Nine a.m.: Drink Ayahuasca and say ‘hi’ to the birdie outside my window. His name is Tyrone. (Pause.) He knows how to rap!
Saturday Night Live should consider itself quite lucky to have snagged new cast member Melissa Villaseñor. This multifaceted comedian can sing in the style of any of the great paint-peeling pop stars, do uncanny imitations of a strange and wide variety of famous people, and can write comedy in a variety of styles and moods.
What is also notable about the addition of Villaseñor to the cast is that she is the first Latina in 42 seasons to ever work on the famed sketch comedy show, which is ridiculous, considering the wealth of Latinx comedic talent in America (and the world).
Back to native Californian Villaseñor: You can get a taste of her immense talent on her (website) and her ( YouTube).
PSST! Double click the pic for a much larger readable size. I made this whole thing just for you, you, you!
1) We know the actual plural of uterus is uteri, not uteruses. But, really—who’s counting uteri right now anyway?
2) I hope you don’t think I’m kidding, re: women over 40 on/in TV, but just in case here’s an industry-respected study for women in/on TV in 2014.
3) Oh, and there’s this crazy thing too.
Who’s that walkin’ ’round here?
Bluebird cracks up. Man, I— (Wipes tears away. Shakes head.) Wait a second, I— (Cracks up again.) Oh, man, I LOVE Fats Waller and I thought you— (Bluebird laughs so hard she snorts.) —you needed this one today.
(Bluebird mutters—) We have got to listen to more Fats Waller* around here. (She hits play, and starts cracking up all over again.)
Animation by Nancy Belman. 1983.
AL CAPONE DID WHAAAAT??? You’re going to want to read Fats Wallers’ Wikipedia entry, especially the anecdote about Waller’s being kidnapped by cronies of Al Capone. It’s not to be believed (but you’d better believe it!)