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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227. American Ham…And Other Revelations

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Watch out Megan Mullally. I saw your husband, Nick Offerman, without his shirt on this weekend. But don’t worry, so did hundreds of other people. They were mostly young guys wearing plaid but that’s neither here nor there. The Parks and Recreation star hit up The Town Hall this past Saturday for his American Ham tour. Over the course of the two-hour show I learned the following about the man who plays beef’s best friend, Ron Swanson:

  • He giggles a lot
  • He thinks Rob Lowe’s face is “like magic”
  • He loves woodworking and meat as much as his character on NBC
  • He’s a romantic (e.g. he’s always made homemade cards for the women in his life)
  • He lives by 10 essential rules – one of them is to “Go outside. And remain.”
  • He’s extremely vulgar (and horny)
  • He agrees that he looks like “a Galifianakis

I’d have to concur:

I don’t know if I can look at Ron the same way after witnessing this one-man show but I am grateful to see a comedian and actor gain so much success at a later age. Granted, he’s only 42, but that’s like 100 in Hollywood years.

*Note to self: Another one of Offerman’s rules to live by is to “Get a hobby. Master something.” Does eating count? If so, I’d be like the CEO of eating. But Nick would be the CMO. As in the “Chief Meat Officer.” Obvi.

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?

47. Hey, McDonald’s You Might Want To Hire This Guy

No, not Matt Lauer.  The kid behind him.

Thanks NBC.

41. Mas Liz Lemoness!

Looks like NBC got in on the “Shit fillintheblank says” phenomenon and put together the best of Liz Lemon quotes.  Good call NBC.  Good Call.