Tuesday, October 25, 2005

MAD TV Star Reveals Secret Cast Initiation

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – New cast members of the Fox series MAD TV have reason to be REALLY mad when they find out the initiation process.

Cast member Ike Barinholtz – who has been with the show since 2002 – says all new cast members must lie naked on the floor together while the more established actors throw lit cigarettes at them.

It’s a relatively new tradition that Barinholtz admits was inspired by the Abu Ghraib prison scandal but he believes it’s more meaningful than the old initiation: “a handshake and a can of beer.”

By the way, a DVD titled Best Of MAD TV Seasons 8,9 And 10 hits stores today (Oct. 25) and Barinholtz will be doing his darndest to ensure sales.

As he puts it, “I plan to hang out at stores and placing the MAD TV DVD in front of the ones of the Desperate Housewives DVD.”

He also plans on using the skills he learned during a three- week stint as a telemarketer to persuade people to make an impulse purchase.

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