Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mayne Street: Cutbacks

Here is the return of my character Evan Mintz on Mayne Street. The awesome people at ESPN found a way to write me in even though I moved to LA. If all works out, I will be doing a few more of these in the future. Check out the left side of my website for last year’s episodes.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mayne Street Ep. 13 - Golf

Here is the 13th episode of Mayne Street entitled Golf. It features Ray Allen, Jon Glaser and Adam Wade. With the exception of some story beats, almost the entire shoot was improvised.  The plan was for Kenny, Glaser and I to show up at a celebrity golf tournament and mess around as our characters.  We lucked out when Ray Allen was in the foursome in front of us.  The second video is filled with alternate scenes that were cut.  If the golf video doesn’t work click here- MAYNE STREET- GOLF to watch it on ESPN.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Mayne Street Interview

With only three episodes left, the first season of ESPN’s Mayne Street is winding down.  So, as a wrap up, here is an interview Tilzy.tv's Josh Cohen conducted with me before the show started as well as a picture of me and Jesus Shuttlesworth.

Tilzy.TV: What is Mayne Street?

Ben Schwartz: Mayne Street is a heightened version of Kenny Mayne working at ESPN with a splash of hijinks and coworkers.

Tilzy.TV: How’d you get involved?

Schwartz: I was sent out on an audition for a smaller role in the web series and after I auditioned, the guys pulled me to the side and asked me to audition for a different character that ended up being Mintz. Mintz was originally supposed to be 30 or older (I forget) but in the end they liked the way I played it, so the writers re-worked the character a bit to make him younger for me.  The writers/directors and producers of this piece were so much fun to work with. They let us play around and have fun with the characters.

Tilzy.TV: Tell me about Evan Mintz.

Schwartz: Evan Mintz is the Senior VP of ESPN. A title that is usually held by a far older man. He is one of the big men on campus and holds the futures of a lot of anchors in his hands. He is constantly on a bluetooth headset and although sometimes he can come across as a douche, he works his ass off to stay on top and truly wants to succeed. (Also, in one of the episodes I think I added that he takes miniature horse back riding lessons. Unsure if that’ll be in the final cut.)

Tilzy.TV: How much of Topher Grace’s “Carter Duryea” of the Dennis Quaid film In Good Company is in your character?

Schwartz: I’ve never seen the movie In Good Company, so i’m going to assume Topher Grace’s role was very similar to his role of Venom in Spiderman 3…and if that’s the case, then Evan Mintz is nothing like venom and that’s a stupid question.

Tilzy.TV: What’s it like working with Mayne?

Schwartz: Kenny was great. He really is a funny, nice, genuine guy. The whole cast was hilarious and fun. I hope that some TV station picks the show up or ESPN.com wants to make more webisodes so we all get to mess around some more.

Tilzy.TV: Do you think if Mayne could do whatever he wanted that ESPN would look a helluva like Mayne Street?

Schwartz: I think if Kenny Mayne could do whatever he wanted, he would make himself fly or give himself the power of invisibility. Worrying about work would be way further down on the list.

Tilzy.TV: There are a ton of cameos in the series. Which one was the coolest for you?

Schwartz: There are 15 episodes in total and I think i’m in 5 or 6, so I missed out on all the Sopranos guys coming in, etc. The coolest cameo for me was doing a scene with Ray Allen. I am a huge fan of the NBA and although the Knicks are my team, it was a great feeling to do a scene with a guy who just won the championship and played Jesus Shuttlesworth.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Mayne Street Ep. 12 - New Years

Here is the 12th episode of Mayne Street entitled New Years.  It features Alison Becker, Seth Herzog, Linda Cohn and Robbie Maddison. In this episode, I shed some light on the age old question - is it hard to walk on a slippery desk with socks on?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mayne Street - Team Building Bonus Content

Here is the bonus content from the Mayne Street episode Team Building. A link to the actual episode is below the video.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mayne Street Ep. 5 - Five Minutes to SportsCenter

Here is the fifth episode of Mayne Street entitled Five Minutes to SportsCenter. It features Alison Becker, Jordan Carlos, Tom Shillue and Jon Glaser. Nerdy Fact: The first scene in this episode is the first thing we filmed for the entire series. The second video contains alternate takes that were cut.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mayne Street Ep. 3 - Poker

Here is the third episode of Mayne Street entitled Poker. It features comedian Seth Herzog and Sportscenter anchors Neil Everett and Chris McKendry. If the video below doesn’t work, you can watch it HERE.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mayne Street - Bonus Content - Louie’s Original

Here are some alternate takes from the 2nd episode of Mayne Street. If robot on your suit doesn’t become a homerun call on Sportscenter I will be devastated.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mayne Street Ep. 2 - Louie’s Original

Here is the second installment of the ESPN web series Mayne Street entitled Louie’s Original. In this episode Kenny meets his new boss, Evan Mintz. The episode features Aubrey Plaza, Alison Becker, Jon Glaser and Andres du Bouchet. If the video below doesn’t work, you can watch the episode HERE.

The bonus content for this episode (deleted scenes/alternate takes) could not be embedded. So I included a link instead. If robot on your suit doesn’t become a homerun call on Sportscenter I will be devastated. CLICK HERE FOR BONUS CONTENT.image

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mayne Street is Live

Mayne Street, ESPN’s first original scripted series, premieres today on ESPN.com.  To watch the first episode just go to ESPN.com and it should be up there on the front page.  Later in the day when it is replaced with actual sports you can go to the show’s home - www.maynestreet.net. A new episode will premiere every Tuesday and Friday and although I’m not in the first episode, I should be in the one coming out on Friday.  In the meantime, here is an improvised interview they held with my character Evan Mintz.