Saturday Night Live
After the somewhat lackluster return of Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live this weekend, we had to ask “What’s up with that?” Obviously, Will Ferrell is hilarious, but the sketches were hit and miss. It’s especially mind-boggling since Hulu has put up several of the un-aired segments from Mr. Ferrell’s episode that were ten times funnier than what we actually saw on television.
This is an inexplicable trend of the live comedy show in recent years: One of the funniest sketches this season was “The Californians,” a soap opera about navigating the drive up to Malibu. Bill Hader’s struggle to keep it together during the bit made it an instant classic and spawned a thousand GIFs. (Unlike his predecessor Jimmy Fallon, Mr. Hader’s struggle not to crack up on stage makes any sketch 1,000 times funnier.) But even better than the version that actually made it to air was the dress version of ‘The Californians,’ which Hulu offers with several other scenes from past seasons that either never aired or just weren’t as funny when they did.
We understand the idea of having “web extras” as supplemental material, but not at the expensive of the actual show. Why bother tuning in when the funny stuff is only going to be online? Below, we compare and contrast these un-aired clips with the version that made it on TV…as well as some bits that never got off the Internet. Read More
How Many Trayvon Martin References Did Saturday Night Live Slip Into Its Fox & Friends Cold Open? (Video)
How good was Eli Manning on Saturday Night Live this weekend? Better than we expected, right? In general, we don’t hold up much hope for sports celebrities making it through an entire show without fumbling over the teleprompter while the imminent smell of fear wafts out of our flat screen, and yet Lorne Michaels seems determined to keep bringing them back. (Which reminds us: Charles Barkley, please don’t return next season!)
But the younger Manning brother was actually pretty good: what he lacked in verbal dexterity, he made up for in physical comedy. (We loved the video game/Tebowing sketch for this very reason.)
However, it wasn’t any of the sketches, or even Tanning Mom on Weekend Update that had us grabbing our remote to rewind again and again…it was the Fox & Friends cold open with Fred Armisen as Rupert Murdoch. Were you able to catch the Trayvon Martin references hiding in the “corrections” part of the credits? Read More
Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg May Be Leaving Saturday Night Live, Claims Terrified Internet Rumor
Okay, before anyone has a heart-attack, consider the source of the information that three major players on Saturday Night Live–Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg–might be leaving the show. Especially since the source is an anonymous one, and they are giving away Lorne Michaels‘ secrets to Us Weekly. Read More
Last night, Nikke Finke reported that Lorne Michaels may be fishing around for some new lady talent for Saturday Night Live, what with Kristen Wiig possibly leaving the show (tired of appearing in every sketch, we assume) along with Abby Elliott, who had a Fox show but then it fell through but who knows.
That leaves Nasim Pedrad and Vanessa Bayer (who is still only a featured actor, which is a step below the regular cast in terms of job security, and a step above Paul Brittain, whose whereabouts are still unknown), as the only other female cast members.
So who are you placing your money on Lorne Michaels hiring for at least a season? And can the show really handle five women comedians at one time? Read More
By far, the best thing Saturday Night Live has brought us in the past two years has been Bill Hader‘s “Weekend Update” character Stefon: the club promoter/city correspondent whose ideas for “family fun” usually involve some combination of terrifying dungeon imagery, punny drag queen names, and politically incorrect uses for “midgets.” (Their word, not ours.)
That’s why this holiday season, the best gift you could get is one sent to you by the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live, featuring Stefon in the set of the Norman Rockwell “Freedom From Want” painting.
For a larger photo, check below. And then forward to all your friends and family, because this picture definitively answers the question “Buh-whaaa?” Read More
Julian Casablancas of the Strokes seemed to drop the f-bomb on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live broadcast, towards the end of a performance of new song “Under Cover of Darkness.” (In the video below, it’s audible at about 3:59.) “I highly doubt it was purposeful–he’s not that kind of guy,” a member of the band’s Read More