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  • Season 40 will be Kenan Thompson’s last at “Saturday Night Live”

    Update: 3:07pm A spokesperson for Saturday Night Live is refuting the claim, stating they’re inaccurate “as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.”

    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 DeAndre Cole, Jean K. Jean, Lorenzo McIntosh, and his impressions of Al Sharpton, Jimmy McMillan, and Bill Cosby (to name a few). 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.”

    “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

    This Week in Comedy: We embraced “Saturday Night Live” and its plans

    Although Joan Rivers passed away last week, this week the comedy world continued to pay tribute to her, and rightfully so. Nearly as frequently, we learned of new developments for Saturday Night Live‘s upcoming 40th season.

    – Mel Brooks stopped by Conan to discuss a classic prank and, more importantly, reflect on his experiences with Joan Rivers. Howard Stern also talked about his eulogy at Rivers’ funeral, which, despite the occasion, began in usual Stern fashion. 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