Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera
I remember from this episode:
Going over lines with writer Jim Downey right before the Nancy Pelosi cold open. I had this "human ashtray" leather gear in my mouth and couldn't talk. When I tried saying the lines to him, I drooled instead. Yes that is gross.
We shot the EZ Date commercial weeks before it aired. They ended up using the takes of what was making us laugh most on the set. Amy was doing this thing where she would say "thanks EZ Date!" way way after we were done. Also I think Maya was doing something with her hair where she shook it really hard from side to side. I could barely get through it.
Tony Bennett on the Tony Bennett show. He looked so happy! I couldn't get over the surreal quality of him being on his own show. That one is written by Paula Pell, who did the Cheerleaders, Debbie Downer, Appalachian Emergency Room and a million others. She is incredibly funny.
This bird on the set of the "Bossa Nova" sketch chose the live show to let out a high pitched whistle in the middle of the song. I think that was the bird's version of singing along.
Andy rehearsing for the "Out of Breath Jogger". He had to do it a few times and really did become an out of breath jogger. Isn't life a paradox? That's the name of a new book we are writing together.
Paul McCartney was in the house! Nobody knew in advance, not even Alec. I was sitting in my dressing room watching the "Platinum Lounge" sketch. I was already psyched to see Steve Martin and Martin Short. As soon as I saw Paul McCartney I freaked out and bolted down to the studio floor to see him in person. The funny thing was seeing the other cast members running down the hall to do the exact same thing.
The following conversation DID NOT happen, but I am going to imagine it did:
Paul: "Hello. You're Fred, right?"
Me: "Oh hi, yes!"
Paul: "Great stuff man. Everyone in England is really into it, including Ringo, members of Monty Python, Steve Coogan, and Sienna Miller who always talks about how handsome you are."
Me: "That's so nice of you, thank you! You should write a really cool song on mandolin called 'Dance Tonight'.
Paul: "I like that idea! Let me see what I can come up with."