Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig & Rachel Dratch Return As Ghosts Of ‘SNL’ Past

Kristen Wiig played the scary twins, while Rachel Dratch was sitting in the bathtub as her water went out in her apartment.
Maya Rudolph took a stroll down memory lane as she closed out Saturday Night Live – with the help of a few friends.
Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig and Rachel Dratch returned alongside current long-running cast member Keenan Thompson for a sketch that drew on the past.
“Every time I come back to SNL, I never want to leave,” reminisced Rudolph. Watch the video above.” />
“I was one of the first to have the idea that maybe the women could talk,” Fey’s Zelwig said. “Do people still have sex during the HR meeting?,” asked Fey, who said her character died from perm-cancer. “Those were pretty wild times,” replied Rudolph. Rudolph bumped into Gloria Zelwig, played by Fey, at the new bar in the studio.
“When you come back to host, you shine,” said Thompson. The Maya-ing, a riff on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, saw Rudolph and her old friends as ghosts.

Kay Cannon To Direct ‘Del & Charna’ About Chicago Improv Gurus To Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Jon Favreau, Adam McKay & More

I'm overjoyed to finally share our story with the world,” said Halpern. “My life with Del was always funny, sometimes scary and extremely profound.
Together they re-wrote the rules of improvisation, urging their students to bring intelligence to their art and justice to their characters. Close died in March 1999. In 1981 Close was butting heads with the establishment over their use of improvisation as performance art. Close was a forefather of Chicago's Second City and teacher to such heavyweights as John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd. Halpern offered him the chance to teach his radical long-form improv “The Harold” in a new underground theater known as the ImprovOlympic which turns 38 years old this year.
“We look forward to partnering with Kay Cannon, whose comedic filmmaking has brought the genre to new heights.” “We are thrilled to bring the story of Del Close and Charna Halpern, two comedic icons to the screen and explore how their evolving relationship impacted the history of comedy and influenced future performers,” said Crown.
The film made its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Pic opens Nov. 8 from Amazon Studios. Red Crown also recently acquired the transgender screenplay Queen, an intimate portrayal of activist and model Corey Rae’s real life high school transition process and how she became the world’s first openly transgender prom queen, and are also producing the upcoming independent film Topside directed by Celine Helad and Logan George. Red Crown's slate include the upcoming festival hit Honey Boy from Alma Har'el and star/scribe Shia LaBeouf about his turbulent child star upbringing. Red Crown also executive produced Anthony Mandler’s contemporary drama All Rise, formerly titled Monster, based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers and starring Kelvin Harrison Jr, Jennifer Hudson, and A$AP Rocky.
Daniel Crown and Yoni Liebling of Red Crown will produce as well as Cannon and Laverne McKinnon (Girlboss) of K&L Productions. EPs are Irene Marquette of K&L Productions. Red Crown Productions LLC will produce Del & Charna off Rich Talarico (Key & Peele's) and Alex Fendrich (Teachers) screenplay.
Cannon, who is next directing Sony's Cinderella starring Camila Cabello, is repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.” />
Dan and Yoni are amazing champions, and we’re excited to have Rich and Alex writing because they bring a wealth of knowledge to the project as former students of both Charna and Del,” said Cannon and McKinnon, co-founders of K&L Productions. “Improv has been such an instrumental part of our lives that we’re incredibly honored to tell this special, unique story with the blessing of Charna Halpern.
Close was a character actor as well appearing in such movies as Ferris Buellers Day Off, Thief, American Graffiti, The Blob and playing the heavy who tries to intimidate Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. Close died in March 1999. “If Uta Hagen created ‘Respect for Acting than Del Close and Charna Halpern created ‘Respect for Improv.’” Myers once told me in a 2001 profile I did for Variety about the duo.
EXCLUSIVE: We hear that Blockers filmmaker and Pitch Perfect franchise scribe Kay Cannon will direct the biopic Del & Charna about Charna Halpern and her partnership with the late legendary improv maestro Del Close. Together they built Chicago's Improv Olympic, a prestigious comedy training ground for Saturday Night Live players and scribes, as well as the New York and Hollywood showbiz scene that boasts an all-star award-winning alum roster of Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Farley, Jon Favreau, Adam McKay, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Cecily Strong, Seth Meyers, Matt Walsh, Vanessa Bayer, Bob Odenkirk, David Koechner, Andy Dick, Cannon herself and many more.
Del & Charna will follow the unlikely pairing and tumultuous 19-year relationship of Close and Halpern, the latter who continues to own, run and teach at the IO theater. Together as friends, saviors and soulmates, the duo helped each other overcome his addiction, financial ruin, and their own personal demons to ultimately establish improv as an art form. As such A-list talent were cutting their teeth at IO, it wasn't unheard for Halpern to put a roof over their head, feed them and coach them through bad patches.

Bobby Moynihan Joins Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s L.A. Mayor NBC Comedy Series

This is the second consecutive NBC workplace comedy series, in which Fey recruits an SNL-er for a lead role, following her Emmy-winning 30 Rock, which co-starred Tracy Morgan.
He did not overlap with Fey's tenure on the NBC sketch comedy show as a cast member, writer/head writer.or Carlock's stint as a writer but Moynihan got to work with Fey during her SNL hosting gigs, and he had a recurring role on the fourth and final season of Fey and Carlock's Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Moynihan was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for nine seasons, from 2008-2017.
Moynihan will play Jayden, the interim Director of Communications in the newly elected Mayor's office.
EXCLUSIVE: Bobby Moynihan is returning to NBC. The Saturday Night Live alum has been cast in a lead role opposite Ted Danson on the network's single-camera comedy series from the 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt duo of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
Moynihan, who headlined his own comedy series, CBS' Me, Myself and I, will next be seen in Disney’s Flora & Ulysses. He is repped by Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.
The series hails from Universal Television, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and David Miner executive produce.
The comedy, which has a straight-to-series order, is about a wealthy businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter, all while controlling the coyote population.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda – My Shot Lyrics

[Lin-Manuel Miranda]
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
My name is Lin-Manuel
I am hosting SNL
And I am not throwing away my shot

Now I’m gonna go for broke and do it all tonight
Take a swing
Pass the baton
Give me the ball tonight
I got a Tony and an Emmy and a Grammy yo
But what I really want’s a famous person cameo
Damn yo
Imma do a bunch of sketches
Sometimes I’ll play the lead
Give you what you need
Got your cue cards for me to read, yes indeed
Tonight you’ll see me at my naughtiest and bawdiest
And now I’m going to walk into the audience

Cause I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
This is my one big chance so bring on the dancers
Because I am not throwing away my shot
It’s time to take a shot!

And yes I’m right in my element
Who knew that Hamilton would be so topically relevant?
The way these grand-standing candidates be talking
They’re just a tweet away from facing off in Weehawken
They keep brawling
D and RNC keep falling
I like it better when it’s Kate McKinnon V. Baldwin
Yo so we thick in the plot, stirring the pot
Tonight I’m finally earning my spot
On this wall, in this hall and I’m getting a piece of it
Like Miley, Schumer, Tracy Morgan, and this piece-

(Well you’re never gonna be president now
Never gonna be president now
Never gonna be president now
Never gonna be-)

And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Ay yo election news cycles
And time with Lorne Michaels
I am not throwing away my shot

[Lorne Michaels]
Lin, you having a good time?

[Lin-Manuel MIranda]
I’m having the time of my life Lorne

[Lorne Michaels]
Great
Any word on those Hamilton Tickets?

[Lin-Manuel Miranda]
Oh yeah, I’ll see what I can do. No promises though

[Lorne Michaels]
I can do a matinee

[Lin Manuel Miranda]
Yo, but seriously guys
Since I was five I decided to keep my eyes pried open wide
Waiting for Saturday Night Life
Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, insane, inhuman
The way Don Pardo would say ‘Laraine Newman!’
Dana Carvey, Tina Fey, Vanessa Bayer, David Spade
I prayed and stayed up late
Hoping one day they’d say I made the grade

Breathe

Savor it
Own it
I swear to God
If I’m hosting I’m making the most of this moment tonight
And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
And as long as I remember to vote this November
I am not throwing away my shot