'SNL' Tidbits for November 2, 2002

By Sean Bradley,

'SNL' Settles on 'Greek' Star

Nia Vardalos will host the November 9 episode of "Saturday Night Live," with musical guest Eve, according to a source at the show.

Vardalos is the star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the surprise indie hit that just keeps up chugging. The comedy has been climbing up box-office charts since its release 29 weeks ago, ranking at number 5 last week. It has made over $180 million to date.

Eve makes her second stop to "SNL," having last performed on the show in April 2001.

Fallon Goes Big Screen with Martin

Jimmy Fallon has signed to star opposite Claire Danes and Steve Martin in the romantic comedy "Shopgirl," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fallon will play a struggling musician in the film, battling a wealthy divorce (Martin) for the affection of an aspiring artist (Danes). "Shopgirl" is based on Martin's best-selling novel of the same name.

Shooting begins late January in Los Angeles, with no word on whether or not Tina Fey will have to sit alone at the "Weekend Update" desk for a few weeks.

Next up for Fallon is a starring role in Woody Allen's "Antyhing Else," expected to open late next spring.

Sandler 'Kisses' Barrymore Again?

Former "SNL" cast member Adam Sandler has agreed to star in "Fifty First Kisses," a romantic comedy that may reunite him with his "Wedding Singer" sweetie, Drew Barrymore.

Variety says the project revolves around a man who falls in love with a woman after a memorable encounter, only to find that she suffers from severe short-term memory loss and has no idea who he is. To win her, the man must get her to fall in love with him all over again every day.

The script is in re-writing stages, and no offer has been made to Barrymore yet.

Ex-'SNL' Writer Teaches Improv

Former "SNL" writer Ali Farahnakian has co-founded the Peoples Improv Theater, a new improv and sketch comedy theater in Manhattan.

Beginning this weekend, he and fellow Second City vet Armando Diaz are teaching several classes at the Theater on improvisation and sketch writing. The Peoples Improv Theater has informed Saturday-Night-Live.com that current "SNL" writer Scott Wainio has agreed to teach classes at some point as well.

For more information on the new Peoples Improv Theater, visit http://www.thepit-nyc.com/.

A Tad Bitter?

Seven months after being outbid by fellow cable channel E! for "SNL" rerun rights, Comedy Central is turning elsewhere for sketch comedy hijinks.

Reuters reports the laugh channel will fork over $28 million for exclusive rerun rights to "Mad TV," the late-night rival to "SNL" which recently began its eighth season on Fox. "Mad" will likely begin airing on Comedy Central in January 2004, just weeks after the cable channel airs its final "SNL."

Comedy Central senior VP Kathryn Mitchell says they plan on running the series two or three times a day, just as they had with "Saturday Night Live" for over a decade.