Midnight Train to Georgia
"Midnight Train to Georgia" is a 1973 number-one hit single by Gladys Knight & the Pips, their second release after departing Motown Records for Buddah Records. Written by Jim Weatherly, included on the Pips' 1973 LP Imagination, "Midnight Train to Georgia" won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Knight's signature song; the song was written and performed by Jim Weatherly under the title "Midnight Plane to Houston", which he recorded on Jimmy Bowen's Amos Records. "It was based on a conversation I had with somebody... about taking a midnight plane to Houston," Weatherly recalls. "I wrote it as a kind of a country song. We sent the song to a guy named Sonny Limbo in Atlanta and he wanted to cut it with Cissy Houston... he asked if I minded if he changed the title to "Midnight Train to Georgia". And I said,'I don't mind. Just don't change the rest of the song.'" Weatherly, in an interview with Gary James, stated that the phone conversation was with Farrah Fawcett and he used Fawcett and his friend Lee Majors, whom she had just started dating, "as kind of like characters."Weatherly, at a program in Nashville, said he was the quarterback at the University of Mississippi, the NFL didn't work out for him, so he was in LA trying to write songs.
He called Majors one night. Farrah Fawcett answered the phone and he asked what she was doing, she said. He thought, a catchy phrase for a song, in writing the song, wondered why someone would leave LA on the midnight plane - which brought the idea of a "superstar, but he didn't get far." Gospel/soul singer Cissy Houston recorded the song as "Midnite Train to Georgia" released in 1973. Her version can be found on her albums Midnight Train to Georgia: The Janus Years, the reissue of her 1970 debut album, Presenting Cissy Houston released on Janus Records. Weatherly's publisher forwarded the song to Gladys Knight and the Pips, who followed Houston's lead and kept the title "Midnight Train to Georgia." The single debuted on the Hot 100 at number 71 and became the group's first number-one hit eight weeks when it jumped from number 5 to number 1 on October 27, 1973, replacing "Angie" by the Rolling Stones. It remained in the top position for two weeks, it was replaced by "Keep On Truckin'" by Eddie Kendricks.
It reached number one on the soul singles chart, their fifth on that chart. On the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at number ten. In her autobiography, Between Each Line of Pain and Glory, Gladys Knight wrote that she hoped the song was a comfort to the many thousands who come each year from elsewhere to Los Angeles to realize the dream of being in motion pictures or music, but fail to realize that dream and plunge into despair. In 1999, "Midnight Train to Georgia" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, it ranks #432 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was featured during a scene in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter by director Michael Cimino, in which the character Nick - having left the military hospital - is visiting a strip club in Saigon as the girls gyrate to "Midnight Train to Georgia". "Episode 210" of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock features an extensive parody of the song, punctuated by a cameo from Knight herself. The song was featured in the episode "Swimming Pools... Movie Stars" of Will & Grace.
Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. reenacted The Pips' dance moves from a live performance of the song for the American Idol finale. NBC invited Gladys Knight to the season two finale of Las Vegas, she sang "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and "Midnight Train to Georgia". Garry Trudeau did a Sunday color Doonesbury comic strip featuring this song, though Georgia was changed to the ignominious "Cranston" in Rhode Island, an unnamed song/dance group, it has been informally referred to as the "Beats Working" strip. In the movie He Was a Quiet Man, Elisha Cuthbert and Christian Slater do a gig of this song at a restaurant when Venessa gets released to home care from the hospital. Bob McConnel does the Pips; the song was mentioned in "The Ice of Boston", a song on The Dismemberment Plan's 1997 album The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified. It was used in a Series 6 episode of House named "The Choice" when Chase sang it at a karaoke bar with House and Foreman as his backing singers; the song was featured in an episode of the TV series Mysterious Ways starring Adrian Pasdar.
In Season 1 Episode 8, "The Ties That Bind", played by Alisen Down, several strangers inexplicably find themselves drawn together and singing snippets of the song. In 2013, the song is mentioned and sung by cast members of the ABC sitcom Modern Family in the episode "The Late Show". Featured in the 2014 film, The Equalizer, as a nod to a Gladys Knight & the Pips reference made early in the film, it was used during an episode of Scandal in 2015. Covered by Crystal Bowersox in American Idol, it is performed by Kelly Rowland on the upcoming Black Entertainment Television series American Soul to premiere in February 2019. Lead vocals by Gladys Knight Background vocals by Merald "Bubba" Knight, Eddie Patten, William Guest Written by Jim Weatherly Produced and arranged by Tony Camillo Co-produced by Gladys Knight, Merald "Bubba" Knight, Eddie Patten, William GuestTrack details Initial track recorded at Venture Sound Studios, New Jersey, 1973: Drums: Andrew Smith Bass: Bob Babbitt Guitar: Jeff Mironov Electric piano: Tony CamilloOverdubs recorded at Venture Sound
Jack McBrayer is an American actor and comedian, who gained national exposure for his portrayal of characters on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and as Kenneth Parcell in 30 Rock, for which he was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. During his time at The Walt Disney Company, he has voiced the major character, "Fix-It Felix" in the 2012 film Wreck-it Ralph and its 2018 sequel, as well as the title character in Wander Over Yonder and recurring characters in Phineas and Ferb, Puppy Dog Pals, The Middle and in Netflix series Big Mouth. McBrayer was born in Macon and moved to Conyers, Georgia when he was 15, he attended Heritage High School, studied theater administration at the University of Evansville, Indiana. From 1995 to 2002 he worked at The Second City and IO Theater in Chicago, an experience that introduced him to 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and prepared him for his role on her show. McBrayer appeared in over 80 sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien lampooning his own Southern upbringing by playing stereotypical hillbilly characters.
On August 10, 2007 and September 20, 2008 he made cameo appearances on Late Night playing Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock. During the first appearance, O'Brien remarked to him, "I thought you were above this now." McBrayer reprised his role as Kenneth twice after O'Brien's switch to The Tonight Show, appeared on O'Brien's Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour at stops in Eugene, Universal City and the final tour stop in Atlanta, in his home state of Georgia. In 2008, he was featured throughout the video for "Touch My Body" by Mariah Carey. McBrayer said he accidentally hit Carey in the face with a Frisbee during the shooting for the video. McBrayer appears in the first episode in the fifth season of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as a spokesman in a spoof advertisement for the fictional "Diarrhea-phragm." He worked as a voice actor in the American animated series Ugly Americans and in a recurring role on the second season of Phineas and Ferb, playing the part of Irving, a fan of Phineas and Ferb.
In 2010, he played a role in Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. He appears in the skit "Knock Knock Joke of the Day" on the hit children's television show, Yo Gabba Gabba! since season 2 and stars in Craig McCracken's new TV show Wander Over Yonder on the Disney Channel. In 2011, he appeared in The Simpsons, in the season 22 episode, "The Great Simpsina" as Ewell Freestone,'Peach Guy'. In the fall of 2012, Jack lent his voice to the Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph, playing the title character's close friend and video game opponent Fix-It Felix, Jr. More he has starred alongside Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin in Kia commercials, in 2013 appeared in a commercial for Barnes & Noble. McBrayer's Adult Swim series The Jack and Triumph Show premiered in February 2015. In September 2016, on the season 10 premiere episode of The Big Bang Theory, McBrayer played Penny's older brother Randall. In 2018, McBrayer was one of the actors. In December 2018, it was announced McBrayer would make his West End stage debut in the transfer of the Broadway musical Waitress, playing the role of Ogie.
The production opened at the Adelphi Theatre, London on February 8, 2019, is scheduled to run until October 2019. Jack McBrayer on IMDb Interview with McBrayer on The Sound of Young America Entertainment Weekly interview with Jack McBrayer and the actors who portray TV assistants Lloyd and Marc
Jenna Maroney is a fictional character on the American television series 30 Rock, played by Jane Krakowski. For her portrayal of Maroney, Krakowski was nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, received seven Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, winning one. In Tina Fey's original pilot script for 30 Rock, Jenna was named "Jenna DeCarlo", The Girlie Show was titled Friday Night Bits with Jenna DeCarlo. In the unaired pilot for the show, Rachel Dratch, a former SNL cast member, played the role of Jenna. In August 2006, executive producer Lorne Michaels announced. In the month, NBC announced that Krakowski had replaced Dratch, that the character was renamed "Jenna Maroney". Despite being credited as a regular, the character does not appear in every episode, having been absent from five of the twenty-one episodes of the first season, three of the fifteen episodes of the second season, two of the twenty-two episodes of the third season.
She appeared in all subsequent episodes starting from Season 4. Jenna was born Ystrepa Grokovitz on February 24, 1969 in Tampa, FL, grew up in Bakersfield, CA. In "Queen of Jordan 2: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper", it was revealed that she was conceived in a Florida bathroom. In "The Return of Avery Jessup", Jenna mentions being from the Florida Panhandle, from a town called "Toilet Swamp Cove", she is revealed to have a strong Southern accent that she conceals. Her ethnic origin is that of an Ashkenazi Jew, as revealed through a DNA sample, which Jack mistakenly thought belonged to Kaylie Hooper. In "The One with the Cast of Night Court" she mentions. Jenna's father, Werner Maroney was a burger server in suburban Santa Barbara, before leaving her mother, for a "curly-haired surfer" named Roberta - which hurt her. In "Secret Santa", she reveals to Jack "Danny" Baker that after that, her mother forced her to sit on every mall Santa's lap in Bakersfield in an attempt to find him, it is hinted that because of this, Jenna has developed "daddy issues".
However, despite all this, Jenna still expresses affection for her father, claiming that she will always be his "little girl". Jenna started her singing career when she was young, by singing Christmas carols in Sears, as a distraction while her mother shoplifted. Jenna went to elementary and high school on a boat, sunk by some Miami Heat fans. Jenna studied game show pointing and theatre superstitions, majored in portraying prom queens and murdered runaways at the Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks. Jenna studied voice at Northwestern University where she first met Liz Lemon in 1993. A recurring joke in the show is. By the time she was 12, she was dating a boy in a fraternity, a possible reference to National Lampoon's Animal House, she has been engaged to David Blaine. She has dated a sniper, O. J. Simpson, a music producer, a mob boss, she has been in at least two three-ways, one with Tom and Roseanne Arnold, another with two of the Backstreet Boys, in which she claimed she was "not necessary."
Jenna claimed to have had a relationship with Mickey Rourke, his attempts at killing her are a recurring joke on the series. However, in the series finale, she breaks the fourth wall and tells the audience that she has never met Rourke, she has had sex with Kevin Federline. Jenna's husband, Paul L'Astname is a "gender dysmorphic bi-genitalia pansexual" and a professional female impersonator most renowned for his performances as Jenna, she met him at a Jenna Maroney impersonator contest in which she came in fourth and he placed first. Before they were married it was revealed that she is so attracted to him because he gives her the opportunity to date herself. Throughout the series, during their relationship they are shown performing various, unusual sexual acts and rituals; the glamorous and attractive Jenna is shown to have histrionic personality disorder, an obsessive need for attention. She is willing to do anything for attention. In "Queen of Jordan", she organizes her own intervention for alcoholism because she believes audiences will respond to the "redemptive qualities" that such a storyline would have.
Jenna is portrayed as manipulative, amoral and abusive to her friends and coworkers. In "The Ones", Pete suspects that Jenna might be a sociopath, after she poisons Kenneth with strawberries, to date an attractive emergency medical technician; this is backed up in the episode "Stride of Pride", when she asks Jack "Are you alright Jack? You look like that flashcard that they told me means sadness." Jenna is threatened by anyone who displays any degree of talent those who are blonde and female, will go out of her way to sabotage their efforts in order to protect her position. Her usual response to these situations is to lock herself in her dressing room, forcing Liz to extricate her. Jenna disparages a number of other female celebrities as her "nemeses", including Jenny McCarthy, Raven-Symone, Abigail Breslin, Gina Gershon and "Flo". Despite being best friends, Jenna is a constant source of frustration
30 Rock (season 1)
The first season of the television comedy series 30 Rock aired between October 11, 2006 and April 26, 2007 on NBC in the United States. The season was produced by Broadway Video, Little Stranger and NBC Universal, the executive producers were series creator Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Joann Alfano, Marci Klein, David Miner; the series focuses on TGS with Tracy Jordan, a fictional sketch comedy series, its head writer Liz Lemon, portrayed by Fey, as she juggles her job and her personal life. The season consisted of 21 episodes; the season moved timeslots three times during its run. The first four episodes aired on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm, the next thirteen episodes aired on Thursdays at 9:30 pm, the final four episodes aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm; the season received favorable reviews, was nominated for ten Emmy Awards: six Primetime Emmy Awards and four Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Despite critical success, the series struggled in the ratings, the first season averaged 5.8 million viewers for all 21 episodes.
The 30 Rock first season DVD box set was released on September 4, 2007 in Region 1 format, was released on March 17, 2008 in Region 2 format. Season one begins with the introduction of Liz Lemon, the head writer of The Girlie Show, a live sketch comedy series which airs on NBC; when The Girlie Show's network executive Gary dies, Jack Donaghy replaces him. Jack, the head of east coast television and microwave oven programming, makes many changes to The Girlie Show, including adding Tracy Jordan, a loose cannon movie star, to the show's cast and changing the title of The Girlie Show to TGS with Tracy Jordan. Various story arcs are explored, including the rivalry between Tracy and Jenna Maroney, Liz's relationships with Dennis Duffy and Floyd Debarber and Jack's relationship with Phoebe. Most the relationship between Jack and Liz develops as Jack offers to be Liz's mentor which becomes the anchor of the show. A few minor story arcs are carried over into season two including Cerie Xerox's ongoing engagement to the unseen character and Pete Hornberger living with Liz in order to deal with his marital problems with his wife Paula Hornberger.
The season was produced by Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. and NBCUniversal and was aired on NBC in the U. S; the executive producers were creator Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Joann Alfano, Marci Klein, David Miner with Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Jack Burditt, John Riggi acting as co-executive producers. Robert Carlock acted as co-executive producer from the episode "Pilot" until the episode "Black Tie." Carlock was credited as an executive producer, starting with the episode "Up All Night" onwards, except for the episode "The C Word", aired out of production order. Producers for the season were music composer Jeff Richmond and Jerry Kupfer with Irene Burns, Matt Hubbard and Diana Schmidt acting as co-producers. There were eight different directors throughout the season; the staff writers were Tina Fey, John Riggi, Robert Carlock, Jack Burditt, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer, co-producer Matthew Hubbard and Kay Cannon who all wrote, or co-wrote at least two episodes. Daisy Gardner, who co-wrote the episode "The Source Awards" with Robert Carlock, was a guest writer.
Those who directed more than one episode were supervising producer Adam Bernstein, Gail Mancuso, Don Scardino, Michael Engler, Beth McCarthy. There were three directors. Fey and Carlock acted as the show runners for the season; this season had a cast of seven actors. Tina Fey portrayed Liz Lemon, the head writer of a fictitious live sketch comedy television series named TGS with Tracy Jordan; the TGS cast consists of three actors, two of whom are part of the main cast of the first season of 30 Rock. They are the loose cannon movie star Tracy Jordan, portrayed by Tracy Morgan and the dense, limelight-craving Jenna Maroney, portrayed by Jane Krakowski. Jack McBrayer played Kenneth Parcell. Scott Adsit acted as Pete Hornberger. Judah Friedlander portrayed the wise-cracking, trucker hat wearing, repulsive staff writer Frank Rossitano. Alec Baldwin played the high flying NBC network executive Jack Donaghy who, at the beginning of the season, is employed to retool TGS. Donaghy's full title at the start of the series is "Head of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming."The season includes a number of secondary characters including Keith Powell as James "Toofer" Spurlock, a writer for TGS, Lonny Ross as Josh Girard, a staff writer of TGS as well as a TGS cast member.
Katrina Bowden was Cerie Xerox. These actors were promoted to main cast members in season two. Other recurring roles include Maulik Pancholy as Jonathan, Grizz Chapman as "Grizz" Griswold, Kevin Brown as "Dot Com" Slattery, John Lutz as J. D. Lutz, Chris Parnell as Dr. Leo Spaceman. Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, the head writer of TGS, a live sketch comedy television show. Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, a loose cannon movie star and cast member of TGS. Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, a vain, fame-obsessed TGS cast member and Liz's best friend. Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell, a naïve, television-loving NBC page from Georgia. Scott Adsit as Pete Hornberger, the witty and wise producer of TGS. (17 episode
Grizzwald "Grizz" Chapman is an American television actor best known for his recurring role as Grizz on the NBC series 30 Rock. A June 2007 interview with rollingout.com lists Chapman's height as 7'0". In his commentary for the episode "Tracy Does Conan", Tracy Morgan revealed that they met when Chapman was working as a bouncer at a strip club. Chapman and fellow actor Kevin Brown were featured in season six on an episode of Hidden Potential. Chapman received a kidney transplant in July 2010; the actor suffers from severe hypertension and had been undergoing dialysis treatments prior to the transplant. Due to his battle with his kidney disease, on March 31, 2010, Chapman signed on to be a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. Chapman has created his own series of YouTube videos known as "Grizz Chroniclez" featuring him in variety sketches, he is in production with writers Sam Morgan and Chadwick Prima for his own series called The Lair, based on the comic store Chapman owns in the Bronx.
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John Francis "Jack" Donaghy is a fictional character on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, airing from 2006 to 2013. The character was created by series creator Tina Fey, is portrayed by Alec Baldwin, he was introduced as the Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming for General Electric. As Vice President, he serves as the protagonist Liz Lemon's boss as well as her personal mentor; as the series progresses, their relationship informs their respective storylines. Donaghy climbs up the corporate hierarchy to achieve his professional dream of leading General Electric as its president and chairman. Donaghy's penchant for wealth, authority, Republican values, social status has been acclaimed as a high point of the series and his characterization. Fey intended for the character to serve as an oppositional but complimentary counter to Lemon, expressed through various gender and power dynamics. Baldwin has received two Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, one Television Critics Association Award for his portrayal of this character.
John Francis Donaghy had an unhappy and impoverished childhood in South Boston in Sadchester, Massachusetts. When he was two, Jack's presumed father lured him to the edge of a swimming pool with a puppy and pushed him in the pool, abandoned his family, his mother Colleen Murphy Donaghy has nagged him his whole life blaming him for John F. Kennedy's death and for his father leaving. However, she was devoted to her children. For example, it was noted that she had traded sexual favors with Frederick August Otto Schwarz III for Christmas presents for Jack and his siblings. Young Jack took to calling his collie "Pop" until the dog was accidentally run over by the mailman and intentionally left to die in the street by his mother; the dog had earlier been neutered, causing Jack to charge his mother with "cutting Pop's balls off." His mother tried to send him to Vietnam when he was 12 to make a man out of him. He played hockey, the piano and the flute as a child, prompting his mother to embarrass him by having him play "The Star-Spangled Banner" on said flute in front of the hockey team, which he captained.
Due to his family's poverty, Donaghy began working at the age of 12, as a stevedore at the Port of Boston. He attended Princeton University, where he played football and baseball for the Tigers, joined the Princeton Charter Club, played Maria in an all-male production of West Side Story, was a member of the "Twig and Plums" secret society, was a classmate of Michelle Obama. In addition to the Amory Blaine Handsomeness Scholarship, his jobs during college included "the day shift at a graveyard, the graveyard shift for the Days Inn", he laments that his voice has been dragged into various things like Thomas the Tank Engine and Wu-Tang Clan songs. Subsequently, the linguistics department sold his voice to GE for use in their microwaves, he attended Harvard Business School, which he paid for by working as a Swan Boat operator, where he was voted "Most" by his classmates. Carly Simon's 1972 hit song "You're So Vain" was, in fact, written by him. Post-college, Jack worked as an intern for Senator Ted Kennedy, where Jack displayed an liberal political world-view by the standards of a young Al Gore.
At some point, though as yet unexplained, he underwent a complete reversal of his philosophy and became a conservative Republican. Jack participated in Hands Across America and at some point coined the phrase "what's the upside?" In the years after working for Kennedy, Jack "thrived" on fear, bow hunting polar bears, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, once driving a rental car into the Hudson River to practice escaping, showering with Greta Van Susteren and overcoming a peanut allergy through sheer willpower. Jack once practiced martial arts under Chuck Norris, but they had a falling out after he switched to another dojo, it is revealed in "Live from Studio 6H" that, as a young employee in the GE poisons division in 1986, Jack answered phones during a live telethon. During that broadcast, Tracy Jordan realized his talent for getting laughs as a performer. A 16-year-old Liz Lemon made a prank call, claiming to have been a nurse in the war, impregnated by General Electric when he was Colonel Electric.
Jack's loyalty to GE and his handsomeness impressed Don Geiss, who transferred Jack to the microwave ovens division. At some point, he rotated through GE's plastics division, where he befriended the "brilliant plastics engineer / lesbian", Gretchen Thomas. After years of market research, he made his "greatest triumph" in the form of the Trivection oven, a product he created at General Electric, having first envisioned it while responding to Liz Lemon's prank call in 1986, it was on the strengths of the Trivection oven that, in mid-2006, he replaced deceased Gary to become Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming. Jack was the architect of bringing Tracy Jordan on board the NBC sketch show The Girlie Show, despite the objections of head writer /creator Liz Lemon and producer Pete Hornberger. Jack made sure that Tracy was the main star and ensured the show's name was changed to TGS with Tracy Jordan after bribing a focus group with pizza. Jack's mother still calls him and she now wants to move in with him, away from her
Daniel Jason Sudeikis is an American comedian, actor and producer. In the 1990s, he began his career in improv comedy, he has performed with ComedySportz and The Second City. In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and was a cast member from 2005 to 2013, he is known for his roles in the films Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2, Mother's Day and The Angry Birds Movie. Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia to Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, Vice President of business development, Kathryn, a travel agent at Brennco and President of the American Society of Travel Agents, his father is of Lithuanian ancestry, while his mother has German and Irish descent. His maternal uncle is actor George Wendt, known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers, his maternal great-grandfather was photographer Tom Howard. Sudeikis was born with anosmia, leaving him with no sense of taste or smell, he has two sisters and Kristen. As a child, Sudeikis moved with his family to Overland Park, which he has described as his hometown.
He graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. He left before finishing. In the 1990s, Sudeikis began his career in improv comedy, he began performing at ComedySportz in Missouri. He moved to Chicago, where he studied at the Annoyance Theatre and IO Theater and was one of the founding members of the longform team, J. T. S. Brown, he performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sudeikis was cast in The Second City Touring Company and performed greatest hit shows while on the road. In the early 2000s, he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas, where he performed at the Flamingo. In 2003, while a regular performer at The Second City Las Vegas, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live or SNL, would make bit appearances as audience members or extras. In May 2005, he became a featured player on the show, was upgraded to repertory status at the beginning of the show's 32nd season on September 30, 2006. In July 2013, Sudeikis announced. In 2015, 2016, 2019, he made occasional appearances on the show.
Recurring characters George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States. Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States. Mitt Romney, 70th Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. Male A-hole of the Two A-Holes with actress Kristen Wiig. Ocean Billy, a parody of the 1980s singer Billy Ocean and his hit "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car". Gil, a news anchor who treats his field correspondent Michelle Dison's misfortunes as amusement. One of the guys from the "Song Memories" sketches, the first to tell strange stories about where he was when he first heard a song. Ed Mahoney, a brash man who makes a fool of himself in public. Officer Sikorsky, a police officer who brings in convict Lorenzo McIntosh in an attempt to "scare straight" the three delinquent teens that he arrests. In the earlier sketches, Officer Sikorsky's last name was Matthews. Dancer on What Up with That, an overzealous background dancer dressed in a red and white Adidas tracksuit with a 1980s man perm.
The Ed Helms/Paul Simon episode reveals. One half of Bon Jovi opposite band "Jon Bovi" appearing on Weekend Update with actor Will Forte. DJ Supersoak. Spoof on DJ Clay. Emcee for Kickspit Underground Music with Lil' Blaster and MC George Castanza, he has appeared in the "Underground Rock Minute", the "Crunkmas Karnival", the "Kickspit Underground Easter Festival", the "Columbus Day Assblast" and the "Donkey Punch the Ballot" sketches. Pete Twinkle, ESPN Classic host of obscure women's sports with dim-witted Greg Stink as his co-host Jeff, a disgruntled film and theatre technician who starts unprovoked arguments with the star of the piece; the Devil, who comes on Weekend Update to point out religious and moral hypocrisy on Earth. On the Emma Stone/Coldplay episode, the Devil gets so upset over the Penn State University sex scandal that he quits his job as The Prince of Darkness and returns to his old job as a customer service representative for Time Warner Cable. Jack Rizzoli, an anchor at WXPD News who always tells veteran reporter Herb Welch to do his job.
Tommy, a strip club M. C. for Bongo's Clown Room. Sensei Mark Hoffman, the faculty adviser and Japanese Studies teacher to Jonathan Cavanaugh-san and Rebecca Stern-Markowitz-san, hosts of "J-Pop America Fun Time Now". Considers Jonathan and Rebecca to be the worst students in his Japanese studies class due to their stereotypical perceptions of Japanese culture and is only on the show because university policy states that one of the teachers have to be present if students are using the campus studio. Marshall T. Boudreaux: The host of the courtroom reality show, Maine Justice; the character was an archetypical Southern gentleman known as Mr. Aymong who appeared on a one-shot sketch on the season 35 episode hosted by Blake Lively in which a Southern man ruins his chances of being hired to NASA by eating his interviewer's potato chip. Sudeikis had a recurring role on 30 Rock, appearing in a total of twelve episodes, he played Floyd DeBarber, a love interest of Tina Fey's chara