With only two episodes left in the series, Parks and Recreation revealed a huge surprise last night that's been a longtime dream of the cast and writers: Bill Murray appeared as the (until now) mysterious Mayor Gunderson. Entertainment Weekly has the backstory on how the show managed to score the elusive Murray cameo, and it's about as far-fetched and unexpected as you might expect. Here's what executive producer Mike Schur told us about his hopes to get Murray on the show back in 2013:
He's sort of ascended above the atmosphere of the actual tangible comedy world. He doesn't exist in reality to me anymore; he's like [...]
Comedy fans who watched Iron Man 3 over the weekend might have been surprised to see comedian and Happy Endings star Adam Pally in a cameo role. Midway through the movie, Pally appears as a cameraman who is a big fan of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Pally gave an interview to Vulture this week explaining how that happened, and it turns out he's known Downey Jr. for years. Here's Pally talking about his involvement in the movie:
I actually got the role in a roundabout way: I got called in about three years ago to meet Robert Downey Jr. and write web series stuff for him. He's basically my [...]
Fred Armisen is on this week's episode of Alec Baldwin's podcast, Here's The Thing. It's a fun conversation about Armisen's career and features a particularly touching moment when he calls Carrie Brownstein his soulmate. But the best part might come at the end, when Alec Baldwin reveals that the whole interview was just a ploy to get a cameo on Portlandia:
Baldwin: Can I play a customer on Portlandia? Can I come to a restaurant?
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Can I come and just do something? Order a–
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Who would I play? What would I order?
Armisen: I think you would come from Southern California and you’d order all [...]
Ma! The Meatloaf! Get it? It's like that part in Wedding Crashers where Will Ferrell's character asks his mother for meatloaf. (Remember when the "Frat Pack" was a thing?) Well, we'll get to relive that moment, as Will Ferrell has signed on do some funny acting in the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson adult internship comedy, The Internship. He'll play Wilson's home electronic salesmen brother-in-law, who will likely be a real knucklehead. Also, hopefully he'll be hungry; hungry for… MEATLOAF.
To be clear that is Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Paul Brittain, Bobby Moynihan, Akiva Schaffer, and I believe Taran Killam on the set of Grown Ups 2. What!? Did Adam Sandler just ask the casting director for "anyone involved in SNL over the last few years?" Did the first Grown Ups test really poorly in the coveted "People Who Know Who Paul Brittain and Akiva Schaffer Are" demo? As the pictures below suggest, the gang plays high school(?) cheerleaders on a mission to wash cars and show off their giant penises. Oh and Kevin James is there so he can relive his days as a high school(?) cheerleader, [...]