Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in 'The Trip'
The one thing that just about every Curb fan knows about the show is that it isn’t written in the traditional sense – it’s semi-scripted and partially improvised. The actors work off a rough outline of how scenes will go, and fill in the blanks with dialogue. Director Michael Winterbottom uses a similar approach in the largely improvised miniseries and film, The Trip (the miniseries came out in 2010 and the film, which was mostly footage cobbled together from the TV show, was released this year). His stars are the British comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who play fictionalized versions of themselves. The show consists solely of the duo eating meals together, making each other laugh and pissing each other off, all while bouncing off of improv actors who play their friends and family.