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.

We run through the best and worst sketches of Emma Stone’s Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »

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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Dave Chappelle Walking Dead

Last night brought Dave Chappelle to Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to host Saturday Night Live. This was a huge return to sketch comedy for the comedian who stepped away from a $50 million contract at Comedy Central, and the result was an outstanding episode of SNL overall. We’ll get to that later today, but first, there’s a sketch that you just have to see as soon as possible.

While we thought rights issues would prevent Dave Chappelle from being able to revive any of his signature characters from Chappelle’s Show, they must have worked something out with Comedy Central. Originally Chappelle wasn’t sure he wanted to bring back any of his characters while hosting SNL, and who can blame him, but he saw the perfect opportunity to do so by parodying the seventh season premiere of The Walking Dead where the twisted Negan decides which of the show’s main characters he’s going to kill with his trusty bat Lucy.

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Saturday Night Live Behind the Scenes Video

We can’t stress enough how much of a miracle it is that an episode of Saturday Night Live even happens. While plenty will jump at an opportunity to criticize SNL and say it’s not as funny as the last iteration of the cast, that’s just how the cycle of criticism works for this show. But again, the fact that there’s even a show to air at all is nothing short of incredible.

SNL is put together in the span of a single week. But much of the work that you end up seeing when the episode airs live on Saturday night, as far as the sets, wardrobe, hair and make-up is concerned, is done in half that time, because the sketches for the show aren’t even decided until the Wednesday before the episode airs.

A new Saturday Night Live behind the scenes featurette shows how the make-up and hair department, led by Louie Zakarian and Jodi Mancuso respectively, pulls that off with a special focus Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Hosted Saturday Night Live

It’s the last episode of the show before the 2016 election finally comes to an end, and while viewers might have expected Saturday Night Live to pull out all the stops when it comes to skewering the candidates, it was a rather tame episode. Yes, there was political satire to be had, but it just didn’t feel quite as biting as the preceding four episodes of the season. But at the very least Benedict Cumberbatch did the best with the roles he was given, and there were some decent laughs to be had, but nothing that will blow anyone away.

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Bill Murray and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday Night Live

Ever since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series this past week, all around me in the Midwest, people just seem a little more upbeat and happy, even with the wholly depressing election still kicking around for a couple more days. The parade and rally just a hop, skip and a jump away from me over in Chicago brought in an estimated 5 million people, which is almost double the population of the entire city itself, and it now ranks as the 7th largest gathering in human history.

This weekend the celebrations continued, but not just in Wrigleyville. The victory tour spread to New York City as lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray decided to take some members of the team back to his old stomping grounds at Saturday Night Live to celebrate the victory on Weekend Update with a familiar ditty that the entire country probably knows at this point.

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Dave Chappelle Hosting Saturday Night Live

Dave Chappelle┬ástunned the entertainment industry and his fans about 10 years ago when he walked away from his wildly successful Comedy Central sketch comedy show Chappelle’s Show, which included a $50 million contract at the cable network. Many called him crazy, but his reasoning as a comedian with integrity and principles was sound. Chappelle likely could have handled it better for the sake of his co-workers, but that’s all in the past.

Since then, Chappelle has returned to the world of comedy, headlining the Oddball Comedy Festival, and appearing randomly at various small venues for surprise appearances at the last minute. But now he’s bringing his talents to an entirely unexpected arena: Saturday Night Live. Read More »

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There are plenty of outstanding lectures that come from TED, a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged in 1984. Aptly and succinctly called TED Talks, these lectures can introduce bold new ideas, demonstrate exciting inventions, showcase performances, highlight science and discovery, call attention to important issues and more. They’ve become rather popular in education recently, because of their concise nature for all being 18 minutes or less. But how are TED Talks so compelling?

Will Stephen, a writer on Saturday Night Live, put together a TEDx Talk (a lecture at a more localized TED event) about how to sound smart in a TED Talk. While Stephen repeats that he has absolutely nothing to say in this TEDx Talk, this is actually a brilliant breakdown about how orators use harmless tricks to keep our attention. On the surface, it’s a parody of a TED Talk, but there’s more to it than comedic value. Read More »