Day: September 1, 2009

Saturday Night Live hires! Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad join the SNL cast

The 35th season of NBC's Saturday Night Live reportedly will add to its female cast, with knowledgeable folk filling me in on two new hires in Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad! SNL staff began work this week for the 35th season, which kicks off with Weekend Update Thursdays on Sept. 17, and the first full SNL set for Sept. 26. Although actress Megan Fox has told the media that she'll host that season premiere, there has been no official press release from the Peacock Network to confirm that or the new additions to the cast, who should help relieve the pressure on Kristen Wiig to carry the female load, as she seemed to do during the second half of season 34 after Amy Poehler's departure (note: NBC has confirmed that Poehler will return to the anchor desk for the first two Weekend Update Thursday shows, Sept. 17 and 24, and help promote her own sitcom, Parks and Recreation). Anyhow. Yes. No other cast additions or subtractions have been made official just yet. And for the record (for whatever that's worth these Internet days), I was first last November with news about SNL adding Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott to the cast. They're still there. But you wanted to know about the new cast members? Alrighty then! JENNY SLATE I know and adore Jenny Slate, and have even shared the...

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Boston Comedy Festival 2009 results, prelims 3 & 4

If you thought they'd cancel the Boston Comedy Festival because Myq Kaplan didn't make it through the first contest prelim (after almost winning in 2007 and 2008), then you might continue thinking that. But they held more prelim rounds last night, anyhow. Apparently. Word is only now just creeping in to HQ, and the judges picked these comedians to advance to semifinals later in the week: From Prelim 3: J-L Cauvin, Al Ducharme, Joe List, and Justin Williams. From Prelim 4: Tony Baker, Alvin David, Erin Judge and Kevin Kneuer. For reference purposes, here is the full slate of participants in the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival...

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