Season 41 of SNL returned Miley Cyrus to the stage for a ho-hum premiere this past weekend, but all eyes are on Amy Schumer’s first hosting this coming Saturday. The first promo has arrived, already staging a Trainwreck reunion. Well, sort of.
It’s hard to dislike Taylor Swift, the rare pop star whose entire public persona seems to be built upon the fact that she’s gracious toward her passionate fans and a warrior for hard-working artists who just want to get paid for their work. It’s easy to join the cult of Taylor — even if her music isn’t for you, she seems like good people. But what happens when the entire world devotes their lives to their new pop idol master? SNL’s fake trailer for The Squad gives us an answer.
SNL has never been afraid to skewer politicians, taking aim at their policies and personal problems in equal measure. However, the show has also never been afraid to let those politicians appear on the show itself to prove that they’re good sports who can take a joke. Last night’s season premiere brought Hillary Clinton on stage to have an extended interaction with, well, Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of her.
Donald Trump feels less like an actual human being and more like a comedic monster dreamed up in the SNL writers room, so bringing him into the sketch comedy fray should have been easy. Heck, casting the generally brilliant Taran Killam as the loudmouthed Presidential hopeful is just about perfect. So how did it work out?
SNL is back! Season 41 kicks off with famed tongue-wagging pop star Miley Cyrus pulling double duty as both host and musical guest, and regardless of how you feel about her music career, the last time Cyrus hosted was a total delight. New featured player Jon Rudnitsky makes his debut in the premiere, which leans heavy on the political content and offers a decent — though not nearly great — first outing for the season. Read on for our official ranking of this week's sketches!
After a summer spent on the benches, unable to properly parody our insane election field, SNL will come out swinging. This Saturday’s Season 41 premiere with Miley Cyrus will reportedly feature democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton herself, alongside the very cast member picked to parody her.
The onslaught of fall 2015 premieres applies to more than primetime, and the not-so-ready-for-primetime players are eager to show their stuff, some moreso than others. Case in point, SNL arrives with its first Season 41 premiere promos, as Miley Cyrus pulls double duty, and threatens booty as host and musical guest.
SNL buzz of late has trended positively, between Tracy Morgan’s Emmy return ahead of an October hosting gig, or confirmation of a regularly-featured Donald Trump, but it seems a bit of turnover lies in store as well. Mike O’Brien will no longer write for SNL, nor four others, while six more have joined the staff.
We’re still about two weeks from SNL Season 41's Miley Cyrus premiere, but as anyone can imagine, the ever-enjoyable Donald Trump will prove an even more regular fixture this year, the series having missed out on months worth of parody. And lo, cast veteran Taran Killam has won the role, stepping in for SNL’s resident Trump portrayer (and current announcer) Darrell Hammond.
Alex Trebek is a cultural institution, a beacon of knowledge and grace under pressure. Everyone loves him. Which is why it’s always amusing to watch the unflappable host of Jeopardy say silly words and phrases in that reliable deadpan of his. A recent episode of the immortal game show saw him forced to say the name “Turd Ferguson,” which should amuse anyone with a passing knowledge of modern comedy.