• Coen Brothers bring their dark comedy roots to television with “Harve Karbo”

    Joel and Ethan Coen are bringing their cinematic magic to the small screen. The Oscar-winning filmmakers—along with Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnson—have co-created an hour-long comedy series for Fox called Harve Karbo. The series is about a Los-Angeles-based private detective whose cases have him crossing paths with the Hollywood elite as well as the city’s seedy underbelly. Johnson will write the series, with the Coens serving as executive producers.

    The Coen Brothers are no strangers to the detective genre. Several of their dark comedies have dealt with murder plots and whodunits, notably 1994’s cult favorite Fargo, as well as the neo-noir of 1984’s Blood Simple and 2001’s The Man Who Wasn’t There. Harve Karbo may be of particular interest to fans of The Big Lebowski, itself a comic homage to film noir, and a classic L.A. film in its own right.

    Comedy fans have a lot to look forward to with this new project mixing the Cedar Rapids writer’s storytelling and the pitch-black comedy of the Coens.

    Paul Ciampanelli

    Paul Ciampanelli recently transplanted from New England to Los Angeles in order to be at the heart of the comedy scene in the City of Angels. A longtime comedy fan, he was watching reruns of The Kids in the Hall on Comedy Central and listening to George Carlin and Robert Klein albums with his folks at the age of 11. In addition to writing, he studies improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also likes apples, cartoons and cats. Meow!

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