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Photos from SXSW World Premiere of TJ and Dave Pilot ‘Bettendorf Talks’

David Pasquesi and TJ Jagodowski are legends of Chicago’s famed improv scene, and in their latest collaboration, the duo is bringing their acclaimed comedic talents from the stage to the screen. One of the premier showcases in the country took notice, as the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) presented the World Premiere of the duo’s pilot Bettendorf Talks earlier this month. TJ and Dave assembled a talented Chicago cast and crew for this project, led by director Jack C. Newell and a superb Illinois cast and crew.

The team generously shared some photos from the SXSW World Premiere in Austin, Texas…

Here’s the official SXSW preview of the pilot: Part talk show and part workplace comedy, Bettendorf Talks is set in the titular Quad City, hosted by TJ and Dave, a comedy duo of former middling renown. They are trying to use this show as a stepping stone to regain some of their former perceived glory. It’s an unrealistic expectation in a town with no stars, a show with no budget, an inexperienced writing staff, Dave’s ego and TJ’s naiveté.

The band rocks, the local guests are quirky and fun, the director is an absolute boss, the producer is motivated, the announcer might be a murderer, but despite all that going for it, it’s shocking how little can be accomplished when everyone is working as hard as they can in separate directions.

And here is SCREEN Correspondent Dan Patton’s exclusive interview with the TJ, Dave, director Jack Newell, and producer Shane Simmons…

Be sure to check back here at SCREEN Magazine for updates on this pilot and more of the latest news from the Chicago and Illinois production community. You can also click right here to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter.

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