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  • Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live: Alright, Alright, Adele

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    It’s always fun when a host appears on Saturday Night Live just for the love of the show. Holiday episodes of the show always bring out the specialness of the holiday too. Particularly the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, they just make us all warm and fuzzy for New York and SNL. While it’s not required for them to be plugging a new movie, show, play, etc. a lot of them host SNL when they need that exposure. Matthew McConaughey was just around to be himself. He pulled off an admiral hosting job that featured a top notch Weekend Update, and a top notch musical guest. Let’s run it down. Read More

    Saturday Night Live announces the return of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler among other December hosts

    SNL December 2015Saturday Night Live has announced their December lineup for both guest hosts as well as musical performances for the month of December in a recent Instagram post. “Happy holidays! #SNL” it read. And Happy Holidays it will be. December 5 will see Ryan Gosling as host paired up with Leon Bridges as musical guest. Chris Hemsworth tackles hosting duties on December 12 with a musical performance from Chance The Rapper. And finally, December 19 sees the return of SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler with Bruce Springsteen as musical guest. Quite the lineup to close out the calendar year for the sketch show now in its 41st season. Read More

    Elizabeth Banks hosted Saturday Night Live: it was nearly Pitch Perfect

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    Let’s start this week off by declaring that we’ll make no more references to last weeks’ abysmal Donald Trump episode. Let’s just pretend it didn’t happen and hope this week they hope to get the show back on track with Elizabeth Banks. To combat this, the show dipped into some of its greatest hits to wash out the ol’ Trump taste. Banks came out to lead the charge and interject some spirit into the evening and it worked. Banks was fun, energetic, and down for a night of comedy. Let’s go to the tape. Read More

    Saturday Night Live host Elizabeth Banks does trust falls with Kenan Thompson in promos for this weekend’s episode

    Elizabeth Banks hosts Saturday Night Live on November 14, 2015 with musical guest Disclosure.

    June Raphael and Casey Wilson developing new ABC comedy “Crystal”

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    The longtime duo of June Diane Raphael (Burning Love) and Casey Wilson (Saturday Night Live) are developing a new comedy for ABC called Crystal. Writer and podcaster Elizabeth Laime (Totally Laime) is writing the show for the television network where the duo has a deal. With Raphael and Wilson supervising, the show will focus on Crystal, a prostitute newly released from jail who finds herself a conventional job in the suburbs. Lacking an education, she remains determined to succeed as an in-home health aide. Raphael and Wilson will executive produce the show with Laime serving as a supervising producer. Read More

    Marc Maron stares down his white whale in the Lorne Michaels WTF episode

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    In 1985 a young, neurotic Marc Maron left the office of Lorne Michaels a mess. Having botched his chance for a spot on the cast, Maron would spend the next 30 years troubled by this fateful encounter. Was it his decision to reach for a Jolly Rancher that cost him the job? Or was it the hazy nature of his pot-induced state? These are the musings that have become all too familiar for fans of WTF with Marc Maron. For 6 years, the comedian has talked with Saturday Night Live alums such as Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, and Jason Sudeikis in hopes to gain some closer. Well, look no further; Maron released the coveted Lorne Michaels episode this morning. Read More

    Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live: Sometimes politics and comedy shouldn’t mix

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    It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is a polarizing character. Some think he’s a breath of fresh air into the dank air of the political system. Some think he’s a blowhardy mess. Hell, some even think a possibility he’s trolling us all. Whatever that reality might be, when it comes to politics, a swing by swing by Saturday Night Live is often a must stop when it comes to running for high office. Trump’s recent comments about immigration have come under fire, prompting planned protests at 30 Rock and even more vowing to boycott the show altogether. Well, if you were to judge the show based on just on merit alone, well the Donald was a real loser. Nary any of the laughs came from the host and it was frustrating to watch a cast that was frustrated with the circumstances they had for the week. Word got out that Trump had vetoes some sketches they had planned because they wouldn’t work for him politically. So rather than try to make the show funny and memorable, the job of a host, Trump went safe. Cranking out one of the lousiest episodes of the show we’ve seen in a long time. Read More

    Donald Trump’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ promos have arrived

    Donald Trump appears alongside cast member Cecily Strong in the newest promos for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The controversial Trump will be joined by musical guest Sia.

    Above Average launched a new sports comedy website, “The Kicker” today

    The KickerThe virtual world is graced by the presence of yet another humor site. A new streaming-video site devoted to sports and comedy called The Kicker launched today under the wing of Above Average, a Lorne Michaels digital production unit. Comedy fans will be excited to know that the site is created by Bryan Tucker, a co-head writer from Saturday Night Live. It is being advertised as a site “built for both the dedicated and casual sports fan, featuring a unique take on daily sports news and hilarious video content, starring top athletes and celebrities and upholding a ‘for fans, for fun’ philosophy.” The Kicker has already produced a few videos. These feature comedy stars like Kenan Thompson, Wyclef Jean, Andy Samberg, JB Smoove, Ricky Williams, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. Sports stars such as Jamaal Charles, Odell Beckham Jr., and Eric Decker appear as well. There are many more on the way. Bryan Tucker posted this on the website today: Read More

    Mike O’Brien’s, “Tasty Radio” is a comedy treat that dives deep into his rolodex

    Mike O'Brien - Tasty RadioKey & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, and Portlandia have skyrocketed the comedic art to new found levels of appreciation, while Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year on the air. As more audiences embrace the genre, the country becomes saturated with sketch, which means it’s difficult for performers to stay original. Saturday Night Live alum Mike O’Brien is a writer/performer who consistently offers refreshing material. Such is the case with his new album Tasty Radio released this week by Comedy Dynamics and just to be clear, we love it. Those who know O’Brien from his work on Saturday Night Live or his fantastic web series, 7 Minutes in Heaven will enjoy the ride back into his surreal comedic world once again. New listeners are sure to revel in the comic’s inventiveness. Before you bust out your wallet (like you should), let’s unpack this album and at the very least, make you a more informed consumer. Read More