NEW SERIES KIDDING STARRING JIM CARREY AIRS SUNDAYS at 10 PM ET/PT
ABOUT THE SHOW
Golden Globe® winner Jim Carrey stars in the new half-hour comedy series KIDDING, his first series regular role in more than two decades. Carrey plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. When this beloved personality’s family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
KIDDING also stars Oscar®, Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee Frank Langella; Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Catherine Keener and Judy Greer.
Throughout the season, Jeff pushes back against the limits of the well-oiled machine that is Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time and its executive producer Seb (Langella). Fearing Jeff’s mental state could ruin the branding empire they’ve built, Seb begins preparing the show for a life after Jeff, while head puppet maker Deirdre (Keener) grapples with her own personal and professional issues. Greer stars as Jeff’s estranged wife Jill and Cole Allen plays Will, their son. Guest stars include Justin Kirk and Ginger Gonzaga.
KIDDING was created and is executive produced by Dave Holstein (Weeds, Raising Hope), who wrote the pilot and serves as showrunner. The series is also executive produced by Oscar winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who is directing several episodes, including the premiere. In addition, KIDDING is executive produced by Carrey, Michael Aguilar (I’m Dying Up Here), Roberto Benabib (Weeds), Raffi Adlan (The Green Hornet), Emmy nominee Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Jim Garavente (Bad Words).
Jim Carrey - "Jeff"/"Mr. Pickles"
JIM CARREY is an award-winning actor who’s been honored for both his dramatic and comedic work. He won a Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for the title role in Peter Weir’s The Truman Show and his second Golden Globe, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, for his portrayal of comedian Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman’s Man on the Moon. He’s also been recognized numerous times by the MTV Movie Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Carrey can be seen in the documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. He’s currently executive producing the SHOWTIME comedy series I’m Dying Up Here. In 2017, Carrey received the Generation Award at the Just For Laughs Festival. His other recent projects include Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch.
In 2014, the long-awaited sequel Dumb and Dumber To debuted at No. 1, with Carrey reprising his role as Lloyd Christmas, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa. In 2013, his first children’s book, How Roland Rolls, received the Gelett Burgess Award, honoring books created for children. An enhanced e-book and EP of songs written and performed by Carrey and his daughter Jane was released on iTunes.
Carrey’s film credits include The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, opposite Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi; Mr. Popper’s Penguins; director Robert Zemekis’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol; I Love You Phillip Morris, written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa; and director Peyton Reed’s Yes Man, opposite Zooey Deschanel.
Carrey lent his voice to the title character of the animated film of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, starred opposite Virginia Madsen in The Number 23, directed by Joel Schumacher; starred opposite Téa Leoni in Fun with Dick & Jane, directed by Dean Parisot and produced by Brian Grazer; and also starred in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which Carrey received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor.
In 2003, Carrey starred in Bruce Almighty, his third collaboration with director Tom Shadyac, who directed him in the hit comedies Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar, for which Carrey received a Golden Globe nomination. In 2001, he starred in The Majestic and in 2000, starred in the year’s highest-grossing film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, earning him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Carrey also appeared in the Farrelly brothers’ comedy Me, Myself & Irene. In 2000, he was named “Male Star of the Year” at ShoWest.
Carrey was previously named the ShoWest “Comedy Star of the Year” in 1995 for his breakout roles in the comedy hits Dumb and Dumber, his first film for writers/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask, for which Carrey received his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Carrey began as a stand-up while in his teens. Moving to Los Angeles at the age of 19, he became a regular at Mitzi Shore’s Comedy Store, attracting the attention of comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield, who was so impressed with the young comic that they began touring together.
In 1982, Carrey was cast in the TV series The Duck Factory. He landed his first lead film role in Once Bitten, starring Lauren Hutton, followed by roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married and Earth Girls Are Easy, with Geena Davis. In 1988, he made a brief but memorable appearance as Johnny Squares in Clint Eastwood’s The Dead Pool. In 1990, he joined the cast of In Living Color. In 1991, his SHOWTIME special, Jim Carrey: Unnatural Act, premiered to rave reviews. He followed with a starring role in the Emmy® nominated telefilm Doing Time on Maple Drive.
In 1994, after several successful seasons on In Living Color, Carrey gained international attention when he starred in the title role of the smash hit comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. His subsequent film credits include the sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, the dual role of Riddler/Dr. Edward Nygma in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and The Cable Guy, directed by Ben Stiller.
Catherine Keener - "Deirdre"
Two-time Academy Award nominee CATHERINE KEENER (Capote, Being John Malkovich) continues to be a dominant force on screen, recently appearing in the critically acclaimed box office hit Get Out, from Universal and Jordan Peele. Keener can currently be seen on the big screen opposite Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro in the Sicario sequel, Day of the Soldado, written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by Stefano Sollima.
Catherine will also be seen in Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard’s new series for Amazon, opposite Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen.
Keener was seen opposite Oscar Isaac in the miniseries Show Me a Hero and before that in longtime collaborator and acclaimed director Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said, alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. She was in Begin Again, written and directed by John Carney, alongside Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. Keener voiced the role of Ugga in the 2013 animated hit The Croods, for Dreamworks Animation and Evelyn Deavor in Incredibles 2, opposite Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Bob Odenkirk.
Frank Langella - "Seb"
FRANK LANGELLA has long been considered among America’s greatest stage and film actors. He was nominated for the Oscar®, Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award® for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the disgraced former President of the United States in Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon. Other acclaimed performances include those in Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Jake Schreier’s Robot & Frank, Andrew Wagner’s Starting Out in the Evening (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination), Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, as Perry White in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate, Ivan Reitman’s Dave and Draft Day, Adrian Lyne’s Lolita, as William Paley in George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. and John Badham’s Dracula.
Langella was also seen in Jay Roach’s All the Way, playing Senator Richard Russell opposite Bryan Cranston; Captain Fantastic, opposite Viggo Mortensen and as Gabriel on the acclaimed series The Americans.
Langella is the recipient of four Tony® Awards and seven Tony nominations. He won most recently for The Father, for which he also received a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critic’s Circle Award. In 2013, his performance as King Lear was unanimously praised both in London at the Chichester Shakespeare Festival and in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2003.
Judy Greer - "Jill"
JUDY GREER consistently captivates both critics and audiences with her engaging performances. She is one of the most prolific actors of her time, appearing in more than 125 roles across film and television to date.
In 2018, Greer makes her directorial debut with A Happening of Monumental Proportions. She can be seen in Adventures in Public School, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, the Halloween franchise film and will star in Driven and Measure of a Man.
Greer voices the role of Cheryl on the series Archer and will narrate the upcoming PBS animated series Let’s Go Luna!. Her recent film credits include The 15:17 to Paris, Ant-Man, Jurassic World, War for the Planet of the Apes, The Good Dinosaur, Addicted to Fresno, Tomorrowland, Carrie and Lemon. Her previous television credits include Reluctantly Healthy, which Greer created, Married, Masters of Sex, Casual, Two and a Half Men, Arrested Development and Californication.
Greer’s first book, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, was published in 2014 to high acclaim. It includes humorous essays with titles like Celebrities I’ve Peed Next To and I’m Not America’s Sweetheart, I’m America’s Best Friend that chronicle Greer’s life.
Cole Allen - "Will Pickles"
COLE ALLEN, a native of Austin, Texas, enjoyed early success in the series Professor Isle’s Laboratory as well as the feature film Round of Your Life, with Richard T. Jones and Katie Leclerc.
Allen has always been a lover of the outdoors and exploration is in his bones. He stumbled into acting after frequently finding himself in casting office waiting rooms while his older sister, actress Amalia Allen, finished her auditions. It was there that he discovered a love for the craft, quickly finding success in commercials and short films before landing leading roles.
He will next be seen in the feature film May I Be at Peace.
Dave Holstein - Creator/Writer /Executive Producer
DAVE HOLSTEIN is the creator, writer and executive producer of KIDDING. He was previously writer and executive producer of the SHOWTIME drama I’m Dying Up Here, starring Melissa Leo, and the comedy series The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. He was also a writer/producer on the final season of Raising Hope and spent six years as a writer/producer on the SHOWTIME series Weeds. He has written episodes for the horror anthology Creepshow and Gigantic. He has also developed pilots for Comedy Central, SHOWTIME, CBS and FOX, as well as feature films for Universal Pictures.
As a playwright, Holstein’s work has been performed in Edinburgh, Sydney, New York, Chicago and elsewhere. His musical adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes (with Alan Schmuckler) for the Tony® Award winning Chicago Shakespeare Theatre received a National Alliance for Musical Theater grant and is published with Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals. His podcast musical Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me (also with Alan Schmuckler) received The Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Award, as well as a 2017 Webby Award. Holstein was a 2014 attendee of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Michel Gondry - Director/Executive Producer
Feature film director, commercial director and award-winning music video director MICHEL GONDRY often surprises himself with his own extraordinary ideas. Not one to limit himself to a single creative outlet, Gondry embraces each endeavor with the same creative flourish and always looks to entertain his audience with his latest idea or dream.
Gondry recently released Détour, a short film for Apple shot exclusively on an iPhone. Other recent projects include the French language film Microbe and Gasoline; Mood Indigo, an adaptation of Boris Vian’s novel L’écume des jours; and Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?, an animated conversation with Noam Chomsky, analytic philosopher and “father of modern linguistics.”
Gondry directed The We and the I, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival; The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen, Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz; The Thorn in the Heart, a personal documentary about Gondry family matriarch Suzette and her son Jean-Yves; and a segment of the triptych film Tokyo!. Gondry wrote and directed Be Kind Rewind, which starred Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow. The book inspired Gondry’s debut book, You’ll Like This Film Because You’re In It: The Be Kind Rewind Protocol. Gondry’s other films include The Science of Sleep and the critically acclaimed concert film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, which Gondry developed and produced with Chappelle.
In 2004 came the release of Gondry’s much-lauded Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, for which he won an Academy Award alongside Charlie Kaufman for Best Original Screenplay. Human Nature, Gondry’s first film, premiered at Cannes and Sundance before being released theatrically.
When not contemplating the politics of personal relationships or body hair, Gondry is a highly regarded commercial and music video director. Recent commercials include Pandora, Converse with Miley Cyrus, John Lewis, an Olympics spot for Toyota and FedEx. One of his first commercials, Levi’s Drugstore, garnered the Lion D’Or at Cannes and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most award-winning commercial of all time. Among his other notable credits are Levi’s Mermaids, silver medal winner at the Clio Awards and a bronze at Cannes; and Smirnoff’s Smarienberg, which captured gold medals at Cannes and the Clios.
In 1993, Gondry met pop singer Björk, commencing one of his longest and most successful professional creative relationships. Their first collaboration, the video for Human Behavior, won practically every existing music video award. Gondry went on to helm another five of Björk's videos, while also collaborating with such wide-ranging artists as The White Stripes, The Rolling Stones, Beck, Daft Punk, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Cibo Matto, Kylie Minogue, Steriogram, Kanye West, Gary Jules and Paul McCartney.
Michael Aguilar - Executive Producer
MICHAEL AGUILAR is a film and television producer, currently executive producing the SHOWTIME series I’m Dying Up Here; the musical comedy Cleopatrick, starring Bret McKenzie, and Frontera, written and directed by Mark Polish. For several years, Aguilar was producing partner to Jim Carrey in their Some Kind of Garden Media banner, where he produced a range of films such as the drama True Crimes, with Alexandros Avranas directing, and the critically acclaimed documentary Rubble Kings. His upcoming film projects include a feature adaptation of the Sesame Street franchise with director Shawn Levy and graphic novel adaptation Aleister Arcane, to be directed by Eli Roth.
A veteran producer and executive with over 20 years’ experience, Aguilar produced successful films such as The Crazies, starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell, romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas, starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz, and the Will Ferrell comedy Semi-Pro. His credits include Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves and directed by Francis Lawrence. Aguilar was a co-producer on Academy Award winner The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, and he produced Unaccompanied Minors, directed by Paul Feig and starring Wilmer Valderrama, Lewis Black, Rob Corddry and BJ Novak.
The Phillips Exeter Academy and Kenyon College graduate began his career in entertainment hawking tickets for Boston comedy clubs, then scored an internship at RKO Pictures, where he rose to director of development overseeing the storied company’s massive library. He then went on to Paramount Pictures as a creative executive, overseeing such pictures as Face/Off, A Night At The Roxbury and Event Horizon.
Aguilar spent the next six years running The Donners’ Company, a production company founded by producer Lauren Shuler Donner and director Richard Donner. There, he oversaw the launch of the X-Men franchise, along with Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday. He produced Out Cold and co-produced Richard Donner’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Timeline. He also served as President of Production at Mosaic Media Group.
Roberto Benabib - Executive Producer
ROBERTO BENABIB was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He attended NYU film school and began his career as Jonathan Demme’s assistant. He has produced and written numerous television series, including Ally McBeal, Weeds and The Brink, as well as writing and directing the Miramax film Little City. He also adapted the libretto for Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème.
Raffi Adlan - Executive Producer
Producer RAFFI ADLAN has fostered a successful partnership with director Michel Gondry, working together for more than 13 years. Their collaborations include Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?, The We and the I, The Green Hornet, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.
Adlan has collaborated on music videos with an incredible list of artists, including The Weeknd, The White Stripes, Beck, Depeche Mode, Kanye West and Muse. In addition to his work in film and music videos, he has produced a long list of noteworthy commercials for clients such as Pandora, Converse, Toyota, Amazon and FedEx.
In 2012, Adlan founded Hilarity for Charity® (HFC) alongside Seth Rogen and currently serves as board member. HFC is dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring change and accelerating progress in Alzheimer’s care, research and support through the engagement of young adults. Through its Variety Show events, which Adlan also produces, HFC has raised more than 10 million dollars and awarded over 200,000 hours of in-home care grants to help support families struggling with Alzheimer’s.
Jason Bateman - Executive Producer
JASON BATEMAN has attained leading-man status in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera. He’s been nominated for multiple Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Awards for his leading roles in Ozark and Arrested Development, the latter of which won him the 2005 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
Bateman currently stars in Ozark, a drama series produced by MRC and Bateman’s own production banner, Aggregate Films. He also serves as executive producer and director. Bateman gained critical acclaim for his irreverent portrayal of Michael Bluth in Arrested Development, created by Mitch Hurwitz.
Other film credits include Game Night, Office Christmas Party, The Gift, This Is Where I Leave You, Identity Thief, Disconnect, Paul, The Change-Up, The Switch, Up in the Air, Couples Retreat, The Invention of Lying and State of Play. He starred in the box-office hit Horrible Bosses and later reprised his role in Horrible Bosses 2. Bateman headlined Extract, which was produced by Bateman through his previous F+A Productions banner. Bateman also lent his voice to Disney’s Oscar and Golden Globe winning animated feature Zootopia.
In 2007, Bateman had a pivotal role in Jason Reitman’s Juno, one of the biggest independent film success stories. The film received best film nominations from most major film critics’ groups as well as the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Later that year, he starred in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, as well as The Kingdom. Bateman's other film credits include The Ex; Hancock; The Break-Up; Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story; Starsky & Hutch and the romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing.
In 2014, Bateman made his directorial debut with the dark comedy Bad Words, in which he also starred, and he later directed the indie drama The Family Fang.
In his adolescent and teen years, Bateman’s portrayal of charming schemer Derek Taylor in Silver Spoons prompted NBC to create the spin-off It’s Your Move, starring Bateman. He then starred in the television series Valerie, retitled Valerie’s Family and then The Hogan Family, from 1986 through 1991. Prior to that, he was a series regular on the iconic television series Little House on the Prairie, with Michael Landon.
In 2012, Bateman established the production banner Aggregate Films with Universal Pictures and Universal Television.
James Garavente - Executive Producer
JAMES GARAVENTE most recently ran Aggregate Films with Jason Bateman. He produced Game Night, an Aggregate production for New Line. Aggregate is also behind Ozark, with Bateman and Laura Linney. After Aggregate’s success with Identity Thief, Garavente was an executive producer on Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, an official entry in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. He executive produced the half-hour comedy series Growing Up Fisher and produced The Family Fang, again with Bateman at the helm and featuring Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. Prior to joining Bateman to form Aggregate, Garavente was a literary agent and manager at Innovative Artists, Artist Management Group and The Gotham Group. He started his career as an assistant at CAA. In 2007, he produced Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, with writer/director Zach Helm and featuring Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman and Dustin Hoffman. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Garavente is a UCLA graduate and lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife and twin daughters.
101 Green Means Go
Written by Dave Holstein
Directed by Michel Gondry
Jeff Pickles decides it’s time to talk about death on Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time. His executive producer, Seb, warns him that Mr. Pickles the persona and Jeff Pickles the person need to remain separate – and that the latter can’t change. Meanwhile, Deirdre punishes her daughter Maddy for not eating her veggies.
Written by Dave Holstein
Directed by Michel Gondry
Jeff makes a rash decision that could affect the ability of the show to continue. Seb strategizes how to rebuild Jeff’s image. The two disagree about how Jeff can repair his family. Meanwhile, Deirdre tries to learn more about what’s happening while Maddy is at her piano lesson. Jeff’s son Will decides to let loose with his new friends.
103 Every Pain Needs a Name
Written by Halley Feiffer
Directed by Jake Schreier
Jeff tries to fix his heartbreak. Deirdre deals with her daughter’s developing medical condition. Seb outlines the future of Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time without Jeff. Jeff tries to get Will off pot by giving him a hobby.
104 Bye Mom!
Written by Michael Vukadinovich
Directed by Jake Schreier
Jeff deals with a one-night stand. Jill learns that Jeff has been sending money to someone behind her back and confronts him.
Jeff decides to step out of his comfort zone. Seb tries to get Jeff on board with new changes for Puppet Time as well as his ice capade show – Pickles On Ice, starring Tara Lipinski.
Written by Cody Heller
Directed by Michel Gondry
Will tries to honor his brother in a unique way. Jeff decides to make some changes in Pickles on Ice. Deirdre lets her anger out on Maddy. Jeff tries to convince Vivian to continue with her treatment.
Written by Noah Haidle
Directed by Michel Gondry
Jeff starts to speak more honestly on Puppet Time as Seb panics that Jeff will soon have to appear on live television. Deirdre and Scott get a visitor from Japan – Mr. Pickles-San. The Pickles have Thanksgiving as a family.
Written by Jas Waters
Directed by Minkie Spiro
Jeff aka “Mr. Pickles”
- Jim Carrey
- Frank Langella
- Catherine Keener
- Judy Greer
- Cole Allen
- Juliet Morris
- Justin Kirk
- Ginger Gonzaga
- Tara Lipinski
- Dave Holstein
Director of Photography
-Jennifer Van Goethem
Head Makeup Artist
-Sabine Roller Taylor