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SNL Cast Member Struggling With 'Depersonalization'

Bowen Yang is taking a hiatus from his podcast, which he co-hosts with a fellow comic

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang is opening up about his mental health. Yang, the first openly gay Asian-American member of SNL's cast, also co-hosts a podcast called Las Culturistas, but he announced on his Instagram stories over the weekend that he's taking some time off...

In One Week, Late Night Could Take a Hard Hit

Looming Hollywood writers strike will affect talk shows, 'SNL' first if deal isn't reached by May 1

(Newser) - May 1 is the deadline for Hollywood writers, represented by the Writers Guild of America, to reach a contract agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and if no such deal is struck, the late-night TV arena will be the first to say goodbye to new episodes,...

SNL Has a Lot of Fun With George Santos

Show mocks new congressman in the cold open as well as on Weekend Update

(Newser) - It didn't take long for Saturday Night Live to go after truth-challenged congressman George Santos. With cast member Bowen Yang portraying the Long Island Republican, the show mocked his lies in both the cold open and later during Weekend Update.
  • Cold open: Yang as Santos appeared as a sideline

Aubrey Plaza Will Soon Grace Your TV Again

'White Lotus' star to host 'SNL' on Jan. 21; Michael B. Jordan takes hosting duties next

(Newser) - Parks and Rec star Aubrey Plaza is riding high after her starring turn in HBO's White Lotus and the film Emily the Criminal, and now she's about to add another notch on her belt: The 38-year-old actor will be hosting Saturday Night Live's return to the air...

Cecily Strong Has Emotional SNL Sendoff
Cecily Strong Signs Off SNL

Cecily Strong Signs Off SNL

NBC program announced her departure shortly before the show

(Newser) - Cecily Strong and her characters have left the building, after an emotional sendoff from Elvis. The 11-season Saturday Night Live player appeared on the show for the last time as a cast member Saturday. The show's Instagram account made the announcement earlier in the day, People reports. "Tonight...

SNL Skewers Herschel Walker in Cold Open
SNL Skewers Herschel Walker
in Cold Open

SNL Skewers Herschel Walker in Cold Open

Kenan Thompson portrays the Georgia candidate

(Newser) - SNL isn't easing up on Herschel Walker in the final days ahead of his Georgia Senate runoff. The cold open of Saturday Night Live featured Kenan Thompson as Walker strategizing with Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell (James Austin Johnson), John Cornyn (Mikey Day), and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Cecily Strong), per...

On SNL , Chappelle Talks Kanye, Avoids Trans Jokes
Has Some
Advice for Kanye

On SNL, Chappelle Has Some Advice for Kanye

But comedian doesn't directly address his own controversy

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live, and his critics who boycotted the show may be interested to learn he made no trans jokes . In his monologue, however, the comedian did have plenty to say about the controversy swirling around Ye —formerly Kanye West—and NBA star Kyrie Irving over...

People Are Threatening to Boycott SNL Over Next Host

Dave Chappelle is returning to the show

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle hosted the Saturday Night Live episodes that aired the Saturdays after the 2016 and 2020 elections—and, despite the fact that he's recently become quite controversial, the comedian is returning to do the same after Tuesday's election. Chappelle, who has remained unapologetic after coming under fire...

SNL Alum Chris Redd Assaulted Before a Show

Celeb was punched on sidewalk outside Comedy Cellar in New York City

(Newser) - Police in New York City are trying to figure out who assaulted comedian Chris Redd outside a Greenwich Village comedy club Wednesday night. The 37-year-old was punched in the face and ended up in Bellevue Hospital but will be OK, reports TMZ . He appeared to be bleeding profusely from the...

SNL Faces Backlash Over Try Guys Skit

Critics didn't like the choice of subject matter or the show's take on it

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live is taking flak from at least two directions over a sketch lampooning the Try Guys cheating scandal. Bowen Yang, Mikey Day, and Andrew Dismukes played Try Guys trio Eugene Lee Yang, Zach Kornfeld, and Keith Habersberger in the sketch, which mocked a video released by the YouTube...

As New Season Starts, SNL Takes Aim at ... SNL

Cold open goes meta with live analysis of itself

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live returned with lots of new cast members, and one word is being used a lot to describe the cold open—meta. (See the New York Times , Deadline , and Variety .) The show opened with a Donald Trump sketch, but it included live analysis of that very sketch...

Saturday Night Live Welcomes a Nonbinary Cast Member

Molly Kearney added to the cast

(Newser) - Molly Kearney is joining the Saturday Night Live cast for the show's upcoming 48th season, and the actor/comedian will be the series' first nonbinary cast member. Kearney, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, appears as Fern Dannely in the first season of A League of Their Own, the Amazon Prime series...

Watch SNL's Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson Say Goodbye

Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney also made their final appearances as regulars

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live wrapped up its season with farewells (some more subtle than others) to four cast members leaving the show—Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney, reports Deadline . A look at how those unfolded:
  • McKinnon: In the cold open, McKinnon reprises her character of alien abductee

Pete Davidson Reportedly Is Leaving SNL Cast

Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney apparently also are moving on

(Newser) - This week's season finale of Saturday Night Live also will be Pete Davidson's goodbye, Variety reports. Davidson, who started on the show as a 20-year-old in 2014, one of the youngest cast members in its history, has been pulled in different directions lately as his popularity has grown....

SNL Takes On Roe v. Wade Reversal
SNL Skewers
Roe v. Wade Reversal

SNL Skewers Roe v. Wade Reversal

Show likens abortion decision to those in medieval times

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live didn't waste time getting to the biggest story of the week, skewering the Supreme Court draft opinion that would reverse Roe v. Wade in the show's cold open, reports TVLine . The sketch depicts a trio of medieval men in the year 1235 deciding to outlaw...

Kenan Thompson of SNL Divorcing After 11 Years
Kenan Thompson,
Wife Splitting

Kenan Thompson, Wife Splitting

'SNL' star has two children with Christina Evangeline

(Newser) - A relatively long-running marriage by entertainment-biz standards is coming to an end. TMZ reports that Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson and wife Christina Evangeline are divorcing after 11 years. The outlet says the 43-year-old Thompson and 33-year-old Evangeline have been separated for a year and have been amicably co-parenting...

Neflix Introduces New Category After SNL Joke

In musical sketch, Pete Davidson said he only wants to see 'short-ass movies'

(Newser) - Pete Davidson hasn't got a trip to space to brag about—but inspiring a new Netflix category may be an even rarer achievement. Netflix has introduced a new category, "Short-Ass Movies," in response to a Saturday Night Live skit, reports NBC . In the musical sketch , Davidson rapped,...

There Was No Escaping the Slap on SNL

Will Smith-Chris Rock incident gets the 'Saturday Night Live' treatment

(Newser) - If you've grown weary of the seemingly wall-to-wall coverage of the notorious Will Smith-Chris Rock Oscar slap , Saturday Night Live offered little respite. The April 2 episode, which featured comedian/actor Jerrod Carmichael as host and musical guest Gunna, served up its take on the incident "again and again...

SNL Goes After Fox News on Ukraine Coverage
SNL Goes After Fox News
on Ukraine Coverage

SNL Goes After Fox News on Ukraine Coverage

And 'Donald Trump' sings a valentine to Vladimir Putin

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live had a somber opening last week related to the war in Ukraine. This week, not so much. The cold open skewered Fox News for its coverage of the conflict, featuring Kate McKinnon as Laura Ingraham and Alex Moffat as Tucker Carlson hosting a telethon called the Ukrainian...

SNL Skips the Jokes in Cold Open
SNL Skips the Jokes
in Cold Open

SNL Skips the Jokes in Cold Open

Instead, a Ukrainian chorus performs

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live dispensed with the jokes to open its latest show, opting instead to pay tribute to Ukrainians amid Russia's invasion. In lieu of a comedy skit, the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York performed a "Prayer for Ukraine," reports NPR . Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong...

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