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SNL Hires New Writers and Finally Another Black Castmember SNL Hires New Writers and Finally Another Black Castmember

When the 44th season of Saturday Night Live premieres on September 29, with Adam Driver and Kanye West as host and musical guest, respectively, there will be a few new voices in the mix. Ego Nwodim has joined the cast as a featured player, and four new comedians—Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel, and Bowen…

Ashlee Simpson's SNL Performance Has Gone from Embarrassment to Marketing Tool

Remember when Ashlee Simpson performed on Saturday Night Live in 2004 and the backing track of the song she had performed earlier in the night came on and she stopped in her tracks and did a little jig before SNL cut to commercial? She does! She’s spoken about the 14-year-old snafu several times in the lead-up to her…

Nicki Minaj and Fake Haim Play Ride-or-Die Sisters in Cut SNL Sketch

Tina Fey, Aidy Bryant, and Kate McKinnon have tapped into your subconscious and know that you already think they’re your real-life best friends. Their sketch on Saturday Night Live in which they impersonate a HAIM—which was cruelly cut for time—continues the fantasy by casting them as ride-or-dies who will stop at NO…

Tina Fey Has Some Regrets About That Charlottesville Saturday Night Live Segment Tina Fey Has Some Regrets About That Charlottesville Saturday Night Live Segment

Following the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that resulted in in violence and death, Tina Fey, a University of Virginia grad, attempted to address the situation with humor. Her segment, which instructed America to deal with the violence by eating a sheet cake, was met with poor critical reaction.…

Michael Che (Still) Can't Take Criticism From Women Michael Che (Still) Can't Take Criticism From Women

On March 15, Daily Beast reporter Samantha Allen wrote a piece titled “Dear Ricky Gervais and Other Comics, Your Caitlyn Jenner ‘Jokes’ Are Getting Old.” Allen took issue with how often successful comedians used transphobic jokes in their comedy, citing the work of Ricky Gervais, Bill Burr, and Michael Che. She wrote:

Sex Workers and Herpes Are Punchlines For SNL's Sexual Assault Jokes 

“Problematic!!!” disclaimer here (I know, it’s tired): but it’s still saddening to see people in poverty and/or with a very common stigmatized incurable virus lumped in with sexual predators. Last night’s SNL’s well-intended “Grabbies” skit, an Oscars for Hollywood’s rapists and harassers, was tinged as per usual with…

SNL Tries to Handle the Difficult Conversations Around #MeToo

If you’ve been having... or trying to have... or working up the nerve to have difficult talks about the news cycle around sexual assault, then perhaps you’ll relate to this Saturday Night Live sketch from Saturday’s episode.

I'm So Tickled By Kate McKinnon As Robert Mueller

Sometimes I try to watch SNL through the lens of a cynical young tastemaker, pantomiming disgust at a show whose glory days are long behind it. Occasionally I succeed, but more often I guffaw along at the sketches like the gym short-wearing, couch-bound middle-aged father that I secretly am. Last night, the enduringly…

SNL Welcomes Men to Hell 

In “Welcome to Hell,” Saturday Night Live’s female cast members invite the men to come on in to join the world of sexual assault, a pink marshmallow where all women presumably live. Where come nightfall everybody travels in packs and carries mace, and it’s all very, very tiring.

SNL's 'Come Back, Barack' Video Captures Our Obama Blues

We all wish Barack Obama would come back to us for just one more day, an hour, a minute, a SECOND. Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live captured our depression in musical form, with a Boyz II Men sendup dedicated to the former president.

Kellyanne Conway as Pennywise Is Scary, But Is It Scarier Than the Real Kellyanne?

We all have our phobias. A clown lurking in the sewers may not be yours, so how about Kellyanne Conway doing the lurking?

Saturday Night Live Adds 3 New Featured Players Saturday Night Live Adds 3 New Featured Players

After cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata left Saturday Night Live last season, the sketch show has filled their spots with three new featured players: Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null.

Melissa McCarthy Was Zooming Around Midtown as Sean Spicer Today Melissa McCarthy Was Zooming Around Midtown as Sean Spicer Today

One of the few bright spots of the diminishing usefulness of White House press conferences is Melissa McCarthy’s unhinged impression of Sean Spicer’s antagonistic relationship with reporters and all other human beings who ask him to come out of the bushes and explain what the hell Donald Trump is up to lately. She’s…

SNL's Handmaid's Tale Sketch Is Dark As Hell

Chris Pine’s hosting duties on Saturday Night Live this week gave him plenty of opportunities to play to his wheelhouse of “Star Trek Captain” and “Fratty Douche,” but that persona got a little too real in a Handmaid’s Tale sketch written by Anna Drezen and Sudi Green.

Harry Styles Is Hot and Good Harry Styles Is Hot and Good

Harry Styles was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend and, in debuting his new solo material, excelled on the notoriously difficult (both acoustically and logistically) SNL stage. He also looked very hot while doing it—which may have been a surprise to my coworkers, but could NEVER be a surprise to me.

Jay Pharoah Says SNL Almost Fired Him for Calling Out the Show's Lack of Black Women

Jay Pharoah appeared on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning to discuss his stint on Saturday Night Live, from which he was fired last year. In his telling, there were many reasons—he refused to do skits that involved him wearing a dress, for one, and was generally unwilling to go along with everything the writers threw his…

Tig Notaro Seems to Agree That Louis CK's SNL Clown Sketch Might Have Ripped Her Off Tig Notaro Seems to Agree That Louis CK's SNL Clown Sketch Might Have Ripped Her Off

On the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, host Louis CK starred in a sketch called “Birthday Clown,” in which a depressed Louis (“Ernest” in the sketch) orders a clown to his home, just for himself. But that same concept has already been done—by fellow comedian Tig Notaro, in her short film Clown Service,…

It's Kristen Stewart's Birthday, So We're Going to Briefly Focus On That It's Kristen Stewart's Birthday, So We're Going to Briefly Focus On That

My babes, today is a day for celebration. On April 9, in the Year of Our Lord 2017, Kristen Stewart—our newly shorn, fuzzy-headed seductress—turns 27. And that, to me, seems reason enough to focus on how extremely hot and talented she is.

SNL Introduces a Fancy New Perfume for Ivanka Trump: 'Complicit' SNL Introduces a Fancy New Perfume for Ivanka Trump: 'Complicit'

What is Saturday Night Live good for, if not speaking spoof to power? In a skit aired over the weekend Scarlett Johansson joined the show’s ever-growing cast of Trumpian impressions, a hard joke to do right considering the real characters already parody themselves. And who better for her to play than Ivanka?

SNL's Pete Davidson Announces He's Been Taking Time to Work His on Sobriety SNL's Pete Davidson Announces He's Been Taking Time to Work His on Sobriety

Pete Davidson has been on Saturday Night Live a bit less lately, appearing in fewer sketches or pre-recorded bits.

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