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.)
Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition today following a six-vehicle auto crash that claimed the life of one and seriously injured three others. The accident occurred on a Mercer County stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike around 1:00 AM, when Morgan was returning from a comedy show in Delaware. According to police, his Mercedes-Benz limo bus overturned after it was rear-ended by a semi trailer.
Miley Cyrus took a short break from posing with Arizona Iced Tea cans in dangerously close proximity to her hoohah to be the host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live last night. She did not, as forecasted, use the opportunity to take any pot shots at Sinead O’Connor, but she DID dress up as crazy eyed Michele Bachman and twerked while singing about the government shutdown, though!
When Saturday Night Live launches its 39th season tonight with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire, viewers who haven’t been paying attention to the trades over the summer will notice that a few familiar faces are no longer treading the boards of Studio 8H; longtime (and very popular!) castmembers Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis have all exited the cast* for purportedly greener pastures. Taking their place are six new faces, making it the biggest cast transition since 1995. So, who exactly are these new featured players? Find out all about them in our gallery above!
Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and the extremely flexible Janet Jones, has racked up over 175,000 Instagram followers thanks to her fondness of posting barely clothed pictures of herself. Thanks to her social media savvy and insane bod, she’s quickly becoming a favorite subject of the paparazzi. Their willingness to trail the 24-year-old on a vacay to Barbados with her boyfriend, professional golfer Dustin Johnson, paid off in spades when Gretzky was presented with the opportunity to pose alongside a simian.
This weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live was an especially emotional episode, one that saw beloved cast members Bill Hader and Fred Armisen bid the show a fond adieu. Hader’s big farewell sketch was, of course, the epic wedding between Stefon and Seth Meyers, while Fred Armisen was joined by a calvacade of indie rock legends—Carrie Brownstein! Steve Jones! Aimee Mann! Michael Penn! J. Mascis!—for an emotional performance as his punk rocker alter ego Ian Rubbish.
We don’t mean to create unrealistic expectations for ourselves or anyone else, but Jennifer Lawrence is going to be amazing as an SNL host this Saturday, right? Like “first time Lindsay Lohan in the Debbie Downer sketch” levels of awesome.? We’re basing this presupposition entirely on her new promos with the soon to be Mr. Olivia Wilde Jason Sudeikis (they are letting him all the promos now, aren’t they?) for her episode this weekend with The Lumineers. Just the fact JLaw was able to make a Hunger Games archery joke seem fresh almost a year later is a testament to her skill as a performer.
Promos aside, Jennifer has all the ingredients of an excellent host: she’s a great actress, she’s naturally hilarious both in interviews and onstage and she seems like the kind of person who might accidentally swear on live TV , hen laugh maniacally until they cut to commercial. Plus you know they are going to riff on her “I beat Meryl” Golden Globes acceptance speech. It’s like she said that line just so Saturday Night Life could make fun of it! That was so nice of her. So don’t blow this, Lawrence! We don’t want another “Lindsay Lohan the second time” on our hands.
We have no idea how Bobby Moynihan‘s Guy Fieri impression got cut from SNL‘s Weekend Update Saturday, but we are thankful NBC posted the dress rehearsal footage after the fact. The world needed someone to address the now-legendary New York Times review of Fieri’s new restaurant. It just doesn’t seem fair. Like Guy-Bobby explained, “It’s like comparing apples to fat dirt.” Haha, yes. Delightful. While we love and cherish everyone on SNL (especially Kate McKinnon‘s sick Ellen Degeneres impression last weekend), it’s bits like these that suggest Bobby Moynihan is currently SNL‘s resident MVP. The man has given us so many gems, like…
Guys, we think we might be too in love with Anne Hathaway‘s hair. Have you seen it? Does it make you want to shrink Anne Hathaway down to the size of a hot dog and make her live in a doll house, (which would be creepy enough on it’s own because what adult has a doll house, but then also the doll happens to be Anne Hathaway)? Just us then? That’s what we suspected.
Well, even if you haven’t reached Twilight Zone-levels of obsessiveness with girl’s coiffe yet, obviously you’ll be casting your vote for Hathaway over Jason Sudeikis for “Sexiest Hair Award” in her SNL promos. Over everyone, actually. Sorry if this stings at all, President Obama. It’s just…well, you aren’t technically in the running for this award. And you really don’t do much with your hair. Mix it up! Make it fun! Ironically, Anne will be joined this weekend by musical guest Rihanna, the other celeb whose pixie cut makes us want to print out pictures of her, glue them to cardboard and turn them into paper dolls that our daughters can play with. [Note: We should probably mention our daughters are paper dolls of Anne Hathaway.]
Considering what a controversy the cast of Jersey Shore has stirred up ever since their show first aired on MTV, we think this is a great step for them and their adopted hometown of Seaside Heights. After witnessing the devastation done to their summer haunt during Superstorm Sandy, the show is teaming up with Architecture for Humanity for a benefit called Restore the Shore, airing live next Thursday, November 15 at 11 p.m. ET (tape-delayed for the West Coast). The money raised will help rebuild the boardwalk and assist the people who live and work in the affected region.
According to the press release we got this morning, the special will also feature special guests to be announced. Who do you think they should invite? Here are our suggestions:
- Everyone a Jersey Shore star has ever fought with on the show. What better way to demonstrate how Jerseyans come together in a time of crisis?
- The cast of every other Jersey-set show that has been accused of promoting negative stereotypes of the state: Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Sopranos, that lawyer show no one watched.