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Ana Gasteyer Talks About the Improvisational Energy on 'Suburgatory' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 19th 2011 5:30PM
ABC's new absurdist suburban comedy 'Suburgatory' derives some of its zany energy from improvisational comedy. As Ana Gasteyer told 'Access Hollywood Live,' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) many members of the show's cast got their start at The Groundlings theater and comedy school in L.A.

"It's a Groundlings jamboree," Gasteyer said. She, Chris Parnell and Cheryl Hines all got their start there, and Gasteyer explained that they're given the freedom to freelance while shooting. "Emily Kapneck is such an amazing writer who created 'Suburgatory,' and she's very cool about knowing those of us who have come from the background we have, and letting us play with it."

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Ana Gasteyer Describes Playing an 'Alpha Martha Mom' on 'Suburgatory' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 5th 2011 4:50PM
Ana Gasteyer is in the midst of a TV transition, going from playing Larry David's girlfriend on Season 9 of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' to starring in the new surreal suburban comedy 'Suburgatory.' She went on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) to talk about the show and her character.

'Suburgatory,' shot in a single-camera style and without a laugh-track, kicks off when Jeremy Sisto's single-dad character finds a condom in his daughter's sock drawer and decides to move out of the city. Gasteyer plays one of his wacky neighbors who demonstrates pretty quickly that weirdness remains in full supply, even outside the city.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Sample Some Schweddy Balls Ice Cream (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 4:20PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford try Schweddy Balls on 'Today'It's been roughly 13 years since Alec Baldwin appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' with Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer for the infamous NPR Schweddy Balls sketch. The sketch has persisted enough in the public imagination that Ben & Jerry's just released a Schweddy Balls flavor, a vanilla infused with rum and fudge-covered rum and malt balls.

Wait, did you say rum? That explains why Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were eager to give it a try on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC).

Gifford didn't seem to full appreciate the subtle double entendre, though. 'Schweddy Balls' is named for its creator, Pete Schweddy, but Gifford quickly dispatched with the nuance. "I've been trying to avoid sweaty balls all my life," she said. "But apparently, this is not what you want to avoid."

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Ben & Jerry's Readying a 'Saturday Night Live' Flavor?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 14th 2011 11:00AM
Saturday Night Live, Schweddy BallsThe famous 'Saturday Night Live' 'Delicious Dish' sketch with Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer and Alec Baldwin is rumored to become a Ben & Jerry's flavor just in time for the holidays. Nothing says Christmastime like Schweddy Balls!

Gasteyer let the news slip during a recent interview with NY1. "[The sketch] has this crazy, massive popularity that's kind of had a half life since I left the show," she said. "Ben & Jerry's is coming out with a Schweddy Balls ice cream for Christmas this year."

According to Gothamist, a Ben & Jerry's representative wouldn't confirm or deny the news, citing the desire for an element of surprise.

'SNL' veteran Jimmy Fallon recently got his own Ben & Jerry's flavor. Comedian Stephen Colbert and musician Willie Nelson have also received that honor.

Watch the iconic 'Saturday Night Live' sketch below.

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