Shalom Life | March 28, 2015

James Deen to Play Himself on Showtime's 'Happyish'

The prolific Jewish porn star will appear in a cameo on the new show out on April 26th

By: Daniel Koren

Published: March 27th, 2015 in Culture » TV » News

While James Deen is perhaps the most famous porn star alive - he's possibly even surpassed fellow Heeb Ron Jeremy - we've long known of his desire to transition to more traditional forms of acting. For one, he's been pretty outgoing about tackling new challenges, and then of course there's his film with Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons.

Now, we've learned that the adult film star has recently wrapped up a guest star appearance on an episode of Showtime’s upcoming comedy Happyish, adding another non-porn role notch to his belt. In the episode, Deen plays himself as he teaches the show's protagonist Thom Payne, played by Steve Coogan, the meaning of happiness through the eyes of a porn star.

That actually sounds pretty compelling.

The first season of the aptly-titled Happyish is currently filming in New York and will premiere April 26.

“It was super fun to guest star on this show,” said Deen. “Everyone was rad and great work with. I am really proud of this, and I think it will be a good show.”

Happyish will follow Payne as he deals with getting older, and his desire to rediscover his happiness. According to the show's IDMB page, “In a culture that reveres youth – a culture he helped create – Thom needs to figure out what his purpose is now that he's halfway to death and nobody cares what he thinks. Because in a world where any Kardashian is trending up, perhaps the wise among us would heartily embrace trending down.”

Happyish, created by Shalom Auslander, also features an ensemble Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, Ellen Barkin, Carrie Preston, and Bradley Whitford.

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