Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen Talk About 'SNL' and Their Other Shows for 'Variety'
by Megh Wright To celebrate both of their Emmy nominations, Variety recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen for a hybrid interview/conversation that covers everything from their thoughts on each other's shows Girls and Portlandia to what it's like to perform on SNL. Here's both of them t... [Read More]
 
Saturday Night's Children: Morwenna Banks (1995)
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. Wh... [Read More]
 
What It's Like Getting Hired – and Fired – by 'SNL'
by Gary Kroeger It was late summer, 1982, and I was driving down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I turned to her and said, “This must be what winning the lottery feels like.” We had just been asked to join the cast of Saturday Night Live along with Brad Hall (and Pa... [Read More]
 
Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch's Old Second City Show 'Dratch & Fey' Is Now Online
by Megh Wright Before they broke into SNL stardom, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch starred in a two-woman show together called Dratch & Fey that ran at Second City and New York's UCB from 1999-2000, and a couple days ago an old VHS copy of the entire show showed up on YouTube. The quality isn't the b... [Read More]
 
Brooks Wheelan Is Going on the "Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand Up Comedy (sorta) Tour"
by Megh Wright Since news broke last week that SNL had fired three featured players, none of them have responded and bounced back from the bad news quite like standup Brooks Wheelan. In addition to his string of hilarious tweets following the big announcement ("Whats the protocol on length of depart... [Read More]
 
John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad Talk Leaving 'SNL' for Fox's 'Mulaney'
by Megh Wright At TCA over the weekend, former SNLers John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad got the opportunity to talk about leaving the long-running NBC sketch show to work on the upcoming Fox sitcom Mulaney, which is set to premiere on Sunday, October 5th. Aside from making a joke about how he directly c... [Read More]
 
'SNL' Firing New Cast Members Displays a Show Still Deeply In Transition
by Erik Voss Word has come down this week that SNL cast members Noël Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan have been let go from the show after one season, with Nasim Pedrad also leaving to work as a regular on Mulaney (a move that has long been anticipated) and Mike O'Brien's stat... [Read More]
 
Steve Hofstetter wins late-night Saturday trial with FOX for his stand-up showcase, “Laughs”
The first time I heard about Steve Hofstetter, he was promoting a cure for The Cable Guy? Was it Prilosec? Was it Netflix? Who knows now. The second time I heard from Hofstetter, he was in the comedy club owning business, bringing "The Laughing ___" franchise up from Atlanta to Long Island City. Now... [Read More]
 
Noel Wells, John Milhiser also one-and-done, out of SNL; Nasim Pedrad leaves for “Mulaney” on FOX
We all knew it wouldn't last. Saturday Night Live enjoyed its largest cast in more than two decades for season 39, but with the coming plans for a big 40th anniversary celebration -- and an interview with creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels saying just last month: "Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. We&rsq... [Read More]
 
Noël Wells and John Milhiser Also Leaving 'SNL'
by Bradford Evans Yesterday, new SNL featured player Brooks Wheelan announced he'd been fired, but that's not the only change to the long-running sketch show's cast this season. Deadline reports that fellow new featured players Noël Wells and John Milhiser will not be returning in the fall... [Read More]