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Clinton's SNL Return: Trump-Bashing Bartender

Candidate drops by show again, slings some drinks for Kate McKinnon

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton stopped by Saturday Night Live last night as promised , opposite Kate McKinnon, the latest comedian to play her on the late-night comedy sketch show. This time the former secretary of state and would-be commander in chief was slinging drinks as Val the bartender, who kept 'em coming... More »

Hillary Clinton Returns to SNL Tonight

Frivolous comedy show or important campaign stop?

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is scheduled to make what the New York Times is calling a critical campaign stop tonight: Saturday Night Live. She'll supposedly be appearing in the cold open of the 41st season premiere, and the paper says it's a critical moment for her to show voters she... More »

SNL Has Chosen Its Trump

Taran Killam will play candidate during 41st season of show

(Newser) - If anyone has ever wondered what it's like to be Donald Trump for a day, or for a season of Saturday Night Live, talk to Taran Killam in 2016. The 33-year-old cast member has been tapped to slip into the real estate mogul's hairpiece for the 41st season... More »

Alex Trebek Gets Pranked on Jeopardy!

He says 'Turd Ferguson,' just like Will Ferrell's Trebek

(Newser) - Alex Trebek got pranked pretty good on yesterday's Jeopardy!. Contestant Talia couldn't solve the final clue, Entertainment Weekly reports, so instead of making a real guess, she wrote: "What is the love ballad of Turd Ferguson. P.S. Hi Mom" as her answer (er, question). Of course,... More »

Tracy Morgan to Host Saturday Night Live

He will take the stage on October 17

(Newser) - The best Saturday Night Live host announcement in a while: Tracy Morgan will do the honors on Oct. 17. It will be Morgan's first big appearance since last year's horrific car accident that left him critically injured, notes Time . Morgan, of course, was an SNL cast member for... More »

Louis CK on SNL: Finally, Too Much?

The comic actor makes light of child molestation, racism

(Newser) - Louis CK gave a predictably polite, sensitive monologue yesterday on the closing night of SNL's 40th season—making light of racism, child molestation, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. "Child molesters are very tenacious people," CNN quotes him as saying. "From their point of view, it must be... More »

Eddie Murphy Wouldn't Play Bill Cosby on SNL's 40th

He 'will not kick a man when he is down,' Norm Macdonald tweets

(Newser) - Norm Macdonald posted a very long series of tweets last night about Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary reunion special , and in it, he explains why Eddie Murphy didn't have a more prominent role on the special. Murphy, who hadn't returned to the SNL studio in more than... More »

SNL's 40th Snags Monster Ratings

23.1M tuned in for 3.5-hour extravaganza

(Newser) - Some 23.1 million Americans tuned in last night for Saturday Night Live's three-and-a-half-hour 40th anniversary tribute to itself , reports Deadline , in the biggest ratings coup for an NBC primetime entertainment special in the decade since a Friends clip show pulled in 36.9 million people on the night... More »

Fallon, Timberlake Lead SNL's Star-Studded 40th

Eddie Murphy makes an odd return to the show

(Newser) - Live from New York, it was a Sunday night, but a swath of legendary entertainers nevertheless came together to fete Saturday Night Live on its 40th anniversary. The SNL 40 special featured appearances from current and former cast members, film icons, and musical guests like Paul McCartney and Kanye West.... More »

Stefon Returns to SNL

Bill Hader returns to old stomping grounds as guest host

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live's hottest new castmember was really an old beloved one last night, as alum Bill Hader returned to the show—and more importantly brought Stefon with him. Appearing on Weekend Update, where he referred to Colin Jost and Michael Che as "Mitt and Barack," Stefon... More »

Saturday Night Live Alum Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Comedian had 'serious illness'

(Newser) - Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks died today at age 57, reports CNN . The actress and comedian had been battling a "serious illness," reports TMZ . Hooks performed on SNL from 1986-91, the era of Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and Mike Myers, among others. Her role... More »

Chris Pratt 'Sharp' as SNL Turns 40

Debut shows 'markedly different tone': 'Entertainment Weekly'

(Newser) - Last night kicked off the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, and it featured a variety of wild cards: first-time guest host Chris Pratt, the absence of the iconic Don Pardo , new cast members, and a shakeup at the Weekend Update desk. "It seemed on a mission to prove... More »

SNL Gets First Black 'Weekend Update' Anchor

Michael Che joining 'Saturday Night Live'

(Newser) - NBC says a correspondent on Jon Stewart's Daily Show is joining Saturday Night Live. Comedian Michael Che will handle "Weekend Update" duties with Colin Jost during the upcoming 40th season of SNL, premiering Sept. 27, the network says. Che, who wrote for SNL last season, had joined Stewart'... More »

Voice of Saturday Night Live Dead at 96

Don Pardo lent voice to Jeopardy! , Today show, and more

(Newser) - One of television's most enduring presences has passed away at the age of 96. Announcer Don Pardo, known for introducing Saturday Night Live for decades, died at his home in Arizona yesterday, the AP reports; the cause hasn't been revealed, though the Los Angeles Times notes that he... More »

Driver Charged After Crash That Put Morgan in ICU

Kevin Roper, 35, was at wheel of tractor-trailer: officials

(Newser) - The driver of a tractor-trailer that hit a limousine bus carrying actor Tracy Morgan has been charged in the incident, prosecutors say, via CNN . Kevin Roper, 35, of Georgia, has been charged with death by auto and assault by auto after the crash, which killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack"... More »

30 Rock's Tracy Morgan in ICU After Car Wreck

His limo bus overturned on New Jersey Turnpike

(Newser) - Comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a six-vehicle highway accident overnight, reports CNN . The 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live star remains in intensive care after the accident about 1am on the New Jersey Turnpike, reports NBC Philadelphia . Morgan's limo bus overturned near Trenton with six passengers aboard,... More »

SNL 'Solves' Mystery of Jay Z-Solange Fight

They kick off star-studded season finale

(Newser) - That Jay Z-Solange catfight that lit up the Interwebs this week? Saturday Night Live provides us with the answer to the mystery of what caused it, and people, it was just a spider. "This is all behind us," says Solange (Sasheer Zamata) in last night's Cold Open,... More »

'Baba Wawa' Makes SNL Farewell

Walters offers tips on longevity ahead of her retirement

(Newser) - Barbara Walters is stepping down this week after a 50-plus year career , and she stopped by Saturday Night Live last night to tweak the show that's been a pretty persistent thorn in her side, reports ABC . Appearing on "Weekend Update," she told Cecily Strong after a montage... More »

Saturday Night Live Losing Its Live Edge

Show needs to change that if wants to stay relevant: SplitSider columnist

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live has lots of great pretaped shorts these days, but Erik Voss at SplitSider thinks one crucial element of the show is lacking—the "live" part. That's too bad, because a sense of "live-television danger" that has long been part of the show's DNA... More »

Zooey, Taylor, Franco Crash Seth Rogen's SNL Monologue

And more 'Saturday Night Live' highlights

(Newser) - Seth Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live last night, but he was far from the only star present during his monologue. It was crashed by Taylor Swift ("You were getting really upset. And whenever a man shows emotion, I appear."), James Franco (who appeared after Rogen joked that... More »

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