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[re 'SNL' audition] They flew me all the way back to New York to meet with Lorne [Michaels]. I realized later that he was doing a final personality vet. He said, 'Do you think you can live in New York?' And I thought, 'Does anyone blow it at this stage? Does anybody get this far in the process, and then is like, 'It's definitely New York? Well, if you guys can't be flexible on that, I'm not sure ...
Eventually, the road took him to Amsterdam, where he was the writer and co-star of a two-person comedy show called "Pick-ups and Hiccups" that he and Jill Benjamin staged five nights a week in a 200-seat theater. With Amsterdam as his home base, he did versions of the show in London and Edinburgh--even Singapore--but it was during a brief run at the Chicago Improv Festival that he caught the eye ...
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