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2 Cast Members Leaving SNL

Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam out after 6 years

(Newser) - NBC says Saturday Night Live cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam are exiting the show, the AP reports. Pharoah and Killam won't be back when SNL returns this fall for its 42nd season, the network said Monday. The comedians have been on the show for six seasons. Both... 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 »

Dunham's SNL Gets Naked, Spoofs Girls

Host does 'fine,' episode has some memorable sketches

(Newser) - Lena Dunham took to the stage of Saturday Night Live last night, working her way through an Opening Monologue interrupted by castmembers oversharing about their sex lives, and spoofing Girls with a Garden-of-Eden themed movie. "Can you please not apple shame me right now?" Dunham's Eve asks God.... More »

SNL Finally Lands Black Actress

Sasheer Zamata gets the gig after New York audition

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live has landed a black female comedian, and her name is Sasheer Zamata. The venerable sketch comedy show announced today that she will debut on January 18 when Drake is hosting, Deadline reports. SNL was under fire for going five years without a black female cast member and... More »

SNL Spoofs Interpreter, Selfie, Guy Fieri

Fieri Christmas special is 'not suitable for humanity'

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live didn't have to look much further than President Obama's exhaustively discussed trip to South Africa this week, with Kenan Thompson gleefully signing gibberish behind Jay Pharoah's Obama in the episode's Cold Open. After Obama runs him off, Kate McKinnon as Angela Merkel comes... More »

Kerry Washington Ribs Ultra-White SNL

Show pokes itself over lack of black female on cast

(Newser) - Kerry Washington guest-hosted SNL last night, and helped the show razz itself over its decided lack of black female cast members (SNL does have two black male cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson): In a Cold Open set at the White House, Washington played Michelle Obama. Then Oprah. Then... More »

Aaron Paul Cameo Lights Up SNL

Despite Tina Fey, season opener is otherwise pretty forgettable

(Newser) - Tina Fey returned to her old stomping grounds last night to kick off the new season of Saturday Night Live, but it's a cameo from Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul that has tongues wagging this morning. Paul appeared in the Cold Open, notes the Hollywood Reporter , as Jay Pharoah'... More »

SNL's Obama to GOP: Leave Orange Guy Alone

Boehner ostracized in the cafeteria, caucus took his milk

(Newser) - We have a fiscal cliff deal, and John Boehner has emerged victorious—at least if last night's Saturday Night Live is to be believed. Jay Pharoah's President Obama announced last night that he caved on negotiations, mostly because House Republicans were being really, really mean to Bill Hader'... More »

Pharoah's Obama Kicks Off SNL's New Season

Highlights include Eastwood, Psy

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live kicked off its 38th season last night, reports Mediaite , with Seth MacFarlane in the co-host slot and castmember Jay Pharoah debuting his impersonation of Barack Obama in the episode's Cold Open. Taran Killam also debuted as the show's choice to portray Paul Ryan, and Jason... More »

SNL Getting a New Obama

Jay Pharoah will impersonate 'first Canadian president'

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live is getting ready to skewer another election and they've got a new President Obama waiting in the wings. Jay Pharoah will impersonate the president this time around, replacing Fred Armisen, who has been the show's Obama since 2008. "Jay has been doing Obama in... More »

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