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Jimmy Fallon earned a pass from Saturday Night Live director Don Roy King

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

Directing live television often requires split-second decisions. In the case of “Saturday Night Live,” director Don Roy King, the Pittsburgh native deals with actors who have improv skills -- but woe to anyone who breaks from the script.

 

“The overriding [rule] is that Lorne [executive producer Michaels], as a writer himself, believes this is a writers’ show, and what’s written comes first...

 

“When an actor breaks character, it might be funny. It might even be funnier. But it undermines the purpose and the thread, the flow line of the sketch.

“Lorne is very strongly opposed to those moments and discourages anyone from breaking.”

NUP 159712 0035 380x276Still, there are exceptions.

Jimmy Fallon, notorious for cracking up on camera when he was a cast member, hosted the December 21 Christmas show. In a spoof of “Family Feud,” he played "The Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon, with musical guest Justin Timberlake doing the “Late Night” version of Jimmy Fallon.

Watching Timberlake-as-Fallon, Fallon began to laugh as he ducked behind a prop.

Despite the policy not to point a camera at such offense, Mr. Fallon’s good-natured reputation for giggling allowed him to get away with it. King ordered a quick shot of the real Fallon, bent over with laughter.

There also was a practical aspect to his decision: “If you’re sitting at home and hear the audience laughing... clearly laughing at Jimmy Fallon breaking up and sliding behind a lectern, then that’s the time you’ve got to break away from the sketch and let the people at home in on what’s happening in the room,” King said. 

"It's based on my vision to put the home audience in the studio."

Emmy Award-winner King was honored Jan. 24 with a Directors Guild of America Award in the category of Variety/Talk/News/Sports -- Regularly Schedule Program. The win was for "SNL" with Justin Timberlake as host. He will be speaking Feb. 5 at the University of Pittsburgh's Frick Fine Arts building as part of the Steeltown Spotlight Series

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If you are passing through New York

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

Check out these concerts featuring the music of Pittsburgh composer Eric Moe, professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Music on the Edge series. 

The Music of Now Marathon: Rapid Ear Movement (REM)
Symphony Space, Saturday, Feb. 1. Marathon starts at 2 pm;
the incredible Dominic Donato will perform GONG TORMENTED around 4 pm.

http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8040/Music/the-music-of-now-marathon-rapid-ear-movement-rem-

The 92nd St. Y on Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 pm -
Brentano String Quartet and Christine Brandes, soprano - NYC premiere of
OF COLOR BRAIDED ALL DESIRE on poems of May Swenson.

http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Event/Brentano-String-Quartet-2-8-14.aspx

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If you are passing through New York

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

Check out these concerts featuring the music of Pittsburgh composer Eric Moe, professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Music on the Edge series. 

The Music of Now Marathon: Rapid Ear Movement (REM)
Symphony Space, Saturday, Feb. 1. Marathon starts at 2 pm;
the incredible Dominic Donato will perform GONG TORMENTED around 4 pm.

http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8040/Music/the-music-of-now-marathon-rapid-ear-movement-rem-

The 92nd St. Y on Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 pm -
Brentano String Quartet and Christine Brandes, soprano - NYC premiere of
OF COLOR BRAIDED ALL DESIRE on poems of May Swenson.

http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Event/Brentano-String-Quartet-2-8-14.aspx

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-22-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Welcome back Tomas Vokoun (above) ... to skating.

-Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann is familiar with what Vokoun is trying to recover from.

-Matt Niskanen is on pace for this best statistical season.

-Welcome back Andrew Ebbett ... to practice.

-"I'm not so worried about myself. I think the Olympic village will be pretty secure. My wife and my dad are going over so that makes makes you a little bit more uneasy. They're obviously not staying in the village. They're staying on the perimeters of the village so that makes you a little bit uncertain." - Brooks Orpik on security in Sochi for the upcoming Olympics.

-Paul Martin speaks:

-Ebbett speaks:

-“I think it’s really strange. It’s almost a full year ago that it happened. I’ve said this from the beginning and I still say it. It was a complete accident." - Wild forward and former Penguin Matt Cooke on Senators owner Eugene Melnyk presenting forensic evidence to the NHL in an attempt to prove Cooke, as a member of the Penguins, intentionally injured Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson last season. Karlsson suffered a severed Achilles tendon Feb. 13 due to a hit from Cooke in Pittsburgh.

-“If that’s something he wants to do, that’s totally up to him, but it’s not something I’m involved in.” - Karlsson on Melnyk.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson has added an offensive element to his game.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Shean Donovan. Claimed off waivers from the Thrashers late in the 2001-02 season, Donovan spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2001-02 by appearing in 13 games and scoring three points. After 52 games and nine points in 2002-03, Donovan was traded to the Flames in exchange for Micki Dupont and Mathias Johansson. In 65 games with the Penguins, Donovan scored 12 points.

-After the Jump: The Jets remain undefeated under Paul Maurice and Alexander Semin heads to Sochi.

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Brewed On Grant: Pedu-Right

Written by Rob Rogers on .

In stark contrast to Pittsburgh's previous mayor, Bill Peduto seems to be doing all the right things as he adjusts to his new office. So that's what adult behavior looks like!

012214 Pedu Right

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