Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt arrive at Sundance NextFest Film Festival Premiere Of ‘Life After Beth’ at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on August 8, 2014
writing class classmate said she can’t bear to rewatch parks and rec and I’m like
Mindy Kaling became [B.J. Novak’s] on-off girlfriend, their loggerhead relationship mirroring that of their characters and continuing with his work on her sitcom, The Mindy Project.
Back then, “it never occurred to us. It was Greg who couldn’t get enough of our rows and put them in the show,” Novak says. “With a little distance, I can see what was so funny, that we were always fighting about everything, especially creatively, but were always together. People that are inseparable but can’t get along is very funny. And in a strange way, very romantic.”
When Don Pardo said my name for the first time I knew that I was really on Saturday Night Live. Until then it all felt like a dream. Sometimes when my sketch didn’t make it to air and I wasn’t in the show, Don Pardo saying my name in the opening credits was more than satisfying to me. I would call my parents or my sister and say “Did you hear it? That’s Don Pardo!” I was honored to work with him both as a cast member and as a host. He was a gentleman and always rooted for me. I will miss him.
Mr. Pardo was with “S.N.L.” from the show’s first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only Season 7. For many viewers, the names of scores of stars — from Chevy Chase to Eddie Murphy to Tina Fey — were first heard in his sonorous baritone, which announced the cast each week at the end of the opening skit.
“Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him,” said Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, who hired Mr. Pardo in 1975.
Mr. Pardo in 1945. He began his career at NBC a year earlier, first as a radio announcer.
While not many people knew his face, practically every American for a span of more than half a century knew his voice. And for the long line of budding stars who came out of “S.N.L.,” that voice was validation. As Maya Rudolph told Mr. Pardo in a video tribute when he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2010, “The moment you said my name was the height of my career.”