Friday, December 12, 2008

Fred Armisen with Jimmy Fallon

As some of you may know, Jimmy Fallon started his video blogs (vlogs) this week, in preparation of his takeover as host of Late Night, and December 10th featured none other than Fred Armisen. Take a look:

Mystery Team

Mystery Team is a comedy written by 30 Rock writer Donald Glover, and stars some SNL folks, including Bobby Moynihan, Kay Cannon (wife of Jason Sudeikis), and John Lutz.
Here's the trailer, where we see Bobby Moynihan for about three seconds?

The movie just got accepted into Sundance 2009, so it's got to be pretty good!

Bill Hader - Conan

Bill Hader was on Conan last night. Anyone see it?
I didn't, as CNBC Europe has decided to replace Conan on weeknights, with some pseudo-business programme called The Difference-Makers or something silly and entrepeneurial like that. Who even watches those shows?

Lonely Island Album

Okay, so here is all I know about the upcoming Lonely Island comedy album.
  • It will be called Incredibad.
  • It will hit stores February 10th.
  • It will feature Lonely Island classics, Dick in A Box and Lazy Sunday.
  • Rumour has it that they got a little help from Jack Black, Norah Jones & Albert Hammond, Jr.
  • Jizz in My Pants is the first single, allegedly.

And there you have it.

SNL Needs More Black People - Sherri Shepherd

The internet is rife with the news that Sherri Shepherd from The View has said that SNL is in need of more diversity in the cast. This is exactly what she said:
"I think Maya Rudolph would be amazing," Sherri tells AOL TV of who she'd like to see portray her. "She is so awesome! Couldn't they have gotten her to play me? They need more black people in their cast!"

This was in response to the fact that there was nobody to play Sherri in the recent View parody, as the sole black cast member, Kenan, was playing Whoopi Goldberg.

Not a very interesting story, but oh well.

Lampoon Writers Ready For Primetime

Here is a neat little article from the Harvard Crimson no less, that talks about the steady stream of Harvard Lampoon writers who go on to write for SNL. Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, James Downey and Simon Rich are among those mentioned and interviewed.


These are a few interviews with SNL cast as they head for an after party.

They are basically ambushed, and forced to speak with a girl who, God forgive me, has a more grating voice than Maria Bamford.

*I'm a huge fan of Maria Bamford, but it can't be denied, her voice is a little grating.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nominations time!

Okay, SNL Alum Tina Fey was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy for 30 Rock, and also nominated for Best Writing - Episodic Comedy by the WGA.

Saturday Night Live scooped a WGA nomination also for COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES.
It faces some stiff competition from Late Night With Conan O'Brien, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Late Show with David Letterman and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Something tells me that one of the Comedy Central shows will come out on top, but good luck SNL!

John Malkovich/T.I Review

This has been a longtime coming, but I only watched the show on Tuesday. And sure enough, it was worth waiting for!

Secretary Clinton" - Amy Poehler back! Okay, aside from the return of the Poehler, I thought this cold open was little weak. I did enjoy when Bill showed up though, and made a quip about voting for change and getting the Clintons.

Monologue - Best monologue of the season? Yes! Malkovich read out 'Twas The Night Before Christmas to a group of children while dispensing the cold, hard truths of life. My favourite moment came when Malkovich said, "Itchy, itchy!" while removing a Santa hat.

"Gas Right" - A little silly, but I can forgive it because I really liked how Fred played Bruce. Premise was a little dumb though.

Sexy Shannon - This had me both howling with laughter, and cringing at the same time. Kristen Wiig played the sexy lady in the office whose disgusting mannerisms fail to live up to the guys' fantasies. That is, all the guys except John Malkovich. My favourite part was when she sang Happy Birthday. Fantastic.

Obama Keeps It Cool (film) - I enjoyed this, but I was expecting it to be a commercial for Obama cologne. Not the best, but good for a filler.

La Rivista Della Televisione - One of the best. I missed Vinny Vedecci! Highlight was most definitely when Bill Hader did his Malkovich impression, flawlessly! Bobby Moynihan also did a good job of playing Vinny's son, who was pacified with a cigarette.

"Virginia Horsen's Pony Express" - Virginia Horsen who you may remember from advertising Hot Air Balloon Rides returns to try convince you to let her deliver your mail-by horse. Amusing, and I loved the killer graphics! :)

"Calculators" - This was fun, in that it made me feel Christmassy and nostalgic. But I think it was a sort of a weak concept to sustain a whole sketch. Though, I have to say Fred and John are very convincing children.

Weekend Update: Hit-and-miss per usual with a lot of cruder-than-usual humour, but the guest commentators were good, particularly Boy George and David Rasmussen. Fred Armisen could hardly keep a straight face while playing Boy George, and his impression was spot-on, I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more coverage or recognition. Rasmussen (AS) was a 9-year-old who wrote a book on how to pick up girls. Of course his advice was filled with pick-up tips unsuitable for children. Very funny.

The Lost Works of Judy Blume - Loved, loved, loved it! It was weird enough for John Malkovich to take control of it, and run wild with the character Gertie, a girl in the throes of puberty who worries about playing truth-or-dare at a sleepover. My favourite part?
"The first 9 days were painful, but by the third month I hardly noticed it." - Gertie on what her period is like.
Also, Abby Elliott got a few lines in this one!

Jizz In My Pants - The Lonely Island boys are back on top, and in the headlines with their latest creation which featured cameos by Molly Simms, Justin Timberlake and Jamie Lynn Sigler. Jorma was heavily featured, and Akiva made a brief appearance. This song was obviously called Jizz in my Pants, and I don't think I need to explain it or the meaning. It has been hailed as Dick in A Box 2.0, but to be honest, despite it being ridiculously catchy, I didn't think it was great. I liked the pseudo-English accents, but I preferred earlier sketches with John Malkovich.

J'Accuzzi - Last of the night, and you know what that means, dud! The concept of the sketch was, Dangerous Liaisons performed in a hot-tub with poor actors. Malkovich's running commentary was funny enough, but the rest hardly illicited a giggle from me. It seemed like a lot of work, with no result.

Overall comment: Malkovich was a great host. Wonderfully weird and whimsical, he was reminiscent of Christopher Walken, but of course not as good, because who is? I thought he was daring in the sketch choices, particularly with Gertie, and did a great job!
The sketches were a little hit-and-miss, but when they were good, they were hilarious.

  • I wonder where Jason Sudeikis was?
  • I wish Amy Poehler would have come out on stage for a bigger cheer. She was unusually bashful.
  • Why does John Malkovich pronounce the word "Saint" like "Saant"?
  • What is with all the rappers on SNL lately? It's time for a band!
  • Abby Elliott gets a line, yes! Now we just need a Joan Cusack-focused sketch and she can really showcase her talents.

Next week: Hugh Laurie/Kanye West

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Children's Hospital

A new web series entitled Children's Hospital will debut on Monday on

It's the brainchild of Rob Corddry, who stars in it, with a little help from Megan Mullally, Errin Hayes, and SNL's Jason Sudeikis.

So, check it.

Extreme Movie

Okay, so Extreme Movie was allegedly released on limited release on Friday.
I haven't heard a lot about it, or read any reviews.

BUT, it features vignettes written by the Lonely Island crew and Will Forte, so it has to be at least amusing.
And Michael Cera stars.

And no, it is not the latest in the long line of spoof movies liek Disaster Movie or Epic Movie.
I repeat, Extreme Movie has nothing do with those monstrosities.

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Return of the Poehler!

Just read that Amy Poehler returned to reprise her role as Senator Clinton, and WU anchor last night!
I have not yet seen the episode, but I cannot wait!
It's like Christmas came early!

Share your thoughts on Poehler's impromptu appearance.