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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Premiere: Chris Pratt Proves To Be Perfect Utility Player Host

September 29th, 2014 9:04am EDT
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To kick off its milestone 40th season, “SNL” entrusted the premiere to first-time guests Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande. Pratt proved to be the perfect utility player host, comfortably slotting into all his roles without overshadowing the cast. His trademark goofy energy could have been put to greater use, but this was an episode of “SNL” that wanted to try out new material and cover some of the most pressing news stories. New cast members Michael Che and Pete Davidson looked perfectly comfortable as they made auspicious debuts. Overall, this was an episode that was not entirely focused ...
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Meet The New Cast And Writers Of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 40

September 27th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Michael Che
“Saturday Night Live” is at a point in its run when there is some, but usually not too much, turnover in its creative personnel between seasons. Last year was a bit of an exception, with six new featured players added at the beginning of the season, and two more added over the course of the year. Season 40’s change rate is more typical, with the addition of two featured players and five writers. On the cusp of the season premiere, let’s take a moment to get to know these rookies:

1. Michael Che (New Weekend Update Anchor/Featured Player) – Che joined ‘SNL’ as a writer at the tail end of...
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20 Best Quotes Of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 39

September 26th, 2014 6:29pm EDT
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With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best quotes of the season.

1. “If someone was like, ‘Hey, come live in this house, there’s only nine of us,’ I would say, ‘You got it dude!’” – Olya Pavlotsky (Kate McKinnon), on Weekend Update

2. “Now it’s a whole thing with Jean.” – Aidy Bryant, in “(Do It On My) Twin Bed”

3. “They’re all just twerkin’ 9 to 5.” – Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan), on Weekend Update

4. “Patrick Henry: ‘Give me liberty or give me ...
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The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update Guest Segments Of Season 39

September 24th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update Guest Segments Of
With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best Weekend Update guest segments.

1. Jebediah Atkinson – Taran Killam’s historical speech critic is the height of caustic wit. Introduced as the newspaper reviewer who tore apart the Gettysburg Address, he eventually offered a catty response to whatever historical rhetoric he could think of. Topping it all off was an apparent cue card snafu that could not have been handled more deliciously by Taran.

2. Ol...
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The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Guests Of Season 39

September 23rd, 2014 1:59pm EDT
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With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best hosts, monologues, and musical guests.

3 Best Hosts of the Season

1. Drake – When “SNL” branches out from the comedy and acting worlds for its hosting pool, that tends to limit the potential roles that a host can play. But Drake, with his acting background and present musical stardom, proved to be more of a double threat than a handicap. He handily played versions of himself, impressions of other hip-hop...
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Kenan Thompson To Leave SNL After This Season

September 23rd, 2014 10:30am EDT
Kenan Thompson To Leave SNL After This Season
Kenan Thompson has decided to leave "Saturday Night Live" at the end of this season to move to Los Angeles with his wife and new baby.

TMZ reported that the actor/comedian will be leaving the long-running live series, now entering its 40th season, at the end of this year. According to reports, Thompson wanted to leave at the end of last season, but producer Lorne Michaels asked him to remain as the show transitioned its new cast.

An "SNL" spokesperson called theTMZ story "inaccurate." According to the rep, "the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the...
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The Best 'Saturday Night Live' Episodes Of Season 39

September 22nd, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best episodes.

1. Miley Cyrus (10/5/13) – The great thing about a host like Miley Cyrus is that her personal life offers so much material for “SNL” to mine and she is self-aware enough to actually allow the show to make fun of it. Thus she was game to cover the hoopla over her VMA performance and “Wrecking Ball” video. The real fun came when making fun of Miley was mashed up with making fun of Congress, in “We...
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Every 'SNL' Good Neighbor Comedy Skit Short Ranked

September 21st, 2014 10:05pm EDT
Kyle Mooney
Three of the new “SNL” hires in 2013 – cast members Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney and video director Dave McCary – were brought in as a team in much the same way that the Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) joined in 2005. Bennett, Mooney, and McCary (along with a fourth member, Nick Rutherford, who was not hired by “SNL” last year but has since been hired as a writer for Season 40) are together known as “Good Neighbor.” They have been an L.A.-based sketch group for the past several years, and much of their work can be seen on YouTube. Many of the pre-recorded ...
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The 10 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches Of Season 39

September 21st, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 10 Best 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches Of Season 39
With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, we will be spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

Today, we're covering the best sketches.

1. We Did Stop (the Government) – There are some classic “SNL” sketches that come from a place of total nonsense, and then are those like “We Did Stop (the Government)” that are almost too perfect to be real. The opening shot made it clear that this parody song was going to be a takedown of the government shutdown in the style of Miley Cyrus’ surreal “We Can’t Stop” video. Instantly I sensed tha...
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Best 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members Of Season 39

September 20th, 2014 11:00am EDT
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With “Saturday Night Live” on the cusp of beginning its latest season, I am spending the next several days looking back at the best of last season.

I was always skeptical when “Saturday Night Live” Season 39 was referred to as a “rebuilding year.” Even though most of the show’s biggest stars (Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Jason Sudeikis) had left in the past couple of years, the cast was hardly decimated. Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam had already reached reliable veteran status, while Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon were quickly on the rise. So adding six n...
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Darrell Hammond To Succeed The Late Don Pardo As 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer

September 18th, 2014 6:27pm EDT
Darrell Hammond
Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond has been tapped to step into the role of the show's announcer following the death of Don Pardo last month.

NBC announced on Thursday that the SNL alum, who starred on the series from 1995-2009, will make his return as announcer for the show's 40th season premiere on September 27, when "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt hosts the show and singer Ariana Grande is the musical guest.

The 58-year-old starred on the show longer than any other cast member and he was also the oldest cast member to have starred on the show at the time of his departu...
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SNL Names Michael Che First African-American 'Weekend Update' Anchor

September 12th, 2014 3:03pm EDT
SNL Names Michael Che First African-American 'Weekend Update' An
In yet another groundbreaking move for the struggling Saturday night mainstay, "SNL" has named it's first African-American Weekend Update Anchor, comedian Michael Che. Che will replace Cecily Strong, who will continue to remain on the sketch comedy series.

Che is the third person to helm the anchor desk since the departure of Seth Meyers earlier this year. Meyers went on to host "The Late Show with Seth Meyers." Meyers introduced Strong to much fanfare at the beginning of season 39, in the hopes of making the transition easier for viewers. Strong never caught on as "WU" anchor. She was lat...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Musical Guest Predictions

September 6th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Musical Guest Predictions
The season 40 premiere of “Saturday Night Live” is a little less than a month from now (September 27), which means it is time to start speculating how this year of the sketch comedy institution will shake down. To get that going, I am predicting Season 40’s hosts and musical guests. I already posted my host guesses, so now it's time for my MG picks.

Musical guests are notoriously tougher to predict than hosts, as album releases generally are not scheduled as far in advance as movies and TV shows. So I will consider it a great success if my picks are even half right, especially consideri...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Host Predictions

September 1st, 2014 10:00am EDT
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40 Host Predictions
The season 40 premiere of “Saturday Night Live” is a little less than a month from now (September 27), which means it is time to start speculating how this year of the sketch comedy institution will shake down. To get that going, I will be predicting Season 40’s hosts and musical guests. I think of the guests of “SNL” as a sort of time capsule of who is big in entertainment during any given season – so who will be big in 2014-2015? I will start with the hosts, and my MG picks will follow soon.

The hosts tend to fit in a few particular categories: performers who are coming off a successf...
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Creative Arts Emmys 2014: HBO Tops Winners List (Complete List)

August 17th, 2014 8:12am EDT
Creative Arts Emmys 2014: HBO Tops Winners List (Complete List)
Yes folks, there was an award ceremony last night.

The Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held Saturday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles to honor programs and individual achievements. The ceremony, held the week before the bigger Prime Time Emmys, honored the many talented individuals who work behind the scenes as well as guest performers who appeared in TV series.

Taking home the most Emmy awards was HBO with 15 awards, followed by NBC with 10; PBS with 8; FOX and Netflix tied with 7; CBS with 6; ABC had 5 respectfully. You can see the complete tabulation of awards here....
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Brooks Wheelan Fired From 'Saturday Night Live' After Only One Season

July 15th, 2014 8:15pm EDT
Brooks Wheelan Fired From 'Saturday Night Live' After Only One S
Comedy is a tough business - just ask Brooks Wheelan. The funnyman, who joined "Saturday Night Live" for its 39th season, is out of a job after just one season on the show.

The stand-up comedian tweeted: "Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke...FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"

Wheelan, 27, appeared on the Weekend Update skits, where he created public service announcements against irresponsible behavior. He also impersonated stars such as actor Jared Leto, British boy bander Harry Styles and guitarist Slash.

Filmmaker Judd...
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Leslie Jones Defends Herself After Controversial Slave Skit On 'Saturday Night Live'

May 5th, 2014 1:06pm EDT
Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones has defended herself after she was criticized for a controversial skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live where she described herself as "the #1 slave draft pick."

Jones, a writer for SNL, appeared on the show's Weekend Update to talk about Lupita Nyong'o being named People's Most Beautiful Woman.

"The way we view black beauty has changed," she told Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost. "See, I’m single right now, but back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m six feet tall and I’m strong, Colin. Strong! I mean, look at me, I’m a mandingo!

"I’m just saying ...
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Andrew Garfield Has Trouble Making Out With Emma Stone On 'Saturday Night Live'

May 4th, 2014 6:03pm EDT
Andrew Garfield Has Trouble Making Out With Emma Stone On 'Satur
You’d think real-life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone would have no trouble kissing for the cameras filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but Saturday Night Live revealed they may not be a normal couple.

Andrew hosted the live comedy show last night, and we were treated to multiple appearances by his girlfriend Emma, who has hosted the show in the past. In fact, during the monologue she helpfully offered him some tips.

The highlight of the episode was the skit featuring both of them filming the climactic scene of the comic book film where Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy kiss atop the Broo...
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20 Of The Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Characters Ever!

April 9th, 2014 11:00am EDT
20 Of The Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Characters Ever!
It's difficult to believe that there have been 39 seasons of "Saturday Night Live." The first show aired on October 11, 1975, under the original title "NBC's Saturday Night" and has run consecutively ever since. Many famous faces have graduated from this stellar cast of performers, comics and writers and so have many of their characters.

Putting together a list that spans so many talents and decades is like picking your favorite child, so let's just say that these are the 20 greatest characters "so far", 'cause as is with the case of "SNL" characters are always evolving and changing. Who k...
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Jimmy Fallons' 14 Best Skits From 'Late Night' & SNL

February 18th, 2014 8:01pm EST
Jimmy Fallons' 14 Best Skits From 'Late Night' & SNL
Jimmy Fallon took over hosting "The Tonight Show" Monday night, bringing his classic style of comedy along with him, from a skit with guest Will Smith about the evolution of hip-hop dancing to a gag that involved a plethora of cameos from the likes of Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga and new late-night rival Stephen Colbert (both of their shows fall in the 11:30 time slot).

The move took the show back to New York after spending over 40 years in California since host Johnny Carson first moved it there in 1972, and was a huge success in the ratings, raking in over 11 million viewers for the first s...
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Leonardo DiCaprio And Jonah Hill Re-enact 'Titanic' Scene On 'Saturday Night Live'

January 27th, 2014 1:17pm EST
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Leonardo DiCaprio surprised his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill on Saturday Night Live this weekend to recreate a memorable scene from one of his films.

The actor showed up while Hill was going through is opening monologue and patting himself on the back, joking that Leo wasn't even supposed to be in the film until he asked director Martin Scorsese to cast him, after which DiCaprio walked out on stage to ask him what he was up to.

Jonah tried to cover up the fact that he was calling Leo a hack behind his back and telling the audience that he's not quiteas good an actor as himself, ...
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Black Female Comic Sasheer Zamata Joins 'Saturday Night Live' Cast

January 7th, 2014 8:50am EST
Sasheeer Zamata
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has added a black woman to its cast after being criticized for its lack of diversity. New York City comic Sasheer Zamata will make her debut appearance on the program on Jan. 18.

Zamata, 27, is originally from Indianapolis and has worked for the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCBNY) comedy group. According to her official website, she hosts a weekly variety show called "School Night" at UCBNY and performs improv with Doppelganger and BUCKY. She also has a webseries called "Pursuit of Sexiness."

SNL has featured 137 cast members since its inception in 1975, and only ...
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Harry Styles And Kendall Jenner Spotted Leaving Hotel

December 9th, 2013 6:03pm EST
Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles
For two people who claim they aren't a couple, Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles are certainly spending a lot of time together.

The two busy stars found some time to go on a date in New York City, as Styles was there for his appearance in Saturday Night Live. The two generated a mob of paparazzi and fans when they left the Gansevoort hotel together, so security ushered them back through the hotel and through its connected restaurant, The Chester.

A source tells E! the two have been in contact since the American Music Awards, and another says, "I've never seen Kendall happier and more fan fr...
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Lady Gaga Simulates Sex With R. Kelly During 'SNL' Performance

November 17th, 2013 2:01pm EST
Lady Gaga
What else can Lady Gaga do to shock an audience? Showing no signs of running out of ideas, Lady Gaga stunned live TV viewers on Saturday night by simulating sex with R. Kelly.

While guest hosting Saturday Night Live, the pop star performed Do What U Want with the soul singer and during their performance she pretended to give Kelly oral sex. Our guess is she needs to keep up with Miley Cyrus.

Gaga also poked fun at the controversy linked to her alleged song similarities to Madonna by performing Born This Way as the Material Girl's Express Yourself in a skit about an album of awful cover ve...
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Lady Gaga Confirmed To Host Saturday Night Live For First Time

November 1st, 2013 10:45pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is set to host Saturday Night Live for the first time later this month.

The singer, who will double as the show's host and musical guest, will show off her improv skills on November 13.

Gaga has been on the show as a musical guest twice in the past, once in 2008 (Ryan Reynolds hosted) and again in 2011 (Justin Timberlake hosted).

NBC has announced that the following week actor Josh Hutcherson will take the stage with the not ready for primetime players the day after his new film, "Hunger Games" sequel Catching Fire hits theaters.

Past SNL host-musical guests include Paul Simon...
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Group Slams Miley Cyrus For Joking About Strokes On 'SNL'

October 8th, 2013 8:25am EDT
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Stroke charity advocates have lashed out at Miley Cyrus over a joke she made during "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend.
 
Members of Britain's Stroke Association were apalled when the pop star claimed she kept sticking her tongue out because she "keeps having mini-strokes." So the charity bosses have called out the singer/actress for mocking stroke victims.
 
Patrick Olszowski commented, "Having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter. Around 46,000 people in the U.K. have a mini-stroke each year, with one in 10 leading to a major stroke. Sticking out your tongue is not a sign of having a ...
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Miley On SNL: Raunchy VMAs Performance Caused The Downfall Of America

October 7th, 2013 10:04pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus kicked things off during this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live by taking a shot at her MTV Video Music Awards performance during the show's 'cold open' segment.

The bit began with Kenan Thompson in a post-apocalyptic not-too-distant future explaining that he remembered the exact moment when America ended. He said it wasn't the 2013 government shutdown or the implementation of Obamacare, but it was Miley's MTV VMA performance that brought the country into a new dark age.

The 20-year-old then appeared in her dressing room getting ready to take the stage, when a page aske...
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Tina Fey Spoofs HBO's 'Girls' In Return To SNL, Lena Dunham Approves

September 30th, 2013 11:09pm EDT
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Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend to host the first show of the 39th season. One of the highlights of the show featured the former 30 Rock star in a digital short spoof of HBO's twentysomething dramedy Girls, in which Fey plays new character Blerta, a woman from Albania who becomes friends with Hannah (played by Lena Dunham in the series and newcomer Noel Wells on SNL) and her gal pals.

During the spoof Fey pokes fun at Dunham by taking a shot at her age, consoling Hannah and saying, "It's okay, you are only 15."

Hannah replies, "No I'm not, I'm 24."

"Twenty-four?...
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Tina Fey Makes Fun Of Emmys Nip Slip During SNL Promo

September 26th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
Tina Fey
Tina Fey doesn't seem too bothered by her split-second nip slip at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night. In fact, she's making fun of the incident.

Over the weekend she was accepting a writing award for her role on "30 Rock" when she inadvertently exposed her right breast to cameras. Fey was unaware of the nip slip until eagle eye bloggers pointed it out online.

The actress has since poked fun at the incident in a new promo for "Saturday Night Live's" upcoming season.

In the new commercial, she tells cast member Kenan Thompson, "That will never happen again," while flapping her arms up and do...
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Andy Samberg To New Cast Of 'Saturday Night Live': 'Trust Your Instincts'

September 16th, 2013 3:09pm EDT
Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg has some words of wisdom to the new cast of Saturday Night Live, after 7 years on the show.

He told AccessHollywood.com from the set of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, "Trust your instincts. When we [The Lonely Island] came in, the thing that we did didn't really seem like it would even necessarily fit into the show. But then we just did it anyway, because they encouraged us to do what we do, and it became a part of the show."

Samberg says one pitfall for many newcomers is trying to emulate what has been done on the show before - and instead try to make the show your own. "I was really l...
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