I don’t generally expect my eyes to blink back tears and a lump to swell in my throat while watching an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but there’s a first time for everything. Saturday night’s “SNL” finale featured the show bidding three of its best male cast members — Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, — adieu. First, “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers — who will also be leaving the show midway through next season, taking over Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Nite” slot when Fallon replaces Jay Leno at “The Tonight Show” – welcomed Hader for his final segment as Stefon, New York City’s most fabulous nightlife expert. In the segment, Stefon, who has long crushed on Seth, flounces off set, fed up with not getting Seth’s respect for his recommendations. Besides, he’s engaged to someone else now and they’re getting married! What happens next is pure perfection. (Clip above!) Keep reading »
I keep thinking about a thing I read on Ye Olde Internet earlier this week. It was a passage from the “Saturday Night Live” oral history, Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. Gilda Radner was a regular “SNL” cast member from 1975 to 1980, and at one time dated Bill Murray, though their relationship was stormy and contentious. After five years, she left the show to pursue film work, and eventually married fellow comedian Gene Wilder in 1984 (after divorcing from first husband, “SNL” bandleader G.E. Smith).
In 1986, Radner was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She suffered through chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and went into remission. But two years after first being diagnosed, the cancer came back. She passed away in May 1989 at the age of 42. In the following passage, Bill Murray recounts the last night he spent with Radner. Keep reading »
Zach Galifianakis first “Saturday Night Live” hosting appearance was maybe one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen (“That’s so Raven?”), so I had high hopes for his second stint this weekend. Alas, the show was off-kilter and random, and not in the good way Zach is generally known for. But one sketch in particular made me crack up — watch as Zach plays a dragon costume-clad “Game of Thrones” fan on the show “Game of ‘Game of Thrones’,” who keeps getting the, well, hardest questions for a “GoT” fan to answer. Jaime Lannister himself makes an appearance. Swooooon!
Or more specifically, as Drunk Uncle’s brother-in-law Peter Drunklage, who is arguably the drunkest of them all. Kids these days don’t even wear garters anymore. And all they care about is “Tumblr me, Tumblr me.” As for his Tumblr blog? Full of regret. Marco? Rubio! Amazing.
Oh, Stefon, how we have missed you so! The “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring Bill Hader cracking up at his own jokes actually managed to top itself this week. I cannot even tell you the major snorts I snorted after hearing Stefon’s impression of “Donald Duck waking up from a Vietnam dream.” Also, maybe the best line ever? “This place has everything: shutes, ladders, the outdoor concert from a Zoloft commercial.” Indeed! [Hulu]
Adam Levine shows off his abs and multiple tattoos while delivering his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday (January 26) in New York City.
The 33-year-old Maroon 5 front man was joined by Andy Samberg, Cameron Diaz and Jerry Seinfeld who all claimed they wanted to coach him on his hosting — an obvious spoof on “The Voice.” Check out Adam‘s shirtless opening monologue here!
On this week’s criminally unfunny “Saturday Night Live,” featuring underused host Jennifer Lawrence, there was one actually hilarious moment; the show did a faux commercial for Starbucks’ new enhanced Verismo system, which gives you the authentic Starbucks customer experience. Nobody spelling your name right? Check. Getting your drink wrong? Yup. Excessively long wait times? Uh huh. And a cornucopia of gross coffee refuse strewn about everywhere? You betcha.
“The truth is Kenan [Thompson] does not want to be seen with me in any form of media, or even have my name mentioned around him… There is no bad blood on my side, I’m not declining a reunion, I know the fans love the show and would love to see some type of appearance with us. I just don’t see that ever happening because of how he really feels.”
Weeeeee are never, ever, ever, ever getting back together! Kel Mitchell from “Kenan & Kel” just dashed any hopes we might have had for a “Good Burger” reunion now that Kenan’s all fancy on “Saturday Night Live.” Although, in fairness to Kenan, I suppose anyone would get sick of constantly being asked ,”Where’s Kel?” [Splitsider]