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Monday
May092005

Speaking of ASSSSCAT and unsubstantiated rumors re: SNL actors...

Anyone else care to SPECULATE whether Will Ferrell will be at ASSSSCAT this Sunday? We have no proof. But we do know he'll be in town this week hosting SNL. And we know ASSSSCAT likes to surprise fans with crazy superstars. If you're going to wait on line for the free show, be prepared to get there earlier. The idea of Will Ferrell doing long form improv for an intimate group of rabid fanatics will surely be buzzing in the heads of those planning on attending.

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Sunday
May082005

Who is Jason Sudeikis?

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The opening credits were rolling as usual on SNL when all of a sudden the announcer goes, "Featuring.. Jason Sudeikis!" thus causing The Apiary to perk up and go "Huh? New guy? Who? Wait! We know him!" He comes by for the always worthwhile ASSSSCAT shows on Sundays at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. We've also seen him perform at last summer's Del Close Improv Marathon in a slot titled "Amy Poehler's All Star Nerd Roundup." He's instantly charismatic and could easily be mistaken for a Daily Show correspondent. But how'd he get on SNL? Research shows that he trained in Second City Chicago, joined the Main Stage of Second City Las Vegas, then auditioned for SNL for the 2003-04 season. They didn't have enough room on the cast AT THE TIME, but liked him so much they offered him a job as a writer. Any ideas on why Sudeikis was introduced to America with just two episodes left in the season? The Apiary has A BIG IDEA that directly plays right into our thoughts on Tina Fey's pregnancy... Jason talks about getting his first SNL sketch produced

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Friday
May062005

Win Money & Fabulous Prizes - Contagious Media Showdown

Saturday May 7, Chelsea Peretti is teaching a comedic website building workshop for the Contagious Media Showdown - a contest sponsored by media movers & shakers to see who can turn a site into a web sensation the quickest. Chelsea is a local comedy scenester and one of the webmistresses behind popular sites, www.blackpeopleloveus.com (featuring Bobby Tisdale as the white man) and The Rejection Line.

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Wednesday
May042005

Need help on your Spec Script?

It's staffing season in the world of TV writing right now. And just in time, The P.I.T Theatre, is offering a class on "Writing a Sitcom Spec Script." Spots are still available, but chatter on the IRC say it's nearly full. The 6 week course meets every Wednesday beginning May 11. The instructor is 4-time emmy winner, Joe Toplyn, a man whose comedic writing credits on IMDB are probably 14 items longer than the ones on your profile. Are you harboring the next Charlie Sheen vehicle? This is your chance to find out! Class Schedule at The P.I.T. NBC has some pointers on How to Be a Writer

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Wednesday
May042005

Think of the Children

From 826NYC.org An Evening of Comedy with Colin Quinn and Several Other Comics You Know And Love This Monday, May 9 8:30pm The Zipper Theater (336 West 37th Street) $20 (Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the show) "Colin Quinn headlines a unique evening of stand-up comedy with Todd Barry, Greg Giraldo, Heather Lawless and Demetri Martin. The evening will be hosted by Saturday Night Live writers Slovin & Allen." 20 dollars for a show is kinda way pricey but proceeds go to 826 NYC, Dave Eggers' awesome youth tutoring & mind control center in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Since it's for charity, does that mean it's tax deductible? Does it also mean you can deduct the 8 rounds of tequila body shots you're gonna do at the bar? Save your receipts!

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Wednesday
May042005

Invite Them Up Pics | The Apiary

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The Apiary had a moment to ask a few questions to Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien writer Demetri Martin after his whimsical set yesterday. Here's one of his bits: "Best way to start a conversation? Ask, 'What's your favorite color?' Best way to end a conversation? Ask, 'What's your favorite color...ed person?'" Does he have any upcoming shows? Yes! Demetri's got one TONIGHT at Rififi's/Cinema Classics where he'll be debuting all new material--20 or 30 NEW jokes, he said. Is Conan really leaving NY for LA when he takes over the Tonight Show? Nobody knows for sure! But he joked that Conan should split the difference and move the show to Ohio. NPR hosts a full interview with Demetri Martin and a live recording of him performing at the Bowery Ballroom

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Monday
May022005

Will the arrival of Tina Fetus end Tina Fey's reign over SNL?

Let's think logically. Grueling 80 hour work weeks, all night writing sessions, all-day read throughs-- there's just no time for burping babies. As mildly amusing and creepy as it might be to hear anecdotes about Robert Smigel or Don Pardo changing Tina Fetus' diapers like Uncle Joey wrapping Michelle in a roll of paper towels on Full House, let's allow reality to kick us in the junk--this WILL be Tina's last season on the show. You heard it here first. Can we look at history to get a grim glimpse of the future? Sure. Ana Gasteyer was the first pregant player to be on the cast of SNL. Where is she now? Not on the show anymore! Molly Shannon was preggers too and what's she up to? Off makin' movies! Yeah yeah. We should be happy for Tina. It's her body, her choice... But what about our needs?? We want more of Tina Fey's brain! May 21st is the frown-filled final Fey episode of SNL. The SNL production process First public photo taken of pregnant Tina after she revealed she has a bun in the oven! 7 Frequently Asked Questions about the webmaster of Tina Fey.net

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Monday
May022005

Invite Them UPDATE

Pianos posted tonight's Invite Them Up set list and released MORE TICKETS for the Monday show. May 2nd, 2005 Todd Barry Andy Blitz Jessi Klein Tom McCaffrey Patrick Borelli Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser Andrea Rosen Chelsea Peretti Shonali Bhowmik & Amy Miles Yeow! In related news, we've learned that there's been so much excitement over the Tuesday night show featuring David Cross, that Pianos will be having a live SIMULCAST across the tvs in the partitioned off bar area. Everybody loves simulcasts! Pretend you're at the OTB and feel the electricity of watching a television!

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