Friday, September 21, 2007

9/21/07- This week's guest: Will Forte...

The long-running Saturday Night Live cast member, star of "Beerfest" and "The Brothers Solomon", and former writer for "That 70's Show" took some time out this week to grant a fellow Forte an interview. Just in case you haven't seen Will on SNL before(or you've just been living under a rock), posted below the interview is one of Will's most famous sketches, involving him and a certain 2007 Super Bowl winning quarterback. Enjoy, and for the record, Will and I are not related to each other.

1. How did you first get interested in wanting to get into comedy?

I'm not sure. I think I always wanted to do it but got serious about it a few years after getting out of college.

2. How did you end up landing a spot on SNL?

I was doing shows at the Groundlings while I was working at That 70s Show as a writer and one night Lorne Michaels came to see one of our shows. I got lucky and had a good show that night and Lorne asked me to come audition for the show.

3. Any funny, behind-the-scenes-type, stories from SNL that involve you and that week's host?

There are a bunch of funny things that have happened. The weirdest thing that ever happened was the week that Matthew McConaughey hosted. We have a meeting in between our dress rehearsal show and the live show where we find out what makes it onto the show. All of us were in Lorne's office, including Matthew who was wearing a sarong with no shirt for some reason. One of my sketches had been cut so I was just bummed out, staring at a fixed point in the room for a while. Suddenly, I sensed that there was a head attached to this fixed point I was staring at. When I focused, I realized that the fixed point I was staring at was Matthew's bare chest and he totally caught me. Anyway, I started looking all over the room to make it seem like I wasn't just looking at his chest. But to him, it just seemed like I was checking out his chest for a good long while.

4. Sketch that you are most proud of?

I did a Spelling Bee sketch on the Jack Black show. I used to do that at the Groundlings and it's always been one of my favorites. And then last year, I got to do a sketch with Peyton Manning where I was a coach trying to motivate my team by playing this stupid song and dancing to it. And I just had a really fun time doing it.

5. I heard somewhere that you used to work on "That 70's Show". What was your job on that show?

I was a writer on the show. It was one of the best jobs ever. We had a great time and the hours were really good. And that's rare for a writing job.

6. What music are you currently listening to on your iPod?

I'm really into Deerhoof at the moment.

7. TV shows you are currently watching?

I've been watching the Bret Michaels dating show, Rock of Love. But I'm waiting for Lost and 24 to start up again.

8. What was it like to portray President Bush?

I don't do Bush anymore. It was fun while I was doing it, but it was hard for me. I'm not very good at doing impressions, so I was always in my head about it. But Jason Sudeikis is doing it now and he does a great job with it, so it all worked out for the best.

9. When you die, what do you want God to say to you at the pearly gates?

Welcome. This is where you will be living now.

10. Any upcoming projects that you would like to plug?

The Brothers Solomon just came out and SNL starts up on September 29. So check them both out!

11. Any random words of advice for the readers?

Just do what you think is funny. Don't worry about what other people tell you to do. If you think it's funny, then you've succeeded!

Will Forte and Peyton Manning on SNL: