In October, veteran stand-up comedian Leslie Jones made headlines when she walked from the SNL writers’ room to the stage. (The show had never featured two black female cast members at the same time before.) We jumped on the phone with Jones to discuss the learning curve—and, by the way, the 47-year-old breakthrough knows it’s been steep. READ FULL STORY
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While we all know Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films are just movies, it seems Martin Freeman has brought a bit of Middle-earth’s magic to Studio 8H.
Ever since Seth Meyers left Saturday Night Live for Late Night, the sketch show’s longtime centerpiece has become one of the show’s biggest problem areas. After getting off to an inauspicious start—when Michael Che replaced the short-lived but beloved Cecily Strong—new anchor team Che and Colin Jost are about to embark on their final shows of 2014.
With that in mind, staff editor Hillary Busis and senior writer Natalie Abrams take a look at how they’re doing so far—and offer a few tips on how to fix the once-sucessful fake news franchise. READ FULL STORY
James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams will be the final three Saturday Night Live hosts of the year, NBC announced Thursday. Franco will host the Dec. 6 show with Nicki Minaj as musical guest.
The following week, Hobbit and Sherlock star Freeman will be accompanied by Charli XCX. Adams will host the final show before Christmas Dec. 20 with musical guest One Direction, so look out for screaming teens around 30 Rock that week. READ FULL STORY
In advance of her turn as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Cameron Diaz will have another go at hosting Saturday Night Live. READ FULL STORY
Promos are out for this week’s Saturday Night Live with host, Jim Carrey, and musical guest, Iggy Azalea. The videos show Carrey, who is hosting for the third time, and Aidy Bryant, who are apparently dating now. Carrey, for example, treats viewers to one of his world-famous impressions, this time with Bryant as his subject. Oh, and did we mention this is the Halloween episode? Carrey dons a Jason-esque mask, knife in hand. Other frights are in store. Watch the promos here, if you dare:
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
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