Tina Fey/Carrie Underwood
Hi! I am so happy to be back at the show. Everyone here is. Right after it was announced that we were going back to work, Seth and Amy set up a last minute get together at a bar downtown. It was a such a good feeling to see everyone. The writers, the crew, people from every department. Nobody was shy about embracing each other and openly saying "I missed you!" Even though it was a difficult time during the strike, many of us kept in touch and hung out. There was a lot of texting. Most of them started out like this: "Hey! How are you? Are you in NY or LA?".
The first day back was interesting in that it seemed like no time had passed at all. My office was as messy as I had left it. I found a chocolate bar on my desk that should have been thrown out ages ago. There was a thin layer of dust on it. But I ate it. Right there.
Why do I do things like that? Please don't tell anyone.
It was great to have Tina as our first host. She's amazing to work with and is really good at coming up with endings to sketches. That's something I find so hard to do. I like coming up with ideas and characters, but endings are always a puzzle for me.
There were a lot of people backstage for the live show. Agents, friends, family. I was so grateful to be back that I didn't mind it being crowded.
Some memories from the week:
Meeting and working with new cast member Casey Wilson. She is so talented and sweet. I'm looking forward to more.
Mike Huckabee and his family were at the show on Saturday. They were super nice and friendly with everyone in the cast. I got to talk to him a little bit about his bass playing.
Steve Martin working on the monologue with Tina. Watching them fine tune it right up until the broadcast. I never take those moments for granted.
Hearing Bill do his incredible Daniel Day Lewis impression from his dressing room.
After the "Celebrity Apprentice" sketch, I had to run to the next set. But I could hear Andy doing that guy with the question mark suit in the distance. I laughed out loud every time.
Getting to play Senator Barack Obama. Jim Downey wrote a brilliant piece about the media and the debate from that week. I can't say enough about Jim. My reaction when I read his sketches for the first time is "oh yeah! It IS like that!" Then I feel like a dummy for not realizing those things earlier. Also, I'm always psyched to do a sketch with Amy. Anyway, about Senator Obama, we did makeup tests on the Thursday before the show. Our head makeup guy Louis Zakarian put it all together. We tried to do as little as possible so that it wasn't too distracting. He glued in these little plastic pieces behind my ears to make them stick out a little. The makeup test, which is pretty much just me standing in front of the cameras for a while, went well. So, thank you Louis!
And thank you for reading this. See you next week!