Day: August 22, 2011

Jimmy Fallon to host SNL in December 2011, just as SNL predicted in 1998

Jimmy Fallon announced today that he would be hosting Saturday Night Live on Dec. 17, 2011, his first time back as a host since he left the cast (although he has returned a few times in cameo roles, notably with Justin Timberlake for the Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch). What makes this a bigger deal is that the SNL writing staff of the 24nd season, back in 1998, had predicted as much — although they didn’t synch up their calendars properly, suggesting in Alec Baldwin’s monologue of Dec. 12, 1998, that Fallon would return on Dec. 12, 2011, to...

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2011 Thurber Prize finalists: Mike Birbiglia, David Rakoff and Rick Reilly

The Thurber House has announced its finalists for the annual Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the trio represents a wide spectrum of comedic writing, although two of them share a propensity for telling stories on public radio’s This American Life, while one has a longtime history as a sportswriter for Sports Illustrated and now ESPN. The 2011 finalists are: Mike Birbiglia – Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories David Rakoff – Half Empty Rick Reilly – Sports from Hell: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition The winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 3 at the Algonquin Hotel...

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Watch the trailer for “Nick and Andy,” Coming Thune

It’s all in the handshake. That’s what they say. But in this fake movie trailer for the documentary, Nick and Andy, it’s all not in the handshake, as it were. Because Nick Thune appeared on Conan earlier this year, and after his performance, got invited up to do panel, whereupon he shook Conan O’Brien’s hand, but not Andy Richter’s. What comes next is this film. Roll the...

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