Day: December 17, 2009

Classic Christmas clips! SNL with Alec Baldwin, Glengarry Glen-Christmas & Schweddy Balls

Tonight on NBC, Saturday Night Live went primetime with "A Very Gilly Christmas," with Kristen Wiig's Gilly character introducing clip packages and performing in small sketches with Will Forte as her principal foil. Some funny highlights from the vault. But here are two blasts from the past that really take the Christmas cake, courtesy of recurring guest host Alec Baldwin. First, they showed the Christmas spoof of "Glengarry Glen-Ross," with Baldwin showing up to give the elves in Santa's Workshop the business. This is from Season 31, Episode 8 (SNL #31.8), with Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers as the elves, and watch for Baldwin to make a flub so great it's almost not a flub at all. Roll the clip! Then, toward the very end of the two-hour special, Baldwin himself introduced this clip from Season 24, Episode 9 (SNL #24.9), in which Baldwin played Pete Schweddy, owner of a store called Season's Eatings, and guest on an NPR talk show with Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. Yes. We're going to be hearing a lot about Pete's Schweddy balls. Roll the...

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Shoot first, laugh later: Rory Scovel and Sean Patton shoot a promo for their live comedy show

The folks at Comix aren't paying me for this (note to self: get comedy clubs to pay me for this), but they've been churning out the customized video promos in the last half of this year to sell you, me and anyone else on the Internet about their live comedy shows in NYC's Meatpacking District. Just check out ComixNY's YouTube channel and see for yourself. Or look at this short video that Rory Scovel and Sean Patton came up with, directed by the club's Carol Hartsell, for their upcoming show in early January. Roll it! When I watch it, I like to imagine what Mo'Nique must be thinking in the background. Now that's...

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SAG Award nominations in TV comedy for 2009

The Screen Actors Guild announced its nominations from calendar year 2009 today, and once again, I may not be the only person wondering why the people who care most about acting are willing to separate TV shows into drama and comedy categories, but not the movies. You'd think they'd give themselves enough respect to recognize great comedic performances on the big screen. Especially since they're willing to include a category for stunt workers. Hmmm. Maybe next year? Let's talk, SAG! In the meantime… Their TV nominations do include room for critically-loved newcomers Glee and Modern Family, at least for the ensembles. They're up against 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. I know some who quibble about Glee being considered in the comedy category (at least in the case of the Golden Globes, it's a music and comedy category, but that's problematic for entirely different reasons). Otherwise, though, good selections. Although how about some love for Parks and Recreation this year! And here are the individual acting nominees (I particularly like the notation under Larry David, while for Toni Collette, are they just picking the one personality out?):   The full SAG Award nominees can be viewed here, with the awards themselves handed out Jan. 23, 2010, on TBS and...

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Stephen Colbert’s Sports Illustrated cover and photo spread caps an extra-special week of Colbert!

Just when you thought Stephen Colbert had had a pretty good year as a parody of a TV news blowhard, he has to go and up the ante, and then up the ante again! If you haven't yet watched Colbert rap his own suburban lyrics with Alicia Keys on a duet of her New York City anthem for the 21st century, "Empire State of Mind," then you must watch it right now. You think it might be a contrivance? You think wrong. It's quite wonderful, actually. That followed a weekend in which Colbert went home — or at least back to his comedy roots at Second City — to be the star attraction among dozens of stars for Second City's 50th anniversary. There's a video of Colbert and Steve Carell reuniting for an old Second City sketch in this NYT review. Meanwhile, Colbert has managed to not only singlehandly adopt the U.S. Olympic speedskating team with his fans at Colbert Nation donating $250,000 to the team's cause, but the comedian also has taken over this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. That's right. SPORTS Illustrated. Simply remarkable. You've seen the cover? Online, has a slew of outtakes. Check them all out. This one, photographed by Michael O'Neill for SI, is perhaps my favorite. Look out for his right. It's a sharp hook! Or is that an uppercut? Either way,...

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Meet Me In New York: Giulia Rozzi

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they're comedians? No, that's not it. It is a fact, though, that America's biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a new recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York's vibrant comedy scene. It's called Meet Me In New York. Now take a look at Giulia Rozzi. Two 'i's, one 'g', all good. You may have seen Giulia Rozzi performing with her friend Margot Leitman in their monthly sexy funny comedy showcase, Stripped Stories, or as a nominee last year for ECNY's best female stand-up comedian. She also has something in common with me. And you'll probably never guess what it is. Ha! Either way, get to know a little bit more about her, right here, right now. Name: Giulia Rozzi Arrival date: January 2004, then I tried to escape in 2006 but came crawling back in 2008. Arrived from: Los Angeles the first time, Boston the second time. When and where did you start performing comedy? Hmmmm first time ever was...

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