Posts tagged as auditions

'@midnight' Is Holding an Internet Casting Call for Guest Panelists

If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag. I spoke with @midnight co-creator, executive producer, and head writer Alex Blagg to get more details on the casting call, what kinds of aspiring @midnight contestants they're looking for, and where to keep track of the writers and performers the @midnight team is hunting down to potentially appear on the show.

How does #PointsMe work, and why did you [...]

Watch Conan O'Brien Audition for a Bunch of TV Commercials

Here's a remote piece from last night's Conan, in which Conan O'Brien went to commercial audition coach to give commercial acting a shot. I don't think his new career path is gonna pan out.

A Bunch of 'SNL' Cast Members Share Their Audition Stories with 'The New York Times'

David Itzkoff of The New York Times has an excellent new piece out today called "The God of SNL Will See You Now," in which 22 past and present SNL cast members, including Will Ferrell, Chevy Chase, and Kristen Wiig all tell their nerve-wracking audition stories. From waiting for hours in Lorne Michaels's office (Fallon: "I was sitting there with Lorne’s assistant for three hours, and I’m like, 'Whenever he’s ready, I’m here.' And she’s like, 'You know, Chris Farley waited for eight hours.'") to auditioning in 30 Rock to zero laughs (Ferrell: "There’s a point where I’m rolling around on the ground, in complete silence, playing with cat [...]

Adam Scott, Alan Tudyk, and Matt Besser All Auditioned for 'The Office'

Rainn Wilson posted this sign-in sheet for auditions for The Office on Facebook today featuring a bunch of people who tried out for the roles of Michael, Dwight, Jim, and Pam. These are the first 14 actors to audition for the show in the fall of 2003, including UCB founder Matt Besser for Dwight, Melissa McCarthy's husband and writing partner Ben Falcone for Michael, and Mr. Show and 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub for Pam. Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer are the only ones on here who booked the job, but plenty of talented people still populate this list. It's hard to imagine anyone else in these [...]

SNL Is Looking to Add New Castmembers, Held Auditions This Week in NYC

It looks like SNL is looking to add a couple new castmembers to the lineup for the first time in two seasons, as they've started holding auditions in New York for potential performers. Earlier this week at The PIT, about a dozen people auditioned for Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, and other producers of the show. The lineup included local performers from major NYC theaters such as UCB as well as folks flown in from Chicago and LA.

The timing makes sense: SNL just passed this season's halfway mark, when contracts are up to be renewed (which is why Paul Brittain left when he did). And with at least [...]

'SNL' Held an Audition of Exclusively Black Female Performers Last Week

Saturday Night Live is searching for a new black female cast member. The show's producers held a showcase audition at LA's Groundlings Theater last Sunday during SNL's week off, with all black female performers auditioning. Bresha Webb, Nicole Byer, Amber Ruffin, Simone Shepherd, Tiffany Haddish, LaKendra Tookes, Damirra Brunson, Azie Dungey, Beth Payne, Misty Monroe, and Gabrielle Dennis all tried out. Webb posted a photo of the group of auditioners on Instagram last week. "They used our space but ran everything internally," said a rep from Groundlings. SNL  brought in its own list of performers to try out; this was not a showcase of Groundlings performers.

Brunson was [...]

Steve Carell's 'Anchorman' Audition Is Great

From 2003, here's Steve Carell's original audition for the movie Anchorman, back in his Daily Show correspondent days. A semi-improvised exchange between him and an off-camera Will Ferrell, it's no wonder this audition got him the job.

Watch Seth Rogen, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Scott, and More Audition for 'The Office' in 2003

Here's old audition footage of a bunch of famous actors who tried out for parts on The Office back in the fall of 2003 but were passed over. It's a special feature off the recently-released DVD set for the ninth and final season of the show. It's pretty cool to see Bob Odenkirk (Michael), Seth Rogen (Dwight), Adam Scott (Jim), Kathryn Hahn (Pam), John Cho (Jim), and Eric Stonestreet (Kevin) play these well-known characters and to think about how differently their careers and the show would have been had they gotten these parts.

Check out a list of other people who auditioned for The Office, including Paul Giamatti, [...]

Watch the 'Freaks and Geeks' Cast's Audition Tapes

"I was looking for kids who seemed authentic," says Judd Apatow about the casting process for his and Paul Feig's cult hit late 90s high school series Freaks and Geeks. Apatow and Feig certainly found an eclectic bunch of real teen actresses and actors, all of whom seemed like actual high school students and not just performers trying to fit into the usual stock teen movie clichés. Feig recalls in a recent A.V. Club interview, “We can’t just cast this with a bunch of beautiful kids and put glasses on them and mess up their hair and say, 'Oh, they’re nerds.’ We’ve got to have real casting.' [...]

Hazel Wassername is the Entertainment Industry's Next It Girl

Given that this webisode has maybe 90% of everyone's favorite things (30 Rock, Kristen Schaal, standup comedy, interpretive dance, dachshunds), it's safe to say that everyone will know Hazel Wassername's name within the year. "Who's that girl?" those unfortunate enough to be out of the loop will ask. "And what is she doing to my cardboard cutout of Phil Collins?" they'll continue. "Someone stop her! She's getting away!"

Watch Kyle Kinane, Kurt Braunohler, and More Audition for a Movie Called 'Space Cops'

Here's a star-studded new video from Denver-based comedy trio The Grawlix (Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Andrew Orvedahl). It's a series of auditions for a fake movie called Space Cops, with appearances from Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, Kurt Braunohler, Howard Kremer, Andy Peters, Jake Weisman, and a bunch of other funny standups.

Watch Chris Gethard's Audition Tape for the 'Alf' Movie

Ever since an Alf move was announced last year, comedian Chris Gethard has been campaigning for a part in the film. Here's a new audition tape for the movie Gethard made for IFC that should melt the hearts of the studio executives in charge of the Alf movie.

Getting the Call: Inside iO's 'SNL' Auditions

The website called Monday night’s show at iO — a Chicago improv institution — a “special solo showcase,” but word-of-mouth said it was really an SNL audition.

On a wall leading into iO’s downstairs Cabaret Theater, there are pictures of famous people who either took classes or performed at iO during some point in time. I wanted to make a mental note of whose faces were outlined by the gold picture frames, but the energy in the theater was buzzing and the only picture I can remember is of Mike Myers and iO’s cofounder Charna Halpern.

In the Chicago improv scene, Charna Halpern is the Oracle. As the iO [...]

10 Great Comedy Film Audition Tapes

Watching an actor or actress’ screen test or audition tape feels very voyeuristic, like you’re seeing something that’s not supposed to be seen. They’re reading back scenes that, more often than not, will make it into the movie, but they haven’t mastered the role yet — they’re just auditioning, and God knows I wouldn’t want my first draft of, well, anything to be looked at by thousands, if not millions.

But we’re not here to debate the morality of all that: let’s instead take a look at the audition tapes for 10 comedians, from Steve Carell to Emma Stone, for 10 different roles, all of which they eventually [...]