• Can Pete Davidson Become ‘SNL’s New Franchise Player?

    You might have already started hearing the buzz for SNL’s newest featured cast member, Pete Davidson might just be the face of a new breed of cast members looking for an identity. With the mass exodus of season 38 (Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudakis, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers) the new young faces of SNL had some trouble finding their way last season with young veterans Taren Killem and Keenan Thompson being thrown in the ring as the stars of the show. Though the two could hold their own, the show was looking for a rising star viewers could get excited for. That may just be Pete Davidson, a 20-year old, Staten Island native who’s been making waves on the stand-up circuit since he was 16. Davidson was featured in a few skits that showed glimmers of a young Andy Samberg, but then absolutely crushed it with his already infamous Weekend Update bit alongside Update Hosts, former Daily Show correspondent, Micheal Che and another Staten Island native and head writer, Colin Jost. Davidson has immediate charisma, a trait that the new cast members from last season were lacking. Combine that with female franchise player, Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong, more »

  • Bill Hader Delivers Spot on Impressions of his Ex-SNL Cast Mates

    Bill Hader is one of SNL’s most revered cast members over the past decade, bringing to light some of the best characters like Stefan and Devin (The Californians) while also being the best impressionist the show has seen since the says of Darryl Hammond. Last night on Conan he got a little nostalgic and talked about what he missed most from the show. Hader then goes into how all the cast members would impersonate each other and what he thinks of most is Fred Armisen doing an impersonation of him, then he goes on to do some Armisen, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudakis impressions.

  • Placing Odds On The ‘SNL’ Cast Members Most Likely To Be Fired This Summer

    It’s been a rebuilding year, but going into the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels is going to want a more solid core. With 17 members, the cast is badly bloated, and with that many people angling for screentime, few cast members have really been able to break-out. Chances are, Michaels is going to spend the summer weeding out some of the weaker cast members, and hopefully come back in the fall with 10-12 of the strongest cast members. Who is likely to be cut over the summer? Let’s lay odds on those most likely to be fired.

  • Weekend Update Interviewed Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey Ensues.

    Taran Killam, SNL’s budding superstar is no stranger to being in the spotlight for his spot on impressions, but his Matthew McConaughey is so on point, it’s more eerie than Rust Cohle on a existentialist rant. Killam, dressed in his Academy Awards McConaughey white tux, goes on tangent after tangent in true to form, now signature McConaughey style. McConaughey won the best actor award at the Oscars after a spellbinding performance in Dallas Buyers Club and has gained recent admiration for his role as a brilliantly lethargic yet philosophic detective on HBO’s True Detective. New co-anchor Colin Jost interviews McConaughey on his recent accomplishments and future projects. This is one for the ages.

  • Colin Jost Kicks Off Weekend Update with Solid Debut

    Weekend Update has been held in such high regard since Seth Meyers took the show under his wing in 2006–2007 alongside Amy Poehler. After Poehler’s departure Meyers took on a solo role until taking on another co-anchor who seemed like the perfect fit, Cecily Strong this season. Meyers, who named Colin Jost co-head writer last season, kept the string of head writers behind the Weekend Update desk in tact. Jost has had a significant amount of success as a writer under Meyers and now in the leadership role, is keeping his head afloat working with a virtually unknown cast since the mass star-studded exodus last season. Jost’s performance behind the Update desk went over without a hitch, almost. Jay Pharoah and Keenan Thompson did a duel cameo as Shaq and Charles Barkley which had a great reception, aside from Pharoah missing a line due to, what looked like a cross-eye mishap. As for the jokes, Jost’s choices seemed to have the audience in stitches taking a few chances out of the gate with a “gay Jeter” joke; ”Jason Collins made history this week when he became the first openly gay athlete to play on a major professional sports team. Said Red Sox more »

  • Seth Meyers Says Goodbye to SNL Weekend Update with Some Old Friends

    Seth Meyers is departing from SNL after 13 years as a member of the staff. After a brief stint as a cast member, Meyers pen talent got him instant recognition getting him a full time writing supervisor in 2005. For his last segment as arguably the best Weekend Update host of all time, he brought on some old friends who made his job a little easier over the years. Stefon (Bill Hader) and Amy Poehler made their rounds. Poehler gave Seth some sage advice on life after the desk and Stefon mocked new co-anchor, Cecily Strong and all seemed right on Saturday night. Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen also stopped by as way of Andy Samberg and former NY Gov. David Patterson. Seth spoke about his new position and closed by saying “This is the job I always wanted, and I had the best time,”

  • Jonah Hill Gets a Special Visit on SNL

    Jonah Hill took to the SNL stage for a third time this past Saturday. After being bombarded with questions about his Wolf of Wall Street co-star, Leo (said in a whisper), Jonah cracked and began up-playing his role and down playing the role of DiCaprio in the film. After boasting about his role and feeding his own ego, the man himself showed up to put Hill in his place. Then they reenacted a familiar scene from Leo’s most popular role to calm the nervous Jonah down. A beautiful recreation.

  • Colin Jost is your new SNL Weekend Update Co-Anchor

    A new Weekend Update era is upon us. Lorne Michaels has announced long time SNL writer, Colin Jost will be suiting up to replace predecessor, Seth Meyers behind the Weekend Update desk. Jost, a Harvard University alum and past president of the Harvard Lampoon. His career at Saturday Night Live began in 2005, when he joined the writing staff and took over head writer duties in 2012, again succeeding Seth Meyers. Colin has done stand up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as on TBS and HBO. He recently wrote a Lorne Michaels-produced comedy flick “Staten Island Summer”, filmed in 2013 and is awaiting release. Jost’s duties begin on March 1st after Meyers takes over NBC’s “Late Night”.

  • Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford in SNL Cold Open Skit

    Toronto mayor Rob Ford appears on a Canadian talk show to set the record straight about his latest scandals. His on going rants about drug use have gained him acclaim in the news as of late, but his unusual choice of words and blunt opinions have made him a legend of WTF on the internet in the past few weeks.

  • SNL Parodied “What Does the Fox Say” and Lack of Female African American Cast Members

    This weekend smokeshow Scandal star, Kerry Washington hosted SNL for the first time and immediately took on the race issue. SNL hasn’t had an African American female cast member since Mya Rudolph in 2007, which makes it painstakingly hard, near impossible for the cast to portray pop culture icons in their parody skits. Kerry Washington and the cast wasted no time taking on the issue in their cold open, where SNL mocks itself in fair fashion. Kenan Thompson, a veteran of the young cast, mentioned how of the six new hires, there wasn’t one woman of color, not because of racial issues, but because there are no qualified candidates. Washington had fun at the expense of the show and at the end of the night put together a collection of above average skits, including a parody of “What does the Fox Say?”, the viral video of the year with over 192,000,000 views on YouTube.

  • SNL Kills Two Birds with E-Cig and Blu-Meth Commercial

    This past weekend Tina Fey hosted this season’s inaugural SNL episode and in fitting form they hopped right on the Breaking Bad parody train, killing two birds with a combo take down. They hit the d-bags who smoke e-cigs indoors and blow smoke, steam, whatever it is they blow in your face and sprinkled in some blue- meth for a hilariously well done commercial sketch with a guest appearance at the end.

  • Best Skits From Kristen Wiig Hosting SNL

    Kristen Wiig was on the other side of the SNL fence last Saturday, hosting for the first time since leaving the show last season. She came back in style, bringing with her some of our favorite characters from her days as a cast member. The Californians, Target Lady, Garth and Kat and Lawrence Welk all came back to say hello, and with them the nostalgia that made Wiig a household name. She also came at us with a couple new characters that will have you on the floor, rolling in true Kristen Wiig form. Hands down, the best skit of the night was about a new show on The Disney Channel  “Aw Nuts! Mom’s a Ghost!” is about a family with a dark past, but now with more spirit than ever. Wiig’s performance was a lot to live up to and the skits were funny, but sub-par given Kristen’s history and on screen amity with the current cast. The skits below we’re the funniest of the show, but we expect more from a cast member who’s jersey is already up in the rafters after a year of departure.  

  • Justin Timberlake ’20/20 Experience’ Volume Two Coming Later This Year Says Questlove

    Hot on the heels of his highly anticipated SNL hosting gig and following a weeklong stint on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alongside the Roots, Justin Timberlake gears up for the release of 20/20 Experience this week. For the past few months, Timberlake was hard at work promoting the new album, his first since FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006. The latest member inducted into SNL’s elite Five-Timers Club will join Jay-Z for the Legends of Summer tour and co-headline the Yahoo! On The Road tour that hits 14 cities within the United States kicking off in New York City on May 3 and ending in San Francisco in May 31. Still, the new album, Legends tour and festival appearances notwithstanding, the item generating a huge amount of buzz is news that a followup album to “20/20 Experience” could hit just a few months from now. The Roots drummer Questlove got the inside scoop. “Spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in nov. (10 songs now . . . 10 songs later= 20 vision),” he posted on an Okayplayer chat board over the weekend. Yes, that’s right. He is saying a second album will be released sometime around November. 10 songs on this album + 10 more »

  • Justin Timberlake’s 10 Funniest SNL Moments

    Lots of Justin Timberlake buzz today. First, it was announced that he and Jay-Z would be going on a big stadium tour this summer and now we find out that he’ll be the host and musical guest on the March 9th Saturday Night Live. This will be his fifth time appearing on the show, so we’ve pulled together his greatest SNL moments. Power move, Timberlake. 3-Way (The Golden Rule) Target Motherlover Single Ladies Omeletteville Dick In A Box Barry Gibb Talk Show Immigrant Tale Crashing Britney Spears’ monologue I’m Not Gonna Sing Tonight  

  • You’re a Rat Bastard Charlie Brown (SNL Video)

    SNL breaks out the big guns for this holiday stage rendition of A Charlie Brown Christmas, staring Al Pacino, Edie Falco, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Michael Keaton and Larry David. A real knee slapper that deserves a little Roosevelts recognition. Hader’s impression as Pacino could be the best thing SNL has produced since the digital short. The only thing better than this, would be a full feature featuring this cast.  

  • There’s One of These Girls at Every Party (SNL Video)

    Seth brings on, SNL rookie, Cecily Strong as “The girl you wish you hadn’t started a conversation with at a party” and it’s all too close to home, this highly accurate depiction gave me chills. There’s one at every party, bar and lounge in America. A cute girl with potential, who’s just drunk enough to be annoying and just annoying enough to completely dissolve every morsel of norepinephrine you had in your body. She’s self righteous, entitled, sprinkled with some ignorance and topped off with a humble brag. Beware; If you spot an attractive girl standing by herself at a party, this is probably why.

  • Bill Hader Explains Stefon on Bill Simmons Grantland Podcast

    Hader and Simmons, two of the industry’s most creative writers, discuss Bill’s SNL character, Stefon, a Weekend Update regular that has taken the show by storm. The two discuss the origins of the character and the process of creating New York’s most outlandish and eccentric fictional clubs. Hader’s been the show’s saving grace for quite a few years now and has been a supporting actor in a good line of movies and countless Adult Swim TV shows, as well as a writer on South Park. I think It’s just a matter of time until he’ll be hosting SNL, so drink in all the Haderade while you can.

  • “SNL” Blasts Guy Fieri In 2 Sketches

    Saturday Night Live poked fun at New York Times’ scathing review of Guy Fieri’s new restaurant. The sketch didn’t make it on air but it did sneak online and we see that Bobby Moynhihan has perfected Fieri. “Reading is how the eyes eat.” Hilarious! Check out the sketch that made it on air here:

  • Watch: Frank Ocean on SNL

    think we all knew Frank Ocean could sing but his performance on SNL this past weekend blew away expectations. He breezed through two songs and even brought on a special guest to join him on guitar. 

  • ‘SNL’ Unveils Hosts, Musical Guests for Three Episodes of New Season

    Saturday Night Live has unveiled the hosts and musical guests for three episodes of its upcoming 38th season. Seth MacFarlane will host the season premiere on September 15th with Frank Ocean as the musical guest. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will host the September 22nd episode with Mumford & Sons as musical guests, and the show will take a British turn on October 6th with Daniel Craig as host and Muse as musical guests.

  • SNL “The Californians” Drinking Game

    We’re in Newport, CA about to crash a few blowout 4th of July house parties but since beach/street drinking is strictly frowned upon we had to divise a quick drinking game to get a solid buzz going in our hotel. What better way then the SNL skit we’ve been quoting for the last three days. The Californians it is.

  • Mick Jagger + Foo Fighters + Arcade Fire + Kristen Wiig’s Goodbye Made For An Incredible SNL Season FInale

    This was the season finale for Saturday Night Live and they had an impressive lineup including Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Foo Fighters, and Arcade Fire. There are rumors that this was the last episode for Adam Samberg, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis. If Samberg is leaving that could also mean that Digital Shorts are also gone. Former SNL cast member Chris Parnell returned to the show to make “Lazy Sunday 2,” the sequel of one of the first ever Digital Shorts that originally aired in 2005.


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