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Mike Judge on 'Silicon Valley' Emmy nods and dreams that (thankfully) don't come true

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Before creating Silicon Valley— the new HBO comedy that Thursday morning garnered five Emmy nominations—Mike Judge says he “hadn’t had a hit in awhile.” Specifically, he was referring to a pair of high-profile 2009 projects: the ABC animated series The Goode Family and the Jason Bateman-led feature film Extract, both of which were received unenthusiastically by audiences. Despite those hiccups, flops have been the exception rather than the rule for the creator of Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space, and Idiocracy. So when it was announced that Silicon Valley was up for Emmys in Best Comedy, Best Directing and Best Writing (as well as Art Direction and Main Title Design), it wasn’t just appropriate recognition for a deserving show: It was a restoration of order. Shortly after the nominations were announced, Judge spoke with EW about his latest hit.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on the nominations. Where were you when you got word?
MIKE JUDGE: I was in bed, and I had just had a very realistic dream that we got zero nominations. In it, I was in the office and we were all kind of bummed but not really talking about it. Then I woke up—my son was laughing hysterically in his sleep—and I remembered someone saying they were announcing the nominees at 5:30a.m. [PST]. I looked at the clock and it was around 5. I went back to sleep and had another dream that we’d lost. I woke up from that dream and it was 5:45, but that was actually just a dream about waking up. Then I woke up for real at 5:40, and there were a bunch of messages on my phone. READ FULL STORY

'Silicon Valley': Mike Judge on the finale's NSFW 'tip-to-tip' scene, plus the academic paper it inspired

Warning: Spoilers — and math — follow!

In the climactic scene of Silicon Valley‘s season 1 finale, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) saves the day at the TechCrunch Disrupt competition by unveiling Pied Piper’s bold new compression algorithm, which earns a Weissman score heretofore unseen. But the boys really scored with the hotel-room scene before the big presentation, which begat one of the longest and finest dick jokes in TV history.

When Erlich (T.J. Miller) vows to his Pied Piper partners that “we’re going to win, even if I have to go into the auditorium and personally jerk off every guy in the audience,” Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoye (Martin Starr), and Jared (Zach Woods) plunge down an R-rated rabbit hole and begin swapping hardcore equations and penile postulations while trying to figure out how they could possibly pleasure 800 guys in the 10-minute time alotted. All of this bawdy babble — which involves the straight-faced delivery of such terms as “mean jerk time” and “dick to floor” ratio — leads Richard toward his valuable company-rescuing epiphany. READ FULL STORY

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