CO2 allowance auction set for September 25

first_imgGovernor says first RGGI auction date is set for Sept. 25CO2 allowance auctions will help drive innovation, produce cleaner energyMONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas has announced that Vermont and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have released preliminary guidelines for the nation’s first-ever carbon credit auction on Sept. 25.The guidelines outline requirements and preparations bidders must follow to be ready to purchase their share of nearly 12.5 million carbon emission allowances at the first auction.”The stage is set for Vermont and nine other states to take unprecedented action and lead the nation on a path of economic and environmental security through reduced use of fossil fuels like oil,” Douglas said. “This is an important milestone as Vermonters struggle under the burden of the federal government’s failure to lead on fundamental energy and environmental issues.”The Sept. 25 auction is expected to include allowances from Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland and Rhode Island. Other RGGI states will offer allowances for sale in future auctions as they complete their necessary rule-making procedures.RGGI is the first program in the country to cap and then reduce CO2 emissions from power plants. Participating states have agreed to stabilize CO2 emissions from 2009 to 2014, and then gradually reduce emissions beginning in 2015. Emissions from the power sector for RGGI states totals about 7 percent of the U.S. power sector emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.The market-based mandatory program will cost-effectively reduce the pollution that is causing global warming while investing in efficient technology, Douglas said. “The result for Vermonters is the potential for new green jobs and cleaner energy.”The materials released today, online at is external), provide a preview of auction applications and procedures for bidders participating in the first of two early auctions to be held this year.###last_img read more

She was our Michelle Obama how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

first_imgSaturday Night Live … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. | Pick Readout_Noise | Pick | Pick Share sausagerollmodel Twitter 48 49 Shares621621 Share on Twitter Twitter 3 4 Share on Twitter Share Pinterest Facebook | Pick | Pick 3 4 3 4 Jizzer I think just that she was inspiring for young women. Don’t overthink it. The founding cast members of Saturday Night Live included(left to right) Radner, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Photograph: Edie Baskin/AP/NBC Facebook Show 25 Share on Facebook | Pick 7 May 2019 23:26 8 9 Facebook Report dmcecan There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and Nick de Semlyen’s Wild and Crazy Guys, which is published in the UK next month, is a terrific contribution to the genre. De Semlyen frames his book by telling the stories of the men who forged that world, most of whom – including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd – emerged from the comedy training ground of Saturday Night Live. But what De Semlyen’s book also shows is that this scene was dominated by men. Yet that wasn’t supposed to be the case.This month is the 30th anniversary of the death of Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without Radner, it is hard to imagine the existence of many of the most beloved comic characters of the past 30 years, from Elaine Benes in Seinfeld to Liz Lemon in 30 Rock.The NBC president at the time, Fred Silverman, saw in her a Mary Tyler Moore for the 80s and desperately wanted to build a primetime variety show around her. When Radner decided she would rather stay with her original supporter, Lorne Michaels, the creator of SNL, the relationship between Silverman and Michaels was irreparably damaged. Michaels had so much faith in Radner’s star power that in 1979 he produced a Broadway show just for her, Gilda Radner: Live from New York, in which she performed her best-known and much-loved characters from SNL, including Baba Wawa, her superlative parody of Barbara Walters; Roseanne Roseannadanna, an eccentrically offensive reporter; and Emily Litella, a doddery news commentator who never quite understood the story. The use of the term ‘Messianic’ suggests they were forerunners, which is what the article is about – Radner being the precursor to Fay and Schumer etc. It is a bit of a grandiose, overblown term though. Facebook Twitter Share 3 Saturday Night Live AllisonAnn 7 8 7 May 2019 21:06 Since you’re here… Comedy films 9 10 Twitter Share on Facebook Report Shrina2 Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook 7 May 2019 21:53 She was a good comic, but she was far from being the only good female comic of her time. And she did not “change comedy forever.” That’s ridiculous. Share on Twitter Jump to comment Twitter Share This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply | Pick 9 10 Facebook Ha I see you mentioned Animal House already, but its good enough to be mentioned twice. No, three times now. I wasn’t going to mention it here, given the topic of the article, but I had the same thought. SCTV was far better. I think Gilda would have assimilated seamlessly into that show from the Great White North, so that says a bit about my opinion of her 🙂 Share on Twitter 7 May 2019 21:55 oldest AndyWellsGlobalHero Report 25 Twitter Facebook I like it a lot too. It’s not funny in the way we expect modern comedies to be, but it has a lot of charm. 8 9 LymanEndersKnowles Share on Twitter | Pick 20 21 Share on Facebook 7 May 2019 Reply Agreed. She seemed like a lovely person, was very good at what she did, made me laugh, etc. … but you can overdo praise. It’s especially easy to do when you’re trying to pitch a story idea to an editor. Report Share Comments 174 4 10 11 Report Thomas James Reply Share Facebook masterdick Report Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter expanded 43 44 6 7 8 May 2019 7:17 Reply Share Facebook Jizzer All 7 May 2019 21:38 7 May 2019 20:58 | Pick karmeleborroka A much over-used word, but Gilda was a genuine legend. Such a talent. I love the detail of how she commanded the respect even of the defiantly boorish John Belushi. She was one tough broad. (The comparison with Michelle Obama is weird. What possible connection is there?) Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook ‘She was an extraordinary and spectacular person’ … Bill Murray on Gilda Radner (pictured).Photograph: Adam Scull/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Facebook 7 May 2019 Tue 7 May 2019 08.40 EDT 4 Share JayThomas For those interested the book is called Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. It’s one of the best book about workplace gossip and politics written. It could have been called ‘We All Hated Chevy’. 8 9 7 May 2019 21:12 7 May 2019 23:32 Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter 7 May 2019 22:14 6 7 Hadley Freeman Wasn’t Animal House also a pretty big hit for Belushi…. 13 14 Share 22 23 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply Facebook So sad, so young. Share on Twitter There’s a great little story from Bill Murray in the Tom Shales book about the last time he saw Gilda……. “The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and… 19 20 Report 7 May 2019 21:49 7 May 2019 21:01 oldramon Share StrangeTimesIndeed Twitter 7 May 2019 21:26 Facebook Share on Twitter 5 6 Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter dear dear Gilda Radner – a lovely reminder of her talents. thank you. Report Report karmeleborroka Share Share I read the whole article, which was a good read but I too didn’t get the Michelle Obama quote. Last time I saw Obama on television she was voter shaming women for not voting for Hilary Clinton….where as Gilda, no doubt, brought happiness to millions. Incomparable in my opinion. How did you manage to hold Belushi in any esteem so long, when I don’t think I’ve seen his name without ‘misoygnist’, and ‘sexist’ being rightfully attached for at least 10 years now? He’s Jock Culture’s posterchild and has been for decades already. You’ll be devastated by my exclusive on Michael Jackson…. Support The Guardian Twitter 7 May 2019 23:38 History has it’s way of sanctifying human beings, stripping them of their complexities and contradictions… gone are the stories of how poorly and condescending treated her fans who ran onto her on the streets of New York. This is not to disparage her genius but simply to remind how people are usually both good and not so great. dawsonct | Pick Facebook Share SNL has always been political. The fact that their parody is now invading your safe space is your problem. You’ve changed, not comedy. Share on Twitter Report 7 May 2019 22:14 arnold weathers Gilda was the best of the original SNL crowd and gave the show appeal to young women like myself. Her Roseanne Roseannadanna and Baba Wawa were priceless. Interesting comment about John Belushi refusing to do a sketch if it had been written by a woman. Sigh…another man has just dropped in my esteem. Facebook Share Report Twitter Share on Facebook 20 21 Share on Facebook Jizzer Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Readout_Noise | Pick Reply | Pick Thomas James AdamK Share on Facebook kirkmc1 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Enodoc Share on Facebook Share on Facebook arnold weathers It has never been highly regarded, but for all of its faults I have always liked ‘Haunted Honeymoon’. 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Photograph: CNN Films/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Guardian Pick Twitter 11 12 Report Facebook Ackroyd also wrote and starred in The Blues Brothers, and like Belushi was in Spielberg’s 1941, Dan’s third movie. So not years of flailing about at all. Belushi’s debut was Animal House, no flailing there either. Chase’s flailing before Caddyshack made him was a well received indie comedy and two Golden Globe nominations for Foul Play, again no flailing. Radner was a star and a big loss, but the selective editing of hindsight is yours here, her male co-stars careers didn’t slowburn one bit. Even the Murphy comment is daft given Best Defence was squeezed between Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop. I wish my career flailed like that. Facebook What made this twist of fortune even more cruel was that it came just as her life was turning around: “In the three years before my cancer diagnosis, I had begun to change. Through therapy, and with Gene’s help, I had overcome my eating disorders. I suppose what was happening was that I was beginning to care about my life.”Few of her former comedy colleagues understood how ill she was because she didn’t want them to. She withdrew from most of them and those who came to visit her at home were impressed at how the house seemed to be filled with friends. It wasn’t until later that they realised these “friends” were nurses whom Radner had instructed to pretend they were paying a social visit.On the last page of her memoir, Radner wrote: “I wanted to be able to write on the book jacket: ‘Her triumph over cancer.’ I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned the hard way that some poems don’t rhyme and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Like my life, this book has ambiguity.” Not long after writing that, Radner was told her cancer had returned, again. During a CT scan, she fell into a coma. She died three days later on 20 May 1989, with Wilder holding her hand.The cast and crew of SNL were told of her death just before the show was due to air. By chance, Martin was hosting that night and he junked his planned opening monologue. Instead, with a strained face, he talked with an audible lump in his throat about how the greatness of the show lay in “the people you get to work with”. He then showed a clip from 11 years previously: a dance routine he and Radner had done, a pastiche of a scene from the Fred Astaire-Cyd Charisse musical The Bandwagon. Radner looks so vital, so beautiful; even though the joke is that she is a klutz, there is a heartbreaking grace to her. As a comedian, Martin has often been accused of being cold, or at least emotionally detached, but when the clip ended and the camera cut back to him, his face was crumpled in a suppressed sob. “Gilda, we miss you,” he managed to say before his throat closed up.In the years immediately after her death, Radner’s most obvious legacy was a massive increase in awareness of ovarian cancer and how certain factors – such as a family history of cancer, which she had – contribute to the risk. Wilder devoted himself to this cause, establishing the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program to screen those deemed high-risk. He also testified before a congressional committee about how Radner’s doctors repeatedly missed warning signs. shangers 7 May 2019 23:38 Share on Facebook dawsonct Thomas James Saturday Night Live may have had its occasional moments and a handful of good comics (definitely not the unfunny Chevy Chase among them), but SCTV was always funny, with abler talents with sharper wits. 7 May 2019 21:14 Share Facebook Report Twitter Enodoc Report Reply wuja wuja 7 May 2019 21:39 7 May 2019 23:27 MrChevette Reply 19 20 Reply Report Facebook Reply This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Libby Stanley 8 May 2019 3:31 LymanEndersKnowles Share on Facebook Thomas James 7 May 2019 21:07 Share on Facebook 7 May 2019 21:00 Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 17 18 Reply JayThomas Share Report 7 May 2019 21:19 Reply 16 17 7 May 2019 22:40 2 3 Reply 8 May 2019 2:06 Jump to comment Twitter sausagerollmodel Jizzer 7 May 2019 21:25 Indeed. Chevy Chase was parodying Gerald Ford pretty much from the beginning. 13 14 Report Reply Pinterest 6 7 7 May 2019 21:39 LymanEndersKnowles | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook 26 27 dmcecan Reply Share on Twitter Reply Share Share on Twitter Gramercy 10 11 Report LymanEndersKnowles 7 May 2019 21:31 Report 96 97 goldenvisiontrueblue Share on Facebook AndyWellsGlobalHero Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Report Share Report 3 4 Report 7 May 2019 22:38 Share on Twitter What’s all this talk I’ve been hearing about violins on television?center_img Share Readout_Noise Share Twitter Share on Twitter 7 May 2019 21:35 Facebook Report Share on Twitter Share | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Reply The biography was by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame !! Excellent read but if my memory serves me right Belushi’s “Pros & Cons” are given equal weight. Dan Akcroyd , as to be expected” features prominently especially his various addictions :Carrie Fisher ,Ackroyds then girl friend ,also features . Reply 7 May 2019 21:22 Twitter Show 6 more replies Share on Twitter | Pick 7 May 2019 21:14 Reply Reply Share Report Reply Twitter But her comedic influence, too, has become increasingly obvious as time has gone by, as those who grew up watching her have become comedians in their own right. This is especially true of female comedians. Lena Dunham has talked about collecting Radner memorabilia – posters, photos, Roseanne Roseannadanna playing cards – and Maya Rudolph has recalled staying up late as a child to watch Radner on SNL. Last year, the documentary Love, Gilda screened in the US. In it, Melissa McCarthy, Poehler, Rudolph and more talk about the huge impact Radner had on them. But perhaps the most obvious inheritor of Radner’s crown is Tina Fey, who, on SNL, became similarly known for her personal satires and, through Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, riffed on the anxieties that come from being a working woman in a big city, just as Radner did. “She was our equivalent to Michelle Obama. She was so lovely and she was so authentically herself and so regular in so many ways … We all saw that and said: ‘I wanna do that,’” Fey said last year when introducing the premiere of the film.In her memoir, Radner marvelled at how her name was once associated only with comedy, but “has now become synonymous with cancer. What good is that going to do?” Her death at 42 was a cruel personal tragedy, but Wilder, in the depths of bereavement, strived to give it meaning and used it to help prevent other women enduring what Radner had gone through. Now, things have gone full circle: thanks to the current generation of high-flying female comedians, she is synonymous with comedy again. “I thought I could control my chances of getting cancer by being neurotic and funny about it. But it doesn’t work,” Radner wrote. It doesn’t. But, by being funny about even the worst of life, Radner ensured that her influence will never die. 13 14 Report Facebook ThatwoodBTelling Facebook Share Also – “Eddie Murphy – unquestionably the most successful SNL cast member” – tell that to Robert Downey Jr once he’s picked up his latest Avengers cheque @HadleyFreeman Share Teleology Share on Facebook 3 William Garabrant Twitter Facebook Facebook 23 24 Reply I always really loved her stuff on SNL. She had a goofy, free-wheeling energy and immersion in the characters she created, and was easily the funniest woman on the show. She deserved a better post-SNL career, and was gone far, far too soon. Some days when I see clips of her sketches, I still miss her. Share on Twitter Oh how I just loved her. I would beg my parents to let me stay up to watch SNL. They didn’t take much convincing, liberal 70’s parenting and all that. When she died I was heartbroken. I thought she was so fantastic, every single character was just a perfect send-up. To this day my husband and I will still make jokes that reference “Mr Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey.” Cancer is so indiscriminate and unfair. 2 | Pick Topics Share 33 34 | Pick Comedy (Stage) Facebook Partegas Share Twitter RobinTrower Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Reply ‘She was our Michelle Obama’: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever Share on Twitter She was great, a main reason was that she was positive, upbeat, even kind. “but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow” Where comparing her to Tina Fey I think would be wrong (not that the writer did, but said that Tina rose on her trailblazing) Because Tina was the new breed of SNL, the sneering mocking brand of political and social humour that SNL never shook off, becoming a kind of Charlie Hebdo skit show that polarized into correct and incorrect, political jeering, rather than poking fun at general society. | Unpick 96 97 Twitter Facebook Animal House was a massive hit and although Belushi’s performance was arguably the most memorable, it was not a starring role for Belushi. Chevy Chase came out of the gate with Foul Play costarring with Goldie Hawn. Well reviewed by the critics, it was a hit (just not a mega-hit) and the movie along with Chase picked up a series of Golden Globe nominations for comedy. Then Chase began to flail a bit. Report So many great memories from childhood, watching SNL on the weekend, and mimicking Lisa Loopner / Rosanne Rosannadanna skits Monday morning on the playground. RIP Gilda! Email (optional) Facebook Share Twitter Facebook Report One of the funniest people I’ve had the pleasure to see. Share on Twitter The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices – but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow Share via Email JayThomas Share Twitter Reply Reply Twitter Twitter 8 9 Twitter Share shangers There’s a great little story from Bill Murray in the Tom Shales book about the last time he saw Gilda……. “The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever. So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny [Aykroyd] did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way — over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. … We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know. And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.” Report JayThomas Share on Twitter | Pick Teleology Murray: what is that bewitching scent you’re wearing? Radner: Vix vaporub! Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 5 6 Twitter shangers Share on Twitter recommendations 8 May 2019 0:15 Share 1 2 Twitter I agree. Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Reply Share on Twitter Report Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Radner starred alongside her husband, Gene Wilder, in her final film, 1986’s Haunted Honeymoon. Photograph: Allstar/Orion Pictures 10 11 7 May 2019 21:24 7 May 2019 22:03 Share on Twitter JoeGillis Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Otis__Z_Firefly Report | Pick features Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Gramercy Chase, Aykroyd and Belushi flailed around for years in bad comedies and worse dramas before Chase finally hit it big with the National Lampoon movies and Aykroyd struck gold with Trading Places. 7 May 2019 21:00 Reply Share I agree with you about 1941 – but thousands didn’t. I read somewhere that it was too busy – that Americans couldn’t work out what they were supposed to be looking at, and so they missed the jokes. Report Facebook Reply 7 May 2019 21:22 | Pick collapsed Share on Facebook What Steve Martin said. 1 Share on Twitter Tom Shales used to be the television critic for the Washington Post. Excellent writer! This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Pick The show was a huge success. “She combines the physical humour of Lucille Ball with the diverse characters of Lily Tomlin,” wrote the New York Times. If things had gone as they should have, Radner would be as famous today as both of them. Instead, as she wrote in her hilarious and devastating memoir, It’s Always Something: “There was a time at the height of Saturday Night Live when I couldn’t even walk down the street in New York because every single person recognised me. It got so that I didn’t even go out because of that kind of attention. Now I’m someone people shout ‘Hey, you, move!’ at in the parking lot of a hospital.”Radner grew up in a Jewish family in Michigan. She was the first person Michaels cast on SNL in 1975. While the men, especially Belushi and Chase, grabbed the headlines for their bad behaviour off screen, Radner was the cast member most cherished by the public and her colleagues. She was as comfortable with broad pratfalls as with character-based comedy and she had a goofy warmth that charmed everyone. “She was the sweetest, kindest, funniest person. She had such a happy face on camera that you really did grow to love her,” said Steve Martin, a frequent guest on the show. She was quickly named “America’s sweetheart” by the press. “Gilda was really an extraordinary and spectacular person. I never enjoyed making anyone laugh more than her. Never,” said Bill Murray, her friend (and ex-boyfriend), in Live from New York, Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller’s history of SNL. Her talent and appeal were so great that even Belushi – who would refuse to perform a sketch if he knew a woman had written it – always treated her with love and respect. “He thought Gilda was funny, but … he didn’t classify her as a woman. She was Gilda,” said their fellow SNL cast member Jane Curtin in a recent interview.Whereas many of her fellow cast members self-destructed with drugs, Radner found other ways to do so. “I coped with stress by having every possible eating disorder from the time I was nine years old … I wasn’t interested in drugs because I had food,” she wrote in her memoir. Sometimes she would invite SNL cast member Laraine Newman over to her apartment; while Radner would binge and purge, Newman would snort heroin. “There we were, practising our illnesses together. She was still funny throughout it all,” Newman recalled. Her SNL performances occasionally played on the fragility others sensed in her. In one skit – which, with horrible prescience, played on her lifelong terror of cancer – she sang a song called Goodbye Saccharin, about how she would rather eat carcinogenic sweeteners than sugar because her fear of getting fat was marginally greater. Show 3 more replies 8 May 2019 0:15 | Pick She was so great; she had amazing presence an timing. I grew up in NYC, and attended SNL broadcasts many times. If you showed up at Rockefeller Center on a Saturday night, you could wait on a stand-by line, and about 3/4 of the time my friends and I got in. I remember well all the cast members from those early years. 14 15 MrChevette Gramercy 7 May 2019 22:38 1 2 | Pick | Pick MrChevette Report Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Teleology William Garabrant Comedy (Culture) Such a happy sweet memory of our youth. Thanks Hadley Freeman I agree, that bit about how they all struggled to be in a hit movie until 1982-4 made no sense, also John Belushi was in the hit National Lampoons Animal House and that was 1978. Be good if the journo’s writing this stuff knew at least as much as the casual fan. 2 Share on Twitter TV comedy dmcecan Order by oldest Twitter | Pick 7 May 2019 21:05 sausagerollmodel Report 7 May 2019 22:09 Share on Twitter Share 7 May 2019 21:48 Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick | Pick 22 23 Trading Places was made in 1983. But prior to that, Aykroyd – and Belushi – “struck gold” in The Blues Brothers (1980), a massive hit. Reply Why not say she was good, or even brilliant; why do women have to be messianic? Share Show 1 more reply Gilda Radner did not change comedy forever: female comedians like Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett had been doing similar character comedy for years. This just propagates the myth that US comedy was a ‘mans world’ Share on Facebook Rick Jones Guardian Pick 8 9 Twitter 7 May 2019 22:27 | Pick But, as fragile as she may have seemed, it took steel to survive not only the notoriously punishing schedule of SNL, but also SNL in the 70s, when it was at its most sexist. “There were a few people who just out and out believed that women should not have been there and that women were not innately funny,” Curtin recalled. Amy Poehler said it was thanks to these women, singling out Radner, that her generation of female SNL comedians could break in: “The sketch women who came before me – Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Gilda Radner – hung in there in a really misogynistic, aggressive, macho environment and they just weathered the storm like a news reporter reporting on a hurricane. And then our generation came in and we were better for it.” Radner was so unfazed by SNL’s notorious boys’ club atmosphere that she didn’t even mention it in her memoir.With the selective editing of hindsight, it is often assumed that the early SNL alumni all tumbled out of the show and straight into hit movies. But the truth is more complicated. Chase, Aykroyd and Belushi flailed around for years in bad comedies and worse dramas before Chase finally hit it big with the National Lampoon movies and Aykroyd struck gold with Trading Places. (Tragically, Belushi died before he found his post-SNL movie feet beyond The Blues Brothers.) Even Eddie Murphy – unquestionably the most successful SNL cast member – chose an absolute turkey, Best Defense, for his first movie after leaving the show. Radner left SNL in 1980 and largely her films have not endured, but it is impossible to say what she would have done had she not fallen ill a handful of years after leaving the show.In any case, she had another count against her. When it came to sketch comedy in the 70s and 80s, “the ratio was five to one in terms of men and women”, says the director and producer Ivan Reitman in Wild and Crazy Guys. “In general, there was a reluctance to do movies that starred women, in all of Hollywood. It was partially about what would work in the international market. And the comedies that ended up working were more action-based or physical ones, which were more male-oriented.” Share Report Facebook Twitter 7 May 2019 23:24 50 Television Share on Facebook Show 1 more reply Report 6 7 Report MrChevette Reply | Pick 1 Share Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter | Pick This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 7 May 2019 23:37 Facebook Pinturricchio Reply I agree, a dumb quote from Tina Fey with the comparison. 8 May 2019 3:12 8 9 Twitter Without Radner, it is hard to imagine the existence of many of the most beloved comic characters of the past 30 years Reply Reply Facebook Pinterest 7 May 2019 21:26 Reply 100 Share Share Share Share Threads collapsed Twitter 7 May 2019 23:39 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply I like some of her words:I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.Dreams are like paper, they tear so easily. Reply unthreaded Thomas James Share 7 May 2019 22:01 sevenyearitch Twitter Report newest cossackathon attila9000 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Report oldramon Facebook Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share Reply Amanzim Share on Twitter 21 22 Report 17 18 Facebook Twitter Share Share via Email Given that Gilda (along with Dan Aykroyd) was part of the original Toronto Second City stage shows with future SCTVers Joe Flaherty, and John Candy, I think it is safe to say she would have assimilated. | Pick Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 7 May 2019 22:42 Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick But Radner did have one piece of luck in her film career: while making the 1982 comedy Hanky Panky, she met Gene Wilder. “Gene was funny and athletic and handsome and he smelled good. I was bitten with love and you can tell it in the movie. It wasn’t good for my movie career, but it changed my life,” is how she opened her memoir. Radner’s descriptions of her almost frantic love for the twice-divorced and now marriage-resistant Wilder are the most purely funny sections of her book and feel like precursors of Bridget Jones: “I had plenty of time to get dinner on the table and involve Gene in endless conversations about commitment and meaningful relationships and child-rearing and meaningful relationships and commitment.” Perhaps more revealingly, she adds: “My new ‘career’ became getting him to marry me. I turned down job offers so I could keep myself geographically available.” Radner’s efforts paid off and she and Wilder got married in 1984. But they barely had any time to enjoy their marriage.Radner desperately wanted to have a baby with Wilder – “Imagine the hair!” – but she repeatedly had miscarriages. She thought this was due to an illegal abortion she had in the 60s, but pain in her abdomen suggested there was another problem. Doctors dismissed her complaints until, after months of sickness, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. She was 40. She immediately underwent a total hysterectomy, ending her dreams of having a child, but guaranteeing her survival.Or so she thought. For the next few years, her life was a horrific rollercoaster of chemotherapy and radiation, promises of being free of cancer, only for the cancer to recur. Meanwhile, her contemporaries were enjoying enormous professional success. “Unlike most people, I see people I know on TV, my whole peer group, people I grew up with,” she wrote. “I imagined being interviewed on television: ‘Gilda, what are you doing now?’ ‘I’m very busy. I’m battling cancer.’” Facebook 29 30 Show 11 more replies Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Women Last modified on Tue 7 May 2019 12.10 EDT MrChevette Share Share on Twitter Close report comment form 15 16 Twitter oroadfc Share on Facebook 8 May 2019 9:37 Share | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick 16 17 jah5446 Twitter dwseamhead Great read on her legacy and an era full of legendary comics. So much respect for wilder and the work he did after her death I read a biography of him (not always accurate of course) and he seemed quite unpleasant, including to his wife and some co-workers. His SNL friends seemed willing to accept him as someone unwell with a huge addiction problem and loved him regardless, but he seemed a bit of a dick, and I don’t find his film persona likeable either. Share on Messenger Ms. Radner and her generation were the best. Today’s SNL disguises its lameness with surprise appearances of celebrities, bad impersonations, and tedious political satire which is just not good enough, but it’s timeliness fools people into thinking it’s significant. Facebook sausagerollmodel Twitter | Pick comments (174)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Share Guardian Pick Share on Facebook Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other oroadfc She was a good comic, but she was far from being the only good female comic of her time. OK. But you shouldn’t stop there. Who else from her time would you describe as being on par with Ms Radner? Report Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment View more commentslast_img read more