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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 16 Recap: Dwayne Johnson/George Ezra

March 29th, 2015 10:49am EDT
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As he noted in his monologue, Dwayne Johnson is known for joining established film franchises and giving them a successful shot in the arm. Accordingly, his fourth “SNL” hosting stint heavily favored sketches that commented on the host’s reputation and familiar pop culture entities in general. Many of this season’s hosts, even the most capable ones, have been relegated to mostly utility roles. But Johnson was effectively given plenty of opportunities to shine, as he was allowed to play to his strengths, and the result was an episode that overall also played to its strengths.

The Rock Ob...

Chris Hemsworth Showed Off His Abs On SNL

March 9th, 2015 2:14pm EDT
Chris Hemsworth on SNL
Chris Hemsworth showed off his solid abs as an adult film star on Saturday Night Live.

The Thor star joined cast regulars Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong in a recurring skit in which the two play air-headed former porn stars who now do commercials for various products. Hemsworth joined in as porn star Dong Juan De Dark Hole to help the girls out with a Dolce & Gabbana commercial.

"I'm American, but after my manhood was torn off in a recumbent bicycle, they had to replace it with a wiener from a Spanish dude," he says. "But relax, he was already dead."

"I speak English, but my downstairs ...

What Was The Best Of 'SNL' With Chris Hemsworth?

March 8th, 2015 11:30am EDT
Saturday Night Live
It might just be pointless to give a thesis statement to an episode of “SNL.” Any detectable patterns may have just been accidental. When the host and musical guest do not bring in a whole lot of baggage, that truth becomes emphasized. Chris Hemsworth was host two months before the release of the next “Avengers” movie. Zac Brown Band have new music, but they are not dominating the mainstream conversation. This was certainly an episode that happened. There were highlights, there were lowlights, and it will lead to a multiplicity of opinions. Here’s one: it was cray-cray.

A Message ...

Who Knew Chris Hemsworth Was So Funny?

March 8th, 2015 8:36am EDT
Chris Hemsworth Ridicules Thor, Introduces His Brothers On 'Satu
Chris Hemsworth showed a surprisingly funny side as he took the stage at Studio 8H on Saturday as he hosted a new "Saturday Night Live."

Hemsworth lampooned his roles in Thor, The Avengers and his overall good looks in one skit after another, surprising both the in-studio audience and at home viewers with his ability to make fun of himself.

As Thor, Hemsworth made a joke of himself in a skit alongside Bobby Moynihan, where the action hero was being interviewed by a reporter after defeating Ultron. "I'm at like an 11 right now!" Thor exclaimed of his excitement of winning the battle.

In t...

Chris Hemsworth Fails At 'Dirty Dancing' Highlights ‘SNL’ Promo (Video)

March 4th, 2015 6:08pm EST
Watch Chris Hemsworth Fail At 'Dirty Dancing' In This Week's SNL
Chris Hemsworth is perhaps best known as the actor that plays the powerful Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Thor's superhuman strength is clearly make believe, it's not unfair to expect that Hemsworth himself should be able to handle at least a couple strong man tactics, right?

Well, if the new hilarious promo clips for this week's Saturday Night Live are any indication, then maybe not. SNL's own Kate McKinnon found out the hard way when she asked this week's host to lift her up in the air "Dirty Dancing" style.

You can watch the video for yourself below, but it turns out tha...

Taran Killam: 'Freedom To Mock Is Our Greatest Weapon'

March 2nd, 2015 4:17pm EST
Taran Killam and Dakota Johnson
Saturday Night Live regular Taran Killam has defended a sketch that many found to be offensive on the show's latest episode.

Killam and host Dakota Johnson spoofed a Toyota Camry commercial during Saturday night's episode, in which a father drops his daughter at the airport to join the U.S. Army.

The SNL version features Killam as the dad and Johnson as his daughter, only when they get to the airport she joins terrorist group ISIS and one of them mutters "death to America" as they drive off with his daughter.

The bit came under fire on social media for being tasteless and offensive, but ...

Offensive Or Not -- SNL's Terrorist Spoof

March 1st, 2015 7:26pm EST
Dakota Johnson Joins ISIS In Tasteless 'SNL' Skit
Saturday Night Live pushed the boundaries of good taste with a parody of a Toyota commercial that makes you wonder whose side they're on, anyway.

The skit spoofed a commercial in which a father drops his daughter off at the airport to join the US Army with a heartfelt goodbye, only the SNL version featured the father (Taran Killam) dropping his daughter (this week's host Dakota Johnson) so she can go overseas and fight with terrorist group ISIS.

The parody has received mixed reviews, with many calling it depraved and tasteless -- especially considering it glorifies a terror group that rut...

Dakota Johnson Hosts SNL With Musical Guest Alabama Shakes -- Watch All The Highlights!

March 1st, 2015 4:00am EST
Saturday Night Live
"SNL" returned to its regularly scheduled time slot after its 40th anniversary and … this episode didn't feel like the comedown show after a big special so much as it felt like the type of episode that follow the ones that preceded it.

Fresh off the record-breaking box-office of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Dakota Johnson stopped by to host for the first time, on a series that is still strongly favoring original material, and at its best when that material gets weird (which usually happens with the pre-recorded shorts).

Johnson brought a surprising and surprisingly effective mellow charm that ...

SNL 40th Anniversary Special A Slam Dunk In The Ratings Over NBA All-Star Game

February 17th, 2015 6:42pm EST
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was such a huge success in the ratings for NBC on Sunday night, and the three-plus hour show even blew the National Basketball Association's (NBA) All-Star Game broadcast out of the water.

The show featured clips from past skits along with new updates to some old favorites, such as Will Ferrell's take as Alex Trebek on Celebrity Jeopardy and Dan Aykroyd bringing back the Bass-O-Matic; and a myriad of celebrities and past cast members filled the audience at Studio 8H in the Comcast building in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center to relive the memori...

Is Chevy Chase Sick?

February 17th, 2015 8:59am EST
Is Chevy Chase Sick? Comedian's Health In Question Following SNL
Fans are worried about Chevy Chase's health after his appearance on the red carpet for the SNL 40th anniversary special on Sunday. During an interview with Carson Daly, the actor/comedian was sweating profusely and looked bloated. His voice also sounded strained.

He said of his time on the iconic series: "I left after the first year because I thought this isn't going anywhere... I liked [hosting]. I liked it. But I missed it more for not being a part of the cast because I left after one year, I had reasons to leave.

He wiped his face with a handkerchief and apologized, saying, "I'm sorry ...

SNL 40 Highlight: Will Ferrell Returns As Alex Trebek In A Classic New 'Jeopardy' Spoof

February 16th, 2015 5:26pm EST
Will Ferrell
Saturday Night Live pulled out all the stops for its 40th Anniversary Special on Sunday night, bringing back dozens of past cast members, hosts and musical acts.

Several classic recurring skits from the show were brought back, including Celebrity Jeopardy, which was one of the night's biggest highlights. Will Ferrell reprised his role as game show host Alex Trebek, while Darrell Hammond and Norm MacDonald returned with their legendary impressions of Sean Connery and Burt Reynolds, aka "Turd Ferguson."

Related: 10 Best Moments Of The 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

The classic trio was joi...

Bradley Cooper Makes Out With Betty White On 'SNL 40' (Watch!)

February 16th, 2015 12:01pm EST
Bradley Cooper Makes Out With Betty White On 'SNL 40,' Makes The
"Saturday Night Live's" 40th anniversary special was packed with water cooler moments. But only one was the water cooler-iest, and it's pretty obvious which one:


Told ya this was going to be a historic night. #SNL40

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) February 16, 2015

Bradley Cooper jamming his face all up into Betty White's.

This shocking yet extremely funny bit of kissing came at the tail end of "SNL 40's" "The Californians" sketch.

By the sketch's end, it was revealed that White's character had been carrying on a secret affair with Cooper's poolboy...

The Best Moments Of The 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

February 16th, 2015 8:30am EST
SNL 40th Anniversary
The cast, crew, writers, and guests of the first 40 years of “Saturday Night Live” were in attendance at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday night, February 15, 2015, to celebrate the first four decades of the comedy institution. They put together a three-and-a-half-hour anniversary special, which was filled to the brim with montages of classic bits as well as some new sketches. Here is a rundown of the most memorable moments of “SNL” 40:

1. The Chronic(what)cles of SNL
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked the show off in their typical collaborative fashion, with a song-and-dance routine...

The SNL 40th Anniversary Show Just Got A Little Longer

February 13th, 2015 4:26pm EST
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a star-studded live show on Sunday night, and the event is going to be so big that NBC has extended the special's run-tim by 30 minutes.

The show, which will feature dozens of past cast members, hosts and musical acts, will run from 8pm (EST) until 11:30pm.

Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey, David Spade, Kevin Nealon, Mike Myers, Norm MacDonald, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Molly Shannon, Billy Crystal and a whole slew of others will return to the studio for the special, along with famous hosts including Bradley ...

How Did J.K. Simmons Do As Host Of 'SNL'?

February 1st, 2015 2:47pm EST
JK Simmons and Kenan Thompson
J.K. Simmons is the presumptive Oscar favorite this year for Best Supporting Actor. It is appropriate that he is in the Supporting field, considering that he has spent a few decades as a character actor, elevating the quality of his projects, no matter what the size of his role. Interestingly, though, his role in "Whiplash" is prominent enough that it could be considered a Lead. He certainly has the talent and charisma to be a star, but this episode mostly kept him confined to the supporting roles that he is used to. He was perfectly fine in them, but he could have done more. And in the few...

Eddie Murphy Heads Back To 'SNL' For 40th Anniversary Special

January 30th, 2015 11:09am EST
Eddie Murphy Returning To 'Saturday Night Live' For First Time I
Eddie Murphy is set to return to "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in over three decades.

The comedian, who was a regular player on the show from 1980 to 1984, will appear in the show's upcoming 40th Anniversary special, which is set to air next month.

Unlike dozens of former cast members who have gone back to host the show since departing, Murphy is one who never made it back to the show's New York City studio to serve as host, and he says it's simply because of scheduling conflicts.

"It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it," he tells's Rol...

'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 12 Recap: Blake Shelton

January 25th, 2015 11:20am EST
Saturday Night Live
The last time a male country music star hosted “SNL,” the results were a lot more interesting. The thing is, Tim McGraw has much more acting experience than Blake Shelton, and thus he was a lot more comfortable branching out from his country persona than Shelton was in this episode. “The Voice” judge mostly stuck to variations of himself or generic roles. This was fine for ensuring a show that ran smoothly, but it also prevented his appearance from being a truly memorable one.

Inside the NFL – This take on the New England Patriots deflated ball scandal made the weird decision of focus...

Blake Shelton Calls Himself 'The Justin Bieber Of Country Music' [Watch]

January 25th, 2015 7:58am EST
Blake Shelton Calls Himself 'The Justin Bieber Of Country Music'
Blake Shelton took over hosting duties on "Saturday Night Live" and quickly set himself apart from the pack of other country superstar hosts such as Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton.

"The Voice" stated in his opening monologue.

"Yes I have been drinking. For those of you that don't know my work I am kinda like the Justin Bieber of country music. Just a trouble-making cutie," he said.

"I have to say that I do feel like a fish out of water here in New York City as everything is so fancy. The only comedy show I watched growing up was 'Hee Haw,'" Shelton explained.

Shelton then threw an improp...

'SNL' Mocks Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein Ad

January 18th, 2015 7:37pm EST
Justin Bieber Is 'A Big Boy Now' In Hilarious 'Saturday Night Li
Justin Bieber's new Calvin Klein underwear ad was lambasted in a hilarious spoof by actress Kate McKinnon on "Saturday Night Live" this week.

The actress reprised her role as the teen singer, wearing dozens of fake tattoos while playing the drums and dancing around in a white t-shirt and a pair of Calvin Klein underwear that's obviously been stuffed in the front.

Bieber appears in the real ad with model Lara Stone, and she was played by SNL regular Cecily Strong for the spoof.

The skit features Strong constantly eluding McKinnin's Bieber as he tries to score with her.

The real Bieber ca...

'Saturday Night Live': Kevin Hart Does Not Disappoint With Musical Guest Sia

January 18th, 2015 8:58am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Kevin Hart Does Not Disappoint With
The recurring sketch-lite Season 40 had its most original episode yet for the first show of 2015, with not a single repeat bit or character, save for Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber impression. The best seasons tend to have a decent mix of recurring and original material, so while it is nice to see the “SNL” team coming up with plenty of fresh ideas, they might be wearing themselves too much. Luckily, Kevin Hart was on hand to host for the second time, and there are not too many other comedians who can keep the energy level up like he can, and he did not disappoint in that department. Mean...

People's Choice Awards Winners And Highlights

January 8th, 2015 8:36am EST
'Big Bang Theory,' 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big At People's Choice A
"The Big Bang Theory" and "Grey's Anatomy" were some of the biggest winners at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater.

Long-running medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" took home the most trophies, including Favorite Network TV Drama, Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and Actress for Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo. Former cast member Sandra Oh was named the Favorite TV Character We Miss Most.

"The Big Bang Theory" also cleaned up, winning awards for Favorite TV Show, Favorite Network TV Comedy, and Favorite Comedic TV Actress for Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

'Saturday Night Live's' Best Christmas Sketches

December 24th, 2014 12:00pm EST
SNL - Best X-Mas Sketches
With four decades and hundreds of episodes of hilarity, it is a fool’s errand to make a definitive list of the best “Saturday Night Live” sketches of all time. This list is a little more focused than that, covering only the best of the material centered on December 25 and all its accoutrements. Throughout the years we have gotten Christmas cheer in such ways as musical bits and Weekend Update visits, but this list will only be covering sketches proper, which is even still a bit of a fool’s errand. Regardless, here is a foolhardy attempt at the 12 Best Sketches of “SNL” Christmas:

12. Me...

SNL Recap: Amy Adams & One Direction

December 21st, 2014 8:30pm EST
Amy Adams and One Direction on SNL
The 2014 Christmas episode of "Saturday Night Live" took most of its inspiration from the holiday season, as "SNL" Christmas episodes are wont to do. Sometimes that resulted in sticking too close to tradition, while other times that tradition was rebelled against, resulting in memorably experimental Christmas sketches. It was one of those episodes where you take the good and you take the bad. In her second outing, Amy Adams was the sort of host who slotted in naturally to whatever role she was given without overshadowing the cast. Musical guest One Direction did what they do, surely pleasin...

Dr. Evil Is Back!

December 21st, 2014 10:01am EST
Mike Myers as Dr. Evil
Mike Myers made a surprise appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this week, bringing back his legendary Austin Powers villain, Dr. Evil, for the show's cold open segment.

The bit started out with British singer Sam Smith's Christmas special, "A Very Somber Christmas With Sam Smith" (during which SNL's Taran Killam nailed his impression of the British crooner), when the show was interrupted by Dr. Evil, who weighed in on the conflict between North Korea and Sony Pictures over the release of the latter's latest film "The Interview."

"Hello, I'm Dr. Evil. I've preempted this program because I'...

'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Martin Freeman And Charli XCX

December 14th, 2014 8:30am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Martin Freeman Hosts With Musical G
It was the British invasion on the penultimate 2014 episode of “SNL,” with first-time host Martin Freeman and first-time musical guest Charli XCX. It is not every week that “SNL” has the perfect actor to play nebbishy scamps, so this episode took every opportunity it could to fit Freeman into his wheelhouse. Indeed, at least regarding the host, this was one of the most well-cast episodes of “SNL” in a while. Meanwhile, the show in general continued its Season 40 pattern of focusing on original material, with a single character on Weekend Update serving as the lone recurring bit of the ni...

'Saturday Night Live' Review: James Franco And Nicki Minaj

December 8th, 2014 9:12am EST
James Franco/Nicki Minaj - SNL
With a crisis in policing in America, and a movie studio being hacked, possibly in retaliation to the upcoming film starring tonight’s host, this week’s “SNL” was not struggling for topicality. Surprisingly enough, one of the most uncomfortable issues of the year shocked the show out of its politically tepid default, resulting in some legitimately funny material on a difficult subject. However, what this episode was most notable for was a bizarrely naturalistic pace. It was not slow and sleepy so much as it was that many of the sketches took their time to find a joke. Rhythmically, this...

The Best Of 'Saturday Night Live's' Digital Shorts

November 29th, 2014 2:30pm EST
Laser Cats
Despite the third word in the title, pre-recorded content has been a major part of “Saturday Night Live” for all of its 40 years. This was never more prominent than it was from 2005-2013, when Andy Samberg and the rest of the Lonely Island (writers Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaeffer) were dominating the “SNL” conversation with their digital shorts. Samberg, Taccone, and Schaeffer were originally a comedy team in Southern California who had amassed a sizable following on YouTube. After being hired at “SNL,” they managed to produce over 100 of their idiosyncratic shorts in a little under a ...

‘SNL’ Recap: Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson And Bruno Mars

November 24th, 2014 8:20am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 7 Review: Cameron Diaz/
When people look back through the annals of “SNL,” this episode may go down as the one when the Season 40 cast fully discovered its confidence. But since episodes are usually cataloged by the guests, this one might be hard to identify, because the guests did not do anything spectacular. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars came in and performed a couple of songs, while host Cameron Diaz did not have any showcase performances. She gamely slotted in to whatever role she was needed in, but this episode was about the likes of Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, and Beck Bennett asserting themselve...

'Saturday Night Live': Hunger Games Cast Crash Woody's Monologue, Musical Guest Kendrick Lamar & More

November 16th, 2014 7:27am EST
SNL - Woody Harrelson
Season 40 of “Saturday Night Live” has been notably light on recurring material; this episode, with the exception of one sketch and one Weekend Update segment, was completely devoid of anything recurring. While it is nice to have a tendency towards original material, the best “SNL” seasons have always had a decent mix of new and repeating characters. It is time for the cast and writers to really figure out what they do best and focus on that. If the show was relying on the host to kick itself into gear in this way, then Woody Harrelson was never going to be the man for that job. Instead,...

'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Chris Rock And Prince Take Center Stage At NBC Studio 8H

November 2nd, 2014 7:02am EST
Prince snl
In the past year, “SNL” was widely criticized for its lack of diversity, hired a new black cast member following that public pressure, debuted its first black Weekend Update cast member, and from the writer’s room brought on another black cast member. So an episode hosted by Chris Rock seemed poised to be the most head-on examination of race on “SNL” in years, or even decades. While that element was present, it was not really any more so than it has been in the past couple of years. Overall, in fact, this edition ended up like most episodes of the past couple of years: consisting of most...