Season 40 of Saturday Night Live is upon us. With it comes a revamped look and feel of the show, some new faces are up, some old ones are gone and we’re excited to see how it all shakes out for Lorne Michaels and the crew. Host Chris Pratt was the first to test out the new digs. While it’s Pratt’s first time on the show, you’d be hard pressed to think of someone that has the potential to become a lifer for SNL. Pratt is a great mix of talent, humor, and nice-guyism that hopes are high that he’d gel with the cast and deliver a great start to the season and for the most part he did. Pratt was hugely likable and impressive with what he had to work with, including some rapping, song performance, and crotch touching… a hefty amount of crotch touches. Read More
Much to everyone’s delight, Sarah Silverman’s latest special hit stores this week; at the same time, she wowed fans with the news that her memoir, The Bedwetter, will soon become a Broadway musical. It was a big week both for her and for Saturday Night Live, which made some minor waves yet again. We also made an exciting announcement of our own.
– Sarah Silverman’s newly released CD We Are Miracles appeared on shelves this week, providing a perfect moment for her to make public her intent to transform her memoir The Bedwetter into a Broadway musical.
– Rumors that the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live would be Kenan Thompson’s last were denied by the show’s spokesperson, but Thompson has yet to weigh in on the matter. In less speculative SNL news, James Franco announced the release of his SNL documentary, and promos for the Chris Pratt-hosted Season 40 premiere made their way to the internet. Read More
The Richmeister… no longer selling insuuranceee!
As part of the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, a partnership with State Farm ads are floating around featuring classic SNL characters helping sell insurance. Hanz & Franz are in one, additionally Rob Schneider resurrects the Richmeister character in a spot running since August. Read More
As is James Franco doesn’t do enough, the actor filmed a documentary about iconic television mainstay Saturday Night Live. Franco announced via Instagram (clearly his favorite platform), that the documentary would be made available on Hulu Plus this Friday, September 26th. This is perfect timing for the film, coming in just a day before the season 40 premiere of SNL with host Chris Pratt.
The documentary, entitled Saturday Night, originally started out as a short film while attending NYU but evolved into a feature film. The 90 minute doc centers around John Malkovich’s week hosting SNL in season 34 in 2008. Bill Hader, Will Forte, Bobby Moynihan and more will appear in the film as well. The film was featured at the 2010 TriBeCa Film Festial, but is just now finding distribution. Better go find a friend’s Hulu Plus password to mooch off of.
Chris Pratt is hosting the season 40 premiere of SNL this weekend and we have the promo clips to prove it. Pratt’s promos with Kate McKinnon just hit the web and that means it’s time to watch because Star Lord told us so. Oh, and pickles. Lots and lots of pickles.
Whenever another SNL alum visits Late Night with Seth Meyers, the subject quickly turns to the iconic show. Ana Gasteyer visited Meyers last night, to which Meyers brought up one of Gasteyer’s most popular impressions: Martha Stewart. Stewart happened to also be at the show that day, so Gasteyer took the opportunity to issue her a long overdue apology. She apologized for all the sketches she did as Stewart, for not writing her apology in calligraphy, and for getting her banned from every Chipotle bathroom in Times Square. Watch.
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
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
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.”
SNL 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