Comedy writer Sultan Pepper, 47, who won an Emmy in 1993 for her work on The Ben Stiller Show, passed away on October 20. She was the sole female writer on the Stiller series, and later went on to write and produce for a number of other shows, including Blind Date, Street Smarts and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. She was on the writing team for Mad TV‘s 2004 and 2005 seasons, during which the show was nominated for recognition by the Writers Guild of America.
Ben Stiller recently stopped by famed LA music and movie retailer Amoeba Music to pick up some DVDs for his family, and graciously opened his shopping basket for all to see, as part of a video series, “What’s In My Bag?”
According to Rachael who conducted the interview,
Ben talks about the first movie he remembers seeing as a child, buying movies for his kids, and a bunch of other stuff. I hope you enjoy it!
Catch it below — and get some insight into what makes Ben tick.
Thanks for the head’s up, Rachael, and for the awesome interview!
At the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Ben Stiller will be getting the Generation Award — MTV’s “lifetime achievement” recognition.
“I am honored to be getting the Generation Award,” Stiller said. “I was given my first show at MTV and also canceled for the first time.”
Stiller has had a long and storied history with MTV: in 1990, he hosted the proto-version of The Ben Stiller Show, which ran for a dozen episodes on the network, and later evolved into the better-known version on FOX, going on to launch the careers of a generation of creative performers (including the show’s co-creator and writer Judd Apatow.)
Since then, Stiller has continued the tradition of sketch comedy, regularly appearing in spoofs during various award shows on MTV and its Viacom-owned sister networks VH1 and Nickelodeon, notably launching the character of Derek Zoolander for VH1’s Fashion Awards show in 1996 and 1997.
Australian movie magazine FILMINK speaks with Ben Stiller about his career and new film in their latest issue. Included are some revealing tidbits, such as Stiller’s admission at being socially awkward and unpopular as a teen. Check out the interview below. Filmink can be found on newstands in Australia, or purchased through the site Filmink.com.au.