[VIDEO] ‘Saturday Night Live’ Documentary Trailer With Chris Rock, Tina Fey

For Variety writes: The first trailer for the documentary “Live From New York!” — which chronicles the iconic NBC sketch comedy show’s cultural and historical impact — has debuted, offering old footage from the series and a new look at the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into putting it on week to week.

“It’s the only form where everyone is necessary to the end. We don’t go on because we’re ready, we go on because it’s 11:30.”

— Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels

“They said it would be a cross between ’60 Minutes’ and ‘Monty Python,’” former cast member Laraine Newman (1975-1980) says in the trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Amy Poehler Takes the Proust Questionnaire


What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

– A good nap and a full house.

What is your greatest fear? 

– That I take this questionnaire too seriously and reveal my crimes and misdemeanors, or I treat this questionnaire too flippantly and bring shame to the House of Proust.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

–  Cap’n Crunch.

Which living person do you most admire?

– Beyoncé/Beyoncé’s hair person.

What is your greatest extravagance? 

– Baby tuxedos, caviar pajamas, coal-powered private jets.

What is your motto? 

– “Yes please.”

Read more here

Illustration by Risko. 

Enroll or Die: Hollywood rolls out Obamacare campaign to encourage the young to shoulder its costs


Hollywood goes into overdrive to promote Obamacare to young Americans

 Katie McHugh writes: The Hollywood humor site “Funny or Die” is rolling out an extended campaign to encourage young people to enroll in Obamacare exchanges beginning on Monday, joining a slew of celebrities doing their best to convince the demographic upon which the program depends to ignore their economic interests and shoulder the cost of older Americans’ health care.

The studio’s first video, seemingly meant to remind the “young invincible” demographic of 18 to 35-year olds that freak accidents and grave injuries can befall them at anytime, depicts “a little girl tumbling head-first off her rocking horse, a skateboarder’s ill-fated trick, a boy attempting a jump on his bike and ending up limp on the asphalt,” according to The Chicago Tribune, which viewed a secret preview of the propaganda campaign on Sept. 20.

“Valerie Jarrett loved this video,” said “Funny or Die” production president Mike Farah, speaking of the the Secret Service protectee who is President Barack Obama’s closest senior adviser. Read the rest of this entry »