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Chicago comic: I didn't blow 'SNL' tryout

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A rising star from Chicago who tried out for "Saturday Night Live" this month wants the world to know: He didn't blow his audition -- at least not intentionally.
A report on E! Online said T.J. Miller turned off "SNL" honcho Lorne Michaels with his "obnoxious" shtick at the NBC audition in New York. "All the other auditioners sat there and watched him destroy his shot at fame, what looked like on purpose," a source is quoted as saying.
But Miller said he was just playing characters from his stand-up act -- albeit weird ones.
"They're very bizarre and not necessarily what 'SNL' is into," he told the Sun-Times on Thursday. "But I thought I should show them who I am." Among them: a cool guy always on the verge of crying, and a construction worker who acts effeminate.
What's more, he says, other auditioners didn't see any of his bits because they weren't there; the actors entered the room one at a time.
"I do have somewhat of a reputation for being a maniac, but I take comedy and my work very seriously," said Miller, who ended up with a gentle rejection from the "SNL" team.
Miller was a key player in Chicago's stand-up scene until he relocated to L.A. last summer. Since then, he's played the slacker Marmaduke on ABC's sitcom "Carpoolers" (now canceled) and starred in the hit sci-fi movie "Cloverfield" as the camera-toting Hud.
His upcoming films include "She's Out of My League" and the animated "How to Train Your Dragon."
One comic did pass muster with the "SNL" folks: Bobby Moynihan of New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater has been hired as a featured player for the show's 34th season, starting Sept. 13.
Another cast addition or two is likely, especially with "SNL" star Amy Poehler expecting a baby and planning to leave midseason to work on a sitcom.

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