The unfortunate and untimely death of the great Jan Hooks this past week sent the comedy world into mourning, with countless writers and comics stepping forward to pay tribute to the late 'SNL' star. It could have been easy for this week's new episode to gloss over the passing of one of their own (it is a comedy show, after all), but 'SNL' has always been a slightly class institution -- it remembers those who came before.
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Although 'SNL' previously parodied all the movie adaptations of the most obscure young-adult novels, all past sketches have nothing on 'The Group Hopper.' It's one thing to dress the cast in 'Hunger Games' outfits and make fun of one of the biggest movie franchises in the world. It's another thing altogether to create a fake movie trailer for a fake new franchise and make it seem strangely plausible while eviscerating every movie of this kind out there.
When it was announced that the great Bill Hader would be returning to 'SNL' to host this week's episode, everyone crossed their fingers and hoped for one thing: the glorious return of Stefon. And lo and behold, the comedy gods answered and the greatest character in modern 'Saturday Night Live' graced 'Weekend Update' yet again.
Steve Carell is a man of many talents -- just look at his acting range -- but his prodigious gifts are not just limited to his work on the screen. This is a guy who can do everything with style, grace, and humor -- like catching grapes in his mouth on national television and weaving a believable tale about his molting pet salamander Anderson Cooper.
How are you celebrating the imminent return of 'The Walking Dead,' everyone's favorite weekly zombie blood-and-brains fest? Did you kick off a binge watch? Send out a joyful tweet? Perhaps you reset the DVR settings? That's all well and good, but it's nothing compared to what 'The Tonight Show' rolled out in celebration: a niftily conceived supercut. Uh, set to the tune of the 'Welcome Back, Kotter' theme song.
If you enjoyed Jared Leto's take on the 'Intense Staredown' segment from 'The Tonight Show' -- okay, it was good, it really was -- you're going to love Robert Downey Jr.'s spin. 'The Judge' star hit the show last night to chat about all kinds of things with host Jimmy Fallon, but the uncontested highlight of his visit was the truly intense stare-off between the two.
Attention, animal lovers! We've got a brand-new ambassador of adorableness for you to honor. Kristen Stewart hit 'The Tonight Show' to talk about her latest film, the drama 'Camp X-Ray,' and host Jimmy Fallon couldn't pass up the chance to ask her about the latest addition to her family. Turns out, Stewart is a big animal fan, and she's recently expanded her dog brood to include a new -- and very lucky -- little pup.
Have you ever wondered what Gotham City is really like? (For the sake of this exercise, please ignore that the city is a fictitious comic book construction.) Do the people there really care about Batman? What else does the city have to offer both residents and visitors? Is it nice? Where is it located? All these questions and more...well, might not be actually answered by this hilarious 'Late Night With Seth Meyers' sketch, but it comes pretty close.
'Ew!' is for sure one of Jimmy Fallon's most entertaining bits. Even with all the game-heavy fair permeating his 'Tonight Show,' one can never really get tired of seeing Fallon and the evening's celebrity guests pulling off some sassy-teenage-girl realness. However, this time around, Fallon took things up a notch by transforming the popular sketch series into a music video with will.i.am.
Jennifer Garner is extremely good at Catchphrase. The 'Men, Women & Children' actress hit 'The Tonight Show' last night to chat about a variety of things -- from her new film to, oops, that one time her entire family got head lice -- but she really hit her stride when it was time to play Catchphrase with host Jimmy Fallon.