Day: May 9, 2010

Conan O’Brien sat down for an improvised chat and Q&A with Google, and Andy Richter joined him

On the road for his North American live theater tour, Conan O'Brien and his crew spent part of their Cinco de Mayo at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., for a YouTube chat with Google's Vic Gundotra (who tried too hard) that showcased O'Brien's talents as a performer and an improviser. During the 48-minute session, O'Brien talked about how the past few months have been such a transformative experience for him, talked about his use of Twitter (and how NBC, among other things they didn't get during this late-night shuffle, may have wanted to shut his Twitter down?), explained to an audience member how Reggie Watts became the perfect fit for his tour as the opening act, let another audience member rub his hair, and brought out Andy Richter to answer a question about Andy Richter. Among the other essential things we learned: Richter apparently never left Conan in the 1990s to become a prime-time star, and even more apparently, he told us that Google's bathrooms have "front-cleansing"?! Watch the whole thing at your leisure. Contains closed-captioning, and a few choice words of profanity. Roll...

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SNL #35.21 Mother’s Day all-stars with Betty White, Fey, Poehler, Rudolph, Dratch, Gasteyer, Shannon

Too many of my acquaintances were hyped up about this show before it ever went live, which to me, is always an ominous sign. With a live show such as SNL, you never really know what you're going to get until it happens, no matter how the rehearsals or the table reads go. And from what I had heard earlier in the week, with so many returning regulars guesting this week, my expectation was that we would see essentially a reunion of recurring characters. What would that leave for the actual cast to do, though? And how would 88-year-old Betty White fare as a host, anyhow? Or are we going to be pleased as punch if it was all reunions and putting naughty words in White's mouth? (Foreshadowing) Onto the All-Star RECAP! We open cold with the Lawrence Welk (Fred Armisen) take on Mother's Day, so many tiny bubbles and a tease to the Jugglettes: Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey and Molly Shannon. Not a reference to the Juggalos so far as I know. OK, audience, cool it. Stop applauding just because you see Betty White alive. Here she's mother to the sister act of Janice (Amy Poehler), Peggy (Maya Rudolph), Clara (Ana Gasteyer) and tiny-handed big-foreheaded Judice (Kristen Wiig), who sing with Will Forte. Look. They got all of the old ladies in the open with one of Wiig's...

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Betty White’s SNL all-star dress rehearsal cuts: Debbie Downer, Bronx Beat, Joyologist, car bomber

With so many former cast members of Saturday Night Live returning to help out guest host Betty White, we knew we were in for a lot of reunions with old characters. And we were, but a few didn't make the final cut after last night's SNL dress rehearsal, including Rachel Dratch's "Debbie Downer," a new "Bronx Beat" with Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph, a "Joyologist" session with Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon, and a slightly misguided "press conference" for the failed Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad. NBC has put these online, but should any of them made it onto the live show? Let's review. Kristen Wiig's character tried to host a lingerie party with Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, and Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and a latecomer to the party, Dratch's Debbie Downer. Nobody lost it in the scene, but this did feature a flashback to when Debbie wasn't such a downer, but her grandma (Betty White) taught her everything she'd know. Oh, there was a dig at BP for the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In Bronx Beat with Betty (Poehler) and Jodi (Rudolph), they talk about Betty's second pregnancy, pool noodles, and Mother's Day wishes. And White plays Betty's mother, retired to Florida. White plays the straight woman in this sketch. Andy Samberg also appears as White's yoga instructor and her boyfriend. Cougar alert!...

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