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Monday, November 2, 2009

Bobby Moynihan - Biography

Somebody on Wikipedia loves Bobby, because he has a quite a great bio.

Robert "Bobby" Moynihan, Jr. (born January 31, 1977) is an American actor and comedian who is currently a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

Moynihan outside of NBC Studios before his premiere on "Saturday Night Live" in 2008:

Born: January 31, 1977 (1977-01-31) (age 32), Eastchester, New York

Occupation: Actor, Writer, Comedian

In summer 2008, Moynihan had a supporting role in the popular web-series The Line, an online video project funded by Lorne Michaels' production company, directed by SNL head writer Seth Meyers, and starring SNL cast members Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis. He is a regular improv/sketch comedian at New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and on many Sunday nights he can be found improvising with fellow SNL alumni in the theater's long-running hit improv show ASSSSCAT 3000. In addition, Bobby also frequently performs along with other UCB regulars in the Derrick Comedy sketch group and appeared in several of their popular internet videos and various projects, most recently Moynihan filmed a supporting role in the group's feature film Mystery Team, which premiered at Sundance in 2009. Prior to joining SNL he was a sketch regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and a contributing writer on MTV's Human Giant, and in years past, he often submitted scripts to SNL with his comedy partner Charlie Sanders. Moynihan has also acted in a number of comedy shorts for the website, including their recent web-series Every Week on Entourage where he plays "Turtle" from Entourage.

During the summer of 2008, Moynihan gained a bit of recognition when he was featured in a national television ad campaign for ESPN Radio with Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay. In the summer of 2009, Moynihan starred in the music video for Colbie Caillat's single, "Fallin' For You".

Notes from the editor: This information is key, because while Bobby had a great resume up to this point (a career in Web comedies, submitting scripts to SNL, appearing on Conan, writing for Human Giant, and performing at the UCB theater in almost half a dozen different groups), it was really this "The Line" gig that got him in at SNL. That's where he met Lorne, Seth, Bill, and Jason.

View "The Line" here:


Recurring Characters on SNL

1. Mark Payne, a ghetto-acting white waiter who works at Pizzeria Uno. Wears a black dew-rag and a black and blue button-down T-shirt featuring Sagara Sanosuke from the anime Rurouni Kenshin and always complains about inconsequential things around the pizzeria (the smell of pepper on the first sketch on the episode hosted by Michael Phelps; how sticky the bar counter is in the second sketch on the episode hosted by Tim McGraw). In the first sketch, Mark had a child that he left on a bus and didn't realize it until the end of the sketch. The child was never mentioned in the second sketch. Moynihan has said in interviews that the character is a tribute to his days of working as a bartender for almost 10 years.

2. Vinny Vedecci Jr, the son of Bill Hader's Italian talk show host, Vinny Vedecci. Wears a black and white child's sailor suit. Always wants to asks celebrities ridiculous questions, but the celebrities can't understand his broken English, which makes him cry (until Vinny gives his son a cigarette and a drink of wine).

3. Liam, one of the kids' in Gilly's (played by Kristen Wiig) elementary school class. It is often implied that he hates his stepfather.

4. Obnoxious Microphone Guy, a very annoying man who attends parties and other events, will at some point steal the microphone from the emcee (usually played by Jason Sudeikis) and obnoxiously scream "WHAAAAAAAAAT!" into the mic before dropping it on the floor.

Notes from the EDitor:

Okay, this is a problem. Bobby has been featured on the show for two years now, and he needs to break out with more characters. All these characters above are hilarious, but Liam is in Kristen's Gilly skit, Vinny Jr. is in Bill's Vinny skit, Microphone Guy only has one line per skit, and Mark Payne has only been done twice.

Bobby as Vinny Jr:
Vinny's Son (John Malkovich)
Vinny's Son (Drew Barrymore)

Bobby as Obnoxious Guy:

Bobby as Mark Payne:

Bobby needs new characters stat! He had a great "Simply Victor" retarded character he did before SNL. If Kristen can do a retarded and deformed character, then Bobby should be able to do that one. Plus Bobby needs to talk to the other players and come up with duo or trio skits. In the last popular age of SNL (when Will Ferrell was leading the cast), they all had a ton of duo skits going on. Bobby needs to help bring that back!

Bobby as Simply Victor:
Simply Victor


Celebrity Impersonations on SNL

David Crosby
Guy Fieri
Barney Frank (in the "Barack Obama Variety Show" sketch; Barney Frank is usually played by Fred Armisen but Armisen had to portray Obama for the sketch).
Garfield the cat
Gonzo the Great
Peter King
Nathan Lane
Mr. Mistoffelees (from Cats on Broadway)
Wayne Osmond
Richard Shelby
Rich Sommer (as Harry Crane on Mad Men)

Notes from the EDitor:

This is good. I think this was a strong contributing factor to keeping Bobby on: his impressions. And I think he knows this, because he didn't do many impressions before SNL (so he's upped his game in this area). His Garfield and Gonzo are a bit weak, and he only did them because Andy Samberg paved the way with his Cathy and Swedish Chef (both turned into larger ensemble skits).

Whoever wrote this was probably thinking whether or not Bobby's Optimus Prime impression should be included. =^)

Bobby as Optimus Prime:
Optimus Prime

And they definitely should have mentioned his spot-on impression of Lenny from Of Mice and Men:
Of Mice and Men

They also didn't mention his impression of Turtle from Entourage (January 09; Neil Patrick Harris monologue), which got him the job playing Turtle in College Humor's Entourage spoof.

Bobby's Mr. Mistoffelees and Snagglepuss are so good that he should be pitching skits that center around those characters. I could see Mr. Mistoffelees in a story skit and Snagglepuss hosting his own show where he interviews other cartoon characters (and maybe makes advances on them because he's gay).

Bobby as Mr. Mistoffelees:

Bobby as Snagglepuss:

I also see his strength in his Nathan Lane and Guy Fieri impressions. Either one of those could also be the center point of a show where the character hosts a show (this is a no-brainer for the Guy Fieri impression, since he already hosts a show). Also, I think Bobby Moynihan could take his Guy Fieri impression up a notch and do some disgusting food jokes. For example, instead of pouring gravy on a plate (as he did once), he could pour it on his head and in his mouth.

Bobby as Nathan Lane:
Nathan Lane (So you committed...)

Bobby as Guy Fieri:
Guy Fieri (Obama Cold Open)
Guy Fieri (Cooking Al Fresco)




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