Jon Rudnitsky Joining Saturday Night Live

Fall is almost upon us, which means your favorite shows will be returning for a new season very soon. As usual, one of those shows will be Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy series that will be entering its 41st season.

Just recently we learned the show will feature a season premiere hosted by Miley Cyrus in October, and episodes hosted by Amy Schumer and SNL veteran Tracy Morgan will follow. However, we had yet to hear any new information about the cast of SNL. But that changes today.

NBC made an announcement this morning about Jon Rudnitsky joining Saturday Night Live as a featured player, and if you’re interested in what he’ll bring to the table, we’ve got some samples of his work below. Read More »

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Tracy Morgan hosting Saturday Night Live

After celebrating a milestone 40th season, Saturday Night Live has officially announced a return date for the 41st season on October 3 with chart-topping, Grammy nominated recording artist Miley Cyrus hosting the season premiere.

But if Miley Cyrus isn’t your cop of tea, some actual comedians will be taking the stage as hosts in Studio 8H this October, including one Saturday Night Live veteran who will be making a triumphant return to entertainment in general after a terrible accident took him out of commission over a year ago. Read More »

Michael Keaton cut SNL sketch

Not too long ago, we featured an amusing sketch from Saturday Night Live featuring Chris Pratt doing an impression of Jason Statham selling Steakums. It was a cut sketch from when Pratt hosted, and while it was worth a laugh here and there, it was easy to see why it didn’t make the live episode.

Now another sketch that was cut for time has surfaced from when Oscar nominee Michael Keaton returned to Studio 8H as host of SNL for the first time in 23 years. In the sketch, Keaton plays the host of a show not unlike Blue’s Clues, but when he gets some bad news, we learn some pretty weird and twisted things about his TV show. Watch the Micheal Keaton cut SNL sketch after the jump! Read More »

Chris Pratt as Jason Statham

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 »

Black Widow SNL Parody

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 »

SNL Documentary trailer

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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Saturday Night Live 40th

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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Kenan Thompson Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’?

Kenan Thompson SNL departure

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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behind the scenes SNL video

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 »