Now He’ll Announce People As They Enter Through The Pearly Gates; Don Pardo Dies At 96

Don Pardo

Don Pardo, center, met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, during DiMaio’s brief stint as the SNL band leader in the late 1980’s.

Tuscon, AZ—Don Pardo, long-time announcer for “Saturday Night Live” as well as other television programs and game shows, died Monday. He was 96.

Born Dominick George Pardo in Westfield, Massachusetts, Pardo got his start as an announcer on NBC radio in 1944.

He made the transition along with NBC as they moved to television, and was the announcer for countless game shows, including “Jeopardy” and “The Price is Right” before it moved to Los Angeles.

But to the unaltered, unwashed masses, he was most famous as the announcer for Lorne Michaels “Saturday Night Live” every season except for season 7. Pardo had a lifetime contract with NBC, but retired in 2004. But damned if he didn’t still do the show, flying in from his home in Arizona once a week, until recent years when he recorded the cast names at his home.

He appeared on the big screen as well in 1987’s “Radio Days” and had a cameo in “RECOiL.”

He is survived by his daughters, Paula, Dona and Katherine, two sons, David and Michael; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Continue reading

Will It Soon Be Time To “Party On” On Broadway? “Wayne’s World: The Musical” To Begin Production

Waynes World: The Musical

Waynes World: The Musical may feature theater vetrans Nathan Lane and Clay Aiken.

New York—A spokesman for “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels has confirmed that he will be producing a Broadway musical adaptation of the 1992 classic film, “Wayne’s World,” set to open this fall.

The musical will appear at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th St. American Idol alum Clay Aiken has already been cast to play Garth, Wayne’s bespectacled sidekick, played by Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live” and the two “Wayne’s World” films. Denzel Washington has been cast as famous record producer Frankie “Mr. Big” Sharp.

The role of Wayne, created by Shrek himself, Mike Myers, has not yet been filled at press time, but a spokesman for Michaels confirmed that the three candidates currently being considered for the role are Tony-Award nominated actor Jeremy Jordan, Nathan Lane and Nigel Lindsay.
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