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  • Cameron Diaz hosted “Saturday Night Live”: Turkey time in New York City

    Cameron Diaz was the host of Saturday Night Live and Mystical was a drop in musical guest. Yes, you read those words and its not 2002. Diaz is hosting the show to promote her starring in the upcoming Annie movie, so there’s a guarantee we’ll see a spoof sketch of that. But, if there would be a sketch of her wearing Ben Stiller’s “hair gel,” now that’s something that would surprise me.

    As for the show itself, it appeared the writers had already checked out for the long holiday weekend, because this night brought as few laughs as an episode could get. There wasn’t much to the evening really, the cold open was a simple, “how ’bout we throw Kenan down some steps?” joke, then Diaz opened the monologue with a clunky Thanksgiving joke and things didn’t really move more from them.

    Aside from a fun revisiting of the all girl song, “Back Home Baller,” there wasn’t much that really hit on the episode. The monologue was a bit half-assed and that was the best we got throughout the entire evening. A far cry of the classic vintage episode NBC ran earlier that same evening. Let’s run it down. Read More

    James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams to host “Saturday Night Live” December episodes

    Saturday Night Live LogoThis weekend Cameron Diaz hosts Saturday Night Live. Then its all about finishing the year strong with guest hosts. Today SNL announced to wrap out 2014 they’ve recruited an Alien, Bilbo Baggins and Lois Lane to finish strong.

    That’s right, on December 6th James Franco will host with Nicki Minaj, then Martin Freeman and Charli XCX, followed by Amy Adams and One Direction on the 20th. If you asked for a bunch of British boys to syncronize dance for you for Christmas, well SNL has you covered. Read More

    Let’s watch Cameron Diaz’s “Saturday Night Live” promos

    Did you know that Cameron Diaz owns New York City? She and Bobby Moynihan figure this out in the newly released promos for the Diaz-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live that’ll air this weekend. It also turns out that the musical guests, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, are exactly the names Diaz would’ve chosen if the decision were hers. We also get to learn a bit about Moynihan: he can’t pronounce the word “pasta” properly, and he writes cue cards in crayon. All very professional stuff. Let’s watch.

    John Mulaney explains why he didn’t replace Seth Meyers on the SNL “Weekend Update” chair

    John MulaneyJohn Mulaney is the latest guest on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast in addition to lengthy conversations about his alcoholic past, past drug use, and some of his favorite Saturday Night Live guests. The two also discussed Mulaney’s sitcom, which the young comedian stated that he is aware the show is in trouble ratings-wise and honestly unsure if it will be cancelled or not. Mulaney did joke that if the show was canceled and Lorne Michaels asked him to return to SNL, he’d be “in no position to turn down work.”

    While on the topic of Saturday Night Live Maron asked Mulaney about taking over for Seth Meyers as anchor at the Weekend Update desk. As the rumor was Mulaney was to replace Meyers. “There are no heirs apparent in show business,” Mulaney said. But he would’ve loved to have gotten the job but it was never offered. Read More

    Woody Harrelson hosted “Saturday Night Live” there were pot jokes and The Dudleys

    Woody Harrelson SNLThe last time Woody Harrelson hosted Saturday Night Live it was 1989. That seems like an eternity ago. It’s also an entire Taylor Swift ago. Something the host acknowledges in the opening monologue. It’s and impressive feat for anyone to remain in the entertainment biz for so long. With the release of the latest installment of The Hunger Games and the rave reviews from this summer’s True Detective, Harrelson has managed to plug into an entirely new audience. Now, if he just could’ve gotten that attention off Zombieland.

    How did Harrelson do as host of SNL this week? In a nutshell, pretty great. Sometimes the best SNL episodes are the ones where you aren’t sure of the host (Josh Hutcherson) and sometimes the slam dunk just isn’t (Chris Rock). Harrelson’s episode fell in the latter. It was the first time in a long time this season where it appears the new cast and writers seem to gel and feel totally confident about delivering both pre-recorded and live sketches. Now can we stop using the phrase “transition” and haters hating? Harrellson was placed in sketches that played up his goofy demeanor, straight man ability, and affinity for “alternative” recreation, each providing for quirky moments and fun times. There was good social commentary on current events, sports, politics, and drugs. We had True Detective spoofs, awkward makeout scenes, and the Dudleys! Read More

    Chris Rock hosted “Saturday Night Live,” but Prince rocked

    Expectations were pretty high for Saturday Night Live this week. That’s because this week’s host was Chris Rock, not only a former cast member but also one of the funniest comedians in the world. How would Rock (who was promoting his new film Top Five) do with his second time hosting SNL?

    Well unfortunately, the night was filled with more awkward moments than it was with laugh out loud riots. Read More

    Jim Carrey hosted “Saturday Night Live” and fancy danced with Iggy Azalea

    It was his third go ’round as host of Saturday Night Live last night. Make no mistake about it, Carry is a comedy genius who helped define sketch comedy for a generation of people. But a large boombastic episode was not what we got last night. It’s been nearly 20 years since Carrey was one of the biggest comedians on the planet and his physical comedy is rivaled by very few, but even he was unable to do much with the material he was given.

    There were some bright moments, just less than we expected. Lets take it to the tape. Read More