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The world of comedy and entertainment is still coping with the loss of celebrated comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast-member Jan Hooks, who passed away on Thursday from an undisclosed illness.
"I was on the show with her for four years… and she was a talent," a stoic Lovitz told Et. "We always thought of her as like the female Phil Hartman. She could play anything and do anything, and she was a great actress. A great comedic actress."
Photos: In Memoriam: 'SNL' Stars We've Lost
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'SNL' gave a sweet tribute to one of their own.
Wiig said, "She was one of the best that ever was and her influence is clear in every one of us who has been here since."
The emotional tribute also featured the late Phil Hartman. Hooks and Hartman sing beautifully in "Love Is But a Dream."
Photos: Remembering 'SNL' Stars We've Lost
Hooks spent eight years on SNL. She was on the show for five seasons, 1986 through 1991, and she had continuing cameos afterward.
Happy birthday, Saturday Night Live. The show aired its first episode 39 years ago today, so it's time to look back at how it all began. For starters — forget politics or pop culture for the cold open. SNL opened with John Belushi (rocking an Eastern European accent) learning English from Michael O'Donoghue by imitating everything he does — including having a heart attack. Afterwards, SNL announcer Don Pardo famously flubbed the first introduction of the cast, calling them the "not ready for primetime players" (there shouldn't have been a "not" in there). George Carlin hosted, but he wasn't the type
- Aaron Couch
It's not easy to make light of a terrifying virus, but 'SNL' nails it with this dark sketch.
Let's start off by recognizing that it's really hard to make Ebola funny.
Host Sarah Silverman plays Olive (basically Shailene Woodley's character from the original film) and cast member Taran Killam plays Theodore (essentially Ansel Elgort). They spark up a relationship when they meet at a hospital, with Theodore thinking Olive has cancer.
News: 'SNL' Hires Michael Che as First Black 'Weekend Update' Anchor
When he finds out she has Ebola, Theodore's feelings change pretty quick, but Olive still wants to make out.
It's almost uncomfortable, what with Ebola being a terrifying death-virus and all, but it still »
Nik Wallenda will be blindfolded for Chicago skyline tightrope walk "It's about challenging myself, and hopefully through challenging myself, inspiring other people to challenge themselves," Wallenda says of his live Discovery Channel stunt. "I've never performed blindfolded. I've trained a lot, intensively actually, blind-folded." Jimmy Kimmel transforms into a pig Watch “Jimmy the Pig” try to get kids to tell a lie. Amazon picks up “Red Oaks” along with “Hand of God,” orders more scripts for “The Cosmopolitans” Steven Soderbergh’s suburban comedy “Red Oaks” and Ron Perlman’s “Hand of God” will get full seasons, while Amazon will “explore the series” potential of Whit Stillman’s “The Cosmopolitans” via the additional scripts. Click Read Full Post For More Check out Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as a full-sized Times Square mascot “Conan” sent Triumph to insult the other mascots. “How to Get Away with Murder” books Elizabeth Perkins The »
- Norman Weiss
Last night kicked off the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, and it featured a variety of wild cards: first-time guest host Chris Pratt, the absence of the iconic Don Pardo , new cast members, and a shakeup at the Weekend Update desk. "It seemed on a mission to prove that a new era has come to Studio 8H—one with a markedly different tone," writes Esther Zuckerman at Entertainment Weekly . "There was little about the show that was familiar. It seemed intent on showing off the new generation." But for all assumptions "that the show's premiere would reflect these growing »
- Polly Davis Doig
Are SNL's growing pains over as it enters its 40th season? It certainly didn't seem that way from the show's bizarre season opener. While Chris Pratt—and Chris Pratt's abs, in a supporting role—conducted themselves amiably, the show seemed to lack the festive air we'd expect from a premiere tied to such an important season. Instead, it seemed on a mission to prove that a new era has come to Studio 8H—one with a markedly different tone. There was only one notable cameo, and it came from Pratt's wife, Anna Faris—not, as might have been expected, »
- Esther Zuckerman
“Saturday Night Live” returned for its landmark fortieth season with a new announcer, a revived “Weekend Update” and a couple of digs at the National Football League. But the show continued to serve up something it largely avoided when it launched way back in 1975: The expected.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt altered the opening proceedings slightly when he gave a monologue that eschewed the traditional words about how great it is for the host to be in New York City, but then ended the segment on a business-as-usual tone by playing a ditty about hosting the program while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.
From there, the show – as it does most weeks – bounced along. Sketches featuring Taran Killam and Pratt as sexually hyperactive cartoon superstars He-Man and the Thundercats’ Lion-o was just strange enough to warrant a laugh and a fake commercial lampooning Marvel superhero movies was an obvious success. »
- Brian Steinberg
Saturday Night Live writer/onetime Daily Show correspondent Michael Che this week made his debut as coanchor of the NBC sketch series’ “Weekend Update” segment, alongside second-year Updater Colin Jost. What was your first impression of the new twosome?
As Update got underway amid a sleek new set, changed-up graphics and (I believe?) more stylish-than-usual wardrobes, Che stumbled on his very first line, but enjoyed relatively smooth sailing beyond that. Soon into the segment, he was joined by Cecily Strong’s “Girl You »
Saturday Night Live comes back tonight? Honestly, thanks to a hiatus filled with casting announcements and Update shakeups and meticulous analysis of the show’s history (not to mention Live from New York’s rerelease), it sort of feels like it never left. (Just me?)
Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be champing at the bit for tonight’s 40th season premiere—a sure-to-be splashy episode featuring a leaner, meaner cast, an all-new pair at the Weekend Update desk, and a host with potential to immediately join the list of greats. Maybe it’d be best to go over »
- Hillary Busis
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On Saturday, Sept. 19, NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, returns for its 40th season with Chris Pratt hosting the series opener and a few new faces on the team. This year, Best Week Ever alum Michael Che and Pete Davidson are the two newest members to join the cast. At the age of 20, Davidson is the fourth youngest cast member to appear on SNL behind some big names (Anthony Michael Hall, Eddie Murphy, and Robert Downey, Jr.)
It’s incredible to believe that at 20, Davidson — not yet able to legally drink — will be on stage alongside seasoned cast members like Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon, both of whom are in their 30s. We certainly aren’t ageist here at VH1; we welcome Davidson with open arms. But we did notice one disturbing trend: Most of the youngest SNL cast members only lasted one or two seasons, »
- Stacy Lambe
Chris Pratt is zooming in to Saturday Night Live this weekend for the show's season 40 premiere, and it's hard to imagine a better "of the moment" choice for the hosting gig. 2014 has been Pratt's year so far — with The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy blowing away critical and box office expectations, and his beloved Parks and Recreation going into its final season. Watch more 'Saturday Night Live': 5 Unforgettable Don Pardo Moments There's an elite crew of go-to hosts SNL can depend on to consistently deliver the goods. Could Pratt be poised to join
- Aaron Couch
There's a lot that will seem different this weekend when the 40th season of "Saturday Night Live" premieres, with Chris Pratt as guest host. Many old faces and voices gone, some new ones just arrived, and even some on-air talent demoted But more than those cosmetic changes, what should we be expecting from the four-decade-old comedy show?
For one thing, we can expect the chaos and growing pains of last season to continue. That doesn't mean the show's in crisis; indeed, for a show that's been around so long, it's all but inevitable to muddle through periods of upheaval.
About once a decade, "SNL" seems to go through what losing sports teams call "a rebuilding year," scrapping much of the cast and starting from scratch with newbies. Unfortunately, "SNL" fans have to watch them learn on the job. We have to endure horrible seasons like the 1985-86 year or the 1994-95 stretch. »
- Gary Susman
Saturday Night Live begins its 40th season on NBC this Saturday, Sept. 27, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande (and former cast member Darrell Hammond taking over announcing duties from the late Don Pardo). The series premiered on Oct. 11, 1975, and since then has become a pop-culture staple, launching the careers of many now-famous comic actors. Several episodes of SNL have become famous themselves, either because of a notable host, a hilarious sketch, a prominent musical guest or a combination of all of the above. NBC is going to be airing what it considers “iconic” episodes … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Saturday Night Live's 40th season kicks off on September 27th with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande. And if this new round of promo clips is any indication, the Guardians of the Galaxy star has already sparked comedic chemistry with the sketch show's cast, particularly Kate McKinnon.
In the above video, Pratt and McKinnon come off like a well-versed comedy duo, with Pratt playing the wide-eyed straight-man and McKinnon offering an array of bizarre antics – several tinted with awkward sexual tension. In one clip, McKinnon pretends to »
The Parks and Recreation star joins McKinnon in a series of new promos for his Saturday Night Live season premiere hosting gig Sept. 27, and like most SNL promos, it takes almost no time for things to get really, really weird.
StreamFix counts up the best and most notable in new streaming video on the web every week. Check out our rundown of what to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Crackle. Netflix "Silver Linings Playbook" Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence solve mental illness with a dance-off. Watch closely as Jacki Weaver sneaks into frame three or four times for an Oscar nomination. "Beginners" This delightful movie retraces he relationship between a downtrodden son (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Christopher Plummer), who comes out as gay near the end of his life. Worth it to see Plummer in an Oscar-winning role roaming around the real La gay bar Akbar. "One Day" Anne Hathaway's best? Not by a long shot. But if you still have a vendetta against Hathaway for her streak of cloying interviews in late 2012, this is a good way to spite her. "New Girl »
- Louis Virtel
Jim Carrey is set to host “Saturday Night Live” early this season, several individuals with knowledge told TheWrap exclusively. The one-time “In Living Color” sketch comedy star will lead the NBC cast early this season. The date will be timed to the release of Carrey's highly anticipated sequel to 1994's “Dumb and Dumber,” in which Carrey reprises his beloved role as Lloyd Christmas. “Dumb and Dumber To” comes out in theaters on Nov. 14. Also read: Darrell Hammond Succeeding Don Pardo as ‘SNL’ Announcer Carrey has hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice before, including his most recent stint in 2011 with musical guest The Black Keys. »
- Jeff Sneider and Tony Maglio
In a companion piece to rankings of TV actor popularity, a new survey also reveals the most liked actresses currently working on the small screen. Like her "NCIS" co-star Michael Weatherly, ("NCIS"), Pauley Perrette is beloved by her fans with an impressive Q score of 31 (Q scores have long been used by marketers for advertising effect). The actress in second place with a score of 30 is A.J. Cook ("Criminal Minds"). Then comes Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law and Order: Svu") with a 29. Others in the top 10 include: Emily VanCamp ("Revenge"), Bellamy Young and Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory"), and Jennifer Morrison ("Once Upon a Time"). The Wrap -Break- Former cast member Darrell Hammond is returning to "Saturday Night Live." He will be the new voiceover announcer for the show's opening after the death of the legendary Don Pardo last month. Hammond...' »
The "SNL" veteran, who starred on the NBC late night series from 1995 – 2009, is coming back to Studio 8H as the show's new announcer, replacing the legendary Don Pardo, who died on August 18 at age 96.
Pardo's voice had introduced the show for the past 39 seasons.
Photos: Memorable 'SNL' Moments
As it turns out, it's a role Hammond has stepped into before.
"I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over ...
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