Dave Chappelle Hosting Saturday Night Live

Dave Chappelle┬ástunned the entertainment industry and his fans about 10 years ago when he walked away from his wildly successful Comedy Central sketch comedy show Chappelle’s Show, which included a $50 million contract at the cable network. Many called him crazy, but his reasoning as a comedian with integrity and principles was sound. Chappelle likely could have handled it better for the sake of his co-workers, but that’s all in the past.

Since then, Chappelle has returned to the world of comedy, headlining the Oddball Comedy Festival, and appearing randomly at various small venues for surprise appearances at the last minute. But now he’s bringing his talents to an entirely unexpected arena: Saturday Night Live. Read More »

How to Sound Smart In a TED Talk

There are plenty of outstanding lectures that come from TED, a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged in 1984. Aptly and succinctly called TED Talks, these lectures can introduce bold new ideas, demonstrate exciting inventions, showcase performances, highlight science and discovery, call attention to important issues and more. They’ve become rather popular in education recently, because of their concise nature for all being 18 minutes or less. But how are TED Talks so compelling?

Will Stephen, a writer on Saturday Night Live, put together a TEDx Talk (a lecture at a more localized TED event) about how to sound smart in a TED Talk. While Stephen repeats that he has absolutely nothing to say in this TEDx Talk, this is actually a brilliant breakdown about how orators use harmless tricks to keep our attention. On the surface, it’s a parody of a TED Talk, but there’s more to it than comedic value. Read More »

Saturday Night Live - Tom Hanks

Last night Tom Hanks hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in 10 years, and the energy he brought to the show certainly elevated the writing and cast from their misstep of an episode last weekend with Emily Blunt. Honestly, I thought there was only one truly bad sketch the entire night, and it wasn’t even downright awful. This actually might be the best episode of the first four to kick off the season.

Find out the best and worst sketches from last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live below.

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Don Roy King video profile

Even people who aren’t die hard Saturday Night Live fans like myself know who Lorne Michaels is. When you’re the man responsible for creating one of the biggest, groundbreaking television shows of all time, and you continue to run the show for nearly four decades (there were some years he wasn’t in charge), even casual fans are bound to learn your name. But for the past 10 years, there’s been another man responsible for bringing SNL to your screen.

Don Roy King has been the director of Saturday Night Live for 10 years now (not quite as long as Kenan Thompson’s time on the show which began in 2003). He calls the shots for a 90-minute sketch comedy show that is broadcast live across the nation on network television after being put together in a single week. There is no other job like it, and it’s a miracle the show even gets off the ground each week. But with the work of Don Roy King, more often than not it goes smoother than it ever should, and a new video profile dives into his career and work on the fast-paced show. Read More »

Emily Blunt Saturday Night Live

With her film The Girl on the Train in theaters right now, Emily Blunt hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time last night. Despite a strong start with a presidential debate sketch that topped the season premiere, the rest of the night was chock full of some of the clumsiest, awkward sketches in recent memory. Thankfully, there was a small handful of sketches that brought some big laughs, but most of the night was just a mess.

Let’s run through the best and worst sketches from the Emily Blunt Saturday Night Live episode after the jump

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Lin-Manual Miranda Saturday Night Live Monologue

Over the weekend we already took a closer look at all the best and worst sketches from the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. We already highlighted the obvious but hilarious parody of Stranger Things, but we figured that starting off Monday morning by calling your attention to Miranda’s incredible Hamilton inspired opening monologue rap.

Lin-Manuel Miranda took the signature track “My Shot” from Hamilton and adapted it so that it was all about making a childhood dream of his come true by hosting Saturday Night Live. It’s fast-paced, well-written and just plain awesome. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live

Last night brought another first-time Saturday Night Live host to Studio 8H with Hamilton co-creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage. As expected, there were plenty of musical jokes to be made (including an incredible opening monologue rap from our host), but the episode turned out to be rather average, despite the presence of some fantastic sketches throughout the night. There were even two surprise special guests at the Weekend Update desk.

Get our full recap and review of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.

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Stranger Things Saturday Night Live Sketch

Last night, Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time (our recap is coming later today). It’s not everyday that a Broadway star is brought in to host the late night sketch comedy series, but that’s just how big Hamilton has become. In addition to all the musical jokes that were made, including plenty of rapping from Miranda, one of the standout sketches featured an outstanding parody of Stranger Things.

New cast members Mikey Day and Alex Moffat open the sketch as The Duffer Brothers, and they explain that they wanted to get a head start on answering some of the questions fans had after watching the first season of Stranger Things. One of the biggest questions revolves around one of the kid’s parents, who were noticeably absent while the kids were out during all hours of the night. Thankfully, Saturday Night Live brings those parents to life for us, and the result is thoroughly entertaining.

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Tom Hanks Hosting Saturday Night Live

Following the 42nd season premiere of Saturday Night Live last weekend, the season continues this weekend with Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage in Studio 8H for a show that will hopefully have plenty of musical influence.

Now NBC has confirmed that SNL will continue with two more episodes (making for a total of four in a row) this month, and one of them will bring back Tom Hanks as host. The last time the Oscar winner host was in May of 2006, over ten years ago. But before that, there will be another first-time host appearing on the show. Find out who it is after the jump. Read More »

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Margot Robbie Saturday Night Live

Last night brought the return of Saturday Night Live for their 42nd season. Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie made her hosting debut for the season premiere, which brought a slew of changes to the late night sketch comedy show. Alec Baldwin made his debut as Donald Trump in a spoof of the presidential debate in the cold open, all three new cast members got some screentime (one significantly more than the others), and the result was a solid season premiere with plenty of laughs to be had.

Take a look at the best and worst sketches from the Margot Robbie Saturday Night Live episode after the jump. Read More »