Part of the genius of SNL's design is how effectively it underestimates its audience's patience. Despite the show's ongoing popularity, it's rare that all of its viewers stay tuned in until the goodbyes at 1 a.m. — "Our competition is sleep," one cast member once said. In the early years, Lorne adopted a strategy of front-loading the lineup with the stronger, more topical sketches, leaving the last half-hour (when even NBC's censor guy has stopped paying attention) for off-beat pieces, filler sketches in case the episode runs short, or sketches in which Fred Armisen sings.
Of course, now that more and more people are watching SNL sketches at [...]
Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway is hosting SNL this weekend with musical guest Rihanna. Here's a series of promos for the show that Hathaway cut with cast member Jason Sudeikis. WARNING: Watching these promos will probably make you look up the word "ontological," unless you are smarter than me and already know what it means.
"Blooper: You go back in time and audition for the Blue Man Group."
"Pooper: You go back in time and murder Winnie the Pooh."
"Hooper: You go back in time to enter and win a hula-hooping contest."
"Stooper: You go back in time and sit on a stoop."
"Looper: You go back in time and go to the bathroom a lot in England. Oh, so that's already the name of the movie? So you can't do it again? But isn't my idea better? Just you asking British people if you can go to the loo. I am Jason Sudeikis."
The Daily News is reporting that in the latest issue of Men's Journal Jason Sudeikis has some interesting remarks about SNL: “I’ve left places before. This is very, very different.” He adds, "Goodbyes are tough." That seems to suggest that he is at least thinking seriously about leaving. However, if he was going to leave, why wouldn't he have announced it already like Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg? Maybe he's waiting for the publicity tour for The Campaign, so he has something to talk about on late night talkshows, just like Andy did for the That's My Boy tour. Either way, he's sure isn't giving too much away, like [...]
Well, well, well, Will Ferrell's SNL promos are finally here. Expectations were high for this Saturday's episode and these promos confirm that they should be. Also, they confirm that I don't know anything about fancy brooches.