When you tell people you watch Saturday Night Live, there's inevitably someone that will mock you for watching it. They'll say something along the lines of, "That show isn't funny, and has never been funny!" Or, they'll confess to once liking the show, but insisting that it's been going downhill for years. None of these complaints are new. None of these complaints are true.
For one thing, the halcyon days of the show really only exist through rose-tinted memories. That's not to say the show wasn't good in the 1970's, »
This has been a fun, and weird, and uneven, and sometimes upsetting (Remember when He Who Shall Not Be Named hosted?) season, and it has been a pure joy to write about it, in both good times and bad. But as the great Nelly Furtado once sang, all good things come to an end, and so tonight we witness Season 41’s swan song-- guided by Fred Armisen, famous for his own run on SNL, his musical skill on Late Night with Seth Meyers, his IFC shows Portlandia and Documentary Now, and that time we let him play Obama because he was the most ethnic cast member SNL had. Cold Open: Hillary Clinton celebrates her inevitable victory while drinking at a bar with a slightly bitter Bernie Sanders. The two set aside their differences for a dance together. When people talk about how much better SNL was when it was first starting out, »
- Emilie Sowers
Is there any recovery for an episode of Saturday Night Live after an opening monologue less funny than getting a nasty splinter smack in the middle of an ingrown toenail? (Sorry, dear readers, it’s the end of the season, and the metaphors are getting a little wobbly.)
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Fred Armisen put that question to the test in a Season 41 finale in which the peaks were high, and the valleys oh so low.
But did the show vet ultimately succeed or fail? That’s up to you. »
The season finale of Saturday Night Live didn't go without bringing back Kate McKinnon and Larry David's fan-favorite impersonations of Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. In the cold open of the series' May 21 episode, McKinnon's Clinton and David's Sanders reunited at a bar and attempted to bond over a glass of beer. The sketch opened with Clinton seated inside the bar, gloating about her poll numbers. "I've done it! I've won the nomination!" Clinton said to the bartender (played by Kenan Thompson). "I mean, no I haven't, and I keep losing states, but mathematically — I've done
- Meena Jang
Late Night With Seth Meyers often serves as a venue where the host and his fellow Saturday Night Live alumni recreate sketches that were written and rehearsed but never aired in a segment called "Second Chance Theatre." In the latest installment, Meyers is joined by Andy Samberg, SNL's Kenan Thompson and guest Greta Gerwig for the never-before-seen "Wanna Come With?"
The circa-2006 sketch is a bunch of co-workers hanging out at a bar where a drunk Graham, played by Samberg, annoyingly asks his office mates, "I'm gonna hit the head, »
Drake brought his golden sense of humor when he hosted Saturday Night Live this week. In between rapping about his issues with the SNL cast and impersonating Rihanna, the rapper participated in a fun round of Black Jeopardy with Amir (Jay Pharoah), Keeley (Sasheer Zamata), and host Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson). While the game poked fun at Drake's Canadian background, things took a hilarious turn when the show dared to poke fun at Beyoncé and Jay Z's recent Lemonade drama. Prepare to laugh and watch the clip above now. »
- Monica Sisavat
When Drake first hosted Saturday Night Live two seasons ago, he showed tremendous promise. It's sometimes difficult to predict how someone will do before actually hosting, but Drake demonstrated both charisma and a complete commitment to every concept in his initial hosting duties. Often, he would take subpar material and make it worth through sheer force of will. There are several ways to successfully host SNL, and that's one of them.
Drake needed a lot of willpower tonight, because the material was much worse than it was back in January »
Two of Saturday Night Live's most beloved alums are joining forces in NBC's newest offering: Maya & Marty. Maya Rudolph and Martin Short headline the new comedy show that promises to be full of music, stars and unique characters created by the duo of improv experts. People and Entertainment Weekly can exclusively reveal the spectacular's first promo art, which shows Rudolph, 43, and Short, 66, up close and personal (and hilarious) with the tagline "Together, they're one of a kind."SNL creator Lorne Michaels adds Maya & Marty to his impressive list of executive-producing credits, and a roster of surprise celebrity guests, including Kenan Thompson, »
- Mollie Cahillane, @MollieCahillane
The end of this decade is going to be wrecked by monsters. At least that's Warner Bros. new plan. They have decided to delay Godzilla 2 by 9 months. While that is almost a full year, fans won't have to wait so long for the next installment in this battle of the giant beasts. The follow-up crossover Godzilla Vs Kong will arrive just a mere 14 months later.
Godzilla 2 was originally set to be unleashed June 8, 2018. It has now staked out prime pre-summer real-estate in 2019, taking Batman V Superman's old Easter slot of March 22. The sequel to 2014's American Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards had the June 8 weekend completely to itself, though it was positioned to open just one week after Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second spinoff in that franchise. And it would have come one week before Pixar's hugely anticipated sequel Toy Story 4, with Jurassic World 2 arriving »
Our host for tonight is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her work on Seinfeld and Veep and for being something of an all-around comedy goddess. She held her own tonight in an episode that was a bit hit-or-miss, with pre-taped segments outshining weaker live sketches, but overall containing several memorably funny moments. Let’s dig in! Cold Open: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton go toe to toe in the latest democratic debate, in which they are faced with audience questions from New Yorkers Elaine Benes and Rachel Green. I’m ready for the primaries to be over not just because they’ve been so exhausting, but also because I want SNL to have some new material to play with in their cold opens. Right now, it’s pretty much Donald Trump isracist and repulsive, Ted Cruz is evil and repulsive, Bernie Sanders is poor and kooky, Hillary Clinton wants it real bad, »
- Emilie Sowers
Let's face it: April has been a pretty cruel month for Saturday Night Live fans. Aside from a killer sketch about space pants, there have been few memorable moments or big laughs. The fact that an episode hosted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus continued this streak almost defies reasoning. An SNL alum and one of the most celebrated comic actresses of the past twenty years, Louis-Dreyfus seemed like the perfect way to end this subpar month on a high note.
There is only one more three-week block to go before SNL is off for the summer. »
Break out the parachute pants and mood rings, we're heading back to the '90s! We hope you exactly Zero plans this weekend as The Splat is airing 1-3 minute All That reunion interstitials throughout its highly anticipated All That marathon (airing April 16-17 on TeenNick) to celebrate the iconic show's 22nd anniversary, and E! News has your exclusive first look at the cast's get together. While sitting on the famous orange couch (!), cast members Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Lori Beth Denberg, Danny Tamberelli and Josh Server reveal the question they are each asked about the show by fans all these years later, with Kel Finally revealing whether or not he truly loves orange soda. »
Thompson brought back his Sharpton in a fake news segment, with the real Sharpton stopping by as a statistical analyst. The two looked at the Black Approval Ratings of the presidential candidates, and things do not look good for the Republican party.
Hillary Clinton scored well, with the real Sharpton explaining that Bill Clinton is embraced by the black community. Ted Cruz, however, scored just a 2.1. “Look at him,” Sharpton explained. “You just know he’s up to something.”
“Black people should never trust a white person whose hair is more processed than theirs,” Thompson added.
Thompson’s Sharpton did »
- Alex Stedman
Back when Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live last fall, he was barely featured in the show itself. And yet, if you count pure minutes of air time, it's possible that Russell Crowe got even less this week. I get burying a politician or an athlete for whom sketch comedy isn't their strong suit. But Crowe? He didn't do badly enough in his limited screen time to justify his exclusion. One can theorize that his notoriously difficult personality might have had something to do with this, but we'll probably never know. »
Tonight’s host is Russell Crowe, an Oscar-winning actor known for his performances in movies such as Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, and pretty much nothing comedic ever-- until next month’s The Nice Guys comes out. This is his first time hosting; let’s see how it went! Cold Open: Hillary Clinton delivers a message encouraging New Yorkers to get out and vote for her in their upcoming primary election. It felt refreshing to see Kate McKinnon’s face up there at the start of the night rather than anything involving the Republican race, which even in comedy sketch form is mostly just depressing these days; you can only laugh at a person’s spray tan so many times before remembering he could usher our nation into its Young Adult Dystopian Novel era. Plus, the show hasn’t quite figured out what angle to take with the Republican side of »
- Emilie Sowers
He might not be known for his comedy — that is, until the forthcoming release of The Nice Guys, featuring alien-abduction survivor Ryan Gosling — but the one-time Gladiator could’ve fooled us, as he committed to a number of outlandish characters, from a holographic Henry VIII to a German professor who, let’s just say, grew up in a house full of old women.
Make no mistake: the Academy Award winner’s Studio 8H debut wasn’t a home run, »
This week's Saturday Night Live featured a potentially reality-altering meeting when Kenan Thompson's Al Sharpton character met up with the real Reverend Al Sharpton in a spoof of Sharpton's weekend PoliticsNation show. In the bit, the real Rev played a pollster who comes on the show to deliver Black Approval Ratings for the current crop of presidential candidates, while taking Thompson's malapropism-laden dialogue in stride. »
- Tommy Christopher
The late-night sketch program has released a “digital exclusive” parodying the Chicago Bears’ 1985 “Super Bowl Shuffle.” The outtake features Speaker of the House Ryan (played by Taran Killam) leading his fellow Og-gop members in a song that (poorly) attempts to highlight why the Establishment is still preferable to Republican frontrunner for president Donald Trump.
Other conservatives featured include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell »
Sometimes dopey is just dopey — and sometimes dopey is sublime. That’s about all I can say about Kenan Thompson’s extended bit on last night’s Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live, in which he brought back Big Papi, baseball slugger David Ortiz, who’s about to begin his final season as the Boston Red Sox designated hitter. Interviewed by co-anchor Colin Jost, Big Papi enthused rhapsodically about the food he will eat and his endless possible business ventures… »
Some things will never change. No matter how distant Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell's friendship seems to have drifted, the pair still remains closer than ever and has joined forces, once again, for Fandango - and Mitchell says, "it's awesome." "[Working together] is like a comfy pair of shoes because we did it not too long ago," Thompson tells People exclusively about working with his All That costar for the first time in eight months on the set of his latest project with Fandango for their spring/summer brand campaign starting in May, where he plays movie super fan Miles Mouvay, »
- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901
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