Sarah Silverman’s return to her SNL roots has been 20 years in the making, but it’s clear that she still has a sense of humor about her short-lived stint on the show.
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You’ve seen our picks—and now it’s your turn to decide the best of the best.
Are you wookin’ pa nub in all da wong paces, partying on, or begging for more cowbell? Do you have a softer spot for Gherahld Fhhhhord or Blaaarrrfingar? Can you see Russia from your house, or spy Colonel Angus approaching the plantation, or fit everything you need in your very own lockbox? Do you drive a Dodge Stratus?!
If so—or even if you’re like, really into “The Denise Show” for some reason—make your voice heard by voting below. And hey, if you’d like to fight for a sketch that didn’t make the cut, that’s an option too. READ FULL STORY
Before you tune into Saturday Night Live this weekend, watch some, well, Saturday Night Live. NBC announced on Wednesday that it’s launching SNL Vintage, in which the network will re-air classic episodes of the show at 10 p.m. on Saturdays in honor of its 40th anniversary. The week’s selection is the first season’s Richard Pryor-hosted episode with Gil Scott-Heron as musical guest—a must-watch as it features the “Word Association” sketch. READ FULL STORY
Before we begin, an explanation: This is not a list of the 39 best SNL sketches of all time.
Any institution that lasts as long as Saturday Night Live has—and that experiences as much cast and writer turnover as Saturday Night Live does—will necessarily have stronger years and leaner years. In SNL‘s case, the difference between eras can be especially stark; you’re more likely to laugh at a meh John Belushi sketch than you are at even the finest display of Charles Rocket’s talents. Given that fact, it’s easy for a simple “best sketches ever” list to focus only on the best-known work of SNL‘s biggest stars (your Will Ferrells, your Eddies Murphy) while totally ignoring its less memorable seasons—which also means that such a list won’t really provide an overview of the show’s long, tangled, uneven history.
Thus this: In honor of the show’s upcoming 40th season, EW‘s team of SNL experts has assembled an inventory of each individual season’s best sketch. You’ll find many familiar picks below, as well as more obscure selections—and, perhaps, the absence of a few sure things. (There’s no “Celebrity Jeopardy,” for example, both because those sketches aired during a particularly fertile period—how can you pick even Turd Ferguson over “More Cowbell”?—and because we included one of them in a magazine feature called “Build a Perfect SNL Episode.”) Scroll through—and don’t forget to vote for your favorite one by 5 p.m. ET Sept. 26 at our poll here.
Season 1, 1975–1976
“Word Association,” Dec. 13, 1975
What kind of janitorial company gives job applicants a racist psychological test? The one Saturday Night Live invented for one of the most audacious two-minute segments in TV history. Even nearly 40 years later, Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor’s tense pas de deux (“Jungle bunny!” “Honky!”…”N—–!” “Dead honky!”) is just as sharp as it was in the ’70s—not to mention every bit as uncomfortably funny. READ FULL STORY
Kate McKinnon knows, at least in part, what fans want out of Chris Pratt’s gig hosting the premiere of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season: abs and embarrassed giggles. Pratt sheepishly declares that he’s not a piece of meat, but ultimately, relinquishes and bares his now-famous stomach for McKinnon when she hounds him. “I feel dirty,” he says. READ FULL STORY
As Saturday Night Live adds comedian Pete Davidson to its lineup, news has also emerged that another player will not be returning—at least in front of the camera.
EW can confirm that Mike O’Brien, an SNL writer since 2009 who made his debut as a featured player last year, will no longer be in the series’ cast. Deadline first reported the news. O’Brien will still be a writer on the show.
O’Brien had a following before his onscreen SNL debut, thanks to his web series “7 Minutes in Heaven,” in which he interviewed celebrities like Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm inside of a closet.
Saturday Night Live has a new featured player: It’s Pete Davidson, a New York comedian who’s been featured on MTV’s Guy Code and on Adam DeVine’s House Party, a Comedy Central sitcom that includes stand-up sets.
Davidson has also appeared on the FOX comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine in a guest role. In April, he did a stand-up set on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he revealed that he’s only 20 years old: “I just dropped out of college,” Davidson said. “That’s my big move this year.” READ FULL STORY
And two more bite the dust: A source confirms to EW that Saturday Night Live has elected not to renew the contracts of Noël Wells and John Milhiser, both of whom joined the sketch show last fall as featured players. Deadline first reported the news.
Word of Wells and Milhiser’s oustings comes one day after another former featured player, Brooks Wheelan, announced his own exit from the show in an irreverent tweet (“Fired from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”).
Milhiser’s booting shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who kept up with SNL last season; the New Jersey-born comedian got a minimal amount of screen time throughout the year, performing just a handful of impressions (including Jon Cryer and Matthew McConaughey) and a single recurring character (if “student in three Shallon sketches” even counts). The departure of Wells, the only new female cast member to join the show last fall, is slightly more surprising (Sasheer Zamata didn’t join the show until January). Since SNL will presumably lose Nasim Pedrad to the Fox sitcom Mulaney in September, it seemed as though Wells, who specializes in impressions (Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham), may have been kept around to help fill Pedrad’s old spot. READ FULL STORY
Live from New York, it’s… well, not Brooks Wheelan. Not anymore.
Sources confirm to EW that Saturday Night Live newbie Wheelan, who joined the cast in September 2013 as a featured player, will not be returning for SNL‘s upcoming 40th season. In fact, Wheelan himself broke the news on Twitter:
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014
Though Wheelan joined the cast last season alongside a slew of other new hires, viewers noticed that the comedian suffered from a significant lack of screen time as the season wore on (other new cast members Beck Bennett, Mike O’Brien, and Kyle Mooney appeared to earn more).
SNL had no comment about the Wheelan news.
Leading up to the June 20 deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots,is featuring interviews with some of the people whose names we hope to hear when nods are announced on July 10.
In a season of memorable SNL moments, it was surprisingly easy for EW’s staff to agree on a favorite: the ridiculously funny and all-too-real music video “(Do It On My) Twin Bed.” The standout short landed a spot on EW’s list of the 50 Best TV Scenes of the year, earning a prime slot at No. 14.
The December Digital Short was a season highlight, and not just because it was the first music video featuring all the women of SNL. Maybe it was the fact that we’ve all sort of been there and, well, done that. Or perhaps it’s due to the inclusion of the cast’s embarrassing yearbook photos, or Jimmy Fallon’s glorious rap breakdown. There was so much to love that we went straight to Aidy Bryant to chat about the conception of the song and whether she’s still rocking those seventh-grade overalls. READ FULL STORY
Lorne Michaels says that Saturday Night Live can expect cast changes before its 40th season begins in September. In an interview with Deadline, the creator and longtime executive producer of NBC’s late-night sketch show said, “We’re still in the middle of rebuilding. So there will be changes this year.” READ FULL STORY
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