Back in those optimistic days of 2015, SNL made a trumpeting announcement that Taran Killam would succeed series vet Darrell Hammond under Donald Trump’s famous hair, though the impression seemed to have been retired with the presidential candidate’s actual hosting. Hammond has resumed the role ever since, with Killam shifting into the role of Texas senator Ted Cruz, though it seems SNL had in mind to tap Jimmy Fallon’s Trump impression in December, before returning the role to Hammond.
The moment Adam Driver was announced as the first SNL host of 2016, we knew a Star Wars: The Force Awakens sketch would be coming, and the NBC mainstay didn’t disappoint. Spoofing Undercover Boss with Kylo Ren was delightful, but who knew Driver had such a tough time keeping a straight face? Watch this SNL behind-the-scenes video to see for yourself.
Sure, there are lots of kids and teens buying Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, but a long, long time ago in a galaxy that is actually this one, Star Wars belonged to another group of nerds — and those nerds are not going to let today’s kids take ownership of their fandom so easily, especially when these kids don’t know that action figures should STAY. IN. THE. BOX.
Ever the human punchline, Donald Trump has braved some of his staunchest comedy critics in pursuit of the 2016 presidency. The blowhard billionaire even made headlines with which SNL player would tackle the role in Season 41, but all bets are off when “The Donald” himself hosts an upcoming November outing.
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?
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.
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.
The variety show has historically proven a tough sell in recent years, but NBC certainly isn’t giving up, and Neil Patrick Harris might well be the man to make it work. The first promos for NPH’s Best Time Ever have arrived, featuring the likes of HIMYM alum Cobie Smulders, Jane Krakowski, ziplining and much more.
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’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.