The 42nd season of Saturday Night Live will premiere on October 1st, but before then, some vacant spots on the cast needed to be filled. Cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam were let go after spending six years on the show while Jon Rudnitsky wasn’t asked to return after just one season as a featured player. With those three out, three new comedians are being brought in. Find out who the new Saturday Night Live cast members are after the jump. Read More »
Not too long ago, we got the surprising and disappointing news that Taran Killam would be leaving Saturday Night Live along with fellow cast member Jay Pharoah and featured played Jon Rudnitsky. The latter wasn’t a surprising removal after the comedian failed to make an impact in his first season, but the departure of Killam and Pharoah will likely be felt by fans when the show returns for its 42nd season at the beginning of October.
As we get closer to the start of the new season, it’s time for the former cast members to clean our their office and bid farewell to the place they’ve worked long hours for several years. And since Killam didn’t get a grand send-off on the air, he decided to say goodbye in a different way. In what is basically one final Saturday Night Live sketch, Killam has given himself a mini-episode of the HBO sports documentary program Hard Knocks, following his final days at 30 Rockefeller Center. Watch the Taran Killam Hard Knocks parody below. Read More »
Some people wonder why Saturday Night Live is still a program that is put together in just a week when the comedy that comes from the show can be so hit or miss. For superfans of the show like myself, that’s actually one of the most exciting aspects of the show. It’s impressive to see what this talented group of people can put together in such a short amount of time, and no one makes show like this anywhere else on television.
Another fun element of the live aspect of the show is that anything can happen while it’s on the air, and that includes cast members “breaking” in the middle of a scene. Sometimes the SNL cast members just can’t help but laugh at themselves or their co-stars and they break the reality of the scene. Usually it just results in the sketch getting funnier, and the audience always loves to see it happen. Now you can relive some of the best moments of breaking from SNL with a couple supercuts spanning decades of sketches. Read More »
Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live made some personnel changes by confirming that six-year cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam would not be returning to fulfill the last year of their standard seven-year contract. In addition, featured player Jon Rudnitsky, who just joined last season, was also not being asked to return. Now there’s another change in the ranks at SNL this time regarding the position of head writer.
Find out who will be the new Saturday Night Live head writers will be after the jump. Read More »
With the start of the new television season just around the corner, NBC’s late night comedy staple Saturday Night Live has revealed two major changes coming to the cast for the show’s 42nd season. There aren’t any new cast members announced yet (though there will be some additions announced soon), but two veteran cast members will not be back.
Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah have exited Saturday Night Live, and if their departure is surprising to fans, it’s just as surprising to at least one of the two comedians who have each been with the show for six years. Find out more about Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam leaving Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »
The 41st season of Saturday Night Live might be over (read my review of the season finale hosted by Fred Armisen right here), but that doesn’t mean the late night sketch show is done releasing new material for us to enjoy.
You might remember last fall, when Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live, there was a sketch featuring footage of a bunch of auditions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega got in on the fun with the rest of the SNL cast and even Jon Hamm and Emma Stone popped up. Now more auditions that were cut from the final sketch have been revealed online, including one with Matthew McConaughey making a pretty poor pitch to play Lando Calrissian.
Watch the extra SNL Star Wars auditions after the jump. Read More »
Not too long ago, a couple tracks from the soundtrack of this summer’s mockumentary comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping debuted online, showcasing the latest tunes crafted by The Lonely Island. The rap trio formed by Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone got their start on Saturday Night Live with signature tracks like “Lazy Sunday” and “I’m On a Boat.” For the season finale this past weekend, they brought their rhymes back to SNL in a new music video for yet another track from Popstar. With subject matter that tackles sex and Osama Bin Laden, it’s the most ridiculous one yet.
Watch The Lonely Island Popstar music video after the jump. Read More »
Last night the 41st season of Saturday Night Live came to a close by bringing former cast member Fred Armisen back to host the show for the first time. Usually when you get an SNL veteran coming back to host, that means some kind of reunion is in order and plenty of returning characters are paraded around. However, even though Fred Armisen did reprise one of his characters from his days on the show, this was mostly a night of original sketches. The good news is cast members like Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg came back to get in on the fun.
Check out our rundown of the Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.
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O captain! My captain! Last night Saturday Night Live brought its 41st season to a close with a finale hosted by former cast member Fred Armisen. The episode ended the season on a high note, but we’ll get to our full review of that a little later today.
However, we couldn’t help but share what was undoubtedly the best sketch of the night. Normally the best sketch of the night doesn’t warrant a post by itself, but since this particular sketch is an amazing spoof of an iconic scene from the film Dead Poets Society starring the late Robin Williams, it demands to be highlighted on its own.
Watch the Saturday Night Live Dead Poets Society sketch after the jump. Read More »
In the penultimate episode of the 41st season of Saturday Night Live, recording star Drake returned to Studio 8H as host and musical guest. As expected, Drake was as comfortable as ever with the cast of SNL (after all, he started his career as an actor), and he really put himself into a variety of characters 100%. Unfortunately, some of the sketches just didn’t have the quality writing to go along with Drake’s incredible charisma and dedication. But there were still plenty of laughs to be had.
Find out what the best and worst sketches were from the Drake Saturday Night Live episode after the jump. Read More »