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Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 1:20PM EST
Stevie Wonder, Kenan Thompson and Zach Galifianakis join NBC's A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's one-hour Nov. 28 Christmas special has rounded out its celebrity guest-stars. Thompson will make a "special cameo," Galifianakis will appear as a party guest while Wonder will perform his iconic music with Legend.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
Kenan Thompson says fellow SNL cast member Pete Davidson "missed the mark" with wounded veteran joke
Source: E! Online
"My father is a veteran—you know, Vietnam—and I personally would never necessarily go there," Thompson said of Davidson's "Weekend Update" joke made at the expense of Republican Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw. "But it's tough when you're fishing for jokes. Like, that's how stand-ups feel. Like, there's no real filters out there when they're trying to go for a great joke or whatever. We try to respect that. But, at the same time, when you miss the mark, you're offending people. So, you have to kind of like be a little more aware, in my opinion."
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 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Kenan Thompson blasts Kanye West's pro-Trump SNL rant: "He invited the cast back up there to immediately sh*t on them
Source: E! Online
"It has to have been one of the top five weirdest goodnights with Mr. West," Seth Meyers asked Thompson on his Late Night podcast. "I would say the absolute top," Thompson replied. "That was just gnarly, he's such a setup artist. He invited the cast back up there to immediately sh*t on them. What kind of like weird, let me be the puppet master type sh*t is that? I'm so glad that I'd gone to my room to change."
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 2:47PM EDT
Kenan Thompson jokes that Kanye West held SNL "hostage," reacts to losing the Emmy to Henry Winkler
Source: The A.V. Club
The longtime Saturday Night Live cast member explained to Seth Meyers what happened when Kanye West went on a pro-Trump rant after the show. “We’re all entitled to our own opinion — I don’t know if that’s the moment, necessarily, to hold people hostage like that,” he said on Late Night. “But hey, you know.” As for losing the best supporting actor in a comedy Emmy to Henry Winkler of Barry, Thompson said he was okay with it because the former Happy Days star was “a sweet little old Jewish gumdrop" who had waited 42 years for the award. Besides, Thompson won an Emmy for co-writing "Come Back Barack" for SNL.
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 3:50PM EDT
Kenan Thompson could exit SNL with an NBC single-dad comedy
Thompson and Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels are re-teaming on Saving Larry, a single-camera comedy in which the longtime SNL cast member will play a father who has to serve as both mom and dad to his kids after their mother dies -- with his father-in-law "hovering over him." Deadline reports Saving Larry is "one of the biggest deals for a comedy project so far this season" at NBC, and that Thompson "would likely leave (SNL) — at least as a full-time cast member — should Saving Larry goes to series as the two would difficult to juggle." Michaels will serve as executive producer of Saving Larry, with Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke writing the potential series. Thompson is entering a record-setting 16th season on SNL. This isn't the first time Thompson and Michaels were attached to an NBC family sitcom project. In 2012, Michaels developed a Thompson multi-generational family comedy from recent SNL head writer Bryan Tucker. That project only had a script commitment.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Kenan Thompson wins his first Emmy, for SNL's Obama song
Thompson and three of his Saturday Night Live colleagues won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Come Back, Barack." Thompson is still up for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, which will be presented at the Primetime Emmys.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Kenan Thompson finally sees himself as an important part of SNL
Source: The New York Times
Thompson has been the "reluctant star" of Saturday Night Live over the past decade and a half, with him seeming most comfortable in key supporting roles, says Dave Itzkoff in a New York Times profile of the actor. Thompson recently celebrated two milestones: his first-ever Emmy nomination for acting, for his work on SNL, and for surpassing Darrell Hammond's record as the longest-tenured cast member. "Over a decade and a half on SNL, Mr. Thompson, 40, has grown to see himself as an integral part of this long-running entertainment franchise," says Itzkoff. "But he had to get past his deeply ingrained modesty to achieve that recalibration." Thompson says of his emergence as an SNL leading man: “I feel like there’s less pressure and stress just hitting it and quitting it. Let me get in, get my laughs and then I’m out. As far as being the guy, the star, the lead role of something, I didn’t necessarily need that. Bring me in off the bench! But to be a starter? To deal with the fact that, yeah, they need something from me every single week? I had to make that switch in my mind.” Thompson also says he has benefitted from a social shift that has led to black people attaining positions of cultural prominence, which has resulted in more black hosts coming to SNL (the show had seven black hosts last season). “It’s a progressive thing,” he says. “Back in the day, the things that they were mimicking and everybody was familiar with, was a little more one-sided. Because it was just a more one-sided world. But now the world is so open, especially New York — of course the show had to progress and be able to reflect that.” As for when Thompson will leave SNL, he says it'll happen eventually. “I would love to just stay there forever and retire on it,” he says, adding:: “It’s going to happen. It’ll be a personal, gray-hair moment: ‘That was that chapter of my life.’ You have to close it. I’m young, and I still want to do other things.”
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
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Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell to compete on a special Double Dare episode
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Fellow All That alum Lori Beth Denberg will also join the former Kenan & Kel stars on Double Dare, which returns today with new host Liza Koshy. “I am so excited to be playing on Double Dare and for whole new generation of kids to experience this iconic game show,” says Mitchell. “This episode will be double special because Kenan and I will be playing against each other and we are both huge fans of Double Dare! I can’t wait to see the super talented Liza Koshy rock it as the new host!”
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Read an oral history of SNL's "Black Jeoaprdy" sketch
SNL co-head writer Bryan Tucker says of his sketch that debuted in 2014: "I’ve been writing at SNL for 13 years, but 'Black Jeopardy' is probably the sketch I’m most proud of. I am white, but during the formative times in my life, the comedians that I really enjoyed were always black." Fellow co-head writer Michael Che adds: "It worked because, well, Tucker’s not a typical white writer. He’s worked on a lot of black shows. He gets that humor, so a lot of it was us just making black jokes that we knew to be true." ALSO: Kenan Thompson hopes SNL gets former President Obama to do Black Jeopardy.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
It's time to give Kenan Thompson an Emmy for his underappreciated SNL work
The 15-year Saturday Night Live veteran has been around so long that he never gets his due. "Beyond being a tremendous, versatile sketch performer with a somehow still-expanding skill set, Thompson puts in work every week to make SNL a true variety show, to make it fun," says Jesse David Fox. "He’s not just the backbone of the show; he’s the front face and the heart. He is the definition of an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Nominate him."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Leslie Jones hopes SNL cuts down on the "political stuff" next season
“I hope next year we can do more funnier stuff instead of a lot of political stuff this year, which we had to,” Jones said in an interview with The Wrap. “There was so much stuff that was happening, there was no way that our show, with the responsibility that we have, would not to cover that stuff. It was just too important. But I do hope that next year will be a lot more funny-funny based stuff, more comedy based stuff instead of a lot of political stuff.” Jones added that comedy can't "always be serious. You need The Three Stooges just as much as you need John Oliver.” Jones also expressed frustration that longtime cast member Kenan Thompson isn't more appreciated. “People are not really realizing how much of a foundation he is to the cast," she said. "Most of the stuff that you see him in that works, it works because of him. He’s the glue to all of it. It’s very infuriating to see people not notice that.” ALSO: SNL's Pete Davidson paid $93,000 for the engagement ring he gave Ariana Grande.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Kenan Thompson on his SNL future: "I think about leaving and I fear it"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Thompson, who broke Darrell Hammond's record after completing his 15th straight Saturday Night Live season, says "I’m not overly excited about going back to auditioning" when asked about leaving the show. "This is such a special place, you want to do your part here, but you also want to make room for people that are coming behind you," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This was the first year I really started feeling like, 'OK, I could push out of it now.' Chris Redd is super-duper strong, and I really look forward to his potential on the show. That was the first time I thought, 'Maybe I should give this dude more room.' If that’s the case, then it might be time to move on."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
Kenan Thompson turns 40 today, and he's still not planning to retire from SNL
Thompson, who joined Saturday Night Live 15 seasons ago at age 25, says: “I’m going to try to make that record as long as possible. There’s no reason for me to run out the door. I feel very lucky.”