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  • Season 40 will be Kenan Thompson’s last at SNL

    SNL has been going through a period of high turnover, and the news just keeps rolling in on more. Reported by TMZ, long-time cast member Kenan Thompson will be leaving the show after season 40. It was reported that Thompson was planning on leaving after the last season, but was asked to stay on by Lorne Michaels due to the recent turnover in the cast. Thompson is currently the show’s most seasoned performer, having been with the show since 2003. Thompson is best known for his characters like Diondre Cole, Jean K. Jean, Lorenzo McIntosh, and his impressions of Al Sharpton, Jimmy McMillan, and Bill Cosby (to name a few).

    Recently, former writer Michael Che was brought back as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update. With Thompson on the way out, I wouldn’t be surprised if Che finds his way into a few sketches. Thompson’s depature will leave quite a hole at SNL; expect more additions this year.

    The season 40 premiere airs this Saturday.

    Bobby Lee, Jack Black, and Zach Woods star in Andrew W.K.’s new web-series “Meet Me At The Reck'”

    Musician, and “King of Partying,” Andrew W.K. is setting out to make the new Sesame Street for the digital age. In his new web-series from Maker Studios, Meet Me At The Reck follows W.K. and his band of kids—aka “reckers,” explore what it means to celebrate the importance of using your imagination. Jumping in on the fun, comedians Bobby Lee, Jack Black, and Zach Woods will be joining W.K. and the reckers alongside professional skaters, artists, and more.

    “Hosting ‘Meet Me at The Reck’ was so much fun for me,” said Andrew W.K. “The kids and characters I got to hang out with were all amazing people—we all got to run around and go crazy together and we were able to meet special guests who showed us how to make really cool projects. It’s a very advanced party time with some very advanced party friends!”

    The series will run for six episodes premiering on Saturday, October 4th.

    John Oliver hosts the “Miss ‘Last Week Tonight’ Pageant”

    Last Week Tonight is rapidly becoming one of the best shows on TV. Each episode tackles one subject for a longer breakdown. On Sunday, John Oliver and his crew break down the Miss America beauty pageant and do their best to expose just how little they actually give in scholarships. While Miss America is the “largest provider of scholarships for women” (as they will tell you), they actually give out way less than the $45 million they claim. Oh, and don’t forget the gross, out-dated, sexist format in which they give out these funds (or “fun,” I guess). John Oliver tries to explain the problems with pageant to Miss America the only way they could understand: with a beauty pageant.

    Howard Stern wack pack member Eric “The Actor” Lynch dead at 39

    Eric The ActorEric “The Actor” Lynch has died.

    Lynch was a regular on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show’s as a member of the show’s Wack Pack – a collection of regulars who call in/appear on the show, usually with a self-identifying feature about them – a unique voice, affliction, or ability. Lynch was known in the Stern universe as Eric “The Midget,” but always pushed to have his name changed to Eric “The Actor.”

    Lynch was rushed to a hospital in Sacramento Saturday after having heard problems and most of his organs gave out. An official from the hospital confirmed his passing Saturday afternoon. Read More

    This week on TV: Trolling on South Park

    It’s here ladies and gentlemen, not only is it hoodie weather, but its that time of the year when we see the return of many of the fall shows. The biggest one for us being the 40th season of Saturday Night Live. Last week a bunch of changes happened for this new season, including new cast members, new people at the Weekend Update desk and a new announcer. All prepping for this weekend’s new season. Also, it was bound to happen and South Park released a promo for season 18 and in it they’re totally trolling the Washington Redskins, blamo. Read More

    This week in comedy: SNL makes a lot of news

    As though there weren’t enough Saturday Night Live developments announced last week, this week held even more in store for the legendary show. We also announced an event of our own happening in a couple of months.

    – The SNL announcements kept rolling in, first with the news that comedian Pete Davidson will be the show’s newest featured player. Soon after, we learned that SNL alum Bill Hader will return to host the October 11th broadcast, with Hozier as musical guest. Even more satisfying news arrived shortly after, when it was revealed that Darrell Hammond will replace the late Don Pardo as the show’s announcer; Pardo had been a part of SNL since its beginning. Aside from casting and hosting news, an unaired sketch from the show appeared on Conan, in which Nasim Pedrad fulfilled her dream of portraying Aziz Ansari. Read More

    Jon Stewart gives Michael Che the proper send off as he departs “The Daily Show”

    Last night was Michael Che’s last appearance as a correspondent on The Daily Show. After being on the show for just 3 months, Che was hired as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update at Saturday Night Live. The segment, which started in a similar manner to how Jon Stewart and co. sent off John Oliver, it soon became a mockery of the idea, because frankly, that’s what you do with a correspondent that’s been on the show for only 3 months and appeared in about 3 sketches on the show. Stewart even sang a touching song as they recalled Che’s very few Daily Show moments. Michael Che, “We hardley used ye.”