Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Mary-Louise Parker on The Lean Years (SNL skit)

Amy Poehler has a secret in Showtime's 'The Lean Years.'

Commercial The Lean Years

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler ... Amber
Paul Brittain ... nurse
Abby Elliott ... Laura Linney
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Edie Falco
Andy Samberg ... Stanley Tucci
Kristen Wiig ... Mary-Louise Parker

Didn't really find it funny. Did you?


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kristen Wiig in Boogerman (SNL Digital Short)

A musical tribute to one of the year's most talked about films.

SNL Digital Short: Boogerman

Katy Perry
Fred Armisen ... villain
Paul Brittain ... guy
Bill Hader ... presenter
Taran Killam ... guy
Bobby Moynihan ... scientist
Jay Pharoah ... Jamaican
Amy Poehler ... girlfriend
Andy Samberg ... dancer
Jason Sudeikis ... general
Kenan Thompson ... guy
Kristen Wiig ... girl

Booo! What a waste of Kristen Wiig, Katy Perry, and Amy Poehler! This is the kind of idea that sounds amusing until you do it. =^)

Just this title alone could have inspired a funnier skit.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kristen Wiig on Maternity Matters (SNL skit)

The show that normally addresses all the questions about being an expectant mother.

Show Maternity Matters

Amy Poehler ... Terri Facials
Fred Armisen ... Roger Brush
Abby Elliott ... Sheila Whitehead
Bill Hader ... Leonard
Andy Samberg ... John Joseph Darapont
Kristen Wiig ... Kanya Donahue
Kristen Wiig ... announcer (voice)

Does anybody else find this Fred show unfunny? 3 of them, really?


Monday, September 27, 2010

Kristen Wiig is Christine O'Donnell on SNL (Cold Open)

Delaware's GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell has some skeletons in her closet.

Cold Opening RNC Headquarters

Vanessa Bayer ... secretary
Bill Hader ... Jim Boucher
Jason Sudeikis ... Ted Jessup
Kristen Wiig ... Christine O'Donnell

Kristen makes this impression her own. You definitely see pieces of her other skits in here, including where she flies off (very Penelope like).

Again, her impression comes across as a little "mean," don't you think? Like I think of these people watching their own impressions, and Kristen's would easily create a hateful reaction from the person she's imitating.

Still funny though.



Sunday, September 26, 2010

Kristen Wiig is bald - Bosley SNL skit

Hair Restoration
Easing the heartbreak of baldness with amazing results.

Commercial Bosley

Fred Armisen ... Mark H.
Bobby Moynihan ... client
Nasim Pedrad ... girlfriend
Jason Sudeikis ... spokesperson
Kristen Wiig ... Adelle K.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is Kristen Wiig one of Larry King's last guests?

Larry King has an incredible line-up this week.

Barbara Walters will appear tonight in what CNN is billing as her “final interview” for Larry King Live.

Last night he had on Jimmy Carter and tomorrow night will be Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Jerry Seinfeld is on tomorrow night and promises to reveal “one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.”

The cast of SNL and Lorne Michaels will be the final guests.

This week is the first week in a long time that it’s worth tuning in to watch Larry King Live!



I believe this means the SNL cast is on Friday night.

So Kristen Wiig should be on Larry's show along with Lorne and the rest of the cast. We'll wait and see!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Kristen Wiig - in Mirrored Image

featuring Amy Adams and Kristen Wiig...

Mirror Image

Hailey Winters.....Amy Adams
Hagley Winters.....Kristin Wiig
Mr. Heffernan.....Bill Hader
Announcer.....Paula Bell

Check out the transcript here:

Do you know when this was?

Air Date: March 8th, 2008

Host: Amy Adams

Musical Guest: Vampire Weekend


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Is Kristen Wiig more popular than Amy Poehler?

With Molly Shannon readying to throw back a few drinks onstage as Promises, Promises barfly Marge MacDougall, asked fans to choose which Saturday Night Live star you'd like to join Shannon on the Great White Way. The tally is complete, and funny lady Tina Fey ran away with the race, scoring a whopping 42% of votes. While the six-time Emmy winner has yet to make her Broadway debut, the actress/writer/producer's hit TV series 30 Rock is set just around the corner from the theater district in Rockefeller Center.

Following in second came Kristen Wiig, with 18% of votes. The current SNL actress is known for her impressions of Suze Orman, Jamie Lee Curtis and even showbiz great Judy Garland. Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler landed in third place with 11% of votes. Poehler has co-starred with Fey in films such as Mean Girls and Baby Mama and played an attorney defending a controversial musical in Hamlet 2.


Well, at least more people think Kristen would be better on broadway anyway.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Is there a Hoda SNL curse?

Perez sez...

Beware Of The Hoda Curse, SNL Newbies!

So far, two different actresses have portrayed Hoda Kotb opposite Kristen Wiig as Kathie Lee on Saturday Night Live. Both of those actresses were given the axe after one year on the show. So, in what was an usual turn of events for the 17th hour of The Today Show, Kathie Lee posed an insightful question:

Is there a "Hoda Curse" on the show?

Hmm. We think it's certainly possible, but maybe if the next actress commits more to the role, they'll stay around longer. We suggest three bottles of Stoli before rehearsals and an extra one for right before show time. That should get whoever it is into character right quick!

Read More:

Who's doing Hoda next? Maybe Nasim?


Friday, September 17, 2010

Kristen Wiig at a Jon Hamm party

Jon Hamm was the guest of honor [Wed] night at a dinner hosted for him by the editors of Details in NYC. He's on the cover of the magazine's October issue solo, but he made the rounds at the party with his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, and caught up with SNL funny people like Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. This morning, the Mad Men star was back on the promotional circuit to chat up his movie The Town...



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Emma Stone to host SNL

Check out Emma Stone at 2:48 telling Jimmy Fallon last night that she's hosting Saturday Night Live:

She'll host on October 23rd. It's her biggest dream.

"I'm a pretend prostitute... but take your kids!"

It's interesting because she mentioned SNL generically on Jimmy Fallon. She didn't specify if she's a fan of Andy Samberg or Kristen Wiig or any of the other current or past SNL players.

However, in this interview she mentions that she's a big fan of Kristen Wiig and jealous of Abby Elliott:

You want to do SNL?
Don’t start me on that. It’s a dream, it’s a dream of life.

Why don’t you make that happen?
I don’t know, it’s not gonna happen. Whatever, it’s fine. It’s fine, its nothing. It’s just, no, it’s not even like—it’s like, if that ever happened then I wouldn’t have anything to dream about, and then it would all be pointless.

Why don’t you quit movies and try and become a cast member on SNL? Would you rather do that than movies?
Stop it. That’s my dream. I would rather do that than anything in the world.

Wow, I had no idea.
Yeah, I mean I’m insanely crazy about Kristen Wiig and I’m so jealous of Abby Elliott its not even funny. She’s the youngest woman that’s ever been on SNL. She’s twenty one, so we’re like the same age.



Monday, September 13, 2010

The Groundlings and SNL (where Kristen Wiig came from)

What with the addition of Taran Killam (a long-time Groundlings member) to SNL, we wanted to take a deeper-dive look at The Groundlings, and their history with SNL.

The Groundlings are an improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California, USA. The troupe was formed by Gary Austin in 1974 and uses an improv format influenced by Viola Spolin to produce sketches and improvised scenes.

The troupe moved into their current location on Melrose Avenue in 1979.

The Groundlings School holds new sessions every six weeks with over 300 students per session, with over 2,000 students per year going through the program. The competitive program consists of 4 levels (Basic, Intermediate, Writing Lab, and Advanced). Participants must be successfully advanced from each level by the instructor. After completing the Advanced level, one may be voted into the Sunday Company, which performs every Sunday at 7:30pm. Members of the Main Company are selected from members of the Sunday Company.

Current Groundlings main members include...

Taran Killam (signed to SNL for this coming season)
Michaela Watkins (let go from SNL before last season)

Here are SNL members who came from The Groundlings...

Abby Elliott
Jimmy Fallon
Will Ferrell
Will Forte
Ana Gasteyer
Phil Hartman
Jan Hooks
Chris Kattan
Jon Lovitz
Laraine Newman (founding member of The Groundlings & SNL)
Conan O'Brien (writer & non-credited cast)
Cheri Oteri
Chris Parnell
Maya Rudolph
Julia Sweeney
Michaela Watkins
Kristen Wiig

Other famous Groundlings alumni...

Adam Carolla
Jennifer Coolidge
Kathy Griffin (Shrek Forever After)
Cheryl Hines (RV)
Lisa Kudrow (Friends)
Phil LaMarr (MadTV)
Michael McDonald (MadTV)
Pat Morita (Karate Kid & Happy Days)
Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman)
Joe Ranft (voice actor for Pixar)
Dax Shepard (Punk'd & When In Rome)

Note 1: Phil Hartman and Paul Reubens were friends during their Groundlings days, and Phil encouraged Paul to put together a pilot for Pee Wee Herman. Phil also appeared on Pee Wee Herman as a fisherman, a frequent guest.

Note 2: Will Ferrell's SNL class was composed of a lot of Groundlings alumni. They must have worked so well together in the comedy troop that it was natural for them to work together on SNL. This group included Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, and at the tail end of Will's reign on SNL, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell, and Maya Rudolph. (This is similar to when Lorne hired Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner from the Lampoon Show back in 1975.)


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New SNL Cast Member - Jay Pharoah

For a little while now, Kenan Thompson has been the only African American SNL cast member, but it looks like that may not be true for much longer. The Comic’s Comic, a blog dedicated to everything related to stand-up/sketch comedy (and the site who actually appears to have broken the news of the previous new cast additions), says Jay Pharoah, a young stand-up comedian from Virginia’s Tidewater, may be joining the cast. Aside from the increase in racial diversity, even more exciting is the fact that Pharoah may bring a new take on President Barack Obama to the table. Though Fred Armisen has done a decent job with the impersonation, he can only do so much with a man who doesn’t really have many outstanding mannerisms or speech characteristics to embellish.

Apparently Pharoah’s casting is pretty much a done deal. (Let’s hope so after being flown to NYC twice for screen tests and meetings with Lorne Michaels.) So this coming season will bring a whole slew of new talent. Below you can check out Pharoah’s comedic stylings, including quite an array of impressions — Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Chris Tucker, Denzel Washington, Barack Obama, Katt Williams and literally dozens more.


Jay does Denzel Washington and Will Smith complaining about each other (documentary style):

Jay does Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy complaining about each other:

Jay's standup (he strings together his impressions):

Good Smoegel impression. Check out his Barack Obama at 3:18. Fred has just been replaced.

I think the coolest thing about his impressions is that the dude plays himself so loose and goofy that he literally transforms into a character. I haven't seen someone do that so well since Andy Kaufman.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Amy Poehler hosting SNL season premiere - first 3 hosts

Episode 681 (Season 36, Episode 1)
September 25, 2010 Amy Poehler; Katy Perry Musical Guest

Episode 682 (Season 36, Episode 2)
October 2, 2010 Bryan Cranston; TBA Musical Guest

Episode 683 (Season 36, Episode 3)
October 9, 2010 Jane Lynch; TBA Musical Guest

“Saturday Night Live” will have its season premiere on Sept. 25. Amy Poehler, the “S.N.L.” alumna and “Parks and Recreation” star, will be the host, and Katy Perry will be the musical guest. The Oct. 2 episode will be hosted by Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” and the Oct. 9 episode will be hosted by Jane Lynch of “Glee.”


Comic actress Amy Poehler returns later this month to the set of "Saturday Night Live," this time as guest host for the launch of the show's 36th season on NBC.

NBC's "Parks and Recreation" star and former "SNL" regular takes over hosting duties September 25 with Katy Perry tagging along as musical guest.

Joining Poehler -- a three-time Emmy nominee -- as "SNL" hosts this fall are Bryan Cranston of the AMC series "Breaking Bad" and Jane Lynch from Fox television's musical hit "Glee." Both stars will appear on the late-night NBC sketch comedy show in October.


This is perfect for SNL! Amy's sitcom is amazing and successful, and it's time to get her in a ton of skits!

Let's hope Amy and Kristen team up in something sweet!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

I guess Jenny Slate was the next to leave SNL

Jenny got cut. The first year is incredibly competitive. You have to make your skits rise above the rest, and the writers probably won't write for you much because they haven't seen you perform enough so they think of what the others have done and can do first...

Jenny Slate didn't prove her value to the show, and according to this article, she's out.

We'll miss her funny commercials, but really? That's it? Bobby, Nasim, and Abby have been busting out the impressions and characters and Jenny just wasn't keeping up and staying competitive. Yes, it is a competion; because they're only showing so many skits, so the players need killer material to get their air time, because the writers are going to concentrate on the known elements and bits that they know the players can do. Here's the article...


Jenny Slate, who recently completed her first season at “Saturday Night Live,” will not be returning to the show.

“Saturday Night Live” has finalized its cast for the coming 36th season of the NBC late-night sketch series, hiring four new featured players while dropping a performer who was added to its ensemble last year. The information was provided by a person with firsthand knowledge of planning at “Saturday Night Live” but who was not given permission by NBC to speak on the matter.

Jenny Slate, who finished her freshman year at “Saturday Night Live” in the spring, will not have her contract picked up for a second season, the source said. Ms. Slate, a veteran of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, had a bit of a trial by fire at “S.N.L.” when she accidentally used an obscene word during the first episode of the 2009 season. But after settling in at the show, Ms. Slate went on to portray quirky characters like the television pitchwoman Tina-Tina Chaneuse. She also appears in the HBO comedy “Bored to Death,” and recently had a hit viral video with “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” a stop-motion animated short that she wrote with its director, Dean Fleischer-Camp, and for which she provided the voice of the title character.

Read more here:

This is interesting, because essentially Nasim and Abby get the blessing, and Vanessa Bayer replaces Jenny. With females getting let go two years in a row now, Vanessa has to hit the ground running.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Kristen Wiig film - Friends with Kids

Kristen Wiig would be in a supporting role, but this is still cool, especially since John Hamm is also going to be in her Bridesmaids movie...

At the Governor’s Ball last night, Jon and his long time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt told me they’re getting to shoot a new film which she will film based on her own script.

“Friends with Kids” was already previewed on August 1st in a script reading at a theater festival. Now Jon and Jennifer say they’re ready to roll, and are starting to pull together what’s necessary to make “Friends” before “Mad Men” starts again.

Westfeldt is an accomplished writer and director, of course. Her “Kissing Jessica Stein” is still considered one of the great indie films of all time. Jon Hamm had a walk on in the 2001 production. Now he’ll be the star! The couple also said they’re hopeful Anne Hathaway and Kristen Wiig will be some of the other “Friends with Kids.”



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How long Seth Meyers has been the anchor on Weekend Update

He's starting his 5th season (so he's only had 4 seasons), but this will be only his 2nd full season as the sole anchor (a little longer than that, cuz Amy Poehler left mid season).

Amy Poehler was co-anchor for 5 seasons. Horatio Sanz co-anchored with Amy after Tina and before Seth for 1 season (05-06). Tina Fey was co-anchor for 6 seasons. Jimmy Fallon was co-anchor for 4 seasons. Colin Quinn was the sole anchor for 3 seasons (those were terrible). Norm MacDonald was the sole anchor for 4 seasons. Kevin Nealon for 3 years. Dennis Miller for 6 years (85-91). Christopher Guest for 1 year (84-85). Brad Hall was 2 years (82-84). Mary Gross and Brian Doyle-Murray co-anchored for 1 year (81-82). Jane Curtain mostly co-anchored for 4 years (76-80). Bill Murray co-anchored for 2 years (78-80). Dan Aykroyd co-anchored for 1 year (77-78). Chevy Chase anchored for 2 years (75-76).

Jane Curtain is a complicated story. She took over for Chevy Chase when he left in 76. Then in the next season (77-78), she co-anchored with Dan Aykroyd. Then they switched from Dan to Bill Murray and Jane co-anchored with Bill. So Jane has 4 years in her, but 1 wasn't a full year and 3 were as the co-anchor.

Kevin Nealon did the Subliminal News (check it out if you haven't).

So the answer to who anchored the longest (including as co-anchor):
1. Dennis Miller (6 seasons)
1. Tina Fey (6 seasons)
2. Amy Poehler (5 seasons)
3. Jane Curtain (4 seasons)
3. Norm MacDonald (4 seasons)
3. Jimmy Fallon (4 seasons)
3. Seth Meyers (4 seasons)
4. Kevin Nealon (3 seasons)
4. Colin Quinn (3 seasons)
5. Chevy Chase (2 seasons)
5. Bill Murray (2 seasons)
5. Brad Hall (2 seasons)
6. Dan Aykroyd (1 season)
6. Mary Gross (1 season)
6. Brian Doyle-Murray (1 season)
6. Christopher Guest (1 season)
6. Horatio Sanz (1 season)

Seth needs two more seasons (including this coming one) to tie with Dennis and Tina; 3 to win. Both Dennis and Tina were co-anchors in their first season, so each was only on SNL for 6 seasons. (So Seth and most of the others have the disadvantage that their first year on SNL was not as an anchor.)

Tina Fey was the only featured player to start as an anchor. (But she was the head writer at that point, so obviously Lorne was willing to take a chance with her.)

The only family members to both be anchors were Billy Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray (brothers). There have been other relatives as players, but not anchors... Belushis, Murrays, Aykroyds, Sweeneys, and Elliotts. They were all siblings except for Chris and Abby Elliott (father/daughter).

It's interesting that a lot of people thought that having Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon co-anchor was a new idea, but that first started in 1977 (3rd season) with Jane Curtain and Dan Aykroyd and continued with Jane and Bill Murray.

So if we were going to rank them for how long they anchored only as sole anchors (not co-anchors), then we have:
1. Dennis Miller (6 seasons)
2. Norm MacDonald (4 seasons)
3. Kevin Nealon (3 seasons)
3. Colin Quinn (3 seasons)
4. Chevy Chase (2 seasons)
4. Brad Hall (2 seasons)
5. Jane Curtain (1 season)
5. Seth Meyers (1 season)
5. Christopher Guest (1 season)

So if we're going by that scale, Seth doesn't have a chance. There's no way he's got 5 more years in him. =^)


Monday, September 6, 2010

EDitorial: Will Kristen Wiig be the next player to leave SNL?

So Lorne just hired four new performers and a batch of new writers as Will Forte leaves SNL (voluntarily) and some writers leave as well.

And this helps prove my theory correct. Assuming Lorne isn't announcing any cuts this season, then Lorne is expecting an exodus (whether natural or prodded on). This makes sense, seeing how last season we had three featured players, and the other 8 performers (Kristen, Bill, Jason, Andy, Kenan, Fred, Seth, & Will) are now approaching at least 6 years (this is Seth's 10th season and Fred's 9th). So what that typically means is that Lorne has to be ready so that he doesn't repeat the 1979 travesty (that is where all his last performers gave in their final season, and the next season Lorne tried to scramble together the writers to be performers, the audience didn't care as much and Lorne got replaced; Lorne came back with a vengeance in 1985).

And what "ready" means is that he needs other performers out there that the audience likes, so that if his four big stars left in the same season, he still has a good show. Makes sense. He did the same thing in 2005 by bringing in Jason, Andy, Bill, and Kristen (all were huge hits). Of course that gave him 16 players!!! Wow, talk about fighting for air time!

The down-side of this strategy is that if he doesn't get an exodus, and the new guys rock and roll (like they did in 2005), then he has to do what he did in the 2006-2007 season... let some of his older players go (Sanz, Parnell, and Finesse Mitchell). And then that season Fey and Dratch also left. So between a 2-person exodus and letting three people go (I agree with all three cuts and I don't think Dratch added enough), he was left 11 cast members (and no featured players) in the 2006-2007 season.

(In fact, that's why there are reruns and specials during the SNL season... because the studio told Lorne that he has to cut more cast or cut episodes... so he's choosing to keep as many cast members as he can.)

So... here is my prediction about how it's going to go down...

This season, Abby, Bobby, Nasim, and these new players really prove themselves. I mean check out the Scrubs Interns episode with Taran Killam. He stole that show. If SNL didn't pick him up, someone would have handed him his own sitcom after something like that. The webisode was almost like an audition to SNL, what with the impressions, the touchy-feely shtick, and the dance off (not to mention the awkwardness on camera that he faked). Plus the dude has been on Scrubs, MadTV, and he used to be in the Groundlings (like Will Ferrell and others). And check out Jay Pharoah. We're looking at the next Eddie Murphy (he does Eddie better than Eddie does himself).

If the other two can pull off humor like that then we've got a new future for SNL. ...And a potential repeat of 2006 on SNL (where Lorne is going to hope for an exodus or else he has to cut a few off).

Last season, there were 12 players on SNL, and now they're adding an additional 4. Subtract Will Forte (who recently announced that he's choosing to leave), and we're left with 15 players (very similar to the 16 in 2006).

Next year, the 2011-2012 season, if no one leaves, then Lorne might have to let someone go, well, maybe three someones.

Kenan Thompson is entering his 8th season right now, Fred Armisen: his 9th, and Seth Meyers: his 10th. This is Jason Sudeikis' 7th, and 6th for Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Kristen Wiig.

So Kristen Wiig has a chance to break out in films with her Bridesmaids film (and she's been supporting in dozens of films, so she has what it takes), Jason Sudeikis has been a late bloomer, but he's been on 30 Rock 12 times now, Cleveland Show 19 times, a larger part in Bounty Hunter, and he's got a great lineup of films coming, including a starring role that could break him out. And I think while Lorne is in no hurry to lose Andy Samberg, The Lonely Island would merely have to say to Lorne, "We want you to produce our show," and then BAM - Andy's gone and on his own show.

And then Fred Armisen might leave SNL simply because he knows that he should leave before he gets cut in order to save some face. (I could see Fred supporting on a sitcom, but he couldn't lead a film.)

Meanwhile Bill Hader is racking up the supporting roles, but he's failing to line up a potential break-out role (not sure why he didn't muster some momentum from his awesome Super Bad performance opposite Seth Rogen to pitch Seth a buddy comedy).

Kenan Thompson continues supporting roles (he's Greedy in Smurfs), but he's already had his chance to star in films twice, so he probably knows that supporting film roles and SNL are as good as it gets for him (unless he can land a supporting role on a sitcom).

I see Seth Meyers sticking it out on SNL until he's given a high-profile talk show gig. With the NBC debaucle, Lorne probably couldn't get him one, so Seth would probably need to land it on his own and not on NBC. Lorne has no reason to cut him since he's popular and only on Weekend Update (and he's the head writer).

So these are the people who might leave because they're pursuing TV, film, or saving face, in order of how likely I think they are to leave after the 2010-2011 season...

1. Kristen Wiig (to a sitcom or films)
2. Jason Sudeikis (to a sitcom or films)
3. Andy Samberg (to his own skit show with TLI or doing music full-time)
4. Fred Armisen (to save face and pursue smaller projects, like Will Forte just did)

And then here are the cuts that I see likely if Lorne is forced to let someone go (listed in order; note that I love these people and think they're hilarious, so don't get me wrong; it's more about the business of it):

1. Fred Armisen (his Obama impression was his insurance, but he just lost that role to Jay Pharoah... mark my words)
2. Kenan Thompson (being the only black cast member was his insurance, but he also just lost that benefit due to Jay Pharoah)
3. Jenny Slate (if she makes it to this coming season, she will probably be the female cast member with the most to prove, especially because Vanessa Bayer looks spunky, fresh, and super creative, something Jenny needs to step up)

I don't think Lorne will let these people go that I'm listing below (in order of how valuable they are to him):

1. Kristen Wiig (come on; she's the Eddie Murphy of the female cast)
2. Andy Samberg (the dude put YouTube on the map, his fan base is through the roof, his record(s) sell, his shorts get millions of views each, and he seems to get nominated for an Emmy (or Grammy) every year; if Lorne was thinking of letting him go, he'd just drop Andy down to the Digital Shorts only before he'd ever let Andy go)
3. Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Nasim Pedrad (Lorne needs fresh blood and a future to SNL, and these are them, but with all that new blood coming, these three need to step up their games or they'll be in round two of the cuts)
4. Jason Sudeikis (Jason is a do-all straight man and very charming; with Will Forte out of the picture, Jason needs to be there to fill that role)
5. Bill Hader (Bill has some great impressions, a huge fan base, and he's also a do-all actor; plus he hasn't been around as long as Fred and Kenan)
6. Seth Meyers (he's been around forever, but he's only on Weekend Update and he's still super popular; the only reason to let him go is if a producer wanted to move on because they didn't like him as the head writer or something)

So again, it falls on Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, and Jenny Slate as the most likely candidates to get cut (if the need arose).


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kristen Wiig - more Bridesmaids photos

Here are some more photos of Kristen Wiig on set, filming Bridesmaids...

Actresses Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Nancy Carell are seen filming "Bridesmaids" in downtown Los Angeles. The comedy is centered on two women battling to plan their friend's wedding party.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kristen Wiig interview - differences between SNL and movies

Saturday Night Live vet Kristen Wiig lent her voice to the animated hit Despicable Me and co-starred in one of the summer’s biggest bombs, MacGruber. The actress explains the difference between working on movies and being part of the SNL team. Wiig claims there’s much more running around on SNL, and shooting films tend to be a bit more leisurely.

Click here to listen to the audio interview:


Friday, September 3, 2010

Kristen Wiig - 2010 Emmy photos

Actress Jane Krakowski and Kristen Wiig arrive at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Kristen is very elegant!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kristen Wiig stars in another film... Bobby Blue Sky

Topher Grace, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig are all lining up behind Gotham Group’s indie, Bobby Blue Sky, reports The Hollywood Cog. The script, from Emily Kapnek (“Parks and Recreation”), focuses on three dysfunctional siblings coming to terms with the way their baby brother’s accidental fame as a character in their father’s children’s book series warped their lives.


Love them as we might, everyone is screwed up in one way or another by their parents. Be it genetically transferred anger issues, too much praise or attention, or failure to give you a Red Ryder BB-gun that one Christmas, everyone takes the good and the bad from their upbringing and it shapes them as a person. In the new film Bobby Blue Sky, Topher Grace, Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig will have to handle their own personal issues.

Pajiba reports that the three have been cast in the project, based on the script by Parks and Recreation writer Emily Kapnek. In the film, Grace, Rudd and Wiig will play siblings who have had their lives drastically altered by their father using their younger brother as a character in a wildly successful children's book. The youngest brother, presumably named Bobby, incidentally becomes famous as a result and the three older siblings try to come to terms with it.

Of the three actors, Grace will certainly be viewed as the weak link, but ignoring his character's bizarre twist in this summer's Preadators and the horrible treatment of Venom in Spider-Man 3, he isn't a horrible actor. Remember how he made us laugh on That 70's Show? Perhaps this will be his chance to redeem himself.



This is good news for Kristen Wiig fans. This gives Kristen a second starring role. The problem here is that the story looks a little weak and falls into the "who cares?" territory. Let's just hope the script makes up for the story.



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

3 new performers on SNL?

In the rounds that Lorne and Kristen Wiig have been making (and probably others), SNL did select three new performers to replace Will Forte. More of my opinions after the news story...

Three comedians — Paul Brittain, Vanessa Bayer, and Taran Killam — are rumored to join the cast of Saturday Night Live for its 36th season.

According to The Comic’s Comic, Brittain is a Chicago-based improviser and sketch comedian, Bayer is a Cleveland native who also performs throughout Chicago, and Killam has been on-air with MADtv and Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out.

FYI: Yesterday, it was announced that Will Forte decided to call it quits after eight seasons on SNL.

Here are video clips of Bayer and Killam…

Vanessa Bayer: Blue Shield of California Commercial

Taran Killam: Scrubs Interns - Webisode 5

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So Killam is more of a progressive step, since he's already been doing his comedy on TV for awhile (similar to how Amy Poehler and Kenan Thompson both were doing comedy on other shows before SNL). (I'm actually surprised Killam would take this gig, because he would probably be offered his own sitcom otherwise.) And Bayer and Brittain are more of the "finds." So we'll continue to check these three out and let you know what we think.

Brittain and Bayer were both confirmed through their improv organization, the Improv Olympics. Taran has not yet been confirmed through a direct source (SNL, The Groundlings, or Killam).

Of course, Kristen Wiig also came from the Groundlings.


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