Girl of the Week
You know, a city covered in clouds half the year might seem like a cold, dreary place, but thanks to the internet, the women of Montreal are heating the winters up and no one is hotter than our number one woman of Montreal, Ariel Rebel.
We don't often pity our viewers, but we pity you for not being able to sit down with WWE Diva (and excellent AOTS guest host), Maria Kanellis as we did after yesterday's show and interview her about what it was like hosting Attack, what's going on in the WWE universe, her status as Diva of the Year and the surprises she has planned for next year, like her upcoming album, for one. Be a little less pitiable and check out the behind-the-scenes interview.
If you're anything like me, you love Kenan Thompson. You grew up watching him light up the boob tube on various shows on Nickelodeon and as an adult you giggle uncontrollably every time he takes center stage on SNL. Yes, you love Kenan Thompson, some would say to an unhealthy degree, but not me. I say you love him just enough, which means you'll totally dig this interview in which Mr. Thompson talks about his roots as a dramatic actor, what it's like dealing with the pressure of doing a weekly, live show in front of an audience of millions, who kisses better Lady Gaga or Madonna, his new movie Stan Helsing and the possibility of a Good Burger sequel.
How did you get your start in comedy?
I didn’t really start in comedy; I started in drama, basically, but I always kind of had a funny bone. I was doing a lot of theater for a long time in Atlanta. I went to a performing arts high school where we were doing a lot of dramatic plays that we’d write, but I got hired to be the new black kid on The Mighty Ducks. That was my first job. I guess that was a comedic kind of role; I had some funny lines and stuff. They introduced me to the Nickelodeon people, and there was some more comedy there. It’s been comedy from then on out. But all my training has been in drama.
How did you make the transition from kid-oriented fair on Nick to Saturday Night Live?
I guess, I grew up. You can’t stay at Nickelodeon forever. I would have loved to have stayed, but at some point you have to move on from being a kid to being an adult. I was already an adult, paying bills and dealing with drama like anybody else. Luckily enough, I had a chance to audition for SNL and that’s all it took.
What’s it like in the Saturday Night Live writer’s room?
It’s fun. We have half of a floor at NBC, so it’s a bunch of offices and usually people share an office with a writer and collaborate with different people, pitch your ideas to different people. If they like it, they’ll help you write it and if they don’t, they’ll be like “Yeah that sounds great,” then walk to their office and close their door. It’s a funny place: it’s a super stressful environment but we’re all young, and we’re all in it together, so we band together and get through it. It’s kind of an amazing experience.