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Maya Rudolph to return to TV with star-studded variety show

April 16th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Maya Rudolph
Former Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph is heading back to TV with her own star-studded variety show.

The comedienne will front The Maya Rudolph Show, a one-off special that executives at America's NBC network have described as a revival of the classic variety show format.

Rudolph has recruited some of her former SNL co-stars to appear on the programme, including Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Chris Parnell, as well as actors Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell and The Office's Craig Robinson.

Janelle Monae is set to serve as the musical guest, with soul legend Raphael Saadiq serving as bandle...
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Tracy Morgan credits Saturday Night Live with making veteran dad laugh again

April 16th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Tracy Morgan
Former Saturday Night Live star Tracy Morgan has credited the U.S. sketch comedy show with helping his dad laugh again after serving in the military during the Vietnam War.

The comedian was one of the long-running comedy series' breakout stars during his seven seasons on SNL, but Morgan's relationship with the show started long before he was hired in 1996.

During an interview with Queen Latifah on her talk show on Tuesday (15Apr14), Morgan gushed over SNL, particularly its profound impact on his father, Jimmy Morgan, after he came home from war in the 1970s.

He explained, "You gotta und...
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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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Pharrell Williams' crystal sneakers are priceless

April 9th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams had a little 'bling' in his step during his appearance on U.S. TV show Saturday Night Live at the weekend (05Apr14) - his dazzling Adidas sneakers were covered with Swarovski crystals.

Designers at the company custom made the shoes for the Happy hitmaker, using more than 1,600 crystals.

A Swarovski spokesman tells Billboard.com, "Pharrell was inspired when he saw a pair of our crystallised platform shoes and he wanted to recreate the effect by customising his Stan Smith sneakers.

"He handpicked the size, shape and colour of the crystals he was looking for and worked wit...
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Liam Neeson reprises Taken character to send comedy threat to Putin

March 9th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson channelled his Taken character as a former CIA agent during a surprise appearance on U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live this weekend (08Mar14) to jokingly threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin over the military invasion of the Ukraine.

The Northern Irish star opened Saturday's programme by appearing alongside funnyman Jay Pharoah, as President Barack Obama, and condemning Putin for sending in troops to the Crimea in a parody of his action character Bryan Mills.

In his gruff movie voice, Neeson said, "Recently, I got a very disturbing call. Crimea had been taken. I hate i...
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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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Fred Armisen recruited to lead band for Seth Meyers' talk show

February 10th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Seth Meyers
Comedian Fred Armisen has been recruited by his former Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers to lead the band for his upcoming Late Night With Seth Meyers talk show.

Meyers will make his debut as a chat show host on 24 February (14), and he's bringing along a familiar face when the series debuts in the U.S.

Armisen, who left the sketch comedy show in 2013 after 11 seasons, will curate and lead the band, Meyers announced on his Twitter.com page Monday (10Feb14).

The 8G Band will be named after the studio where Meyers will film his show at New York City's iconic Rockefeller Center.

Meye...
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Chris Kattan blames 'exhaustion' for DUI arrest

February 10th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Chris Kattan
Comedian Chris Kattan has broken his silence following his (DUI) arrest on Monday (10Feb14), insisting "exhaustion" was to blame for his erratic behaviour.

The A Night at the Roxbury star was pulled over by police near Van Nuys, California, after his vehicle was spotted "weaving all over the roadway", according to TMZ.com.

Kattan reportedly swerved into a cordoned-off section of the road and struck another car from behind, and he was subsequently booked for DUI.

Hours later, Kattan took to Twitter.com to assure fans he was fine and back home after being released from custody.

He wrote, ...
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Comedienne Victoria Jackson launches political run

February 4th, 2014 8:40pm EST
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Conservative comedienne Victoria Jackson is relaunching herself as a politician after announcing plans to run for a seat on a county commission in Tennessee.

The 54 year old, who was a castmember on U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1992, has filed papers to add her name to the ballot for the local elections in August (14).

Jackson reveals she will run as an independent candidate after being left "very disappointed" by the Republican Party's efforts in Williamson County, where she has been living since last year (13).

She tells Tennessean.com, "I think the key to saving A...
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Kenan Thompson set to become a dad

February 4th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Kenan Thompson
Comedian Kenan Thompson is set to become a father - his wife is pregnant with their first child.

The former child star-turned-Saturday Night Live regular's partner Christina Evangeline is expecting a baby girl later this year (14), according to TMZ.com.

The couple wed in 2011.
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Leonardo DiCaprio And Jonah Hill Re-enact 'Titanic' Scene On 'Saturday Night Live'

January 27th, 2014 1:17pm EST
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill SNL
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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Andy Samberg mistaken for Andrew Garfield on honeymoon stopover

January 22nd, 2014 8:40pm EST
Andrew Garfield
Andy Samberg and his new wife Joanna Newsom were given the royal treatment during a recent layover in Dubai after local airport officials mistook the comedian for The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.

The former Saturday Night Live actor, who recently won a Golden Globe award for his new TV comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and singer Newsom were en route to the Maldives for their belated honeymoon over the New Year (14) when they made a stopover in the United Arab Emirates - and they were pleasantly surprised as they were welcomed to the country by a greeting party.

However, Samberg soon...
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Drake shows off comedic talent on Saturday Night Live

January 19th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Saturday Night Live
Hip-hop star Drake returned to his acting roots this weekend (18Jan14) as he showed off his best impressions of rap mentor Lil Wayne and embattled baseball ace Alex Rodriguez on hit U.S. sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

The Best I Ever Had hitmaker served as this week's guest host and he pulled on a series of different wigs and costumes as he portrayed a geeky teenager, a dorky dad at a slumber party, and an energetic Disney World employee in an Indiana Jones stunt-show-gone-wrong.

However, the highlights saw Drake spoofing a number of famous faces - he kicked off the show portrayi...
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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
Miley Cyrus
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 Cyrus slammed over SNL stroke joke

October 8th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is under fire from stroke charity advocates over an ill-advised joke during hosting duties on U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live.

The controversial star has angered bosses at Britain's Stroke Association after her appearance on the series over the weekend (05-06Oct13), when she said she kept poking her tongue out because she "keeps having mini-strokes".

The remark has now received a response from charity bosses, who slam Cyrus for mocking stroke victims.

Stroke Association's Patrick Olszowski says, "Having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter. Around 46,000 people in the U.K...
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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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Miley Cyrus Mocks her VMAs scandal on 'Saturday Night Live'

October 6th, 2013 5:27pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus poked fun at her 'twerking' dance moves, her clean-cut Hannah Montana alter ego and even the U.S. government as she hosted TV comedy show Saturday Night Live at the weekend.

The highly anticipated episode opened with a skit set in the post-apocalyptic future, where Cyrus' controversial 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance is blamed for the downfall of America. The singer is visited by an older version of herself who travels back in time to warn her about the problems her raunchy routine will eventually cause for the country.

Cyrus later mocked her famous dance moves in her ...
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Tina Fey Spoofs HBO's 'Girls' In Return To SNL, Lena Dunham Approves

September 30th, 2013 11:09pm EDT
Tina Fey Girls Saturday Night Live
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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Aaron Paul Appears As Jesse Pinkman On 'Saturday Night Live'

September 29th, 2013 5:37pm EDT
Aaron Paul
Actor Aaron Paul thrilled fans by reprising his Breaking Bad character for the season premiere Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

Paul dressed as troubled drug dealer Jesse Pinkman to help kick off the 39th season of the long-running series - just one day before the last ever episode of Breaking Bad airs on Sunday.

He appeared in a sketch alongside comedian Jay Pharoah, playing President Barack Obama, to discuss America's medical care system.

Referring to Bryan Cranston's Breaking Bad character Walter White, a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord, he said, "I had this ...
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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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Tina Fey pokes fun at Emmys nip-slip during Saturday Night Live ad

September 25th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Saturday Night Live
Comedienne Tina Fey has laughed off her split-second wardrobe malfunction at the Emmy Awards by poking fun at herself in the teaser for her return to Saturday Night Live.

The 30 Rock writer and star will host the 39th season premiere of the sketch show on Saturday (28Sep13) and she is using promotional ads for the TV gig to address her nipple-slip moment onstage at the Emmys last weekend (22Sep13).

Fey was stepping up to accept her writing award for 30 Rock when cameras caught her right breast exposed as she celebrated the win.

The funny girl was not aware of the nip-slip until eagle-eye...
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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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Lady Gaga in talks to host and perform on Saturday Night Live - report

September 4th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Saturday Night Live
Lady Gaga is in talks to cement her comeback by hosting and performing on U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live.

The Born This Way hitmaker will reportedly make her third appearance on the popular show later this year (13), according to TVLine.com.

Gaga previously appeared on the show in 2009 and 2011.

During both episodes she was featured on, she also acted in several skits alongside Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake.

The pop superstar made her first appearance following hip surgery at the MTV Video Music Awards last month (Sep13) and she has since hit the stage for a full set at Lo...
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Lindsay Lohan Asked To Host 'Saturday Night Live' Premiere

September 3rd, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been asked to host Saturday Night Live for a sixth time.

RadarOnline reports that Lohan's humorous appearance on Chelsea Lately has convinced Saturday Night Live producers to give her another shot on the live comedy show.

Lohan last hosted the show in 2012, before she was ordered to head to rehab. Reviews were poor for the episode, and Lohan's father later claimed she was high during the show.

"Saturday Night Live has approached Lindsay to host the show again, and they were talking about the season opener," the source told the website. "She is definitely cons...
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Seth Meyers And Fiance Alexi Ashe Wed In Martha's Vineyard

September 2nd, 2013 5:04pm EDT
Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe
Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers wed fiance Alexi Ashe in a ceremony in Martha's Vineyard on Sunday.

Guests at the ceremony included family and friends, along with Meyers' SNL co-stars past and present, including Kenan Thompson, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Jimmy Fallon and Jason Sudeikis and his girlfriend Olivia Wilde.

"They are so in love," a source tells People magazine. "They (were) really excited to celebrate their big day with all their close friends and family."

Meyers and Ashe, a Brooklyn human rights attorney who focuses on sex trafficking, were engaged in July. The comedian t...
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Seth Meyers weds lawyer fiancee

September 2nd, 2013 1:40am EDT
Seth Meyers
Funnyman Seth Meyers is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend on Sunday (01Sep13).

The Saturday Night Live regular wed human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe in a small ceremony in Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts.

A source tells People.com, "They are so in love... They (were) really excited to celebrate their big day with all their close friends and family."

Meyers revealed he enlisted the help of his pet pooch for his proposal when he announced his engagement in July (13): "I tied (the ring) in a bow around our dog's collar."
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