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Bobby Moynihan shines on SNL • 11.16.08
Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan got one of his first true spotlights on Saturday Night Live over the weekend with a hilarious impression of the cartoon character Snagglepuss. The fruity feline discussed his opposition to California’s gay marriage ban
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Now that Amy Poehler left the show and Tina Fey won’t be doing Sarah Palin impressions, I’m hoping Bobby will quickly become a breakout hit on the show.
Update: Olbermann responds to SNL skit • 11.03.08
John McCain’s campaign not only praised the senator’s performance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, but spent even more time talking about the sketch making fun of MSNBC anchor and Tarrytown native Keith Olbermann.
Olbermann responded to Time magazine today with these words:
“Honestly, everybody deserves a laugh but if on the weekend before the presidential election they spent more than seven seconds bothering with ME, the campaign staff has even less of a clue than I thought.”
Olbermann then goes on to credit the McCain campaign for helping him beat Bill O’Reilly in the TV ratings, and then teases to this juicy tidbit that he’s going to reveal on his show tonight:
“One last SNL thing: I’ll be reporting the details on this tonight. ask them why Governor Palin didn’t say her first line as scripted three shows ago. As they pulled back from the monitor shot of Tina doing the impression she was supposed to compliment Tina. Could’ve been a real rehab to her image – why’d she refuse?”
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In an interview to air this Friday on “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” Palisades resident Bill Murray revealed more feelings about the prospect of “Ghostbusters 3” and his days on “Saturday Night Live.”
Landing the Murray exclusive was “Mike & Juliet” co-host Juliet Huddy. I’m jealous, of course, both as a fan of Murray and the original “Ghostbusters,” my favorite movie of all time.
Suburbarazzi shout-out: Monica Hill, a very cool friend of mine, produced the segment.
The complete interview airs Oct. 10 on “Mike & Juliet,” which is broadcast locally on Fox. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what Murray said.
â€œItâ€™s promising, itâ€™s never been promising beforeâ€¦. [The unnamed writers] are probably pretty funny. And the idea of having a new, fresh look at it is a great idea, you know, to see it through someone elseâ€™s eyes. I think a new idea would be great, I think itâ€™d be fun.â€
On his days goofing around in 30 Rock with his fellow Primetime Players at “SNL”:
â€œWe’d poach anything in that building. We took a lot of stuff out of that buildingâ€¦. There was people that figured out that if you had a form that was signed you could walk out with anything. We just looked so sweet and innocent. Most of what I did was go down to The Today Show because they came in at 5 in the morning to work and they had donuts, so weâ€™d go down there and eat all their donuts and coffee before Jane Pauley came in.â€
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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.
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.
While the writers’ strike raged, I missed many of my favorite scripted shows, but particularly longed for the political satire that “Saturday Night Live” has thrived upon for more than 30 years.
And when savvy politicians have appeared to be in on the joke, even better.
Prior to Saturday in this abridged season, we’d already seen Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee on “SNL” to lampoon the race for the presidency. During Saturday’s Weekend Update segment, Rudy Giuliani jokingly blamed his previous “SNL” hosting duties for his unsuccessful campaign. And the favorite to claim the GOP presidential nomination, John McCain, has also served as host in a previous season.
Appearing in the opening segment of Saturday’s show was Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton, who delivered the show’s signature “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” with a wide smile while standing next to cast member Amy Poehler.
Poehler, dressed in a similar coat and pearls, had just impersonated Clinton during a send-up of the most recent Democratic debate (pictured atop this post). When Clinton said she “adored” Poehler’s impersonation of her, the cast member joined her on stage and cackled maniacally when the presidential hopeful demanded her earrings back.
“Do I really laugh like that?” said Clinton, who then appeared to acknowledge that as truth as she and Poehler trailed off in a synchronized mumble.
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Halfway through my 15-minute phone interview with Chevy Chase yesterday, I asked the Bedford resident what movie and TV projects he was working on. His deadpan reply? “I have six pictures coming out and I’ll be on three sitcoms.” The former “Saturday Night Live” writer and cast member had been so cautious and measured with his replies up to that point, I didn’t laugh for fear it wasn’t a joke. But with his next two words, “I lied,” we chuckled and the rest of the interview flowed more comfortably.
Chase, 64, has been keeping a lower profile of late on the entertainment circuit; responding seriously to the aforementioned question, he said he’s working on a few screen projects, but cited the Writers Guild of America strike as one of the reasons he declined to elaborate. Off-screen, his high-profile appearances of late have been with wife, Jayni, raising awareness about environmental education in Bedford and beyond. The latter was the impetus for my call, but after discussing that for one minute, I had to ask him some entertainment-related questions. Wouldn’t you?
Below are highlights from my exclusive interview with Chevy Chase. In it, we learn about his truce with Howard Stern; whether he or “Caddyshack” costar Bill Murray is the better golfer; his thoughts on the strike; “SNL” then and now; and more. Some questions were rearranged and omitted to make for a cleaner read.
On mending fences with former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern, who donated an auction prize to the Chases’ charity following a feud that spanned almost 20 years:
I saw Howard this summer and, you know, those kinds of things, they die down. I think he felt bad about what he’d done. And he likes me and he likes Jayni and he’s a likable guy, and it went our way. And it was a great help to have him do that. He has so many listeners, you know. And initially it wasn’t such a great help when he did what he did to us, because we don’t have any listeners. [Laughs.] It was kind of like beating a dead horse after a while.
He sort of started to lay off I think when I called him a few years back. I said, “Look, I can’t go to a Knicks game, I can’t go to a Yankee game with my daughters, because people yell out thing like, ‘Hey, no wonder Howard Stern says you’re a pr***,’ or just stuff that’s just hideous.”
So, I called and talked to his producer (Gary Dell’Abate) and said, ‘Look, do me a favor, tell Howard what’s happening and about how it’s affecting my family,’ and Howard got on the air apparently and said, ‘Look, this is business and it’s not anything to do with a personal issue. Leave him alone.’ And I thought that was a nice gesture back then. So, when I saw him at a Bon Jovi end-of-the-(summer party this year), we kind of were civil and were just two dads talking, basically.
On the state of “Saturday Night Live” these days:
I love it. I really think it’s a resurgence. I called Lorne (Michaels) and told him I was surprised to see LeBron James, the dancing, the special effects, and all that stuff that they do — the videos — it’s so much more, technically, than what we were doing. And of course, I should expect that; it’s been 30 years. I hadn’t followed it much and then (was) following it and then (was) appearing briefly on the next show (hosted by Seth Rogen). I’ll do it again when we get closer to the elections.
To me, there are some very talented kids out there — Amy (Poehler) and Seth (Meyers) — who are perhaps doing their kind of comedy to the new [Laughs] — the new generation, whatever you want to call it. I feel secure in my own kind of comedy, too, so it’s nice to be there and get an ovation and all that.
In the end, I think that, yeah, the show has gotten quite a bit better than — it’s had some good years and some bad years. You can’t really tell what it’s going to be until you see it put together. And Lorne, as usual, is the man in charge, and even though he seems to separate himself a little bit more — because he is getting older, perhaps, or whatever — he’s still the guy who knows the right kind of edits and the right kind of thing to do from dress (rehearsal) to air, and it’s quite amazing that he still does it so well. And I’m very happy with him and the show.
On his relationship with Sneden’s Landing resident and fellow “SNL” alumnus Bill Murray, with whom he had a backstage fistfight in the show’s second season:
How would I describe our relationship? Well, we go (out). We date on occasion. You know, a little light petting, not heavy petting. … Yeah, if I can get him drunk, he’ll pursue anything. Unfortunately, he’ll also hit me with a hammer, but you know, those are the chances you take. I’d just as soon Bill Murray hit me with a hammer than anybody else because he’s pretty funny. [Laughs.] We’re friends. We’re not close; we don’t see a lot of each other, but we talk on the phone and we’ve played golf a couple of times. I can’t play for crap, but Bill’s quite good. Quite good.
On his closest friend from “SNL” :
This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with the setting of what viewers were told was the Clinton house in Chappaqua for a skit about Hillary Clinton hosting a Halloween party for fellow Democratic presidential candidates.
The skit featured the always-awesome Amy Poehler as Hillary and impressionist extraordinaire Darrell Hammond as Bill, and culminated with a Barack Obama impersonator removing his mask to reveal his true identity: Obama himself!
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams did a really good job hosting, and one of his shining moments was captured in an SNL Digital Short about his work day. Halfway through the two-and-a-half minute clip, Williams opens the window in his 30 Rockefeller Plaza office and pelts former Westchester residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker with pennies; Lauer earned a penny in advance for his thoughts, literally cursing Williams off for the act. Hih. Lare.