'SNL' Tidbits for July 22, 2001

By Sean Bradley

'SNL' Members Celebrate IO's 20th Anniversary

ImprovOlympic -- one of the country's most successful improvisational comedy clubs and schools -- is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two days of comedy improv featuring famous IO alumni, including several members that have gone on to "Not Ready for Primetime" fame.

"SNL" featured players Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch will revive their two-person act, "Dratch & Fey," for a Team Reunion Show on August 3. "SNL" writer Adam McKay will also appear in this show, performing with his comedy troupe "The Family."

On August 4, the second day of the festival, ImprovOlympic alumni will battle in a competition between past & present writers/performers from "SNL" and from "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." On the "SNL" team are Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Adam McKay, Horatio Sanz, Jerry Minor, and former cast member David Koechner. But beating the "Late Night" gang will be no easy feat, especially with former sidekick Andy Richter there to duke it out.

Tickets are $25, and available through TicketMaster - (312) 902-1500. Click HERE for more info.

Fallon Caters to Students with Comedy Album

"SNL" cast member Jimmy Fallon has been keeping busy this summer.

He co-hosted the "MTV Movie Awards" with Kirsten Dunst in June. After that gig, he went back to work on a comedy album that is expected to hit stores in November, according to Parade magazine. Targeted for students, "The Bathroom Wall" will include original songs and comic sketches about college life.

Fallon will also appear in HBO's "Band of Brothers," directed by Tom Hanks. "I'd like to do more films," he tells Parade. "If I work with great directors, I can learn drama, comedy." Fallon was seen last year in Cameron Crowe's award-winning "Almost Famous."

"But what I'd really like to be when I grow up is ["SNL" creator] Lorne Michaels."

Spade Skis Too Close

David Spade has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless operation of a watercraft. As part of the plea entered Wednesday, the former "SNL" cast member agreed to pay a $177 fine.

The charge was related to an incident at Lake Pleasant northwest of Phoenix during which Spade and his brothers were riding Jet Skis, reports the Associated Press. Spade was cited for maneuvering his watercraft too close to those being operated by his brothers.

Outside court, Spade joked that the court appearance "was a good excuse to wear a suit when it's 117 out."

Sweeney Helps Cancer Patients Find Strength

"SNL" alum Julie Sweeney was in the Bayou City Tuesday to help women living with cancer cope with the disease, according to Houston's KPRC.

Sweeney, a cancer survivor, has designed a free educational workshop for women living with the disease.
The seminar is called "Finding Strength for Living," and provides women with solutions to combat the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, such as anemia and fatigue.

During the event, Sweeney also performs segments from her hit one-woman show, "God Said, 'Ha'!" A free educational video of the event, which includes highlights of Sweeney's special performance, is available online HERE or by calling (877) 878-9767.

'SNLers' on the Tube

Here are appearances "SNL" alumni will be making on talk shows this week:

"Late Show with David Letterman," CBS
* Fri 7/27 - writer Hugh Fink

"Late Night with Conan O'Brien," NBC
* Mon 7/23 - cast member Ana Gasteyer (Rerun)
* Thu 7/26 - former cast member Janeane Garofalo

"The View," ABC
* Thu 7/26 - former cast member Janeane Garofalo

"The Rosie O'Donnell Show," syndicated
* Tue 7/24 - cast member Chris Kattan (Rerun)
* Fri 7/27 - cast member Will Ferrell (Rerun)

"Primetime Glick," Comedy Central
* Wed 7/25 - former featured players Paul Shaffer and Damon Wayans

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