Earlier this year TruTV greenlit its first sketch comedy show, Friends of the People. With the cast being made up from many of the comedians and writers from the defunct In Living Color reboot. While the debut season of the show doesn’t premiere until this fall, a first look at the sketch show hit the web and features Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas, and Josh Rabinowitz.
Los Angeles sketch group WOMEN puts out short, hilarious sketches about once a month or so. The group is comprised of LA comedians Jake Weisman, Allen Strickland Williams, Dave Ross, and Pat Bishop. For WOMEN’s latest sketch, ASW takes Weisman away from his computer for a much needed hike out in the real world. Check it out.
When season 39 of Saturday Night Live ended, we figured some moves will be made during the summer to both cast and crew in preparation for season 40. Currently the cast is the largest it’s been in about two decades. This left many, including vets, fighting for screen time. One of the cast members in question was Nasim Pedrad, who has been on the show since the 2009-2010 season but hasn’t really been the supernova of a female, getting overshadowed quickly by the likes of Kate McKinnon or Cecily Strong. She only really began to gain traction this past season or so.
Perdrad is a regular on the highly anticipated FOX sitcom Mulaney which is set to debut this fall leaving her future on SNL in question.
This weekend while attending the Mulaney panel at the ATX Television Festival on yesterday, Pedrad all but confirmed that the rumors of her departure were true. The actress stated, “I haven’t heard any official word so far, but… as far as I know, I’m in LA now.” Pedrad added that most cast members join a show like SNL in hopes of it leading to an opportunity like Mulaney and if there were a way to do both she would. But “we’re all in with this show.”
There you have it ladies and gentlemen, an unconfirmed confirmation. Happy Monday.
Lynchpin of the New York comedy scene (and the comedy world in general), Upright Citizen’s Brigade is branching out and starting their own digital studios. The new UCB Studios and UCB Digital will produce video content from the minds of nine new digital teams. The nine teams will produce both the short sketches that have made them popular, to long-form projects as well.
This comes just days after it was announced that UCB Comedy would be partnering up with Lorne Michael‘s Youtube channel Above Average to produce content. Founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts, UCB has been a breeding ground for comedy’s next biggest stars from stocking the casts of SNL, to Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, to the hoards of actors and writers who have written many popular sketches like “Thingstarter” and “Rejected Pitches.” The UCB Comedy Youtube page currently has over 71,000 subscribers. With it’s own studio to play in, it’ll be interesting to see what they churn out. Comedy gold to be sure.
One of SNL‘s favorite cast members will return to host this week’s season finale. One third of The Lonely Island, and leader of the digital shorts era, Andy Samberg returns to Studio 8H for his first turn at hosting. With an SNL alum at the helm, its sure to be a memorable episode. Need help getting excited, you fool? Here’s new SNL promos featuring Samberg and Kenan Thompson.
Charlize Theron is hosting Saturday Night Live this week. It’s been nearly 14 years since she was last in the studio 8H and we learned a great deal during the time she was gone. Mainly that she’s great at most al things but bad at pretty much only one thing… singing. Well, hosting as well. Not that the evening was a total waste of time but the sketches where Theron excelled in weren’t the ones you’d expect. She was best when she was weirdest. Which might make why for the night was loaded with some weird moments.
Also, expect a night of Mother’s Day jokes because, SNL is topical. Also, it’s never a bad time when The Black Keys are around to rock out some tracks for an upcoming album. So jokes about moms and rock… let’s see how it all plays out. Read More
Hold Up! Don’t forget all the moms on this holiday.
Charlize Theron and The Black Keys are set to take over Studio 8H this weekend for some Saturday Night Live hostin’. Today as if they’ve done it before, they released some promo clips for the weekend. Watch up.