Ana Gasteyer sugar & booze Henry’s Girl, Inc. The multi-talented Ana Gasteyer was one of SNL’s star-players across the late 1990s. Often music was a focus too, either with her original characters (Bobbie Mohan-Culp the opera-singing high school teacher) and in her brilliant impressions (Barbra Streisand and the best Celine Dion ever).
Wine Country Director: Amy Poehler Paper Kite Productions/Netflix Wine Country is funny and sweet and thoughtful, both light-hearted and subtly impactful – but it’s getting the pass-mark only from a lot of critics, damned by faint praise because the expectation is Bridesmaids.
Minnie Riperton, Reasons (1974) A five-octave vocal range, the mother of Maya Rudolph, punchline of an early South Park episode (thanks to Lovin’ You – included on this album), Minnie Riperton is trivia-gold. Sad story too, dead at 31. Breast cancer. She was a real talent too, freakishly good and this album would be worth […]
Sisters Director: Jason Moore Little Stranger/Everyman Pictures/Universal Pictures It would be easy, I’m sure, for someone to tell you that Sisters – a vehicle built entirely for the dazzling but effortless chemistry between and individual talents of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – was lazy, crude, cheap, silly. But it’s still fun – and importantly […]
Saturday Night Live – or SNL – meant the world to me before I’d even seen it. It never screened on New Zealand TV when I was growing up, in fact it’s only been the last few years. And these are lean years in the history of the show. Though I still – and always […]