Retro Blog: Saturday Night Live. November 18th, 2007

Hello there, I wanted to rescue some of my old MySpace blogs and archive them here on my own site. Over the next few weeks I will retroactively chronicle a particularly colourful period exactly two years ago. This was originally posted on November 18th, 2007.

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I was one of the lucky bastards who witnessed the live on stage SNL show at New York’s UCB Theatre last night.

A fund raiser for staff who have been laid off during the writers strike, it was organised by Amy Poehler and featured the full cast, along with ex SNL members Rachel Dratch and Horatio Sanz. Plus Norah Jones turned up to sing on The Lonely Island’s “Iran (So Far)”.

Yo La Tengo were the band. And one Michael Cera was the host.

Comprised of sketches too weird, too off color and perhaps too funny (!) for network TV, it was quite fantastic.

I feel privileged indeed to have been front row for this amazing event and see performers like Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudekis, Fred Armisen Andy Samberg and Bill Hader off the leash.

NY TIMES STORY

This is my last night in NYC, onto Philly tomorrow, then Roanoke, Virginia, then Asheville, NC and beyond!

P.S. Please note that you cannot give me sightseeing suggestions for a past road trip. Unless you happen to be the Tenth Doctor.

  • Frank

    I was working at the theatre that night and saw this show. It was also the night I got to meet you (I still talk about it to this day). I felt like I blushed and gushed a bit like a creepy fanboy. That was the same night my friend, and fellow performer, asked Michael Cera if he was a student at UCB. How he didn’t know of Michael Cera is beyond me. We still pick on him for it.

  • Frank

    I was working at the theatre that night and saw this show. It was also the night I got to meet you (I still talk about it to this day). I felt like I blushed and gushed a bit like a creepy fanboy. That was the same night my friend, and fellow performer, asked Michael Cera if he was a student at UCB. How he didn't know of Michael Cera is beyond me. We still pick on him for it.

  • I'm glad we get to revisit these blogs I remember it felt like we traveled the U.S. with you.

  • Will

    Also, tell Bill and Ted I said hello.

  • SarahAC

    Good one.
    Can't believe it's been two years. Seems like just yesterday.

    Speaking of the tenth Doctor, did you know that you have the same birthday as David Tennant Edgar? (not the same year though)

  • Jay

    Hrm … well, Mr. Wright, have you been to Canada? I heard that they have some nice shooting locations … 😉

  • Will

    When you're in Little Rock, you simply MUST check out a delightful little park called Knoop, which is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood. It's got a pretty impressive panoramic view of most of the city, but the real attraction is something my girlfriend pointed out to me – on the uppermost tier of the cement/rock surfaces, there is a specific spot (there's two outlined footprints on the ground, so that you can stand in the right spot easily) which some of the locals refer to as “Echo Rock.” If you plant your feet directly in the outlined footprints, and simply speak, or yell, or whatever you please, it brings out the acoustics in the nestled little area. Move a foot or two, and you sound normal. But in that spot, you sound like some sort of monster. It's truly bad ass. Also, I may or may not have fallen in love at Knoop as well. Maybe some of my good fortune has lingered?

  • Ethel Ty

    Jealous! im still kicking myself for not going to that one. i loled at the last bit. still waiting for a download link to watch WOM *sigh*

  • Ethel Ty

    Jealous! im still kicking myself for not going to that one. i loled at the last bit. still waiting for a download link to watch WOM *sigh*

  • M.

    I'm not too pleased about this 11th Doctor business. I'm sure it'll be fine, but David Tennant did a ridiculously great job at Doctor #10. I'll miss him…

  • Austin Barker

    Ironyyyyy, LoL I live for the day i see SNL Live.

  • Jessica

    That looks like it was a lot of fun. Too bad the same can't be said for last night's episode of SNL however.

  • Jessica

    That looks like it was a lot of fun. Too bad the same can't be said for last night's episode of SNL however.

  • robm

    “P.S. Please note that you cannot give me sightseeing suggestions for a past road trip. Unless you happen to be the Tenth Doctor.”

    Specist.

  • SarahA

    Wow, that must have been amazing, I can only imagine how far they would have all gone without the censors' red pens. Bill Hader uleashed – the mind boggles!

  • Katie

    I only wish I was the Tenth Doctor.

  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    I cant believe the Strike was two years ago. Time flies!

  • But what if you're the Thirteenth doctor? I'm sure his comments are just as important as Tennant's.