10 items from 2014
Last night's "SNL" sketch "Pimpin' Pimpin' Pimpin' with Katt WIlliams" (embedded below) only got a "B-" from our famed "SNL" recapper Ryan McGee, but I actually think it was one of the strongest sketches of the Lena Dunham-hosted episode. Not only was Pharoah Williams brilliant as the controversy-plagued comedian, but the rest of the celebrity impersonations were spot-on as well. Take, for instance: Jared "Most Zac Efron-Lookin' Son Of A Bitch" Leto (Brooks Wheelan) And how about: Liza "Ellen Said You Looked Like a Transvestite" Minnelli (Lena Dunham) Also, let's give it up for: Harrison "What The Hell Happened To You" Ford (Taran Killam) And last but not least, who could forget: Lena "Some Lady Named Lena Dunham" Dunham (Noel Wells) Oh, and these products. I mean, c'mon. Honestly, this gets an A+ for the "Darth Vader wearing Uggs" joke alone. Follow Riot on Twitter »
- Chris Eggertsen
Saturday Night Live this weekend was hosted by Girls star Lena Dunham, who used her TV persona to provide some laughs for the sketch show – particularly when it came to doing a parody of her hit HBO show.
Dunham and Tarran Killam played the Bible’s Adam and Eve, debating their lives while naked in the Garden of Eden. Channeling Hannah Horvath, Dunham’s Eve pressed Adam to define their relationship and displayed some feminist outrage when he suggested that God made her from his rib. Vanessa Bayer as Soshanna was the snake – convincing Eve to eat the apple. Eve, when confronted by God, wasn’t having it.
“Can you please not apple shame me right now?” said Eve. “Seriously, I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original.”
Well, this should be interesting. Not “Saturday Night Live” itself, which I imagine will rebound quite nicely from last week’s fairly disastrous show. Rather, I mean reaction to Lena Dunham, who inspires more conversation than almost anyone else on television, all of which can be accurately described as “passionate.” Dunham, and her HBO “Girls,” seems to touch a nerve unlike anything else in current popular culture, to the point where any rationale online discussion of either seems as likely as my mother waking up tomorrow and suddenly understanding the concept of cloud computing. We’ll see how much “SNL” leans into this whirlwind surrounding Dunham, and how much both the show and the actress try to move away from Hannah Horvath and into other comedic avenues. Jim Parsons declared he was “Not That Guy” in last week’s monologue, but then deployed a bunch of Sheldon Cooper-lite characters throughout the show. »
- Ryan McGee
Girls is smart, well-made, thought-provoking, and very entertaining — provided you’re in the right mindset and/or have a high tolerance for watching selfish people go about their lives. That said, Lena Dunham’s adventure in auteurism isn’t exactly a laugh-out-loud sort of show — and really never has been, barring a few notable exceptions (Shoshanna on crack; Hannah and Elijah on coke; suddenly I’m sensing a pattern). I like to describe Broad City as “Girls, but funny” — which is probably why I like Broad City a whole lot more than I like Girls.
Despite all this, I’ve »
- Hillary Busis
Girls star and creator and Vogue cover girl Lena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live on March 8, with musical guest the National, NBC announced today. This is Dunham's first time hosting and the National's first time musical-guesting, so, big day all around. SNL's season premiere this year included a pretty solid spoof of Girls, which Dunham at the time called "a true honor," so perhaps we're due for the return of Tina Fey's Blerta. Or at least the return of Noël Wells's Lena Dunham impression. »
- Margaret Lyons
Mance Media will start presenting the title to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin this week. Gravitas Ventures will handle North American VOD release on May 1 and Mance Media will release the DVD/Blu Ray on May 1.
Producers are Stephanie Dziczek and Meg Charlton. Molly Green and James Leffler directed from their own script, in which Wells’ character and her naive neighbor (played by Matt Mider) take a joke about marriage and become engaged — and stranded in the desert.
Wells joined the cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” at the start of this season. “Forev” had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and won audience awards at the Portland and Tallgrass film festivals.
- Dave McNary
Even after 38 and a half seasons, SNL still has the capacity to surprise. Yesterday, I assumed that 2014′s first episode would make some noise about new featured player Sasheer Zamata; given the show’s unusually public search for black female talent, fanfare or at least a formal introduction seemed likely.
But in the end, SNL decided to go a more matter-of-fact route: Zamata wasn’t set apart from the rest of the cast. Instead, she was simply and easily integrated into the show, appearing in no fewer than five sketches throughout the episode. And though Sasheer certainly got more screen »
- Hillary Busis
Last night, Saturday Night Live announced it had added yet another comic actor to its repertoire of featured players. Sasheer Zamata, an Upright Citizen's Brigade alum, will join SNL in time for the show's January 18th episode. Zamata will be the first black SNL cast member in six years, but she's also notable as yet another talented performer pulled from the depths of the online video world. Unlike many of her fellow SNL rookies, Zamata hasn't just starred in a few Above Average videos. Instead, like Kyle Mooney and Noel Wells, she has starred in several web series of her own creation. Just seven weeks ago, Zamata and co-star Nicole Byer headlined our Indie Spotlight with The Pursuit Of Sexiness. The success of that series surely helped vault her from the Ucb YouTube channel to the most popular sketch group in the world. Broadway Video also wasted no time featuring Zamata on Above Average, »
- Sam Gutelle
Saturday Night Live has hired its first female African-American cast member since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sasheer Zamata, who has performed at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in New York City, will join the cast on the show's January 18th episode, which Drake will host.
Zamata moved to New York City in 2009, after graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in drama. Since then, she has been performing at the Ucb Theater and has made appearances in sketches on Totally Biased with W. »
Live from New York, it's Sasheer Zamata! That's right, Saturday Night Live has a new cast member. E! News has confirmed Zamata will join the cast of NBC's long-running SNL this January. Look for Zamata to make her SNL debut on Saturday, Jan. 18, the first live show of 2014. Drake will host and be the musical guest. Zamata is Saturday Night Live's first female black cast member since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007. Deadline first reported Zamata's casting. The lack of diversity amongst the SNL cast made headlines after six new cast members—Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelan—all of them white joined the show for »
10 items from 2014
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