279. I’m Already Laughing

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It’s about time Maya Rudolph gets her own show – well a shot at it, at least. It was announced today that at 10 p.m. on May 19th, NBC will air The Maya Rudolph Show. The sketch/variety show will star her and her famous friends (aka Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen (seriously what isn’t Fred up to these days?), Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell. We should expect songs and sketches – does that mean SNL’s 90’s girl band Gemini’s Twin will be making an appearance? I seriously hope so.

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Gemini’s Twin (w/ Gwyneth Paltrow)

Janelle Monae will be a musical guest while Raphael Saadiq will serve as bandleader. Pretty cool. Oh, and, of course, Lorne Michaels is executive producing. Let’s just hope it gets green lighted for an entire series. Because we need a woman in late night and Maya is the perfect person for the job.

*Note to self: See if Maya is on LinkedIn. Send her my resume. Instant friends and colleagues.

214. Mulaney Makes It

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Yessssss! One of my all time favorite comedy writers (John Mulaney) just got the green light to shoot his very own pilot for NBC. Mulaney wrote the first episode and will also executive produce the multi camera show along with Lorne Michaels. The sitcom is loosely based on Mulaney’s real life. I wonder if his writing partner (Mike O’Brien) will get in on this. I’m crossing my fingers that a certain SNL character will make an appearance. In case you haven’t seen Mulaney’s brilliant creation, his name is Stefon and he is fabulous. Here’s a taste of his genius writing abilities:

Congrats Mulaney! Guess you’re having a pretty good week. I always knew you would make it!

*Note to self: Find out if Mulaney is single (or stalk him post SNL taping at 30 Rock). That’s normal, right?

204. She Said What?!

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Last week, the fabulously funny Paula Pell (sturdy lady, pliable soul, SNL writer since 1946, and executive producer of the upcoming film, This Is 40) was interviewed by the always interesting Alec Baldwin during his WNYC radio show, Here’s The Thing. The two had such a great rapport that I had to share it. I think my favorite line was when she said, “During that time I went down Penis Ave. for about two years.”

Find out more about the woman who was discovered by Lorne Michaels while working at a certain Orlando amusement park. Well, it’s actually more than an amusement park, but you’ll have to listen to find out the dirty details. Enjoy!

Click here to listen to the entire interview.

*Warning, might cause laughter for 40+ minutes. Highly recommend not listening to this on the subway or people might think you’re crazy. Actually, I take that back. Listen to it on the subway and then tell me what happens.

198. All Hail Lorne Michaels

Sometimes I wonder if Lorne Michaels is really God. He has his hands in everything (ahem, SNL, Portlandia, Up All Night, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, Baby Mama, Mean Girls, etc., emphasis on the etc.). He probably laughs like Dr. Evil and sits in a Brookstone massage chair (courtesy of NBC) while calculating how many people owe him big time. Up next? Kenan Thompson’s latest endeavor.

I just realized that he and my Dad are not only the same age but they were born within 2 days of each other. It’s like they’re long lost brothers, except my Dad was born in Ohio and Michaels in Toronto. That would explain a few things. Mainly why my Dad ends every sentence with “eh?” and refers to Steve Martin and Paul Simon as his “best friends”. Maybe I’ll get him a Brookstone massage chair for Christmas and invite Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon over for some ham.