Saturday Night Live

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SNL Goes Trumpless

Lands some big cameos to spoof Democratic candidates in Cold Open

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live went a little Hamilton in its latest episode, and continued to rely heavily on celebrity cameos, but this week left President Trump alone and spoofed Democratic presidential candidates' appearance in an LGBTQ town hall earlier this week in its Cold Open. Billy Porter from Pose announced the... More »

SNL Gets a New Celeb Cameo

Matthew Broderick stops by as Mike Pompeo

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live returned on the back of Emmy darling Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Saturday night, but the show opened with its now routine take on the chaos inside the Trump White house and celebrity cameo du jour—only notably this week without Alec Baldwin as the president himself, reports the... More »

SNL Is Gleefully Back

Show goes to town on impeachment inquiry, election

(Newser) - If you thought Saturday Night Live would politely ignore President Trump's impeachment inquiry in the premiere of its 45th season, well ... you'd be out of your ever-loving mind, sparky. Alec Baldwin returned Saturday night as the commander in chief in question, NBC reports, frantically manning the phones to... More »

Dropped SNL Comic Jokes About His Firing

Shane Gillis says he's 'been reading every one of my death threats in an Asian accent'

(Newser) - Shane Gillis performed an 11-minute set at a New York City comedy club Wednesday night, his first public appearance since he was ousted from the new cast of Saturday Night Live over racist slurs he used in the past. And the comedian didn't avoid the subject on stage, reports... More »

Shane Gillis No Longer Invited to Join SNL

Comedian's cast invitation rescinded after controversial videos surface

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English. A show representative said Monday that the language Shane Gillis used was "offensive, hurtful and... More »

Yang Has Non-Fighting Words for SNL Cast Member's Racism

Shane Gillis had called presidential candidate a 'Jew chi---'

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live's newest cast member might have referred to an Asian-American presidential candidate as a "Jew ch---," but Andrew Yang is giving peace a chance, reports People . After Shane Gillis tweeted that "My intention is never to hurt anyone," but sometimes comedy "requires... More »

New SNL Cast Member Is Already in Hot Water

Shane Gillis used racist slur on podcast

(Newser) - One of Saturday Night Live's three new cast members is already proving controversial. Within hours of the SNL announcement Thursday, videos surfaced of Shane Gillis using racist and homophobic slurs, Variety reports. One video, apparently from a 2018 recording session for Gillis' podcast with fellow comedian Matt McCusker, features... More »

Here's Why SNL's New Cast Member Is Notable

Bowen Yang, one of 3 new cast members, will be show's only Asian American performer

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live is adding three new cast members for its upcoming 45th season, including the show's only Asian American performer. Bowen Yang, who joined NBC's SNL last season as a staff writer, will be a featured player, NBC said Thursday. Yang is co-host of a podcast, Las ... More »

Leslie Jones Won't Be Back for SNL's 45th Season

Sources say she is concentrating on Hollywood career

(Newser) - The incomparable Leslie Jones will not be returning for the 45th season of Saturday Night Live. The comedian, writer, and Ghostbuster is leaving the show after five seasons to concentrate on her Hollywood career, which includes several film projects and a reboot of Supermarket Sweep, EW reports. Sources tell Variety... More »

SNL Hosts to Include Long-Gone Eddie Murphy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kristen Stewart also named

(Newser) - Eddie Murphy will at least pause his feud with Saturday Night Live long enough to host an episode this year. The comedian joined the cast in 1980, when he was 18, rising to fame and then moving on in 1984. He hosted a show before he left, despite being in... More »

SNL Channels Its Inner Queen

Alec Baldwin returns as President Trump, cast is havin' such a good time in Cold Open

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as President Trump, only this time he brought his inner rock star, channeling Queen in a parody of "Don't Stop Me Now." He was joined by Cecily Strong as Melania Trump, Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Aidy Bryant as Sarah... More »

SNL Translates Mom-Speak for You

'Splendid' is really rather complicated and all-encompassing in the UK

(Newser) - President Trump did not escape as the target of Saturday Night Live's latest Cold Open, but the sweeter, funnier bit came during guest-host Emma Thompson's opening monologue. Joined the SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the trio proceeded to translate what your mother really means when she'... More »

An Old Hand Stops By SNL, Pays Tribute to a Comrade

Adam Sandler returns with a salute to Chris Farley

(Newser) - Some two and a half decades after his Saturday Night Live heyday, Adam Sandler returned to his old stomping grounds—and took the opportunity to pay tribute to his former castmate, Chris Farley. In typical Sandler fashion, he did so in song, and the Washington Post notes that it will... More »

SNL Tackles College Admissions Scandal

And Michael Keaton shows up as Julian Assange

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live gave President Trump a rare night off in its latest Cold Open, focusing instead on the college admissions scandal and Julian Assange's arrest. Opening with jail inmates bragging about their misdeeds, Kate McKinnon as Lori Loughlin says, "You think that’s insane? I paid 500... More »

Leave My Chicken Alone, Girl Tells SNL

Show joked about unusual pet's custom wheelchair

(Newser) - A Vermont girl isn't happy that her disabled pet chicken was joked about on Saturday Night Live. The chicken, named Granite Heart, is learning to walk with a custom wheelchair, per the AP . On a recent SNL episode, the television show's "Weekend Update" co-host said she should... More »

Jon Snow Gets Trolled on SNL

'Game of Thrones' star sees some old friends stop by his monologue

(Newser) - Kit Harington hosted the latest episode of Saturday Night Live ahead of the hotly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones, and some old pals dropped by his opening monologue, reports the Washington Post . Even Harington's co-stars had questions, including Emilia Clarke, who asked, "Can you just give... More »

Familiar Face to Host SNL for First Time

Adam Sandler returns in May

(Newser) - Adam Sandler was one of Saturday Night Live's biggest breakout stars from the 1990s, but he's never been back to host. That changes next month, per the Hollywood Reporter . Sandler will host the May 4 show, with musical guest Shawn Mendes. The actor/comedian joined SNL in 1990 as... More »

'Daddy Won!' SNL Tackles Mueller Report

Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro return to play nemeses Trump and Mueller

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live went straight for the low-hanging fruit this week with a Cold Open again featuring Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller finishing his report, Aidy Bryant as William Barr favorably summarizing it, and Alec Baldwin as President Trump tweeting his response, reports the New York Times . Case in... More »

Comics: SNL Ripped Us Off

2 NYC comedians say 2 different sketches were a little too close to their own work

(Newser) - Live from New York, it's ... apparently a repeat, of sorts. Two New York City comedians contend that a couple of sketches the show has aired are plagiarized from sketches they posted to their YouTube channel years ago. Nick Ruggia and Ryan Hoffman have lawyered up and sent NBC a... More »

SNL Guns for R. Kelly Interview

Say Devil has 'Nice horns. Gives good advice'

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live took the week off from dogging President Trump and went after R. Kelly's interview with Gayle King in its Cold Open, with Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones playing Kelly and King. Thompson repeatedly asked to be referred to as "Victim"—which Jones immediately declined—... More »

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