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Here’s Who Won’t Be on ‘SNL’ Next Year

26 Jun

Throughout its 38-season run, Saturday Night Live has always been a revolving door for rising comedic stars: after developing their talents and making a name for themselves, the cast members eventually call it quits.

This year, SNL is losing several esteemed veterans to the exodus: Jason Sudeikis just joined Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in leaving the cast. And next year, the show’s head writer, Seth Meyers, will bid adieu to his Weekend Update anchor post to take over as host of NBC’s Late Night.

Now SNL‘s longtime leader Lorne Michaels faces a challenge: Can he find worthy talent to fill the shoes of some of the sketch comedy’s biggest stars? We’ll have to wait for the new season to see what new cast members come from his annual hunt for new SNL additions.

But for now, as we say goodbye to the alums, let’s remember the good times.

Here’s Armisen, who impersonated everyone from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Queen of England, signing off with a reprisal of his punk Ian Rubbish.

Here’s Sudeikis, who became the resident Romney impersonator during election season, in his signature role, The Devil.

Here’s Meyers doing what he does best, anchoring the Weekend Update.

And, lastly, here’s Hader reporting as Stefon, the outrageous city correspondent, for one final time.

Here Are Some Tina Fey ‘SNL’ Promos

4 Apr

In case you weren’t already excited for Tina Fey to host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend, these should do the trick.

Don’t worry, she promises, it will all be over before the Breaking Bad finale. And no wardrobe malfunctions this time.

‘SNL’ Recap: Sorry Tina Fey, Aaron Paul is All We Can Talk About from the Season 39 Opener

19 Mar

Saturday Night Live kicked off its 39th season with two very familiar faces: host Tina Fey. And the wonderful Aaron Paul.

During Saturday’s cold open, which began with Jay Pharoah as President Barack Obama talking to the public about Obamacare, a friend from New Mexico dropped by to share his story.

Enter Jesse Pinkman.

“I had this friend and he got sick. Like cancer sick. But because it wasn’t Obamacare, he couldn’t afford treatments,” Paul said in full Jesse Pinkman mode (beanie included).

Added Pharoah as Obama, “And keep in mind this was a teacher with a family.”

“So he did what any of us would’ve done,” Paul continued. “He started cooking meth.” (Watch the rest of the cold open, above. Don’t worry, how Breaking Bad ends is still a mystery… until Sunday night).

Paul made two other appearances – one for an e-Meth (think Leonardo DiCaprio‘s favorite e-cigarettes) commercial…

… and one on “Weekend Update” with Bobby Moynihan‘s Drunk Uncle.

As for Tina Fey, the SNL vet returned to very familiar territory, especially when she visited the “Weekend Update” set. “You see this man here? This man don’t own you,” Fey told Seth Meyers‘ new co-anchor Cecily Strong. “You do you. You in charge. Say it.”

Fey’s other gems included a bit in “the first used car ad” with season 39 newcomer Mike O’Brien and a wonderful parody of Girls, playing Hannah’s new roommate Blerta.

Arcade Fire served as musical guests, playing “Reflektor” and “Afterlife” from the band’s upcoming fourth album. The group also appeared in an adorable “New Cast Member or Arcade Fire” sketch with SNL newbies.

Which brings us back to the beginning: during Fey’s opening monologue, the SNLalum gave a special welcome to the show’s newest members.

After the show, NBC aired a 30-minute Arcade Fire concert special, Here Comes the Night Time, featuring appearances from Bono, James Franco, Rainn Wilson, Aziz Ansari and others.

Miley Cyrus will be next week’s musical guest and host.

Here’s Proof that Lena Dunham Watched the ‘SNL’ Parody of ‘Girls’ Last Night

18 Mar

As captured by BFF Mindy Kaling.

Cute, right?

In case anyone was wondering, Lena Dunham loved it:

The SNL parody of Girls was a true honor.

– Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 29, 2013

She’s also pretty stoked about Saturday Night Live‘s newest female cast members:

Very excited about the current lineup of SNL ladies. They are funny like whoa.

– Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 29, 2013

Tina Fey kicked off SNL‘s 39th season last night. And among her many great sketches, was this wonderful Girls parody.

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