Posts tagged "saturday night live"

Drake Impersonates Lil Wayne As Steve Urkel On “Saturday Night Live”

Justin Timberlake, you got some competition. Last night, Drake did double duty as both the host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” and totally slayed every skit. The episode also marked the debut of new Black female cast member Sasheer Zamata, who got lots of screen time (though not a ton of actual lines, but that&#8217…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 19, 2014

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Two Black Women To Writers’ Room Staff

Good news in Today’s Lady News, for once: “Saturday Night Live” has added two Black women to its writing staff beginning this month. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are both comediennes who were discovered during recent auditions held by executive producer Lorne Michaels, with the express purpose of adding a Black female to the…

Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in 5 Years, As A Featured Player

Putting to rest (for now) a controversy over why the iconic comedy show has not had a Black woman on the cast for five years, Sasheer Zamata has joined”Saturday Night Live” as a featured player. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia three years ago and trained with the Upright Citize…

Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Uh Huh, Rudolph: “Saturday Night Live” Spoofs Kimye’s “Bound 2″

I’m psyched that “Saturday Night Live”‘s “Waking Up With Kimye” is seemingly going to be a regular sketch on the series (last night’s episode featured the sketch for a second time). This time, “Kimye” are celebrating the holidays with a new version of their “Bound 2″ video, featuring that hardworking, four-legged, red-nosed wonder. Uh huh,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 22, 2013

Doin’ It In Your Childhood Bedroom Is What The Holidays Are All About (Apparently)

This music video from last night’s Christmas episode of “Saturday Night Live,” featuring all of the female cast members singing about bring their boyfriends home for Christmas and getting it on in their childhood bedrooms, definitely cracked me up. But it also brought out my holiday blues. Because I don’t have a boyfriend to bring…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 22, 2013

Watch Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake’s “Saturday Night Live” Promos

Got plans tonight? Cancel them! Or at least be home in time for “Saturday Night Live,” because it’s the Christmas episode and Jimmy Fallon is hosting, with musical guest Justin Timberlake. Jimmy will no doubt have a new Christmas jingle to debut, and JT will surely be bringin’ it on down to Something-ville, so I…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 21, 2013

Lorne Michaels Promises “Saturday Night Live” Will Add A Black Female Cast Member In January 2014

“Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said the show will add a Black female cast member in January 2014. The show held a special audition for a group of Black comediennes. (One woman who auditioned has come forward calling the whole thing a publicity stunt, which seems like a dicey move…

Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2013

Lady Gaga Simulates Sex With R. Kelly On “Saturday Night Live”

Lady Gaga was a solid host of last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” delivering a cheeky musical-inspired opening monologue and nailing her role in nearly every sketch. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of a frumpy Apple store employee appearing as a guest on “Wake Up With Kimye” (a show I wish was real because I would…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 17, 2013

Kerry Washington Helps “Saturday Night Live” Address Its Diversity Problem

After weeks, nay, months … nay, yeaaaaars of complaints from critics, viewers and cast member about the lack of any Black female cast members on “Saturday Night Live,” the comedy show final addressed its diversity problem on last night’s episode, hosted by “Scandal”‘s Kerry Washington (the first Black woman to host the show since early 2012). In the cold open,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 3, 2013

This Is What A Wes Anderson Horror Movie Would Look Like

The best part of last night’s Edward Norton-hosted “Saturday Night Live” was this digital short, a mock trailer for the Wes Anderson-directed horror flick, “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.” It features all of the classic Wes Anderson tropes: actors like Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tilda Swinton, and Danny Glover; a pair of precocious childre…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 27, 2013

Black Comedienne Nyima Funk Is Not Ready To Be On “Saturday Night Live”

Earlier this week, Kenan Thompson from “Saturday Night Live,” spoke to TV Guide and explained why he puts on a dress and plays all the roles of Black women on the show instead of, you know, hiring one. The lack of Black women is a “tough part of the business,” Thompson said. “Like in auditions,…

Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013

Kenan Thompson Says There Are No Black Women On “Saturday Night Live” Because There Aren’t Enough Funny Black Women

I like Kenan Thompson a lot. He’s probably my favorite actor on “Saturday Night Live” right now. But what the heck was he thinking when he spoke to TV Guide about diversity on “SNL”? The show hasn’t had a Black woman on the cast for six years, despite having numerous other performers of color, including…

Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013

Miley Cyrus Spoofs The Government Shutdown On “SNL” With “We Did Stop”

I have been feeling complex emotions about Miley Cyrus lately — I begrudgingly love her new album, Bangerz; I hate that she made fun of Sinead O’Connor’s mental issues — but she earned some points back with me with this spoof on “Saturday Night Live.” A raunchy remix of “We Can’t Stop” about the government shutdown,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 6, 2013

Fox Picks Up John Mulaney Sitcom: Get To Know The Comedian And “Saturday Night Live” Writer

I like to think that Louis C.K. set the scene for other stand-up comedians to take over our televisions, one sitcom at a time: his uniquely-formatted single-camera show, “Louie,” is one of the best, most interesting things in entertainment right now, and is as ground-breaking today as it was when it first aired in 2010.

Rachel Krause / October 3, 2013

Watch: Miley Cyrus’ Painfully Unfunny “Saturday Night Live” Promos

Miley Cyrus is hosting and the musical guest for “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, which means we can expect the following:

licking something/everything
rubbing an object against her crotch
references to not being Hannah Montana/part of Disney anymore
more references to not being with Disney anymore, in case you missed it the first…

Jessica Wakeman / October 2, 2013

“Saturday Night Live”‘s “Girls” Promo Features A New, Rubber-Handed Albanian Roommate Played By Tina Fey

Who’s excited for the third season of “Girls”?! I am, especially after seeing this new promo which indicates the show is finally getting a dose of real diversity. Hannah has a new roommate — and she’s from Albania! Surely nothing will make whiny twentysomethings Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa realize how good they have it…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 30, 2013

Cecily Strong Heads To “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update, Casts Noel Wells & Others

Weekend Update has a new host! “Saturday Night Live” named Cecily Strong — perhaps better known as Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party — as coanchor with Seth Meyers. Meyers is partially leaving “SNL” to host “Late Night,” where he is replacing Jimmy Fallon. “SNL” moved writer Mike…

Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2013

Set Your Tivos: Tina Fey Hosts “Saturday Night Live” On Sept. 28

Awwwwww, yeah! Tina Fey will host the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on September 28th, with Arcade Fire for the musical guest. Miley Cyrus will combine hosting and twerking duties on October 5, so, um, hide the children. [New York Times]
Roll eyes. Demi Lovato signed a multi-book publishing deal and her…

Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2013

Nightlife Correspondent Stefon Is Alive And Well In This New York Times Article

There is nothing funny about the plight of China’s high tech workers. Employees who make iPhones and other tech devices for exportation overseas work long hours in difficult conditions with little compensation. Times reporter Dan Levin’s article, “The Demanding Off-Hour Escapes of China’s High-Tech Workers,” explores how these workers deal with their stresses and blow…

Julie Gerstein / July 18, 2013

An Open Letter To The New Movie “Adore” (Which Is Eerily Similar To That Andy Samberg & Justin Timberlake Song “Mother Lover”)

Dear the movie “Adore,” starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright,

Let me start by saying that I’m not here as another social media troll who just wants to make fun of your semi-absurd plot. That would just be too easy. I know that you didn’t just turn the satirical “Mother Lover” into a pouty,…

Alyson Penn / July 13, 2013
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