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'SNL' Tidbits for August 10, 2000

By Sean Bradley

'SNL' Connection is Book Section

This fall, Sourcebooks will celebrate 40 years of the improv comedy troupe The Second City by publishing "The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater."

The Second City has been a scouting place for "Saturday Night Live" cast and writers since the show's inception. (Three members of the original cast came from The Second City.) A section of the coffee table book will be devoted to the troupe's connection to "SNL."

Also included with the book will be two audio CDs with never-before-released material, such as a "Motivational Speaker" sketch with Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, and Bob Odenkirk as performed at The Second City. Other "SNL" alumni featured on the CDs will be Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and Mike Myers.


Oteri's 'Scary' Sets Dimension Record

When Cheri Oteri agreed to co-star in "Scary Movie" -- a horror-spoof from the minds behind "In Living Color" -- it's unlikely she had any idea she would be appearing in the runaway hit of 2000.

North American box office earnings for "Scary Movie" have now reached $141 million, making the comedy the highest grossing film in Miramax/Dimension Films history, breaking the previous company high of $138 million achieved by "Good Will Hunting."

"Scary Movie" has broken multiple records since its opening weekend totaled $42 million, including the most successful three-day debut ever for an 'R' rated film, the best opening ever for a film by an African-American director, and the second largest opening in Disney history. The film passed the $100 million mark just 14 days after its release, making it the quickest 'R' rated film by any company to hit the century mark.


Head Writer Fey Engaged

Congratulations to "SNL" head writer Tina Fey, 30, who has just announced her engagement to Second City director Jeff Richmond. The two will be married sometime next year.

Fey met Richmond during her days at The Second City, where she performed regularly from 1993 through 1997, when she was added to "SNL's" writing staff. In 1999, she was named the first female head writer in the show's history.

Fey is keeping busy this summer performing a two-woman show with Rachel Dratch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. Tickets are $5.00 and the show runs Monday nights through the end of August.


Rock Returns to Emmys

Former "SNL" cast member Chris Rock has been named as a presenter at this year's Emmy Awards. The Emmys will air September 10 on ABC, and will be hosted by Garry Shandling.

Rock has previously won three Emmys for his HBO series "The Chris Rock Show." This year, his talk show and his stand-up special, "Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker," are up for a total of seven nominations.


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