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Drake served as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live last month and on Tuesday, the show revealed an unaired skit with the rapper excised from the episode's TV broadcast due to time constraints.
The segment finds Drake playing a new employee at Kinko's, where he has to work alongside SNL cast members Beck Bennett and Bobby Moynihan. Bennett and Moynihan have a finely honed rapport – full of inside jokes and synced movements – which helps them get through days full of banal work. But every time Drake attempts »
Put up your space hand if you like any of these, J.J. Abrams. “Saturday Night Live” just released bonus footage from a recent “Star Wars” chemistry test sketch, which included tryouts from the real Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Hamm and Emma Stone. There were also plenty of impressions, courtesy of the “SNL” cast. Some of the highlights include Janelle Monae (Sasheer Zamata) trying to dance somberly while surrounded by death, Kyle Mooney‘s temperamental Shia Labeouf, and Javier Bardem (Beck Bennett) trying his best to have sex with Stone. Also Read: Why 'Star Wars' Matters: A Former Obama Official Explains. »
- Tony Maglio
Saturday Night Live may be wrapped for the season, but new footage will help ease the wait for season 42 - not to mention the next Star Wars film. In a bonus clip, Emma Stone, Matthew McConaughey and Jon Hamm do their best to land spots in The Force Awakens. However, they have some competition from SNL celebrity impersonators and actual Star Wars actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.Ridley almost flubbed her audition when Janelle Monáe, played by cast member Sasheer Zamata, turned their scene into a dance party. Stone probably lost the role because of her screen test with »
- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_
Looking ahead to 2017, the one Matthew McConaughey role that already has Stephen King fans rooted to the edge of their seats is a certain Man in Black (Aka Randall Flagg), who will soon be on the run from Idris Elba’s lone gunslinger in The Dark Tower.
However, on the other end of the McConaughey spectrum is Sing, a bright and breezy animated romp that places the Oscar-winner in the role of Buster Moon, a wide-eyed crooner who hopes to resurrect his once-grand theater by hosting a talent show.
Swinging its doors open to any and every contestant, Moon’s good-will gesture soon results in a whole host of animals walking the boards in an attempt to jump-start their budding musical careers. After whittling down a list of the more eccentric cast of candidates, Sing presents moviegoers with five talented musicians setting out to start a new chapter under Buster Moon’s rejuvenated roof. »
- Michael Briers
Dead Poets Society is beloved by many for numerous reasons, but the film is most widely known for its climactic scene in which the students stand atop their desks and exclaim, “O Captain! My Captain!” This memorable moment was recently spoofed with horrific and hilarious results in Farewell, Mr. Bunting, a sketch video that aired during SNL’s season finale that will cause viewers to never look at that inspirational scene the same way again.
- Derek Anderson
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
Fred Armisen played a beloved but fired teacher at an all-boys school in a surprisingly gory spoof of “Dead Poets Society” during the season finale episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” In the pre-taped sketch, “Farewell, Mr. Bunting,” Bobby Moynihan played the uptight headmaster who takes over the English class of Armisen’s Bunting and lectured the uniformed boys about how “Poetry should not be fun. It should be oppressive and the reader should hate it.” As Bunting returned to the classroom to collect his things, the students (played by Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Jay Pharoah, Jon Rudnitsky and Pete Davidson) began. »
- Thom Geier
Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have each paid a visit to “Saturday Night Live” this season. Last week, the show played host to a personage who can be just as tough to get: Dick Patterson.
Who? This oddball businessman has the body and reflexes of a baby, and he is played by “SNL” cast member Beck Bennett. Despite the character’s appeal, he has surfaced just four times over the course of two seasons. In contrast, the popular “Californians,” a group of vapid West Coasters obsessed with L.A. highway travel, appeared four times in the course of the show’s 38th cycle. When Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer struck a chord with “J Pop America Fun Time Now,” a fake campus TV show about Japanese pop culture, the show ran it three times in a single season.
Recurring characters are one of the mainstays of this venerable NBC late-night institution, »
- Brian Steinberg
The Degrassi star-turned-rapper gave it his all upon his return to Studio 8H in his second double-duty stint as host and musical guest (in support of his new album Views). While the humor in some sketches might’ve been more questionable than, say, the level of acceptable funk on a song by Downtown Sasquatch, the Artist Formerly Known as Jimmy Brooks shined when asked to play a 1970s R&B singer, »
Last week's episode of Game of Thrones may have been one of the biggest episodes in the show's history, ending with a pivotal moment that fans are still talking about one week later. During last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, the sketch comedy series skewered this scene with a new skit, with host Brie Larson and several cast members playing beloved characters from the world of Westeros. If you still haven't seen last week's Game of Thrones, there will be massive Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
For those of you who are caught up with the show, last week's episode "Home" finally featured the resurrection of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who was killed in last year's Season 5 finale by Aliser Thorne (Owen Teale) and his treacherous followers in the Night's Watch. Many fans had speculated that Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) could use her magical powers to bring back Jon Snow, »
Tonight’s host is Brie Larson: indie film actress, recent Oscar winner, and former singer of pop punk album Finally Out of P.E, whose single She Said featured pretty heavily on the rotation of my first ever square iPod nano. Larson brought a solid enthusiasm to an episode that featured a heavier amount of good sketches than bad, proving that maybe long hiatuses are good for this show, since their cast and crew, if legend is to be believed, subsist on very little sleep and very much junk food. Glad those guys got some rest, and brought some laughs to this enjoyable Mother’s Day episode. Cold Open: Church Chat: Dana Carvey’s Church Chat Lady returns to interview Ted Cruz and Donald Trump with her signature judgy passive aggression. The Church Chat Lady isn’t a person I would typically consider a voice of reason, but election »
- Emilie Sowers
Come this autumn, “Saturday Night Live” could showcase some of its most eyebrow-raising material in years.
Cast members and recurring characters come and go on NBC’s venerable late-night mainstay, but for more than four decades, the program has basically operated with the same format: A “cold open”; a monologue featuring the guest host; a couple of sketches and taped segments; a musical performance; “Weekend Update”; more sketches; another musical performance; some oddball material in the last ten minutes; and a quick goodbye from the host and cast.
In the fall, some of that structure will likely change. NBCUniversal plans to reduce the commercial load that typically accompanies the program, part of an emerging format being tested by many big media companies growing increasingly conscious of the fact that younger viewers who watch streaming video on demand expect fewer ads and less commercial “clutter.” Gone will be two commercial breaks, »
- Brian Steinberg
Seinfeld's Larry David and Julia Louis-Dreyfus held a mini-reunion during Saturday Night Live's debate-themed cold open April 16. Beck Bennett (as CNN's Wolf Blitzer) first introduced the candidates. “Hello, Brooklyn! I cannot wait to be your next president," said Hillary Clinton (played by SNL's Kate McKinnon). "If I'm elected, of course — not getting ahead of myself … in public. In private I’ve been president for 15 years.” Bernie Sanders (played by David) told the audience: “I’m not fancy, I’m not the elite. I put on my pants just like all of you. I sit on
- Jennifer Konerman
Johnny Simmons stars as a 30-year-old sex therapist who has never gone through puberty. His world turns upside-down after the removal of a benign brain tumor.
The film — Pollak’s feature directorial debut — also stars J.K. Simmons, Maria Bello, Brittany Snow, Jane Lynch, Kumail Nanjiani, Beck Bennett, Paul Wesley, Ken Marino, Illeana Douglas, Charlotte McKinney, Vanessa Ragland, Blake Cooper and Lenora Crichlow.
“Late Bloomer” is loosely based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body.” The book recounts the E! news correspondent’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed.
- Dave McNary
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
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 »
Blake Shelton was all about Gwen Stefani's SNL performances, particularly one rather unusual one. The 46-year-old singer made a cameo in a sketch that saw host Peter Dinklage, also 46, play an '80s-style New Wave singer who sings a song titled "Space Pants" at a restaurant, which distracts a group of mobsters, made up of cast members Beck Bennett, 31, Bobby Moynihan, 39, Jon Rudnitsky, 26, and Pete Davidson, 22. Stefani then joins Dinklage onstage, wearing sexy "space shorts." "Hey @gwenstefani... Please wear space pants when you get back home!!! Ha!!!!" tweeted Shelton, 39. "@blakeshelton got in the »
Here’s the funniest sketch from last night’s Peter Dinklage-hosted SNL: Built on the lame foundation of a Mafia encounter at a restaurant between a pair of knee-whackers and a couple of deadbeats short on the big (the evening’s superstar Bobby Moynihan, Beck Bennett, Jon Rudnitsky and Pete Davidson), it featured Dinklage as the lounge singer. Topped with a platinum bob of a wig and decked out in a ludicrous outfit, Dinklage had the robot-moves down as he churned out an… »
Tonight’s host is Peter Dinklage, a talented actor best known for playing Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister, a performance so good it makes you say, “Fine, I guess I’ll keep watching Game of Thrones this season, but if another Stark dies I’m out.” Though Dinklage did make a brief but memorable appearance last year on Weekend Update as Drunk Uncle’s brother-in-law Peter Drunklage, tonight marks his first appearance as host. Cold Open: Kate Bolduan of CNN interviews noted Donald Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes, asking Hughes how she manages to defend Trump despite his terrible behavior and negative statements concerning women. I’d never heard of Scottie Nell Hughes before tonight, but she appears to be some sort of darkest timeline Connie Britton character, and Cecily Strong’s sputtery performance brought her to life for me instantly. Strong and Kate McKinnon’s sparring was entertaining to watch, »
- Emilie Sowers
Ariana Grande encountered SNL's idiot buddy duo JoJo and BoBo in a cut skit from last weekend's SNL. The 22-year-old pop star had made her hosting debut on the show. In the sketch, she plays a woman who invites JoJo and Bobo, her co-workers, to her March Madness party. The two have no idea that it involves watching Ncaa men's Division I tournament games. "Work now, get mad on Saturday," says BoBo, played by Beck Bennett. "No one's getting mad," she replies. "It's just gonna be a casual thing." "Perfect," says JoJo, played by Kyle Mooney. "So, in terms of dress code, people will be wearing »
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