Posts tagged as kay cannon

Watch Jason Sudeikis Play an Apologetic Senator at Second City in 2003

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

This week's clip comes from the 2003 revue The Not Ready for $3.99 Prime Rib Players, which took place at Second City's short-lived stage at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. In the above sketch "Senator," Jason Sudeikis plays a United States senator who gets [...]

Kay Cannon Reminisces About Discovering the Joys of A Cappella

"I didn't know anything about the a cappella world. I didn't even know it existed until my first year at 30 Rock. There was a joke about the character Toofer being part of an a cappella group in Harvard. I thought that was such a funny joke. My boss, Robert Carlock, said, 'It's not really a joke. It's a real thing. That world exists.' I'm from Chicago, and it's not really popular there — or at least back in my day it wasn't super popular; I think it might be more now. When I heard that world existed, I actually said in the writers' room, 'Someone needs to write a [...]

Get Your Next Showrunner in the '30 Rock' Producer Fire Sale

Last night, it was announced that longtime 30 Rock executive producer John Riggi signed a very lucrative deal with Warner Brothers TV. Riggi has been with the show since its first season and before that he worked on Will & Grace, The Bernie Mac Show, The Comeback and The Larry Sanders Show. He is the latest in a series of 30 Rock staffers who have signed similar deals. Earlier this week Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, who've been with the show for three seasons, signed a big deal with Sony Pictures TV. Two weeks ago, Matt Hubbard, who's been a 30 Rock writer for all six seasons, signed a [...]

Seth Meyers, Tina Fey, & Jon Glaser Check in on a Very Special Chris Gethard Show

As regular fans of The Chris Gethard Show know, "Checking in With Alyssa" features call-ins from 16-year-old Alyssa. On this week's episode, though, Alyssa was in town, and Gethard put together a fantastically star-studded hour just for her, including visits from Joe Mande, CollegeHumor's Jeff Rubin, Grizz Chapman, 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, Zachary Levi from Chuck, Jack McBrayer, and SNL's Bobby Moynihan. Oh, and a letter and Subway footlong from Jon Glaser of Delocated, a call-in from Seth Meyers on the west coast, and a video tour of Liz Lemon's office from Tina Fey (how awesome is it that there's a picture of Amy Poehler in [...]

'30 Rock' and 'Pitch Perfect' Writer Kay Cannon Gets CBS Pilot Deal

30 Rock, Pitch Perfect, and New Girl writer Kay Cannon is teaming up with Modern Family director Jason Winer for a new CBS pilot called The Runt, Deadline reports. The single camera sitcom is about the youngest in a group of five adult siblings who, despite being the most successful amongst them, is still treated as the runt of the family. “Kay and I have similar comedy DNA,” said Winer, noting that both he and Cannon have ties to Chicago's ImrovOlympic and Second City. The Runt is based in part on Cannon's own family of 7 siblings, of which she was the smallest of the group. The show is the first from Winer's new production [...]

Kay Cannon Gets Pilot Offer from Fox

A few months back, we told you that former 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon was leaving the show because of an overall deal she signed with 20th Century Fox that would have her work on The New Girl and allow her to work on her own stuff. Well, Kay moved quickly and already has a pilot commitment from Fox. The show is an office comedy like Mary Tyler Moore but with football. It would focus on a female lead who works on an NFL Sunday sort of show. I hope she's "trying to have it all" and has a gruff voiced boss with the piercing blue eyes [...]

Two High-Ranking 'Community' Producers Leave for Fox

Vulture is reporting Community Executive Producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan have signed a big deal to create television for 20th Century Fox. Goldman and Donovan have been Dan Harmon's number twos since the premiere (and the namesakes for Fat Neil and Garrett, respectively) so the loss is significant. This doesn't reveal anything about Community's renewal future but let's all just agree to pretend that it's definitely great news, for some reason. It does reveal that Fox is making a hard push towards live action sitcoms, something that before New Girl hadn't been their strong suit for a while. First The Office's Mindy Kaling then 30 Rock's [...]

Pitch Pefect: Passionately Belting Soon In A Theater Near You

According to Deadline, Universal and Gold Circle have acquired worldwide rights to Pitch Perfect, "a musical comedy set in the world of college a cappella groups," continuing the current Glee-fueled trend for all things polyphonic. SNL's Kay Cannon is writing the screenplay, based on the nonfiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.

'Pitch Perfect 2' Is Official, Coming in 2015

It's official: Universal is making a sequel to Pitch Perfect. While the studio began exploring the option of sequelizing the college a cappella comedy last year, /Film reports that a sequel has officially been greenlit and they're aiming for a 2015 release. The original movie's writer Kay Cannon will be returning to script Pitch Perfect 2, but there's no confirmation on any of the cast coming back yet. Given that they all reunited at the MTV Movie Awards this past weekend, I'd say there's a pretty good chance everyone will be back. Movieweb reported last year that Universal was in talks with stars Rebel Wilson and Skylar [...]

The Trailer for the Kay Cannon Scripted 'Pitch Perfect' Is Pitch Solid

There are some trailers where you can just hear the studio executives' conversation:

Exec 1: "Ok, Glee is really popular with kids. Am I saying that right, "kids?" What should we do?" Exec 2: "There's this book called Pitch Perfect that's just like Bring It On, but, wait for it, with singing!" Exec 3: "Who will be in it?" Exec 4: "Anna Kendrick?" Exec 1 and 2: "Perfect!" Exec 3: "Pitch Perfect." Exex 1, 2, 3, 4: "Hahahahahahahahah" [Then they laugh and throw money at each other for eternity]

However, 30 Rock writer and all-around funny person, Kay Cannon wrote it, so it could/should be better than expected. At minimum, you might [...]

'30 Rock's' Kay Cannon to Write For 'New Girl,' Develop Her Own Show

The wonderful Kay Cannon, a writer at 30 Rock who we interviewed a while back, has just signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television that'll point her in the direction of launching her own show. She'll be leaving 30 Rock after this season to go over to write for New Girl, and while there she'll simultaneously develop a new show of her own. Cannon also wrote Pitch Perfect, a comedy about college a capella groups starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Christopher Mintz-Plasse due to come out later this year. So, you know, keep an eye on this one.

Inside the Writer's Room: Behind the Scenes at 30 Rock with Writer/Producer Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon is a producer and writer on 30 Rock, which just started its fifth season on NBC. A Chicago improviser who successfully made the transition to writing after moving to NYC, she now has the enviable position of spending her days coming up with funny things for Tracy Jordan to say.

I talked with her about her years doing improv in places like Amsterdam and Las Vegas, the all nighter she had to pull in order to get Tina Fey the spec script that got her a job, and what it's like in the 30 Rock writer's room.