Not long after posting a compilation of Harris Wittels Vines, Sarah Silverman Program co-creator Rob Schrab uploaded a new video yesterday looking back on Wittels' work and appearances on the show during his time as a writer. Be warned that this video contains a very NSFW snow sculpture as well as a cover of "First Day of My Life" by Silverman that will break your heart and make your eyes a little misty.
The Grammys announced their 2015 nominees today, and in addition to the late Joan Rivers scoring a nomination for Best Spoken World Album for Diary of a Mad Diva, the Best Comedy Album category is full of impressive competition. The five nominees this year: Weird Al's Mandatory Fun, Jim Gaffigan's Obsessed, Louis C.K.,'s Oh My God, Patton Oswalt's Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, and Sarah Silverman's We Are Miracles. Hopefully Patton Oswalt follows through on his promise for another epic battle against Weird Al when the Grammys air in February.
"But unlike [Jack] Benny, Sarah is too often mistakenly taken at face value. Maybe because she goes to such frank and provocative places or maybe because she's an attractive woman, Sarah doesn't nearly get the credit she deserves and more than occasionally finds herself a lightning rod for misguided and undeserved controversy. Ironic to be sure, because like all great satirists, at her core, Sarah is an idealist."
- As part of his McSweeney's column on his collection of signed comedy LPs, IFC's former VP of development Dan Pasternack profiles Sarah Silverman and his personal connection with her most recent album We Are Miracles.
SNL shifts into a different gear when a comedian hosts the show. In the early days, comic-hosts like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Steve Martin were every bit as much a part of the show's countercultural brand as the cast members were. 40 years later, SNL has become part of the mainstream, with a product so formulaic that today's most innovative comics define themselves by how different they are from the comedy institution and the network TV legacy it represents. Popular comedians often struggle to bridge the gap between their delivery and the SNL machine, where the multicam format and demand for immediate laughs often leave little room for nuance. Sometimes the two are incompatible, like when [...]
SNL returns for its 40th season this Saturday, with host Chris Pratt, musical guest Ariana Grande, and pretty much the same cast — minus a handful of people we rarely saw in sketches anyway. Following a lackluster season, Lorne Michaels is now sticking with the tools he's got, replacing five departing cast members with only one newcomer — standup Pete Davidson — and promoting writer Michael Che to co-host Weekend Update. Meanwhile, Colin Jost will remain at the desk after taking on the job last February. It's a conservative approach, compared to last year's throw-everything-against-the-wall casting strategy, which resulted in a cast so overpopulated that some remained literal faces in the crowd at the season's [...]