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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Big Ear of Corn is back!

We sat down with “All That” master producer-writer-director Dan Schneider about the illusive and illustrious Big Ear of Corn!
See what Schneider had to say in this exclusive interview, and see THE Big Ear of Corn THIS SATURDAY July 23rd @ 11:15 AM  at San Diego Comic Con (details below!)

US:  What made you decide to create the Big Ear of Corn?

DS:  Well, at some point when I was writing part of the pilot script for All That, I wanted to add some weird, random, silly element to the “cast.”  And for some reason I thought to myself, "Hmmm, a giant ear of corn would look pretty funny," so I wrote in the Big Ear of Corn.  

US:  Did you just plan to write it in for one episode, or did you know it was going to be a recurring thing?

DS:  I don’t remember exactly.  I probably didn’t know it would become a regular thing on the show – that happens a lot in television.  Sometimes, you think some element of the show will be a major thing, and then you change your mind and stop writing it in – it just goes away.  Other times, you think something’s going to be a one-time bit, but then it becomes a regular part of the show.  That’s what happened with the Big Ear of Corn.  It worked well – it was funny on camera.  So when I'd write new sketches – usually the show's cold opens – I'd keep writing it in, and it became a regular thing on All That.

US:  Can you tell me something else that was supposed to be a one-time bit, that turned into a regular thing?

DS:  You mean for All That?  Or for any show I’ve done?

US:  Let’s say any show.

DS:  Sure.  Gibby on iCarly.  That character was only written to be a guest star for one episode, but then Gibby became a major part of the show.

US:  No way.  How did that happen?

DS:  I just thought he [Noah Munck] was so funny.  His comedy timing – he just made us all laugh.  So, we kept writing him in more and more episodes.  And then finally we decided to make him a series regular character.  Maybe that should be my next spin-off: Gibby & The Big Ear of Corn.

US:  I'd watch!  Anyway, when you think of the Big Ear of Corn, do any specific All That sketches come to mind?  

DS:  Yes, for sure.  The one where the Big Ear of Corn had babies – all those little baby ears of corn.

US:  I love that one!!!

DS:  We all did, too – the writers, producers, the cast.  I remember the cast really loving that sketch.

US:  After All That ended production, what happened to the Big Ear of Corn?

DS:  I was very careful to take it with me.  I took it to my storage facility.

US:  Why?

DS:  Because when most TV shows end, the set dressing and the props get thrown away, or they get cannibalized and reused for some other show.  Lots of stuff ends up tossed in a dumpster.  That’s why, when one of my shows ends, I try to store and correct all the best props and set dressing.

US:  So, the Big Ear of Corn went into your storage room?

DS:  Yep.  I’ve had a few different storage rooms over the years.  And I’ve always kept the Big Ear of Corn.  

US:  What caused you to pull it out of storage recently?

DS:  A friend from the network contacted me and said they wanted to use it.  I think the main reason is, the original All That cast is going to be at Comic-Con, and they wanted the Big Ear of Corn to be on the panel.  So, they asked me if they could use it and I said, “Sure… but it’s gonna need a little work.”

US:  Why did it need work?

DS:  Because it stayed in storage rooms for about 17 years.  You gotta keep in mind, props for TV shows usually aren’t made to last.  They just need to work, like, a week or so, and then they’re usually tossed.  

US:  But the Big Ear of Corn was used in lots of episodes.

DS:  True.  Still, the Big Ear of Corn was pretty fragile.  After most episodes of All That were filmed, the art department would have to make minor repairs to keep it looking good and fresh for the next week of production.  Then, after the show ended, I put it in storage where it stayed for years.  And because of time, and the heat and cold, the Big Ear of Corn deteriorated.  It didn’t fall apart, but it got a bit raggedy looking. 

US:  Was there any talk of just creating a new Big Ear of Corn?

DS:  For a minute, yeah, but I didn’t want that to happen.  I felt like, if they were going to bring out the Big Ear of Corn to show to the fans at Comic-Con and other places, it had to be the real Big Ear of Corn.  I felt the fans deserved the real deal.  So, we began a restoration process.

US:  And how did that work?

DS:  We have an amazing art department.  They create the sets for all my shows – currently we're working on Henry Danger and Game Shakers.  And there’s a guy named Tristan – an amazing artist and awesome guy – and I asked him to go to my storage unit and check out the Big Ear of Corn, then give me his opinion of its condition.

US:  And Tristan said…?

DS:  He said it wasn’t in terrible shape.  He said the bad news was that it had suffered deterioration because of time and temperature.   The good news was that he could repair it, no problem, while keeping it original – and that made me happy because I wanted it to remain as original as possible.

US:  Were you personally involved in the restoration process?

DS:  Haha.  No, I’m not so good with stuff like that.  But I watched some of it, and I made sure that lots of videos and pics were taken of the whole restoration process from start to finish.

US:  Please tell me you plan to show the fans of All That your pics and videos of the Big Ear of Corn restoration process.

DS:  Of course I will!  Definitely.  I think All That fans will get a kick out of seeing the restoration journey.  Look for that on our social media in the next few weeks.

US:  Awesome.  And where can fans see the Big Ear of Corn in real life?

DS:  Well first, I’m told it will be at the All That panel at Comi-Con in San Diego this Saturday [July 23rd, 2016].

US:  So, if fans go there, they’ll be seeing the actual, real, Big Ear of Corn from the real original All That series?

DS:  That is absolutely, one hundred percent correct.

US:  Okay.  Now I need to ask this.  Since nobody lives forever…

DS:  Yikes – I know where this is going.

US:  No, seriously!  One day when you’re gone, what would you like to see happen to the Big Ear of Corn?

DS:  Wow.  Okay… I guess there are three options.  I suppose that the Big Ear of Corn could be passed on to one of my nieces or nephews who loved All That… or maybe there should be some kind of cool contest for the fans of All That, and someone could win it and keep it in their own home… or maybe it should be passed on to one of the original All That cast members.

US:  And if it went to an original All That cast member, who should get it?

DS:  I’d have to say Lori Beth.

US:  Why her?

DS:  Because I remember her having the most love for the Big Ear of Corn, so she'd probably give it the best home and the most affection.  And she's a super nice person, so I'm sure she'd always allow the other cast members visitation rights.
US:  Great.  One more question...

DS:  Go for it.
US:  Exactly how big were Ear Boy's ears?

DS:  "Really" big.  Remember?  It's explained in the theme song.  "It's Ear Boy, he's Ear Boy – his ears are really big!"  I think that sums it up.

YOU can see the Big Ear of Corn THIS SATURDAY July 23rd at 11:15 AM in Room 6 of the San Diego Comic Con “All That” Reunion!

Join Nickelodeon's throwback programming block, The Splat, for a reunion of the trailblazing sketch comedy series' major players. Josh ServerDanny TamberelliLori Beth Denberg, and Kel Mitchell discuss all things “All That”with a few added surprises. Plus, get the first look at Nick's new TV movie based on “Legends of the Hidden Temple” and hear about it from returning cast members Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker, and other panelists, moderated by Entertainment Weekly's LA correspondent, Marc Snetiker.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ella Anderson Shines in Mother's Day

Just like so many of you out there, we’re massive Ella Anderson fans. She’s super funny on set and an inspiration to watch on camera. This young lady has so much potential it’s hard to describe! Not only does Ella light up the Henry Danger set as Henry’s ferocious little sister, Piper, but she’s also a budding movie star! You may have seen her in the recent blockbuster comedy The Boss starring the always-hilarious Melissa McCarthy. Ella plays Rachel, the daughter of Claire, played by Kristen Bell. At just 10 years old, you might think Ella would feel a little nervous to act around major stars like Melissa, Kristen and Peter Dinklage, but Ella certainly held her own!

 The Boss Trailer

Ella's latest project is Mother’s Day, a heart-warming who's who of Hollywood heavyweights. Ella features as Jason’s Sudeikis’ daughter Vicky, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Timothy Olyphant. Ella was thrilled to be directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, and we're so, so proud of Ella and her achievements. We can’t wait to see the movie this weekend! Check out the trailer below and get excited for more Ella!!! We know that this is just another incredible mark in Ella’s career, and her future is as bright as she is.

 Mother’s Day Trailer

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hollywood’s Mad for Maddie Shipman: Go See Geezer in Theaters!

We’re so proud of Maddie Shipman and her incredible work! This young star is a joy to watch on screen and even more of a joy to work with. From her hilarious performances in Game Shakers to her stellar voice work in The Peanuts Movie and the upcoming Angry Birds Movie, Maddie is talented well beyond her years!
This Spring, Maddie’s fans were stoked to watch her walk Tribeca Film Festival’s red carpet for her upcoming film Geezer, a comedy starring Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

Maddie was joined on the red carpet by Billie Joe, Selma and the film’s director Lee Kirk.  

Geezer focuses on Perry (Armstrong), a former punk-rock star who’s living a happy and calm life in the suburbs. Things get shaken up for Perry on his 40th Birthday, when he tries to relive the wild ways of his youth and his crazy punk-rock past.

Maddie plays Armstrong’s daughter, Salome, and the cast is rounded out by other amazing talents like Selma Blair, Judy Greer and Chris Messina among many others.

Maddie as Salome, alongside Billie Joe and Selma in a still from Geezer

The movie was released just a few days ago and the reviews have been great so far! Be sure to check out Geezer as soon as you can! Great work as always, Maddie!!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fans Send in Their Funny Texts!

In "Text, Lies, & Video," Henry accidentally sends his sister Piper a video of him and Ray transforming into Kid Danger and Captain Man! 

I asked the fans to share their funniest text mix-ups, and I loved their responses! Check out some of my favorite stories below- you're gonna laugh! :)

Four score and seven cheers for this prank! 👏


Friends don't like being called tomatoes. Trust me.

Our research shows that 8/10 aunts are Captain Man fans! Your aunt is in good company.

I'm already laughing! 

10/10 grandmas approve of Jace Norman.

We all speak the language of food 😋

Don't miss "Text, Lies, & Video" THIS SATURDAY April 9th at 8 on Nickelodeon!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ariana on SNL March 12th!!

For those of you who didn’t catch Ariana’s AWESOME performance on Saturday Night Live this past Saturday, March 12th, you have to check it out! It was REALLY cool to see her along-side other Schneider’s Bakery alums like Kenan Thompson (All That, Kenan & Kel) and Taran Killam (The Amanda Show).

Here is an example of Ariana’s amazing talent & range. Enjoy! :)

More about Ariana HERE: http://www.ariana-grande-danschneider.com/

Friday, September 11, 2015

This Season on Game Shakers

Game Shakers—the show about 2 kids who start a multi-million dollar game company in Brooklyn. But what is it REALLY about? Their goofy friend Hudson? Their business partner and rap superstar Double G? His son, Triple G? Yes, yes, and yes, but WHAT is this show REALLY about?!

Is it about the ridiculous adventures they have? The games they make? The lessons they learn along the way?

MAYBE! Maybe not. I want to tell you what this show is REALLY about, and I felt the best way to do that is through pictures. I hope these give you a better sense of the world we’ve created for Game Shakers :) 

I hope these have answered all your questions, and I can’t WAIT for you to see Game Shakers, coming to Nickelodeon THIS Saturday, September 12th at 8:30 PM, right after Henry Danger!!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

#AskDanWarp: Why all the food jokes?

Haha... well, I wouldn't say that most of my humor is related to food, but I do write a lot of food jokes.  There are a couple of reasons for this, I guess.  First, it's universal – everyone loves some kinds of food.  Second, enjoying food is something we all do, no matter who we are or where we come from.  So, when the writers and I reference food in funny ways, lots of people understand and laugh along.  

A great example of this is when I created spaghetti tacos on iCarly.  Spencer was making dinner for the kids, and as I was writing the scene I thought to myself, "Spencer is a super creative, wacky kind of guy – he's not going to make something normal or boring."  And I thought it would be cool and interesting if he had the idea to put spaghetti in tacos.  

At the time, it was just a little throw-away joke in one iCarly episode.  But the audience loved it, and the idea of spaghetti tacos caught on with lots of people.  To this day, 5 or 6 years after that episode aired, I still get frequent comments and photos from fans about how they made spaghetti tacos at home.  In fact, it became such a national fad, the New York Times wrote an article about spaghetti tacos, which you can read here: