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Warwick Davis Proves Big Laughs Come In Small Packages

By Jac Kern · February 28th, 2012 · Television
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Little people in the media have come a long way since the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz. Today, there are countless reality shows revealing the lives of dwarves, like Little People, Big World and even Pit Boss. Peter Dinklage, an actor with achondroplasia (a common cause of dwarfism), has escaped stereotypical size-based roles to play serious characters in television in film. Most notably, he has won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his incredible role as Tyrion on Game of Thrones. 

Cut to a very perplexed Warwick Davis. See, he, too is a small actor who’s paved the way for dwarves in showbiz. He began at age 11 playing Wicket the Ewok in many Star Wars films, starred in the cult Leprechaun saga and continued a role through each Happy Potter installment. Why no love for Warwick?

Life’s Too Short is like a UK-version of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a mockumentary with Davis portraying a version of himself, an actor eager for roles during a time when little people are being accepted more than ever. He heads an agency for little actors, but only uses it to find roles for himself. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, also playing themselves (in addition to writing, directing and producing), begrudgingly offer their assistance. Davis has an excellent sense of humor about himself and willingly invites us to laugh with him as we witness his day-to-day challenges (the least of which is his height). Also like Curb, Too Short features hilarious cameos from big names like Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp and, this week, Helena Bonham Carter. Although the series itself is short (this week is episode three of seven), Gervais confirmed a second season to air in the U.K. in 2013, which will hopefully return to our side of the pond shortly after. Tune into HBO at 10:30 p.m. Sundays.

THURSDAY MARCH 1

30 Rock (8 p.m., NBC) – Frank fakes a relationship with Liz to prevent his mother from discovering his real romance with Lynn.

Pete’s whisky goes missing, but Tracy and Jenna are eager to help look.

Awake (Series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC) – Following a car crash with his wife and son, Detective Michael Britten awakes from sleep in alternating scenarios — one in which his wife survived but son died, and one in which his son made it but wife didn’t.

Project Runway All Stars (9 p.m., Lifetime) – Designers incorporate light technology in their couture creations. Pharrell Williams guest judges.

Delocated (midnight, Cartoon Network) – After watching the live taping of hit program Attitude Stool, “Jon” decides to hire the show’s “warm-up” comedian to follow him everywhere he goes.

FRIDAY MARCH 2

Shark Tank (8 p.m., ABC) – Cincinnati native and Ohio State University alum Scott Jordan pitches his line of innovative travel apparel, which features transformative clothing with compartments designed for electronics. Think techy outdoorsman.

Portlandia (10 p.m., IFC) – The mayor approves Fred and Carrie’s campaign to prevent the Olympics from ever taking place in Portland.

SATURDAY MARCH 3

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – SNL has famously produced some usin’, abusin’ shitshows over the years, so I guess it’s not that bizarre that Lindsay Lohan is hosting. Jack White (no Linds, that’s not the street name for anything) is the musical guest.

SUNDAY MARCH 4

The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) – What to do with Randall? Dale confronts the crew about showing a lack of humanity. After all that talk about zombie bites/scratches, will certain details about the virus finally be revealed?

Shameless (9 p.m., Showtime) – Grammy rolls toward death’s door; Frank might be dead meat, too, after he catches Ian and Mickey in the walk-in at Kash and Grab; Fiona offers to get her GED if Lip stays in school.

Luck (9 p.m., HBO) – A depressed Joey considers “checking out early,” while an earthquake shakes up the gang.

Eastbound and Down (10 p.m., HBO) – Kenny takes a Russian pitcher under his wing at the suggestion of scout Roy McDaniel (Matthew McConaughey); Stevie sizes Shane up in the hope of rejoining Kenny’s crew.

TUESDAY MARCH 6

Raising Hope (8 p.m., Fox) – Sabrina’s two-week jail sentence for her participation in an Occupy protest is worsened by a creepy prison guard (played by a fugified Katy Perry) who claims to be an old friend.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 7

American Weed (10 p.m., Nat Geo) – Prop 300 threatens to shut down weed shops in Fort Collins; a police canine helps discover 700 plants growing in an office building.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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