1206, 2024

That Show - P.T. Anderson is a 'FANatic'

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most acclaimed writer/directors in the history of film, with such credits as: "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia," "Punch-Drunk Love," There Will Be Blood," "Licorice Pizza," and more. In this episode, Nick looks back at P.T.A.'s connection to "Saturday Night Live," including talking about his early love of watching SNL, some of the sketches he has written for the show in the past, and the fact that his life-partner is legendary former cast member Maya Rudolph. You'll hear about how Rudolph and Anderson met, how Paul was inspired to write "Punch-Drunk Love" after watching a classic Adam Sandler sketch from 1993, and it all leads up to the satire of MTV's "FANatic" series that he wrote and directed for the Ben Affleck-hosted episode from February 2000. You'll hear the sketch itself, learn how it was written, and get details of the behind-the-scenes madness of the week leading up to the show (Fiona Apple, who was dating Anderson at the time, shares some thoughts as well). One of the world's best filmmakers made a weird, disturbing, hilarious little film for SNL, and you'll get all the details in this episode of "That Show..." [Ep75]

506, 2024

That Show - Live from New York, It's The Eddie Murphy Show!

On Saturday, December 11, 1982, actor Nick Nolte was supposed to be the host of "Saturday night Live," but (for unexplained, and possibly booze related reasons) he was a no-show. Instead, for the first - and only - time, a current cast member stepped in as host, and it was: Eddie Murphy. In this episode of "THAT SHOW...", Nick looks back at that infamous SNL in which Murphy stepped in for his "48Hrs" co-star to host. He did the Cold Open alone, had a snappy monologue, and killed in sketches, but he caused tension between the rest of the understandably frustrated cast members, and confused many of the viewers. Nick will analyze and take you through the entire episode from top to bottom. It features funny work from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mary Gross, Joe Piscopo, and, of course, Murphy, but it also features not so funny sketches about Herpes Simplex 2, Rubiks Cube Hand-Grenades, and a wacky dance theater for the blind. Eddie Murphy was only 21 years old, had a hit movie & comedy album, and was on top of the world, but this desperate gimmick ultimately did not sit well with most people, especially since he introduced the episode with the sentence: "Live from New York, it's The Eddie Murphy Show! [Ep74]