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  • From sketch to series: “Documentary Now!” from Seth Meyers starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader comes to life on IFC

    Documentary Now! Premiere

    The seed was planted firmly in the ground on April 13, 2013. The location, Saturday Night Live. The idea, a documentary about the history of punk. Footage detailed the political leanings of punk rocker Ian Rubbish, a character depicted by Fred Armisen who was a staunch anarchist except where the life of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was concerned. Whether real or fake, this documentary starring Armisen and Bill Hader struck a chord, pun intended. That year also saw the departure of Armisen and Hader from SNL. Writer and Weekend Update host Seth Meyers wasn’t far behind. But before they left, they agreed that there should be more of what “History of Punk” had to offer, there is something here. Flash forward to Tuesday, August 18. The premiere screening of Documentary Now!, a new docu-series for IFC set to launch two days later. The seed that had been planted over two years ago has grown into a full fledged television series hailing from Meyers, Armisen, and Hader. Season one in its entirety was set to include six doc-episodes, but with the buzz snowballing and early feedback overwhelmingly positive, it was announced that not only will there be a season two, a third will happen as well, topped off with a seventh episode for season one. All this before the show even premieres. Read More

    Check out bonus footage of Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong filming Calvin Klein ads for Saturday Night Live

    Bieber SNL

    Here’s some bonus footage of Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong filming “Calvin Klein Ads” during Season 40 of Saturday Night Live. In this sketch, McKinnon solidified herself as the ultimate Justin Bieber impressionist, not bad. Read More

    Saturday Night Live kicks of Season 41 with hosts Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, and Tracy Morgan

    SNL Season 41

    Your first set of hosts are in. NBC and Saturday Night Live have announced their first three hosts for the upcoming 41st season of the late night sketch show. Things will kick off with Miley Cyrus on October 3. A tough act to follow no doubt, but if anyone can do it why now Amy Schumer on October 10 and the return of Tracy Morgan on October 17. Three heavy hitters in their own right and a much anticipated return of Morgan post accident. Read More

    “I Am Chris Farley” shines light over the dark side of Chris Farley’s life

    Chris Farley

    There’s an overwhelming sadness to the new documentary I Am Chris Farley, even though the goal of the documentary isn’t to state this.

    The sadness comes because we know the unfortunate outcome of this story; and even sadder because it becomes apparent very early into the flick that the comedians and friends being interviewed – particularly Mike Myers, Bob Saget, David Spade, and Bob Odenkirk – haven’t gotten over the loss of their friend some 18 years later. That friend is Chris Farley, the physical manifestation of a burning supernova when it comes to talent, charisma, and humor. Read More

    Watch the trailer for Jay Pharaoh’s new Showtime special

    Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC
    Photo by: Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC

    Stand up Jay Pharaoh performs celebrity impressions in his comedy special, Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me?, which premieres August 1 on Showtime. Here is a tease of his Will Smith and Eddie Murphy in the trailer: Read More

    Colin Jost’s Staten Island Summer is heading to Netflix also star Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong

    Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage
    Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage
    It’s been reported by The Wrap that Netflix has landed the feature Staten Island Summer which is set to debut on July 30. The film was written by Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost and will star SNL regulars Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong. It was produced by Lorne Michaels as well as directed by Rhys Thomas who is also an SNL vet.  The film focuses on two best friends and recent high school graduates who decide to work as lifeguards during the summer while they figure out their future. The film is reportedly based on Jost’s own experience as a young lifeguard in New York. The rest of the cast includes Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Ashley Greene (Twilight), Jim Gaffigan, Method Man and the young star of Bad Grandpa, Jackson Nicoll. Netflix is on a hot streak right now as far as comedy is concerned with upcoming series including  Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the feature Pee-wee’s Big Holiday and the Ricky Gervais’ movie Special Correspondents. We also exclusively announced that Michael Che will be releasing a stand-up special on Netflix in 2016. If you thought you were streaming before. Consider doubling that.

    Tracy Morgan visits Saturday Night Live studios for the first time since his accident

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    After his emotional Today show interview this morning, Tracy Morgan continued his first interview post accident last year. For the second segment of his interview with Matt Lauer for the NBC Nightly News, Morgan walked the halls of Saturday Night Live for the first time. Read More

    Take a 360° look at Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show

    Woah, just when you thought season 40 of Saturday Night Live was in the books, they revealed something extra special and cool for fans that missed out on the chance to be in the studio audience for the star studded SNL 40. Read More

    Louis C.K. is accused of joke thievery in this cut Saturday Night Live sketch

    For some reason Kyle Mooney’s Bruce Chandling sketch always seems to be cut from Saturday Night Live. But that’s okay, because we have the internet where we can see the failed comedian character at work. Case in point, last night’s sketch where Louis C.K. accidentally ends up stealing Chandling’s material. Resulting in another great re-imagining of Louie’s opening sequence. Oh, and Bobby Moynihan drinks ketchup.

    Louis C.K. hosted Saturday Night Live: Season 40 ended on a high note

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    Season 40 of Saturday Night Live must’ve been a particularly grueling one for the cast and writers of the show. Not only managing to actually churn out the show every week, but the super grand SNL 40 episode that by the time this season came to an end, it’s very easy to see them gas out in the final episode. Rather than do that, they knocked it out of the park with easily one of the strongest episodes of the season. The relied on Louis C.K. who has been a super strong host in the three times he’s helmed the wheel. Last night was no different, delivering a monologue most thin skinned will be groaning about the next day and some of the edgiest moments we saw all year. Read More