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'Saturday Night Live' Season 41, Episode 13: Melissa McCarthy/Kanye West

2/14/2016 12:57pm EST
Kanye West Brings New Music To SNL, Has Epic Rap Battle With Kyl
Melissa McCarthy is one of the most reliable “SNL” hosts of this decade. She always brings her A-game, making herself right at home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. She has her critics who call her out for playing the same character over and over: brash, over-the-top, and painfully awkward.

That can be a problem with a film career (though she usually brings more depth than her critics give her credit for), but in sketch comedy, it can easily be a winning formula.

Frequent musical guest Kanye West is also reliable, but his is a reliable unreliability, in which the stage design and sound style will...
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'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Larry David And Musical Guest The 1975 (Video)

2/7/2016 8:27am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Season 41, Episode 12 Recap: Larry David A
If you want to enjoy life, it is best to keep complaining to a minimum. But if you want to put on a good comedy show, you’re going to want to have some complaints. That is why Larry David is an ideal “SNL” host, even though he is the type of guy who hates hosting anything. That tension of constantly being bothered by the things that he is best at is the stuff that dreams, and memorable television, are made of. The fact that he also looks and sounds exactly like one of the major presidential candidates is just a bonus.

A Message from Ted Cruz – The show kicks off with “SNL” showing perhap...
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'SNL' Host Ronda Rousey Fights Through Blizzard With Musical Guest Selena Gomez

1/24/2016 10:30am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Host Ronda Rousey Fights Through Bl
With a few exceptions, athletes tend to be rather limited in their usefulness on “SNL.” Just having the host play him or herself or some variation in every sketch can solve this problem. But Ronda Rousey and/or the writers concede this point and give her very little to do throughout the night. Thus, she does not really affect the overall quality of the episode one way or the other. There are a few great sketches, a few okay ones, and some recurring sketches that seem to be hiding their recurring status.

Trump Rally – With Sarah Palin’s typically loopy endorsement of the Donald dominating...
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'SNL' Season 41, Episode 10 Recap: Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton

1/17/2016 7:01pm EST
Adam Driver SNL
If “SNL” is going to book Adam Driver, then he is going to be called upon to do two things (assuming the writers are not suffering from temporary insanity): reference “Star Wars” and utilize his famous intensity. Surprisingly enough, the former is used sparingly; meanwhile, the latter is taken advantage of throughout the episode (which, depending on your opinion of the “SNL” team’s mental state, is either very much expected or totally shocking). This is the right decision. “Star Wars” is bigger than Driver (or any one person), and reliance upon intergalactic material could have been a distr...
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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Host Year-End Episode Of SNL, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney Join

12/20/2015 4:32pm EST
SNL Tina Amy Bruce
“SNL’s” Christmas episodes often have a homecoming feel, insofar as good vibes are easier to come by than usual, and visits from old friends are part of the deal. Usually sports teams designate a winnable game as homecoming, because nobody wants to lose homecoming. So it only makes sense when the “SNL” Christmas lineup features as co-hosts two of the show’s most famous alums who have developed quite the comedic partnership, and as musical guest one of the most iconic rock stars of all time who has a beloved Christmas song in his arsenal. It would take a lot of effort to screw this one up.

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'Saturday Night Live' Recap: 'SNL' Can't Stop Staring At Chris Hemsworth's Body

12/13/2015 7:58am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Season 41, Episode 8 Recap: 'SNL' Can't St
When Chris Hemsworth first hosted “SNL,” almost every sketch featured the theme “Let’s Ogle Chris Hemsworth’s Body.” Perhaps because of that prurience, the show could not wait even a year to have him back, and his physique is once again a major part of the material. He does not even bother to plug his current movie, except to obliquely reference it in a way that underscores how huge he looks even when having lost weight for a role. Elsewhere, this episode finds plenty of room to address Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims, driving the political material to tip-top shape.

Announcement ...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 41, Episode 7 Recap: Ryan Gosling & Leon Bridges

12/6/2015 5:38pm EST
Ryan Gosling Giggles His Way Through His First 'Saturday Night L
Ryan Gosling is not exactly known for comedy, but lack of an established funny bone has not stopped other folks from becoming iconic “SNL” hosts. Gosling is an affable enough fellow, so it is not surprising that he might want to garner some yuks, but his trademark of soulfully staring off into the distance is not a great fit for a show that usually requires going big. Thus, he appears out of his element throughout this episode, with multiple flubs and bits of cracking up. But that only makes him even more charming. As for the show itself, it is a little more out-there than usual.

A Chr...
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Miss Piggy And Kermit’s Spoof Of ‘Hello’ Is The Best Thing We’ve Seen In A While!

11/23/2015 9:41am EST
Miss Piggy And Kermit Spoof Adele's 'Hello' On 'SNL' (Watch)
Miss Piggy and her ex-love Kermit the Frog spoofed the Adele video for her hit tune "Hello" and it is the best thing we have seen all day!

Adele's latest album "25" has gotten tons of publicity for its haunting songs, the video that sticks in your brain and of course, the "SNL" thanksgiving parody that has everyone talking (but more on that later.)

After all is said and done, there is only one thing that matters more than the album's release, and that is the parody created by Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.

During the "American Music Awards," fans got to see the short clip for the first ...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 41, Episode 6 Recap: Matthew McConaughey & Adele

11/22/2015 3:30pm EST
SNL Matthew McConaughey Adele
Matthew McConaughey has two different, but ultimately complementary reputations.

The first is of the ultimate chill dude. Up until about four years ago, that translated into meaning he would rather play the bongos naked than get down to work.

But now, in a post-McConaissance world, he is known more for his commitment to challenging and unusual roles.

That mix of mellow and focused is perfect for an “SNL” host, and it may very well be enough to overcome any bad memories from his unforgettable first stint in 2003.

Musical guest Adele, meanwhile, had an excellent “SNL” debut, and the only ...
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Elizabeth Banks Makes Her Well Deserved Debut On 'SNL'

11/15/2015 8:24am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Elizabeth Banks, Disclosure, Lorde,
“SNL” often responds to its most controversial outings in subsequent episodes, but the Donald Trump spectacle is nary mentioned at all a week later, save for a quick hit on Weekend Update. And this is for the best, because Elizabeth Banks shall not be overshadowed. She has been a deserving host for at least a decade, and in her debut, she puts on a showcase monologue, and then she fades into the ensemble for an episode that is all over the place. Meanwhile, musical guest Disclosure makes it a party by inviting their friends Lorde and Sam Smith.

In lieu of an opening sketch, “SNL” acknowl...
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Larry David Heckles Donald Trump On 'SNL'

11/9/2015 9:09am EST
Donald Trump Called 'Racist' By Larry David During 'SNL' Monolog
Donald Trump, businessman and Presidential candidate acted as host, an audience member called him "racist."

That guy was Larry David, who appeared in the episode's cold open as Bernie Sanders.

While Trump was delivering his opening monologue, David shouted "You're a racist" at the millionaire.

When Trump asked why he did that, David replied, "I heard if I yelled that, they'd give me five thousand dollars."

The Latino group, Deport Racism, offered $5,000 to any audience members who heckled Trump.

The group said that it would pay $5,000 to a studio audience member at the live show who sh...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 41, Episode 4 Recap: Donald Trump & Sia

11/8/2015 2:01pm EST
Donald Trump on SNL
Donald Trump might be a bigot, or he might just be shamelessly aping the rhetoric of bigots to win over their support. Which is worse? Either way, one would assume he is a terrible fit to host a comedy show that many believe has the responsibility of holding the powerful accountable.

Thus, the petitions to reverse the Trump booking or calls to disrupt the episode had made for one of the most controversial shows in decades before it even aired.

In a way, Trump’s appearance actually turning out to be a funny episode would be troublesome, because of the fear that it could legitimize a rather...
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'SNL' Recap: A Fully Recovered Tracy Morgan Returns Home

10/18/2015 8:00am EDT
SNL Tracey Morgan
A little over a year after emerging from a terrible car accident that nearly killed him, Tracy Morgan called up his “co-Obi-Wan Kenobi” Lorne Michaels (whom he loves like his daddy) to let him know that he wanted to come home as soon as he got on his feet. There was legitimate concern that he would have trouble making it through the grind of the whole 90 minutes, or if he could even walk on his own. He acknowledges in his monologue that his mental capacity may not be at 100%, but the truth is, it never has been. This is perhaps the biggest and most successful comeback story in “SNL” history...
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Why Is Khloe Kardashian Mad At Amy Schumer?

10/12/2015 8:32pm EDT
Khloe Kardashian Hits Back At Amy Schumer After Joke About Her W
Amy Schumer tackled everything from gun control to dating Bradley Cooper during her hosting gig on last weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, but one joke in particular apparently did not go over well with Khloe Kardashian.

Kardashian sent out a cryptic tweet Sunday, and while it doesn't mention Schumer by name, it's pretty clear what she's talking about.

No need 2 tear down others just 2 make urself feel bigger. It actually makes u quite small. I'm on a healthy journey. I don't care 4the hate

— Khloé (@khloekardashian) October 11, 2015

The tweet appears to be in response ...
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Amy Schumer Plays A Dirty Teacher & Takes Hands-Free Selfies On 'SNL' (Watch!)

10/11/2015 10:34am EDT
SNL
"Saturday Night Live" in 2015 continues its search for an identity, as the second episode of Season 41 is the latest in a long line of recent outings with almost no recurring segments. This state of affairs would seem to allow someone with such a well-developed comedic style like Amy Schumer to come in and bend the episode to her will. But it doesn't always work out that way. Besides, while Amy has an identifiable voice, she does not have much in the way of recurring characters, generally preferring to play variations of herself. She gets to do to that to a certain extent in her "SNL" hosti...
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Miley On 'SNL': 'Tonight I am On A Seven Second Delay'

10/4/2015 4:04pm EDT
Miley Cyrus Admits To Smoking Weed, Remembers Summer Of 2015 On
"Saturday Night Live" debuted its 41st season with host Miley Cyrus, who led the late-night comedy sketch show into some rather risqué territory for its premiere episode.

Entering studio 8H wearing a floral bathing cap and matching dress, Cyrus bounded down the stairs in sky high red heels and said, "I love hosting this show because it's live, so my parents know where I'm at for at least 90 minutes," Cyrus joked.

This was the third time Cyrus had hosted "SNL," and was told that she would be on a censorship delay, even though the show is late night, just in case she spoke of some sensiti...
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'Saturday Night Live' Premiere Recap: Is Third Time The Charm For Miley Cyrus?

10/4/2015 8:39am EDT
'Saturday Night Live' Season 41 Premiere Recap: Is Third Time Th
We are currently living in the Postmodern Miley Cyrus Age. A couple years ago we were in the Modern Era, with the public coming to grips over her burgeoning sexuality and appetite for controversy. Currently, her rebellion is accepted as a given, with her self-awareness tacitly acknowledged by most camps. Her rebellious streak remains, so now she is mostly rebelling against her own sensibilities. In this fashion she hosts the Season 41 premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” her third time. The new year is starting off relatively quietly, at one of its least transitional moments of the past few y...
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'SNL' Dress Rehearsal Gems That Emerged From The Heap

10/3/2015 10:45am EDT
Inner White Girl
In anticipation of “Saturday Night Live” Season 41, we looked back at the best sketches of Season 40. But that list only covered the bits that actually made it into the episodes. There is always plenty of material that is cut after dress rehearsal, and in the past few years, the show has gotten into the habit of releasing some of the cut sketches online. Some of them have been so good that viewers have speculated that “SNL” has purposely been holding back on its best scenes for delayed gratification. Although, they could just be the victims of the peculiarities of live variety show scheduli...
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Getting Ready For The 'SNL' Premier: 10 Great Sketches From Last Season

10/2/2015 12:02pm EDT
The Best Sketches Of 'Saturday Night Live' Season 40
“Saturday Night Live” fans take note: Season 41 premieres October 3. But in case you are worried that there will be nothing funny this season, we are taking the remainder of the hiatus to re-visit the best of last season. Read ahead for our choices of the 10 best sketches that made it to air in Season 40. Besides hilarity, the main criterion for each selection was idiosyncrasy.

10. Bambi
The Fast and Furious crew spruces up the latest Disney reboot. For an updated version to succeed, it needs to offer something that the original does not. A cigar-chomping, gun-toting Bambi fits that bill a...
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What Musical Guests Would You Like To See On This Season Of 'SNL'?

9/27/2015 11:03am EDT
Selena and Taylor
After a milestone season, ‘Saturday Night Live’ carries on … with another season. Season 41 (premiering October 3) has a bit of a comedown feel to it, arriving in the shadow of the 40th Anniversary Special. But that does not mean there is nothing to be excited about! It does mean, though, that since the show spoiled itself with a plethora of guests last year, there may not as many famous folks as there usually are clamoring for a chance on Studio 8H. But since predicting that nobody is going to be a guest would make for a boring article, we are still going to prognosticate the hosts and mus...
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Who Do You Want To See Host ‘SNL’ For The Upcoming Season?

9/26/2015 11:03am EDT
Will Forte
After a milestone season, ‘Saturday Night Live’ carries on … with another season. Season 41 (premiering October 3) has a bit of a comedown feel to it, arriving in the shadow of the 40th Anniversary Special. But that does not mean there is nothing to be excited about! It does mean, though, that since the show spoiled itself with a plethora of guests last year, there may not as many famous folks as there usually are clamoring for a chance on Studio 8H. But since predicting that nobody is going to be a guest would make for a boring article, we are still going to prognosticate the hosts and mus...
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The Best 'SNL' Sketches Of The Past 5 Years

9/12/2015 2:06pm EDT
25 Best 'SNL' Sketches Of The Past 5 Years
The first 20 seasons of “Saturday Night Live” can easily be separated into 5-year eras. But in the last 20, with cast members regularly staying on 7 years or longer, whatever eras there are tend to bleed into each other. But it is still useful to divide the show into 60-month chunks. With the latest of those periods having just ended, here is our ranking of the 25 best sketches from Seasons 36-40.

25. I Just Had Sex (12/18/10)
With a little help from Akon, the Lonely Island presents one of the most clear-eyed visions of postcoital dopamine-fueled bliss.

24. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why t...
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Check Out Our Emmy Prediction & Wish List For Variety Series

7/13/2015 9:08pm EDT
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The 2015 Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday, July 16. In the next few days, we will be offering our predictions and wish lists for the major categories.

For the predictions, our choices have naturally been limited to what shows and performers are actually on the ballot. But for the wish lists, no such limit was imposed. This is a “wish list” after all, and one can wish that someone who was left off the ballot had not been.

One of the biggest Emmy rule changes this year is that the Variety Series category has now been split into Variety Talk and Variety Sketch. With this field do...
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Did Louis C.K. Go Too Far With Jokes On 'SNL'?

5/18/2015 8:31am EDT
Louis C.K. Attacked By Twitter After Child Molester Jokes On 'SN
Oh. My. God.

Can you believe Louis CK made a bunch of jokes about child molestation on "Saturday Night Live's" recent 40th season finale?

Well, speaking as someone who's seen Louis CK's stand-up before... yes. Totally. But plenty of people who haven't are now up in arms over the comedian's opening monologue, which tackled the extremely risque subject of child molesters.

"Child molesters are very tenacious people," Louis quipped. "They love molesting childs. It's crazy. It's like their favorite thing. When you consider the risk of being a child molester — there is no worse life available...
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'SNL' Season 40 Finale – We Grade The Sketches

5/17/2015 9:25am EDT
SNL Season 40 Finale
In recent “SNL” history, the season finale has been reserved for familiar faces. Year 40 was no different, with Louis C.K. hosting for the third time in as many seasons and Rihanna making her fifth appearance as musical guest. Finales often have a celebratory air, with an overabundance of cameos, or an ode to the upcoming summer, or a farewell to departing talent, but there was not much of that this time. Instead, this was a fairly standard Season 40 episode, with a focus on original material that was best when it got weird. Unfortunately, it did not go weird often enough, and what resulted...
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Reese Witherspoon Hosted 'Saturday Night Live' -- Watch All The Highlights Here!

5/10/2015 4:04pm EDT
'SNL' Season 40, Episode 20 Recap: Reese Witherspoon/Florence +
Reese Witherspoon's first "Saturday Night Live" hosting stint was also the first show to air after 9/11. While she did have a few memorable performances then, that appearance was mostly marked by nerves. Freed from any overwhelming existential uncertainty about the place of comedy, Reese was able to demonstrate that she is a natural next to the "SNL" cast, happy to play along in roles that took advantage of her sunny personality. This episode also continued the tradition of dedicating the Mother's Day weekend show to the holiday, taking that trend about as far as it could possibly go.

So...
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Scarlett Johansson’s SNL Black Widow Rom-Com Sketch Is Unexpectedly Weird & Funny (Watch)

5/4/2015 9:15am EDT
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow Ro
In the time between her last and this (her fourth) hosting stint, Scarlett Johansson has had quite the career bump, carving out a niche of otherworldly, occasionally robotic, often kickass heroines. Still, she has never been that strong a fit for the demands of “SNL.” With this episode, she was more confident than ever, though not especially accomplished. But the cast and the concepts were better-than-average, with some routine-busting sketches providing the highlights.

Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight – The biggest match in decades has revealed the surprising number of people who are legitimate ...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 18: Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons

4/12/2015 3:15pm EDT
Taraji P Henson on SNL
With her breakout role as Cookie on "Empire," Taraji P. Henson has been showcasing her commitment, confidence, and charisma to her biggest audience yet. These are the qualities that great "SNL" hosts are made of, and in her first appearance at Studio 8H, she had to show them off, both because she was given plenty of roles that required a strong presence and because many of the sketches were running low on premise and thus necessitated strong performances across the board.

Hillary Clinton (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – It has been a delight watching Kate McKinnon develop her Hillary Clinton impressi...
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'SNL' Cast Begs Michael Keaton To Play Old Role

4/5/2015 1:00pm EDT
'SNL' Cast Begs Host Michael Keaton To Play Batman Again
Both Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan put the pressure on Michael Keaton to reprise his famous roles of both Batman and Beetlejuice during his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live."

Moynihan and Killam played devoted fans of the actor, and together sang a hilarious song to try to blackmail the star into reliving his most famous characters.

After an initial refusal, the jokesters cut to scenes with them tricking him into playing the part, super-imposing a Batman outfit over his regular clothes as he read a book backstage and then doing the same with Beetlejuice clothes as he looked at ...
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'Saturday Night Live' Michael Keaton/Carly Rae Jepsen

4/5/2015 9:45am EDT
Michael Keaton Hosts 'SNL' For First Time In Over 20 Years - We
Michael Keaton’s innate charm was on full display during this past awards season. That was not as present in his third “SNL” hosting stint (and first in over 20 years). Instead, he reminded viewers of his dark side. While he never actually suited up as Batman or Beetlejuice during the episode, his roles did seem to be inspired by that portion of his career. The result was a surplus of oddly severe sketches, some of which were praiseworthy in their boldness, but others which were cringeworthy in their difficulty to watch.

Final Four Postgame – “SNL” was operating right down to the wire ...
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