Maya Rudolph is returning to NBC next month. Her new one-hour special, entitled The Maya Rudolph Show, is set to premiere Monday, May 19th, at 10pm, EW reports. The one-off variety show special will double as a pilot for a potential series.
Guests for the show will include Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell, with Janelle Monáe as musical guest and Raphael Saaddiq as bandleader. Lorne Michaels, who worked with Rudolph as a producer on SNL and Up All Night, is also serving as a producer on The Maya Rudolph Show.
Right around this time last year when Up All Night [...]
The cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's big screen adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice continues to grow. Maya Rudolph, fresh off the cancelation of her NBC sitcom Up All Night, is playing a minor role in the film, as revealed by some set photos that leaked today. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as stoned private eye Doc Sportello, who's investigating an ex-girlfriend's disappearance. From the photos, The Playlist infers that Rudolph, who's married to Paul Thomas Anderson, is playing a nurse at Dr. Buddy Tubeside's vitamin shop, and a very pregnant one by the looks of those photographs. The prestigious film's large cast also includes Benicio Del Toro, [...]
Now that NBC's Up All Night seems to be dead in the wake of star Christina Applegate's departure, the other cast members are pursuing new TV jobs. Will Arnett signed onto a CBS pilot from Greg Garcia, but Maya Rudolph looks to be avoiding the sitcom route altogether. Deadline reports that Rudolph has turned down five sitcom pilot offers and instead wants to star in a network variety show. Fox, ABC, and NBC are all reportedly interested. Rudolph, the daughter of soul singer Minnie Ripperton, is also a singer herself. Before landing a gig as an SNL castmember in 2000, she worked as a backing singer [...]
Here's another great video from Paul F. Tompkins's personal vault from his long-running live variety show, The Paul F. Tompkins Show. It's him and Maya Rudolph covering Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' song "Home" back in 2011. Tompkins is two for two with these after the excellent cover of Adele's "Skyfall" he dropped late last year. Somebody give this guy a TV variety show already.
Long-running Bay Area comedy festival SF Sketchfest just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's pretty impressive roster that includes pretty much everybody in comedy. The event runs from January 24 to February 10, 2013, taking place in 26 different venues in San Francisco. Tickets ranging from $10 to $50 will go on sale at 10:00am PST this Sunday at www.sfsketchfest.com. The lineup is so good it should make any comedy fan who doesn't live near San Francisco go absolutely insane with envy. Highlights include:
- Tributes to Portlandia and Childrens Hospital with the creators and cast
- Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter reuniting to perform [...]