Park Bench with Steve Buscemi

Park Bench with Steve Buscemi is an American web series talk show created, directed and hosted by actor Steve Buscemi, distributed by digital network AOL. The series premiered on May 15, 2014. In each episode, Buscemi interviews a famous friend, former co-worker or everyday person in New York City.

Park Bench
with Steve Buscemi
GenreTalk show
Comedy
Directed bySteve Buscemi
StarringSteve Buscemi
Gino Orlando
Michael Buscemi
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25
Production
Executive producersSteve Buscemi
Stanley Tucci
Wren Arthur
Justin Wilkes
Joe Killian
Jon Doran
Running time10 minutes
Production companiesOlive Productions
Radical Media
Release
Original networkAOL
Original releaseMay 15, 2014 (2014-05-15) –
September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)
External links
Website

ProductionEdit

The show was conceived when Buscemi met Gino Orlando, his sidekick on the series, while directing promotional shorts for Vampire Weekend. "When we saw the footage," Buscemi said, "Geo was so natural and just a great sidekick, if you will, that I said to my producing partner and our producing team, 'I think I can build a whole show out of Geo and I on park benches.'" His brother Michael Buscemi appears as a rival talk show host.[1]

Each season was shot digitally in five days, in interior and exterior locations. The titular bench is a prop brought to each filming location, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Julian Schnabel's home and various bars and restaurants in the New York area.[1]

AwardsEdit

In September 2016, the series won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. The win was Buscemi's first out of eight Emmy nominations. The series had been nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program in 2014.[2]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
113May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)July 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
212June 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)

Season 1 (2014)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleGuestsRelease date
11"Bench Rivalry"Anthony Laciura, Chris Rock, Janeane GarofaloMay 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
Steve Buscemi has a new show idea but Chris Rock has his doubts. Actor Anthony Laciura sits down to help, but Steve's brother Michael has his own ideas.
22"Hair Apparent"Rosie PerezMay 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
Rosie Perez takes a seat on the bench to talk about where she comes from, Geo leaves for important business, and Michael helps Rosie to her next appointment.
33"Close But No Cigar"Billy Connolly, Colin QuinnMay 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
Steve sits and smokes e-cigars with Billy Connolly. Later, Steve works connections with his brother Michael to get Colin Quinn as a possible guest.
44"Benchmark"Rosanne Cash, Michael Shannon, Joel GreyMay 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
Steve hosts his biggest show yet. With a live audience, Steve talks with Rosanne Cash about her southern roots, while Michael Shannon needs new shoelaces.
55"Parklandia"Fred ArmisenJune 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)
Fred Armisen is running late for an appearance on another talking show, but takes a moment to reminisce with Steve about a play they did together.
66"No Try, Just Do"Tim McHenry, Ani Trime LhamoJune 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)
After a tour of Himalayan art with Rubin Museum Program Director Tim McHenry, Steve and Buddhist nun Ani Trime Lhamo sit down, be quiet, and see what happens.
77"It's a Girl's World"GZAJune 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)
Steve talks to GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan about his lyrical influences before heading to the Lower Eastside Girls Club to meet some higher dimensional beings.
88"Bill of Approval"Bill de BlasioJune 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)
Steve surveys the public and shares their concerns with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. At last, Geo may have found someone to trust.
99"Fun with Dick and Debbie"Dick Cavett, Debbie HarryJune 9, 2014 (2014-06-09)
Dick Cavett hosts an unexpected guest while Steve, Geo, and Michael observe the rules of conversation.
1010"Cobbler, Butcher, Biker"Tom McCarthy, Bobby CannavaleJuly 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
Steve talks to Tom McCarthy about his upcoming film The Cobbler and Bobby Cannavale cuts in to debate the carnivorous origins of Italian-American names.
1111"A Carrot Is a Diamond for a Rabbit"Julian SchnabelJuly 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
Steve and Julian Schnabel drink tequila while discussing natural light, biblical film scenes, signal flags and immortality.
1212"Bench Rap"Method Man, Ad-Rock, Mike DJuly 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
Method Man and Geo share their emotions and Steve plays ball with Beastie Boys Ad-Rock and Mike D.
1313"One Fine Finale, Life Accordion to Steve"Michael Kenneth Williams, Jake La Botz, Jessica WilliamsJuly 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
Steve and Geo mix it up with Michael Kenneth Williams, musician Jake La Botz and The Daily Show's Jessica Williams before warming the bench with brother Michael.

Season 2 (2015)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleGuestsRelease date
141"Every Dog Has Its Day"Triumph, the Insult Comic DogJune 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)
Steve Buscemi sits down for a second season of Park Bench with brother Michael, co-host Geo, and bandleader Anthony Laciura. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog teaches Steve some new tricks.
152"Sidekicker"Debi Mazar, Kenan ThompsonJune 25, 2015 (2015-06-25)
Steve and Geo discuss their future, Debi Mazar talks about an elevator ride with Madonna, while Kenan Thompson takes off on a new career.
163"No Fools, No Fun"Mark Boone Junior, Puss n BootsJuly 2, 2015 (2015-07-02)
Geo takes a meeting with Michael, while Steve and potential co-host Mark Boone Junior unwittingly audition the band Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson).
174"Back in the Day"Jim JarmuschJuly 9, 2015 (2015-07-09)
Jim Jarmusch talks to Steve, Geo and Michael about music, movies, and the virtues of being an amateur.
185"La Neighbor Delight"Siri Hustvedt, Paul AusterJuly 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)
Geo nixes the guest list, while Steve runs into neighbor John Turturro and Michael shows up to wrestle. Later at La Bagel Delight, the folly of a quote is revealed by writers Siri Hustvedt and Paul Auster.
196"I.O.U."John OliverJuly 23, 2015 (2015-07-23)
John Oliver pays a debt, Geo recommends a do over and Steve gets a second chance with the Last Week Tonight host.
207"Orange Is the New Steve"Piper Kerman, Glenn E. Martin, Jackie Cruz, Annie Golden, Michelle HurstJuly 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)
Steve sits with Piper Kerman. Glenn E. Martin joins to discuss Just Leadership USA, while Geo and Michael Bench Talk with Orange Is the New Black cast members Michelle Hurst, Annie Golden, and Jackie Cruz.
218"Sound Salvation"Elvis CostelloAugust 6, 2015 (2015-08-06)
Steve meets up with Elvis Costello in Geo's old neighborhood to discuss sweets, dance bands, Springsteen and growing up in a musical family. Michael joins to hear Elvis perform "Radio Soul."
229"Park Mensch"Gilbert GottfriedAugust 13, 2015 (2015-08-13)
Steve talks to Gilbert Gottfried about being a stand up guy. Travis and Geo try to pull a fast one, and Michael sees an opportunity.
2310"Truth Be Told"Justin Vivian Bond, Zosia MametAugust 20, 2015 (2015-08-20)
Geo and Steve take a coffee break with performer Justin Vivian Bond, musicians Thomas Bartlett, NathAnn Carrera, and Claudia Chopek. Girls actor Zosia Mamet fast talks Steve, Travis asks for a favor and Michael saves the day.
2411"Leading Lady"Letitia JamesAugust 27, 2015 (2015-08-27)
Steve and Geo search high and low for New Yorkers to share their concerns with Public Advocate Letitia James.
2512"All In"Kathy Najimy, Amber Tamblyn, Bridget Everett, David BlaineSeptember 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)
Steve plays poker with actors Kathy Najimy, Amber Tamblyn and Bridget Everett. David Blaine raises the stakes. Then Geo, Michael, Steve and Anthony join Miwa Gemini and the Main Squeeze Orchestra for a grand finale.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Melissa Locker (May 28, 2015). "How Steve Buscemi Created a Hit Talk Show on a Park Bench". Time. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Saba Hamedy (September 11, 2016). "AOL's 'Park Bench With Steve Buscemi' picks up Emmy". Mashable. Retrieved May 16, 2017.

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