Day: February 22, 2008

More on SNL’s newcomer(s)?

The return of Saturday Night Live tomorrow night will mark the first cast changes in three years. Casey Wilson joins the troupe as a featured player, and Defamer got her on the phone yesterday for a very very brief Q&A, in which we learn that she sent in a 10-character video, heard in December that Lorne Michaels showed interest, then auditioned in January. As for who’ll play Barack Obama? Who knows? Obama played himself the first time. Where is Obama on Saturday night? Related video: Here’s a CNN report on the SNL Obama search, which features Wyatt...

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Behind the CCP: Lavell Crawford

All of this talk of Barack Obama impersonators and no one has mentioned Lavell Crawford? Oh. Right. I can imagine Crawford has a "No, We Can’t" joke somewhere in his arsenal, though. This Friday, Comedy Central only debuts one new Comedy Central Presents half-hour, and it’s Crawford’s, taped last August while the comedian was in the running to become NBC’s Last Comic Standing. In fact, he had on the same suit and shirt he’d worn on TV earlier that week. Though I ask the tough questions, I didn’t ask him if he at least changed his underwear. Seeing him perform then, I wondered about LCS and its supposed prize of a TV special, and if this meant Crawford wasn’t so worried about winning or not. Later, I also saw that Jon Reep (who would win last year’s LCS), already had his own CCP. Then I quit thinking and started listening. Crawford joked about diabetes — "the sugar!" — about Aspen (where I’d first seen him a year ago), and about jet-skiing. The producers asked him to retape his introduction, and when he returned onstage, he actually went ahead and did more than a few minutes of additional material. Was there a timing issue? Was this a redo, or in essence an encore? Tune in tonight and find out. Or tune into this clip for a...

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