Day: September 26, 2010

Amy Poehler introduces SNL’s four new cast members

From Amy Poehler's monologue last night on the 36th season premiere of Saturday Night Live: "This is such an exciting night. We have four new cast members on the show, and I am so honored to share their first episode. Can we cut to the new guys? And…can we cut back? OK! (audience laughter) Can't let them get too cocky. But, seriously guys, welcome. It's great to have four people here tonight who are as nervous than I am." Pictured from left to right: Taran Killam, Paul Brittain, Jay Pharoah, Vanessa...

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Greg Giraldo in critical care unit of N.J. hospital

BREAKING and DEVELOPING: Lots of Internet chatter and rumor-mongering this morning regarding comedian Greg Giraldo. The facts are these… As of midday Sunday, Giraldo was being cared for in the CCU of a New Jersey hospital. He was listed in critical condition. Sources say he suffered an accidental overdose from prescription medication. Giraldo was performing this weekend at the Stress Factory and promoted the dates to his fans via Twitter. His place on Sunday night has been replaced by Kevin Brennan. Giraldo also was among the listed guest speakers on Saturday afternoon for the 3rd Annual New York Recovery Rally. September is National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Addiction Month. I consider myself both a fan and a friend of Giraldo, so I wish him a very speedy recovery. I'll be sure to update you with concrete information when I receive it. Most people know Giraldo most recently as a judge on this summer's seventh season of Last Comic Standing on NBC. This is a NSFW clip a fan took of Giraldo during one of his earlier performances this weekend, doing his bit about NYC's "See Something, Say Something"...

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Who joked about it better: Tiny Hats! Saturday Night Live’s 2010 sketch vs. Tim and Eric’s 2007 sketch

You cannot really label this who joked about it first, because first of all, Tim and Eric did their "Tiny Hats" sketch in their second season on Adult Swim in December 2007, while Saturday Night Live focused on tiny hats in last night's 36th season opener. Also, someone else somewhere in the world probably put a tiny hat on his or her head and made a funny about it before then. Promise you that. And the SNL sketch makes the tiny hats part of a game-based sketch about interpersonal relationships, rather than simply a store that sells the hats. So. Who joked about it better? Here was last night's SNL sketch, Ladies Who Lunch: And here was Tim & Eric's ad spoof for Tiny Hats: RELATED: SNL already had been influenced by T&E a couple of season ago, as anyone could tell by a few of the digital shorts — which is because they've been directed by Jonathan Krisel, who works as a director, editor, e.p. and writer on T&E, ASGJ. Still, it's amusing (or is it) that Tim Heidecker answered fan comments on Twitter this morning by asking: "will there be a "betty white" sized online movement demanding public apology?#tinyhatswar". NOTE: Full review of SNL's 36th season opener to come later. Anyone who knows me knows why it's not up...

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