Sunday, August 29, 2010

SNL News: 3 New Performers

It seems that those writers SNL hired were performers who might not have made the cut to perform on SNL (maybe they auditioned or Lorne just liked their material). However, SNL still offered them jobs as writers, and, because they have common sense, they took the gigs. That said, in the rounds that Lorne and Kristen Wiig have been making (and probably others), SNL did select three new performers to replace Will Forte. More of my opinions after the news story...



Three comedians — Paul Brittain, Vanessa Bayer, and Taran Killam — are rumored to join the cast of Saturday Night Live for its 36th season.

According to The Comic’s Comic, Brittain is a Chicago-based improviser and sketch comedian, Bayer is a Cleveland native who also performs throughout Chicago, and Killam has been on-air with MADtv and Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out.

FYI: Yesterday, it was announced that Will Forte decided to call it quits after eight seasons on SNL.

Here are video clips of Bayer and Killam…


Vanessa Bayer: Blue Shield of California Commercial





Taran Killam: Scrubs Interns - Webisode 5



Article from:
http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/08/27/saturday-night-lives-new-hires-revealed/#ixzz0xyPFgMrd
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Thanks to Rishabh for the scoop! You can check out Rishabh's Adventures of Billy the Worm blog here:
http://billyworm.blogspot.com/

So Killam is more of a progressive step, since he's already been doing his comedy on TV for awhile (similar to how Amy Poehler and Kenan Thompson both were doing comedy on other shows before SNL). (I'm actually surprised Killam would take this gig, because he would probably be offered his own sitcom otherwise.) And Bayer and Brittain are more of the "finds." So we'll continue to check these three out and let you know what we think.

Brittain and Bayer were both confirmed through their improv organization, the Improv Olympics. Taran has not yet been confirmed through a direct source (SNL, The Groundlings, or Killam).

If you find more videos of these three in action, send them our way!

What do you think about these three?

Thanks, and...

Enjoy!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i already like killam, he'd bring some fresh air to the impressions they are doing now. they needs new stuff.
let's see if he makes the cast.

Rishabh said...

Killam was hilarious even in that very short "overly touchy orderly" role on Scrubs. I'd love to see more of what he can do, and SNL would be perfect for that!

Rishabh said...

PS. Thanks for the link back :P

Anonymous said...

ugh i hate taran killam

The Animation Empire said...

You're welcom Rishabh.

Anony 2, why do you hate Taran?

I think the easier one to hate will be Paul. You don't know it yet, but about 90% of Paul's humor so far has been what I call "villain humor." In other words, he hurts and abuses people and that's his humor. I don't quite enjoy it, and I hope Paul will evolve that humor on SNL some (otherwise we'll just hate him).

I think Taran can break out into a Will Ferrell type of player. Vanessa has energy and creativity, so I'm curious what she'll bring.

- TAE

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