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EXCLUSIVE: Bobby Moynihan talks SNL11.05.08

Eastchester’s very own Bobby Moynihan chats with Suburbarazzi in his first interview since landing a spot on Saturday Night Live this season.tjndc5-5mfgalpb1lu5ksy861h_original.jpg

My tag-team partner Chris Serico (whose been harder to find than Dick Cheney these days on the blog) caught up with Moynihan, and reminisced their middle school days together in Eastchester.

During the first episode this season with Michael Phelps, Moynihan had his first break-out sketch about an overzealous pizza waiter, a character he formed during his days of being a bartender at Uno’s in Yonkers.

Most importantly, Moynihan talks about rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bill Murray and Sarah Palin, and most importantly, what it was like to spank Anne Hathaway (hay chihuahua).

Moynihan gave another interview to the Journal News with Heather Salerno, which means he either really likes our paper, or our editors are really bad at coordinating coverage hahahaha.

(NBC Photo: Dana Edelson)

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Bobby Moynihan, Bill Murray ask (fake) prez noms about national unity, Cubs10.10.08

Live from New York, it’s Thursday night!

To open the first of four weekly prime-time Weekend (Weeknight?) Update specials on NBC, the cast of “Saturday Night Live” parodied the second presidential debate. As usual, Fred Armisen was Barack Obama and Darrell Hammond played John McCain.

snl2.jpgAs undecided voter Anthony Cipelli, Eastchester’s Bobby Moynihan asked McCain how he’d “bring this country together.” Fake McCain then called him “Oscar,” called Obama “Pee Pants,” then called Anthony “Zebediah.” I think he might have answered the question as well.

Turns out it’s not the first time “SNL” folks have butchered Moynihan’s name.

Three of the best bipartisan gags of the sketch involved the insistence of Tom Brokaw (guest Chris Parnell) to stick to agreed-upon time limits, John McCain’s drifting in front of the camera during one of Barack Obama’s answers and a question from “William Murray,” a.k.a. Palisades resident Bill Murray:

snl1.jpgSenator Obama, Senator McCain: Last week, in the National League Divisional Playoffs, the Chicago Cubs faced the Los Angeles Dodgers. In game one, the Cubs lost, 7 to 3; in game two, they lost, 10 to 3; and in game three, 3 to 1. What, as president, would you do to guarantee this never happens again? Senators, in your answer, please be specific.

The candidates went on to say in so many words that the Cubs would continue to be terrible. Fake Obama said the initiative should be to get Cubs fans to root for other teams while fake McCain gave some of his “Straight Talk” in saying that the team would never win the pennant, let alone the World Series.

(Photo of Moynihan: Courtesy of Moynihan; photo of Murray: Lionel Cironneau/AP)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bill Murray, Bobby Moynihan, Eastchester, Palisades, Sneden's Landingwith 14 Comments →

‘SNL’ newbie Bobby Moynihan first topic of today’s Howard Stern show09.22.08

The likeness of Eastchester native and new “Saturday Night Live” cast member Bobby Moynihan to comedian Artie Lange was the first topic of conversation on Howard Stern’s radio show Monday morning.

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Lange serves as a sidekick to Stern, who launched his professional radio career in Briarcliff Manor.

Here’s how the show started while Rob Zombie and Stern’s “American Nightmare” theme music slowly faded in the background:

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Howard Stern: I don’t even know where to begin.
Robin Quivers: Well, you could say ‘Good morning.’
HS: Uh, good morning. That’s a good place to begin. Every television show has like a Belushi type; now it’s the Artie type. ‘Saturday Night Live,’ look at the latest guy they got: Bobby Moynihan. Who’s he look like, Artie?
Artie Lange: (Laughs.) Does that look like me?
HS: You know, that— does that look like you?!
RQ: Oh, my God. Of course it does!
AL: No, well, uh—
HS: It’s like the Artie type—
AL: I told you— Artie type?! It’s the Belu—
HS: The Belushi type.
AL: John Belushi got guys like me a career. God bless that guy.

OK, so the entire Bobby Moynihan conversation lasted 35 seconds. But after only two “SNL” appearances, at least word is spreading fast and Stern’s assessment was rather benign.

As Bedford resident Chevy Chase will tell you, being an “SNL” alum on Stern’s cranky side can have serious pitfalls; only in recent years did Chase and Stern amicably settle a nasty public feud that raged for nearly two decades. (more…)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bedford, Bill Murray, Bobby Moynihan, Briarcliff Manor, Chevy Chase, Eastchester, Howard Stern, Nick Di Paolo, Sneden's Landing, Tarrytownwith 5 Comments →

Podcast: Sept. 1809.18.08

On the show this week: I name-drop Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan, who makes a strong “SNL” debut; Eva Amurri rolls her eyes at the style of Pound Ridge mom Susan Sarandon; and former LoHud dwellers Denzel Washington and Henry “The Fonz” Winkler were among a star-studded crowd to check out the USC-Ohio State game.

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“American Idol” finalist Kimberley Locke helped organize a fundraiser that will be held this Saturday at Caramoor in Katonah to benefit the charity Camp Heartland. Which star of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” is scheduled to host?
A. Wayne Brady
B. Drew Carey
C. Colin Mochrie
D. Ryan Stiles
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Eastchester’s Bobby Moynihan likely to make ‘SNL’ debut tonight09.13.08

I’ll admit it: I’m double-posting here and on Remote Access. It’s big news.

Yes, Barack Obama, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell are rumored to return to 30 Rock to appear on tonight’s premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Olympic behemoth Michael Phelps. But let’s not forget about Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan, either.

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Those familiar with “SNL” know featured players usually pop up in fewer sketches than their repertory counterparts, so expect Moynihan to appear in one to three sketches tonight, tops.

That said, I wasn’t surprised when he was hired in August. I’m proud to say I’ve known him for almost 20 years. He’s absolutely hilarious and, if there’s any justice, will be upgraded to repertory status within a few months.

The “SNL” premiere begins tonight at about 11:30 p.m. EST.

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bobby Moynihan, Eastchester, Saturday Night Livewith 2 Comments →

Wanna be on national TV? It helps if you’re from Westchester. Just ask Kara DioGuardi and Bobby Moynihan.08.25.08

August has been a good month for Westchester natives who seek a national network TV audience.

kara2.JPGToday it was announced that Kara DioGuardi, who grew up in New Rochelle, was named the unprecedented fourth judge on “American Idol.”

I spoke this afternoon with her proud papa, Joe DioGuardi, an Ossining resident and former U.S. Congressman. He told me Kara was raised in the Wilmot Woods section of New Rochelle, attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale and graduated from The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry. He said his phone has been ringing off the hook today but was proud of and thrilled for his daughter.

It’ll be interesting to see with whom she most often sides on the panel. I’m guessing she’ll have the compassion of Paula but the ear of Simon, which in my mind is the ideal combination.

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This was the second bit of exciting news for Westchester natives this month. As I reported last week for sister blog Remote Access, Eastchester’s Bobby Moynihan is joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live.”

I’m psyched not only because he’s a talented product of the Lower Hudson Valley and because I love the show, but also because I’ve been friends with him since we were in middle school. Call it full disclosure or name-dropping. Either way, I’m proud of him.

With a budding film career and tons of experience performing at the Upright Citizens Brigage Theatre in Manhattan, Moynihan’s an outstanding sketch and improv comedian and will quickly become an audience favorite.

Want some gossip about him? He really likes peach Snapple. Ooooh! Call the Enquirer!

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Moynihan photo/Brendan McMullen)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bobby Moynihan, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Kara DioGuardi, New Rochelle, Scarsdalewith 4 Comments →

Yanks announcer Michael Kay meets ‘Brobot,’ a.k.a. my bud Bobby Moynihan07.23.08

Some things in life just make me smile. Beagle puppies. Deluxe cheeseburgers. Amy Adams. Anything Bunk says on “The Wire.” And funny commercials.

michael-kay.jpgBut amusing ads inspire a wider grin when it combines a Yankees broadcaster (YES Network play-by-play man, Michael Kay), a rising comedy star (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre icon Bobby Moynihan) and legit connections to the Lower Hudson Valley (Kay is a Hartsdale resident; Moynihan just happens to be a good friend of mine since our days as students at Eastchester Middle School).

Here’s the 30-second TV commercial for Kay’s ESPN talk-radio show. If you’re not at least cracking a smile once the “Brobot” kicks in, I don’t want to know you. Or at the very least, I don’t want to know you don’t like it.

I also found a 15-second version of the same commercial with an alternate ending involving “siz-zl-ing ba-con.” A worthy sequel, for certain.

Moynihan told me Kay was great to work with on the set, going so far as to call him “the bomb.” I’ve met Kay on a couple of occasions about a decade apart and I, too, can attest to this.

And if you’re asking, “Hey, is Michael Kay worthy of Suburbarazzi status?” He is for at least two reasons.

For starters, Page Six recently had an item about him in the Hamptons. Listen to Kay respond to the report, courtesy of a link from his radio-show Web site: here

And two, any celebrity is allowed to make the cut if deemed worthy by our esteemed panel of experts — picture Ted, Aman and me in judges’ robes and/or lab coats.

How dare you hypothetically question our authority!

(Photo by Mark Vergari/The Journal News.)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Bobby Moynihan, Eastchester, Hartsdale, Michael Kaywith 4 Comments →

David Lee Roth: Imposter dupes Canadian cops into thinking he’s me07.20.08

This is precisely why journalists are taught to source their material.

On July 9, Suburbarazzi linked to a Toronto Sun story, one of many media outlets to report that Canadian police pulled over Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth because he was speeding and suffering from a peanut allergy.

diamond-dave.jpgRoth, through a statement, said Thursday that the report was completely false.

I was in Canada only from July 1st through the 4th for a performance at the Quebec City Summer Festival. I had no encounters or incidents with the police. The only thing I’m allergic to is criticism.

Adds Suburbarazzi: “And maybe hair growth.”

According to multiple sources, the Diamond Dave impostor’s name is David Kuntz and has a bit of a troubled history with the law, his family and his exgirlfriends. Yikes.

What was true about the original Suburbarazzi post were all the Journal News facts about Roth’s work to become an EMT at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Ramapo in 2004. So, yay. Go us.

So, here’s what I decided to do in the interest of accuracy. I deleted the original Suburbarazzi item outright because the edits required would have rendered it practically unreadable. The fun and accurate facts about Roth’s times in the Lower Hudson Valley, collected by former colleague and good buddy Sulaiman Beg, are still subject to your perusal after the break. (more…)

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We’re with the bands: Fred Norris returning to Yonkers, Kevin Bacon heading to Garrison04.30.08

If you’re a celebrity without a band on the side, you might not really be a celebrity.

fred.jpgHoward Stern sidekick Fred Norris returns with his trio, King Norris, to Burke’s Bar this Saturday. On Feb. 9, the last time he was at the Yonkers venue, Norris picked me out of the crowd and likened me to the “Verizon Guy.” It seems like only yesterday; so, yes, I can hear him now. Saturday’s showtime is 10:30 p.m.

Of course, when Norris performed at Mickey Spillane’s in Eastchester in December, Suburbarazzi had a field day with that, too.

kevin-bacon.jpgLater in May, Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael, will head to Garrison to perform an afternoon gig for Riverkeeper’s 19th Annual Shad Fest.

Admission to the festival’s not cheap — $75 per adult, $25 children for visitors ages 9 to 20 — but the celebration will donate all event proceeds to programs that protect the Hudson River and regional watershed areas. The festival runs rain or shine from noon to 5 p.m., May 18, at Boscobel Restoration (1601 Route 9D). The Bacon Brothers are scheduled to gig there that day at 3:30 p.m.

Freebird!

(AP Photo of Norris by Stuart Ramson; AP Photo of Bacon by Chris Pizzello)

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in Eastchester, Fred Norris, Garrison, Kevin Bacon, Yonkerswith 1 Comment →

EXCLUSIVE: Audio of Suburbarazzi references on Howard Stern’s radio station02.13.08

howard.jpgBecause I needed some time to figure out how to use the audio software on my computer, I’m a little late in posting these clips of Suburbarazzi mentions on Howard Stern’s radio show. (OK, six weeks late.) But better late than never! Still seems appropriate, considering Stern’s sound effects master, Fred Norris, performed with his band in Yonkers on Saturday night.

First up, although neither the blog nor my name is mentioned in this clip from the Jan. 2 Howard Stern show, here’s the first on-air reference to Suburbarazzi’s exclusive interview with Norris in Eastchester:

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Later that day, Howard 100 News reporter Steve Langford interviewed me for a Howard 100 News brief that first aired at 5:37 p.m. Jan. 3:

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Hooray for technology!

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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EXCLUSIVE: Fred Norris plays Yonkers, compares me to ‘Verizon Guy’02.10.08

fred.jpgAfter working last night’s 2-10 shift for The Journal News, I headed down to Burke’s Bar in Yonkers to catch the first set of King Norris, the band fronted by and named after Howard Stern’s sound effects guru, Fred Norris.

Near the end of their set of classic and standard rock, Norris picked a bespectacled me out of the crowd and said something to the effect of “Hey, that looks like the Verizon Guy.”

I shouted back, “I can hear you now.”

He replied with something like “Well, if any of you need help with your phone service, go see him.” He threw in another joke that I found funny but will choose not to post on a family-friendly blog.

During King Norris’ intermission, I was reintroduced to Norris through his drummer, Frank Fallon, who helped me secure my December interview with him in Eastchester. Norris offered a firm handshake and was as kind as he was at our last meeting. After a brief and casual conversation, I was on my way.

For what it’s worth: Despite the fact I sometimes wear thick-rimmed black frames, I don’t see much of a resemblance to Verizon Guy beyond that. But Norris has a Don Rickles-like quality about him; most of the time, it’s an honor to be tweaked by the guy.

(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

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Fred Norris to return to Westchester this Saturday02.06.08

fred.jpgAfter a well-received and well-documented performance at Mickey Spillane’s restaurant in Eastchester on Dec. 8, the rock trio fronted by and named after Howard Stern sidekick Fred Norris will return to Westchester County with a Yonkers gig this Saturday night.

King Norris will be performing at Burke’s Bar at 645 Bronx River Road. Showtime is scheduled for 10:30 p.m.

If it’s anything like his Eastchester show, Norris will be kind to fans who approach him, crack a few jokes and — oh yeah — play some solid covers of classic, punk and alternative rock songs.

(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

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