Day: November 17, 2013

From SNL’s dress rehearsal: Lady Gaga in “Female Sea Captains”

Here’s a sketch that didn’t make the cut after dress rehearsal to air live on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Lady Gaga takes the helm quite literally in “Female Sea Captains,” a sketch set “centuries ago” in Portsbridge, Conn., in a little-known era when all the male sailors fell ill to scurvy. “Or herpes.” And all the ladies replaced them as sailors. So there’s SNL host Gaga with all of the female cast members — Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Nasim Pedrad, Noël Wells, Vanessa Bayer bringing John Milhiser out as a stowaway who must catwalk the plank. Three of...

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SNL #39.6 RECAP: Host and musical guest Lady Gaga

The 39th season of Saturday Night Live reminds me a little bit of the New York Jets, which for those of you don’t follow football, does not mean to break out into an S-N-L, S-N-L, SNL SNL SNL chant; but rather, it’s one week’s great, the next week’s not-so great alternating for reasons that aren’t readily apparent. You just don’t know which team is going to show up. This much we knew beforehand about the prospects of Lady Gaga hosting SNL in addition to performing as this weekend’s musical guest: She’d be great. The 27-year-old singer/songwriter/musician born Stefani Joanne Angelina...

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Breaking Bad really did film a Malcolm in the Middle dream sequence

Fans of Breaking Bad loved to share a joke theory that the acclaimed AMC series would end with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) going into witness protection and/or waking up in a new world where he’s now Hal Wilkerson and leading into the storyline of FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle. Turns out the producers and Cranston enjoyed that theory, too. Enough to film it with Jane Kaczmarek, who played Cranston’s TV wife Lois for 151 episodes from 2000-2006. From the YouTube channel of Michael Davies, executive producer of Talking Bad. Roll the clip! And as long as you’re having fun...

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Robin Williams tells Jimmy Kimmel why he still performs improv

When Robin Williams visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, Kimmel was impressed not only just to have Williams on as a guest — it made him feel like he’s actually hosting a TV talk show — but also because he’d heard that Williams performed improvisational comedy with “the kids” down the street over the weekend. Williams has made a habit over the years of dropping in at improv theaters around the country, from New York to Chicago to San Francisco and Hollywood. So he was more than happy to talk about it. As he was overjoyed just to...

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