Jaime Pressley/Corinne Bailey Rae
A few things I remember from this show:
In the Nascar dancers sketch, the girl with red hair is Danielle, our choreographer. Whenever she teaches us a routine, she starts off by saying "let's do something easy like..." and does a series of graceful and slinky acrobatic moves. Then we try them and look like infants dancing at a wedding.
There was a sound cue mix-up in the monologue where Andy as a hillbilly is playing banjo. Things like this happen once in a while, but I was happy to see in the rerun that they kept it in. Sometimes they fix technical mistakes when they rebroadcast an episode. I like moments like this, when I think 'oh yeah, this show really is live'.
New York City Stories was really fun to do. Amy just came in one day with the idea. These short films with us as famous New Yorkers telling stories about the city. We shot it all in one morning. We had to change outfits on the way to each location in a very unglamorous passenger van. When we did the Patti Smith/Lou Reed one near CBGB's, there were some real Bowery characters walking around. So many, and at 9:30 in the morning. It's amazing how much of a caricature of itself NYC can be. This one couple passed us, a stout woman in full military uniform with a tall well dressed transvestite. We could have done a whole story about them.
The descriptions of the wigs for "Big Wigs" were so funny at the Wednesday table read, I was psyched to see them actually made. Emily Spivey wrote this with Amy. On writing night I could hear them laughing really hard in their office. I thought at first that they were watching tapes of me doing stand up comedy, but as Emily told me later, that was very much not the case.
This was early in the season so we were starting to get used to everything around us again. "Excuse me, what is a microphone used for? Hi, what is your name? Kenan with a 'K'? Will someone show me how to open this Clif Bar?"