Show combines offbeat footage with celeb voiceovers
MTV has purchased a pilot for a half-hour laffer from Simon Rex (“Scary Movie 3”) and “The Man Show” scribe Jordan Rubin.
“Channel Surfing” will take offbeat footage from such sources as old horror movies and city council meetings and combine it with celebrity voiceovers.
“We use clips from stuff that hopefully isn’t recognizable,” Rex said, pointing to old public access shows and sex education tapes from the ’50s as likely targets. “On ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000,’ they’d comment on scenes; we’re completely recasting them with voiceovers from stars and up-and-coming comedians.”
“It’s kind of like the Woody Allen flick ‘What’s Up, Tiger Lily,’ ” Rubin said.
Voiceover cast includes Judah Friedlander, Paul F. Tompkins, Dane Cook, Jim Gaffigan, David Cross, Jay Johnston and Rick Overton.
Rex and Rubin will exec produce and host the half-hour with a planned lineup of rotating hosts including Amanda Bynes. Mike Dugan, who created Comedy Central’s “Trigger Happy TV,” will also exec produce.
Rex spent two years as a veejay for the music net. TV credits include regular roles on the WB series “What I Like About You” and “Jack and Jill.”
Rubin served as a staff writer for Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers” and “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn.” Comedian also has performed standup on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “Last Call With Carson Daly.”