If you've been clamoring for an encore performance of Billy Crystal's SNL characters from the mid-'80s, your dreams are about to come true. FX's upcoming Billy Crystal/Josh Gad show The Comedians — which follows a veteran comedian (Crystal) working on a late night talk show with an edgy young comedian (Gad) — is set to premiere in summer 2015, and according to Page Six, Crystal is bringing some of his SNL work with him to the new show.
"I grew up watching SNL religiously, so seeing [Crystal] re-create some of his characters on this show and doing some of that stuff is a dream come true," [...]
SNL just released this cool time lapse video, showing all the moving pieces in Studio 8H during an SNL taping by speeding the video up really fast. It's from this weekend's Anna Kendrick episode, in case you want to try to sync up the audio of that episode to 50 times its usual speed while you watch this.
Whenever SNL producers book a host who seems inexperienced in live comedy, they fall back on a kind of playbook. Stick to popular recurring bits and pretaped videos to take the burden off the host. Give her small, easy stuff that plays to her strengths, then get her out of there. If she can sing, let her sing. The goal is to Bodyguard-cradle the host, letting her enjoy herself while hiding her from the real dangers of the scary sketch comedy world.
Given how little we saw of Anna Kendrick this episode, you'd think Lorne was standing nearby off stage, ready to dive in and take a bullet.
Here's a sketch cut after SNL's dress rehearsal this past weekend in which host Louis C.K. plays an asexual alien named Zartag who escapes his crystal prison then makes some evil-sounding demands of a spaceship crew, only to expose his love for posters of hunky Earth guys and their "cool, fun vibe."
Here are this week's SNL promos, which feature Kenan Thompson, returning host Louis C.K., and some references to smoking pot and eating a bunch of cheeseburgers.