Felicity Jones Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend brought the first episode of Saturday Night Live in 2017, and the writers had a tough time coming back from break. Hosted by Felicity Jones, the episode started off strong with the cold open featuring the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, but then it takes a sharp turn into being more than a rough return for the late night sketch show.

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Saturday Night Live

When people watch Saturday Night Live, I don’t think many of them realize just how small of a space Studio 8H actually is in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. There’s only so much room for the various sets created for SNL that some of them are put up and taken down in just a few minutes, either during the opening credits or over commercial breaks. And now you get to see how they do it.

The cold open from this past weekend’s SNL with host Casey Affleck (which wasn’t a great episode overall) started off in the office of Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) as he met with Vladmir Putin (Beck Bennet) and Rex Tillerson (John Goodman). That set actually sat right on the mainstage where the monologue happens during every episode, in front of the SNL band, and the crew tore it down in less than two minutes.

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Casey Affleck Hosted Saturday Night Live

With all the awards buzz surrounding Casey Affleck for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, it should come as no surprise that he ended up hosting Saturday Night Live. But what is surprising is that he hosted the Christmas episode, one that is usually reserved for SNL veterans or huge stars, bringing about an episode full of great sketches and plenty of cameos. Affleck acknowledged this fact in his monologue, but he didn’t do anything to make us feel better about missing out on what could have been one of those great holiday shows.

Sadly, last night’s episode of SNL was a pretty bland, disappointing end to 2016 for the show, and while Casey Affleck wasn’t the worst host, he certainly didn’t help matters any. We recap the best and worst episodes from the Casey Affleck hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »

Breaking Bad Saturday Night Live Sketch

As we wait for President-elect Donald Trump to take office in January, we’re slowly learning about all the various appointments he’s making to his Presidential Cabinet. We’re not going to bother debating what’s going on in the real political world, but instead we would like to point out something that happened in the fictional political world being assembled by Donald Trump by way of Saturday Night Live.

This past weekend, John Cena hosted SNL (you can read my whole recap right here), but the cold opening of the sketch show featured a guest star that no one was expecting: Bryan Cranston as Walter White from Breaking Bad. As it turns out, in a sketch lampooning a segment on The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN, it’s revealed that Walter White has been appointed to run the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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John Cena Hosted Saturday Night Live

Following in the footsteps of Dwayne Johnson, wrestler John Cena is continuing to become more of a mainstream actor, mostly thanks to his surprisingly outstanding comedic chops. The guy has made memorable and hilarious appearances in movies like Trainwreck and Sisters, and now he’s taken on quite the task: hosting Saturday Night Live.

The good news is that John Cena was a great host, throwing himself into every sketch with so much energy. The bad news is the writers and cast didn’t entirely seem to be on the same page, and the sketches surrounding him felt mostly phoned in. We run through the best and worst sketches from the John Cena hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »

John Cena Karate Kid Sketch

Wrestling superstar and John Cena continued his crossover from WWE fame to mainstream acting by hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time. We’ll have a recap of the full episode later today, but one particular sketch deserved to be singled out, even if it wasn’t the funniest of the night.

The final fight of The Karate Kid is one of the most famous endings to any sports drama ever. However, that final fight might have gone a little differently if Daniel LaRusso was facing John Cena as the high school bully and Cobra Kai dojo fighter Johnny Lawrence.

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Emma Stone Hosted Saturday Night Live

As the first of three episodes that will close out the end of 2016, Emma Stone hosted Saturday Night Live last night for the third time, and hopefully it’s an indication of a strong finish for the cast, writers and crew of the staple sketch show. A solid episode brought some great sketches, including the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and a cameo from one of the stars of Office Christmas Party, besides the SNL cast members who also star in the movie.

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Kristen Wiig Hosted Saturday Night Live

Following last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Dave Chappelle wasn’t going to be an easy task. It was easily the best episode of the season so far, but Lorne Michaels was smart enough to follow it up with someone SNL fans would be happy to see back on the mainstage of Studio 8H as host. Former SNL cast member Kristen Wiig returned as host for a second time, and since this was the Thanksgiving episode, there were a few surprise guest stars who stopped by to have some fun too. The result was a consistently funny episode, even if it wasn’t as raucously hilarious as last weekend’s episode. So let’s get down to it.

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Saturday Night Live Mannequin Challenge

Just as the Harlem Shake and the Ice Bucket Challenge took the internet by storm, the latest online video craze is The Mannequin Challenge. In these videos, a group of people stand still like lifeless mannequins as a camera elaborately sweeps in between them. The effect is rather eerie and occasionally unsettling, but it’s also the perfect bit of fun for people who work in the entertainment industry to take advantage of.

The cast and crew of A Wrinkle In Time recently completed their own Mannequin Challenge video as a way to announce their release date, and now the cast of Saturday Night Live has done the same along with former cast member and this weekend’s host Kristen Wiig. Not only is the video very cool, but the skeletons from the popular David S. Pumpkins sketch are definitely part of it.

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Dave Chappelle Hosted Saturday Night Live

It’s been 11 years since Dave Chappelle left behind Chappelle’s Show at Comedy Central when it was at the peak of its popularity. Chappelle was one of the most popular comedians at the time, and his show was one of the cable networks hottest commodities. But the pressure was too much, and the show was ruining his relationship with the comedy that he loved creating.

Now here we are, over a decade later, and Dave Chappelle made an outstanding return to sketch comedy as the host of Saturday Night Live. It was his first time hosting, a bucket list item according to the comedian, and I’m happy to say that the result was the best episode of the season so far.

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