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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’ crew talks ‘Lazy Scranton,’ deleted scenes, and ‘SNL’ bits

I’d say Saturday Night Live walked so Michael Scott could run, but in reality, Michael Scott’s comedy bits were more like crawling than running. On the latest episode of the , former co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey talked with two special guests about Season 3, Episode 8, “The Merger.” In this episode, Dunder Mifflin’s Stamford and Scranton branches finally merge, which means Michael has a whole new audience he can dazzle with his… comedy. The episode features some of Michael Scott’s best attempts at recreating SNL bits, including the fan-favorite “Lazy Scranton,” which Fischer and Kinsey reminisced on with episode writer Brent Forrester and episode director Ken Whittingham. “Should we talk about Lazy Scranton, Angela?” Fischer began, to which Kinsey replied, “I can’t wait to talk about it. This made me laugh so hard.” For those who don’t know, Michael’s educational “Lazy Scranton” video (shown above) was inspired by “Lazy Sunday,” a truly genius SNL digital short from 2005 that stars Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell. “So many of Michael’s bits are based on the bits of SNL and/or other comedians. He writes no new material,” Fischer said, comparing him to an eccentric cruise ship director. “He thinks he’s a world class comedian,” Kinsey added. “He even called this meeting — which should be just like a new employee presentation meeting — he calls it his gigantic performance.” In “Lazy Scranton,” Michael and Dwight rap about everything from Scranton’s nickname, “The Electric City,” to poison control, downtown dining, the…Continue reading‘The Office’ crew talks ‘Lazy Scranton,’ deleted scenes, and ‘SNL’ bits