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‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live will return to business as usual for its Oct. 3 premiere, with new episodes filmed in front of a limited New York audience and Jim Carrey joining as a guest star to portray presidential nominee Joe Biden. Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels revealed that and more in a Vulture interview, confirming as well that Maya Rudolph and Alec Baldwin will reprise their roles as Kamala Harris and Donald Trump, respectively. The plan is to release five(!) consecutive new shows leading up to the 2020 presidential election. “There was some interest on his part,” Michaels said of Carrey. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … Hopefully it’s funny.” Michaels also provided more insight on how SNL will incorporate an audience while continuing to provide safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But he insisted that the audience is an integral part of SNL, particularly in how its response informs which sketches will hit or miss and make it into the final performance. “The physical problems of doing it — number of people who can be in the studio, number of people who can be in the control room, how you separate the band so that they’re not in any jeopardy — all of those are part of the meetings we’ve been having,”…Continue reading‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

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‘The Office’ director Ken Kwapis on filming Jim and Pam’s ‘Casino Night’ kiss

It’s been nearly 15 years since the “Casino Night” episode of The Office aired, but fans can’t seem to get enough behind-the-scenes info on Jim and Pam’s big kiss scene. On the latest episode of the , former co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey spoke with director Ken Kwapis about his time on the show and what it was like to direct the fan-favorite Season 2 finale. Kwapis, who also directed the pilot and series finale of The Office — along with episodes like “Diversity Day,” “Sexual Harassment,” and “Booze Cruise” — shared some of his on-set directing secrets and recalled why he kept Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski apart before they filmed their kiss. Back in May, Fischer and Kinsey welcomed John Krasinski onto the podcast to chat about “Casino Night,” and he explained how nervous he felt on set because he couldn’t find anyone (including Fischer) to chat with on set before the kiss. Turns out, Krasinski and Fischer were intentionally kept apart for an hour before the kiss scene was shot to build up tension. “We shot the kiss the night before we shot the parking lot scene,” Kwapis recalled. “And the reason is just a practical one — that it was the end of the week and we saved our night exterior work for Friday night. So I felt like it was hard, because how do you go into the kiss without having experienced that parking lot scene? How do you prepare for it? And so…Continue reading‘The Office’ director Ken Kwapis on filming Jim and Pam’s ‘Casino Night’ kiss

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Comedian Jim Tews’ mountain landscape isn’t that bad — The Bob Ross Challenge

In his return to painting, Jim Tews turns out one of the best paintings we have seen on The Bob Ross Challenge. Read more… More about Funny, Mashable Video, Podcast, Bob Ross, and Standup Comedy Source linkContinue readingComedian Jim Tews’ mountain landscape isn’t that bad — The Bob Ross Challenge