Uncle Morty's Dub Shack

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Uncle Morty's Dub Shack
Genre Comedy
Created by Jimbo Matison
Trevor Moore
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Hong
Producer(s) Jimbo Matison
Trevor Moore
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) ImaginAsian TV
Broadcast
Original channel ImaginAsian TV
Picture format 4:3 SDTV
Original run 2004 – 2006
External links
[Official website[dead link]
Official Site at the Wayback Machine (archived October 14, 2006) Website]

Uncle Morty's Dub Shack was a television series produced by the cable network ImaginAsian TV from 2004 through 2006.[1] Written, directed by and starring Trevor Moore and James Matison ("Jimbo") and also starring John Chou, Aladdin Ullah and Patrick T. McGowan,[1] the show ran for two seasons, though there is conflicting information about how many total episodes were produced.[2] Moore left his role as writer/director for the majority of the second season, but returned for on-camera roles.

The show centered on a ramshackle audio studio run by Matison's fictitious Uncle Morty (McGowan), a grouchy old man suffering from hearing loss. When Morty is assigned to create English dubbed versions of poorly made Asian B-movies without scripts or translations, he enlists Matison and his out-of-work friends (Moore, Chou and Ullah, all using their real first names) as voice actors. Each episode features approximately 12 minutes of original sitcom footage, intercut with 10 minutes of an Asian film with new and unrelated replacement dialogue of a humorous nature.[3] The sitcom section frequently featured animated sequences.

After the show initially wrapped, several episodes were recut with different pairings between original segments and the movies featured. Films featured included Chinese kung-fu movies from the 1970s such as Fist of Fury[4] and Taoism Drunkard,[5] as well as Bollywood films from the 1990s such as Kyon and Dand Nayak, plus a single Japanese film, Blowback 2: Love and Death.[3]

Guests[edit]

The show featured frequent guest stars, including comedians Master Lee, Aziz Ansari and Mike Dobbins, actress Elaine Kwon, and punk band Peelander-Z.

Reaction[edit]

ImaginAsian TV had limited coverage (restricted to a few major metropolitan areas),[6] so the show remained largely unknown throughout its run. However, several major press outlets ran favorable reviews of the show, including the San Francisico Examiner and Salon.com. Most compared the show to a faster-paced Mystery Science Theater 3000.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IMDB page". IMDB. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Uncle Morty's Dub Shack". Archived from the original on 2006-10-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Sumana Harihareswara. "Dub Masters". Salon.com. 
  4. ^ "Uncle Morty's Dub Shack Taoism Drunkard". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  5. ^ Gibson, Barbra. "ImaginAsianTV". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 2006-06-21. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Tim (25 February 2005). "Asian channel a scrappy new TV contender". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 12 May 2013.