From the Archives: Unmasked with Bobby Moynihan

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“I’m the closest to a drug addict there, now, and it’s because I drink too much Snapple.”

“The history of it is pretty amazing. In between dress and air, I always take a couple minutes. I like to get in a zone and you just walk down the halls and you’re seeing- there’s Wayne’s World- and you’re seeing all these amazing things and you’re just like, I can’t believe I’m here.”

“That third year for me, was like- a lot of new guys came in that year and then your one line parts start to go away and you’re not the new toy anymore. So you’re aren’t in as much stuff. We’re comedians, so all we want to do is get out there and be funny and then you’ll have three weeks where you’re not in the show that much and you’re like- I’m getting fired.”

As part of our new podcast sharing select archival episodes of ’s epic interview series Unmasked, this week we’re sharing a favorite Unmasked from 2013 with one of the funniest and nicest guys working today: Unmasked with .

The Unmasked series which began in 2008, with an amazing hour with Patrice O’Neal, has taped nearly 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included , Bob Newhart, , Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, , Jim Jefferies, Gilbert Gottfried, Louis C.K., David Brenner,  and over 150 more comedy greats.

Bobby Moynihan is a major part of comedy history. He spent nine seasons as a beloved cast member of one of the most important comedy series in television history- . When this episode was taped, Moynihan was a little over halfway through his run, and told such incredible stories about being a part of the show.  Almost every kid who has ever loved comedy, at some point or another, has been obsessed with Saturday Night Live, and Bobby was no exception- in fact, he probably loved the show more than most. He told great stories about obsessing about the show as a kid — he had a picture of Lorne Michaels in his room, and would audio record the show so he could hear it again the next day on the bus– and talked about what it felt like to audition for and get on the series. In Bobby’s words, for him, it was like becoming an astronaut.

He goes through the magic and eagerness of how it felt at the beginning, and then the difficult years where he was plagued by anxiety and fear, and how he ultimately turned it around to become one of the show’s longest running cast members. Moynihan says it was the Drunk Uncle character that cemented him.

The hour is a must-listen for every SNL or comedy fan. Despite all the books that have been written, the experience of being a part of Saturday Night Live is still a mystery to most, and Bobby does an incredible job of conveying the fun and excitement of being on the show, as well as the perils and the difficulties. In addition to loving SNL, Moynihan is a gigantic fan of all forms of comedy as well, (he’s not afraid to call himself a fanboy), and it’s an absolute pleasure listening to someone share such enthusiasm for the business.

Bobby has a new series coming out this fall. Me, Myself and I premieres September 25th at 9:30pm on CBS.

Go down the halls of Saturday Night Live with Bobby Moynihan and . Originally recorded on November 21, 2013 at the SiriusXM studios in New York City, this is Unmasked with Bobby Moynihan.

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