Day: February 6, 2011

Watch Kristen Schaal open the 2011 WGA Awards, and congrats to this year’s comedy-writing winners

The Writers Guild of America handed out its annual awards last night in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Modern Family co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet hosted the West Coast show, while Kristen Schaal hosted from NYC and opened with some jokes as well as a song-and-dance number, which you can watch:   And now for the awards in comedy writing… COMEDY SERIES   Modern Family, Written by Jerry Collins, Paul Corrigan, Alex Herschlag, Abraham Higginbotham, Elaine Ko, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC EPISODIC COMEDY ‚Äì any length ‚Äì one airing time   ‚ÄúWhen It Rains, It Pours‚Äù (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC   ANIMATION ‚Äì any length ‚Äì one airing time   ‚ÄúThe Prisoner of Benda‚Äù (Futurama), Written by Ken Keeler; Comedy Central COMEDY / VARIETY ‚Äì (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES   The Colbert Report, Writers: Barry Julien, Dan Guterman, Eric Drysdale, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Jay Katsir, Max Werner, Meredith Scardino, Michael Brumm, Opus Moreschi, Peter Gwinn, Rich Dahm, Rob Dubbin, Scott Sherman, Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Peter Grosz, Paul Dinello; Comedy Central   OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ‚Äì DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA   ‚ÄúStrip Pong,‚Äù ‚ÄúTear Jerks,‚Äù ‚ÄúBrainstorm,‚Äù (Frank vs. Lutz), Written by Jon Haller; 30 Rock New Media,...

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Mike Myers joins Dana Carvey on SNL for “Wayne’s World” reunion (voiceover from the late Phil Hartman)

For the first time in almost two decades, Mike Myers joined Dana Carvey on the Saturday Night Live stage to reunite for a Wayne's World sketch. Wayne's World! Party time! Excellent! But first: A special note. SNL's cold open began with a voiceover from the late Phil Hartman. While the live studio audience already was cheering knowing they'd get to see Wayne's World again, hearing Hartman's voice reminded me how sad it is that he's not with us. A subtle tribute. Wayne and Garth had gone on to star in two films together, and met up as recently as the 2008 MTV Movie Awards. On last night's SNL, they picked up where that conversation left off, as Garth noted he'd acquired pubes, and Wayne revealed that a monkey finally had flown out of his butt. Since they've been doing this for more than 20 years, they also acknowledged that weirdness of still broadcasting a public access show from the basement of Wayne's parents home. Well, they didn't acknowledge that, but Wayne did ask of Garth: "How old are you?" Garth's reply: "It was never determined." These two old boys talked about the Oscars, but really just wanted to talk about Winter's Bone. Paging Beavis and Butt-head, also returning to TV: 1993 called, and they want you back. Remember when Wayne went schwing! over Madonna, and then later Tia Carrere? Cut to...

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SNL pimps out Justin Bieber for Church Lady Dana Carvey, “The Roommate” trailer with Andy Samberg

For those nostalgic for early 1990s SNL, the return of Dana Carvey as host would bring back memories, but Justin Bieber wasn't even alive during those years — which makes it that much more awkward to hear Carvey as the Church Lady get all hot and bothered over him. Then again, Church Lady herself did start this scene by noting how much evil is on our TVs, and also welcoming the Kardashian sisters (Nasim Pedrad, Vanessa Bayer, Abby Elliott), and Snooki (Bobby Moynihan) first to her panel. "Well, isn't that special?" After casting out those demons, Church Lady seemed herself to be cast under the spell of the Biebs. "I want a taste of that sweet Bieber," she says? Could she be influenced…by Satan?!?   Of course, the Biebs has his own 3-D movie to promote (out next week), so SNL had no problems including him in the show in more than just that cameo. More Biebs = more ratings, right? So he showed up in this video spoof trailer for Single White Female. Er. I meant The Roommate. Bieber shows up early to college to find Andy Samberg as Declan, his obsessively creepy roomie. I'll have more to say about this in the recap. For now, though. Roll the clip!...

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