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  • “Saturday Night Live” taps Darrell Hammond to succeed Don Pardo as announcer

    Darrell HammondSNL alum, and man of many voices has been tapped to succeed the late, legendary Don Pardo as the show’s official announcer. Pardo had been with the show since it began on the air, he passed away this summer at the age of 96.

    Hammond has acted as a substitute for Pardo when he was ill in the years past “He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.” stated Hammond.

    The show’s executive producer Lorne Michaels does not wish to have Hammond mimick Pardo’s voice stating, “I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” adding “It can’t be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition. Read More

    Bill Hader to host “Saturday Night Live” on October 11th

    Bill Hader SNLWell, ain’t this great news! Bill Hader, one of the best utility men Saturday Night Live has ever had will make his triumphant return to studio 8H on October 11th. While it was rumored that another alum named Bill would potentially host, we’re extremely excited about the news of Hader’s return. Because, let’s admit it, we missed Stefon.

    Hader will return to his stomping grounds on the 11th with musical guest, Hozier. so far, the first three choices for hosting season 40 are terrific choices – Chris Pratt, Sarah Silverman, and Bill Hader, this season has everythiiiingg!

    “Saturday Night Live” hires comedian Pete Davidson as its newest featured player

    Pete DavidsonHere’s some awesome news to get your Monday morning going. We’ve heard from a few different sources that comedian Pete Davidson is the newest featured member of Saturday Night Live when season 40 begins in a few weeks. The 20-year-old comedian will not be the youngest cast member to ever join the show (that goes to a 17 year old Anthony Michael Hall) but he is absolutely one of the most promising. Ever since Davidson began his stand-up career he’s been a comedian to watch, catching the eye of others including Nick Cannon, who began putting him on stand-up shows and eventually the reboot of Wild N’ Out. Davidson is also a regular on the hit MTV2 show Guy Code. Read More

    Cecily Strong on leaving SNL’s “Update” desk, “No point being angry or sad for me”

    Cecily StrongAbout 24 hours ago Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels announced comedian and former SNL writer Michael Che was returning to the show and replacing Cecily Strong as co-anchor at the Weekend Update desk for season 40.

    While the overall vibe was happiness for Che, many seemed bummed that the much-loved Strong wouldn’t be at the desk every week with Che. Strong is still with the show but will continue to perform in sketches on the show. Something she did even when she was at the Update desk.

    Today Strong broke her silence about the move stating in short, “no point in being angry or sad for me,” adding that it’s a move she’s excited about. Read More

    Key & Peele roll out a music video, “Where You At” to promote season 4

    Are you excited for the return of Key and Peele on September 24th? Well then you are in luck, if you are inspired by hip-hop that features the show’s two hosts rallying some of their favorite characters for this teaser of season 4. Obama and his anger translator Luther are putting out the bat signal to bring ‘em all home. Think of it like the comedy version of Wu-Tang’s “Triumph” video meets Biggie’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems” vid, but with a little less bees… and Mase.

    Don Pardo, longtime “Saturday Night Live” Announcer, dead at 96

    Don PardoThe voice of Saturday Night Live has died.

    Dominick “Don” Pardo, longtime radio and TV announcer has left us. Pardo was best known as the voice of Saturday Night Live, reading off the names of the cast members at the top of the show on all but one season (season 7), Pardo was 96.

    Amid rumors this was an internet hoax, Pardo’s daughter Paula confirmed the news to CBS Radio.

    Pardo officially retired from NBC in 2004, but continued to provide the introductions for SNL through its most recent season. Upon first retiring, he pre-recorded intros for the show but that didn’t last long as SNL producers insisted he’d be present, so they flew him out to NYC for tapings. However, as he got older, Pardo went back to pre-record the intros from his home in Arizona. He missed only two announcements and that was during the 2013 season when he suffered a hip injury. Lorne Michaels (who hired Pardo for SNL in 1975) once stated, “Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him.” Michaels also once stated, “I can’t imagine the show without Don… and as long as he’s there, I stay young.”

    Pardo was a member of the Television Hall of Fame, and has worked for NBC since 1944, including announcing for early versions of shows like The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and NBC Nightly News. He was one of the first announcers to deliver the news to the world that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. He’s also one of two people that had lifelong contracts with the network, the other being Bob Hope.

    Here’s a fun Pardo clip. When he turned 90, the cast of SNL brought Pardo on stage to give him birthday wishes.

    Rest in peace Don, heaven has one hell of an announcer amongst its ranks.

    First look at TruTV’s new sketch comedy show, “Friends of the People” (video)

    Earlier this year TruTV greenlit its first sketch comedy show, Friends of the People. With the cast being made up from many of the comedians and writers from the defunct In Living Color reboot. While the debut season of the show doesn’t premiere until this fall, a first look at the sketch show hit the web and features Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas, and Josh Rabinowitz.