Bill Hader on Fresh Air

Bill Hader On Sketch Comedy, His Love Of Old Films

Terry Gross has the best job in the world. Just in the past couple of weeks she has interviewed Bill Hader, Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia, and Chris Rock. Jealous! How do I get that gig?

Hader is up for an Emmy, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.  He is also about to begin his seventh season on SNL. I’m glad someone is sticking around!

The interview is great and I really liked hearing about his childhood:

We were a big movie family — even more so than television and books. My grandparents lived next door to us when we were growing up — my mom’s parents — and they were the reading house, and our house was the movie house. And pretty much every night we would watch a movie, especially during the summer, and it was our way of relaxing.

I will keep my fingers crossed since Hader is in a tough category.  He’s up against Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Max Greenfield (Schmidt from New Girl).

Burning Love

I’ll come clean right away: I have watched several seasons of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (see my fond memories below). This is why Burning Love resonated so much with me.  They did their homework and this parody is hilarious!

Live on the Yahoo! Comedy Channel now, Burning Love follows fireman Mark Orlando as he searches for the perfect woman. The scripted comedy series features an impressive line up of comedic actors from film and television including Ken Marino, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Michael Ian Black, Adam Scott and more.

Who knew Yahoo! was making original comedy videos? Also, Ben Stiller is a producer. Episode 8 comes out Monday, June 25th!

Common Bachelor/Bachelorette tropes:

Someone cries                        Someone talks abt what they sacrificed to be there

“Here for the right reasons      “See myself falling for you”

Dead relative                           Bikinis

Contestant with kid                 Divorced contestant

Someone leaves the show     Someone who left/was booted returns

Helicopters/ horses/ boats       “The most _____ episode in B/B history”

“Follow my heart”                   Someone walks off set/ rips off mic

“I never expected to feel so strongly”        “I never expected this would be so hard”

“I never saw this coming”       “No regrets”

Two contestants have same name     Someone sings/ writes letter/ recites poem

Awkward close-up camera footage of making out in hot tub

Awkward sexual nature of the “overnight fantasy suite” date

Recollections of Bachelors and Bachelorettes Past:

Matt Grant was the star of “The Bachelor: London Calling,” the 12th season of the show. He was hot, he British, he was a “global financier,” and he was clearly on the show to get some booty. Shayne Lamas, daughter of Lorenzo Lamas and reality-show wannabe, was 22 years old when Matt “proposed” to her.

Jake Pavelka was the prize show horse on “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” aka the 14th season. I only watched half of this season, not that this redeems my character in any way, because Jake was a weirdo. Weirdly conservative and serious. I like it better when the contestants recognize that they getting free travel and drinks out of this deal.  After the show ended, Jake and Vienna broke up, and ABC aired a vomit-inducing interview with both of them. Since then, Jake has left his job as a pilot to pursue a career as a reality show contestant.

The incestuous relationship between The B/B: DeAnna Pappas  appeared in season 11 of The Bachelor and was rejected by bachelor Brad Womack (during his first time as Bachelor).  The guy she chose, Jesse Csincsak, was a professional snowboarder and a huge goofball who never took his sunglasses off and needed a haircut.  Since the show, DeAnna married the twin brother of a former Bachelor, Jesse married a female contestant from another season, and the final guy DeAnna rejected went on to be Bachelor in a later season.

Jillian Harris was nice enough; I can only remember the stuff that happened toward the end of the season.  Reality shows love to “surprise” contestants by bringing people back.  Ed Swiderski left on episode 5 BUT then showed up 2 weeks later wanting back on.  Obviously that was cool with Jillian because she picked him. Which was dumb. Reid Rosenthal was really funny and reminded me of Matt Perry and he should have “won.”  Jillian and Ed were together for about 2 years, which is equal to 20 years in B/B time.

Ali Fedowtowsky was a crier.  The best part of this season was krazy Kasey, who got a tatoo and would not stop dropping his motto, “Guard and Protect Your Heart.” Roberto and Ali broke up after a year-long engagement. Chris married a female contestant from another season and has a landscaping show on HGTV. Ali used to work for Facebook and now hosts 1st Look for NBC (which airs really late at night). I do not think this is a step up.

Ashley Hebert was boring. She and her intended, JP, are still together after a year, and planning a fall wedding (we’ll see about that). The best part was runner-up (aka the loser) Ben Flajnik’s meltdown.  His best quote: “Good things don’t end unless they end badly.”  Huh? What about cake?  Your slice starts out yummy, but when you get to the last bite – BAM! – it turns into poop. Ben is an idiot.

And so, in the immortal words of Chris Harrison, it is now time for:

The Final Rose

Please do not let me dissuade you from watching these time-honored shows, Emily still has six guys to choose from and Ali’s scorned fiancé, Roberto, is rumored to be the next Bachelor.

I’m sure we will be hearing from both of them about:

Putting their-self out there

How their dates on a tropical island are “magical/ a fantasy/ a fairytale/ paradise”

Truly believing that their husband/ wife is in the pool of contestants

BJ Novak

BJ Novak is best known as Ryan (the temp) on The Office.  He is also a writer, director, and co-executive producer on/for the show. And he does stand-up.

For fans of Encyclopedia Brown, a new generation has arrived:

My favorite joke of his is in this video:

Battered women…sounds delicious, doesn’t make it right.

Key and Peele

Key and Peele is fantastic.  Both Portlandia and Key and Peele are more consistently funny than SNL is or MadTV was. It may be a “cooks in the kitchen thing,” where you get more quality sketches out of a comedy duo (Fry and Laurie, Armisen and Brownstein, Key and Peele) because of the closer rapport. Idk, just a guess.

Show description:

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the stars of “Key & Peele,” an original new sketch-comedy show that examines life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, Key & Peele showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.

Anyway, Key and Peele, both former MadTV cast members, are great.  You can watch full-length episodes on Hulu Plus, clips on Hulu, and clips on Comedy Central. And of course there’s the Comedy Central channel on youtube.

Here are some of my favorite sketches. IT WAS TOO HARD TO CHOSE SO I JUST KEPT ADDING MORE AND MORE:

 

The show airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30 c on Comedy Central and it has already been renewed for a second season that will air in the fall.

Historical Improv by PERIODS

If you like Drunk History, you might like the “anachronistic period pieces with costumes a show choir would die for” created by PERIODS:

PERIODS. is an improvised comedy film series. Created by Victor Quinaz, Anna Martemucci, and the entire PERIODS. crew. PERIODS. is a co-production with Robinson Films, Inc. , Nomadic Films, and Before The Door Pictures.

While the characters and struggles might be straight out of The Hills or Real Housewives, these videos have historical settings. Their commitment to historical accuracy is truly admirable.

The Hairpin introduced me to Periods Films and here are a few of their videos: