saturday night live

As always, much of the presidential campaign is show biz.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about one recent Saturday Night Live host’s performance.

  This Sunday, November 15th, The Paul Green Rock Academy will play a benefit concert for Maddie’s Mark at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Doors are at 6 and the show is at 7.

Maddie’s Mark Foundation was established in early 2012 to honor Madeline Musto - a vibrant 5 year old who died after developing an inoperable brain stem tumor. The foundation's mission is to spread Madeline's spirit by providing opportunities, creating environments, and enabling children and families live a life of 'best days ever'. The foundations organizes a ‘best day ever’ -- a family's opportunity to see something, visit someone or go somewhere with their child that may not be possible without the organization’s help.

The Paul Green Rock Academy benefit this weekend will feature Gibby Haynes, Kate Pierson, the Paul Green Rock Academy Showband, and musician and actor, Fred Armisen. Ana Dooley is a girl from Kingston, NY -- and a fan of the IFC series, Portlandia. Through Maddie’s Mark Foundation, she had a “best day ever” experience meeting Armisen last year.

Fred Armisen was a stalwart and side-splitting cast member on Saturday Night Live from from 2002 until 2013 with more than 20 recurring characters including original characters and impressions of Prince, Barack Obama, Ira Glass, and David Paterson. He is the co-creator, with Carrie Brownstein, of the Peabody Award winning, Portlandia, and is the bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

  In his memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend, Martin Short writes about his early years in Toronto as a member of Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies.

He also writes about the creation of his lasting characters - and about his personal life which includes the loss of both of his parents before the age of 20.

2/17/15 Panel

Feb 17, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Egypt and ISIS, Obama ISIS Poll, Danish Attacks, Ukrainian Ceasefire?, Lesley Gore Dies, SNL 40, and TU Headlines.

  In his new memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend ,Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.”

Martin Short talks about his early years in Toronto as a member of the improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

TV comedic actor Phil Hartman is best known for his eight brilliant seasons on Saturday Night Live, where his versatility and comedic timing resulted in some of the funniest and most famous sketches in the television show’s history.

Rachel Dratch

Feb 25, 2013

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered, she says, roles as “Lesbians or Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians.”

Her career as a female comedian at a low point, she suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish—and dating. Dratch reveals the joys and terrors of putting herself out there in a quest to find love and then becoming a mother in an undreamed-of way in her book, Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle.