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Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
SNL's Oscars host audition sketch lets Kate McKinnon's Ellen DeGeneres take a shot at Kevin Hart
Source: The Daily Beast
The Oscars audition sketch featured impressions of everybody from Hannah Gadsby to Sarah Silverman and Michelle Wolf. McKinnon as Ellen appeared for the last audition. "Hey, I’ll host the Oscars, sure,” she said. “I’ve never done anything controversial in my life, except for being gay. But people like that now, except for the guy who was supposed to host.” As The Daily Beast notes, "it was a big change from last week's show," when Michael Che defended Hart on "Weekend Update."
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
Why Dan Crenshaw was worthy of an SNL apology: He belonged to a powerful group
Source: The Washington Post
It's all about power dynamics, says Helena Andrews-Dyer. "Who gets an apology and who doesn’t may say more about society than the 'sorry' itself," she says. "Veterans with battle wounds. Yes. Apologize! Black Mississippians reminded of their state’s history of lynchings. Not so much. A former intern hung out to dry for an affair with a U.S. president. Eh. She should probably just get over it already. The running theme here is that the powerful in any given formula offer amends only to those they deem worthy." Andrews-Dyer adds: "That brings us back to Crenshaw (R-Tex.) and Davidson — the most recent and succinct example of the apology dynamic playing out along scripted lines. Davidson is a big-time famous person (maybe you remember his ex-fiancee Ariana Grande) who picked on a lesser-known person in a bad joke about his disability. But while Crenshaw himself may not have been especially powerful, he was part of a powerful group: Just about everybody was offended for him because he was straight out of central casting for an American hero (though the congressman made it a point to say he wasn’t offended). So there was no questioning that Crenshaw was worthy of an apology. It was a matter of when, not if. And it came in a big way, live on Saturday night."
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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:47PM EST
Pete Davidson may be the most unlikely star player in SNL history
Davidson is one of the most unique cast members in Saturday Night Live history because while he's become its most talked-about player, he's not very good on the show, says Eric Harvey. "He can’t do impressions, his attempts at Digital Shorts are weak tea compared to the (admittedly high) standards set by Lonely Island, and the closest he’s come to a breakout character is his monosyllabic pool-boy homewrecker," says Harvey. "He does play a solid sideman—word to Uncle Butt—and makes his mark as a frequent in-sketch breaker." Even Davidson has admitted his SNL shortcomings, telling Variety: “I’m not good at sketch comedy. I don’t know how to do that, or write it.” "In spite of all this, he’s taken over Season 44 because of 'Weekend Update,'" says Harvey. "While last season’s SNL energy was focused on the show’s Trump-themed cold opens, this year has thus far revolved around the personal life of the show’s coolest cast member," thanks to his engagement to Ariana Grande over the summer and his more recent Dan Crenshaw controversy. Harvey notes that SNL cast members rarely become bigger than the show. And when they do, they usually leave. "All this means that for much of this season, the show—and maybe more importantly in 2018, the post-show coverage—has revolved around Pete Davidson," says Harvey. "And not Pete Davidson, the sketch performer: Pete Davidson, the persona. It’s hard to predict where Davidson might go from here; maybe by the end of the season, Davidson will join Eddie Murphy as the only current cast members to host Saturday Night Live."
- "Saturday Night Live has created a comedic monster": Dan Crenshaw pens a Washington Post Op-Ed explaining why he didn't seek an apology
- Read the story of Scott Matthew Davidson, Pete Davidson's firefighter father who was killed on 9/11
- SNL releases a "supercut" to say goodbye to Kate McKinnon's Jeff Sessions
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
SNL brought on Dan Crenshaw so Pete Davidson could apologize for mocking his war injury
Source: The Daily Beast
The former Navy SEAL and recently elected U.S. representative, who lost his right eye to an IED attack in Afghanistan, made a surprise appearance on "Weekend Update" to receive Davidson's apology -- and to roast him. “In what I'm sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said before Crenshaw appeared. “I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.” When Crenshaw appeared, Davidson said: “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: that I'm a d*ck.” Crenshaw responded with "apology accepted," and then his phone started playing an Ariana Grande song. “Oh, do you know her?” Crenshaw joked. After a few more roast jokes, Crenshaw became serious, in honor of Veteran's Day said "there's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another." Crenshaw also acknowledged Davidson's father, Scott Davidson, a firefighter who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. “And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father,” Crenshaw added. “So I’ll just say, Pete, never forget.”
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Why can't SNL start at 11 p.m.?
Saturday Night Live's 11:30 p.m. ET (technically 11:29 p.m.) start time is due to local news. But as Kelly Conaboy argues, "Saturday Night Live should begin at 11 p.m. A solid, whole number: 11. What time is Saturday Night Live on? 11. That sounds right to me and, I assume, to you. The show is an institution. It started in caveman times on Boulder TV and it deserves a whole number, at least for its dedication to not adjusting its ratio of straight white men to everyone else on staff since. Plus, and perhaps more importantly, we the viewing public are increasingly tired. We deserve a show that begins half an hour earlier and gets us to unconsciousness half an hour sooner, so we can wake up well-rested for another day of just trying to make it through."
Posted Sunday 9/30/18 at 6:30AM EDT
Matt Damon was the perfect choice to play SNL's Brett Kavanaugh
Source: The Daily Beast
"SNL had a tall order in the opening of its 44th season premiere," says Matt Wilstein. "They had to introduce a brand new character, Brett Kavanaugh, who has never appeared on the show before but has become indelible in the minds of Americans after his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee just two days (before)." Damon, he says, "absolutely nailed" the U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee, playing him "even more fired-up than the real thing." Kate McKinnon was terrific, too, as Sen. Lindsey Graham. Wilstein adds: "By casting Damon, who is unlikely to pull an Alec Baldwin and return week after week, perhaps SNL is predicting that we won’t be seeing much more of Kavanaugh after this coming week’s FBI investigation."
- Pete Davidson's romance with Ariana Grande was brought up multiple times in the season premiere
- Adam Driver was an odd choice to kick off Season 44 -- he only appeared in four live sketches other than the monologue
- Driver's performance as oil baron Abraham H. Parnassus was almost Oscar-worthy
- Alyssa Milano's cardboard cutout SNL cameo is now her Twitter wallpaper
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar praises Rachel Dratch's impersonation of her
# TOPICS: Saturday Night Live, NBC, Adam Driver, Alyssa Milano, Amy Klobuchar, Ariana Grande, Brett Kavanaugh, Kate McKinnon, Lindsey Graham, Matt Damon, Pete Davidson, Rachel Dratch, U.S. Senate, U.S. Supreme Court
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
SNL unveils its first promo of Season 44
Watch Kate McKinnon sabotage host Adam Driver's promo.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Lorne Michaels responds to rumors of Kate McKinnon leaving SNL after this season
"This is her last year on her contract," Michaels said on the red carpet. But he's in no hurry to see her leave. "She could stay, she'd get a lifetime contract," he added.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Kate McKinnon's current favorite SNL impression is Jeff Sessions
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Right now I like to do the attorney general, Jeff Sessions," she said on NBC's Today show. "There's this thing that I can do with my mouth that actually Mila thinks is the grossest thing," she told Hoda Kotb of her The Spy Who Dumped Me co-star, before showing off her Sessions facial expression.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, Amazon, CBS, FX, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, An Emmy for Megan, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, Insecure, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Killing Eve, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Family, Real Time with Bill Maher, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, This is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Twin Peaks: The Return, Veep, Westworld, Will & Grace, Aidy Bryant, Alec Baldwin, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Maher, Chrissy Teigen, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Freddie Highmore, Issa Rae, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, John Goodman, John Legend, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kit Harington, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Leslie Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Megan Amram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Brosnahan, Samantha Bee, Sandra Oh, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Levitan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tracey Ullman, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Award Shows, Emmys
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Comedians in Cars' 10th season to feature Kate McKinnon, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney and the return of Alec Baldwin
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix announced the official lineup for the 12-episode 10th season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which will be the first on its streaming service. Joining the previously announced Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Lewis (who taped his episode months before his death last August) are Chappelle, his Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan, Zach Galifianakis, John Mulaney, Dana Carvey, Hasan Minhaj and Brian Regan. Alec Baldwin, who already did a Comedians in Cars episode in 2012, will be the first to return to the series. Season 10 premieres on July 6.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Kate McKinnon was the most overburdened SNL cast member this season
Source: The Ringer
McKinnon has played everybody from Robert Mueller to Kellyanne Conway to Rudy Giuliani and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "All this comes on top of a burgeoning catalog of studio comedies like The Spy Who Dumped Me," says Alison Herman. "McKinnon’s film career has every appearance of a search for a star vehicle in the vein of Bridesmaids or Girls Trip to propel her to a new level of stardom, with an eye toward a presumed exit from SNL sometime in the next couple of years. After all, she’s been there since 2012."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
SNL's celebrity cameo-filled 43rd season highlights the problem of having few cast members who are stars
Source: The Atlantic
"Since the departure of its prior core group of stars (the last of whom, Seth Meyers, departed midway through Season 39), SNL has struggled to build a major identity around its newer ensemble," says David Simms. "(Kate) McKinnon, the show’s one bona-fide star, and Kenan Thompson, its longest-running cast member, are two hall-of-famers. Everyone else is a mix of solid but unspectacular performers, some of whom (like Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong) have been with the show for six years without ever quite making it their own." Simms notes that Saturday Night Live is doing fine, ratings-wise. But, he adds, "beyond the growing staleness of its Trump material, SNL struggled to really address some of the biggest news stories of the year, especially the #MeToo movement." The one standout episode was the one hosted by Donald Glover, he says. "There’s a lesson to be learned from Glover’s episode: Its distinctiveness is what made it work, and helped so many of its sketches travel online in the days following," says Simms." More often than not, SNL succeeds when its cast members and writers build up recognizable brands of humor that can recur throughout the show. That’s never been true for much of SNL’s current cast, partly because they’re not given enough air time to define themselves onscreen, and some of the longer-serving veterans may have missed their chance to do so entirely. It’s a problem the show knows that it has—and a mistake it should steer clear of when it begins its next rebuild around newer stars."
- There’s no excuse for SNL to be as stodgy and self-referentially lifeless as it was in the season finale
- Here are the 10 best sketches of Season 43
- Give it up to the SNL costume department for their fast work on the royal wedding sketch
- Was Nicki Minaj's SNL performance cultural appropriation?
- Kate McKinnon is glad to walk you through her SNL work, but she explains why she won't discuss her personal life
- Watch McKinnon "trash" a hotel room for GQ
- Read a history of SNL's Jeopardy! sketches
- Pete Davidson is "casually dating" former SNL musical guest Ariana Grande
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Vanity Fair isn't laughing at GQ mocking its Photoshop fail
Source: Page Six
GQ unveiled the cover to its annual comedy issue this morning featuring Sarah Silverman, Issa Rae and Kate McKinnon each sporting extra arms and legs, poking fun at Vanity Fair's cover earlier this year that gave Reese Witherspoon three legs and Oprah Winfrey three arms. According to Page Six, "Condé insiders say Vanity Fair execs are furious — because GQ apparently didn’t give them any advance warning about the hilarious spoof."
Posted Sunday 5/06/18 at 2:49AM EDT
Stormy Daniels crashes star-studded SNL cold open
Source: The Daily Beast
Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin, Martin Short, Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon (making her debut as Rudy Giuliani) were all overshadowed by Daniels, who conversed with Baldwin's President Trump by phone. “Sorry Donald, it’s too late for that,” said Daniels when Baldwin's Trump offered to rekindle their alleged affair. “I know you don’t believe in climate change, but a storm’s a-comin’, baby.”
- Stormy Daniels' cameo recalled Monica Lewinsky's SNL appearance in 1999
- SNL takes on Kanye West's tweets with A Quiet Place spoof
- Pete Davidson roasted Michael Che and Colin Jost for hosting the Emmys, calling them a "less entertaining version of Riggs and Murtaugh"
- In his monologue, host Donald Glover recalled auditioning twice for SNL
- In fact, Glover and previous host John Mulaney auditioned for SNL on the same day in 2008 (along with T.J. Miller and Nick Kroll)
- Glover plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in "Cut for Time" sketch