Friday, March 25, 2011

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig attend opening night of The Book of Mormon

Both Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were in attendance at the opening night of The Book of Mormon on Broadway last night. The Book of Mormon, from the creators of South Park and the co-creator of Avenue Q, has won rave reviews this morning and is definitely worth checking out if you happen to be in New York. 

You've Got Fred Armisen (VIDEO)

Today's edition of AOL's You've Got... series features Fred Armisen giving viewers a guitar lesson. Enjoy!

"You've Got..." is a daily program on (reaching 15 million people each day) highlighting top politicians, celebrities, and people of interest. We've already had many special guests including President Obama, Fergie, our troops in Afghanistan, Ellen DeGeneres, Matt Damon, Kelly Ripa, and Will Ferrell ... with many more people to come. We've had tremendous success our first two months with over 2 million views of the series each week."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Matt Craig hired as SNL writer

According to the Chicago Tribune, Second City alum Matt Craig has been hired as a writer at Saturday Night Live. Craig has previously performed and taught at iO and performs regularly in his two-man show FrankenMatt with comedy partner Frank Caeti.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kenan Thompson to star in "Party Starters"

Kenan Thompson is slated to head the comedy penned by SNL writer Bryan Tucker. Party Starters is about an entertainer - the sort that gets people dancing at weddings and keeps the party going. Set up at Paramount Pictures, Party Starters will be produced by Lorne Michaels.

Andy Samberg to star alongside Rashida Jones in "Celeste and Jesse Forever"

Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones are set to star together in the dramedy “Celeste and Jesse Forever”. Written by Jones and her writing partner Will McCormick, Celeste and Jesse Forever follows a couple who attempt to remain friends while undergoing a divorce. Lee Toland Krieger will direct.
In an interview with 24 Frames, Jones compared the film to Blue Valentine and When Harry Met Sally -

“Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don’t know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go. It’s very different from: ‘I like having sex with this person because I’m so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.’ I’m less interested in that story. It’s the version of When Harry Met Sally 20 years later, or Blue Valentine. It’s really about how you break up with someone.”

Count. Me. In.

Seth Meyers on Martha Stewart's "Men Who Make Us Laugh" Special (VIDEO)

Sneak Peek - Seth Meyers in Martha Stewart’s Hallmark primetime special “Men Who Make Us Laugh” in which Stewart will interview Seth Meyers and Conan O’Brien. 

In this clip, Seth Meyers gets completely silly and starts laughing at his own jokes.

Men Who Make Us Laugh airs this Sunday at 8PM ET/7PM CT on the Hallmark Channel.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Unfamiliar Fishes available on iTunes

You can now purchase Unfamiliar Fishes on audiobook here on iTunes. The audiobook of Sarah Vowell's entertaining account of the history of Hawaii is read by a host of stars including SNL cast members Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, as well as SNL alum Maya Rudolph. Do yourselves a favour and get it ASAP!

Helen Mirren to host SNL April 9

It was announced today that Helen Mirren, due to star in the upcoming film "Arthur", will host SNL on April 9 with musical guest The Foo Fighters. This will mark Mirren's debut hosting gig. 

As previously reported, Elton John will serve as both host and musical guest on April 2.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hader, Wiig + Samberg to present at Comedy Awards

It has been announced that Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg will be among the presenters at this weekend's Comedy Awards. They join an illustrious assembly that includes Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart Tracy Morgan, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Ty Burrell, Louis CK, Stephen Colbert and Rob Corddry. 

The Comedy Awards take place this Sunday March 26 and will be broadcast on April 10. Saturday Night Live is nominated in three categories including Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Kristen Wiig), Best Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series and Best Directing in a Comedy Series.

Paul Brittain and Jet Eveleth at SF Sketchfest.

The Lonely Island to release new album "Turtleneck and Chain" on May 10

Consequence of Sound is reporting via Direct Current that The Lonely Island will release their sophomore album "Turtleneck and Chain" on May 10. No word on guest collaborators or track listing, but I Just Had Sex and The Creep are sure to make an appearance.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Heads up-
  • Jay Pharoah is featured in this month's Ebony Magazine as one of the major up-and-coming African-American comedians.
  • The Lonely Island cover Filter Magazine. (see left)
The Times-Leader has two separate pieces about SNL writer Rob Klein, in which  Klein discusses his time at the Harvard Lampoon,  reveals what sketches he has had a hand in writing and head writer Seth Meyers praises Klein for both his writing and generous laughter. Check them out here and here. Enjoy!

(Above is a picture of Klein from when he appeared as an audience member in Robert De Niro's monologue.)