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Here's The Thing (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Episode #29

Paula Pell

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Monday, November 26, 2012

This week on Here’s The Thing, Alec talks with writer Paula Pell – whose been making people laugh at Saturday Night Live for the last 17 years.  Pell landed her dream job as a writer at SNL after working at a Florida theme park. Her agent told her that Lorne Michaels wanted to meet her – “it is not an audition, but he wants to fly you up and talk to you.” Pell wasn’t sure what she was headed up for, but she got a job writing for the show.

Because of her longevity on the show, Pell calls herself “Nanny SNL,” but she’s the first to admit, “if you have a good night there you feel like you’re 20 again.”  Today, Pell also spends time writing for movies -- she’s an executive producer on the upcoming "This is 40."

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Comments [17]

Love, love, love Paula Pell! Such a funny, down-to-earth gal. She's a great gal for conservatives to view and think, "Hey, gay people are no different than us in any real way." She has a kindness about her, a tenderness. It makes me want to hug her until she's stronger. Alec seemed to feel really comfortable around her.

Apr. 07 2013 03:14 PM
Laura from New York

I've finally gotten a chance to hear - Here's The Thing. It's as candid as I thought it would be. Thoroughly enjoyable. Big laugh out loud moments. I'm so happy to know Paula Pell. I've been a fan of SNL for many (many) years. I'm looking forward to hearing some other interviews.

Apr. 03 2013 09:17 AM
Susan from California

I enjoy listening to the guests on "Here's the Thing," and I wish that Alec Baldwin were a better listener. He asks a question and frequently cuts off the guests before they answer. And he loves to talk about himself. But I like it anyway.

Jan. 02 2013 12:23 PM
Fred from San Rafael, CA

We listened to several of these on a long drive from L.A. to S.F. today. Wonderful. Billy Joel! never heard him interviewed before. Delightful. Thanks, keep 'em coming.

Dec. 26 2012 10:46 PM
Craig Work from Santa Rosa, CA

Alec Baldwin is a fresh breeze in our "Air". Interviewing people worth hearing, asking questions which are impatient, going directly to points revealing intelligent thinking - his and theirs.
Well done, Alec

Craig Work

Dec. 22 2012 05:13 PM
Marlene

I listened today for the first time and really enjoyed you and your guests.
You really ask good questions and seem to be trusted by your guests. You interviewed people the I had never heard being interviewed before. Really interesting.

Dec. 22 2012 02:07 PM
dave sanders

it's a bloody conversation,and he doesn't but in! what is wrong with you people,do you all want boring Q&A ? and, do you guys just like chocolate and vanilla,too...snore some more por favor..

Dec. 11 2012 02:14 AM
Susan from California

I generally enjoy these interviews, but I wish Alec Baldwin would ask a question and let his guest answer completely before he butts in and starts talking about himself.

Dec. 10 2012 04:04 PM
Cabbage1979 from Canada

That interview was interesting, but personally I WANT to hear The Simpsons writer Matt Groening, that would be great...

Dec. 03 2012 02:55 AM
Gordon Reichert from Staten Island, NY

Chelsea Handler has a late night talk show time slot?

Dec. 01 2012 01:55 AM
Jane from Australia

Great interview Alec and Paula ! I feel like I'm eavesdropping on a great conversation when I listen to Here's the Thing. Speaking of comedy, any chance of your interviewing one of the queens of Australian comedy, Magda Szubanski or Judith Lucy on the cultural differences between Australian and US humour ? Then there is always Dame Edna Everage !

Nov. 30 2012 05:44 PM
Anthony Cecelia

I love you Paula! The best friend I ever had and the funniest.You Rock!!!!

Nov. 30 2012 11:24 AM
kevin from upper LS

this might be the most interesting and entertaining chat, since the billy joel HTT.

Nov. 29 2012 01:44 PM
Margaret from Charlotte, NC

I lived in Tampa in the early 90's and probably saw Paula at The Adventurer's Club on Pllleeeeaaaasssuuurre Island. Their motto was "If you don't know where you are, but you don't care...you're not lost, you're ADVENTURING". I think I still have the T-shirt somewhere.

This was a thoroughly entertaining interview. I am a big fan of the show.

Nov. 27 2012 12:28 PM
Brettlyn from Norman, OK

As an aspiring comedic writer I have been thorougly enthralled by Paula Pell and her work for years. It's so good to see other people being exposed to her talent.

Nov. 27 2012 12:10 PM
Suzanne Biggan from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This was excellent you two. Great conversation. I can never really hear enough about the underbelly of SNL.

Nov. 27 2012 09:26 AM
Joan from LI, NY

I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Paula Pell on HERE'S THE THING Alec! She's a very talented and funny lady! It was a very interesting conversation. I wish her much Good Luck with everything in the future. She's great! She makes me laugh and smile! As do you also Alec! And laughter is very important in life. Thank you for sharing this conversation with all of us!

Nov. 26 2012 03:26 PM

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