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Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Peabody Awards honor The Handmaid's Tale, Insecure and American Vandal
This year's Peabody winners also include Better Call Saul, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Saturday Night Live and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Lorne Michaels is producing a film starring SNL-ers Leslie Jones and Colin Jost
Jones and Jost are bringing their "Weekend Update" flirtation to the big screen in the movie Baby Nurse.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 2:31PM EDT
SNL to wrap up the season with hosts Amy Schumer and Tina Fey
Schumer will host for the second time on May 12, joined by musical guest Kacey Musgraves. Fey hosts the finale for Season 43 with musical guest Nicki Minaj on May 19. This will be Fey's sixth time returning to Saturday Night Live as host. She previously hosted (or co-hosted) in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
SNL's "Diner Lobster" sketch recalled the show's glory days
John Mulaney and Colin Jost wrote the Les Miserables homage in 2010, but it never made it to air previously because it was too complicated to produce. "It was a hilarious mix of a specific New York City observation (the endless length of diner menus) and theater marginalia," says David Sims, "a quality the sketch shared with another of Mulaney’s recent hits, the stage show Oh, Hello (performed in collaboration with the comedian Nick Kroll). Most of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live had the same niche feeling; the episode was filled with densely plotted sketches aimed more squarely at comedy nerds."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
SNL's Colin Jost has a bearded past
John Mulaney's throwback photo of the Saturday Night Live cast and writers a decade ago revealed the "Weekend Update" co-anchor sporting a "JostBeard" back when he was just a writer. ALSO: Mulaney's Mad Men photo, annotated.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 7:30PM EDT
Night Court's Harry Anderson dies at 65
Anderson, who is best known for presiding over the NBC hit sitcom Night Court as Judge Harry Stone for nine seasons, was found dead this morning at his home in Asheville, North Carolina. Police say they don't suspect foul play. Anderson's love of magic earned him several appearances on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s, leading to his role of Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers, which was parlayed into his starring role on Night Court from 1984 to 1992. "I guess they figured I was an actor," Anderson, who was nominated for three Emmys for Night Court, told the Bradenton Herald in 2015. "I never auditioned for anything. I had the scripts next to me behind the bench. They named the character Harry so I'd remember to react when someone said my name. By the time they figured out that I couldn't act scared on the subway at 4 a.m., I already had a five-year contract." Anderson also played Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry on the CBS sitcom Dave's World from 1993 to 1997. One of his final screen appearances was as himself on 30 Rock in 2008.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Darrell Hammond apologizes after mispronouncing John Mulaney's name twice in SNL's opening credits
The SNL announcer explained on Twitter Sunday why he called Mulaney "John Mulvaney" not once but twice: "I was trying to adjust a cue card/plug my show @ImprovKCMO and clearly I am no good at multi tasking," Hammond tweeted. "I really made a dumb mistake and I am sincerely sorry." Mulaney responded: "No apology necessary Darrell. I thought it was hilarious and am only bummed I didn’t think to ask you to do it on purpose." Hammond also posted a clip of himself getting Mulaney's name right during dress rehearsal. ALSO: SNL cut-for-time sketch reveals what happened to The Shape of Water's Fish Man.
Posted Sunday 4/15/18 at 3:10AM EDT
SNL gets Robert De Niro to interrogate Ben Stiller as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen
Saturday Night Live reunited the Meet the Parents co-stars in this week's cold open to recreate the classic lie detector scene from their 2000 hit movie. "You broke the law. And now we’re going to catch all of you little fockers, you got that?” De Niro’s special prosecutor Mueller told Stiller, playing Trump attorney Cohen. Stiller, who was briefly an SNL cast member in 1989, said as Cohen: "You know how much evidence I have in my office? I’m Donald Trump’s lawyer! I’ve got a whole hard drive that’s just labeled ‘yikes.’”
- Donald Glover to pull double duty on May 5, hosting SNL and performing as Childish Gambino
- SNL spoofs Netflix's Wild Wild Country with the help of alum Nasim Pedrad
- SNL parodies Les Miserables with an insane lobster dinner sketch
- Why did announcer Darrell Hammond mispronounce John Mulaney's name as "John Mulvaney" not once but twice in the intro?
- SNL mocks "Hollywood's reboot fever"
- Mulaney tweets a 2008 pic of the SNL cast and writers dressed as Mad Men for then-host Jon Hamm
- SNL tweets video of Mulaney's closing remarks that NBC cut off
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Recalling John Mulaney's 10 best SNL sketches
The former Saturday Night Live writer-turned-host helped create Stefon and "The Obama Show."
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
SNL's Alex Moffat and Mikey Day respond to the Trump brothers' differing reactions to their "Weekend Update" impressions
Donald Trump Jr. seems to have found some humor in Day's impression, while Eric Trump complained last month to The Washington Post that Moffat gets him all wrong. "I’ve just assumed that Eric’s not a huge fan of the portrayal," says Moffat. "And I assume that Don Jr. is, because in his mind, it’s probably like, 'Oh yeah, that’s right. I am the smart one." Day adds: "We imagine Don Jr. laughing, hitting Eric on the shoulder: 'Look what they said about you…ha!'" ALSO: Anna Faris wasn't a fan of Abby Elliott's SNL impression of her.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
John Mulaney experiences massive budget cuts in his first SNL promo
The former Saturday Night Live writer returns to 30 Rock this week with musical guest Jack White.
Posted Sunday 4/08/18 at 5:24PM EDT
SNL gets a boost from Chadwick Boseman
With the Black Panther star, Saturday Night Live saw its ratings rise to their highest level since Natalie Portman hosted two months ago. ALSO: Cardi B reveals her pregnancy during SNL performance.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Italy's SNL premieres this weekend
Saturday Night Live Italia, premiering this weekend, is the latest localized version of Saturday Night Live, joining versions in France, Poland, South Korea and Egypt.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
SNL cast members try to get vibranium from Chadwick Boseman
"Vibranium ain't real," says the Black Panther star, who's hosting this week, in his first Saturday Night Live trailer.
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
The Last O.G. allows Tracy Morgan to reveal a range and nuance he’s not had the chance to show us before
"It's nice to see Tracy Morgan on his own terms" after years trying to be funny on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, says Richard Lawson. He adds that "there always was—especially on 30 Rock—an undertone of condescension in the way Morgan was positioned on those shows, a sense that he was merely being asked to do his Tracy Morgan thing without much thought or interrogation behind it." On The Last O.G., we get to see Morgan on a series that is "blunt and funny and heartwarming, a perfectly calibrated mix of bawdy silliness and sincere feeling," says Lawson, adding: "It’s a good-natured series, anchored by Morgan’s friendly, gregarious performance. Tray sports a few of the absurdist stripes we saw in 30 Rock’s Tracy Jordan—but he’s grounded, too, a nice guy underscored with pain, notes Morgan plays fluidly. Morgan is also a master of reactions; it’s a pleasure just watching Tray observe things, processing the world and the people in it. Morgan’s work is keenly felt, richly detailed. He’s howlingly funny, and makes me want to see him in a straight drama."
- The Last O.G. has the narrative elements of a hard-hitting drama, explored through physical comedy and silly one-liners
- The Last O.G. is thoughtful, and likely to clash against the expectations of what a Tracy Morgan comedy should be
- It feels like a reluctant comedy as Morgan comes to terms with himself at a fictional remove
- Working opposite Morgan, Tiffany Haddish dials down her renowned ability to play crazy in service of her character
- The Last O.G. seems overburdened, as if scurrying from one theme to the next
- "I've been thinking about this show for eight years," says Morgan
- Co-creator Jordan Peele and Morgan recall meeting, with Morgan saying: "You gotta get that guy Jordan. I wanna be a part of that magic"