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It’s not often that scripted television makes me laugh out loud. As a full-fledged reality TV junkie, I’m far more likely to crack up watching the latest Real Housewives blowout or a melodramatic rose ceremony on The Bachelor.
So you can imagine my shock when I found myself in hysterics during Key and Peele, a new sketch comedy show on Comedy Central. The sketches are smart — politically incorrect, but not mean-spirited. And both title stars are very, very funny.
Some of our readers might remember that the “Key” in the title is a Penn Stater: Keegan-Michael Key ’96g earned his MFA at Penn State, and doubly cool, he’s buddies with Ty Burrell ’97g, from ABC’s Modern Family. Both actors have roots in Utah. In this interview from The Salt Lake Tribune, Key mentions their connection, and Burrell made a cameo in a recent Key and Peele sketch.
Key and Peele premiered in January, and it’s been earning rave reviews, like this one from the Los Angeles Times. It airs Tuesdays at 10:30 on Comedy Central.
Mary Murphy, associate editor
Update: It looks like the Daily Mail has removed the story about Ty Burrell already. I can’t even find a cached version to show you. It’s too bad, because the story and photos were pretty sweet. If anyone knows a way to view the article online, please let us know in the Comments section. —Tina
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I hit a wall where I don’t think my brain can process one more piece of ugly or sad news coming out of the Sandusky scandal. In case you happen to be feeling that way today, we offer you a few bits of more upbeat news.
—Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould ’03 is having an excellent year. This story from the Bears’ website was written a couple of weeks ago, just after he had kicked field goals of 50 and 53 yards in the same game, a loss to the Raiders … and then this past Sunday, in an overtime loss to the Broncos, he kicked one of 57 yards—a team record.
Better yet, this past Monday—the day after the Denver game—he took a bunch of needy kids shopping. Gould, through his Goulden Touch Foundation, gave a $120 shopping spree at Target to each of 99 kids from Mooseheart Child City and School, a place for children and teens who don’t have a stable home life. Gould was there for the shopping, and the article about the event has a small gallery of photos from the event that should make you smile.
—Then we have Modern Family star Ty Burrell ’97g and his cute little adopted daughter. It seems little Frances
Burrell captured an Emmy last night for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, for his role as the dorky dad Phil Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. The show itself also won for Best Comedy, and Ty’s on-screen wife, Julie Bowen, won for Best Supporting Actress.
You can see the entire list of Emmy winners here. Note that it includes another Penn Stater: Don Roy King ’69, director of Saturday Night Live, won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing. Not a bad night for Penn Staters, huh?
By the way, King will be speaking at Penn State next spring.
We did a profile of Ty Burrell in the magazine back in Jan-Feb 2010. That story got its start when I was trying to recruit Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g to write a story for us on some other topic, and she wrote back: “How about Ty Burrell??? Are you watching Modern Family? I can see the subhead: How does a guy become the most lovably annoying dad in America?”
Vicki usually knows what she’s talking about, so I took her up on the offer, and I’m glad I did.
You might enjoy reading Vicki’s tale of what it was like to meet Burrell, and that’s also where you can download a PDF of her story in The Penn Stater about him.
Tina Hay, editor
Modern Family had its predictably hilarious season premiere on Wednesday night, and our man Ty Burrell ’97g was his usual loopy self. Line of the night (at least for Nittany Lion fans) came when Burrell’s character, Phil Dunphy, was telling his son about having attended a long-ago Rose Bowl game. He doesn’t mention the year, but when his son asks what happened, Phil replies, ”We got our butts kicked by Penn State.”
Burrell was born and raised in Oregon, so we can only assume this is a sly reference to the 1995 Rose Bowl, in which the Lions knocked off the Oregon Ducks, 38-20.
You can watch the entire episode on the ABC website. The Rose Bowl reference comes about 3:45 into the show.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
Liz Fox ’80, a former member of our Alumni Council, called my attention to the fact that we’ve got another Penn Stater on TV: Mark Deklin ’90 is a character on the show Lone Star, which debuts on Fox tonight at 9 p.m. Deklin, a Pittsburgh native, is the subject of stories in both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune Review; you can read them here and here.
It took me a while to find Deklin on our alumni database, but it turns out that Deklin is his stage name. His real name is Mark Schwotzer and he has a bachelor’s in English from Penn State. You may also remember him as one of the hunks on Desperate Housewives. Here is Deklin’s bio on the Fox site (click on the “Actor Bio” bar if that’s not what you see right away).
Oh, and the new season of Modern Family starring Emmy-nominated Ty Burrell ’97g starts Wednesday.
Tina Hay, editor
Burrell, who plays the dorky dad Phil Dunphy on ABC-TV’s Modern Family, was nominated for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. But so were two other members of the Modern Family cast, and it was one of Burrell’s co-stars, Eric Stonestreet, who ended up winning the Emmy last night.
Modern Family took two other Emmy Awards last night: It won for Comedy Series (ending a three-year lock on that award by 30 Rock) and Writing for a Comedy Series. You can see the complete list of nominees and winners here. And check out the Daily Collegian story from this past Friday, in which they talk to a couple of Burrell’s former Penn State profs.
The photo shown above is the opening spread of our own story about Burrell, from our January-February 2010 issue. More about that here.
Tina Hay, editor
Fair Game, the new movie based on the book by ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame ’85, debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival this week. Naomi Watts, known for her roles in King Kong and The Ring, stars as Plame, while Academy Award winner Sean Penn plays her husband, Joe Wilson.
Plame received national attention in 2003 when Washington Post columnist Robert Novak revealed that she was a CIA operative, which led to a grand jury investigation involving Lewis “Scooter” Libby (chief of staff for then-vice president Dick Cheney). Plame published a memoir titled Fair Game in late 2007, and she was our cover story in the Jan./Feb. 2008 issue of The Penn Stater.
The film, helmed by Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, was the only U.S. film premiering at Cannes this year. It “received solid reviews, but most critics agree that it broke no new ground, cinematically or politically,” StudioBriefing.net reports. The New York Times says the film was “greeted with solid applause and a smattering of boos after its first press screening” and had “an enjoyable opening hour before disintegrating into melodramatic hooey.” The New York Post, on a brighter note, reports that “Naomi Watts and Sean Penn are being tipped for Oscar nods.”
Fair Game has another Penn State connection besides Plame: Ty Burrell ’97, star of ABC’s Modern Family, also appears in the film.
No word yet on when the movie will hit U.S. theatres, but you can check out a clip below.
Amy Guyer, associate editor
In a story in our January/February issue, Modern Family star Ty Burrell ’97g mentioned that he and his wife, Julie, were ready to have a family. Referencing his character, a lovable doofus, Burrell said, “I guess if Phil Dunphy can have kids, anyone can have kids.”
He’s going to find out what it’s like to have a kid in real life. According to this piece in People magazine, Burrell and his wife have adopted a daughter.
Lori Shontz, senior editor
Call us biased, but Modern Family continues to be the funniest thing on TV. Now news that one of its stars, Ty Burrell ’97g, will be sharing the screen with NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers guard will guest on a future episode of the ABC sitcom, parts of which were filmed last night after the Lakers-Pacers game in L.A. The episode apparently centers on an awkward moment for Burrell’s character, Phil Dunphy — good news, since, as the YouTube video below makes clear, awkward Phil moments tend to create many of the most hilarious moments on the show.
Seriously, if you’re not watching this show, you need to start. Now.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
Editor’s note: In November, we asked one of our favorite freelance writers—former Penn Stater magazine senior editor Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g—to fly out to Los Angeles to interview Ty Burrell ’97g, star of ABC-TV’s hot new sitcom Modern Family. The resulting story appears in our new January-February issue; see below for a link to the article.
Since Vicki is a blogger herself (her blog is called Blunt Force Mama, and it’s hilarious), we invited her to write a guest post for us about what it was like to meet Burrell. Here’s her tale.
If you think I didn’t buy a new outfit when I flew out to Los Angeles to interview Ty Burrell, you would be wrong. First of all, I work in my basement. (Translated: I only own sweatpants.) Second, I was flying to L.A. to interview a TV star.
Granted, I’ve interviewed famous Penn Staters before. When the handler for ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame ’85 called to see why I was two minutes late to our interview, I said, “I’ll be right there.” (I did not say, “I’m in the TJ Maxx across the street buying black boots for my 2-year-old’s Halloween costume.”) In other words, I may be tardy, but I don’t tend to be starstruck.
Yet, when Ty Burrell walked into the restaurant in East Hollywood, and took off his sunglasses, and waved to me, I felt like I might throw up.
If you think I didn’t pull it together, you would also be wrong. I had to. Earlier, I basically had had to beg his publicist to make time in his schedule for an in-person interview. I had one hour, tops, to get enough for the 3,000 words I’d been assigned to write. Plus, he was just a guy who went to Penn State. In fact, as he sat down, that was exactly what I was whispering in my head, over and over, like a mantra: “Vicki, he’s just a guy who went to Penn State. Vicki, he’s just a guy who happens to be on TV. Every Wednesday. On the most popular show of the fall. He’s just a guy who has kissed Nicole Kidman. Just a guy who is close, personal friends with Edward Norton, who you happen to have a little crush on. So why, Vicki, are you talking … so … loud?”
I turned on my digital recorder, and started asking questions. We ate salads. We talked about mutual friends from Penn State. (Because, as it turns out, Ty Burrell and I have mutual friends from Penn State.) When the waitress asked if we wanted coffee, I hesitated, giving him the chance to decline and take off to do the far more important things TV stars in Los Angeles must have to do.
“I’ll have some,” he said.
And I realized he is just a guy who went to Penn State, and we were just two Penn Staters chatting it up at a restaurant in L.A., except he was wearing jeans and I was wearing a very strange purple tie-dyed sweater dress.
You can download a PDF of Vicki’s story on Ty Burrell here.