, including: U2:The Early Years in which Ben Stiller impersonates Bono of U2 as the Partridge Family; Cape Munster - a parody of Cape Fear with Stiller as an adult Eddie Munster; Ben's Video Diary; What is Sexy?; U2: The Early Years Part 2; Michael Pheret, Agent with guests Rosanne, Tom Arnold and Gary Shandling; Last Stand of Yakov Smirnoff.
Special guest star BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT (Police Academy films) joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Tom Cruise: Dress Casual in which Stiller spoofs Tom Cruise re-enacting some of his most famous roles in a Broadway performance; Melrose Heights 90210-2402 that's a parody of teen-soap operas; Tonight Show Auditions with guest Todd Bridges; Skank with Andy Dick; Advantage Aggasi with Ernie Hudson as himself and Garofalo as Martina Navratilova; Ben Stiller's Video Diary; Spoof of "Cops" in Salem, Massachusetts (1640).
Special guest star JAMES DOOHAN ("Star Trek") joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Legends Of Springsteen; Amish Studs; Michael Pheret,Talent Agency with Run-DMC; Legends Of Springsteen, Part 2; The Quest For Space; What is Sexy?; Scotty Fantasy; More Legends Of Springsteen.
From trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, the cast introduces several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Skank Goes Blind with Todd Bridges; "Cops" in Ancient Egypt; Ben Stiller's Music News; Low-Budget Tales of Cliched Horror; B-Minus Time Traveler; Pig Latin Lover.
Special guest star COLIN QUINN ("Saturday Night Live") joins the cast at a train station to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Annoying Guy Bothers Casey Kasem in a Restaurant in which an annoying guy (Stiller) accosts Casey Kasem into speaking with his Shaggy voice from Scooby-Doo and also coerces Kasem into being a waiter. Stiller also uses his famous phrase 'Do it.'; Melrose Heights 90210-2402, Part 1; Anti-Drug Lecture To Schoolkids; Melrose Heights 90210-2402, Part 2; Information 411 with Adam West.
Special guest star SARAH JESSICA PARKER ("Sex and the City") joins the cast on a picnic and introduces several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Oliver Stone Land in which Stiller portrays Oliver Stone at his fictious amusement park, with rides such as 'Mr. Morrison's Wild Ride' and 'Platunes'; Pan America Salesman Of The Year; Jake Steele Marrionette Cop; Blue & White Shampoo; Bomb Squad; Ask Manson with Bob Odenkirk as Charles Manson.
Special guest star ROB MORROW ("Northern Exposure," "Street Time") joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Counting with Bruce Springsteen; Grady's Oats with Dana Gould; The Grungies; Ben Stiller's Wheel Of Filler-Jewish Fly Guys; Ben Stiller's Video Diary; Of Buildings And Women; Grady's Oats Part 2; The Grungies.
Special guest star GARRY SHANDLING ("The Larry Sanders Show") joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Hair Styling with Bruce featuring Gary Coleman; Woody Allen's Bride Of Frankenstein; Club Fredrick; Michael Pheret with Alex Karras; Cop Stories; Bad Twist Ending Theater; Manson; Ed's Clownwear; America's Most Suspicious with Danny Bonaduce; The Pig Latin Ariety-Vay Ectacular-Spay.
Special guest star FLEA (aka Michael Balzary, the Australia-born bassist of the rock band The Red Hot Chili Peppers) joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Mohican Master 2000 & Jazzercise With Wolves with Stiller's parody as Daniel Day Lewis and Odenkirk's parody as Kevin Costner; Die Hard 12: Die Hungry with Taylor Negron; The Let-Go Clinic with Tony Bobbins - a parody of Tony Robbins; Annoying Guy Meets Tattoo in a Bar with Herve Villechaize; Ask Manson; Skank; The Let-Go Clinic, Part 2; Flea beats Ben at basketball.
Special guest star DENNIS MILLER ("Saturday Night Live") joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Three Men and an Old Man with Stiller as Steve Guttenberg "Manson" TV Show; Casting Call: Beethoven with Stiller as Al Pacino; Poem (with clowns); America's Most Suspicious with Danny Bonaduce; Casting Call: The Mighty Ducks; The Pig Latin Lover: Tito Gallegos with Rip Taylor.
From a beach, the cast introduces several comedy sketches. FRED WILLARD (Best In Show, Waiting For Guffman) guest stars. Sketches include: Relaxation Tape No. 2; Roundtable; Ben, Janeane And Andy on Beach; Headslammers Ball is a spoof of Headbangers Ball in which Garofalo interviews Metallica's Lars Ulrich (Odenkirk) and James Hetfield (Stiller) along with contributions from Andy Dick as Pauly Shore and Fred Willard as Pauly Shore's father; Andy Dick's Political Children's Theatre; Public TV Telethon; Andy As A Mime; Relaxation Tape No. 6; Bruce Springsteen makes an answering machine message tape.
The cast introduces several comedy sketches. Sketches include: A Few Good Scouts - a parody of A Few Good Men; "Cops" in Medieval Times; Ben Stiller's Music News with Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg) and Casey Kasem; American Profiles: High-Tech Hillbillies; The Legend of T.J. O'Pootertoot with David Cross; Grady's Oats.
The cast introduces several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Zoo TV At Night in which Stiller does his parody of Bono of U2; Otto The Anti-Cupid; Kreepee Board; Michael Pheret, Weasel Agent with Howie Mandell; 30-Second Conspiracy Theory; Jacques Cousteau in the Recording Studio with Andy Dick as Cousteau doing a voice-over for a manatee doc; Zoo TV Late At Night; Leslie Chapman, actor/dancerombie.