Are These Three
Performers Joining The Cast
Of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE??
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.
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Aug. 27, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST
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
too true, and for a good reason.
Aug. 27, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST
could probably do a killer obama impression. Wonder what he's doing besides more futurama
Aug. 27, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST
AND BRING BACK MICHAELA!!!
Aug. 27, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST
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
Aug. 27, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST
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
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
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
At least Rob Schneider had the "Dude" thing going for him when he auditioned.
Aug. 27, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST
...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
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
No Phil Lamarr? F'N GREEN LANTERN!?!?! TRAVESTY!
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST
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
But the Ashton one literally made me laugh out loud. Almost a spit take.
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST
Sounds much more catchy
Aug. 28, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
jeezus, what is this? 1992?
Aug. 28, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST
Goddamn, I guess it's tough to find a few creative minds these days
Aug. 28, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST
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
You haven't even made a dent. SNL will be on forever.
Aug. 28, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
Really, she can. I will allow it.
Aug. 28, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST
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
by Uncle Stan
Aug. 28, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
not complaining though, but he sounds just like rockwell
Aug. 28, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST
Guess I shouldn't be shocked. They already have a Hispanic dude playing the Black president.
Aug. 28, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST
Casey something or other...nice tits on that one
Aug. 28, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST
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
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
Yep. Fact, not opinion.
Aug. 28, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST
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
No one over 16 is a "girl." Come on, get with it.
Aug. 28, 2010, 11 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Who cares? SNL died a horrible death many years ago.
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST
why just fill racial quotas?
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST
The Scrubs webisode was very painful.
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST
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
He was on MadTV in 2000 and made the jump to SNL in 2001
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST
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
by Tigger Tales
Aug. 28, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST
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 crap!
Aug. 28, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
is hit and miss - always has been and always will be
Aug. 28, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST
C'mon SNL, can't you elevate Bobby's and Abby's status yet?
Aug. 28, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST
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
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
by Joker Gordon Levitt
Youtube: plb improv reel
Aug. 28, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST
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
Facial mannerisms passable, but didn't sound like them at all.
Aug. 28, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Aug. 28, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
At least Casey Wilson had tits!
Aug. 28, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST
Sorry, I didn't have anywhere else to vent.
Aug. 28, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST
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
there is a photo of Kristen Wiig.
Aug. 28, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST
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
explains it more.
Aug. 29, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST
Why you don't Pedalback anymore..? We miss you...
Aug. 29, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST
was funnier in the Prefontaine sketch.
Aug. 29, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST
but the last time they were relevant was with that dick in the box song...so 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
for a show that's supposedly down in the dumps.
Aug. 29, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST
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
Aug. 29, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST
Maybe not ever but... http://tinyurl.com/3xb8ugz
Aug. 29, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST
the worst show on tv.
Aug. 29, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST
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 ..buuuut...it 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
Pretty obvious to me.
Aug. 29, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST
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
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
...not seeing any more "MacGruber" next season. :-)
Aug. 30, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST
fuck you asshole.
Aug. 30, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST
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.
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