After seven seasons at Saturday Night Live, where she’s best known for impersonations like Sarah Huckabee Sanders and making all-female music videos like “(Do It on My) Twin Bed,” Aidy Bryant still has plenty of surprises up her sleeve.Last month, she became one of the only SNL cast members ever to simultaneously star in her own TV series (which she also co-created, co-wrote and co-executive produced): Shrill, a Hulu comedy based on Lindy West’s memoir and starring the two-time Emmy nominee as Annie, a plus-sized Portland blogger who is finding her voice and becoming comfortable in her own skin.Since Shrill debuted a month ago, it has been “one of our most popular shows across all of our metrics,” says Freer, including hours of viewing and bringing new subscribers to the service.So it’s no surprise that the streaming service, which has been steadily building on its Handmaid’s Tale momentum (see sidebar), has just renewed Shrill for a second season, as Bryant confirms for the first time in our interview with her.She sat down with Adweek in between production on SNL and planning Shrill’s second season to talk about forging her own path in Hollywood with Shrill, reclaiming the word “fat” and how much longer she’ll stay on SNL.After my second or third season on SNL, people would start to send me things, and I would read them and be like, “This isn’t a good fit.” I know that if I take on a role, I am “the fat one,” so if that role is that she can never find a boyfriend, that becomes a fat woman that can never find a boyfriend.
Many of the themes and stories found in Hulu’s “Shrill” will be familiar to fans of writer Lindy West — after all, it’s based on her book “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman,” and she’s a writer on the series.But “Shrill” has mined the autobiographical material in West’s book to tell a fictionalized story about a young journalist played by Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live” (she also co-wrote the first two episodes).When we meet Annie, she’s ignored or belittled by everyone — a random yoga instructor, her dismissive boss, her lunkheaded kinda-sorta boyfriend and even her mother — for being fat.Over the course of the six-episode season, Annie begins to understand her own worth, and to stand up for herself.On this week’s episode of the Original Content podcast, we’re joined by Devin Coldewey to review the show.“Shrill” pushes boundaries and deals with some pretty serious topics, but it has a light touch — Annie’s empathetic, optimistic outlook seems to be reflected in the broader story.
At the end of Shrill’s second episode, Annie, played by Aidy Bryant, scrolls down to the comments section of her first article and finds a photo of a pig.It lies prone on muddy ground, its grubby skin blackening under the blue flame of a torch.Annie, who had been feeling pretty good about herself, goes still.Hate is often so absurd that it’s funny, but you never really get used to it.Shrill is a show about Annie, a young, fat, female journalist who struggles not only with her job at a Portland alt-weekly but also with her self-worth.Humming through both plot-lines is a relentless troll—username: THEAWESOME—constantly harassing Annie about her work, gender, and weight.
Over the past few years, Amazon -owned Audible has been expanded beyond audiobooks to include more original content, like the short-form audio programming offered through Audible Channels, for example.Today, the company announced a new partnership for original comedy projects, in collaboration with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.The first production from this effort is “Heads Will Roll,” a program created, produced by and starring Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne.The production itself is a workplace comedy about an evil queen in search of peace and quiet.It will also feature performances by Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Audra McDonald, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel and “Queer Eye’s” Fab Five.Following “Heads Will Roll,” the next production will be “63rd Man,” from senior SNL writer Bryan Tucker and Zack Phillips.
Game of Thrones doesn't return to HBO until April, but that doesn't mean NBC's Saturday Night Live can't have some fun bringing back beloved and hated characters in a skit featuring SNL host Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo.In the skit called Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo that aired on Saturday featured dead characters from Game of Thrones chatting with Drogo and talk show host Kenan Thompson.While SNL cast members Beck Bennett did his best Hodor and Pete Davidson was the High Sparrow, the real winner of the skit was Kate McKinnon with her hilarious and dead-on impression of annoying villain Joffrey Baratheon."You're just mad that you're not me," McKinnon's Joffrey said.And then gets into a fist fight with Lady Olenna played by Aidy Bryant.The skit also included fake sponsors including Little Beard Twisties, The Red Wedding wedding venue and Khal On A Wall (a Game of Thrones version of Elf On A Shelf).
As the summer winds down, it’s time for some of our favorite series to return to the small screen.The buddy cop drama initially starred Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford as Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs, respectively, for its first two seasons — the same mismatched detective characters that were played by Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in the popular film franchise of the same name.The fifth season of this musical drama about a hip-hop mogul suffering from a debilitating disease and his family’s fight to take over the multimillion-dollar business debuted September 26.The series has seen a revolving door of guest stars through its run, from Alicia Keys to Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Ne-Yo, some playing themselves, and some portraying fictional characters.The series received several Primetime Emmy Award nominations at this year’s ceremony, which was hosted by cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost, including five for supporting actors Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Aidy Bryant, and guest star Alec Baldwin for his recurring role as Donald Trump.Running strong for eight seasons, this animated sitcom about Bob Belcher (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and his family-run hamburger restaurant will return for its ninth season on September 30.
After whittling down the possible locations for Amazon’s second headquarters, he’s now personally screening individual proposals from the various contending cities, each represented by their most recognizable celebrity.The new Saturday Night Live sketch goes inside the Amazon enclave with Jeff Bezos (Kyle Mooney in a bald cap) and his trusty sidekick Alexa as they ponder this weighty decision.Boston sends in actor Casey Affleck (Alex Moffat), who doesn’t really seem to know why he’s there.Newark is represented by Cory Booker (Chris Redd), who takes time out of his busy schedule to drop the TearsofRage hashtag.Then there’s Miami, which unleashes Pitbull (Mikey Day) for its presentation.An out-of-control Amazon delivery drone even makes a short cameo.
Below find a carefully chosen selection of five Alexa skills worth trying from new, trending, and otherwise noteworthy voice apps available in the Alexa Skills Store on Amazon.com, which now has more than 20,000 skills.Experian launched an Alexa skill Monday that allows you to check your FICO credit report score with your voice, but it’s not easy, or free.To check your score you need a paid monthly subscription Experian account and to generate a pin that only lasts five minutes per use.On top of all that, some people may be hesitant to share this credit score with family, neighbors, or a significant other so receiving that info from a smart speaker may lack privacy for some people.Until this becomes free or requires less friction, seems like a voice app that isn’t much of an improvement upon a web or mobile app experience to get your credit score.Amazon Storytime plays a collection of stories, including some narrated by Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live and Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob.
Amazon today announced the launch of the first Alexa skills made especially for kids, with skills from Sesame Street, SpongeBob SquarePants, and others.Geared toward children six and older, the SpongeBob Challenge is a memory game that invites kids to take orders from customers at the Krusty Krab restaurant in Bikini Bottom.Made by Nickelodeon, this skill features the voices of actual SpongeBob characters.The Sesame Street skill lets kids call Elmo to do activities like learning letters and playing hide-and-go-seek.There’s also Amazon Storytime, which features stories read by Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live and Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob.Additional story readers will be added in the future.
It's official: people love tweeting about the solar eclipse.Over the past 24 hours, the phenomenon has garnered more than 6 million mentions on Twitter.Comedians, sports figures and everyday people can't stop tweeting about it.Those tweets include ones like this from comedian Conan O'Brien:Or here's one from "Saturday Night Live" star Aidy Bryant:There's this tweet showing Dallas Cowboys players watching the eclipse:
Everything about the Silicon Valley star—from his upbringing in Karachi, Pakistan, to his unorthodox love story with now-wife Emily Gordon, which inspired his upcoming film The Big Sick—is intriguing.Nanjiani keeps the budding romance a secret until a twist of fate comes his way just as the relationship waters get choppy and Emily is placed in a medically induced coma (and yes, that did in fact happen in real life).Adweek caught up with Nanjiani, Adweek’s Creative 100 cover star for 2017, at the tail end of the first leg of his current comedy tour with Big Sick co-stars Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler and Ray Romano.Adweek: Your first major film comes out at the end of the month.So, it’s a little nerve-wracking trying to guess if people are going to go see it or not.That was the first thing in a while that felt like I was going out of my comfort zone.
p Amazon Alexa Silver isn't an actual thing, but with the latest craze over the recent SNL sketch that included it, the internet says it's not a bad idea.Amazon Echo Silver doesn’t exist, but with all the buzz online about the recent Saturday Night Live advertisement sketch, it would likely sell.SNL actors Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, and Aidy Bryant land laughs in this disturbingly accurate depiction of senior citizens using smart speaker technology.The mock Alexa device, co-sponsored by AARP in the sketch, is both hilarious and depressing, because “the latest technology isn’t always easy to use for people of a certain age.”Amazon Echo Silver is advertised as being “specifically used by the Greatest Generation,” with selling points such as being “super loud/”It answers to any possible name that sounds remotely like Alexa, including Allegra and Excedrin.
Melissa McCarthy's return to "Saturday Night Live" was much hyped.It began with Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by Aidy Bryant, explaining that she was filling in for Spicer.It was later clarified that he was "among the bushes," which still led to some interesting memes.Here, though, Sanders helpfully explains he's out in the garden on a naval exercise.But not before he sprays a member of the press with a fire extinguisher.(Liar, liar, pants on fire, geddit?)
Now you can get your Saturday Night Live politics fix on Snapchat.The NBC sketch comedy show on Friday rolled out its first SNL Story titled "Boycott," featuring cast members Aidy Bryant and Beck Bennett.The short sketch follows a couple as they attempt to to boycott products associated with President Donald Trump — including Uber, Lyft and Facebook — but find it harder than they thought.Bryant helped write the sketch with SNL co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.It was directed by Paul Briganti.It was produced, shot and edited by the SNL Film Unit specifically for Snapchat s unique vertical video shows platform and for the Snapchat audience hence those tech references .
View photosMoreFILE - In this July 9, 2016 file photo, actress Leslie Jones arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ghostbusters."Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File LOS ANGELES AP -- Leslie Jones, the black "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" actress-comedian, is again the target of racist and sexist online attacks.Jones' personal site was taken offline Wednesday after it appeared hackers posted explicit photos of Jones and her driver's license and passport.The hackers also appeared to have inserted a video of deceased Cincinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe and images of Jones posing with such stars as Rihanna, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.Several celebrities supported Jones on social media Wednesday following the incident.