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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Cheers to Woody Harrelson

Six episodes into the 40th anniversary year of Saturday Night Live, one thing is clear. Though the show itself might be slowly emerging from the oft-cited “transition year,” the institution still has meaning—especially to the guest hosts who initially visited in the show’s heyday. Thus far, three of the guests—Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Woody Harrelson—first hosted the show in the previous century. Two others, in addition to Rock, of course—Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader—are SNL alums. [Unconfirmed rumor: The show lobbied hard for Bill Murray to host the season premiere.] Conclusion is, SNL is working hard to get back to its roots.

The sad news is that we had to bid sayonara to one of our favorites during the first round of this season’s Mr. Saturday Night contest, in which we vote for the best host. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Let the 4th annual vote begin!

With Saturday Night Live celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, we’ve already spent a lot of time reflecting on the show’s biggest all-time stars and funniest sketches. But fairly or unfairly, the success of every Saturday Night Live episode depends not on the show’s ensemble, but on a given episode’s celebrity host—who’s put through a live-comedy wringer that can be as exhilarating and unforgiving as Indiana Jones’ race through the booby-trapped South American temple in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Obviously, it’s the cast and the writers’ responsibility to put the host in position to thrive. With one false move, he or she can get crushed by a bad joke or lifeless reading—the SNL equivalent of a giant stampeding boulder.

Still, not all hosts are created equal. There’s a reason there’s both a Five-Timer’s Club—Alec Baldwin! Justin Timberlake! Steve Martin!—and a less-tony One-Timer’s Club. (Shall we call the latter the Louise Lasser Club? Or does Milton Berle deserve that infamy?) Today, five episodes into SNL‘s 40th season, EW begins its fourth annual Mr. Saturday Night contest—in which voters determine the best host of the current season. Previous seasons have crowned Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake, and Fallon again, which I think both validates the current voting process and invites us to consider some fresh blood. READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this week-talk about it here!

Tonight’s episode of SNL will have everything.

Okay, maybe not. But after a shaky start, a visit from a beloved former cast member might be just what season 40 needs to get back on track. And Bill Hader isn’t just one of the show’s best-known recent alumni—he’s among the most skillful, versatile players in SNL history. Some would even call him the show’s best cast member ever; no less an authority than Bill Murray is one of those people. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader tease reporter in interview gone wrong

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This is one of the reasons why press screenings were invented.

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Bill Hader discusses the origins of Stefon on 'Seth Meyers'

There was a miniature SNL reunion last Monday night when Bill Hader stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to reminisce about the good times he had playing the delirious and beloved character, Stefon. READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader on his Phoebe Cates crush will make you miss Bill Hader

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Former Saturday Night Live costars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig reunite to play suicidal estranged siblings in the new movie The Skeleton Twins—which is and isn’t a comedy, according to EW‘s favorable review. What is 100 percent pure comedy: Hader taking EW‘s Pop Culture Personality Test.

Watch the video and read the transcript below to hear about his first celebrity crush, his first line of dialogue in a high school production, how he could tell if a writer was new to SNL, and what music failed to impress girls when he was young. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' finale recap: School's out, but not before Andy Samberg's class reunion

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What did you think of SNL‘s 39th season?

Maybe, instead, we should begin with a different question: What did SNL itself think of its 39th season?

The answer: Not much, if Saturday’s finale was any indication. Any time a former cast member hosts the show, we’re guaranteed to see a barrage of cameos from fellow alumni. But the sheer volume of ex-repertory players that showed up last night — and stuck around, taking up more attention and screen time than some new featured players have gotten all season — made the finale feel more like an unearned victory lap than a standalone episode. We already know that Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are funny — but if SNL is going to survive into its fifth decade, which begins next fall, the show needs to consider its future as well as its past. You’ve got to feel for John Milhiser, Brooks Wheelan, Beck Bennett, Noël Wells, and Mike O’Brien, who might as well have stayed home Saturday night. (Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, and, of course, Colin Jost, who’s the show’s head writer as well as Weekend Update anchor: Breathe easy. You guys are safe for next season.)

Speaking of SNL‘s past: Host Andy Samberg was fine, if not a dynamo like fellow alumni hosts Maya Rudolph and Jimmy Fallon. His live sketch work had highs (Nicolas Cage!!) and lows (that 2 Chainz thing, which… what?); the same went for his two (count ‘em: two!) Digital Shorts, which were amusing if not at the level of the Lonely Island’s best work. We can, however, credit Samberg with catalyzing the night’s… READ FULL STORY

Seth Meyers remembers his wedding to Stefon on 'Late Night' -- VIDEO

It’s already been a whole year since Seth Meyers and Stefon ran away together on Bill Hader’s final episode of Saturday Night Live – but Meyers remembers the wedding like it was yesterday.

“He was emotional, and I was emotional, and we’re sitting there, holding hands and almost crying, and he’s got a wedding veil, and I’m like, ‘This is a lot like an actual wedding,’” Meyers recalled on Late Night Thursday evening. “And then a few months later, I got actual married, to my current, real, human wife. And then when we got married? Nothing. Just nothing.”

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Bill Hader never watched his 'SNL' sketches: 10 things we learned from his 'Daily Beast' Q&A

When we learned of Bill Hader’s departure from Saturday Night Live last May, we mourned the loss of Hader classics like Herb Welch, James Carville and of course, a little New York club-hopping aficionado named Stefon. And we’ll only continue to mourn his exit as SNL comes back on air.

But in the meantime, we can accompany Hader on his trip down memory lane in his latest Q&A with The Daily Beast. In it, the SNL veteran shares some of his favorite moments from his eight years on the show, from meeting Kanye West after his first show to rehearsing late into the night on Fridays. Here are our top 10 revelations from the interview: READ FULL STORY

'Clear History': HBO movie's 'Curb'-iest moments

Watching an HBO one-off starring Larry David and Jon Hamm was such a no-brainer for me that I think I expected to like it too much. Clear History — which first aired Saturday night and is available now on HBO Go — works better as an extended all-star episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm than as a full-length feature.

But would any Curb fan turn down a feature-length episode? Hell to the no! The film’s complicated backstory and confusing arc (are we really to believe the cantankerous Rolly –  basically Larry David playing himself — is considered the nicest guy on Martha’s Vineyard?) can be overlooked if you decide to just sit back and enjoy the performances from David, Hamm, and co-stars Kate Hudson, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Bill Hader, Michael Keaton, J.B. Smoove, Philip Baker Hall, and an uncredited Liev Schreiber. (Maybe he thought Ray Donovan would put a hit out on him if he figured out he’d jumped from Showtime to HBO to play a long-haired Chechnyan criminal?)

Below, Clear History‘s Curb-iest moments:
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