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I am – Hercules!! Lorne Michaels and Kristen Wiig have been touring comedy shows all summer looking for new talent and The Comic’s Comic reported Friday that “Saturday Night Live” is about to add three new players. 1) Taran Killam, the real-life husband of the not-Alyson-Hannigan girl on “How I Met Your Moher,” is a Groundlings vet and may be the first guy ever to make the leap from “Mad TV” to SNL (at age 19 he appeared in the 2001-2002 "Mad" season while SNL viewers ignored him in favor of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon). Like Kenan Thompson, Killam appeared on the Nickelodeon sketch show "All That." He was also in “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out,” recurs on “Mother” as a guy named Blauman, and played an orderly in that final season of “Scrubs” no one watched. See him do impressions of Seth Rogen, Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, and Tom Hanks in this "Scrubs" webisode: 2) Vanessa Bayer is a Chicago stand-up who’s performed with the Second City touring company, iO Chicago and the Annoyance Theater. This is her head in a Blue Shield commercial: 3) Paul Brittain is a performer and instructor at iO Chicago. Here he is as the ghost of Steve Prefontaine: SNL launches its 36th season Sept. 25. Find all of The Comic’s Comic story on the matter here.
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  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by skinnyharry

    can they please hire another black guy. One that can do an Obama impression. I mean come on, there are a lot of funny black dudes out there. You can't find one?

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    The season of scrubs no one watched

    by Reilly

    too true, and for a good reason.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Phil Lamarr

    by Reilly

    could probably do a killer obama impression. Wonder what he's doing besides more futurama

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg


  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by TSTEWIE

    Jimmy the Overly Touchy Orderly was on the next-to-last season of Scrubs that a couple of people watched. Pretty good impressions!

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    The season of scrubs no one watched

    by RPLocke

    Every season?

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Three things that are true:

    by daggor

    Taran Killam is a hack and we'll be seeing a lot of those "impressions." The new "Scrubs" interns were just annoying and unlikeable. I'm really sick of quirky Middle Eastern/Indian characters in sitcoms.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I didn't watch the last season

    by BlaGyver

    But JD's last season on Scrubs was pretty damn funny, and even though the impressions are lame, Taran got a good ammount of laughs from me. Granted, the comedy from the situation also came from the reciever of his overly touchiness, but still.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    I mean, good for you that you get to titty fuck Cobie Smulders, but you pretty much blow as an impressionist.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    devil's advocate for the impressions

    by mrgray

    I don't think they were meant to be all that good. In fact, given the context, I think he did a great job *acting* like a guy who's doing impressions.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Wow, they all kind of suck....

    by kdoc13

    At least Rob Schneider had the "Dude" thing going for him when he auditioned.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    So, with Will Forte leaving at least two current members...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Are getting the axe.<p> I'm wagering Moynihan and Elliot. Abby especially, since it seems like Wiig did everything she could to crowd her and the other female cast members out, and Elliot seemed to only get maybe forty-five seconds a show last season...

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    The first guy

    by veritasses

    was horrible. Though maybe he improved a lot or maybe that's the worst thing he ever did... The other two didn't do enough/have enough material to warrant an opinion.

  • Aug. 27, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies

    No Phil Lamarr? F'N GREEN LANTERN!?!?! TRAVESTY!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Amazed if SNL had more than one or two black cast members

    by Kal Reeve

    But then Herc would think it was In Living Color or Mad TV and start tearing the show down with hateful remarks spawned from stupifying levels of ignorance.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    The impressions were not that impressive

    by gotilk

    But the Ashton one literally made me laugh out loud. Almost a spit take.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Saturday Night Three Second Delay

    by ndally

    Sounds much more catchy

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    THIS is why Forte left

    by MJDeViant

    I think for this season Michael Keaton should host every episode. I missed him and it is unfortunate that all he has done lately was The Other Guys and it wasn't enough. I want more. Make a sequel to Mr. Mom for all I care but get him in front of the camera more.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    If you haven't seen Mystery Team yet

    by MJDeViant

    that is Moynihan's best role ever. And a funny movie for what it is. It grows on you. Underrated.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Not sure I get the hate for the impressions

    by heks

    The guy was clearly doing impressions intended to be caricatures of the people rather than serious impressions where you go, "Wow, that was uncanny!" Given that fact, I thought they were pretty funny and clearly recognizable.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    SNL should just fire everyone

    by MJDeViant

    and get the Upright Citizens Brigade to take over. Trotter, Adar, Colby, Antoine. Where is my season 3 and beyond dammit! I want Pro Thundeball on DVD stat!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Upright Citizens Brigade

    by RPLocke

    jeezus, what is this? 1992?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    no, 1998

    by MJDeViant

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Top flight talent right here

    by CrazyJoeDavola

    Goddamn, I guess it's tough to find a few creative minds these days

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    startin' to look like SNL's headed for another slump...

    by HarryWannaBe

    It's been pretty decent the past 3, maybe 4 years now...but with these three potential new cast members? Yikes. If they're only background players and not regulars...perhaps it'll be ok.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    36 seasons and people still complain/

    by Orionsangels

    You haven't even made a dent. SNL will be on forever.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    SNL has proved incredible durable

    by Hercules

    Even without an election year to bolster it, its ratings kicked the shit out of most shows in primetime last season.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:59 a.m. CST

    The Prefontaine guy might be good

    by smackfu

    I like SNL way better when it's being absurd and surreal than when it's doing lame character bits and impressions. This guy looks like he can make for some pretty weird sketches.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST

    They should get a British guy

    by Cobb05

    I'm sure there's some really talented British comic/actor who could come on and inject some life into the show. I don't care what anyone says, the show has been horrible for years. The writing is flat and uncreative.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    er, MJDeViant

    by Loosejerk

    My one time favorite actor, Michael Keaton, had a part in a little indie film recently. I think it was called Toy Story 3.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Should've grabbed Bobby Lee from MadTV

    by Behemoth

    The guy's hilarious just looking at him, and there's never been an Asian on SNL before. If they're going to poach the remains of MadTV, Bobby Lee would've been the way to go.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig can suck my gigantic flesh viper

    by Behemoth

    Really, she can. I will allow it.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Durable as in cheap, Herc

    by OutsideChance

    The show stays on because it's relatively cheap ("stars" stay with show only until Michaels thinks they cost too much) and because it's an inexpensive way to get celebrities on network TV (actors and bands work for scale to promote their latest project). And it airs on Saturday night, when the audience is small and comprised of shut-ins and drunks. So expectations are low to begin with. Yes, the show is sometimes funny. However, as with Leno and "the Tonight Show" the issue for the network isn't quality, it's money.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    They should hire THIS GUY...

    by Uncle Stan

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Good, I miss "MAD TV"...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...and adding Taram is a good idea. But remember what happened with Jeff Richards? Got fired from SNL, then left "MAD TV"...

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Is Kristen Wiig funny?

    by hoser333

    My wife and I don't find her funny at all. We actually fast forward through any sketch she's in. Is it just us? Because it seems other people think she's good. Gilly- how quickly did that gag get lame? I mean come on.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    They SHOULD Get A British Guy

    by Crow3711

    I always wondered why they dont get a hilarious english man. I mean, I guess its no big stretch for any of their performers to do a simple british accent for a skit, I think a englishmans perspective could give them some newer fresher material too, hopefully.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    still no blacks or asians

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I love that SNL Is so white, they never have more then one black guy and the only asians are like quater asians like schneider, or armesion that most people just assume are white. SNL should hire a black comedian as the new obama, and they should hire bobby lee, who was the funniest guy to come out of mad tv

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Cobie Smulders' husband? Should have just got her!

    by DanielKurland

    Honestly, she is so fucking under-rated on HIMYM. She does an amazing job with little, and it blows my mind she doesn't get Emmy recognition.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I get a sam rockwell vibe from the last guy

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    not complaining though, but he sounds just like rockwell

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Bring in more WHITE PEOPLE!

    by jimbojones123

    Guess I shouldn't be shocked. They already have a Hispanic dude playing the Black president.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    bring back the chick with the huge hooters

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Casey something or other...nice tits on that one

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Yeah Phil Lamarr is pretty awesome

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    I wish he could bring his UPS guy to SNL, THAT would be worth watching!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    yeah a slump is upon us, and has already started

    by Monolith_Jones

    This is normal when new performers join. There is always that stage of awkwardness until they find the right mix of personalities.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Underwhelming, all three of them.

    by jawsfan

    Yep. Fact, not opinion.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by Lionel_Richies_Hipster_Frames

    The first guy did a good enough Rogen to do on SNL. I'd love to see them make fun of Rogen in a more aggressive way on the show like Pesci was made fun of. The 2nd one was a woman in an insurance commercial. It's pretty stupid to condemn her ability for being a talking head in an ad. What I like about her is she looks different and doesn't look like everyone on TV already. The 3rd guy made me laugh, although I think the chubby guy was funnier. That said, I didn't see anything wrong with any of them. If 2 male cast members are added and Forte's out, that means one more goes. I hope they keep Hader and Sudekis. Armisen could go. Samberg I forget it on the show. Moynihan is a glorified extra. Out of those 3, I'm curious to see who gets the axe.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Young man

    by dignan26

    No one over 16 is a "girl." Come on, get with it.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Defending some friends here

    by luvhurtz

    I am a Chicago improv guy and I have to say SNL just picked up two very great performers. Paul Brittan I don't know personally but he is a very funny guy. Vanessa Bayer I do know and she is extremely talented and I will stick out my neck and say she is probably the funniest female cast member they've picked up in a while. Combine this casting with the Chicago writers they picked up this year and last year and it looks like the Chicagoians are taking back SNL.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by Monolith_Jones

    That may be true but as we've seen in the past just because your funny and talented doesn't mean you're a good fit for SNL. I hope they do well, that way we all win.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Taran Killam SKIT

    by moviemenace

    The one positive I can say about that skit is --- That Indian girl (Sonal Shah, I IMDBed it) is a hellava dancer! Pop that shit girl, Pop it!!!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    Who cares? SNL died a horrible death many years ago.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    snl needs more trannies and handicap people

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    why just fill racial quotas?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed the Prefontaine sketch.

    by tonagan

    The Scrubs webisode was very painful.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    You want Obama impersonations? Get ARIES SPEARS, stat!

    by Tigger Tales

    Although nowadays his gimmick would be "If Barack Obama became obese during his only term in office"

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Jeff Richards was the first guy to do both shows

    by The_Ed_Carden

    He was on MadTV in 2000 and made the jump to SNL in 2001

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    14 year olds are funnier than SNL

    by torontoxic

    Which is just a political joke thats not funny followed by some other crap with two music performances by either some band nobody has heard of or cares about (if the host is young) or some band nobody hears or cares about anymore (if the host is Alec Baldwin).

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Jimmy's a good dancer. Give him the role!

    by Tigger Tales

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Supermarch really?

    by Monolith_Jones

    I don't care if you like the show or not, but I defy you to pick a musical guest within the last 15(a conservitive number) years that no one has heard of.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    SNL is GAY!

    by SeymourClearly

    SNL is crap!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    SNL rules... I have 36 years to prove my point

    by andrew coleman

    That's right I'm using the New York Yankees defense to prove this show rocks! And here is my republican debate that SNL is amazing: "It's amazing, even though you might have proof I'm wrong I will ignore you and say it is even if it isn't. So I'm right and you're wrong even though you're probably right. But the Bible says SNL is funny and I read it!"

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The Prefontaine sketch wasn't bad

    by _Venkman

    He might have some talent but Taram Killam was terrible. As far as the chick goes, I can't tell yet...

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    the modern comedy style of dry humor/sarcasm

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    crap like modern snl and the office, i'll even take scary movie humor over these snoozefests.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Scrubs is weird

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    and not a good weird, everyone in that show talks like there can be no nasty drama, it's all sweet and fuzzy drama. disgusting.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by npharris

    is hit and miss - always has been and always will be

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Will the "featured" actors become regulars?

    by theBigE

    C'mon SNL, can't you elevate Bobby's and Abby's status yet?

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Is Anthony Anderson still on this show?

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    it's not official yet

    by luvhurtz

    though things are looking very good that these three will be added to the cast, it hasn't been confirmed. There are still a couple of people not mentioned that are being seriously considered for the show.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    SNL was hit and miss last year...


    like ALWAYS. And I dont mean that in a bad way at all. Thats just the way its always going to be, and Im fine with that. With the invention of DVR I dont have to stay in Saturday night to catch it (not that I would for anything on tv) AND I can fast-forward thru every sketch im not feeling and most the shitty musical acts to get to the moments of sheer brillance. And thats totally cool with me.<p> Oh and as much as it pains me to say it, January Jones was the worst host in recent memory...possibly ever. Ryan Phillipe (no way im looking up if thats the correct spelling) was surprisingly funny tho! <p>And I totally agree, Michael Keaton MUST host this year. I love that guy.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    oh yeah?

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    Youtube: plb improv reel

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    No wonder Eddie Murphy was there when Lorne wasn't

    by Freshjuice

    Lorne Michaels doesn't hire black writers. Chris Rock had to bring his own writers. He doesn't hire black women because all they are to him are prostitutes. And Asians? Forget it. Eddie Murphy doesn't attend the reunions because he knows he would have had no chance with Lorne.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, His Impressions Sucked

    by fedrich519

    Facial mannerisms passable, but didn't sound like them at all.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Episode hosted by BETTY WHITE was eons beyond terrible.

    by Tigger Tales

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    That's the best comedic acting talent they could come up with??

    by BetterCallSaul

    At least Casey Wilson had tits!

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    None can fill Forte's shoes!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Oh, and let Bruce Campbell host!!!!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Persons Unknown Sucks!!!!!!!

    by Carolinamaestro

    Sorry, I didn't have anywhere else to vent.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Is SNL still on?

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I haven't watched it for centuries. I mean it. I'm a time-traveling vampire

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Under the definition for "underrated" in the dictionary...

    by JuanSanchez

    there is a photo of Kristen Wiig.

  • Aug. 28, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Why does SNL take the summer off?

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Colbert, The Daily Show, Letterman, Ferguson, Kimmel etc don't take the summer off. SNL is a pretty cheap show to produce, relatively speaking. Sure take a couple weeks off now and then but there's no reason at all it should be off most of the summer other than you know, sheer laziness.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    laziness produces shit

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    explains it more.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    Why you don't Pedalback anymore..? We miss you...

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    The other guy

    by secretcylon

    was funnier in the Prefontaine sketch.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    they may kick ass in the ratings

    by brabon300

    but the last time they were relevant was with that dick in the box relevant with toilet humor<p>snl hasnt been cutting edge for years...and im not saying that because im old and bitter<p>there is stuff on youtube that is 100 times funnier than anything snl has done in the past 10 years<p>however, i am kinda freaked that i have been watching since the premiere

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Uh, that Betty White show got ratings

    by RPLocke

    for a show that's supposedly down in the dumps.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    ThrowMetheIdol makes a good point

    by OutsideChance

    Given that SNL's choice of host is largely tied to whatever movie needs promoting that week, and the fact that most of the studios' bog films come out in the summer, I'm a little surprised that the series takes a summer hiatus.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    i dont care

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i dont care

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Funniest thing ever

    by Razorback

    Maybe not ever but...

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Unable to save....

    by Powerring

    the worst show on tv.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I'll get a white woman who's wearing a navy blue sweater.

    by MacFaux

    I'm gonna get me a shotgun<br><br />and kill all the whities I see,<br><br />I'm gonna get me a shotgun<br><br /> and kill all the whities I see.<br><br />When I kill all the whities I see,<br><br /> then whitey he won't bother me,<br><br />I'm gonna get me a shotgun<br><br /> and kill all the whities I see.<br><br /><br><br><br />ya know, I don't like to say has been about 20 years since Lorne saw his balls.<br><br><br />SNL.<br><br><br />Neutered. A side taken. idiot writers (who blow Lorne) whose only mission is to prolong a ...feeble... franchise...God. Damn.<br><br><br />You silly Kids.<br /><br><br><br />Someone fetch me a glass of wine, white. <br><br><br />Jeebus. Herc is a ..well, you get it.<br><br><br />Pardon me morons, I have a tee time....

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Paul Brittain is Will Forte 2.0

    by fiester

    Pretty obvious to me.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by hippie_killer

    First Elizabeth Moss, now Abby Elliott? At least now we know what Abby was doing back stage when she was busy being in absolutely no sketches ever.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Heard that Obama will be a regular (very soon)

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Perhaps he and dumpster Kenan Thompson can rekindle the magic that was the KENAN AND KEL SHOW. Obama will impersonate himself in the stale "Weekly Update" skits.

  • Aug. 29, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...not seeing any more "MacGruber" next season. :-)

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    fuck you asshole.

  • Aug. 30, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Blue Shield commercial

    by Curious Jorge

    I thought that was going to be a parody commercial. Honestly, "happens" isn't a standalone word; it's used in a popular (though vulgar) phrase. And through the whole commercial, there's Vanessa Bayer's head in place of the first word.