Last week ushered in a SLEW of entertainment stories and events, some of which I attended, hence my complete lack of being consistent on this here blog. But it’s all been for a good cause- to share what’s new and next in THE BIZ.
First, let’s take a moment to congratulate Leslie Jones over at the Saturday Night Live homestead for being selected as a cast member on the show! Now there are two Black female comedians slaying on the show and the world became a little bit more brighter. The moment I saw Leslie onscreen for the first time during “Weekend Update” and I thought that she should not only be a writer, but also an actor on the show! Prayer answered.
Then the New York TV Festival came into town. It felt like it was just here! But now it’s October, soon to be Thanksgiving, soon to be Christmas, soon to be 2015. WTH. Alas I had plans to go to the MTV Panel, complete with red carpet action (!!!!) and take pictures of the event and write about what I’ve learned. But there was a greater plan in store for me. Yup, yours truly was invited to an Atlantic Records album listening party + meet and greet (hosted by Angela Yee!!!) for this talented lady:
I was whisked back to a time when Aaliyah and Mya ruled the airwaves as snippets of tracks from her upcoming album titled “Nightmares & Lullabies- Part I” played on. It was an even bigger treat to meet Victoria and talk with her about an idea I have for a show that I am hoping to produce on YouTube. She is a gem, a breath of fresh air, and judging from her track record of working with other artists such as B.o.B, Ariana Grande, & T.I., this girl is goin’ places. Watch her space!
Add to the fact that I officially have a new agent (Yes, Spoken Reasons is right- faith, hard work, and consistency PAYS OFF!), gained a film callback, was offered a new deal to be a contributing writer to a magazine whose family I REALLY wanted to be a part of for months, have a new shoot to look forward to in two weeks, and finally, finally FINALLY saw “Dear White People” (more about this wondrous movie in a whole new post), last week was an A+.
What else? Oh, YES! If you haven’t watched the TV movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “Big Driver” on Lifetime, you need to hop on it any way you can. Maria Bello gives a bravura performance. I won’t say any more than that!
Also, I was able to catch Foster the People at a gig in Washington Heights this past weekend (pictures to come on my Insta account). They didn’t play “Pumped Up Kicks”, even though that was the song that EVERYONE wanted to hear that night. The reason? Because of the recent school shooting in Washington. That was very classy of them, of which I can’t say the same for a good amount of the audience, some of whom started chanting “USA!” or how much they loved their guns during an imposed moment of silence by the band’s lead singer.
Yes, this was life last week. What pray tell will become of this week? Let’s find out.
Ever since college, I’ve always felt like The Beygency, otherwise known as 80% of everyone I’ve ever met in my life post-Destiny’s Child era, has had my name on their list. I just keep my mouth shut about my general neutrality when it comes to Beyonce. I don’t hate her music, but I’m not a die hard fan. Talk to me about Foals, Natalia Kills, Paramore, The Smiths, or Nirvana, but I won’t take a bullet for Beyonce. I’ll sing along to “Single Ladies” during a night of dancing and go home just fine in my happy night owl bubble. I don’t take my appreciation for Beyonce’s talents any further than that. But it appears that a good majority of the world has and please hear me when I say that YOU FRIGHTEN ME!
If you are a Beyonce do or die stan and have seen this video this past Saturday night or are watching here for the first time, I hope that you realize how much you’re scaring me and others who just want to live. If I ever meet Beyonce in my lifetime, I will pay my respects and keep it moving. There is no need for me to join the Beygency, but thank you SNL writers for giving a name to the leagues of folks who continue to side eye me whenever I calmly begin a sentence by saying, “I like Beyonce’s music, but…”
p.s. This is THE BEST SNL video to debut this season, in my opinion, and Andrew Garfield was a wonderful host. Please bring him back Lorne!
After the past Saturday Night Live episode featuring Ms. Lena Dunham, which I will get into in another post, I screamed when I read that Louis C.K. would be hosting the show on March 29th. But you know how an accompanying band is listed underneath the host’s name? Well, the commercial just read in big, bold letters “LOUIS C.K.” No band name needed. Of course the Twittersphere blew up, writing out loud if this meant that Louis C.K. would be doing stand up, because has there ever been a time in SNL history when there was no band to serenade the audience and cast members into a dreamlike state?
Either way, Louis C.K. hosting Saturday Night Live is a welcome surprise that I will wrap around my heart until the newest season of “Louie” premieres.
It was only a matter of time before the comedy stylings of Lena Dunham would be paired with the comedy stylings of Saturday Night Live. All that I ask is that this sketch is revisited again with another appearance by Tina Fey/Blerta:
It’s STILL funny!
…but THANK GOD the wait is over because Sasheer Zamata will make her debut on Saturday Night Live this month! While I side-eyed the oddly rushed auditions for a Black female comedian who could do her thing alongside Jay, Kate, Nasim, and Kenan, I applaud the fact that Lorne Michaels has greenlit Zamata and her talents. On researching her past work, I stumbled upon this hilarious and smart UCB sketch starring Zamata, which takes a comedic look at two stereotypes- Black people talking to movie screens and always getting killed in horror movies. I love this:
p.s. In her premiere January 18th episode, Drake will also be the host and musical guest. I’m praying that a Degrassi: TNG sketch happens, with Sasheer as Hazel and Drake reprising his role as Jimmy. Go ahead and steal my idea if you want to SNL writers. I’ll get over it.
Lady Gaga hit a home run this past Saturday on “Saturday Night Live”. After having seen her turn as a host/performer, I can say with confidence that she is a fine actress and quite the comedienne. The skit featuring her as a “Spotlightz” child actress was hysterical and her last skit with Kenan, looking into the possible future of a “has-been Lady Gaga” sent me into a laughing fit (I just love dark humor). If you couldn’t already tell that living in New York has influenced Gaga as an artist, seeing this episode of SNL will open your eyes.