As a fan of Saturday Night Live, I’ve always wanted to see the sketches that end up getting cut for time. Since SNL is a live show, some sketches end up getting cut if the show runs long. But those cut sketches are usually recorded in the two-hour dress rehearsal that happens before the show airs live at 11:30 Eastern time.
Since SNL has found new life online with sketches that go viral with every new episode, there’s finally a place for cut sketches to see the light of day. And we’re lucky enough today that one such sketch has surface online months after the original episode aired. In the sketch, Chris Pratt plays Crank and The Transporter Jason Statham, selling a fine product called Jason Steakums, and they sound delicious. Watch Chris Pratt as Jason Statham after the jump! Read More »
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Scarlett Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live the same weekend Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, and you know what that means: Another Marvel Cinematic Universe parody has hit the web. In this clever send-up, SNL takes the MCU to task for its lack of female-led films.
“Why no Black Widow movie? Does Marvel not know how to make a girl superhero movie?” the video asks, before reassuring viewers, “Chill. Marvel gets women.” And to prove it, here’s Black Widow: Age of Me, a romantic comedy from the writers of 27 Dresses. ‘Cause that’s what chicks want, right? Read More »
Live From New York! chronicles the development and longevity of Saturday Night Live as an American comedy instutution, from the early days when it was a surprising voice of social and political commentary on television, through the years when it was an essential proving ground for new comic talent. And it seems the doc goes right through the present day, when SNL continues to define or at least influence public conversations about politicians, events, and ideas. See the SNL documentary trailer below.
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When FXX ran their 12 day 552-episode marathon of every episode of The Simpsons, I knew we would get some copycats. But there aren’t many television shows that have enough hours of content to compete with Matt Groening’s animated juggernaut. But there is Saturday Night Live, which will be celebrating their 40th season in 2015. Viacom is celebrating (ie building buzz) by airing all 433 hours of SNL in a back-to-back marathon which will span 19 days and two networks. Details about the Saturday Night Live marathon after the jump.
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A new report from TMZ claims that Kenan Thompson will be leaving Saturday Night Live at the conclusion of the sketch comedy series’ landmark 40th season. According to the gossip site, Thompson had planned to leave the show after last season but was convinced to stay by SNL head Lorne Michaels because of the large turnover in cast this season. Find out more about the Kenan Thompson SNL departure, after the jump.
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We show you a lot of behind the scenes footage, and quite a few Saturday Night Live gags, so why not a behind the scenes SNL video?
This two-minute short shows off the filming of a single episode of the show, sped up to lightning speed. In this case, it’s the recent episode hosted by Anna Kendrick (above) though the camera angle won’t really show you the star. What you will see, however, is the set of stages that are constantly used throughout a taping, the tiny audience, the intimate setting, and the relatively low-fi way in which all the show’s familiar bits are staged.
It’s a great perspective on a show you’ve likely all watched many times, but which you’ve never seen from this angle, even if you’ve attended a taping. Read More »
Comedian Louis C.K. hosted SNL for the first time in his career over the weekend — as anyone who’s on the comic’s mailing list knows — and one of the sketches saw Louis taking on Lincoln in the style of the show Louie. It’s not Spielberg’s Lincoln, exactly, but it is definitely Louis C.K.’s vision. The sixteenth President makes a pretty good stand-in for Louie, and this short video is also a great companion to the brooding but driven Lincoln of Spielberg’s film. Read More »
On last night’s SNL, alum and host Tracy Morgan played a fictional off-off-Hollywood producer promoting a kids movie entitled Rocket Dog. Pathologically fluent in showbiz hustle, Morgan’s would-be maven lobbed impossibly straight answers to questions involving the countless doggie (and human) deaths that occurred during production. Nor was it of much concern that his feature film only clocked in at 38-minutes, 10-minutes of which were allotted to a fuzzy “TV playing Bravehart.” Like Dan Akroyd’s Irwin Mainway and his “Bag O’ Glass,” Morgan’s maven is the gross embodiment of American success as 99% cute marketing. The ironic tagline he yelled with Tourette-like consistency: “Houston, we have a dog!”
After the jump is the first one-sheet to Eddie Murphy‘s summer vehicle, Imagine That. The tagline: “What if your daughter’s imagination…was the secret to your success?” Enticing. And yet, the poster fails to explain how this premise leads Murphy’s dad to unwittingly wear his daughter’s colorful tights underneath his mundane business attire. Moreover, his daughter’s more sparkly intimates sneak into his briefcase! The work of an imported magic skull or a job for To Catch a Predator?
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Noah Baumback, director of Kicking and Screaming and The Squid and the Whale, helmed an SNL Digital Short, which aired over the weekend. “Clearing The Air” stars Paul Rudd, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Unfortunately, NBC didn’t decide the short worthy of online upload, so we’re stuck with this bad video taped YouTube copy.