Lady Gaga hosted Saturday Night Live: She did it for the applause
In general, my taste in music doesn’t really lean towards pop, so I would not classify myself a fan of Lady Gaga. While she’s had her share of WTF? moments every time I’ve caught a live performance, there’s not much of a doubt that she really is good at her trade of entertain... [Read More]
Looks Like The Lonely Island Will Appear On SNL Tonight
With Lady Gaga pulling double duty tonight on Saturday Night Live, it seemed likely that a few “surprise” guests would make an appearance. Now it’s safe to say that one of those surprises will come from The Lonely Island. Taran Killam essentially let the cat out of the bag with a p... [Read More]
NBC Orders a Pilot for Maya Rudolph's Variety Show; Will Air as a Primetime Special
by Bradford Evans Maya Rudolph is coming back to NBC. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot for an untitled variety show starring Rudolph and produced by Lorne Michaels, who worked with her on SNL and Up All Night. NBC will air the pilot in February as a primetime special following t... [Read More]
12 'SNL' Cast Members Who Have Been Played by Other 'SNL' Cast Members on the Show
by Bradford Evans It says a lot about how successful SNL alumni are that many of them have been made fun of on the show after leaving. Ever since the show's ex-cast members first started to go out on their own in the late '70s/early '80s, many of them have become as well-known as the celebrities SNL... [Read More]
How 'SNL's Wes Anderson Parody Came Together
by Elise Czajkowski "Adam had just uploaded the fixes to the server, then raced over to the live monitor and just held his breath as our spot went live exactly 20 seconds later." - SNL Director of Photograph Alex Buono has a detailed (and very technical) account of the Wes Anderson spoof "The M... [Read More]
How They Did It: Behind the scenes of the making of SNL’s Wes Anderson horror movie parody trailer
For all the wonder and amazement that goes into the fact that much of Saturday Night Live still happens live on TV on Saturday nights, it's sometimes even more amazing just how much work in such little time goes into making the pre-taped digital films and completing them in time for broadcast. Take ... [Read More]
Saturday Night's Children: Norm Macdonald (1993-1998)
by Megh Wright Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure. Wa... [Read More]
Inside 'SNL's Classic Richard Pryor/Chevy Chase Job Interview Sketch
by Bradford Evans "'You’ve all been asking me to put Chevy [Chase] and Richard [Pryor] together,' I say. After all the bullshit I’ve been put through to get here, the fucking cross-examination Lorne [Michaels] subjects me to, I decide to do a job interview of my own. Chevy’s the bo... [Read More]
The Urban Erma: My Brief Thoughts About Kenan & Saturday Night Live
It is beyond ludicrous and insulting to think that there are no black female comedic actresses that are qualified to be on Saturday Night Live or any other primetime network show. (During World War II they said there were no qualified black pilots to fly military aircraft. Sound familiar?)Author inf... [Read More]
Lorne Michaels Responds to the 'SNL' Diversity Issue
by Bradford Evans Saturday Night Live has been taking some heat in the press for its lack of diversity after adding six new cast members, all of them white and five of them male, this fall. In the wake of a controversial quote from longtime cast member Kenan Thompson two weeks ago about how the... [Read More]