Saturday Night Live is known for producing comedy superstars like Kristen Wiig, Eddie Murphy, and John Belushi. But what about the Not Ready For Primetime Players who never got their moment in the spotlight on the veritable sketch show? For every Kate McKinnon that explodes, there are the Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelans who never got to show us the depths of their talent.
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On Saturday, Sept. 19, NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, returns for its 40th season with Chris Pratt hosting the series opener and a few new faces on the team. This year, Best Week Ever alum Michael Che and Pete Davidson are the two newest members to join the cast. At the age of 20, Davidson is the fourth youngest cast member to appear on SNL behind some big names (Anthony Michael Hall, Eddie Murphy, and Robert Downey, Jr.)
Jim Parsons hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time last night with musical guest Beck, but all comedy nerds were tuning in for was to see the very first Weekend Update without Seth Meyers since 2006. Are Colin Jost & Cecily Strong destined to become the new Fallon & Fey?
Melissa McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live last night for the third time with musical guest Imagine Dragons, but the popular comedienne’s performance was overshadowed by the fact that it was Seth Meyers‘s last show. Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Stefon (aka Bill Hader) all showed up in support of the long-time Saturday Night Live cast member and gave him a heartfelt send off.
Jonah Hill returned to Studio 8H last night (with musical guest Bastille) to host Saturday Night Live for the third time. Last time, jokes were made at his expense in regards to how his Oscar nomination had changed him. This time, his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio stepped in during his monologue to put Hill in line and to recreate DiCaprio’s most famous cinematic moment.
Sure, some people tuned in to Saturday Night Live last night to watch host and musical guest Drake show off his comedy chops and flirt on stage with Jhene Aiko. However, most people tuned in to see how new cast member Sasheer Zamata would fare on her first night in Studio 8H. Would she be funny? Would she crumble under the pressure? Would she even get stage time?
Saturday Night Live takes another step in the right direction, Kristen Wiig is reinventing herself for 2014, and we find out which films the Brits loved during the past year.
Saturday Night Live has finally cast its first female black cast member since Maya Rudolph left the show five years ago. Her name is Sasheer Zamata. We told you back in October that she was totally ready for Saturday Night Live, and now that she’s been officially cast, we want to share with you all the reasons why she’s ready to be a featured cast member. (Hint: one of those reasons are her killer Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Michelle Obama impressions.)
Emma Watson embraces the single life in 2014, Will Smith remembers James Avery, and fans wonder if there could be another Paranormal Activity movie on the way.
John Goodman hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in twelve years last night (and coincidentally it was his thirteenth time taking the reins at Studio 8H) with musical guest Kings Of Leon. The comedy giant brought his usual energy and perfect comic timing to the show, but he also brought along Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro for the ride.