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Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Leslie Jones was surprised to learn she waited on SNL co-star Mikey Day when she was 18
"We were talking one day, and I found out — I'm 50 years old and Mikey's I think in his 30s — and he told me that when he was little, he used to go to this restaurant in Orange County called Spoons. And he remembered this lady who used to wait on him. Dude — I was the f*cking lady!
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 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's engagement has raised questions about their different levels of fame
"Ariana Grande is a Top 40 staple with a trio of Grammy nominations and three platinum albums," says Inkoo Kang. "She’s arguably one of the five biggest pop acts working right now. Pete Davidson has been on SNL for the last four years, but probably wouldn’t even crack a top 5 list among that show’s cast. Davidson’s no slouch: He was hired by Lorne Michaels at age 20, making him one of the show’s youngest cast members ever. But Grande and Davidson’s disparate levels of fame and accomplishment have made the couple Exhibit A in discussions about how differently humor is seen as a sexually desirable trait across genders." ALSO: Pete Davidson covers up his tattoo of ex-girlfriend Cazzie David's face.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
SNL's Pete Davidson gets engaged to Ariana Grande after a few weeks of dating
Here's a timeline of their brief courtship: On May 12, Grande was spotted at an SNL after-party with a cell-phone case that looked like one that Davidson has. Less than one month later, the couple is engaged.
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 Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Kenan Thompson on his SNL future: "I think about leaving and I fear it"
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 Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
SNL's 2016 Trump-Clinton debate sketches have obviously not aged well
Even before the Access Hollywood tape, Saturday Night Live treated Trump winning in the 2016 Hillary-Donald debate sketches as the funniest thing in the world.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
How an SNL head writer revealed the show's failings in a single NBA Finals-Samantha Bee joke tweet
Bryan Tucker -- one of four SNL head writers along with Rob Klein, Colin Jost and Michael Che -- decided to mash up Bee's C-word controversy and Cleveland Cavaliers player JR Smith's mistake in a single tweet Thursday night. Tucker later deleted the tweet, but Seth Simons has a screenshot of it. "I am highlighting this tweet not to shame Tucker, but because I think it neatly crystallizes one of the biggest weaknesses of SNL under his leadership," says Simon. "So much of the show’s approach to satire, especially in the cold open, is just to mention one or two things that happened during the previous week without really saying anything about them. These naked references will get a laugh of recognition—yes, they did happen, I remember that!—which SNL often compounds by tossing in a celebrity cameo as well. Ahh, it’s that actor I recognize playing that other famous person who did that thing this week! Lol!"
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande confirm their relationship on Instagram
The SNL star and former SNL musical guest made their relationship "Intagram-official" by posing today in Harry Potter outfits.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Remembering Phil Hartman, 20 years after his murder
The Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons star was killed by wife Brynn Hartman in a brutal murder-suicide on May 28, 1998.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says SNL should get somebody else to do Trump full-time
During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning, Baldwin had a "no comment" response to speculation that SNL's Sopranos-themed season finale cold open could be the last we see of his President Trump. But when the Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest pressed him, Baldwin seemed to hint he might be done with the character, according to The Daily Beast. “It does crash every weekend you have with your kids,” Baldwin said. “I enjoy doing it, but what’s going to happen in the future? I don't know where I’m going to working, where I’m going to be.” He said The Sopranos series finale ending "could be" foreshadowing, “but who knows what’s going to happen, if I do it again or don’t do it again.” But then he added in a telling statement: “They should get somebody who can do it all the time.”
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Pete Davidson responds to internet commenters saying he shouldn't be in a relationship with Ariana Grande because of his mental illness
"I just think it’s f*cked up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do. It’s not their fault and it’s the wrong way for people to look at things," the SNL star wrote in a lengthy message posted to social media.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Kate McKinnon was the most overburdened SNL cast member this season
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 1:13PM EDT
Vanessa Bayer recounts convincing Donald Trump to do an SNL porn star sketch
Trump doing a porn star sketch when he lasted hosted in 2015 is even more relevant following the Stormy Daniels scandal. Bayer recounted to Stephen Colbert Trump's reluctance to do the sketch. "We were kind of rehearsing and he was, like, 'Do you think I should do the porn star sketch?' And I was like, 'Yeah.' 'Cause I wanted to get my sketch on.… And he goes, 'But I'm running for president,'" she recalled on The Late Show. "And I go, 'Well, I think it shows you have a good sense of humor.'"
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
"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."
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