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TV Junkie: Interview with Nick Swardson - Creator of 'Nick Swardson's Pretend Time'

Nick Swardson at last night's screening party for "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" - he's actually much friendlier than the dramatic lighting suggests
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You've seen Nick Swardson as the recurring character, the ambiguously heterosexual Terry Bernadino (pic below) on Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" for years as well as in several films, from Malibu's Most Wanted to You Don't Mess With The Zohan and now he's getting his own sketch show. Yes, Comedy Central has given the writer/performer a 1/2 hour slot on Tuesdays, starting October 12, to do what whatever comes into his head and the results are pretty twisted. "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" includes paraplegic cats, Lady Gaga's policeman brother, and men sticking their penises into bowls of piranas are just a few of the things you'll see in the first episode. And that's not even the fun stuff according to Swardson whom we spoke last to at a screening party in New York City's Ace Hotel. "The first couple episodes we were just setting up the rhythm - wait until the 5th and 6th, you haven't seen anything yet!"

Thankfully we had a chance to talk to Swardson on the phone last week to more clearly go over the origination of "Pretend Time" and who else is involved with the show. "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" premieres at 10pm on Tuesday, October 12 - watch for Swardson's appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" tonight.