Launched in 2004 off of the success of their I Love the… series, VH1’s Best Week Ever wasn’t just a way to reminisce about things that had happened in the past seven days; it also served as a showcase for some of the best alternative comics around, many of which have gone on to bigger and better things since the now-canceled series. Here’s a look at some of their power players and what they’re up to now.
PAUL F. TOMPKINS
This gap-toothed wonder became the host of the show in late 2008, going from commenting on the week’s events to spouting jokes and intros from behind a podium.
What he’s doing now: Living the married life since last April and recording his monthly podcast, The Pod F. Tompkast.
Something you didn’t know: In addition to guest roles on various television shows, including Community and Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, 2010 also saw Tompkins lend his voice talents to WWE’s latest video game, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. His role? Smitty the trainer.
MICHAEL IAN BLACK
You might know the dry stylings of MIB from cult comedy classics The State and Stella, but for some time, he was a favorite contributor on BWE.
What he’s doing now: Starring in the new webseries Backwash alongside fellow State alum Joe Lo Truglio.
Something you didn’t know: Not only is Black the voice of the sock puppet in those Pets.com commercials, he’s also a card shark, having appeared in Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2004 and 2006.
This member of the Human Giant trio (alongside Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari) is perhaps better known for his toothy grin; the gap between his front teeth is one of the only ones around bigger than that of Paul F. Tompkins.
What he’s doing now: Starring in FX’s The League, which was just recently picked up for a third season.
Something you didn’t know: Scheer graduated from NYU’s School of Education, majoring in education and communication.
There aren’t many people that could be mistaken for this self-proclaimed World Champion. His wild hair and constantly-changing, slogan-emblazoned trucker caps are as unique a trademark as Pee-Wee Herman’s classic red bowtie.
What he’s doing now: Starring as Frank Rossitano in 30 Rock, one of the most successful comedies on television.
Something you didn’t know: Friedlander made a nigh-unrecognizable cameo in Darren Aronofsky’s critically-acclaimed 2008 feature The Wrestler as an independent wrestling promoter. (Tyler Davidson)