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Jean Smart Comedy EP Mike Schur Shares ‘SNL’ Moment About ‘Ruined’ Bill Murray Sketch – TCA – Deadline

The Old Guard against Young Blood is the spark in HBO Max’s upcoming untitled Jean Smart comedy series, which debuts this spring.

Smart plays a Las Vegas legend who pairs up with a young comedy scribe to brush up on his number (played by SNL daughter of alum Laraine Newman, stand-up Hannah Einbinder). The two clash, harshly on what’s funny and topical; comedy being in the generational gap.

At today’s TCA, series EP Mike Schur was asked about a time he had to prank a truly intimidating person.

Schur said: “For me it was Saturday Night Live where I started, which is very collaborative, where actors are writers and writers are actors. The show, as Lorne Michaels likes to say, “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready, it goes on because it’s 11:30 pm. It taught you not to be precious with your material, and to run to people who were very famous and say “ I’m cutting all your jokes ” or “ I’ve got a new joke to read and you have to. do in the next eight minutes. “

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Then there was that moment when Schur wrote a sketch for SNL legend Bill Murray.

“He really liked it, then we rehearsed on Thursday, and he came backstage and yelled ‘Who wrote that ?!’ He said, “You ruined him! You ruined the sketch! It is literally my worst nightmare. I’ve been thinking about it once a month for 20 years. SNL is kind of like that. It is an intense experience to throw jokes. Some of them are your friends and some of them are very famous actors who have been there for a week and you get over your hesitation.

For Jean Smart EP Paul W. Downs, who wrote and served as an EP on Comedy Central Broad City, it was much easier to make his superiors laugh on this series, Amy Poehler.

“When you make Amy laugh, it’s pretty good,” Downs said.

Jean Smart arrived today at the untitled winter press tour, however, the EP Lucia Aniello feels no pressure. Better not to rush.

Says Aniello, “Part of the challenge for a title; the show is trying to say so many things at once, and I think trying to sum up so many different things in one, or two or three words is an interesting exercise and we’re in the middle of that exercise right now. The show is obviously about a larger-than-life person and she also has a two-handed character, as well as an ensemble. There are so many things we want to say.

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