This weekend, amid the writer’s strike, the SNL cast performed in Chelsea in the Upright Citizens Brigade theater to an audience of less than 200 peeps, though their numbers included Julian Casablancas, Jon Glaser, Will Arnett, and John Krasinski. Guests included Norah Jones and the folks mentioned in this post’s headline. The cast performed previously written sketches that were too hot for TV or cut for some other reason. We weren’t there, but Brian Palmer was. He mentions that host Michael Cera’s monologue “consisted of him reading other people’s monologues, such as Donald Trump’s, Paris Hilton’s, and a few others.” Also Fred Armisen played Mahmoud Ahmadinejad naked

[Photos via NY Times]

Via A Special Thing message board:

A sign reading “SNL Digital Short” was held up and then the familiar strains of Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th started and Andy Samberg came out to sing his paean to homophobe and holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, played by Fred Armisen. This was previously broadcast on the show, though when Samberg got to the line about Ahmadinejad’s hind quarters, Armisen pulled his pants down to reveal a clump of fake hair taped to his ass. Armisen dropped trou a bit further than I’m guessing he was planning on, as from my vantage point I was treated to a full view of his cock and balls. After this surprising and horrific sight, a vision on the opposite end of the spectrum arrived in the form of Norah Jones as she sang the chorus while Fred tried to keep his pants up…

Yo La Tengo played Mr. Tough and Little Honda. Will Arnett, who appeared fairly quiet throughout a lot of the show, was bouncing up and down and totally rocking out during their performances. Krasinski was also seriously enjoying himself as well. They were both wearing their hats down low paparazzi style and it was funny to look over and see their two baseball caps bopping away.

And tonight at 8 PM, the cast of 30 Rock will perform 30 Rock-ON STRIKE!, live at UCB. If this or the SNL event don’t show up on YouTube, you suck Internet!

Comments (9)
  1. has anybody seen juno? it looks hilarious….

  2. bmckim  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2007 0

    i have two tickets to a screening of it

  3. @ bmckin

    Review it for us!

  4. Alex Young  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2007 0

    are there any videos of this?

  5. pearl  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2007 0

    there was a screening for it here in SD and a couple of the girls i live with went and they all really liked it so i’m assuming it’s good. i was hoping for some armisen noodz though >:o

  6. @ Alex Young

    Poehler told the audience anyone caught filming/photographing would be ejected. Of course there was the NYT photog, and there is hope on the video front: Amy had a videographer there capturing the night for a possible documentary on the writers strike. Don’t expect much of that will make it to YouTube anytime soon, but if it does, we’ll definitely update. I need that Cera monologue and Forte in gold lamé sketch in my life.

  7. jessica  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2007 0


    I just saw a screening and I really liked it. I think it’s going to be a word-of-mouth thing, but I loved the cast (especially Jason Bateman).

  8. schmod  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2007 0

    SNL writes its first decent/original set of comedy in years…. and then proceeds not to tape it.


  9. Juno was so terrible it almost drove me insane. In short, it’s one of those fake indie films (like Little Miss Sunshine) that just takes the tropes of the current look of indie films and does absolutely nothing with them. So like a Wes Anderson film the sets are crammed with knick-knacks and characters wear the same costume throughout, but unlike a Wes Anderson film the characterization is terrible and the dialogue is badly written (it all sounds like the screenwriter, not the character, if you know what I mean.) And for further cynical indie cred points Kimya Dawson is all over the sound track.

    Don’t buy into the hype (the type of hype that makes people think it’s going to be a “word of mouth thing”.) Check out The Tracey Fragments if you want to see Ellen Page in something, because that film is something special.

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