Live from New York, it’s Phoenix’s Michael Longfellow on SNL

When Saturday Night Live needs a real comedian to round out the cast, where is the popular NBC sketch variety show heading for its 48th season? Forget New York and Los Angeles, the bicoastal entertainment capitals of the world. Phoenix might as well be Comedy Central because it’s there Michael Longfellow got funny enough to fit in as one of SNLThe four newest faces from the new season will premiere at Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on October 1.

Longfellow, a 28-year-old Phoenix native and graduate of Arizona State University, joins fellow newbies Marcello Hernandez of Miami, Molly Kearney of Cleveland and Devon Walker of Austin, Texas, on the award-winning series. It has won 93 Emmys — counting trophies for its television specials and short series — since its debut in 1975. The latest honor for the SNL team led by creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels arrived on September 12 to Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

“It’s going to be a year of transition, and years of change are always tough but also very exciting because there are new people and things change and a different generation comes into the show,” Michaels told the media backstage that night after accepting the Emmy.

A few days later, the cast additions were announced. Longfellow took his Instagram accountwhere he has 107,000 subscribers, to crack wisely: “Go on TV this year, I’m sorry!”

This self-deprecating humor has apparently served Longfellow well since earning a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at ASU in 2016.

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New Saturday Night Live Star performer Michael Longfellow grew up in the Valley and graduated from Arizona State.

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In a 2016 interview on ASU website before the start of spring, Longfellow said, “I did comedy for the first time as a rookie and immediately realized that was the only thing I really wanted to do. I knew that if I was going to college, a degree in words and language would best suit my interests.

“Also, the math was hard, and when science became more than baking soda volcanoes or putting little things in water to watch them grow, I really had nowhere to go,” said he added.

Clubs and venues in Metro Phoenix where he has worked include Stand Up Live, Valley Bar, the Tempe Improv, and Desert Frostover 2015, a two-day event held in December featuring seven comedians, more than 20 bands, food trucks and entertainers. other activites.

Now based in Los Angeles since graduating, Longfellow has a list of credits, mostly as a stand-up comedian, that include: one flash and you’ll miss it (“for 48 seconds,” he said. he joked) on a 2017 episode of the Fox comedy Laughs; her late night television debut on Conan in 2018; a well-received appearance on 2019 bring the funny, an NBC comedy/reality series; and a spot at the 2017 New York Comedy Festival, where it was announced by TBS as one of its “Comics to Watch”.

Another career stepping stone to consider for Longfellow is being one of eight “new comedic voices” on the Netflix debut. Presentation… stand-up showcase in LA, airing on Netflix’s Is a Joke YouTube channel and other online outlets.
His jokes in the nearly eight-minute monologue were mostly about his parents, who separated some time ago, leaving Longfellow to try to get along with a father and two stepfathers. “Three good ones too,” said the comedian amid peals of laughter during the track. “My first, Tom, the OG. … We’re very different. He’s very strict, very intense. My dad’s a divorce lawyer who’s been divorced a couple of times. …is he a bad husband or a workaholic?

This short session certainly had them laughing, but now the pressure might be on the shoulders of Longfellow and his fellow newbies as they prepare for season 48 of Saturday Night Live. Especially since the show recently said goodbye to A-list cast including Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney and Aidy Bryant of Phoenix, who graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005. A cast member since 2012, Bryant, 35 years, was three-time Emmy nominee on SNL. So what happens when the torch passes from one Phoenician to another? Hope it’s back to fun business as usual.

In that ASU interview six years ago, Longfellow knew where he was headed, but apparently didn’t realize how long it would take to get there. Asked about his plans after graduation, he offered, “I’m busting a Kimmy Schmidt and moving to New York to be a great New York comedian. Comedy shows mostly happen at night, so I hope I can fill my days with a writing position in a nice place. If that doesn’t work, you can catch me serving McMuffins at your local Brooklyn McDonald’s.

Even comedians deserve a break today, tomorrow and next month. See if Longfellow has a chance to chew up the landscape for SNLThe season opener on October 1, which will also air live on Peacock. The show should include Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller as host, with Kendrick Lamar as musical guest.

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