Kyle Mooney

SNL Preview: Taraji P. Henson Slaps the ‘Empire’ Out of Taran Killam

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 8, 2015 @ 11:04 AM
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This past weekend's SNL with Birdman star Michael Keaton kept Dwayne Johnson's franchise viagra going strong, but will Taraji P. Henson make a true Empire out of the NBC sketch comedy's landmark 40th season? Find out in the slap-tastic first promos for this weekend's next SNL!

SNL Teases ‘50 Shades’ Sequel in Cut Sketch, Taran Killam Defends ISIS Bit

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick March 3, 2015 @ 12:01 PM
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SNL’s Saturday return didn’t quite get everyone talking as much as the 40th anniversary special, but still left us with a few teasing bits to enjoy. Not only does a new deleted sketch reveal a first look at the 50 Shades of Grey sequel, but so too has cast vet Taran Killam come out in defense of the controversial ISIS sketch.

SNL and Dakota Johnson Take You to the Weirdest ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Press Junket

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by Jacob Hall March 1, 2015 @ 8:52 AM
With Dakota Johnson guest hosting, last night’s SNL had no shortage of 50 Shades of Grey jokes. For her part, Johnson seemed equally bemused and embarrassed by her controversial new hit, rolling with whatever the show threw at her and always coming out looking far better than her naysayers expected. Her ability to make fun of herself and the film that has turned her into an overnight movie star really came together in the only sketch of the night that required her to play herself.

SNL 40: Watch Kyle Mooney’s Hilariously Awkward Interview Segment That Didn’t Make the Cut

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by Britt Hayes February 20, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
SNL’s 40th anniversary special had some real ups and downs (even “Californians” defenders can agree that sketch went on way too long), but it possibly could have benefitted from this Kyle Mooney segment, which was sadly cut for time. Mooney, who often plays socially inept/awkward characters in his SNL sketches, does his recurring bit where he interviews passerby on the streets of New York, this time about SNL’s 40th anniversary. Oddly enough, he seems to find plenty of people who are unaware of the show, as well as some who hilariously lack knowledge about a show they claim to enjoy.

'SNL' Introduces the World's Most Polite Bank Robbers

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by Jacob Hall November 2, 2014 @ 9:33 AM
As is often the case these days, the funniest sketch on last night's episode of 'SNL' wasn't built around the guest host or a celebrity impersonation. In fact, this one doesn't even feature host Chris Rock. It does, however, feature Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney in two the lead roles, only further cementing them as the funniest guys on this show at the moment.

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

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by Mike Ryan May 19, 2014 @ 2:16 PM
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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.'

Rick Shoulders, Sad Mouse and the Bizarre Sincerity Of SNL's Mike O'Brien

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by Mike Ryan May 13, 2014 @ 10:08 AM
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Last summer, ‘Saturday Night Live’ hired five new cast members to replace the large shoes left by the departures of veterans Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen – plus Tim Robinson, whose quirky style was, after just one season, reassigned to the writing staff. Those five new hires were Beck Bennett, Noël Wells, Brooks Wheelan, Kyle Mooney and John Milhiser. In January, the show added Sasheer Zamata. Then, in February, after the departure of 'SNL's' most tenured cast member, Seth Meyers, co-head writer Colin Jost joined the cast.
So, in a season filled with new faces – and a now whopping 17 cast members – competing for that ever-precious airtime, it’s notable that the new cast member who, at the very least, has had the most artistic impact on the show – and is certainly the boldest cast member this season – was introduced to the world by a nearly asterisked “promoted from the writing staff” designation...a 37-year-old actor/writer/comedian who used to go by the name Pat O’Brien.

The Most Bizarre 'SNL' Sketch of the Season Was Cut From Andrew Garfield's Show

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by Mike Ryan May 5, 2014 @ 11:31 AM
Cut from the Andrew Garfield-hosted ‘SNL’ this past weekend is one of the oddest creations from the Beck Bennett-Kyle Mooney team so far this season, a sketch titled ‘Wing.’
The only reason I’m giving this sketch special consideration is because I cannot remember the last time I felt this uncomfortable while watching a ‘SNL’ sketch while also laughing as many times as I did at details like the out-of-place, perfect '90s-style guitar riffs and non sequitur cutaways to people whitewater rafting or lions.

'SNL' Scorecard: Anna Kendrick Sings and Sings and Sings and Sings...

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by Mike Ryan April 6, 2014 @ 10:09 AM
Anna Kendrick is the perfect type of ‘SNL’ host – to the point that, as a performer, she could easily be a member of the cast. (I have no idea what her sketch writing ability is like.) Kendrick blends in with the rest of the cast so easily, it allows the show to be about the sketches and not about the host. Not to mention, she’s quite talented, which allows for a lot of singing and dancing – and there was a lot of singing and dancing last night (and a lot of Disney references). This was by far the most consistent show of the season, which makes it the best show of the season (even though I'm hesitant to use the word "best"). So much, in fact, that I wish I could set today’s Scorecard to the music of ‘Treasure Planet.’