The Ham Award

From Sioux City to Waukee: this is the Rhinestone Theater

Back in the day, my grandparents used to co-host a variety show with their friends in Sioux City. They’d get together every year or two to put on a night of fun. They would write their acts and practice leading up to the big night where they would compete for the “ham” award—a canned ham … Continued

ASSSSCAT performing

I saw ASSSSCAT and it was amazing

Sitting five rows from center stage at Carnegie Hall, a rush of tingling sensation hits my finger tips as I enthusiastically clap my hands. In walks Amy Poehler, Matt Bessar, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. I was beyond excited leading up to this New York City moment, but this is surreal. This is crazy! Real … Continued

Kristen Wiig and Cecily Strong, SNL

I just needed some Wisten Kriig

Sometimes you just gotta hand it to what you know. And what I know, is that Kristen Wiig is the most amazing of all. Those who know me well know how much idolize Kristen and her abilities. Her characters and voices. Her silliness. Her smarts. I’ve seen Bridesmaids more than I can even begin to count. … Continued

Power of Story

Make your own box: Power of Story

At the Sundance film festival this year, there was a fantastic roundtable featuring four comedic trailblazing geniuses. Four people that have minds capable of absolutely amazing creativity and storytelling artistry. And that is a consistent slam-dunk in my playbook. The “dream come true” panel consisted of Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Jenji Kohan and Kristen Wiig. … Continued

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please—thank you very much

Goodness gracious. Was this book lonnnng overdue! When I heard Yes Please by Amy Poehler was in production, it was a soft “ahhhhh” from the heavens. Bright lights and golden rocking chairs. A book from this beautiful, talented starfish meant more to me than you’ll ever know. Remember when Tina Fey’s Bossypants made its debut? That was equally monumental. Basically, … Continued

Above The Fold Podcast

Talkin’ it up on Above The Fold Podcast

A guy. A girl. Two microphones. A laptop. Garage Band running on that laptop. Another laptop. Two pairs of headphones. Two glasses of water. Maybe some candies. An electric piano. Smiles because we’re having fun. ONE BIG DREAM. So recently Josh and I started a podcast. Together, we chat about our lives and things attractive … Continued

#AskSNL

Saturday Night Live has a buddy. And it’s social media.

Saturday Night Live’s 39th season (2013-2014) was one of fresh talent. Why so fresh? There were a lot of spots to fill. Lots of key players decided to carry-on the season prior (Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis) as well as a couple fan favorites settling their leave the season prior to that (Kristen … Continued

The Maya Rudolph Variety Show

Stop slicing bread. The Maya Rudolph Show is here.

Monday, May 19, 2014, The Maya Rudolph Show premiered on NBC. Of course, critics were indeed very critical of every component of the show, being that it had a lot to live up to from variety shows back in the 70s. Ratings weren’t as great as they could have been, so the question remains whether … Continued