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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 Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
NBC boss: "We want to make it feel like SNL has hijacked the Emmys"
"Weekend Update" anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the Emmys, but they won't be the only SNL stars up on stage in September. "We're going to have appearances from some of the other castmembers and shoot some video like they do on SNL," says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. "Lorne (Michaels) hasn't produced an Emmy show since the '90s, and I was at Fox as a young executive when he did. It was a complete change of pace for the show." As for whether Alec Baldwin should be back on SNL as President Trump, Greenblatt says: "I can't imagine somebody else doing it at this point, but that's something for Lorne to handle."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
NBC taps SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che to co-host the Emmys
The "Weekend Update" co-anchors will co-host this year's ceremony and their boss Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer, NBC announced this morning. This is a change for NBC as the network's four previous Emmy broadcasts have been helmed by the host of Late Night (Seth Meyers in 2014, Jimmy Fallon in 2010, Conan O'Brien in 2006 and 2002). “We’re proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that’s a real fact," Jost and Che said in a statement, alluding to the 1999 Emmy awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added: “Along with surprise appearances by other cast members of Saturday Night Live, I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time.”
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
SNL's Michael Che under fire for the way he responds to female critics
Jezebel notes many instances where the Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" co-host takes retaliatory offense when a woman criticizes his work by highlighting the criticism on social media, most recently when he was lumped in with other comedians who have used transphobic jokes in an article last week. "Despite the fact that Che is a successful comedian with a position as co-head writer on Saturday Night Live," writes Jezebel's Hazel Cills, "he has repeatedly and publicly denigrated women, some up-and-coming writers, over the past few years in ways that read as incongruous for someone of his level of fame and status in the New York City comedy community." Neither Che nor his reps responded to Jezebel's request for comment.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
Michael Che reveals the 2012 text message Colin Jost sent inviting him to apply to SNL
“I was wondering if you had any interest in submitting to SNL as a sketch writer,” Jost wrote his future Weekend Update partner in August 2012. At the time, Jost was Saturday Night Live's co-head writer with Seth Meyers.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 2:42AM EST
Why SNL's decision to name Michael Che and Colin Jost co-head writers is baffling
Last season was a triumph for Saturday Night Live, but head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider exited over the summer. Now SNL is returning Jost to a head writer position, which he abruptly stepped down from in 2015. “Replacing Kelly and Schneider with Jost and Che seems like a further pivot away from the writing that made last season of SNL feel so fresh,” says Joanna Robinson. “To distance oneself from a highly-acclaimed, award-winning tone is a baffling choice, but Lorne Michaels has proven us all wrong before.”
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 5:50PM EST
SNL promotes Michael Che and Colin Jost to co-head writers
The “Weekend Update” co-hosts will now become two of four head writers, joining Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker.
Posted Sunday 12/03/17 at 12:46PM EST
SNL briefly touched on Matt Lauer’s firing
The former Today anchor is the third person with a connection to Saturday Night Live to be accused of sexual harassment, following Louis CK (host of last season’s finale) and Al Franken. According to IMDb, Lauer has made two SNL cameos and co-hosted the 2015 Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Red Carpet Special. In addition, Lauer has played himself on five episodes of the Lorne Michaels-produced 30 Rock. Lauer’s firing was alluded to in the cold open which featured a visit from the ghost of “Billy Bush.” On "Weekend Update," Colin Jost and Michael Che each got in a joke at Lauer’s expense, one mentioning Ann Curry and the other referencing Lauer’s alleged sex toy. ALSO: Why SNL’s “Welcome to Hell” sexual harassment music video was so surprising.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 11:32PM EDT
SNL’s Michael Che called the N-word after saying Donald Trump is a “cheap cracker”
The Weekend Update co-anchor shared some of the outraged comments sent to him via Instagram after he angered some conservatives with his “cracker” comment over the weekend.