Before he became one of the country's leading comedy directors, helming films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers, Adam McKay spent six years working on Saturday Night Live. Hired on as a staff writer in 1995, he was promoted to head writer in 1996, a position he held until handing it over to Tina Fey in 1999. McKay then became the show's resident filmmaker. He asked for — and got — the absurd job title "Coordinator of Falconry" and was able to do whatever he wanted on the show until he left in 2001 to make movies.
During an AMA on Reddit to promote his latest movie, Anchorman 2, [...]
After a 15-year hiatus, the classic "Bill Brasky" sketch made a comeback on SNL this weekend, with Taran Killam and host Paul Rudd joining Will Ferrell and David Koechner as the rowdy group of bucktoothed alcoholic salesmen who take turns delivering drunken homages to their legendary coworker and son-of-a-bitch Bill Brasky. As one of the earliest collaborations between Will Ferrell and head writer Adam McKay, the "Brasky Buddies" served as some of the most inexplicably funny and quotable 10-to-1 sketches of the late 90s and gave players Mark McKinney and David Koechner (who was hired out of Chicago alongside McKay) some much-needed screen time. The Brasky Buddies have [...]
Next Friday will see the premiere of The Birthday Boys, a new IFC comedy series from the sketch group of the same name. It's been a while since the last time a network gave a show to an existing sketch team, so this is a pretty exciting thing since some of the best sketch shows ever come from groups that were already formed years beforehand.
Formed in 2007, The Birthday Boys is an LA-based sketch group made up of seven writer-performers (Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, Chris VanArtsdalen), most of whom met at Ithaca College before moving to the west coast. Since [...]
On Friday, we reported that SNL is hiring three members of the Los Angeles-based sketch group Good Neighbor for the 2013-14 season. Good Neighbor consists of writer/performers Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, and Nick Rutherford, who all met as students at USC, and Dave McCary, a childhood friend of Mooney's who's the group's director and editor. Mooney and Bennett have been hired by SNL as featured players and McCary as a video director, making this the second time the show has added multiple members of an existing video sketch group after The Lonely Island in 2005.
Founded in 2007, Good Neighbor quickly amassed millions of YouTube hits with their sketch videos [...]
After a decade on the show, first as a writer and then a cast member, Jason Sudeikis announced yesterday he's leaving Saturday Night Live. Joining departing colleagues Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, Sudeikis will be leaving a massive void in the show when SNL returns this fall. With over eight seasons of recurring characters, impressions, and one-off sketches to choose from, we went through and picked out some of Jason Sudeikis's best work on the show. From Romney to Biden, from Satan to Jesus, check out our video list of his best SNL moments below: