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

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Jesse Dittmar

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.

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‘SNL’ Scorecard: Charlize Theron And The Exploding Whales

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Save for a few moments (basically when whales weren’t exploding), last night’s Charlize Theron-hosted ‘SNL’ was … not great. Something just felt off for almost the entire show. Perhaps it’s the realization that this long season is almost finally over, but, for the most part, everyone just looked tired. There certainly was an energy missing in the studio last night. And Theron seemed to be genuinely trying, but, for whatever reason, not a lot was working. And there were times it almost seemed like the show was trying to kill time – I can’t remember the last time I watched a member of the band give a guitar solo while precious time clicked away (and, not surprisingly, there are THREE unaired sketches from dress on Hulu this morning). Hold on tight, as we fly off to the penultimate Scorecard of the season…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: “Bruce Willis”

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Bruce Willis returns to host 'SNL' for the first time since 1989, which is a pretty huge deal if you ask us. What's kept John McClane away from the 'SNL' stage for so long?! Whatever the reason, we're glad ol' Bruno is back to make us laugh, but a lot has changed since his last time hosting. So how did Willis fare on tonight's episode? Read on for our breakdown of his hosting duties.

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‘SNL’ Adds Tina Fey to the Cast of ‘Girls’

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'SNL' has never been shy about taking on some of the most popular and controversial topics in the modern world, so it's about time it finally got around to making fun of HBO's divisive 'Girls.' In a fake promo for a new season of Lena Dunham's acclaimed show, guest host Tina Fey and the rest of the cast propose some changes to the program's dynamic that we can't help but wish would actually come to pass.

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A History of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Premieres

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'SNL' returns for its 39th season (!!) on September 28 with Tina Fey hosting and Arcade Fire as a musical guest. Our sister site, GuySpeed, looked back at all the previous 38 season premieres of 'SNL' with some pretty fascinating results.

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Live From New York: The ‘Saturday Night Live’ Movies That Almost Happened

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Find out what happened to proposed movies for Stefon, Hans and Franz, Dieter and other once beloved recurring 'SNL' sketches.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: “Kristen Wiig”

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Former cast member Kristen Wiig returns to the 'SNL' stage tonight for the first time since her departure last year. But can she live up to the hype? Read on for our review of tonight's episode.

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You’ve Got to Watch SNL’s Fake New Balance Commerical

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Even after all of these years, SNL does fake commercials better than everyone else. However, last night's New Balance commercial parody is the cream of the crop -- it's hard to remember the last time the show made a fake ad that was this funny and spot-on. Check it out below.

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SNL: Martha Stewart Joins Match.com

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The past week has seen no shortage of jokes concerning Martha Stewart joining Match.com, but there was no way SNL wasn't going to get in on this action. After all, what kind of comedy variety show would it be if it didn't let one of the cast members break out a Martha Stewart impression?

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: “Zach Galifianakis”

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Zach Galifianakis returns to host 'SNL' and hopefully revive the show after a couple of episodes that weren't so great. But how does the bearded funny man do on his second go-round? Read on for our review!

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