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
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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:
Steve Martin has been making people laugh so hard for so long that some — especially younger audiences — might not fully appreciate just how pure and fresh his early comic work was. Before the Oscars, before Father of the Bride, before Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, even before The Jerk, Martin was a total force of nature whose main platform was television, beginning with writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In his wild and crazy prime, an appearance by Martin on Johnny Carson or other primetime showcase was insane, yet so carefully crafted. When he hosted Saturday Night Live or had a stand-up special, there was such an element of unpredictability that you simply had to watch.
Shout! Factory has packaged together some of those classic TV moments in a new DVD out today. Steve Martin: The Television Stuff is three discs packed with hard-to-find bits and TV specials, including Homage to Steve, which features his entire 1979 live performance at the Universal Ampitheatre. Also included in the set is an new interview with Martin.
For those who need a quick taste of some vintage Martin, Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip of one of HBO’s On Location stand-up specials from 1976. Enjoy. READ FULL STORY
Which Barack Obama has got your vote?
As EW previously reported, there was a shift for commander-in-chief Saturday on Saturday Night Live as Jay Pharoah made his debut as President Obama with an introduction (“Who’d want his job?”) by former Obama Fred Armisen.
As many have remarked, Obama’s no Bill Clinton or Sarah Palin – he’s not the easiest guy to impersonate. But with a skilled impressionist in the cast, many wondered how long we would have to wait for Pharoah (whose Obama impression from his stand-up already had quite a few fans) to tackle SNL‘s buzziest role.
They say you haven’t really arrived until Saturday Night Live parodies you, and if that’s true, then Ryan Lochte — Jeah! — officially became a Hollywood celebrity Saturday night, after SNL host Seth MacFarlane portrayed him as a lovable idiot who could barely string two words together on “Weekend Update.”
Lochte appears to be taking the parody in stride: “Well, I gotta admit that was a pretty harsh one, but it’s cool to have Seth parody me,” he told Celebuzz. “I think he pegged me wrong, but when I heard he did a skit I knew I was in for it!”
Lochte got to have the last laugh, though, spoofing his spoof by telling Celebuzz, “It’s all in fun and of course if I’m talked about on SNL I know they are gonna get me ‘Go-od,’” a reference to MacFarlane’s imitation where he pronounced the show Go On as ‘goon.’
Check out MacFarlane’s Lochte impression below: READ FULL STORY
'Saturday Night Live' host Seth MacFarlane breaks his silence on Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson split -- VIDEO
Between the presidential elections and very important pop-culture developments like this, first-time Saturday Night Live host Seth MacFarlane has a lot of ground to cover when he takes the reins during the season premiere of the sketch comedy series this weekend. But one topic the Ted and Family Guy creator likely won’t touch is the
heart-wrenching headline-blazing breakup between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
“Who f**ing cares?” MacFarlane told EW, after we gave him a quick primer on the obsession that is “Robsten,” during rehearsals for SNL. “I still have my house, my cat is still alive. I don’t care what happens.” (Make sure to watch the video below to see his complete hilarious reaction).
His name is Jay Pharoah, and we bet he approves this message.
In an interview with The New York Times, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels said that Pharoah would play President Obama on the show, stepping in for Fred Armisen, who has impersonated the President since 2008.
“Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own,” Michaels said. “I just thought it might be time to shake it up.”
In presidential skits, Pharoah will surely face off against Jason Sudeikis — who returns to his Mitt Romney duties this season. Michaels added in the Times article that Armisen would still be a major player on the show, calling him “the backbone of the show now.”
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