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Rob Corddry and David Wain say short is best for 'Childrens Hospital'




'Childrens Hospital' starring Lake Bell, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Christina Kirk, Logan Miller, James Adomian. Photo by Darren Michaels, SMPSP
'Childrens Hospital' starring Lake Bell, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Christina Kirk, Logan Miller, James Adomian. Photo by Darren Michaels, SMPSP
Darren Michaels, SMPSP
'Childrens Hospital' starring Lake Bell, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Christina Kirk, Logan Miller, James Adomian. Photo by Darren Michaels, SMPSP
'Childrens Hospital' starring Lake Bell, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, David Wain, and Malin Akerman. Photo by Darren Michaels, SMPSP
Darren Michaels, SMPSP
'Childrens Hospital' starring Lake Bell, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Christina Kirk, Logan Miller, James Adomian. Photo by Darren Michaels, SMPSP
"Childrens Hospital" is a late night comedy on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim
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Among the off-beat comedies that run on Adult Swim -- the late night comedy block on cable TV’s Cartoon Network -- is Childrens Hospital (Note: there is no apostrophe in Childrens). Recently renewed for a seventh season and nominated for an Emmy in the short-Format Live-Action category, the show’s a parody of medical dramas like “ER,” “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Their Emmy-nominated episode (posted below) is directed by Lake Bell (an upcoming guest on The Frame) and a parody of "Cyrano De Bergerac."

The show was created by Rob Corddry  after he left his post as a correspondent on The Daily Show. On "Childrens Hospital" he plays a doctor of the "clown race"

"Childrens Hospital" began as a web series during the 2008 writers' strike. It was then picked up for television by Adult Swim who offered them the chance to make the episodes longer-- like traditional sit-coms-- but Corddry  said they chose to keep it short.

I think they'd still probably allow us to do it as a 30-minute version if we wanted to but I felt like this type of comedy is best served in the short form because I might get tired of it after about 15 minutes.

Fellow executive producer David Wain -- who has worked with Corddry  from the start-- said that there's actually a benefit to them creatively of working in the shorter form.

I think the 11 minute restriction has been the most incredible incubator of creativity. We've learned over the years just how little it takes to express a story point and a joke. And to squeeze what is normally an hour-long-- three, four or  five storylines-- into this 11 minute time frame is a really fun puzzle for us.

"Childrens Hospital" is up for the Emmy in the Short Form Live Action category this year-- it's an award they've won in the past.

You can view all episodes of "Childrens Hospital" here.



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