Saturday Night Live premiere relies on nostalgia, Amy Poehler, Katy Perry for laughs
The 36th season premiere of Saturday Night Live was pretty magical. Not in that hokey poetic way. I mean the show’s overall impact relied on a bit of a slight-of-hand approach — or as host Amy Poehler’s husband Will Arnett might have said on Arrested Development, “It’s an illuuuuuusion!” [Read More]
Netflix reaches deal with NBC Universal to instantly stream repeats of SNL, 30 Rock, The Office, Monk
Netflix announced via release it had reached a deal with NBC Universal to add old and new episodes of Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Office, and other shows to its queue of programming available for members to view... [Read More]
SNL eyes a fourth new hire to the featured cast! Meet Jay Pharoah | The Comic's Comic
The Comic's Comic has learned that Jay Pharoah, a young stand-up comedian from Virginia's Tidewater who has a full arsenal of impersonations -- including one of President Barack Obama (and yes, he'd likely do it instead of Fred Armisen!) -- is just about a done deal to become the fourth new cast member to join the on-air ranks when SNL's 36th season begins on Sept. 25, 2010. [Read More]
Don't Forget His Name: An Interview With Hannibal Buress | The Laugh Button
Hannibal Buress is a man who is serious about his comedy and his career – he used to write for Saturday Night Live, and is now writing for 30 Rock. He just released a new album of stand-up called My Name is Hannibal, which has caused a number of laughter outbreaks in the office, but if you want to see his jokes live and in person, check out his weekly free show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn each Sunday. And seeing how we now all know where he lives, let’s drop off a jar or two of pickles w... [Read More]
Meet two more new writers for SNL
Saturday Night Live continues to add new people to the roster in advance of its upcoming 36th season, which begins Sept. 25, 2010. We learned a few days ago that Chicago comedian Tom Flanigan got hired as a writer, and now I can also tell you that Los Angeles comedian Heather Anne Campbell also will be joining the writing staff this fall. [Read More]
Casting news: Paul Brittain, Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer look set to join SNL for its 36th season
It's the end of August, which has become the silly season for Saturday Night Live, in which comedy fans obsess over every single detail of the casting of both on-air talent and writing staffers -- helped, in part, by the show's insistence o... [Read More]
Glee’s Jane Lynch will host Saturday Night Live
Jane Lynch will host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. From 40 Year-Old Virgin to a regular on the prematurely dismissed TV show Party Down, the Second City alum has stolen nearly every scene.. [Read More]
Get Famous Friday 2010 - Lorne Michaels Vets Chicago
ust about once a year, Saturday Night Live comes to see what players or writers Chicago has to offer and this week was the week! This year he had Chicago Improv vets Seth Meyers and recent hire Pat O'Brien in tow. I wouldn't regularly write it up as it's an annual event, but this year it was the second year that there was no improvisation... the performers were asked to do a 5 minute piece demonstrating a few characters (very similar to what the standard "callback" auditions have been for severa... [Read More]
What the heck was The Saturday Night Live Movie?
in 1990, there was an attempt to make an actual theatrical release called "The Saturday Night Live Movie," an anthology comedy film a la "Kentucky Fried Movie" that was aimed at satirizing the experience of going to the movies, written by an all-star cast of writers who have been associated with the show over the years. [Read More]