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It does exist somewhere. In Amy Poehler’s living room.
June 6, 2013 10:02 AM   Subscribe

It’s entirely possible the whole thing is some sort of comedy-lover’s fever dream. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd apparently met for the first time on the set of a live reenactment of Sixteen Candles, part of an unaired VH1 special based on the UCB Theatre show called Soundtracks Live. Oh yes -- and they also took on Pretty in Pink and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Favorites from Stella/The State, Upright Citizens Brigade, Saturday Night Live and more took part.

Soundtracks Live debuted in 2004, when the stars involved were just reaching some of their breakout parts (both Anchorman and Mean Girls were released that year). Soundtracks Live was co-created by Amy Poehler and musician Amy Miles, also the team behind Smart Girls at the Party. (YouTube)

Featured cast, with their roles in Sixteen Candles/Pretty In Pink/Fast Times:

AD Miles (also known as the Dowager Countess of Grantham) played the Molly Ringwald roles of Samantha Baker and Andie Walsh, as well as Judge Reinhold's Brad Hamilton. (Don't worry; the set is SFW.)

Will Arnett as (SC) Grandpa Fred (Max Showalter)
Matt Ballard as (PiP) Blane McDonnagh (Andrew McCarthy)
Michael Ian Black as (SC) Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe)
Rachel Dratch as (SC) Grandma Dorothy (Billie Bird)/(PiP) Iona (Annie Potts)
Tina Fey as (SC) Grandma Helen (Carole Cook)
Jon Glaser as (SC) Farmer Ted (Anthony Michael Hall)
Joe Lo Truglio as (FTaRH) Mark "Rat" Ratner (Brian Backus)
Ken Marino as (SC) Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling)
Jack McBrayer as Ted's geeky friend Cliff (Darren Harris)/Duckie (Jon Cryer)/Stoner Bud (Eric Stoltz)
Zak Orth as Mike Baker (Justin Henry)/Steff (James Spader)/Mike Damone (Robert Romanus)
Chelsea Peretti as (FTaRH) Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh)
Amy Poehler as Ginny Baker (Blanche Baker)/a bitchy girl/singer
Paul Rudd as (SC) multiple characters, including singer with The Vapors
Maya Rudolph as Caroline Mulford (Haviland Morris)/soundtrack singer
Michael Showalter as Grandpa Howard (Edward Andrews)/Andie's dad (Harry Dean Stanton)/Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn)
David Wain as (SC) Samantha's dad (Paul Dooley)/(FTaRH) a drummer and Mr. Hand (Ray Walston)

Musicians included Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jed Parish and Maya Rudolph (in a dual role!).
posted by Madamina (21 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
Great post, thanks. How can there not be any video of this?
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:10 AM on June 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jack McBrayer's Duckie looks absolutely brilliant. So wish there was video.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:12 AM on June 6, 2013


You know, Damone, I always stick up for you. They say, "Oh, Damone, that loud mouth," - and they say that a lot - I say, "Oh, no, you just don't know Damone." I mean, when they call you an idiot, I say, "Damone's not an idiot." Well, you know something, maybe they know you pretty good. Maybe I'm just starting to find out.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:16 AM on June 6, 2013


Whenever I see a bunch of comedians I like involved in some project, I always expect to see Jon Hamm's name, in the role of standing off to the side looking handsome.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:25 AM on June 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


OMG HE'S JUST ONE POST DOWN!!!!!

I swear I didn't see that.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:26 AM on June 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Dong, where is my automobile?"
posted by resurrexit at 10:29 AM on June 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


I sat on a plane next to Amy Poehler's father once. He was pretty nice. He said, as soon as possible after I sat down, "So...... my daughter was in the movie (Blades Of Glory) they showed on the flight here" and we talked about how awesome Amy is for a few minutes. He seemed to be very pleased by this transaction.
posted by thelonius at 10:29 AM on June 6, 2013 [9 favorites]


If you've never seen Jack McBrayer live, I urge you to - he's got so much energy and presence even while always playing hapless goofs.
posted by The Whelk at 10:37 AM on June 6, 2013


I sat on a plane next to Amy Poehler's father once. He was pretty nice. He said, as soon as possible after I sat down, "So...... my daughter was in the movie (Blades Of Glory) they showed on the flight here" and we talked about how awesome Amy is for a few minutes. He seemed to be very pleased by this transaction.

That's adorable. If I were Amy Poehler's father I'd tell everyone, too.
posted by sweetkid at 10:45 AM on June 6, 2013 [7 favorites]


How does Rudd not get the Jake Ryan role? He's perfect for it.
posted by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on June 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


While pain and suffering may help, another essential and more overlooked ingredient for comedy is confidence. Bill and Eileen say their daughter's was there from the start, but Amy credits her parents. "They gave me the feeling as a kid that there wasn't anything I couldn't do," she says.
posted by DrGirlfriend at 11:02 AM on June 6, 2013 [6 favorites]


What a sweet peanut. I love Amy Poehler.
posted by sweetkid at 11:03 AM on June 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Rock Steady: "How does Rudd not get the Jake Ryan role? He's perfect for it."

I first read that as Jack Ryan, and pictured Rudd facing off with Marko Ramius.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:07 AM on June 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


sure he could do it.
posted by sweetkid at 11:08 AM on June 6, 2013


Oh my god! I saw one of the Pretty in Pink performances--or maybe I saw the first run?--it was pretty great.

Jimmy Fallon showed up at the end to sing the title song, and I remember thinking he was the least talented person on the stage (I still feel this way). Afterward I introduced myself to Fred Armisen and he was incredibly nice and gave me a hug and we took a picture together and I almost died.
posted by cowboy_sally at 11:44 AM on June 6, 2013


I'm pretty sure that this photo is of Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. Man, EVERYBODY was there.
posted by Dokterrock at 12:22 PM on June 6, 2013


Is that really Carrie Brownstein?
posted by 41swans at 12:43 PM on June 6, 2013


From the linked article above about the Poehlers:
BILL: Her aunt gave her a high-school graduation card that said, "I'll see you on 'Saturday Night Live.' " It was a big joke then. But lo and behold, 10 years later, there she was.


Man, for some reason, that made me burst into happy tears.
posted by ColdChef at 12:50 PM on June 6, 2013 [5 favorites]


> Is that really Carrie Brownstein?

Nope. It's Robin Goldwasser, apparently.
posted by TonyRobots at 2:34 PM on June 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


How can there not be any video of this?

For better or worse, theater don't normally wholesale film performances for later release. Clips for advertising, sizzle reels or actor reels but never for say a DVD or (god forbid) YouTube.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 2:43 PM on June 6, 2013


So no video, but...an MP3, maybe?
posted by wenestvedt at 7:01 PM on June 6, 2013


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