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'SNL': Cameron Diaz Raps (Watch)

23 November 2014 11:34 AM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

The women who brought us "(Do It On My) Twin Bed" delivered another hilarious digital short on this week's "Saturday Night Live."

Led by host Cameron Diaz, "SNL" cast members Kate McKinnon, Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Leslie Jones rapped in a mock music video about the benefits daughters experience when going home to visit their parents for Thanksgiving in a rap called "Back Home Baller."

"Walk in the door, hand my bag to valet – case you're wondering, it's my daddy," Kate raps in the clip. "Head straight to the fridge, like a ...

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Cameron Diaz And Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars

22 November 2014 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In Cameron Diaz, “Saturday Night Live” has its second consecutive host making an appearance after a lengthy absence. Although Diaz has hosted the show three times before, this is her first time doing so since 2005. Will there be “Annie” sketches? Probably! Will there be a Jamie Foxx and/or Quvenzhané Wallis cameo? Possibly! Will Bruno Mars make an in-sketch appearance in addition to his musical role tonight? Likely! Will this be an exciting episode or one that puts audiences to sleep faster than Thanksgiving dinner? Who knows! As always, I’ll be liveblogging the show in real time, assigning grades to each segment. As always, I’ll remind you that comedy is subjective and the grades don’t have any more power than you allow them to have. As always, a few of you will ignore that last statement and quibble over a “B-“ versus a “B”. It’s cool. »

- Ryan McGee

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Woody Harrelson and Kendrick Lamar

15 November 2014 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s been twenty-five years since Woody Harrelson originally hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and more than two decades since his last appearance on the show. In that time, he’s gone from "lovable bartender on 'Cheers'" to someone who is simultaneously part of one of Hollywood’s biggest film franchises (“The Hunger Games”) and co-lead in one of 2014’s most talked-about television shows (“True Detective”). What’s hosting a live sketch-comedy show on top of that already stuffed year? I’d be shocked to not see a parody of at least one (if not both) of those aforementioned pieces of pop culture, but mostly I want to see Harrelson let his comedy freak flag fly with this cast and see what happens. As always, I’ll be grading in sketch in real time. As always, you shouldn’t worry too much about the grades. We’re all here because we love “SNL, »

- Ryan McGee

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Celebrate Matthew McConaughey's Birthday with Stellar Impersonations by Jim Carrey, Matt Damon and More

4 November 2014 4:20 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Matthew McConaughey turns 45 on Nov. 4. So what do you get a guy like McConaughey for his birthday, anyway? Well, without realizing it, Kate Hudson and Jim Carrey recently teamed up to honor Hollywood's most talented bro in the exact same way: with impressions of him. First, while presenting at an American Cinematheque gala honoring McConaughey, Hudson let loose with her take on his trademark drawl as she experienced it on the set of their movie Fool's Gold. Then, while hosting SNL, Carrey offered the world his impression of McConaughey with a three-part parody of the actor's stream-of-consciousness Lincoln commercials. Two »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.05, “Chris Rock/Prince”: Prince highlight of weak installment

2 November 2014 10:08 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live, Season 40, Episode 5, “Chris Rock/Prince”

Aired November 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

It’s a shame when the best segment of any given episode of SNL is the musical guest. This tends to occur in an episode with mediocre sketches and a lack of cohesion and identity, all of which makes it really hard to soldier on until commercials, when one can justify looking at tumblr or updating a watchlist on Letterboxd. This week’s episode is full of this kind of half-backed material, but luckily we were guaranteed one highlight, which did not disappoint, because…

Musical Guest: Prince!!! Man, his performance is so so so good. When it was announced last week that Prince would not play the usual two sets that an SNL musical guest does, opting instead to play a single eight-minute long jam, expectations were somehow »

- Jj Perkins

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'SNL' skewers YouTube with 'How 2 Dance with Janelle'

2 November 2014 12:18 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Poor Janelle. All she wants to do is entertain her 3 million viewers with yet another edition of her show "How 2 Dance with Janelle" YouTube show.  Unfortunately, dad isn't having any of it. Yes, "Saturday Night Live" is probably skewering the YouTube star phenomenon about three years too late, but this sketch from last night's episode gives featured players Sasheer Zamata and Kyle Mooney a rare chance to shine. Check it out in the embedded clip below. For more on tonight's "SNL" read our popular recap by Ryan McGee.   »

- HitFix Staff

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'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Chris Rock Hosts; Prince Performs

1 November 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Saturday Night Live this weekend featured Chris Rock as the host and musical guest Prince.

Cold Open

For the Cold Open, Saturday Night Live decided to tackle the topic of Ebola – specifically New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s (Bobby Moynihan) decision to impose a quarantine on nurse Kaci Hickox, who returned from Africa – and said nurse’s particularly cavalier behavior upon returning to Maine. “I don’t care if I have Ebloa," she says. "I’m riding my damn bike.”

Chris Rock Monologue

Chris Rock’s opening monologue started off with a controversial bit about the Boston Marathon. After noting how far 26 miles actually is, Rock said, “You finally get to the finish line, and somebody screams, ‘Run!,’” referring to the finish line bomb. As for the Freedom Tower that was erected following New York City’s 9/11 terrorist attack, Rock said it should be called the, “Never Going in There Tower, »

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Chris Rock and Prince

1 November 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Much like Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock did not have the most illustrious career at “Saturday Night Live.” But much like Silverman, Rock is returning to host with a post-“SNL” resumé that is extremely impressive. It will be fascinating to see how much of Rock’s tumultuous time at the show is explicitly addressed, and how much the show’s current cast composition feeds into the narrative of tonight’s episode. The program has taken great strides over the past year to combat outcries following its hiring of six Caucasian cast members two summers ago. And now, the show boasts five African-American cast members, by far the most at one time in its history. Does that automatically make the show better? Of course not. But it sure as hell makes the show more reflective of the culture it’s designed to satire on a weekly basis. The show’s work isn’t done, »

- Ryan McGee

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‘SNL’ promotes writer Leslie Jones to series regular

21 October 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live writer Leslie Jones has been promoted out of the writer’s room and onto the stage. She was hired back in January along with Lakendra Tooks and Sasheer Zamata in response to criticisms of the lack of African-Americans on SNL. Jones has done some sketches in the past, but a recent Weekend Update skit drew some controversy.

“Number 1 Slave Draft Pick” involved Jones congratulating Lupita Nyong’o for her Oscar win, then moved to how Jones had problems with men. She said she would have more luck in the Old South, as a strong baby-making slave. Many had problems with the message, but Jones stood by it, saying if a man said something similar in a rap it would be fine.

No word yet on when Jones will make her debut.

The post ‘SNL’ promotes writer Leslie Jones to series regular appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Michelle Leibowitz

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Leslie Jones: brash, outrageous and great for SNL

21 October 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

For the first time in its 40-year-history, the Saturday Night Live cast includes two black women

Saturday Night Live is starting to look a little bit more like the rest of America, at least in terms of diversity. First the NBC staple installed Michael Che as the first black anchor for its long-running Weekend Update segment, and now Leslie Jones has been promoted from a writer on the show to a featured player. Her first official episode as a cast member will be the 25 October episode featuring Jim Carrey as host. The poor woman always to have her time at SNL linked to Jim Carrey.

This is the first time in its 40-year history that SNL will be the home to two black women, Jones and Sasheer Zamata. Both women found their way to the show when SNL came under fire in 2013 for not having any black women in its »

- Brian Moylan

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Leslie Jones Promoted to Saturday Night Live Featured Player: 5 Things to Know About the Comedienne

21 October 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Leslie Jones is making history. The Saturday Night Live writer has been promoted to a full-time featured player, marking the first time in the history of the NBC sketch comedy show that two women of color have appeared in the official cast. Sasheer Zamata joined the show in early 2014 (when Jones had also auditioned). Here are five things to know about SNL’s newest star: Photos: SNL's most successful cast members1. She’s not one to shy away from controversy.Jones first came on the public’s radar when she [...] »

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'Saturday Night Live' Adds Leslie Jones to Cast

21 October 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Leslie Jones is moving on up! The staff writer for "Saturday Night Live" has been promoted to featured player this season, on the strength of several appearances, including one about relationships from the season premiere.

Jones becomes the second black female cast member, after Sasheer Zamata. "SNL" faced a great deal of criticism last year over the lack of diversity among its comedy troupe - particularly after hiring six new cast members for the 2013-14 season, all of whom were white. That led Michaels to embark on a very public nationwide search for black female comedians. That led to the show hiring Sasheer Zamata as a featured player and Jones and Lakendra Tookes as writers.

"SNL" has a long history of promoting from within; current "Weekend Update" hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che both started as writers. Jones begins her new job on this weekend's edition, which will be hosted by Jim Carrey. »

- Kelly Woo

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Leslie Jones Joins 'Saturday Night Live' Cast

20 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Leslie Jones, the standup comedian who has been writing for Saturday Night Live since January, has been named a castmember of Saturday Night Live.

Leslie Jones Joins 'SNL' Cast

Last year, when Saturday Night Live was scrambling to find an African-American woman to join the cast, Jones was a finalist, losing the spot to Sasheer Zamata, reported Deadline. She ended up in SNL’s writer’s room, but has occasionally made appearances on the show, namely during Weekend Update as the resident Dating Expert.

Jones caused a bit of a stir during her first Weekend Update appearance in which she decried the injustices about what kind of women men want. While she said she wasn’t the first pick in the dating pool, with her broad shoulders and strong arms she would have been “the No. 1 slave draft pick.” Jones’ skit, while receiving some backlash, did give SNL »

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Leslie Jones Promoted to SNL Featured Player

20 October 2014 7:58 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Deadline reports that SNL staff writer Leslie Jones has been promoted to featured player ahead of this week’s Jim Carrey show. Jones became a writer for the show following the talent search in early 2014 that resulted in the hiring of Sasheer Zamata, but her guest spots on "Weekend Update" — from her relationship-advice segment on this year's season premiere to her controversial "No. 1 Slave Draft Pick” bit about slavery last May — proved that she can hold her own in front of the camera as well. Congrats, Leslie! »

- Anna Silman

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Leslie Jones Named New SNL Cast Member

20 October 2014 7:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Saturday Night Live just added a new face to the cast of its 40th season. Leslie Jones is the latest lady to join the show as a full-fledged cast member after becoming a writer earlier this year. Jones first auditioned for the coveted spot last fall as one of twelve finalists, but the role was ultimately offered to Sasheer Zamata. And while Jones may not have gotten her big break right away, the comedian made an impression on showrunner Lorne Michaels, eventually making appearances on Weekend Update, Deadline reports. In addition to her new gig in front of the camera, »

- Emily Strohm, @emablonde

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'SNL's' Leslie Jones promoted to full cast member

20 October 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Saturday Night Live's" Leslie Jones is moving on up. The comedian, who joined the "SNL" writing staff early this year and has appeared as a contributor on the show's "Weekend Update" segment a number of times, has been promoted to full cast member, according to Deadline. This weekend's Jim Carrey-hosted episode will be her first as a featured player. Jones vied for a spot on the "SNL" cast last December during the show's much-publicized scramble to hire a black female performer, but Sasheer Zamata ultimately won out. Jones was nevertheless offered a spot on the show's writing staff, and clearly her solid "Weekend Update" contributions have won over the powers-that-be. Check out Jones' (somewhat controversial) "Weekend Update" segment from back in May: »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Saturday Night Live Has Promoted Leslie Jones to Cast Member

20 October 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

After serving as a writer on Saturday Night Live since early 2014, Leslie Jones has been promoted to cast member. She auditioned last year for the spot that eventually went to Sasheer Zamata, and though she initially lost out, the SNL team offered her a position as a writer. Jones is the third new cast member this season, alongside Weekend Update's Michael Che, who was also a writer before being promoted to an onscreen role, and Pete Davidson. Jones has already appeared in a skit and on Weekend Update several times, but stay tuned to see more of her on the show! Until then, check her out in the clip below. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Leslie Jones Promoted to 'Saturday Night Live' Regular Cast Member

20 October 2014 4:38 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Leslie Jones has been promoted to new cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," from her previous position in the writers' room.  You'll recall that Jones was added to SNL's writing staff in January (along with Lakendra Tookes), around the same time that Sasheer Zamata was added to the show's cast after a much publicized search for a new black woman cast member (Jones and Tookes were actually amongst the many women who auditioned for the job that eventually went to Zamata, when producers held a special casting for black women actors/comedians last year). You'll also recall that, 5 months after she was hired, Jones found herself at the center of some »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Saturday Night Live' adds Leslie Jones as castmember

20 October 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

To the surprise of absolutely no one who caught this during last month's season premiere, Leslie Jones has been named a castmember of Saturday Night Live. Jones started writing for the NBC sketch comedy staple in January, and, according to Deadline, was previously a finalist for a cast spot that ultimately went to Sasheer Zamata. The stand-up comedian has made multiple stops by Weekend Update, including a rather controversial bit in May when she joked that, while she may be single now, she would have been "the No. 1 slave draft pick." Amid backlash, she stood by the skit, tweeting, “I »

- Emily Blake

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds New Cast Member

20 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Saturday Night Live” has found a new cast member in its writing staff.

Leslie Jones, who has been a writer for the show since early this year, is joining the cast, a rep for the show confirmed on Monday. She’ll begin in this role starting with this week’s Jim Carrey-hosted episode.

The comedian was a contender in the search for a new cast member last fall. The spot went to Sasheer Zamata, but producers decided to bring Jones on as a writer.

Jones is only the latest “SNL” cast member to be plucked from the writing staff. Michael Che, the new Weekend Update co-anchor, was also upped from his spot as a writer to go onscreen.

Viewers may recognize Jones from her appearances on Weekend Update, including one in the 40th season premiere, proving her onscreen chops. She also starred in her own comedy special, “Problem Child, »

- Alex Stedman

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