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Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
SNL's President Trump-Kanye West cold open was essentially done before
Source: The Atlantic
Back in January 2016, when Darrell Hammond was Saturday Night Live's Trump, Tina Fey appeared as Sarah Palin giving a speech while Hammond's Trump delivered an inner monologue to the camera. SNL essentially repeated the sketch with its spoof of West's visit last week to the Oval Office. "Though the sketch drew some facile comparisons between West and Trump’s ways of thinking, it ended up making Trump seem extremely self-aware, a tough satirical point to land," says David Sims. "The jokes also leaned on lazy, stigmatizing punchlines about mental illness. Combined with last week’s portrayal of the Senate as pumped-up and triumphant, so far SNL hasn’t done much to actually skewer the people in charge of the country. Indeed, the program could learn a few lessons from (host Seth) Meyers, whose talk show Late Night delivers incisive, witty commentary on the administration almost every night with its 'Closer Look' segment."
- SNL failed to make Kanye West's Oval Office remarks weirder than they already were
- Jonah Hill will join the Five-Timers Club when he hosts SNL on Nov. 3 with musical guest Maggie Rogers
- SNL ratings rebound with host Seth Meyers
- Alec Baldwin made fun of his "black people love me" comments in his Trump cold open
- Kenan Thompson revived his Bill Cosby impression for a prison-set sketch
- Twitter was upset that Bill Hader's Stefon didn't reunite with Meyers
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Darrell Hammond apologizes after mispronouncing John Mulaney's name twice in SNL's opening credits
The SNL announcer explained on Twitter Sunday why he called Mulaney "John Mulvaney" not once but twice: "I was trying to adjust a cue card/plug my show @ImprovKCMO and clearly I am no good at multi tasking," Hammond tweeted. "I really made a dumb mistake and I am sincerely sorry." Mulaney responded: "No apology necessary Darrell. I thought it was hilarious and am only bummed I didn’t think to ask you to do it on purpose." Hammond also posted a clip of himself getting Mulaney's name right during dress rehearsal. ALSO: SNL cut-for-time sketch reveals what happened to The Shape of Water's Fish Man.
Posted Sunday 4/15/18 at 3:10AM EDT
SNL gets Robert De Niro to interrogate Ben Stiller as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen
Source: The Daily Beast
Saturday Night Live reunited the Meet the Parents co-stars in this week's cold open to recreate the classic lie detector scene from their 2000 hit movie. "You broke the law. And now we’re going to catch all of you little fockers, you got that?” De Niro’s special prosecutor Mueller told Stiller, playing Trump attorney Cohen. Stiller, who was briefly an SNL cast member in 1989, said as Cohen: "You know how much evidence I have in my office? I’m Donald Trump’s lawyer! I’ve got a whole hard drive that’s just labeled ‘yikes.’”
- Donald Glover to pull double duty on May 5, hosting SNL and performing as Childish Gambino
- SNL spoofs Netflix's Wild Wild Country with the help of alum Nasim Pedrad
- SNL parodies Les Miserables with an insane lobster dinner sketch
- Why did announcer Darrell Hammond mispronounce John Mulaney's name as "John Mulvaney" not once but twice in the intro?
- SNL mocks "Hollywood's reboot fever"
- Mulaney tweets a 2008 pic of the SNL cast and writers dressed as Mad Men for then-host Jon Hamm
- SNL tweets video of Mulaney's closing remarks that NBC cut off
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Darrell Hammond recalls his and Lorne Michaels' reaction to President Trump tweeting about him last week
Source: The Washington Post
After Trump dissed Alec Baldwin on Twitter last Friday and urged SNL to "bring back Darrell Hammond," Hammond ran into Michaels, who jokingly said: "The president knows your name." There was, however, no discussion about bringing Hammond back to reprise his Trump alongside Baldwin's Trump following the newsworthy tweet. As SNL's announcer, Hammond had been taping his intros from Los Angeles, where he moved to get away from the show. But Hammond has now moved back to New York and is spending a lot of time in Studio 8H these days, ready to go on TV if called.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 10:05AM EST
President Trump rips "Alex Baldwin," calls on SNL to "Bring back Darrell Hammond"
Source: USA Today
The president misspelled Alec Baldwin's name not once but twice in an early morning tweet Friday, before deleting it and tweeting a new version with the proper spelling. "Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him," Trump wrote in his initial tweet, also misspelling "dying." "Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent," Trump added. Alec Baldwin responded to Trump with a series of tweets. "Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago," tweeted Baldwin. "You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for." Name-dropping all the stars he's working on a movie with today, Baldwin added: "If this is mediocrity, give me more." Baldwin also tweeted: "And Mr President... please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets. (Hey, Melania...we’ve got Charles Barkley this Saturday!)"
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
Darrell Hammond says “I just started crying” when he lost SNL’s Donald Trump role
Source: The Washington Post
The loss of the role to Alec Baldwin so affected Hammond that he moved from New York City to Los Angeles, where he records the announcing of each SNL opening remotely. “I just started crying,” he says. “In front of everyone. I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock, and I stayed in shock for a long time. Everything wiped out. The brand, me, what I do. Corporate appearances canceled. It was a hell of a shock, and all of it was apparent to me in one breath. That ends me.” Nowadays, Hammond has come to terms with losing the gig, admitting that his Trump was too middle of the road.