Day: February 24, 2009

Phil Hartman’s SNL audition

Watching Phil Hartman’s audition tape for Saturday Night Live is such a bittersweet experience. Mostly sweet. To know that you don’t have to be a kid to get your big break in show business — Hartman was 38 when he joined the cast of SNL. To see the precision, vision and versatility in his audition — even though it’s hack now to do Jack Nicholson, Hartman still found a way a generation ago to make his takes seem unique and fresh, even when you watch them now. To see his friend, Jon Lovitz, lend a hand — Lovitz joined SNL in 1985, Hartman in 1986 — and gain a deeper appreciation for Lovitz stepping in at NewsRadio after Hartman got killed by his wife in 1998. Watch Hartman make the most of his SNL moment: Related: A YouTube tribute to Phil Hartman’s voice work on The...

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Behind the scenes of the Untitled Sal Lupo Project

For those of you who do not live in New York City, let me just preface this by saying that we first got introduced to Sal Lupo at comedy shows by learning he was a cab driver from the Canarsie neighborhood in Brooklyn. Turns out Lupo has shifted gears more than somewhat, from comedy to making his own feature-length movie that's a CIA thriller. Here, Sal shares his insight on a few scenes from his movie. Earlier: Watch the...

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SXSW 2009 comedy lineups

Are you going to the 2009 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, next month? I know these comedians will be, because they're all listed on the festival site as performers mingling among the thousands of fans and musicians, with performances March 20-21 at either the Velveeta Room or Esther's Follies. Performers and links after the jump… Mark Agee Dallas TX   Scott Aukerman Los Angeles CA   Todd Barry New York NY   Matt Bearden Austin TX   Michelle Biloon Los Angeles CA   Chip Pope Los Angeles CA   Margaret Cho Los Angeles CA   Josh Fadem Los Angeles CA   Janeane Garofalo Newton NJ   Hannibal Buress Chicago IL   Martha Kelly Torrance CA  Alex Koll San Francisco CA   Eric Krug Austin TX   Jon Lajoie Montreal QC   Natasha Leggero Rockford IL   Marc Maron Queens NY   Eugene Mirman Brooklyn NY   John Mulaney New York NY   Nick Kroll Rye CA   Matt Ruby New York NY   Dax Shepard Los Angeles CA   Gavin Stephens Toronto ON   Pat Thornton Toronto ON   Tig Notaro Pass Christian MS   Mary Van Note San Francisco CA   Brendon Walsh Austin...

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Kate Winslet’s “Extras” Oscar acceptance speech

Maybe Kate Winslet should have thanked Ricky Gervais more on Oscar night when she accepted her Academy Award for playing a hot illiterate Nazi in The Reader. After all, Gervais had given her the funny lines to say a couple of years ago in his HBO show, Extras. This has floated the Internets already, obviously, but this is probably the last time to share it before it becomes untimely. Earlier: Ricky Gervais joked about Winslet’s Golden Globes win and stunned the audience a bit by mocking the Holocaust. Also funny: Watch Sara Benincasa’s parody of The Reader as the hot illiterate...

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Andy Richter named announcer for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien once again will be side-by-side launching a late-night talk show, as NBC announced today that Richter will serve as the announcer and also sketch comedy player for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien when it debuts on June 1. Richter appeared on O'Brien's final "Late Night" last Friday. But he had been O'Brien's sidekick for close to seven years, from his "Late Night" start in September 1993 until May 26, 2000. From the official NBC press release, this statement from O'Brien: "Andy is one of the funniest people I know and we've maintained a close friendship since he left 'Late Night.' We have a proven chemistry that will be an incredible asset to 'The Tonight Show.' I'm looking forward to working with Andy on a daily basis again, particularly since he owes me $300." That reminds me, I'm going to need to create a few new...

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