Taran Killam - SNL Hard Knocks Parody

Not too long ago, we got the surprising and disappointing news that Taran Killam would be leaving Saturday Night Live along with fellow cast member Jay Pharoah and featured played Jon Rudnitsky. The latter wasn’t a surprising removal after the comedian failed to make an impact in his first season, but the departure of Killam and Pharoah will likely be felt by fans when the show returns for its 42nd season at the beginning of October.

As we get closer to the start of the new season, it’s time for the former cast members to clean our their office and bid farewell to the place they’ve worked long hours for several years. And since Killam didn’t get a grand send-off on the air, he decided to say goodbye in a different way. In what is basically one final Saturday Night Live sketch, Killam has given himself a mini-episode of the HBO sports documentary program Hard Knocks, following his final days at 30 Rockefeller Center. Watch the Taran Killam Hard Knocks parody below. Read More »

SNL - Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam

Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live confirmed that cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam were leaving the show. Now we know what they’re doing next. During their Television Critics Association presentation, Showtime announced two new series: White Famous, starring Pharoah, and Mating, starring Killam. Asked if he discussed both actors with SNL producer Lorne Michaels, Showtime Networks, Inc. President and CEO David Nevins said he would have worked around SNL had they stayed, but the deals did not include reaching out to Michaels.

“Our conversations have been with the actors,” Nevins said. “It’s been happening over the last several weeks, probably over a month individually. We were prepared to work around their SNL schedules. Our schedule got easier when they ended up being released from the show.”  Read More »

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 »

brother nature trailer

The 42nd season of Saturday Night Live won’t hit the airwaves until later this fall, but comedy fans may be able to get their fix with the new movie Brother Nature, which features its fair share of SNL veterans. You’ve seen this premise a dozen times before before – the uptight guy must survive a vacation with his girlfriend’s wacky family – but there are some very funny people involved on both sides of the camera, including Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan. Can they freshen up a tired premise? Let’s run that new trailer footage and take a look.

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Schwarzenegger will play a hitman who becomes the target in Why We’re Killing Gunther, the directorial debut of Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam. Also starring will be Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and Randall Park (The Interview).  Read More »

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Hollywood loves a good sick-kid story, and as the box office figures for this summer’s The Fault in Our Stars showed, audiences adore them too. But cancer is so passe at this point. So Saturday Night Live took a more topical spin on the formula with The Fault in Our Stars 2: The Ebola in Our Everything.

Watch SNL’s The Fault in Our Stars ebola-themed parody after the jump.  Read More »

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  • Jason Bateman sells Wonder Years-esque show to NBC
  • Arrested Development announces walk-on role contest
  • Bryan Fuller adds a Pushing Daisies star to Hannibal
  • Lena Dunham promises more racial diversity in Girls
  • Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV get renewals
  • Daniel Craig gets silly for Saturday Night Live promos
  • The Walking Dead Season 3 teaser makes the case for jail

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