The Pacific Northwest is about to receive a healthy influx of talent from Hollywood. Season 3 of Portlandia, IFC’s quirky sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will feature guest spots by Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Armisen’s SNL castmates Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and, yes, tennis legend Martina Navratilova. READ FULL STORY
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Jamie Foxx will host Saturday Night Live on Dec. 8, with R&B star Ne-Yo as the musical guest. There to promote his starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained, it will be Foxx’s second time as a host. He last appeared in NBC’s Studio 8H on Jan. 8, 2000, when Bill Clinton was still president and Blink-182 was the musical guest.
Of course, Foxx is no stranger to sketch comedy; he starred in the final three seasons of Fox’s In Living Color.
mentioned it to me after he did it. He said it’s something that I might really, really like doing, and that was some years ago,” Renner told EW on Thursday, after shooting a round of promos with musical guest Maroon 5 and Fred Armisen.
“I finally had the moment where they wanted me [and my schedule worked], and I was really, really happy about it, I suppose. It’s terrifying, I guess,” he admits, with a laugh. “It’s a great honor. It’s just one of those things where for me, as an actor, I feel like I’ve hit really interesting milestones in life, from just working and doing a movie that people see, to then getting nominated for an Academy Award. And then you do the cover of a magazine, and that’s always kind of an interesting, weird thing. And then you host SNL, and it’s a whole ‘nother interesting plateau. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m glad to be a part of it.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: As you’ve mentioned, you have friends who’ve hosted before. Who did you ask for advice, and what was the best tip you’ve received?
JEREMY RENNER: I talked to Jon Hamm about it. He didn’t really go into too much advice. He was just saying, like, “Dude, you gotta do it. Just go have fun and be a jackass. You’ll be great.” I’m like, “Okay, that sounds great.” And then I worked with Adam McKay [a producer on Renner's next film, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, due Jan. 25], who was a writer during the Will Ferrell years. We talked, and he gave me a little bit more advice. And then when I got here, everybody’s been so generous with their time, and thoughts, and feelings, just saying like, “Don’t worry about it. This is what’s gonna happen…” The whole cast has been really wonderful. READ FULL STORY
Four more years… of Jay Pharoah on Saturday Night Live! Barack Obama’s reelection all but ensures that SNL‘s talented impressionist will enjoy job security through at least 2016. But the status of Pharoah’s sparring buddy is a lot less certain. Mitt Romney’s big loss could easily mean that Jason Sudeikis will soon go the way of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, two longtime SNL cast members who exited the show at the end of last season. Sure, Sudeikis also plays Obama’s vice president — but can we really expect him to stick around just to occasionally caricature Joe Biden?
Rumors about Sudeikis’s impending departure began flying last spring and intensified over the summer — especially after Sudeikis himself hinted he was on his way out in interviews with Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, and the L.A. Times. But in September, NBC confirmed that Sudeikis was sticking around for Saturday Night Live‘s 38th season — or, at least, the first half of it. “Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January,” Lorne Michaels told the New York Times. Sudeikis became a featured player on SNL in 2005.
If he does say “adios” in early 2013, Sudeikis won’t be the first cast member to exit SNL mid-season. READ FULL STORY
Anne Hathaway is a divisive figure. Some praise her whole-hearted commitment to every role; others sneer that she always seems like she’s trying too hard. But either way, everyone should agree on one thing: She’s really pulling off that Audrey Hepburn crop.
Perhaps that’s why Hathaway’s hair gets third billing — right after Jason Sudeikis — in the promos for her upcoming Saturday Night Live stint. As a third-time host, Hathaway should be goofy, charming, and a little bit nerdy, if this video is any indication — and we can also expect her pixie cut to get plenty of attention. Get a first look at the Les Mis star’s SNL return engagement here:
Just hours before comedian Louis C.K. takes the stage as host of Saturday Night Live – in the midst of what has been a time of great tragedy and devastation to the city and surrounding areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy — he e-mailed out the following message to his fans before his debut. Here below is his message in its entirety: READ FULL STORY
Saturday Night Live must go on — hurricane or no hurricane. NBC’s comedy mainstay has just announced two new host/musical guest combos who will helm the show after this Saturday’s episode, which will feature Louis CK and fun.
SNL vets Anne Hathaway and Rihanna will team up for the show’s Nov. 10 episode. Les Misérables star Hathaway has hosted three times previously; musical guest Rihanna has appeared on the show four times. Her next album, Unapologetic, will be released Nov. 19.
Jeremy Renner is set to host for the first time Nov. 17. The Academy Award nominee will be joined by musical guest Maroon 5, a chart-topping band with an NBC connection — lead singer Adam Levine does double duty as a coach on The Voice.
Louis CK will host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 3. This will be his first time as host, though the Emmy-winning star of Louie and revered stand-up comedian helped write several of Robert Smigel’s “Saturday TV Funhouses” over the years, and he once appeared uncredited in an SNL sketch back in 1995. Not for nothing, but he also made his bones writing for Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, Dana Carvey, and David Letterman, so it should be fascinating to see what stand-up’s biggest star brings to Studio 8H.
Fun. will join him as musical guest.
'Saturday Night Live': Lorne Michaels talks Kristen Wiig's departure, the new cast members, and Jason Sudeikis' future -- EXCLUSIVE
This season, Saturday Night Live has had to adjust to the departures of two of its biggest names in recent years, Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg. To fill the void, the show has four new featured players: Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Tim Robinson. The newcomers have all shown promise, particularly McKinnon, who debuted at the end of last season and who’s gotten buzz for her impersonations of Ann Romney and Penelope Cruz. EW talked with SNL maestro Lorne Michaels about the newbies and losing Wiig and Samberg.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: After finding out that Kristen and Andy weren’t coming back, was there a moment of panic?
LORNE MICHAELS: I think there’s a tremendous feeling of loss like, What will you do and it will never be the same. Then, the sun comes up. I was in Chicago for like four days just looking for people. Kate we brought in the spring and that worked well. The one thing you can’t do is try to replace Kristen Wiig with Kristen Wiig. You know Chevy Chase was followed by Bill Murray. And that worked well because it’s hard enough to make your mark without being compared to the person that you are “replacing.” READ FULL STORY
Being both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live is no small feat – but as long as Bruno Mars isn’t feeling lazy, he should be up for the task. In an interview with NBC yesterday, the versatile musician expressed how excited he is to guest on this weekend’s episode. He also showed off his comedic skills; when asked if he’s planning to be funny, Mars deadpanned, “I’m not going to be funny. It’s going to be something new they’re trying on SNL.”
Check out the interview — which also includes some intel about Mars’ new album — exclusively on EW.com.
'Daily Show,' 'SNL,' 'Colbert,' and 'Fallon' writers assemble for New York Television Festival panel
“Live from New York…” is Saturday Night Live‘s proprietary catchprase, but those four iconic words might just as easily more broadly describe the best and brightest of American comedy — period. Within a three-block radius in midtown Manhattan lies the home bases for Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. So it only makes sense that during the comically fertile election season, the New York Television Festival is celebrating the talent behind those shows with a special discussion panel, “Long Day’s Journey Into Late Night: 2012 Election Edition – The Politics of Funny.”
Next Tuesday night at the 92Y Tribeca, NBC’s Willie Geist will welcome a Barry Julien (head writer, The Colbert Report), Steve Bodow (co-executive producer and former head writer, The Daily Show), Colin Jost (co-head writer, Saturday Night Live), and A.D. Miles (head writer, Late Night) for a lively discussion about their favorite moments from the 2012 campaign so far and their take on the current state of the late-night genre. (Tickets are free but will surely “sell out.”) READ FULL STORY
Just in time for the election, Saturday Night Live will return with three back-to-back episodes in October.
As EW previously reported, Bond himself, Daniel Craig, will host Oct. 6 along with musical guest Muse. And Christina Applegate will return as host Oct. 13 with musical guest Passion Pit, NBC announced today.
On October 20, Bruno Mars will tackle both musical and hosting duties. His sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, will be released Dec. 11.
Check out this classic Chris Farley sketch from the last time Applegate hosted, way back in 1993 , called “Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker”: READ FULL STORY
Ben Stiller's All-Star Comedy Roundtable: Jim Carrey on the day the laughter died -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
In June at the Nantucket Film Festival, Ben Stiller brought together three of his funniest famous friends to talk seriously about comedy. Chris Rock and Jim Carrey joined Stiller on a panel moderated by Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader for the 4th Annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable. Stiller and Rock worked together on the Madagascar animated films, among other projects, Carrey starred in Stiller’s Cable Guy, and Hader, who popped up in Tropic Thunder, first met the Meet the Parents star when he was still a teenager in Oklahoma. “You’ve come a long way since Oklahoma,” Stiller said to Hader last fall, just as he and Hader were about to visit SNL‘s “Weekend Update” desk, dressed as Zoolander and Stefon.
But even the greatest comics fall flat on their faces now and again, as Carrey reveals in this exclusive clip. Way back when, before Ace Ventura, before In Living Color, he thought he had landed his first Tonight Show gig. It wasn’t to be. Watch below:
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