On ‘S.N.L.,’ Biden Urges Covid-Weary Nation to Stop Seeing ‘Spider-Man’

The “West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose hosted the first new “S.N.L.” of 2022, after its last episode of 2021 was disrupted by the pandemic.

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John Bowman, Comedy Writer With a Knack for Crossing Over, Dies at 64

A white writer who left a corporate job, he became known for working on series with Black stars like Keenen Ivory Wayans and Martin Lawrence.

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Betty White, a TV Fixture for Seven Decades, Is Dead at 99

Among the many highlights of a career that began in 1949 were star turns on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s and “Saturday Night Live” in 2010.

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Paul Rudd Hosts a Year-End ‘S.N.L.’ Disrupted by the Omicron Variant

“Saturday Night Live” sought to persevere with an episode featuring special guests, but no musical performer and only two regular cast members.

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Kate McKinnon Returns to ‘S.N.L.’ as Dr. Anthony Fauci

McKinnon wasted no time playing numerous roles in a “Saturday Night Live” episode in which Billie Eilish was both host and musical guest.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

A Kennedy Center Honors With the Presidential Box Used as Intended

Former President Donald J. Trump did not attend the tribute, but President Biden was on hand as Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, Justino Díaz and Lorne Michaels were honored.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Weighs In on the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

This weekend’s broadcast, hosted by Simu Liu, also included some helpful Thanksgiving tips and, uh, Dog Head Man.

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‘S.N.L.’ Gives Ted Cruz His Own Version of ‘Sesame Street’

The sketch show, hosted this weekend by Jonathan Majors, also featured a 10-minute performance from the musical guest Taylor Swift.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Introduces a New Donald Trump

James Austin Johnson took on the role of Trump in an episode that also featured appearances by Dionne Warwick and Tracy Morgan. Kieran Culkin of “Succession” was the host.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Jason Sudeikis Returns to Play Joe Biden on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Sudeikis, the “Ted Lasso” star and “S.N.L.” alum, revisited some of the characters and sketch formats he popularized as a cast member on the show.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes on the N.F.L.’s Jon Gruden Scandal

An episode hosted by Rami Malek also featured appearances from his “No Time to Die” co-star Daniel Craig.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Kim Kardashian West Takes Aim at Herself in ‘S.N.L.’ Monologue

Kardashian West hosted an episode featuring the musical guest Halsey and a parade of celebrity cameos that included John Cena, Chris Rock and Amy Schumer.

#buckingham-lindsey, #cena-john, #halsey, #kardashian-kim, #rock-chris, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

‘Saturday Night Live’ Returns With a New President Biden

James Austin Johnson, a new cast member, played the president in the cold open. “S.N.L.” also paid tribute to Norm Macdonald, the former Weekend Update anchor, who died last month.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

For Al Franken, a Comeback Attempt Goes Through Comedy Clubs

Onstage, the ex-senator and “S.N.L.” star doesn’t exactly address his fall from grace. But he doesn’t not address it either. Asked if he’ll run again, he is noncommittal.

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Ego Nwodim Used to Be Obsessed With Jay-Z. Now She Is Again

The ‘S.N.L.’ comedian talked about navigating life with ‘The Four Agreements’ and why “The Town” will always be her favorite movie.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #jay-z, #nwodim-ego, #saturday-night-live-tv-program

‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast: Who is Leaving and Who is Staying for Season 47

Other “S.N.L.” veterans including Pete Davidson, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon will return to the show, which is adding three new featured players.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Here’s Why Norm Macdonald Was Comedy Royalty. It’s Not ‘S.N.L.’

He may have been best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” but he should be really remembered for decades of club sets and you-can’t-miss-this clips.

#comedy-and-humor, #hitlers-dog-gossiptrickery-tv-program, #macdonald-norm, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Norm Macdonald, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Comedian, Dies at 61

Acerbic, sometimes controversial, he became familiar to millions as the show’s “Weekend Update” anchor from 1994 to 1998.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #macdonald-norm, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Is It the Weekend? Not Until He Says So.

The 18-year-old behind the viral Twitter account @CraigWeekend has offered people a routine reminder to take a load off.

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Why It’s Not The Weekend Until @CraigWeekend Says So

The 18-year-old behind the viral Twitter account @CraigWeekend has offered people a routine reminder to take a load off.

#craig-daniel, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #tesfaye-abel-weeknd, #twitter

William G. Clotworthy, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Censor, Dies at 95

A self-described “professional square,” he fell in love with the show, and worked with its writers to tweak questionable material. Cast members called him “Dr. No.”

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Herbert Schlosser, a Force Behind ‘S.N.L.’ and ‘Laugh-In,’ Dies at 95

As a top NBC executive, he wrote a memo envisioning the show that became “Saturday Night Live.” He also helped recruit Johnny Carson and oversaw a raft of hit shows.

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Cecily Strong Is Starting a New Conversation

The “Saturday Night Live” star shares the story of her pandemic experience and a life touched by grief in “This Will All Be Over Soon.”

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Michael Che’s New York State of Mind

The “Saturday Night Live” comedian talks about “Illmatic” by Nas, Richard Pryor’s stand-up and the importance of a fresh haircut.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Finale Looks Back on a Pandemic Year

The episode, hosted by Anya Taylor-Joy and featuring the musical guest Lil Nas X, let “S.N.L.” cast members (and the surprise guest Chris Rock) reflect on a challenging season.

#lil-nas-x-rapper, #montero-call-me-by-your-name-song, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #taylor-joy-anya, #television

Paul Mooney, Trailblazing Comedian, Dies at 79

Mr. Mooney, a comic writer and performer known for his work with Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, his publicist said.

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‘S.N.L.’ Is Just as Confused About the New Mask Guidelines as You Are

In the opening sketch of “Saturday Night Live,” Kate McKinnon played Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, attempting to explain the latest recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Elon Musk Hosts a Mother’s Day Episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’

The much-discussed Tesla and SpaceX executive took a self-deprecating approach, telling viewers, “I’m pretty good at running human in emulation mode.”

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‘SNL’ Gets Ready for Elon Musk

The choice to have the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire host “S.N.L.” has drawn praise, criticism and some veiled pushback from the show’s own cast members.

#che-michael, #davidson-pete-1993, #jost-colin, #musk-elon, #national-broadcasting-co, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television, #yang-bowen-1990

Elon Musk to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Musk, who runs Tesla and SpaceX, will become the rare “S.N.L.” host not from the worlds of entertainment, politics or sports.

#musk-elon, #national-broadcasting-co, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

The Long Tail of Aphex Twin’s ‘Avril 14th’

A song released 20 years ago continues to inspire curiosity and covers by classical, experimental and pop artists.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Trial

In an episode hosted by Carey Mulligan, “S.N.L.” looked at the American justice system through the lens of a fictional midday news program.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Chloé Zhao Becomes Second Woman to Win Top Directors Guild Award

The “Nomadland” filmmaker is the first woman of color to take the feature-film directing prize. She’s now the prohibitive front-runner for the Oscar.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #dweck-michael, #fogel-susanna, #glatter-lesli-linka, #homeland-movie, #kershaw-gregory-filmmaker, #marder-darius, #movies, #nomadland-movie, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #schatz-amy-filmmaker, #sound-of-metal-movie, #television, #the-queens-gambit-tv-program, #zhao-chloe

Anne Beatts, Original ‘S.N.L.’ Writer, Dies at 74

Often writing with Rosie Shuster, she created memorable sketches in the show’s early years, including ones involving those nerds Lisa and Todd.

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On ‘S.N.L.,’ Britney Spears Renders Judgment on Matt Gaetz

The episode, hosted by Daniel Kaluuya, featured Chloe Fineman as the pop singer and Pete Davidson as the scandalized congressman.

#kaluuya-daniel, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

In ‘Chad,’ Nasim Pedrad Embraces Her Inner Teen Boy

Pedrad, a “Saturday Night Live” alumna, plays the title character in her TBS comedy about an awkward 14-year-old trying to fit in.

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On ‘S.N.L.’, Maya Rudolph Hosts a Unity Seder as Kamala Harris

The “Saturday Night Live” alumna reprised her role as Vice President Kamala Harris in a sketch that also featured Alex Moffat’s return as President Biden.

#rudolph-maya, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #short-martin, #television, #yang-bowen-1990

On ‘S.N.L.,’ Dr. Fauci Hosts ‘So You Think You Can Get the Vaccine’

The satirical game show on “Saturday Night Live” also lampooned Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California.

#jonas-nick, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

On ‘S.N.L.’, Fictional Britney Spears Seeks Apologies From Cruz, Cuomo and Carano

“Saturday Night Live” gave several famous people the chance to say sorry on an episode hosted by Regé-Jean Page of “Bridgerton.”

#bad-bunny-singer, #cruz-ted, #cuomo-andrew-m, #rege-jean-page, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #spears-britney, #television

‘S.N.L.’ Imagines a Victory Lap After Trump’s Acquittal

The opening sketch on “Saturday Night Live” presented satirical remarks from Republican allies like Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Throws a Super Bowl Party With Host Dan Levy

The episode also featured a guest appearance from Eugene Levy and offered an unusual use for Zillow.com.

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‘S.N.L.’ Takes on Marjorie Taylor Greene and GameStop

In its first episode of 2021, “Saturday Night Live” and guest host John Krasinski also addressed the Capitol riot, Covid vaccines and the start of the Biden administration.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

Kristen Wiig on “Wonder Woman 1984” and Cheetah

Getting to play Cheetah was even better for the “Saturday Night Live” star, who loves superhero movies: “It was huge on my list of things I wanted to do.”

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Finds a New Joe Biden After Jim Carrey Exits

Alex Moffat became the latest “S.N.L.” cast member to portray Biden, following Carrey’s announcement that he was stepping down from the role.

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The Best TV Episodes of 2020

Jackie Daytona. Dave Chappelle’s monologue. John Wilson’s risotto lesson. These are the episodes that cut through the clutter this year.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Sends Up Fauci and Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

The episode, hosted by Timothée Chalamet, also featured musical performances by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

#chalamet-timothee, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #springsteen-bruce, #television

‘S.N.L.’ Parodies Rudy Giuliani and Melissa Carone’s Disastrous Hearing

Cecily Strong took center stage in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch playing a real-life figure who had already reminded viewers of one of her best-known characters.

#bateman-jason, #melissa-carone, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #strong-cecily, #television, #wallen-morgan

‘Belushi’ Finds the Sensitive Man Inside the Wild Persona

The new Showtime documentary aims to present a more complex view of John Belushi, the tragically fated star of “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers” and “S.N.L.,” beyond the stunts and hard partying.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Sends Off Trump With a Ballad

The host Dave Chappelle, who also hosted the first episode after the 2016 election, urged Americans to “find a way to forgive each other.”

#chappelle-dave, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

On ‘S.N.L.’, Jim Carrey Reads a Spooky Election Update of ‘The Raven’

Carrey appeared in his recurring role as Joe Biden in a Halloween episode hosted by the “Saturday Night Live” alum John Mulaney and featuring the Strokes as the musical guest.

#carrey-jim, #mulaney-john, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #strokes-the-music-group, #television