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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bobby Moynihan interview with University of Connecticut (his alumnus)

Anyone know what the SFA stands for? 1999 is when he graduated the University of Connecticut. The bold text is from Bobby...

Live from New York – it's Bobby Moynihan '99 (SFA)!

Friends of Bobby Moynihan '99 (SFA) understand when he says he's busy most Saturday nights. After all, giving up a weekend day is a small price to pay when you're part of the cast of NBC's legendary comedy improv show "Saturday Night Live."

Moynihan has been a featured player on SNL since 2008. The 33-year-old native of Eastchester, N.Y., will be the first to tell you that having an opportunity to work on the same stage that hosted the likes of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner for the past three decades is one awesome ride.

Bobby Moynihan '99 (SFA), right, performing in a skit with fellow cast members on "Saturday Night Live." From left: Guest host Zac Efron, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Abby Elliott and Moynihan.

"Every time the music starts and the band starts playing at 11:25, you feel it," Moynihan says. "Here is this amazing 35-year-old show, and you're a part of it. When they put my picture up on the wall as a cast member, well, that was it for me. I've had a lot of mind-blowing Sundays where I'll wake up and just can't believe what happened."

Moynihan was part of a dream team of actors that rolled through the School of Fine Arts in the late 1990s. He was one of the stars of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's production of "The Boys Next Door," which received the 1999 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast, beating out other ensembles from the Goodspeed Opera House, Long Wharf Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others. His professors say he had a natural gift at portraying endearing characters and making people laugh.
"Bobby is not somebody who you forget. He is one of the top people we ever had here," says Robert McDonald, one of Moynihan's former mentors, now a professor emeritus of dramatic arts in the School of Fine Arts. "He's got an incredible ability to get at our heartstrings as a believable weaker person."
Moynihan credits his acting coaches at UConn with furthering his career.

"Bob McDonald was the greatest. He taught me everything," Moynihan says. "I initially thought, why did I go to acting school? But it has helped me tremendously. Part of being a good comedian is that truth-in-comedy kind of thing. At SNL, my acting background has helped me to have confidence on stage. UConn gave me that confidence."

After graduating, Moynihan moved back to New York where he became a regular member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and then was a sketch regular on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" beginning in 2006 and, in 2008, did television ads for ESPN Radio.

While Moynihan has appeared in several films ("When in Rome," "The Invention of Lying," "Mystery Team"), he says he's in no hurry to step away from the SNL set.

"I've done a couple of movies, and it was so much fun," says Moyinhan, who received the School of Fine Arts Alumni Award in April. "But I've waited my whole life to get here (to SNL), so I'm in no rush to leave."

– Colin Poitras '85 (CLAS)


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Anonymous said...

SFA - school of fine arts

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