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Ben Stiller’s last trip to the big screen was for his self-directed drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and his next trip to the small screen will be on a show that is like one big Walter Mitty daydream, assuming Mitty likes to “schmoke a bewl” every now and then. The Emmy-winning writer/actor/director has signed on for a guest spot in Comedy Central’s no chodes barred series Workaholics, which will kick off its fifth season at some point next year. This news is totally tight butthole.
We won’t even have to wait until the end of the season to see him, as Stiller is set to star in the third episode, called “Front Yard Wrestling,” though Comedy Central reportedly wouldn’t confirm any details about it. Thankfully, TV Line’s sources divulged that the actor will be playing a landlord named Del. And since our central trio – Adam (Adam DeVine), Durs (Anders Holm) and Blake (Blake Anderson) – already have their own home, they must be making a trip to someone else’s house. Though really, there’s no better setting for front yard wrestling than their place, which has been the scene of some pretty serious parties in the past. (Even a disgusting wedding.)
Honestly, when I think about Stiller as a landlord, I just picture him as a balls-out crazy person, like a combination of his roles in Dodgeball and Happy Gilmore. Either way, I think we can all agree that he needs to be wearing a fake mustache for the role. Few people look terrible with facial hair quite as successfully as Stiller, no matter what it’s supposed to look like.
Workaholics, which also co-stars the brilliant Jillian Bell, has had its share of pretty big guest stars in the past. Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz was on an episode, as were Chris Parnell, Rebel Wilson, Chris D’Elia, Rumer Willis, Robert England, Daniel Stern and Jordan Peele, to name but a handful. That said, Ben Stiller is probably the biggest name they’ve had. Though this wasn't for an episode, take a look at the guys talking to Neighbors stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron while looking for a new cubicle mate.
As it happens, series director Kyle Newacheck, who plays the guys’ dealer Karl, is attached to direct Shore Leave, a Fox comedy that will be produced by Stiller’s Red Hour Productions. Maybe that’s where the connection was made. However it was accomplished, we’re looking forward to seeing Stiller back on the small screen in 2015.