Saturday, August 21, 2010

SNL at Creative Arts Emmys


Betty White wins Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her stint as host of SNL.

SNL's make-up team wins Best Makeup/ Multi-Camera (Non-Prosthetic)

Don Roy King wins Emmy for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Series. 

Unfortunately, the writing team lost the Emmy for Outstanding Writing of a Variety Series to the folks from The Colbert Report. Hard luck, guys! Always next year though!

Friday, August 20, 2010

SNL writer Michael Patrick O'Brien Interview

So firstly, I want to extend my thanks to Michael O'Brien for taking the time out of his super-busy schedule to do this interview and responding with such detailed and insightful answers. He went far and beyond what I expected and I'm enormously grateful. Let's all give a hand for Michael! 

You can visit Michael on the interweb here and check out his videos/upcoming gigs etc.
You can also check out his comedy shorts at

Now, without further ado, I present the Michael Patrick O'Brien Q&A. (Rest of answers after the jump!)


1. Firstly, how did you originally get into comedy? (What led you into
it? What drew you to improv?)

 I was a fan of lots of the same comedy movies growing up that most people were.  Anything with Bill Murray in it. I also loved Farley, Sandler, Kids in the Hall, all the same ones. One early thing that was unique was that my mom let us watch "I Love Lucy" and "The Andy Griffith Show" every day at lunch during the summers and that was some of the only tv we could watch.  My older siblings and I were probably some of the only 9-14 year olds debating the pros and cons of the episodes where Lucy and Ricky live in California.
In college I majored in film/TV and got real into a whole new realm of people. I hadn't really known about Buster Keaton, Jackie Gleason, etc.

I'd always loved laughing with my high school and college buddies, so, I started a comedy newspaper at the University of Michigan and then moved to Chicago to take classes at Second City.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jason Sudeikis stills from Going The Distance (PHOTOS)

As you guys all know, Jason Sudeikis stars in the upcoming romantic comedy Going The Distance alongside Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Here are some stills of Sudeikis in the film after the jump. 

Seth Meyers in September's Vogue -

I feel like the September issue of Vogue is not Seth Meyers' natural habitat.

“I've never been a cool person. I think I'm an old-fashioned writer and a really old-fashioned person. When I was young I tried to write cool, trendy stuff. I wanted to impress the girls at my high school and wrote short stories that had footnotes. But I was never really good at it and it never felt honest to me.”

-Simon Rich

SNL writer Simon Rich was profiled in This Is London and you can read it here.

Bill Hader - TCM Guest Programmer

Bill Hader is TCM's guest programmer for the month of September and TCM sat down to talk with Bill about his film choices which include Billy Wilder's Five Graves To Cairo, Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud, Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon and This Is Spinal Tap. 
You can view the interview here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Marcel The Shell with Shoes On (VIDEO)

So, this is a video entitled Marcel The Shell With Shoes On written by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp and directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp. It's kind of a stop-motion thing and the main character Marcel is voiced by Slate. It's probably the most adorable thing I've ever seen and it's very cute and funny in a Wes Anderson-esque kind of way. Watch it and smile for three minutes.  Also, can Jenny Slate do stuff like this on SNL next season, please? 

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Nasim Pedrad To Star in Culture-Clash Comedy

Los Angeles Times is reporting that Nasim Pedrad has set up a movie withThe Switch directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon. Pedrad will write and star in the movie which looks at the differences between an All-American family and their Persian neighbours. The film is reported to have a distinctly Southern California feel. No news on other possible cast members or whether Speck/Gordon will direct or just produce, but either way, it’s kind of a big deal for Pedrad. 
Nasim Pedrad has been with SNL since the start of Season 35 and was a previously a cast member with Groundlings. 

Jason Sudeikis to appear on Lopez Tonight

Set your DVR's 'cause Jason Sudeikis will appear on Lopez Tonight Tuesday August 24 to promote his upcoming film, "Going The Distance". Lopez Tonight airs on TBS at 11/10c. 

Jason Sudeikis hosts RAW (PHOTOS)

Jason Sudeikis hosted WWE RAW last night with his Going The Distance castmates Justin Long and Charlie Day. Photos of the trio hosting are included after the jump.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Just a reminder that the Comedy Central series, "Big Lake" debuts tomorrow night (August 17)  with two episodes airing at 10.00/10.30PM. The series stars UCB regular Chris Gethard as well as two SNL alum, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz.  Don't forget to tune in!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

SNL writer Colin Jost now on Twitter

SNL writer Colin Jost is now on Twitter & you can follow him here. You're welcome.