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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271. Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Just found out that Stefon will be making an appearance on the upcoming Late Night with Seth Meyers. This makes me extremely happy. That is all.

If you’re not familiar with Stefon and Seth’s relationship – they ended up getting married on Bill Hader’s last night on SNL. Here’s a Stefon montage:

*Note to self: Try out all those clubs with DJ Baby Bokchoy!

261. Another Reason…

I heart Mike O’Brien (left) and Taran Killam (right):

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Note to self: Sneak into the read thru and just start offering people chicken wings.

240. Honey, I’m Home

I finally made it to Better Being Underground, the lunch-only (open 12pm-3pm) take away spot in the West Village. What is this alluring place? It’s a teeny tiny nook that’s located literally underground at 55 Leroy St. It’s easy to miss but luckily they have this cool sign (created by a guy named Dan who is the props guy at SNL):

IMG_1091Dan was also the guy who called the shop about creating Brownie Husband (the infamous commercial parody where Tiny Fey ditches her dream of finding a real man and ends up with a giant man made of brownie). I believe his exact words were:

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“I need a sh*tload to build a brownie man, maybe 10 sheetpans. And some kind of saucey thing for puke. I need it by 7.”

Just the fact that this interaction occurred makes me love the place even more. The shop also churns out a different menu every day and is known for its sandwiches, salads, soups, and yummy desserts. Make sure to get there early if you spot something that looks tasty. I arrived an hour after they opened and they were already sold out of a few of the items on the menu. But, that led me to ordering one of their staple sandwiches, The St. Luke – buttermilk fried chicken, new pickles, brioche bun w/ chipotle or rosemary horseradish mayo. I opted for chipotle (since I’m apparently the only person in the world that hates rosemary). It was delish. The chicken was crispy and hot while the savory yet sweet bun perfectly complimented the slightly spicy mayo. And those pickles!

I also ordered their small mac n’ cheese of the day. I believe it was jalapeño. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever eaten but I give them an A for effort – especially because they come up with concoctions like blue cheese and apple mac n’ cheese.

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Overall, I definitely recommended checking out this West Village gem. Even if it’s just to have a mint and chocolate brownie. The people working behind the counter are super friendly and they seem to thoroughly enjoy what they’re serving up. The only catch? It’s CASH ONLY so come prepared. I still can’t wait to try The Squashbuckler (butternut squash, manchego, sauteed kale, chipotle mayo, pressed country sourdough) and their grilled salmon salad with frissee and spinach, blood orange, fingerling potato confit, shaved fennel, grilled artichokes, & mustard vinaigrette.

*Note to self: Find out whatever happened to Brownie Husband. Just sayin’.

216. Downton Live?

How are these two not related?

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Ethel (Amy Nuttal) from Downton Abbey

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Vanessa Bayer from SNL

*Note to self: Get a gig on Downton Abbey, then moonlight on SNL as my crazy look-alike twin.

210. The End of an Era

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Tina Fey has once again infiltrated my life this week (upcoming gig as co-host for the SAG Awards, her appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and most importantly, I watched Mean Girls last night). This made me want to say:

Thank you Tina Fey for creating 30 Rock – the show that gave us a glimpse into the world of a late night variety show (ahem, SNL) and introduced us to characters who love/hate each other so much that they’re willing to be each others mentors yet sabotage each other at the same time.

My top three favorite episodes are:

  1. Queen of Jordan (Season 5, Episode 17)
  2. Black Tie (Season 1, Episode 12)
  3. Blind Date (Season 1, Episode 3)

My top 3 favorite side characters are:

  1. Mr. Spaceman
  2. Paul L’Astname (aka Mr. Jenna Maroney)
  3. Devon Banks

The cast has been celebrating the end of 30 Rock this week:

The cast reminisces while on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

The cast says goodbye on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Final Series Table Read:

Final Table Read

Typical Lutz: always eating/drinking
Typical Kenneth: always wearing his uniform

But, seriously folks, who can ever forget this:

Thanks for the laughs, Tina. Just make sure you don’t choke on your own tears. We want you to stick around for a while…

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.

175. Matt Piedmont: Viewing Life Through A Comic Lens

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Last fall, I had the chance to interview Matt Piedmont, a comedy writer that I’ve looked up to for years. From SNL to Casa de mi Padre, this guy has done it all. Find out why he loves Gap khakis, how he broke into Hollywood, and why he feels like Liberace…sometimes.

Matt Piedmont: Viewing Life Through A Comic Lens.

116. Eat Like A Squirrel

Today, I was completely mesmerized by the way this squirrel ate a piece of food.  He reminded me of Mr. Peepers, the character Chris Katan played on SNL.  It made me laugh, thinking about a room full of adults eating in the same frantic motion.

I’ll never forget how fast Chris Katan could tear through an apple.