Day: June 25, 2008

Charlyne Yi’s SNL audition tape

Charlyne Yi has had small roles in Knocked Up, Semi-Pro, Miss-Guided and 30 Rock, and now Yi has her sights set on another show based at 30 Rock: Saturday Night Live. She uploaded an audition tape on YouTube today and wants your help. I truly enjoyed her "original character." As Yi explains: "Hello I’m Charlyne Yi. This is my audition tape for SNL aka Saturday Night Live. Please help me and my friends (and by friends I mean my characters!) get on the television for SNL (Saturday Night Live). Any notes would be great (comment on the video). And voting will help make this turn into viral internet video and hopefully that’ll bring attention to Lorne Michaels. Thanks in...

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Mike Birbiglia’s birthday in Central Park

Comedy Central’s Comedy Central Park was such a big success last Friday that by the time I got to the outdoor venue, there was a line to get into the line to get into the place to see Stephen Lynch, Mike Birbiglia and Julian McCullough. You could hear them just fine from a football field away, but you really had to be there to see it. I’m not a big fan of outdoor comedy as a general rule, but Comedy Central Insider’s recap with photos sure makes it look like it was a lot of fun for the 5,000-plus in attendance for the free show. Bonus, it was Birbiglia’s birthday. And they gave him pizza cake!...

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The old Seattle comedy scene

Via my friends at Shecky magazine comes word that many of the old-timey (and by old-timey, I mean older than me) Seattle comedians got together for a good ol’ barbecue picnic, and Alysia Wood filed a report on the matter with her own reflections on how these comics helped her find her way in stand-up. As someone who saw Wood make her initial appearances at the Comedy Underground, it’s doubly nostalgic for me to read her thoughts on such Seattle stalwarts of stand-up as Peggy Platt, Cathy Sorbo, Brad Upton, Rod Long, Cliff Barnes, Kermet Apio and Undergrounders Ron Reid and Carl Warmenhoven. Her description of the back of the Underground and everyone hanging and talking smack and joking really brings me back. Ah, memories. Related: The Comedy Underground, temporarily booted from its current confines in Pioneer Square, begins a summer weekend series in West Seattle on July 11-12. But where do we go for the open mics?!...

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SNL re-airs 1975 debut to honor Carlin

This Saturday night offers us all a special look-back to a very special night, as NBC announced it would rebroadcast the very first episode of Saturday Night Live to honor the late George Carlin, who served as the show’s debut host in 1975 and performed three — three! — monologues. Of course, the debut also introduced us to Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Larraine Newman and Gilda Radner. What’s more…Andy Kaufman also performed on the debut episode. The musical guests were Janis Ian and Billy Preston. Here’s a quote from Lorne Michaels about this week’s special rebroadcast: "You never forget the people who were there at the beginning. George Carlin helped give ‘Saturday Night Live’ its start as our first host. He was gracious, fearless, and most important of all, funny." So, this is how it all began…with a little bit of "football and baseball" After the jump, Carlin’s other monologues that...

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