November 15, 2008

SNL TV Parody of the Week

Today on the E! channel they were running a special called "101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments". It's a few years old, so it didn't include any of the sketches from the past 5 years or so, but it was still a lot of fun to relive all those great sketches that you remembered from the past, and learning about other sketches from the 1970's and 1980's that I've never seen before. One of the old favorites that I love but forgot about was #63 on their list (although it would be much higher on my list!): Inside the Actor Studio with James Lipton. For those of you who have never seen the show, James Lipton hosts a talk show on the Bravo channel where he'll talk to an actor or actress for an hour or so about their various acting roles and learn about their acting styles and what advice they have for his acting students (who are in the studio audience). I have always enjoyed the show because unlike most talk shows like David Letterman or Conan or Ellen or any of those, the entire hour is devoted solely to the celebrity guest, and we really get to learn more about them as a person. However, James Lipton is a very interesting character, and often exaggerates how amazing the acting talent of some of his celebrity guests really are. And who better to impersonate James Lipton, then the great Will Ferrell. This sketch here features Ferrell's James Lipton interviewing Alec Baldwin as Charles Nelson Reiley. My favorite Inside the Actor Studio sketch is when he interviews Kate Hudson doing an incredible Drew Barrymore impression, but unfortunately I cannot find it online. (If you really want to see it, check out the SNL Best of Will Ferrell Volume 2 DVD. Volume 1 contains this Charles Nelson Reiley sketch.)


  1. the kate hudson sketch is one of my all time favorites!

  2. It's one of our favorites too! I wish I could have found it online so I could have posted it too!