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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Lorne Michaels on SNL's Pete Davidson: "I think the audience that he's talking to kind of relies on him"
The Saturday Night Live honcho explains why he hired Davidson in 2014 when he wasn't oldest enough to legally drink: "He has enormous charm on camera and audiences connect to him, and there's an honesty to him," he said in a GQ profile of Davidson. Michaels admitted he thought Davidson was too young, but "we've certainly made it work, and as we tend to say, I think he's the real thing." Meanwhile, Davidson thinks he's only being profiled by GQ because of his engagement to Ariana Grande: "It's all bullsh*t. GQ wouldn't hit me up if I didn't recently get engaged to a super-famous person," he said.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
SNL's former co-head writer "screamed with pride" when he learned Ivanka Trump supposedly hated his "Complicit" perfume ad spoof
Omarosa's book Unhinged claims that President Trump's eldest daughter "couldn’t stop bemoaning it, how offensive it was, how ridiculous it was" days after the "Complicit" parody ad featuring Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka was broadcast. Chris Kelly, who was co-head writer at the time, wrote on Instagram in reaction to Omarosa's allegation: "Have decided to move this from an instastory to a mainpage post because of how loud I screamed with pride when I saw this."
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
SNL featured player Luke Null won't return after one season
Null, a Chicago-based improviser joined the Saturday Night Live cast last year with Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner. "Presumably, Null was hired on SNL partly due to his knack for musical comedy," explains Megh Wright, "but like many former cast members who only lasted one season, he didn’t get much of a chance to shine on the show."
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Kenan Thompson finally sees himself as an important part of SNL
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 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 Wednesday 8/01/18 at 4:00PM EDT
James Andrew Miller's Origins oral history podcast to tackle SNL and Sex and the City
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Miller, who has co-written oral history books on Saturday Night Live and ESPN, debuted his podcast last year with oral histories of Curb Your Enthusiasm and ESPN. The SNL episode, featuring Lorne Michaels, debuts Sept. 12. The Sex and the City episode, including interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker and Candace Bushnell, drops on Oct. 24.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Watch SNL stars past and present pay tribute to Gilda Radner in the Love, Gilda documentary trailer
Original cast members Chevy Chase and Laraine Newman, plus more recent SNL-ers Cecily Strong, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph discuss Radner's impact in the trailer for the documentary coming to theaters on Sept. 21.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers reunite for "Really!?!" segment
The former SNL star "Weekend Update" co-anchors reteamed on Late Night to resurrect their signature bit in taking on former FBI director James Comey.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 3:24AM EDT
Michael Che seems to be knocking Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, but he insists he's never seen it
The co-host of SNL's "Weekend Update" and this year's Emmys decried all the "anti-comedy comedy" that happening these days, referring to it as "standup tragedy" on Instagram. He also said rape stories aren't funny, and denounced the use of telling stories instead of jokes with punch lines.. Che seemed to be taking shots at Nanette. But when asked if he's seen it, Che responded: "no, i havent. stop asking me." Che kept repeating othat he has not seen Nanette.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Alec Baldwin mulls quitting Twitter around the time SNL returns
"I am contemplating deleting this account, and all of my associated accounts beginning October 1, 2018. Will you follow me on Instagram?" Baldwin tweeted this morning, without giving a reason for why he would leave. Saturday Night Live usually returns around Oct. 1, so Baldwin might give up Twitter around the time of the season premiere.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
In his memoir, Sean Spicer recounts learning that Melissa McCarthy played him on SNL
President Trump's former White House press secretary didn't learn about that McCarthy portrayed him until the next morning, when he was in church. “Throughout the hour, while I sat in church, I heard the buzzing of my phone. Glancing down, I saw the screen fill with text messages," he writes in his new book, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President. "As soon as church let out, I looked down with horror to find Twitter ablaze with my name,” he adds. “What was it now? At first, I feared something truly terrible had happened.” When he saw the sketch, Spicer writes, "I had no choice but to laugh. Like many SNL sketches, I think they milked it too long, but there was no denying it was funny.”
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
SNL received nearly $43 million in New York state tax breaks over a three-year period
Source: USA Today
Saturday Night Live received nearly $16 million in reimbursements for Season 41, which ended in May 2016. For Seasons 39 and 40, SNL received $27 million in tax breaks, reports USA Today. Critics of New York state's tax breaks say it's laughable that a New York institution like SNL gets tax breaks so it won't move to another state. "I think the laugh is on us," said Ron Deutschof the Fiscal Policy Institute, a liberal think tank in Albany. "Saturday Night Live is entering its 43rd season, and the likelihood of Saturday Night Live leaving for another state is probably minimal at best."
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
SNL releases a blooper reel from its pretaped shorts
Watch Ryan Gosling and Donald Glover crack up in the four-minute video, titled "Creating Saturday Night Live: Film Unit Outtakes."
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Saturday Night Live China appears to be canceled after three episodes
The Chinese version of SNL didn't air live and avoided politics, even though an NBC Universal executive promised it would be “true to its format with some additional twists to keep it fresh and culturally relevant for the local audience.” The fourth episode was supposed to become available over the weekend, but instead viewers found that all episodes of the series had vanished, possibly the result of a Chinese censorship crackdown.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Andy Samberg: "I had good training for parenthood by working at SNL"
Source: The New York Times
"It’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me," the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star says of his first year of fatherhood. "Just like a beautiful, incredible dream. It has surpassed every expectation I ever had. It’s definitely been very blissful." He adds that, yes, he's been exhausted. "I had good training for parenthood by working at SNL," he says. "The sleep deprivation part of it has been like, “Oh, right — this feeling.” But there’s so much less stress because the baby’s not going live at 11:30."