Nick Thune Replaces Oswalt in Broderick Led 'Beach Lane'

By: Apr. 18, 2010

Comedian Nick Thune will replace Patton Oswalt in the upcoming pilot "Beach Lane," starring Matthew Broderick and Kristen Johnston.

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier, actor-comedian Patton Oswalt had been cast in the co-starring leading role on "Beach Lane," a half-hour comedy pilot for NBC since Broadway's LIPS TOGETHER got postponed indefinitely.

Thune stars opposite stage and screen stars Matthew Broderick and Kristen Johnston. Thune will play James, a "slacker with inherited wealth who's given the job of running a small Hamptons newspaper. James hires a renowned journalist (Broderick) to help turn the paper around."

Reportedly, after the table read Oswalt was offered a different role in the project, however it is unconfirmed whether or not he will remain attached.

"Beach Lane" was created by Paul Simms and is produced by Lorne Michaels and Marci Klein.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Thune moved to Los Angeles at age 24 to pursue a career in comedy. Thune was working as a stand-up comedian, when he first found internet success in 2006, when his YouTube video "Phone Tag" went viral. Directed by Ruben Fleischer of MTV's hit reality show "Rob & Big," the sketch about a young man struggling to accept a break-up with a romance gone sour currently tallies almost 1 million page views on YouTube. An even greater buzz was created with Nick's production of "Masturbation." Thune's stage work included a masturbation joke that he thought would be even funnier as a short film. Once again with the assistance of Ruben Fleischer a film version of the joke was produced. A week later, after editing, Fleischer met with, the comedy video website from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. In tandem with the debut launch of, "Masturbation" was posted on the front page directly below Ferrell's infamous Landlord Video.

With all of his internet success, Thune was invited to perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In August 2007, on his second appearance on The Tonight Show, Thune's aptly named "Instant Messenger" stand up routine became an instant success. In 2008, Thune starred in his own "Comedy Central Presents" special. With the success of the special Comedy Central paid Thune to make iThunes, a series of short films for the World Wide Web. He also signed a deal to do a comedy album with Comedy Central Records. The album is due to drop this fall.

Thune currently resides in Los Angeles. In his spare time he grows tomatoes and tours the country, touching hearts, one joke at a time.


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