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 »

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 »

Bobby Moynihan Leaving Saturday Night Live

UPDATE: Variety has learned that Bobby Moynihan is indeed leaving the late night sketch series after being on the show for nine seasons. CBS picked up his new comedy series Me, Myself & I so it’s time for the comedian to move on. Here’s hoping that a couple of his characters get send-offs in the season finale this coming weekend. Our original story from March 3 follows below.

Saturday Night Live has been enjoying it’s highest ratings in over 20 years thanks to the lunacy of the Donald Trump’s White House, both from the president himself and the rest of his staff. However, they may soon continue without one of their longer-running cast members.

Bobby Moynihan is one of my favorite cast members at Saturday Night Live right now, and he is now enjoying his ninth season on NBC’s late night sketch series. However, it sounds like the current 42nd season of the show may finally be his last. Find out about the potential of Bobby Moynihan leaving Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer - Saturday Night Live Sean Spicer Sketch Outtakes

Before the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live aired this past weekend, we knew that Melissa McCarthy would bring back her hilarious take on Sean Spicer, despite the fact that the White House press secretary wasn’t around much the preceding week. That’s because McCarthy was spotted in full wardrobe as “Spicey” cruising around the streets of New York City afternoon on a motorized podium.

Now that the sketch has come and gone (it was actually the best of the night in our recap of the episode), Saturday Night Live has provided us with a behind the scenes look at this particular segment of the sketch that was done partially live last Saturday night, and partially pre-recorded on Friday. The video comes with a bunch of alternate takes and outtakes of Melissa McCarthy weaving through traffic and yelling at drivers as only Spicey could.

Watch the Saturday Night Live Sean Spicer sketch outtakes after the jump. Read More »

Melissa McCarthy Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend’s Mother’s Day episode of Saturday Night Live brought Melissa McCarthy back as host for the fifth time. She’s made several appearances on SNL this season as White House press secretary Sean Spicer, adding some variety to the political satire that the late night sketch show has made even more prominent since Donald Trump became president. But this time she had an entire episode to herself, and the result was a solid collection of comedy.

Watch the best and worst sketches from the Melissa McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live.

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Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live

This weekend brings another episode of Saturday Night Live to NBC with Melissa McCarthy returning as host. She’ll be the fifth woman to join the five-timers club, and hopefully there will be plenty of cameos from some of the other members of the five-timers club to welcome her to the gang.

Beyond that, we know at least one thing that will be happening. Since Melissa McCarthy has been playing Sean Spicer in absolutely hilarious cameo appearances on SNL this season, it’s been assumed that she would reprise the role when hosting the show this weekend, and now we have gotten confirmation in the best way possible. McCarthy was spotted cruising around the streets of New York City, driving around on the White House press room podium we’ve seen her chase down reporters with on the show before.

Watch Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer cruising around NYC below. Read More »

Chris Pine Hosted Saturday Night Live

This weekend brought Chris Pine to Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to host Saturday Night Live for the first time. Since Gal Gadot is currently pregnant with her second child, her Wonder Woman co-star got the honor of hosting the show as a way to help promote the comic book movie. Those hoping for a Wonder Woman sketch during SNL were disappointed, but for those who have always wanted to hear Chris Pine sing over and over again, the sketch show delivered plenty of that.

We run through the best and worst sketches of the Chris Pine hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »

Saturday Night Live VFX Featurette

When it comes to examining a show like Saturday Night Live, it’s easy to only pay attention to the comedy and performances. After all, people watch the staple late night sketch series for laughs. But because the show is live where anything can happen, that makes the technical achievements behind the scenes even more impressive.

We’ve already talked about countless times how impressive it is that SNL even comes together at all when the entire episode is put together in a single week. But many still don’t realize just how much of a miracle it is, especially when it comes to the quick turnaround of things like building sets, or even more impressive, creating visual effects.

Watch the Saturday Night Live VFX featurette after the jump. Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon Hosted Saturday Night Live

Last night, Saturday Night Live went live coast-to-coast for the first time in the show’s 42-year history with host Jimmy Fallon. The late night sketch series seems anxious to capitalize on all the buzz their political satire has been getting lately with all the Donald Trump presidency fueling the writers room for a couple sketches each week, and they want everyone to experience the show at the same time rather than having half the country on a tape delay.

Though last night’s episode did offer some amusing moments lampooning the headlines that came from the White House this week, SNL was strongest with their non-political sketches, and that’s despite the fact that both Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy returned as Donald Trump and Sean Spicer respectively. In fact, the best sketch mocked another headline-making even that had nothing to do with politics at all.

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