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'SNL' star Bobby Moynihan talks to Howard Stern, Artie Lange
"Saturday Night Live" star Bobby Moynihan stopped by the talk shows of Howard Stern and Artie Lange on successive weekdays to promote his supporting role in "The Brass Teapot," in theaters today.
In "The Brass Teapot," Moynihan plays Chuck, a friend of a poor married couple that finds a brass teapot at an antique shop, and discovers the teapot spills money whenever they hurt themselves. But, as the couple discovers, there's a catch.
Moynihan pops up at the 1:40 mark of the trailer:
On the Monday broadcast of Stern's show, Moynihan joked that he plays the "fat friend" of the couple, played by Juno Temple and Michael Angarano. Directed by Ramaa Mosley, "The Brass Teapot" also stars Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls") and Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development").
Stern, who launched his disc jockey career in Briarcliff Manor, asked Moynihan, an Eastchester native, about the process it took to get to "SNL."
Moynihan told Stern he's always wanted to be on the show. "It's almost insane," he said. "It's like saying 'I want to go to space.'"
Moynihan said he'd obsess over "SNL" episodes and videotape his own sketches as as a kid growing up in Eastchester, then honed his skills at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. So when Don Pardo announced his name in the opening credits for the first time, "I burst into tears," he told Stern.
With "SNL" impersonations that include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Tony Soprano and Marlboro native Snooki, Moynihan expressed a deep appreciation for the show's history and all of its nuances, right down to the costumes.
"The second [one sketch] ended, I went to go change my suit, and inside the pants on the suit it said, 'J. Belushi,' and I was just like, 'That's the craziest thing in the world,'" he told Stern. "The bra I wear for Snooki, on the inside of it, it says 'John Goodman / Linda Tripp.' ... I'm very nerdy like that. [I saw] the Church Lady costume, and I was like, 'I was the Church Lady for Halloween!'"
Last Friday, Moynihan hung out with Lange, Stern's former sidekick, on "The Artie Lange Show." Moynihan told Lange, who headlined Tarrytown Music Hall last month, that he's "constantly" confused for Lange, citing an example from his first season of "Saturday Night Live."
"One of the first after-parties, a girl came over to me, and was like, 'Can I buy you a drink?'" Moynihan said. "And I was like, 'I'm on TV! I can't believe that this is happening!' She talked to me for about an hour, and then an hour into it, was like, 'I'm so sorry, I just gotta ask you: What is Howard [Stern] like?' And I couldn't believe it."
About a week prior to Moynihan's appearance on his show, Lange raved to Newsday Westchester about Moynihan. "Everything I’ve seen him do on 'SNL' makes me laugh," Lange said. "I'm sure he’ll be around a really long time."
Who's your favorite Bobby Moynihan character on "SNL"? Vote in Newsday Westchester's poll, and defend your answer in the comments section. And check out the bulk of the "Artie Lange Show" interview with Moynihan, in two parts, below.