Vanessa Bayer

Vanessa Bayer on Channeling Her Childhood Cancer Experience in Showtime’s I Love That for You

Vanessa Bayer watched so much QVC growing up that she admits it’s become “like a foreign language I can speak.” Her new series I Love That for You allows her to show off her fluency in the lingo that home-shopping hosts use to sell cashmere throws, genuine leather handbags, or platinum gold jewelry—often pronounced “jul-ry, like, with a u,” according to Bayer. In the comedy, airing Sundays on Showtime (streaming via the Showtime app on Fridays), the former Saturday Night Live star plays Joanna Gold, an aspiring host for the shopping channel SVN who, after getting fired, lies and says her childhood cancer has returned in order to keep her dream gig.
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Former ‘SNL’ stars Vanessa Bayer and Molly Shannon shine in ‘I Love That For You’

Vanessa Bayer mines comedy from the fraught topic of cancer in her new Showtime series “I Love That For You.” While the former “SNL” star is hardly the first comedian to use tragedy as a launching pad for laughter, it’s always a hit-or-miss proposition – and this show hits more often than not, albeit a bit unevenly. Airing Sundays at 8:30 p.m., “I Love That For You” follows Joanna Gold (Bayer, who also created the show based on her own experience with childhood leukemia), an Ohio woman who dealt with childhood cancer. The adult Joanna, who’s now in her 30s, is in...
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Vanessa Bayer Reveals How Her Own Cancer Battle Inspired I Love That for You

Admittedly, I Love That for You is a hard sell. Vanessa Bayer’s new Showtime series is a quasi-autobiographical comedy about a former cancer patient who dreams of becoming a home shopping network host. Like Bayer, who was diagnosed with leukemia at 15 and went through treatments until she was 17, the show’s protagonist, Joanna Gold, is a childhood cancer survivor. Unlike Bayer, who made a name for herself on seven seasons of Saturday Night Live, Joanna lies about her cancer status to hold onto the spotlight. Yeah, this is a fake cancer story that wants you to root for the liar.

Vanessa Bayer Explains QVC to Us

Vanessa Bayer fell in love with home shopping when she was around 8 or 9 years old. "I watched QVC and I just would really marvel," she says. "I loved the products so much. And I loved the way that the hosts would talk about them and touch the products. I was very into the jewelry segments. They would, a lot of times, be selling herringbone, either bracelets or necklaces."

Vanessa Bayer Is a Real Housewives Aficionado

Vanessa Bayer, who rose to prominence as a long-running Saturday Night Live performer (she held the gig for seven seasons), has a new project sure to conjure up laughs: I Love That for You, a Showtime series she co-created with Jeremy Beiler in which she stars as Joanna, a woman who wins the opportunity to be a host on a QVC-esque home shopping channel.

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘I Love That For You’ On Showtime, Where Vanessa Bayer Stars As A Dreamer Caught Up In A Lie

Vanessa Bayer knows how to steal a scene, whether as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, in network sitcoms, or showing up in sketches for I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson. What happens, though, when she takes a page out of her own life story and stars in an alternate universe where she lies to keep her dream job, then finds herself in potentially embarrassing situations over and over again because of it? That’s the quick-pitch for Bayer’s first role as a leading lady in Showtime’s newest comedy series, which also stars another former SNL standout, Molly Shannon.

Vanessa Bayer and Molly Shannon Embrace ‘SNL’ and Being Awkward at ‘I Love That for You’ FYC Event

Click here to read the full article. Showtime comedy “I Love That for You” traces a straight line back to “Saturday Night Live.” Not only did former “SNL” star Vanessa Bayer create the show with former “SNL” writer Jeremy Beiler, and Bayer’s co-star is “SNL” veteran Molly Shannon, but the relationship between the actresses’ characters also looks a lot like… Shannon and Bayer’s, back when they were on “SNL.” They didn’t overlap on the show (Shannon’s run ended in 2001, and Bayer’s began in 2010), but it remained a shared experience. The actresses grew up 10 minutes away from each other...
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Shopping for comedy? Has Vanessa Bayer got a deal for you

Vanessa Bayer and Jeremy Beiler may have worked together at “Saturday Night Live,” but they bonded over QVC. While at the late night variety show (she as a performer, he a writer), the two watched home shopping channels. They both left “SNL” at the same time and, one day over breakfast , Bayer told Beiler she had an idea for a show set in the world of QVC.

Vanessa Bayer studied QVC for 'I Love That For You'

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- Vanessa Bayer said she toured QVC and met with home-shopping hosts to prepare for her role as one on I Love That For You, premiering Friday on Showtime. "I got to meet these hosts that I've been watching since I was a kid," Bayer...