This Saturday, John Goodman returns to host Saturday Night Live for the first time in over a decade. Prior to this week's show, Goodman was a nineties SNL staple and took on hosting gigs for thirteen nearly consecutive years between 1989-2001 (he took a break in 1991), bringing the always welcome gruff big-guy Dan Conner vibe to a host of memorable sketches from the Swerski Superfans to the Bill Brasky salesmen to any news story involving Linda Tripp. In celebration of Goodman's return to SNL this week, here are nine of his best sketches from years past, from earliest to most recent: READ MORE
The Colbert Report covered Mike Huckabee's awful and overtly political "12 Days of Obamacare" Christmas carol last night, so Colbert took it upon himself to invent a few anti-Obamacare song parodies of his own. I'm partial to "Hark the Herald Kathleen Sebelius," though "Frosty the Biden" also has a nice ring to it. Nothing gets the holiday spirit in full-swing quite like a healthcare-themed song.
Moshe Kasher was a guest on Pete Holmes last night, and the two had an interesting interaction of almost kissing each other, calling Moshe a "gayman" who lives in "Gaymaica," and Moshe discussing his take on the fluid notion of sex and gender, which is a lot funnier than it probably sounds.
Billy Eichner appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to show a special holiday edition of Billy on the Street, where he and Amy Poehler breathlessly run around the streets of Manhattan and ambush New Yorkers by testing their Christmas carol lyric knowledge on the spot. Come for the Billy on the Street, stay for Amy Poehler being extremely adorable and visibly uncomfortable with Billy insulting a baby for being named Arrow.
The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier this morning, bringing with them a few predictable choices and a few surprises. In the Best TV Comedy category, award show dominator Modern Family was joined by The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Parks and Recreation, and the freshman season of Andy Samberg's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while the categories for TV comedy acting showed some love to Amy Poehler, Jason Bateman, Andy Samberg, and Lena Dunham for their performances this year. 2013 wasn't the best year for comedy movies and that's painfully obvious in these nominations, though Julia Louis-Dreyfus did get a nom for her performance in the romantic comedy Enough Said. See below for the full list of nominees:
Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
Best Actor, TV Series Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine READ MORE
Next summer, Netflix will add a new animated series to its Originals lineup called BoJack Horseman, and the lead characters will be voiced by Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, and Amy Sedaris. According to a Netflix press release, the show centers around BoJack (Arnett), a washed-up former 90's television star (and horse) who "has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, with the help of his human sidekick Todd (Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Caroline (Sedaris), BoJack is primed to again make his mark on the world of entertainment." Arnett and Paul will also serve as executive producers for the series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who also co-wrote Splitsider's own Exquisite Corpse Project. It sounds like an ideal role for Arnett, but I'm particularly excited to see Sedaris as a cat princess.
Here's a behind-the-scenes teaser for Ambiance Man, a web series created by artist Alix Lambert and produced by LA's Museum of Contemporary Art. The series stars Fred Armisen as the title character with Jack Black and Jibz Cameron (AKA performance artist Dynasty Handbag) as Ambiance Man's nemeses Unidentifiable Odor and Buzzkill. The series premieres December 20th on MOCAtv's Youtube page, where we'll get to watch Black ruin tons of vibes only to have Armisen swoop in and restore things to totally chilled out order.
Which job is tougher: comedian or miner? Normally I'd say miner unless the comedian is performing mining-related jokes at a mining museum, and that's exactly the job offer British comic Seymour Mace just accepted at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland. Mace will engage Woodhorn's staff and visitors (many are ex-miners) at a market stall outside the museum until next summer, when he will use material from their stories to create and perform a standup set at the Northumberland Miners' Picnic. He'll also "work with staff and volunteers to show how they can use standup skills in communicating with visitors."
"I think this idea of having a resident comedian is really imaginative, I have to say, " Museums Association Mark Taylor told BBC Radio 4 about the move, part of a wider initiative to reimagine museums' roles called the Happy Museum Project. Mace is the son of a coal miner so he's the perfect choice to bridge these two worlds in what the museum is boasting as the first project of its kind, so he'll have plenty of humour to mine over the course of his residency. (See what I did there?)
Here's a promo for this week's SNL with Taran Killam and John Goodman, who will be hosting for the 13th time this Saturday. Goodman's last hosting gig was back in November 2001 (or "150 years ago," as he puts it), so it should be interesting to see how he meshes with this new generation of cast members. Hopefully he's not mad they did the Bill Brasky sketch without him last week.
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and aside from the predictable love for Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family, the actors on both 30 Rock's farewell season and Arrested Development's experimental Netflix run got recognized for their work in 2013. Winners will be announced at the live awards show on January 18th at 8:00PM on TNT and TBS; see below for the complete list of comedy-related nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory READ MORE
Last night on The Daily Show, Jason Jones met one of the country's finest squiggly line artists, a squiggly line artist who understands that every piece of data has a story, true art is often misunderstood, and it's totally not racist to redraw US voting districts and undermine our great democracy.
Conan's stingy and no-nonsense prop master Bill Tull gave the audience a few money-saving holiday gift tips last night. I'm not convinced that a bag of cocaine is the cheapest option for a budget-friendly snowman, but you've got to admire this guy's careless confidence. Boom.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
Though he’s best known as the voice behind the raunchy puppet and former Conan regular Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Robert Smigel is responsible for many of SNL’s best sketches and pretaped shorts during his impressive run as writer from 1985-2008. Between the Chicagoan Bill Swerski’s Superfans, TV Funhouse segments like The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and commercial parodies like “Schmitt’s Gay,” Smigel brought a fresh batch of non-topical sketch concepts that helped dig SNL out of its mid-eighties rut. He may be best remembered as a writer, but Smigel also made a handful of guest appearances and spent two seasons as a featured player. READ MORE
Following last week’s announcement of Sundance’s 2014 lineup, yesterday the festival announced its crop of new films set to premiere this year, adding another David Cross project as well as films featuring Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, and more. The comedy selection ranges from dark to romantic to touring one-man show; take a look at some selections from the lineup below:
Hits – Directed and written by David Cross. In a small town in upstate New York, recklessness disturbs the lives of the people who dwell there as they wallow in unrealistic expectations. Cast: Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Matt Walsh, Wyatt Cenac. READ MORE