NEW YORK – Following the much celebrated 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, it was revealed today that SNL like many in show business was lying about its age.

Although the official biography states that the popular Saturday evening sketch show from New York was first broadcast on October 11, 1975, the Studio Exec can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that the show had in fact been running six years prior to its official broadcast date. TV critic Harold Palstien spoke to Studio Exec:

Of course everyone remembers the 1975 show with John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd. What they don’t remember is that originally the show was produced with a different cast and Lorne Michaels was desperately trying to garner favor with an older demographic. In 1969 Saturday Night Live debuted with Trevor Howard, Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore. They were all fine comedians in their own way, but they just didn’t gel. Later Peck would make the hilarious Omen, but it was obvious he wasn’t read for the sketch show format and didn’t really understand it. Howard was drinking very hard at the time and it was affecting his performance. And David Niven had decided rashly to improvize and refused to learn any of the material.

The New York Times reviewing the show called it ‘By far the worse thing to happen to my eyes, since I was stabbed in one of them by a sharp pencil in 1954. And that at least had the positive side effect that it didn’t have to submit to the indignity of SNL.’ However, others believed that the vintage show was ‘much better than when Dana Carver or Eddie Murphy were in it’, as Mike Myers wrote

Saturday Night Live continues.


HOLLYWOOD – Dan Harmon – the reinstated showrunner for NBC’s Community – has revealed that Season 5 will open with a special episode during which he will symbolically purge the show of all the ills of Season 4.

‘The idea is simple,’ said a deliriously happy Harmon, who will appear in the episode as himself. ‘We’ll have the cast members and writing team brought in one at a time and we’ll go through all their flaws, professional, personal, and physical, one by one and we’ll tear into them, roast them without pity and get them to confess to how – without me – they really did suck the big one.’

Harmon said that he got the idea from watching a documentary on the Moscow show trials of the Stalinist era. 

It was brutal and unfair, and many people lost their lives, but Lord was it funny. 

Joel McHale is rumored to be in for some pretty disgusting self-abasement, before he will be allowed to sign a fabricated confession and forced to dig his own grave. 

‘It’s going to be meta,’ laughed Harmon. ‘Because then we are going to actually kill him.’  

Harmon’s only regret is that it looks like Chevy Chase has escaped his clutches once more.

Community is due to return in the Fall. 


As the holiday season approaches actor, raconteur and functioning alcoholic Sir Edwin Fluffer pours himself a large one, and introduces us to his Top Ten Christmas movies.  
Dear me, I must have had a snifter too many because I entirely to forgot to put number three in my Top Ten. Here it is now, and be a dear and don’t tell nurse:
3 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
This is quite simply the funniest movie ever made, but when I got my voting form for that year’s Academy Awards I couldn’t believe it hadn’t been nominated for a single Oscar! I’ve never known a worse travesty of justice! I wrote Chevy Chase’s name in every single category and then put a big tick next to it but to no avail, and so I threatened to resign from the Academy in protest. 

It was only then my agent told me that if I did they wouldn’t let me have my lifetime achievement award.  
In the end I decided it was best to just let it lie.  
Dear Chevy was very understanding, and he still sends a card every year.

The Shop Around The Corner
This was one of my first jobs in Hollywood!  MGM were sure they had another hit on their hands, but they were worried that audiences couldn’t understand what James Stewart was saying. Don’t get me wrong, I think Jimmy was one of the most marvelous actors that the big screen’s been fortunate enough to make rich and famous, but that voice of his could be a bit tricky on the ear. 
In the end I was called in to dub all of Mr Stewart’s lines, and I spent hours in a sound booth going through them over and over again. If I do say so myself the end result was quite impressive, but sadly the studio didn’t agree. They felt that having an English man dubbing the voice of an American actor starring in a film set in Hungary was just too confusing. 
In the end they had to get Jimmy back in to record all his lines again! He wasn’t very happy about it, although I was delighted! There aren’t many actors who can say they’ve been overdubbed by a star of his calibre, but I’m proud to be one of them. To this day The Shop Around The Corner remains one of my finest performances. It’s just a shame that nobody got to see it. Like when I danced on top of the piano and played the kazoo in Casablanca.


JERUSALEM – The conflict between Israel and Palestine took a dramatic turn yesterday after Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms and Ned Nederlander entered Gaza City.

CNN correspondent Robert Steel bore witness to The Three Amigos unexpected arrival.

“In my 25 years of reporting I have never beheld such an awesome sight” said an awe struck Steel.

” The city had been subjected to two hours of aerial bombardment by Israeli fighter jets and everyone was feeling pretty dejected. Suddenly I glanced towards the hills and through the smoke and flames I saw the silhouettes of three figures on horseback appearing from the mist. At first I thought I’d puffed too much sheesha the night before but as they came closer, I realized it was actually them!”

Steel said he was worried The Amigos would be greeted with hostility from the Palestinians but those worries were soon abated

” The people cheered and lined the streets as the Amigos rode down the main thoroughfare. They waved at the crowds and signed autographs as they made their way to their hotel. Unfortunately the hotel had been destroyed the day before so they are camping out in the basement of a Halal butchers.”

So far it has not been confirmed if the Three Amigos are on a peace keeping mission or if they intend to take up arms against the Israelis. However their friend and colleague the Invisible swordsmanis convinced that peace , is the last thing on the Amigos mind.

“Those bitches mean business!” said a refreshingly transparent swordsman.

The Amigos are currently unavailable for comment but they did release the following statement:

Wherever there is injustice, you will find us.
Wherever there is suffering, we’ll be there.
Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find…
The Three Amigos!