Saturday Night Live Head Writers

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.

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Taran Killam Leaving Saturday Night Live

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 »

SNL Star Wars Auditions

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.

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The Lonely Island Popstar Music Video

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.

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Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live

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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Saturday Night Live Dead Poets Society

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.

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Drake Saturday Night Live

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.

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Brie Larson Saturday Night Live

This Mother’s Day weekend, it seemed appropriate that the host of Saturday Night Live was Brie Larson, fresh off her Oscar-winning role as a traumatized but strong mother in the adaptation of Room. In adorable fashion, Larson’s real mother was in attendance for SNL and even made an appearance with a few of the other cast members’ mothers. As for the rest of the show, it was hit or miss, but the most surprising aspect was how SNL chose to tackle political satire this week, and it worked better than most of the other sketches they’ve tossed up this election season. Plus, there’s a pretty damn great Game of Thrones sketch to check out as well.

We run through all the best and worst sketches from the Brie Larson Saturday Night Live episode after the jump. Read More »

New Church Lady Sketch

Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or anything in between, I think we can all agree that this election season has been an absolute nightmare. But don’t worry, because there’s only six more months of hell to endure before we elect a new president. Usually Saturday Night Live helps make this process easier to swallow by giving us some laughs to go along with the politics, but this year the election has been so ridiculous that the truly quality political satire sketches have been few and far between, simply because they can’t be more outlandish than the real election.

However, last night Saturday Night Live rounded up a classic character to bring some solid political satire to the table by having Dana Carvey return as his famous character the Church Lady. She starts off by taking some jabs at the sinful fashions on display at the Met Gala, but then she brings on guests Ted Cruz (played by Taran Killam) and Donal Trump (played by Darrell Hammond) and chastises them in exactly the way you would expect.

Watch the new Church Lady sketch from this weekend’s Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »