Yesterday was the 4 year anniversary of the death of our son, Fisher Daniel Kayne, who died at 34 days old. He fell ill within an hour of his identical twin, Truman, who survived the brutal coincidence of life-threatening illness and, eventually, thrived. Truman turned four last month.
Hey Josh - I wanted to reach out to you because I know you're super experienced at the UCB and writing professionally. What kinds of things (classes,YouTube vids, etc)could you recommend for someone interested in working at SNL? I've been taking improv classes at UCB, but wanted to know some other things that would help. Any and all answer would be greatly appreciated!
Hi! Thanks for asking. The best advice I can give is to point out that working at SNL is equal parts talent and luck, AND the number of people who work on the show at any given point in time is such a small, small percentage of comedians, actors and writers who would be positively great on the show. What this means is that, from a strictly numbers perspective, setting “working at SNL” is a goal that is a little bit too narrow, more akin to winning the lottery or being cast for a well-financed movie out of nowhere than it is a logical outcome of any comedic career path.
THAT BEING SAID, goals are great! My goal before I got hired wasn’t to work on this show particularly, but it was to be the best joke writer I could possibly be, and support myself through creative endeavors (be it writing, teaching improv, directing sketch, etc.). It’s useful, for me at least, to see a broad path but take it one step of the time. Partly because it’s a way I can concretely affect change, but mostly because thinking more than two steps ahead of anything fills me with a paralyzing anxiety and a crippling sense of failure. But no matter what your more immediate goals are, any path that begins with working as hard as you fucking can and being as nice and as generous as you fucking can is already headed in the right direction.
Also, be nice to yourself and don’t get complacent.
You come to a point in your life where you simply have to be honest with yourself and acknowledge that there are paths in this world that while fun, are just not a positive use of your time and energy.
I do, however, feel that it is important for everyone to realize that Miley’s “We Can’t Stop” is just Train’s “Drops of Jupiter.”
So I know Wreck-It Ralph came out awhile ago and it is customary to cover culture stuff when it is fresh. Whatever. I know I’m not the only one who watches movies months after release. You know who else doesn’t catch the midnight showing of The Hobbit? The people this article is about:…
Reblogging this because of this and how it makes me want to be a better person:
I can’t make an ideal world for my daughter, as the patriarchs of Aladdin or The Little Mermaid— whose daughters run off on them, by the way— try to do. That idea is logically incoherent: there is no ideal world for a person that pre-exists their participation in creating it. But here’s what Ralph and I can do: hurl our fumbling selves against the world. Smash it up real good. Make a clearing for her to become who she is.
I’m spending this week with family down south, and decided to relax by reading The State — Columbia, South Carolina’s premier newspaper. And what better way to get a taste of what’s going on around town than by looking at the Metro section? Here it is:
Wonderful! A coalition of community organizations and local leaders are rallying to take a stand against crime. And with crime rates still high in many parts of the South, there is no better—wait a second hold up hold up hold up. Can we take a look at that photo again?
OK, zoom in on the right.
IT’S TIME-TRAVELING JAMES BROWN.
A sex machine sent from the past to make you feel good in the present.
who did Britney spears cheat on Justin Timberlake with?
Thanks for this question, Anonymous. I want to say Jason Alexander but not the Jason Alexander from Seinfeld, the one Britney dated/maybe married for a bit. I think a really great, fun answer would be Emilio Estevez.
In keeping with the time period this question covers, I did not use Google for the above answer.
Episode Four of the show is here. There was a good man named Paul Revere.
This week we sit down with the brilliant UCB performer/teacher Will Hines (Stepfathers, Very Mary Kate) to talk about what happens when stupidity runs amok, genius goes unchecked, and girls stop by for the summer. For the summer. It’s an episode full of ridiculousness and synthesized baritone saxophone. Enjoy!
Winston’s Pick: LFO - Summer Girls Alden’s Pick:Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Will’s Pick: Ace of Base - All That She Wants
New episode up! Will was so much fun to talk to. Take a sip then buzz like a hornet.
“A young girl plays by the river and was frightened by her father in the river pretending to be a fish demon. The young girl cries and the father tries to please her by doing water ballet. The father is killed by a real fish demon.”—The beginning of the Wikipedia plot summary to Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, this year’s highest-grossing film to date.
If I succeed in nothing else as the director of this Spank, I can rest in the accomplishment of having finished an efficient tech at 1:11am and having been home by 1:47am.
Alex Adan gets a lot of credit for this one too.
(Complete History of Women’s History by Molly Thomas and me, tomorrow at 6:30pm at UCB paired with Aaron & Brian Present Erik Dies, You’re Stupid and We Hate You. We got: Molly, Natasha, Langan, Moujan, Ellena, Matt and Max.)
Holy Molybdenum! (This was my phone autocorrecting from “Moly”). Let’s all go to the 6:30 and 7:00 Spanks tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. unsure of exactly what date is
I had the honor of being Alden Ford and Winston Noel’s first guest on their podcast, wherein peeps defend guilty pleasure songs. I can be found in the above link defending Sting’s “Desert Rose” in a podcast in no way affiliated with Jaguar or Tantric sex.
Hey everybody! I’m having a slow day at my TV writing job that I got thanks largely to the training and experience and connections I got at the UCB Theatre in New York (AND ALSO MY OWN TALENT!! LET’S NOT FORGET HOW TALENTED I AM! I BUILT THIS!). So… as a former UCBTNY performer and…
A big ol’ yes to everything Anthony said here. The UCB Theatre changed my life and any amount of success I have had so far in the comedy world is due in large part to that theatre.
What these guys said. Also, Gervais’ speech at the end of Extras.
On the second Tuesday of every month at UCB East, two fledgling comedians talk origins with professional creators, and hopefully answer their parents’ question, “What are you doing?” This is Beginnings: Live!
Holy mackerel! This may very well be our most fun live show yet! On January 8th, we were joined by Erika Forster and Annie Hart from one of our favorite bands Au Revoir Simone, one of our favorite performers Josh Patten (performer at UCB and a writer on SNL Weekend Update), and one of our favorite artists Molly Crabapple (the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School). We laughed, we loved, we heard about their earliest creative memories, and we even did a little demo work for a PR firm that paid us big buck$ to poll our audience!
December 11, 2009 marked the first night of Chanukah as well as dad’s 57th birthday. By that point he was already in fast decline, suffering from a rather obscure disease known as Scleroderma. Scleroderma (a word frequently butchered by my dad’s queens accent) is a rare auto-immune disease that…
When Lance Armstrong fell from grace a few weeks ago, I didn’t really care. I’ve always appreciated him for the icon he is, for the modern miracle of his health and success, but when I think of Lance Armstrong, I think of three things: bracelets, Michelob Ultra, and high-fiving Matthew…
31 Days of #31DaysOfBillyJoelHalloweenCostumeIdeas
Over on Twitter I’ve spent all month coming up with a daily Billy Joel pun costume idea. Some are good, some are bad, and most lie in between. Let’s table the discussion on what it means that one of my long-running “projects” was to come up with a cheap pun everyday and instead take a look at #31DaysOfBillyJoelHalloweenCostumeIdeas in the order of their appearance:
10/1 Billy Foal (singer as young horse)
10/2 Silly Joel (the singer wearing goofy glasses with eyeballs on springs)
10/3 Krilly Joel (Shrimp with sunglasses, black tie and white sport coat with tons of rolled-up sleeves)
10/4 Billy Sheol (Demon with shades, black blazer over black T-shirt and yarmulke)
10/5 Milli Joel (Singer with dreadlocks. If asked about Vanilli Joel, start weeping)
10/6 Burly Jewel (The singer as portrayed and pronounced by Tyler Perry’s Madea)
10/7 Billy Bowl (Carry around shades, goatee and a blazer in a large bowl)
10/8 Piano Fan (Billy Joel wearing Billy Joel concert t-shirt and hat)
10/9 Dilly Joel (Giant pickle outfit wearing shades and black blazer with sleeves rolled up)
10/10 Big Willy Joel (The singer but with blazer turned inside out to reveal loud floral pattern)
10/11 We Didn’t Start the Liar (Wholly inaccurate historian of the late 20th century)
10/12 Billy Joel Man River (Blackface Billy Joel)
10/13 Billy Coal (same as yesterday’s costume idea but add pickaxe)
10/14 Thrilly Joel (Joel + red leather jacket and single white sequined glove)
10/15 Bill y Joel (Adam Sandler as singer AND his stupider sibling lookalike. Couples costume!)
10/16 A Batter of Trust (Billy Joel as pancake)
10/17 Leave a Binder Moment Alone (Billy Joel as guy who keeps making binder jokes two weeks later)
10/18 Billy Nole (Florida State mascot Chief Osceola with shades and blazer. Horse if local law allows.)
10/19 Downeaster Alexis-Nexis (Nerd fisherman)
10/20 Billuminati Joel (The singer in robes bearing clues to the Holy Grail’s location)
10/21 Philly Joel (Steak sandwich with shades and au jus goatee)
10/22 Uptown Pearl (Billy Joel as wealthy old lady from Manhattan’s Upper East Side)
10/23 BILL*E Joel (post-apocalyptic robot w/ shades and blazer)
10/24 Bill Lee Joel (The singer as Kung Fu master)
10/25 Say Goodbye to Bollywood (Joel’s Mumbai-based counterpart)
10/26 Billy Dole (Pineapple with shades and black blazer with rolled-up sleeves)
10/27 Genes From An Italian Restaurant (Couples costume! Genes Siskel and Shalit with shades and blazer)
10/28 Hillbilly Joel (Rube w/shades)
10/29 Bee-Keeping the Faith (Priest with a bee beard)