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.

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79. Betty and Jodi: Revitalizing The Bronx (And The Yankees)

(Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph reunite on The Bronx Beat)

If The Bronx wants to revitalize their image I know just the gals to help out.  Betty and Jodi from The Bronx Beat.  That’s right, the two reunited on a recent episode of SNL and thankfully they hadn’t changed a bit.  They were still their usual hilarious selves.  Rebranding would be a piece of cake with these two as the official spokeswomen for the borough.  I can picture it now:

Betty 

Yeah, ah, come to The Bronx.  It’s special.

Jodi

Whadya talkin’ about, special?  What’s so special ’bout it?

Betty

Whaddya mean what’s special ’bout it?  It’s special..

Jodi

Tell me one thing that’s special ’bout it.

Betty

You want me to tell ya?

Jodi

(talking over her)

Yeah, tell me. Tell me.

Betty

Okay, I’ll tell ya.  Whaddabout Little Italy.  We got Little Italy here at The Bronx.

Jodi

(chewing her gum)

So does Manhattan.  

Betty

Oh yeah.  Okay okay.  Whaddabout, ah, the Bronx Zoo.  We got animals.  We got gorillas.  You like gorillas?

Jodi

(to camera)

Yeah, you like gorillas?

Betty

(to camera)

Gorillas?

A PRODUCER runs up and whispers in Betty’s ear.

Betty

Oh, okay, so I was just told by my producer that Manhattan also

(pauses and puts her finger up in the air)

has gorillas.

Jodi

Whaddya mean they have gorillas. What are they doin’, walking around the subway?  The subway?  Hey, ah, ticket for one?  I don’t think so, my friend.  Let me tell ya somethin’, I would not get on the subway if there was a gorilla sittin’ next to me.  Ok?

Betty

No, at the zoo, Jodi.  They got gorillas at the zoo, too.

Jodi

Oh, they got a zoo too, huh?  

Betty

Yeah.  A zoo, too.

Jodi

Well, there’s gotta be something The Bronx has that Manhattan does not.  Am I right?

Betty and Jodi pause to think.

Betty

I got it.  What about The Yankees?

Jodi

That’s right.  We got The Yankees.  How could I forget about ah, what’s that guy’s name again?

Betty

Oh, you mean, ah, Babe Ruth.

Jodi

No, not Babe Ruth.  Although I do love that guy.  I’m talkin’ bout the hot one.  You know, with the muscles.

Betty

Oh, ah, Derek Jetah.

Jodi

Yeah, we got Jetah, Manhattan.  

Betty

Jodi, I think he might live in Manhattan.

Jodi

Who cares?  He plays in The Bronx.  Am I right or am I right.

Betty

You are right, Jodi.  Take that Manhattan, okay?  Take that.  We got the real Jetah here.  Now lets go before I get all hot and bothah’d.

Jodi

That’s it!

Betty

That’s what?

Jodi

That’s the new slogan: Come to the Bronx, where you’ll get all hot and bothah’d.

Betty
I like it, Jodi.  I like it a lot. 

Okay, somehow that turned into a Yankees commercial but still, you get my point.  Cheers to The Bronx and The Yankees.  After all, it’s almost baseball season, right?

Here’s a look at a real scene between Betty and Jodi:

http://www.hulu.com/embed/M1btuajYzMTzhk1qNQLpZA

37. (Another) another another reason I want to be a comedy writer: Because of Melissa McCarthy

She and her fellow castmates, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, decided to share their favorite drinking game with viewers last night during the SAG awards.  These ladies are always thinking and now they’ve got Scorsese’s attention.  Genius.