Bill Hader as Anthony Scaramucci

Even as a die hard Saturday Night Live fan, I’m not entirely sure that we need a summer edition of Weekend Update for a few weeks before the full 43rd season of the late night sketch series kicks off on September. But after last night’s first episode of Weekend Update: Summer Edition brought back one of the best cast members to ever appear on the show, I’m so glad Colin Jost and Michael Che came back to end the summer with some laughs.

Former cast member Bill Hader made a surprise return to Studio 8H last night, and he brought with him an incredible impression of former White House communications director Anthony Scarmucci, the financier who only worked at the White House for 11 days before being unceremoniously fired from the position before he had even officially started the job.

Watch the sketch featuring Bill Hader as Anthony Scaramucci below. Read More »

Breaking Bad

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a new video essay explores why the pilot for Breaking Bad is a perfect beginning to the series and a flawless episode of television. Plus, someone with a lot of time on their hands recreated the favorite Animaniacs song “Yakko’s World” using dialogue from movies, and Saturday Night Live cast member turned United States Senator Al Franken once delivered one hell of a live performance as Mick Jagger. Read More »

Brigsby Bear

The demanding Saturday Night Live schedule leaves cast members with little time to themselves. A typical week is consumed with all-night writing sessions, lengthy table reads, marathon rehearsals, and a million last-minute adjustments. So when the players do have some down time, they better use it wisely.

Since many SNL players harbor dreams of being the next Eddie Murphy or Will Ferrell, a lot of them spend their breaks filming a new stand-up special or a role in a mainstream comedy. But not Kyle Mooney. Last week, his movie Brigsby Bear opened in limited release. The quirky Sundance comedy is about a young man obsessed with a children’s fantasy show that was made only for him. Mooney co-wrote the screenplay and stars as James Pope.

It would be safe to call Brigsby Bear a passion project – countless publications already have. But Mooney isn’t alone in his pursuit of passion projects. A few of his colleagues have also written and starred in their own films, ones that were never destined for a wide audience or a big payday but that clearly meant a great deal to their creators. How did we get to this current wave of SNL indie auteurism? It seems to have started a few cycles back.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

This edition of The Morning Watch features a closer look at the surprising amount of practical effects during a particular action sequence in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a video essay surrounding the sound of Ridley Scott‘s original Blade Runner, and a valiant attempt by someone to recreate an insane culinary creation from a Saturday Night Live sketch. Read More »

the leftovers season 3 trailer

This morning brought the cavalcade of nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be handed out in September. Westworld was out in front with a whopping 22 nominations for its freshman season while other debut shows like This Is Us, as well as continuing shows like Veep and Saturday Night Live, also landed a surprising number of nods. But there are only so many slots for nominees and plenty of shows were snubbed by the Television Academy. Thankfully, it wasn’t all bad news though as there were some pleasant (sometimes goofy) surprises as well.

Below, we run through the biggest 2017 Emmy snubs and surprises. Read More »

2016 Emmy Nominations

Today brought the nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, and Westworld came out on top on the drama side of things with a total of 22 nominations across the board. On the comedy side, Veep was the leader with a total of 17 nominations. The miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan also fared well with 18 nominations.

Outside of the leaders of the pack, shows like Stranger Things, This Is Us, Big Little Lies, The Night Of and The Handmaid’s Tale made a big splash. Plus, Saturday Night Live had a big presence this year as well, tying Westworld with 22 nominations as well.

Check out the full list of 2017 Emmy nominations below. Read More »

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump

Back in the spring, while Saturday Night Live was still in the middle of its 42nd season, Alec Baldwin indicated that he might not keep playing Donald Trump much longer on the late night sketch series. Though his portrayal of the unqualified President of the United States of America resulted in some of the most consistently high ratings SNL had received in recent years, Baldwin said:

“I think the maliciousness of this White House has people very worried, which is why I might not do it much longer, by the way, that whole impersonation. I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

Because the reality of any given situation at the White House can be too hard to swallow and thus difficult to effectively parody, the actor was right to question whether it was something he could viably keep doing. But it turns out he either feels a responsibility to keep pissing off reality-show-host-in-chief, or he’s getting paid handsomely to keep playing the role, because we’ll keep seeing Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live this fall. Read More »

Sasheer Zamata Leaving Saturday Night Live

In addition to Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer leaving the staple sketch show Saturday Night Live, the day after the 42nd season finale brought news that cast member Sasheer Zamata was also departing. There was no word about Zamata leaving the show before the episode aired, but after the traditional send-off at the end of the episode had Zamata carried off the stage by host Dwayne Johnson and fellow cast member Colin Jost (following the same honor being given to Moynihan and Bayer), it was clear that the Indiana-born comedian was leaving the show as well.

However, if Sasheer Zamata was leaving the show along with Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer, why didn’t she get the same send-off treatment as the other two cast members did in their own sketch and prominently featured Weekend Update appearances? Let’s discuss Sasheer Zamata leaving Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Saturday Night Live Goodbye Sketch to Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer

This past weekend brought the final episode in the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live. The show was hosted by Dwayne Johnson, and while it was a solid collection of sketches, it didn’t feel like it quite had the pomp and circumstance that usually comes with the show’s season finales. But it was the last episode for a few cast members.

We already knew that Bobby Moynihan was leaving Saturday Night Live thanks to his new sitcom getting picked up for the upcoming 2017-2018 television season at CBS. But before the new episode of SNL aired this past weekend, it was revealed that Vanessa Bayer was also leaving the show. Then on Sunday, Sasheer Zamata became the third cast member to leave the sketch series.

We’ll have more on Sasheer Zamata’s exit from the series a little later today, but for now watch the Saturday Night Live goodbye to Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer after the jump. Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson Hosted Saturday Night Live

This past weekend the 42nd season finale of Saturday Night Live arrived with host Dwayne Johnson joining the Five Timers Club, just like Melissa McCarthy did last week. Not only did Johnson get his honorary jacket, but he was joined by fellow Five Timers Club members Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks, and he picked one of them to be his running mate when announcing his candidacy for president in 2020.

Watch what happens and see the best and worst sketches from the Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »