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Alec Baldwin makes fun of Joaquin Phoenix

If you’ve seen Joaquin Phoenix‘s weird appearance on Late Show With David Letterman this week, you might find it funny that comic mastermind Alec Baldwin mocked him on The Conan O’ Brien Show last night.

Watch it here.

Also, last night’s 30 Rock ruled, right? Best episode of the season.

Don’t forget: Steve Martin on ’30 Rock’ tonight

Dreamy comedian/actor/screenwriter/playwright/novelist/art collector/musician and -yes!- vegetarian Steve Martin is tonight’s very special guest star on 30 Rock.

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9:30 p.m. NBC.

Attention Maya Rudolph fans

If you’ve been watching Saturday Night Live for years, as I have, you know not many cast members match the comic genius that is Maya Rudolph. So, here’s a bit of gossip I just heard: Ms. Rudolph is making a special appearance on SNL this Saturday night.

Looks like Maya has been rehearsing to play Michelle Obama. This is great news, but it’s also very telling in two ways. (1) Didn’t last night’s special Thursday version of SNL bring back old cast members, too? Not just Tina Fey-as-Sarah Palin, but Will Ferrell, too. It’s not saying much for the current cast members, none of whom make me laugh – with the obvious exception of zany Kristen Wiig.

Is Lorne Michaels panicking? Maybe SNL should have a reality series where American can pick the cast members. We can’t do worse than his people do.

And, number (2) Maybe have more than one woman of color involved with SNL so you don’t have to keep tracking down Maya to play every black woman that’s ever been in the news.

Your thoughts?

Get it while you can: the ’30 Rock’ premiere

I don’t know why or for how long, but the the New York Observer is reporting that the much anticipated 30 Rock Season 3 premiere – scheduled for October 30 – is available right not on NBC.com and Hulu.com.

Maybe because Tina Fey is the most important person in the world? I’m gonna wait to see it on TV next week. DON’T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS, damn bloggers.

Sarah Palin on ‘SNL’ brings the viewers

Last Saturday night’s episode of Saturday Night Live with its special appearance by Alaska governor/vice presidential contendor Sarah Palin earned SNL‘s highest ratings in 14 years.

This photo documents the split second that Palin and her imitator Tina Fey appeared onscreen together last Saturday night. Palin did not attend the SNL after party.

Tina Fey: If Palin wins, “I’m done”

Tina Fey has been garnering big laughs with her terrific Sarah Palin sketches on Saturday Night Live, but Fey’s got her own show to worry about now.

With 30 Rock‘s season premiere the week before the presidential election, Fey has vowed to the New York Daily News that if the McCain-Palin ticket wins, she can’t continue the bit:

“We’re gonna take it week by week. If she wins, I’m done. I can’t do that for four years,” Fey told the magazine. “And by ‘I’m done,’ I mean I’m leaving Earth.”

You and me both, sister.

Chicago Tribune quiz: Palin or Fey?

Take the quiz. I’m ashamed to say I got one wrong. (I think their photo editor is wrong.)

‘SNL,’ Tina Fey reenact the VP debate

If you didn’t tune in to Saturday Night Live last night, you need to watch this video to prepare yourself for tomorrow’s water cooler chat – that is, if your workplace still has a water cooler. The newspaper I used to work for now charges its four remaining staffers for water. Gosh, I miss it there!

Here’s the link to Gawker’s post of the video because frankly, the NBC.com web site still sucks. That’s Tina Fey again as Sarah Palin. Joe Biden’s played by whomever that guy is on the SNL cast that played Liz Lemon‘s Cleveland-bound boyfriend on 30 Rock, and a special appearance by Queen Latifah as moderator Gwen Ifill. Bravo all around.

Amy Poehler is leaving ‘SNL’ (for good)

This is a bug bummer for anyone who still tunes into Saturday Night Live to see Amy Poehler work her sketch comedy magic. Poehler is finally making like Baby Mama cohort Tina Fey (and everyone else who had talent on the show) and getting the hell out of dodge.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Poehler is leaving the show in November. Amy said:

It’s gonna be really hard — Boyz II Men hard — to say goodbye to yesterday. But like any good drug, you need to know when to put it down.

Amy’s new show is from the same execs behind The Office and might actually be a forum worthy of her talents.

Sorry, Lorne Michaels. There is but one last reason to watch SNL these days and her name is Kristen Wiig.

Still, if the writing sucks, the writing sucks. How long ’til Wiig wises up? At least she’s already branching out into movies like Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story. I can’t wait to see her play a nutty roller derby girl in next year’s Whip It!

I’ve been a SNL enthusiast for a long time, but last season was about as bad as those painfully awkward years in the early 1980s when everybody watched only too see Eddie Murphy. Lorne has got to crack the whip, cut the fat, hire better writers and more talented cast members. Like, now.

If Lorne needs guidance, he should remember this: Go female. SNL has a long tradition of introducing the world to funny women. Many of my favorite funny females got their start on the show like: Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, Mary Gross, Julia-Louis Dreyfuss, Joan Cusack, Nora Dunn, Jan Hooks, Julia Sweeney, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo , (who was terrible on SNL, but went on to do some amazing work on The Ben Stiller Show), Laura Kightlinger, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Casey Wilson, and of course Kristen, Tina and Amy.

Which one of these ladies was your fave SNL cast member? Or suggest another if I didn’t include her. These are just my personal preferences. Bonus points if you remind us of a particular sketch.

Tina Fey mocks Sarah Palin

Last Saturday’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live hosted by super swimmer/comic dud Michael Phelps contained exactly one gem and it was in the show’s first five minutes.

I trust by now you’ve seen Tina Fey‘s uproarious imitation of Alaska governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin?

Tina was joined by a very pregnant Amy Poehler as Hilary Clinton. Both were terrific and their mock speech about sexism in the election was achingly funny.

If you haven’t seen it, you need to. I can’t post it, but I can steer you here.

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