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‘SNL’ Wishes You a Merry Christmas With the Help of “Sump’n Claus”

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by Jacob Hall December 14, 2014 @ 8:51 AM
With the latest ‘SNL’ arriving only 10 days from Christmas, a holiday sketch was inevitable. And while it must have been tempting to go down the “family dinner goes horribly wrong” route (which is basically sketch comedy 101), the show decided to go slightly more bizarre. Thanks to his brand new music video, the entire world now knows the existence of Sump’n Claus.

Why Did the Brilliant ‘Morning Show’ Sketch Get Cut From ‘SNL’?

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by Mike Ryan December 8, 2014 @ 10:39 AM
Set in St. Louis, the sketch starts with Beck Bennett as a news anchor for “News 4” (which is the CBS affiliate in St. Louis) relaying a serious presentation of current events, right before he hands it off to two morning show hosts (played by Kenan Thompson and Cecily Strong) who have an obnoxious show with an obnoxious theme song called ‘Rise and Smile.’ First, there’s no way this sketch should have been cut, but that’s a pretty obvious position to take.

'SNL' Preview: Bill Hader Scats, Sticks It to Old Man Lorne Michaels

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 8, 2014 @ 9:37 AM
NBC
This past weekend's 'SNL' with comedian Sarah Silverman brought with it a few stumbles, but what better way to return to form than with a seasoned alum? Bill Hader will return to grace the 'SNL' stage with his presence this Saturday with musical guest Hozier, the first promos of which see the 'Skeleton Twins' star catching up with Kenan Thompson on all the changes.

'SNL' Season 40: Kenan Thompson to Leave After 2015 Finale? - UPDATE

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 22, 2014 @ 1:06 PM
NBC
Heading into 'SNL''s 40th season premiere this coming weekend, we've heard plenty of additions to the cast and more than a few changes along the way, but we may already have our first major departure. A new report suggests that current senior cast member Kenan Thompson will say goodbye after the current season, leaving the 'SNL' cast behind for good.

The 10 Best 'SNL' Sketches of the 2013/2014 Season

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by Mike Ryan May 19, 2014 @ 2:16 PM
NBC
The 39th season of 'Saturday Night Live' is over. From the beginning, it was a strange season -- gone were so many of the show's powerful voices: Hader, Samberg, Wiig, Sudeikis, Armisen -- yet this allowed new voices to be heard. And that's the thing about being new on 'SNL': not everything is going to hit. But, in compiling this list of the ten best sketches from the 2013-2014 season, there were some tough choices to be made (sorry, 'Bugs'). And, sadly, for inclusion, the sketch had to have actually appeared on the live show (sorry, 'Wing').
And, yes, this list is heavy with prerecorded material as opposed to live performances. (Perhaps it's not completely fair to compare, but, this is a testament of just how strong the prerecorded sketches are in a post-'Digital Short' world.) And it's also notable that none of the best sketches were recurring sketches (though, I could see at least one of these coming back next season). So, behold: The ten best sketches from this past season of 'Saturday Night Live.'

'SNL' Season Finale Preview: Andy Samberg Touts Golden Globe Win, Frolics to Bette Midler

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick May 14, 2014 @ 1:21 PM
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http://youtu.be/Sfgrb_rMQ2s
Charlize Theron's big return to the 'SNL' stage this past weekend mostly missed the mark, save for a few bizarre-enough-to-be-funny sketches, but this Saturday's season finale already has a few Golden Globes in its pocket. 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Andy Samberg will make a long-awaited return to his 'SNL' roots to close out the season, and the first promo already feels like home.

'SNL' Preview: Melissa McCarthy Preps for the Big "Televised Man Battle with Ball"

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 29, 2014 @ 8:50 AM
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http://youtu.be/TEHzDWlUlF0
This past weekend saw 'Wolf of Wall Street' Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill bringing his A-game (and A-listers!) to 'SNL' for his third hosting gig, but can Melissa McCarthy's own third time hosting bring the heat, especially in the shadow of Super Bowl, er, "Live Ball War: The Game" Sunday? Find out in the first promos for our February 1 'SNL' installments with McCarthy and Imagine Dragons!

'SNL' Adds Sasheer Zamata as New Black Female Cast Member

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 6, 2014 @ 4:05 PM
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What, you thought Jonah Hill's third hosting gig was the 'SNL' news of the day? Nope! At long last, after a heated controversy and a nationwide search, the long-running NBC sketch comedy series has found its newest black female cast member in Upright Citizen's Brigade veteran Sasheer Zamata.

'SNL' Auditioning Black Female Cast Members After Racial Controversy

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 12, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
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'SNL''s acclaimed hosting gig with 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington may have made light of the racial controversy attached to the current season, tasking Washington with portraying a number of famous black female figures, though it seems the NBC sketch comedy series has in mind to correct the issue after all. Could a new black female comedienne join 'SNL' before the season is out?

'SNL' Diversity: Kenan Thompson Defends Casting, Says Black Female Comedians "Aren't Ready"

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 15, 2013 @ 2:29 PM
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Diversity questions have presented themselves among 'SNL''s 39-year history on multiple occasions, most recently as black cast member Jay Pharoah criticized the current cast's lacking female performers of color. Cast veteran Kenan Thompson has a different opinion however, believing most of the black female performers that have auditioned to join the cast simply weren't "ready."