Will Forte is best known for his comedy skills, after spending eight years on Saturday Night Live. He delighted audiences with his impressions of President George W. Bush and his characters like MacGruber. So it’s not surprising that even he was apprehensive about taking on a dramatic role, in the new independent film Run & Jump.
“I was certainly nervous about it,” he admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m a neurotic person anyway, and this was just such a new experience. I was pretty terrified at first. I’m used to being broad characters, so it was tricky trying to find the right level and I don’t have that, I have never done a dramatic role before.” Read more
It’s not like Bill Murray always imagined himself playing Franklin Roosevelt.
When he was originally offered the role in Hyde Park on the Hudson, he thought, “Can this guy be serious?” But in an interview with The New York Times, Murray admitted, “I wouldn’t have cast myself. But this guy did, and about halfway through I went, ‘Wow, he really was right.’ Not to compare myself, but certain personality things were similar, like the way he tried to leaven things and move attention around a room, get everyone their little slice of the sun.”
This similarity was one Murray picked up during his days doing improv theater in Chicago, before he began his career on Saturday Night Live. The experience of improvising “pays off in your life when you’re in an elevator and people are uncomfortable. You can just say, ‘That’s a beautiful scarf.’ It’s just thinking about making someone else feel comfortable. You don’t worry about yourself, because we’re vibrating together. If I can make yours just a little bit groovier, it’ll affect me. It comes back, somehow.” Read more
Tina Fey is already preparing herself for what it will be like to stop work on the hit NBC comedy 30 Rock.
“Oh my God, it’s going to be horrible,” she said. “For years, I’ve been doing this joke whenever Jack McBrayer would finish, I would say, ‘That’s a series wrap for Jack McBrayer,’ or ‘That’s a career wrap for Jack McBrayer.’ And now that’s going to be true for all of us.”
Fey admits that letting go of playing the character of Liz Lemon will be just as difficult as ending the show’s run. “I keep trying to tell my husband and Robert Carlock [writer and producer of 30 Rock] to be ready,” she told Vulture. “At SNL, you knew at the end of the season you were going to hit a two-week depression. It’s hard to stop. And this has been a longer run and a harder run in a lot of ways. I think it’s going to be like when people run a marathon and they throw up at the end.” Read more
Good news – Jason Sudeikis is coming back to Saturday Night Live!
The show has it’s 38th season premiere this Saturday night, so I wonder when he made his decision. Either way, I’m glad he’s back.
He followed that with: “He’s a fiercely loyal guy, both to the show and to me.”
There was talk that Sudeikis might actually leave the show, following in the footsteps of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg. But, with his Romney impression I think he couldn’t resist coming back for one last lap around the hurrah of a season.
The show announced that Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson and Aidy Bryant will be joining the show for its 38th season.
Stong, who is from the touring company of Second City, will be a full cast member while Robinson (a Second City alum) and Robinson (from Chicago’s iO Theater) will be featured players.
SNL premieres this Saturday night with host Seth MacFarlane.
While many Saturday Night Live cast members begin their careers in standup, others aren’t so comfortable with being themselves on stage all by themselves. Bill Hader, for example, might be nominated for an Emmy for his work on the long-running sketch show, but the idea of doing stand-up comedy is something so challenging for him. As he tells NPR’s Fresh Air, “I don’t know how people do that. I need a character. I need people out there with me.”
However, Hader almost didn’t even begin working as a comedian because “real life” got in the way. In the interview he explains that he began his career in show business as a production assistant in Los Angeles, but during that time he wasn’t focusing on being funny. He recalls, “I didn’t do anything creative that entire time because I just was like, ‘I need to pay the bills.’ I think that happens to a lot of people, you get out and you kinda go, ‘Oh man, I came here for one purpose,’ and then you get sidetracked with the realities of paying the bills. So I stopped doing that, and said I need a job where I get out at 6 p.m. So I started a job as a post-production assistant on a Lifetime television show and that led to me being an assistant editor. … And you know what, I still wasn’t doing anything creative. I was enjoying L.A. and being in my 20s. So my friend said, ‘Hey man, you wanna come see my Level 5 show at Second City?’ … And I went there, and that’s when I realized there are people my age performing sketch comedy and performing improv theater, and I said, ‘Oh, I need to be doing something creative. I’ve been here for almost five years and I’ve done nothing creative; I’m gonna do that.” Read more
Bill Hader has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Supporting Actor for his work on Saturday Night Live. Now Emmy nominations for SNL aren’t anything new, but no SNL actor has been nominated for that particular award since Eddie Murphy in 1983.
As a result, Hader didn’t expect a nomination in a category which had eluded so many other SNL superstars since then. He spoke a bit about the surprise with the Los Angeles Times as well as what he learned from his SNL mentors.
Hader admits that he wasn’t the only one who was surprised by his nomination. He says, “When people called, it wasn’t, ‘Hey, man, congratulations.’ It was, ‘Holy … , they actually nominated you for an Emmy! How did that happen?’” Read more
This could be Jason Sudeikis’ biggest year on Saturday Night Live, since his impersonation of presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in high demand. Except the actor might be ready to move on to other projects.
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Sudeikis admits, “You start at SNL when you’re young and hungry, but I don’t want my pro years to be my SNL years. This is me getting to play for KU or Duke or North Carolina, with pro-caliber people, but I don’t want this to be it.”
In a perfect world, Sudeikis would have time to work on SNL but still retain the chance to work on other projects, like his new film, The Campaign (costarring fellow SNL alum Will Ferrell). “I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that…haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked there,” he said. “It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial. I’m not buying a boat because of writing skits. It’s more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in. To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye—of being Mitt Romney—is not enough.” Read more
“Oh, did something bad happen?”: Bill Hader’s Reaction to All the Calls He Received Before He Knew of His Emmy Nomination
Bill Hader has made history with the announcement of his Emmy nomination for Saturday Night Live—he’s the first male SNL cast member to receive a nomination since Eddie Murphy in 1983.
Hader was unaware of the honor, telling Arts Beat, “I didn’t know that. I was up early this morning, checked my email, looked at my phone. Had breakfast, took a shower and came out. No one was here, and there were tons of emails and texts. They were all from SNL people, so I thought, ‘Oh, did something bad happen?’ And Kristen [Wiig’s] was the first one I saw. She was the first person to text me: ‘Oh my God, congratulations!’ And then a bunch of writers. It was really moving.”
But despite Hader turning out impressive roles like Stefon and impersonations of James Carville and Rick Perry, the comedian doesn’t think he can take very much credit for his success. “I’m only as good as our ensemble is, and as good as our writers are,” he said. “You do that thing at the end of the year—‘Hey, do you want to submit your Emmy show?’ And I’m always like, ‘Ah, whatever you guys think is good.’ It’ll never happen. It’s like, ‘Hey, you want to submit yourself so you can take a space shuttle to Mars?’ No, you do it, because it’ll never happen. I told my wife I got nominated and she went, ‘For what?’ I was like, ‘For SNL!’ She was like, ‘Oh, really?’” Read more