Jim Carrey is set to host Saturday Night Live Oct. 25 ahead of the Nov. 14 release of Dumb and Dumber To (the sequel to 1994’s Dumb and Dumber). “Fancy” rapper Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest. READ FULL STORY
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Bill Hader is returning to Studio 8H this weekend to host Saturday Night Live, and in the promos for the show, he asks Kenan Thompson what he missed. READ FULL STORY
Over the weekend, all SNL-conscious beings were alerted to the presence of Pete Davidson, who made a big first impression during his first night on the show. And while we already know a fair amount about the 20-year-old Staten Island native, this morning Bill Hader—the alum who’ll be returning as host Oct. 11—told us a little bit more about Davidson’s SNL origin story.
“Pete Davidson—he’s in the movie Trainwreck,” Hader said, referring to the upcoming Judd Apatow-directed, Amy Schumer-starring comedy. “He has a small part in it. I told Lorne Michaels about him, said he was really funny. And then they auditioned him for a piece, and Lorne called me to say Pete got the show. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s wonderful!'”
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 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
Bill Hader is returning to his roots.
The comedian, who can currently be seen channeling his dark side on the big screen in The Skeleton Twins, will host Saturday Night Live‘s Oct. 11 show with musical guest Hozier, NBC announced today. This is Hader’s first time as a host; one can only hope he’ll tap into the deep reservoir of characters and impressions he accumulated during his eight years on the show. And, yes, fingers crossed for Stefon. (Though, can he recapture the Stefon magic as a host? And without Seth Meyers at the Update desk?)
SNL’s 40th season premieres Sept. 27 with Chris Pratt as host and Ariana Grande as musical guest.
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.
Will Forte is set to star in Fox’s midseason comedy Last Man on Earth, but he’ll crack wise on another one of the network’s comedies even sooner: The SNL alum will voice a character on a fall episode of The Simpsons. READ FULL STORY
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
The Daily Show has hired another correspondent in the wake of John Oliver’s exit.
Saturday Night Live writer and standup comic Michael Che will join the Comedy Central series in June after he finishes his stint at SNL. The hire follows the exit of Oliver, who launched his new HBO talk show, Last Week Tonight, on Sunday. The Daily Show also recently added Jordan Klepper last March.
Che is an NYC standup comic who joined the SNL writing staff last fall. Che started doing standup in 2010, and since then has won New York’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition, appeared on CBS’ Late Show, and was a regular on VH1’s short-lived Best Week Ever reboot. He’s been writing for SNL since 2013.
Here’s Che on Late Show: READ FULL STORY
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