The Hangover Part III star Zach Galifianakis hosted Saturday Night Live last night for the third time and brought the house down with his absurd humor and cadre of famous guests.
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Melissa McCarthy made her triumphant return to Saturday Night Live last night, but may have been eclipsed by a couple of well placed cameos. The Cold Open featured Bobby Moynihan‘s Kim Jong Un being joined by the actual Dennis Rodman and then Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage made an even bigger–and boozier–splash as Drunk Uncle’s brother in law, “Peter Drunklage”.
There’s no doubt that Tina Fey is one of the most famous and beloved Saturday Night Live cast members of all time. That said, her new comedy, Admission, only made $6.5 million at the box office this weekend. So, it made us wonder, how well has every single Saturday Night Live cast member of all-time —yes, all 131 of them!— performed in terms of box office draw? And the answers are incredibly surprising.
Anne Hathaway had a pretty busy pre- birthday weekend! The winner of the coveted “sexiest hair” award tore it up on Saturday Night Live, stealing the show away from Rihanna (we think!) with hilarious impressions of Katie Holmes and Claire Danes. She even nails the Homeland star’s meme-erific cry-face. Not to be outdone with Riri’s stellar musical guest spot, the multi-talented Anne even treated the audience to a (not-so) heartfelt rendition of “One Day More,” from her upcoming turn in Les Miserables.
And that’s not all! Anne’s steamy Vogue cover dropped today, too! Inside she opens up about her new look courtesy of her Les Miz experience. She famously went method on us for a while, losing a ton of weight (25 pounds!) for her role as the impoverished Fantine. “I had to be obsessive about it. The idea was to look near death,” she told the magazine. “Looking back on the whole experience — and I don’t judge it in any way — it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.” She also talked about her life as a newly wed, having tied the knot with Adam Shulman last month.
So lots to celebrate if you happen to be Anne Hathaway, and to top it all off she turns 30 years old today! So in honor of her big day, we’ve assembled 30 of her best looks from over the years. Enjoy!
We absolutely love when Saturday Night Live gives normally serious actors a chance to prove their comedic chops — and sometimes we even love it when they don’t. From the looks of his promos with Taran Killam, this week’s host, Daniel Craig, has a good shot at falling into the former category. His whiny “I don’t like guns” kills us almost as much as the silly montage at the end. This got us wondering if this was really the first time we’d seen the gorgeous Brit do comedy — Layer Cake, Munich, Casino Royale and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo certainly aren’t knee-slappers. Earlier this summer, he did mention to The Sun that his next Bond flick, Skyfall, would actually have some humorous moments, after making two 007 movies that completely ignored the franchise’s campy origins.
“I think there are some very funny lines in it but then I have a very dark sense of humour, so others might not agree with me,” he told the paper. Asked for what else the movie offered, he said, “Go-go dancers. It’s not something I have done before and I thought it was about time I showed that part of myself.”
But after a bit of searching, we did find one rather hilarious skit Craig did back in 2007, for the British charity Comic Relief. It stars him as himself and Catherine Tate as a woman who met him on an online dating site.
We also rather enjoyed Daniel’s visit to The Colbert Report last December, where he didn’t exactly crack jokes, but we got to see his glorious smile as the host challenged him to arm wrestle. And, of course, who can forget James Bond’s appearance at this summer’s Olympics, where he escorted Queen Elizabeth II via parachute to the Opening Ceremonies. It’s not ROTFLMAO material, to be sure, but we love this evidence of his ability to spoof himself.
As promised last week, Jay Pharoah made his debut as the new Barack Obama on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. His version of the president, which he’d been practicing on the road this summer, replaced Fred Armisen’s familiar impression. It was a pretty funny cold open, in which Obama told voters that his secret campaign weapon was actually his opponent, Mitt Romney, who can’t help but put his foot in his mouth. But we’re not sure if we’re sold on Pharoah entirely — we get that it seems important to have a black man portray our first black president, but this skit lacked the same ease of Pharoah’s other impressions. His Will Smith, for instance, never ceases to crack us up. Maybe it’ll just take more practice for him to erase the memory of Armisen’s “Obama Plays It Cool” ad…
While we’re on the fence, maybe you’ve made up your mind. Tell us!
The creator and producer of Saturday Night Life, Lorne Michaels, has confirmed that the show has got itself a new Barack Obama character. Jay Pharoah, who has been featured on the show two years running, is going to be portraying Obama, taking over from Fred Armisen. Armisen has played the Obama role since 2008 (from the election onwards.) Michaels explains the decision, saying, “Jay has been doing Obama in his act this summer, and Jay is coming into his own. I just thought it might be time to shake it up.” A previous criticism of Armisen’s character was an obvious one — that the African-American president was not being played by an African-American actor on the show. The new season begins on September 25 and Pharoah is now a full-fledged member of the cast. His impersonations of Obama have already gone viral on the internet, so we know he’s going to be re in the role. SNL’s had some pretty memorable political character sketchs so far — George Bush by Will Ferrell, Bill Clinton by Phil Hartman and Hillary Clinton by Amy Poehler and Sarah Palin by Tina Fey. Can Pharoah elevate the character to those ranks? Here’s hoping!
Somewhere, Shy Ronnie is shedding a single tear. After seven years of hilarity on Saturday Night Live, Andy Samberg has officially decided not to return to the show next season. There was definitely much speculation that the Digital Short pioneer would move on, especially when you consider her last clip was entitled “Lazy Sunday 2″, a tribute to video that made him famous back in 2005. From there the Digital Short segment often became the highlight of the otherwise live sketch show, providing classics like “D-ck In A Box,” “I’m On A Boat,” “J–z In My Pants,” and many many more.
“It’s an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life,” he told The New York Times. “Obviously it’s not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back…Something about it just feels like it’s the moment.” Perhaps it has something to do with the departure of fellow SNL class act, Kristen Wiig. No word yet on who will inherit Samberg’s Digital Short empire, but he wants to make sure that producers continue with the franchise, which has received an extra boost of star power from the likes of Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Justin Bieber. “That’s the kind of thing that I really do hope happens,” he added.
Gillyyyyyy! While there’s no definitive word as to whether Kristen Wiig will stick around for another season of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels‘s remarks last night at the second season premiere of Fred Armisen‘s Portlandia certainly left room for a question mark. You know, like the question mark you might put after the word “WHYYYYYYYYYY?”
When asked if the Bridesmaids star would return after this year, Lorne admits, “I really don’t know. We haven’t really talked about it. We still have 14 shows to do this season.” As for what the show will do without her, Michaels says, “I don’t know. I don’t know. I certainly don’t want her to leave.” Neither do we! Not so soon after she gave us flirting coach Rebecca LaRue! She has so much left to teach us!
We’re sure that Abby Elliott originally had a very lovely, chic, tasteful dress for her upcoming spread in Maxim . But someone must have spilled red wine on or or something, because when the time for the photo shoot came, the SNL heart throb went before the flashbulbs wearing nothing but her skivvies. Not that we’re complaining! In fact, Abby is just the latest comedy star to pose for some glossy (and did we mention uber sexy!?) magazine spreads. Kristen Wiig just recently took it all off for her hot spot in GQ. We guess funny is the new black! Check out the gallery below for more funny people whose hotness is no laughing matter!