Nasim Pedrad scores NBC pilot
Comedy could mark the end of funny woman's four-year stint on 'SNL'
By Sona Charaipotra Apr 3, 2013 12:55PM
In TV land, it's always good news, bad news, right? Which is why fans of "Saturday Night Live" funnywoman Nasim Pedrad should be excited -- and disappointed -- to learn that the comedian has been cast in an untitled NBC comedy pilot. And, it seems, she's quite ready for prime time.
Pedrad has signed on to join comedian and "SNL" writer John Mulaney in an ensemble comedy produced by none other than "SNL" god Lorne Michaels.
The pilot, based loosely on Mulaney's life, will feature Pedrad as Jane, an intelligent but unmotivated grad school teacher. The character is one of two roommates for Mulaney's -- the other, Seymour, will be played by Griffin Newman. Also cast are Elliott Gould and Martin Short.
If the pilot goes to series, it'll mark the end of Pedrad's four-year "SNL" gig.
She started on the show in 2009, after stints on "Gilmore Girls" and "ER," and a comedy education at the Groundlings. Currently the longest-running female player on staff at "SNL" (after the departure of Kristin Wiig and Abby Elliott), she's best known for impersonations of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Natalie Portman, as well as characters including Bedelia and Wanda Ramirez.
"Saturday Night Live" airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Apr 4, 2013 1:13AM
I think it's good she is leaving tired old SNL. I have been a dedicated fan since it first aired in October 1975, and have defended its often marginal attributes to friends and colleagues for over 35 years. The two recent seasons, however, can be described as mostly horrible, and at best, adequate humor. Having characters just yell at each other and that's supposed to be funny? It's bad writing. Or having guys kissing. So what. It's not funny. The writers should get that through their addled pea-sized brains. Or just just s--t can the show.
Apr 4, 2013 1:08AM
She is best known for her impersonation of Arianna Huffington. How in the hell the "journalist" missed this one is beyond understanding. Did you ever watch her on SNL? Sloppy research.
Apr 4, 2013 12:57AM
GOOD LUCK,NASIM !!!!! I think you are very talented & beautiful...Hope you get more success !!!!
Apr 4, 2013 12:29AM
Not a good Idea, case in point remember Tim Meadows left SNL for the complete flop The Michael Richards Show. It took him awhile to recover from that and is thankfully still around. But it was not a good move. Darrell Hammond realizing that lightning almost never strikes twice hung on to SNL as long as they would keep him, there are no guarantees out there. If you have a good thing going don't mess with it, or you may be saying "Do you want fries with that?"
Apr 3, 2013 11:42PM
I don't have enough info, but I have to ask, didn't they do something similar in the 80's called "Three's Company"? I'm just tired of "new" series vainly cloaked because of old series that made it. I mean, it's kinda sad, maybe they should watch like you tube, etc. to get new ideas and get the lawyers to check the legalities of it. Just look at Robot Chicken for one, there's a lot more out there, get off your dead ess and find them if you can't come up with something new. Otherwise find a new career.
Apr 3, 2013 8:10PM
Nassim will be missed at SNL. She is very talented. I hope that the writing quality of her new show does her talents justice.
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