Feel free to delete this post if it's too off-topic.
I've been living in NYC since August last year, but I still haven't tried to see SNL in person. I would like to try on their season finale on May 21st, when Justin Timberlake is hosting. I'll be done with school so I can spend as much time on it as needed.
But I don't have anyone to go with and I don't know much about the standby line in general. So I'm looking for someone who wants to go with me. It doesn't matter if you're another standby line newb or a veteran - I just wanna meet new people and hopefully see the show in person.
(x-posted in the thelonelyisland community.)
Gwyneth Paltrow to host 'Saturday Night Live'
LOS ANGELES — Gwyneth Paltrow will host "Saturday Night Live" for the third time on January 15 with rapper Cee Lo Green serving as musical guest, as the actress looks to promote her own singing in new movie, "Country Strong."
Paltrow won a new legion of fans when she sang a version of the rapper's hit, "Forget You," on a November episode of the TV musical "Glee." After the "SNL" announcement was made on Tuesday, speculation grew on Internet fan sites that Paltrow may sing with Cee Lo on the sketch comedy TV show.
The actress, whose "Country Strong" expands from a limited release to theaters across the United States on January 7, told Reuters in December she had never met Cee Lo, even though he publicly praised her for her version of the song.
Paltrow said she was looking forward to talking to the singer, not just because she loved his music but she wanted to ask the rapper a specific question dealing with her dad.
Her father, Bruce Paltrow, was a director and producer who died in 2002 of complications from cancer and pneumonia.
"Cee Lo's (first) record with Gnarls Barkley was called 'St. Elsewhere,' which was the name of my dad's show," said Paltrow. "I've always wondered -- you know, you kind of grasp at any connection to your deceased parent that you love. So, I wonder if there's any connection there, or if he just liked the name."
In "Country Strong," Paltrow portrays a country music singer who mounts a comeback tour following her own struggles with alcohol and drug abuse.
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Saturday Night Live: The Worst of
Jim Carrey Soul Train
Saturday Night Live
Jim Carrey & The Black Keys
January 8, 2011
NBCDO NOT WANT.
Let me just get this out there: I am not a Jim Carrey fan. I have never thought he was funny, I find him excessively hammy and desperate and while I might have liked Dumb and Dumber despite myself, he managed to completely undo that one flicker of goodwill within me by attempting to be taken seriously as an actor with nonsense like The Truman Show and Simon Birch and The Number 23. WAIT -- I did like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but that's because Kate Winslet was wonderful and Jim Carrey wasn't making all those stupid faces all the time and mostly because it was directed by Michael Gondry who is a freaking genius. But pretty much every single other thing Jim Carrey has ever done? Poop. From his time on In Living Color to his embarrassing Twitter meltdown after his breakup with Jenny McCarthy (who as far as I'm concerned is no great shakes herself), it's all been a big pile of poop. In conclusion, I do not like Jim Carrey.
But that's only one of the reasons why I didn't care much for this week's episode of Saturday Night Live. Mind you, it's the biggest reason, but it's not the only. But before I go off on a long rant about what I hated (pretty much all of it), let's go over what was good. Well, goodish.
"The Worst of Soul Train" was mildly amusing, as long as you didn't let it bother you that it was essentially "Deep House Dish" in the 70s and 80s but with 100% less T'Shane. Which is not to its favor, I should add:
And that's it. That was the only mildly amusing bit of business from last night's Saturday Night Live.
The rest of the episode was just Jim Carrey being Jim Carrey, and thinking that's enough to get the job done. Like, dressing in drag and making stupid faces:
Or acting as an evil animatronic figure and making stupid faces:
Or pretending to be a psychic and making stupid faces:
Ugh. I hate Jim Carrey and his stupid face.
But, as noted earlier, he's not entirely the reason I disliked this episode so much. The episode aired at the end of a tragic day in America, wherein a Congresswoman was shot, and 6 Americans, including a Federal Judge and a 9-year-old girl, died at the hands of a lunatic. I know you don't need reminding of these terrible facts, and I know you don't need reminding because we were all thinking about them, at least a little bit, while we watched this episode. While I certainly didn't expect Saturday Night Live to make light of the attack in any way, "Weekend Update" in particular felt awkward and strained as they made every effort to not talk about it. The Nancy Pelosi/John Boehner bit, specifically, was not just unfunny, it was, in its refusal to acknowledge them, a weirdly uncomfortable reminder of the day's events. While I understand that most people use Saturday Night Live as an escape, it's not as though there hasn't been a precedent wherein they have sensitively addressed difficult times. It would have been in better taste to either have Seth Meyers extend condolences to the families at the end of "Weekend Update" or have cut the Pelosi/Boehner sketch altogether, or, best of all, to have done both.
On second (and third and fourth) thought, perhaps this was the only truly funny moment of the entire episode:
(Thanks, Nathan!) NBC
Oh, Jason Sudeikis. What would we do without you?
What were your favorite moments of this week's Saturday Night Live?
Saturday Night Live airs at 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays on NBC.
Posted by Therese Odell at January 9, 2011 01:12 PM
Then: First, who knew her surname is pronounced like this? Second, Oteri's "SNL" years, 1995 to 2000, featured this peppy character and a spunky hostess.
Watch these funny Oteri clips.
Now: Unlike her now-superstar partner, Oteri, 47, has landed small roles, notably a nanny on this HBO show. She stars in this Web series.
Then: Perhaps an underused asset, Mitchell was a cast member from 2003 to 2006. What's his real name? His stage name comes from finessing his way through this.
Watch these funny Mitchell clips.
Now: Mitchell is a touring stand-up comic (calendar; clips). He writes a relationship column for this magazine and published a guide to dating. His marital status?
Then: From '96 to '03, Kattan was several water-cooler characters, from Roxbury club habitué (skit; movie) to this diva who had famously had a beef with a new Idol judge.
Watch these funny Kattan clips.
Now: He spoofed his difficulty landing roles in the miniseries "Bollywood Hero" (clips), though Kattan co-stars on a current sitcom. Next up? Milestone B-day
Then: After "Tonight Show" stand-up (video), the comedienne was cast on "SNL," where she stood out, often upside-down, for her gymnastic poems and commentary.
Watch these funny Jackson clips.
Now: Folks across the spectrum find the 51-year-old's TV rants (clips) against President Obama (she called him this) over the top. She also plays a tiny instrument.
Then: It's Pat! Sweeney's early-'90s "SNL" run starred her ambiguous character, who begat a movie. She also played many moms, as in this hilarious skit.
Watch these funny Sweeney clips.
Now: Sweeney, 50, has turned personal experiences into one-woman shows (cancer, motherhood and religion), appears on a radio show and writes an intimate blog.