Colin Jost

McKinnon, Kenan and Every Other SNL Star Staying Put for Season 42

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 23, 2016 @ 7:13 PM
NBC
SNL sailed from the 40th anniversary into Season 41 rather smoothly, though the waters roughened in recent weeks with the departures of Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Jon Rudnitsky. Thankfully, it’s clear skies ahead for Season 42, as the rest of the beloved cast will be staying aboard. Sailing metaphors!

SNL ‘Weekend Update’ Brings ‘Pokemon GO’ and Kate McKinnon to the RNC

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick July 21, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
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Not that the Republican National Convention lacked for its own special breed of entertainment night after night, but the political arena at least managed to bring SNL out of summer break early. Watch Colin Jost and Michael Che bring Weekend Update to Cleveland with the requisite Pokémon GO sketch you never wanted, plus bonus Kate McKinnon!

Watch SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ Hit the Republican National Convention

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick July 20, 2016 @ 4:47 PM
NBC
SNL won’t return for Season 41 until at least September, but considering their comparatively light workloads, Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che are ending their summer breaks early to take on the political conventions. Ahead of a more classic Weekend Update, however, watch as Jost and Che take to the streets of Cleveland for some fun at the RNC’s expense.

SNL’s Colin Jost and Michael Che Will ‘Weekend Update’ the Conventions

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick July 18, 2016 @ 5:37 PM
NBC
No late-night comedians could easily resist the call of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and it looks like SNL will be getting in on the fun as well. Long before Season 42 hits NBC, Colin Jost and Michael Che will bring special editions of Weekend Update to MSNBC for both events.

Here’s Why Colin Jost Stepped Down as SNL Head Writer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 11, 2015 @ 10:11 AM
NBC
The behind-the-scenes workings of SNL could fill a TV series all their own (in fact, they have!), but many a fan were caught off guard to learn that young head writer Colin Jost would step down from his position, following an already somewhat controversial tenure. Now, Jost opens up about the decision, hoping freedom will grant him a second wind at the revered NBC sketch series.

Colin Jost Steps Down as Head SNL Writer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 20, 2015 @ 11:05 AM
NBC
SNL co-head writer Colin Jost has been something of a polarizing figure, rising through the writers’ ranks, taking over as head Weekend Update anchor from Seth Meyers, and subsequently replacing co-host Cecily Strong with comedian Michael Che. Now, a surprising shift has occurred behind the scenes, as Jost has abdicated his role as co-head writer to fellow heads Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker.

'SNL' Scorecard: Sarah Silverman Will Sit On Your Lap

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by Mike Ryan October 5, 2014 @ 10:50 AM
NBC
The energy level from last week’s ‘SNL’ season premiere wasn’t quite there with Saturday night's Sarah Silverman hosted effort. It was almost like last week felt like “we’ve got a cast we’re proud off; let’s show it off!” and this week was almost a little more experimental. (I realize, most likely, none of this was intentional.) Silverman was good in the respect that it at least appeared she was certainly trying, but sometimes stumbled over some lines (hosting ‘SNL’ isn’t easy!) and she would go back and forth from looking, at times, confident – obviously she was comfortable doing her standup act in the monologue -- and, at other times, looking a little off ... which all seems really reasonable. Oh, hey, here’s a scorecard for your Sunday morning...

'SNL' Weekend Update: Cecily Strong "Genuinely Happy" About Replacement

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 14, 2014 @ 9:16 PM
NBC
Last Thursday saw a uniquely surprising shift in 'SNL''s upcoming 40th anniversary season, as senior "Weekend Update" host Cecily Strong was relieved from the desk, and replaced with writer Michael Che alongside head writer Colin Jost. Many had taken the swap as an unfair slight against Strong in favor of Jost's writer seniority, though now Strong herself has spoken out on her feelings toward the "Weekend Update" shakeup.

'SNL' Weekend Update Shakeup: 'The Daily Show's Michael Che Replacing Cecily Strong

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 11, 2014 @ 9:26 PM
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We'd known that 'SNL' would need some additional fine-tuning after shedding some of the dead weight of season 39, but where writer Colin Jost had replaced "Weekend Update"s departed Seth Meyers alongside Cecily Strong, an unexpected shakeup has emerged. Strong will step down from the Update desk, remaining an 'SNL' regular, while 'Daily Show' correspondent and 'SNL' writer Michael Che will become Jost's new co-anchor.

'SNL' Scorecard: Andy Samberg Brings Back The Old Gang For The Season Finale

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by Mike Ryan May 18, 2014 @ 10:33 AM
The truth is, I don’t particularly enjoy reviewing ‘Saturday Night Live’ – something I’ve done now for four full seasons at three different outlets. Now, I’ve loved the show for my entire life and I love writing about the show, but it’s not easy to be critical of what these people do every week because it really is remarkable what they can pull off in less than one week on live television. (I’ve attended ‘SNL’ twice: Once in 2009 and then again for dress rehearsal last night. Watching the organized chaos that unfolds in person is almost overwhelming.)
The 2013-2014 season is now over and, no, it won’t go down in history as one of the better seasons in ‘SNL’ history. The show has lost too many stars over the past couple of years to recover that quickly, but they will recover. They always do. ‘SNL’ has always leaned heavily on recurring sketches, but what’s weird is how many recurring sketches are in rotation right now that not that many people love. When you think back, there’s always been a ‘Church Lady’ or ‘Wayne’s World’ or ‘Cheerleaders’ or ‘Stefon’ – but now, they don’t have that, and without that it’s been hard to sustain an identity.