Of all the pilots that have been announced over the past few months, the one I’m most looking forward to is probably the NBC comedy from John Mulaney and Lorne Michaels. Between Mulaney’s two immaculate stand-up specials, his pedigree as an SNL writer and co-creator of the always wonderful Stefon character, and the fact that the show has also landed Elliott Gould and comedy legend Martin Short for major roles, it’s safe to say this gun’s got some ammo in it. And yesterday it added another hollow-point, bringing in SNL veteran Nasim Pedrad.
The ensemble comedy was created, written by and stars stand-up comedian Mulaney (a writer on SNL) and is based loosely on his life. Pedrad, who currently ranks as SNL’s longest-running tenured female cast member after the departure of Kristen Wiig and Abby Elliott, will play Jane, the sweet, intelligent and lazy grade school teacher who doesn’t love her job and wants to make changes but she’s addicted to procrastinating. [THR]
Pedrad has been one of my favorite SNL cast members for a while now, so the only downside to this is that she’ll have to leave the world of late-night sketch comedy if Mulaney’s show gets picked up. But she’s been underused for the last year or two anyway, so it’s not like they’d be losing an arm or a leg or anything. POINTS BEING, in order: 1) More John Mulaney. 2) More Nasim Pedrad. 3) More animals wearing sunglasses. 4) Fewer sharks. 5) Same amount of pizza (I refuse to settle for less, but I feel like any more and we’d just get sick of it).