"So I go in there one night and he was evoking gods of the East and demons of the West and forgetting what my goal was, why I even came in the first place, I was so mad! He was so creepy. I went up to him and I was like, “You’ve got nerve evoking demons in front of all these people!” No one was protected. No one was white lighted. I knew so much, you know, I was at least a three-week student in meditation. And he said “I protected the building” and I said “You can’t do that!” and he was like “Yes I can!” and I just walked off in a huff. I went “Ugh, that’s not what my goal was at all.”"
Charna Halpern describes how she first met Del Close
In 30 years, some comedy legend (improv/stand up/writing/whatnot) is going to be asked in an interview how they first met some other comedy legend and the answer is going to be, “Huh…I don’t know…like he started following me on tumblr and he liked some of my posts about Phil Hartman and then I started following him one day and then I disagreed with a post he made about Girls and then we had a minor argument, but then we both liked a gif set from Parks and Recreation and so, when we finally ran into each other at some party in Brooklyn, we were like, ‘Yo. I know you.’ And it was awkward and then we did some dumb show together that fell apart and five years later Fuse gave us a small budget and we made a breakthrough alt comedy show that was cancelled after two seasons.”
We’ll never meet over fighting about demons again.
"When the women joked that it would be interesting to see how their male co-workers would function if the gender count was swapped, they collectively looked to [Larry] Wilmore who deadpanned, “I’m sorry. I wasn’t listening to anything you were saying.” I personally was not sure if he was just trying to be funny or if he was revealing something deeper by suggesting that the idea that men wouldn’t listen to women speak is funny."
— Talking Shop With Some Female Late Night Writers at the WGA West Diversity Panel | Splitsider
I wrote this about the super cool panel I got to go to while I was in LA last week.
"[Nasim] Pedrad has remarkable versatility — she can play typical mothers and girlfriends as well as more flawed, post-gender roles, such as mom-enthusiast Bedilia."
"…she can play typical mothers and girlfriends…"
Oh, thank God. I was beginning to worry that men didn’t notice how much ladies consider playing “typical mothers and girlfriends" as a real stretch for us and a true test of our versatility.
Pedrad also has some fabulous impressions, endearing characters and can play against gender, age and race. She also possesses ridiculous on screen poise, great comic delivery and can dance the shit out of everyone else in the cast (except maybe Taran Killam). She also excels when given straight roles in scenes. I think that’s what you were getting at.
"Welcome to April Fool’s Day, one of the most annoying days of the year. It’s the one day in which you can’t trust anything that you see on the internet, because everyone is trying to trick you. Hilarious! But here’s the thing: there’s a pretty huge distance between making a joke and lying, and most April Fool’s Day pranks fall distinctly in the latter camp."
- Adam Frucci, "Ugh, April Fool’s Day”, Splitsider.com
Remember folks, lying to people isn’t funny. Taping fish to their backs and saying something in French and then running away totes is, though.