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  • Louis C.K. set to host season finale of Saturday Night Live

    louisThere are only three episodes left in Saturday Night Live’s 40th season and now we know who will be hosting them. Scarlett Johansson is set to host the May 2 episode in lieu of Avengers: Age of Ultron out May 1. The musical guest for the episode will be Wiz Khalifa. Next up is Reese Witherspoon who will be hosting the May 9 episode. Like Johansson, Witherspoon’s latest movie, Hot Pursuit, also premieres the day before. The musical guest accompanying her will be Florence and the Machine. And finally, the season finale is in the hands of Louis C.K. on May 16. C.K.’s one of the best received SNL hosts of late, and his comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store, will be making its TV debut on FX on May 28. The final musical guest will be Rihanna, who has a couple of new singles and who is scheduled to release a new album some time this year.

    Taraji P. Henson hosted Saturday Night Live: Cookie came out to play

    Taraji P. Henson

    You know it’s hard out there for a pimp. Taraji P. Henson has waiting many years to be an overnight success. From starring in Academy Award winning movies to critically acclaimed CBS dramas. But it wasn’t until the seemingly overnight success of her current project, Empire where Henson became a household name. And when that happens, the folks at Saturday Night Live came knocking and asked her to host the show and, it turns out, drop some killer Nicki Minaj and Wanda Sykes impersonations, that’s right, Henson has some moves. Let’s get to it. Read More

    Watch the first trailer for the SNL documentary LIVE FROM NEW YORK!

    LIVE FROM NEW YORK! is a feature documentary exploring the cultural and historical impact of 40 years of Saturday Night Live. Premiering opening night at Tribeca Film Festival April 15 and in select theaters June 12.

    Michael Keaton hosted Saturday Night Live: It’s showtime for Birdman, Batman, and Beetlejuice

    Michael Keaton SNL

    Michael Keaton has hosted Saturday Night Live three times with some pretty hefty times in between. First in 1982, then in ’92, and now. So a lot happened in between those times. Like a new generation of people got a new Batman and Keaton is currently known more as Birdman. So, to say this might be the only time this current cast will be able to interact with Keaton could be accurate. That would be a shame, because Keaton was quite the natural in the hot seat. So let’s break down just how he did it. It’s showtime! Read More

    SNL host Michael Keaton gets robbed in his promos with Cecily Strong

    The Birdman, Michael Keaton, hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen on April 4. Here are his promos alongside Cecily Strong.

    Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live: Could he be the best host of season 40?

    The Rock SNL

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned for the forth time as the host of Saturday Night Live. While we wouldn’t call him a great comedic force, the man does posses a tremendous amount of charisma that can be traced all the way back to his camera promos in the WWE all the way to his current and highly enjoyable Instagram account. Last night on SNL, he might’ve added another notch on his belt, that that’s best host of the Saturday Night Live season 40. It’s pretty obvious Johnson enjoys hosting and he’s so damn good at it. Hell, with a man with the amount of charisma he deployed on us last night, we need to seriously start mentioning him when we talk about SNL all time great hosts. Let’s go to the tape. Read More

    SNL host Dwayne Johnson and Bobby Moynihan reveal their porn star names in new promos

    Dwayne Johnson hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest George Ezra this Saturday March 28. The Rock hosting SNL for the fourth time, gonna be awesome.

    This Week on TV: The Late Late Show with James Corden hits the ground running with Hanks and Kunis


    The time for James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, Into the Woods) to take over for the departed Craig Ferguson as host of CBS’s later late-night talk show has finally arrived. Tonight he hits the ground running as the brand new and permanent host of The Late Late Show with guests Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis. Later this week he’s got Will Ferrell and also Kevin Hart swinging by. And by his side you’ll be seeing comedian, musician, actor,  and bandleader, Reggie Watts. Formally of Comedy Bang! Bang! If you’re not familiar with Corden, he is an English actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, and television host. His biggest early success was as co-creator, co-writer and star of the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. He was also featured on the No.1 single “Shout” along with British grime artist Dizzee Rascal, an unofficial anthem of the England football team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Read More

    A pre-Saturday Night Live Fred Armisen and his guide to music and SXSW circa 1998

    As we here at The Laugh Button gear up to head down to SXSW to bring you all the latest comedy news, here’s a look back at Fred Armisen’s Guide to Music and SXSW circa 1998. This film put indie rock drummer, Armisen, on the comedy map. Less than four years later, he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Watch him interview Janeane Garofalo with a German accent and other unsuspecting talent as a rabbit.

    Chris Hemsworth hosted Saturday Night Live: there was avenging and a chicken romance

    Chris Hemsworth, SNL Bumpers

    Here we are people! Chris Hemsworth is our host. Thor himself is on hand to do Thor things. Obviously Hemwsworth does other things so if we were to guess the themes of this episode going in, chances are we’ll see at least one sketch about his good looks, one about his accent, something related to The Avengers, and at least one moment where he’s shirtless (please, not in the Californians!). While this recap is being written after the fact and we know these sketches happened we can assure you, those guesses were legit. What also was legit was that Hemsworth turned in a great night, sometimes when hosts like him are announced we really have no clue how they’re going to do, but that, as they say, is why you must play the game. In Hemsworth’s case, his game involved a chicken. Read More