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'SNL' takes on Ferguson in cut sketch

News anchors have a tough job: They have to pretend like everything’s great when usually it’s, well, not. But Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson give up on pretending in a cut Saturday Night Live sketch where the two play St. Louis morning show hosts distressed by what’s going on in nearby Ferguson.

At first, Thompson and Strong try to read off some lighthearted weekend news about fun runs and concerts but decide to cut to their traffic reporter, played by Leslie Jones, who appears onscreen just to say traffic’s bad. Later on, they cut to her again—but this time Jones is in Chicago, not St. Louis. “I am not coming back!” she says once Strong notices where she is. “We should have done that,” Strong and Thompson somberly reply.

James Franco, Saturday’s host, also appears as a guest on the show named Daryl Wilson who goes on a cringe-worthy rant about being a victim. The entire sketch is an awkward, apt comment on racism in America and how we cover that racism—as well as a fine five minutes of comedy. READ FULL STORY

Cecily Strong to host 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House Correspondents’ Association announced today that Cecily Strong will be the entertainer at next year’s White House Correspondent’s dinner.

Strong will probably have a leg up on cracking wise on journalists: According to the White House Correspondents’ Association press release, Strong’s father, Bill Strong, served as Associated Press Bureau chief in the Illinois Statehouse.

“Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent. Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and got her start in Chicago’s comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City,” said WHCA President Christi Parsons, in a statement.

Strong will be the fourth female host of the annual event, following past hosts Paula Poundstone, Elayne Boosler, and Wanda Sykes. The dinner will is set to take place Saturday, April 25, 2015, so it’s probably safe to say that Strong will have the night off at Saturday Night Live. 

Cecily Strong is happy for her 'Weekend Update' replacement. Really

On Tuesday, news broke that comedian Michael Che, formerly of The Daily Show, will be replacing Cecily Strong as co-anchor of Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update. For a few days, Strong stayed silent about the decision before taking to Instagram to share her thoughts.

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'Late Night with Seth Meyers' promo: Guess who's not ready for airtime? VIDEO

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@LateNight Seth hasn’t tweeted once yet. latenightseth.tumblr.com has been reserved, but bears no posts. Yet there is evidence online that Seth Meyers will, in fact, take over Late Night this February — thanks to a brand-new YouTube account, which recently posted its very first video: a bouncy promo for Meyers’ new show.

Turns out those empty social media accounts are thematically appropriate: The gist of Meyers’ first promo is that his show really isn’t ready for air. (That seems about right; Meyers said in the most recent issue of Time that he still doesn’t know if he’s going to feature a band or a DJ.) The clip shows Meyers leaving the set of SNL, then offering to take viewers on a tour of his new digs, which happen to be just “30 feet” away from his old studio. Once he arrives, though, Meyers finds a room filled with equipment — nowhere near in shape for a late night broadcast. It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

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'SNL': Seth Meyers' new 'Weekend Update' co-anchor is ...

Saturday Night Live castmember Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels revealed to the New York Times.

Strong, who joined SNL at the start of last season, has made a name for herself with her Update segment “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” and her “glamorous” commercials with Vanessa Bayer for Moet and Hermes.

“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels told the Times. “She exploded.”

There has been a lot of speculation around the Weekend Update desk recently, since Meyers is leaving SNL soon to take over Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night. It remains to be seen whether Strong earns the solo gig once Meyers exits.

Other news revealed in the NYT report includes the new castmembers — and one featured player who will be a writer full-time this season.
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