For most of us, Saturday Night Live consumption has been relegated to a hodgepodge of Hulu videos, “Best Of…” compilations on Watch Instantly and the sound bites from ’80s and ’90s sketches that have made their way into the cultural zeitgeist. But experiencing SNL like this has caused us to forget that each week a bunch of neurotic individuals sit down in a room to write over an hour of comic material for January Jones to infuse with her trademark lifelessness.
Since Tina Fey’s departure in 2006, the leader of SNL‘s writing staff has been Seth Meyers, a Northwestern grad with a background in improv and an uncanny ability to make celebrities spontaneously appear on Weekend Update. If you’ve ever wondered how he does it, you’re in luck. Continuing its tradition of bringing famous funny people to campus, the Brown Lecture Board has invited Meyers to speak on Tuesday, March 13. Tickets will be distributed (free of charge) from 12–1 p.m. in the Kasper Multipurpose Room (lower Faunce) on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The rule is 1 ticket per Brown/RISD ID and 2 IDs max per person.
Andrew Ross Sorkin is a wildly popular, forward-thinking and well-respected writer/journalist. Sounds like a Brown alum who does cool things? As much as it pains us to say it, he’s from a certain other “Ivy.” Luckily, he’s been wise enough to accept our university’s money and will be speaking tonight (12/5) at 7 pm in Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium.
If you haven’t heard of Sorkin, he wrote a book called Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves. Since Americans like their corn-syrup sodas in 2 liter bottles and their cars to guzzle gas, it makes sense that they would prefer books with excessively long titles. In all seriousness, the book has been hailed as “comprehensive and chilling” by TIME magazine, which means it’s worth a look. Unfortunately, busy college students hate books — so see Sorkin this evening, when he will talk about…something related to his work, himself or his career in a rhetorically appealing way (Note: Brown Lecture Board has failed to include any information regarding the content of the speech on its cute Wherevent page).