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SNL Ranked: Michael Keaton Gets Wonderfully Weird

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by Britt Hayes April 5, 2015 @ 9:38 AM
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Coming off the major acclaim (and major awards buzz) for Birdman, Michael Keaton returns to host SNL for the third time in his long and varied career. Keaton possesses a great deal of comedic sensibility, and his hosting gig this weekend almost seems a bit tardy, given his recent career resurgence. Better late than never. How did Keaton fare back on the SNL stage? Read on for your weekly sketch rankings!

SNL Casts Michael Keaton in One Very Strange Teen Movie

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by Jacob Hall April 5, 2015 @ 9:32 AM
Mike O’Brien is one of SNL’s greatest secret weapons, a writer and performer whose truly unique voice shines through the show’s usual template. When he’s given total control of a digital short, it’s a genuine cause for celebration. His work feels less like just another sketch or parody, but more like an actual, full-fledged short film escaped into the show’s line-up.

SNL Lets ‘The Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Crash “Weekend Update”

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by Jacob Hall April 5, 2015 @ 9:18 AM
Since The Walking Dead just ended its fifth season and it’s still one of the biggest shows in the history of television, it makes sense that SNL would pause to talk about it. After all, what good is the “Weekend Update” segment if the anchors don’t occasionally stop to talk about what’s big in popular culture? And what good is SNL if it can’t get one of the most popular actors from The Walking Dead to stop by for a minute-long cameo?

SNL Pulls a ‘Going Clear’ and Goes After Scientology

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by Jacob Hall April 5, 2015 @ 8:58 AM
With the HBO documentary Going Clear currently making waves with its brutal expose on Scientology’s founders and members, it only makes sense that SNL would take a few shots at the world’s most controversial religion while it’s down. The show’s method of commenting on a pretty harrowing and horrifying case is genuinely brilliant: the show’s cast has assembled for a 25 year old music video extolling the virtues of a religion called “Neurotology,” which has been updated with annotations on the current situations of the many participants.

SNL Asks Michael Keaton to Play Batman and Beetlejuice Again

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by Jacob Hall April 5, 2015 @ 8:48 AM
Most of the time, the SNL opening monologue is a formality and a tradition, a road bump on the way to the actual good parts of an episode. It feels like something the guest host does because he has to, not because anyone on the writing staff actually had a good idea. And that’s why last night’s monologue was such a joyous surprise: it was not only the best monologue of the season, but the best sketch of the whole night.

SNL Preview: Michael Keaton Gives the Worst Promos Anyone’s Ever Seen

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 1, 2015 @ 10:55 AM
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This past weekend’s SNL installment with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave a shot of franchise Viagra to Season 40, but will Michael Keaton manage to keep it up? The first promos for the Birdman star’s third SNL outing have arrived, and in case you were wondering, yes, he’s still Batman too.

SNL Ranked: Dwayne Johnson Truly Is Franchise Viagra

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by Britt Hayes March 29, 2015 @ 9:26 AM
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SNL returns with an all-new episode, bringing Dwayne Johnson back to, uh, rock the stage for the fourth time as guest host. Johnson has charisma almost as big as his formidable biceps, and it’s always a treat to see him flex his comedic muscles. Okay, enough with the brawny puns. Johnson really delivers on his promise in this week’s episode, which is, aside from a couple of hiccups, almost entirely perfect. Read on for your weekly SNL sketch rankings.

‘SNL’ Lets Dwayne Johnson Cut a Really Weird Wrestling Promo

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by Jacob Hall March 29, 2015 @ 9:03 AM
As a former pro wrestler, Dwayne Johnson has plenty of experience cutting promos where he lays the verbal smackdown on his opponents. But what if he took things a little too far? That’s the premise of this delightful SNL sketch, which finds The Rock cutting the promo that crosses the line early on and never strops running.

‘SNL’: Dwayne Johnson Sings About Being “Franchise Viagra”

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by Jacob Hall March 29, 2015 @ 8:57 AM
It has been a regular joke for a few years now that any struggling franchise just needs to bring Dwayne Johnson into the fold if it wants to regain relevance, but thanks to SNL, we now know that he is very aware of the joke. While guest hosting the world’s most famous live sketch comedy show, Johnson devoted his entire monologue to crooning a song about how he’s “franchise viagra.”

‘SNL’: Dwayne Johnson Returns as President “The Rock” Obama

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by Jacob Hall March 29, 2015 @ 8:50 AM
There are few impersonations on SNL we enjoy as much as Jay Pharoah’s President Barack Obama, the chief subject of the latest episode’s cold open. But in a nice twist, the leader of the free world soon finds himself transforming into a monster of a man. Did you really think SNL would get Dwayne Johnson to guest host and not bring back The Rock Obama?