Tonight‘s new host continues to pull out all the stops during his first week on the job. Night No. 1 brought a parade of cameos from celebrities, including Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Mike Tyson, Stephen Colbert, and, perhaps most notably, Joan Rivers — making her first Tonight appearance since Johnny Carson banned her from the program in the ’80s. (He was furious at his guest host for getting her own talk show on Fox.) Night No. 2 welcomed the return of Fallon’s Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet (singing the remix of “Ignition,” naturally), as well as a boy-band member who looked an awful lot like Kristen Wiig.
Night No. 3 followed suit, presenting a pair of videos sure to blow up on YouTube. First up, we’ve got the sequel to Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s immortal “#Hashtag,” this time starring Jonah Hill as Jimmy’s partner in Twitter speak. #Funny #NostalgiaBait #GuessWhoShowsUpIt’sMartinScorsese #SpoilerAlert #Oops.
Melissa McCarthy is on a roll. Not only did she star in two of last year’s biggest comedies, but she’s also hosted Saturday Night Live in each of the last three seasons — the only performer to achieve that feat in that span. This past weekend, she didn’t even have a project to plug — a detail that became a funny gag in her opening monologue — but she’s one of those guests who clearly loves the show’s comedy environment. In fact, no one throws him or herself into characters more than McCarthy, who craves physical comedy perhaps more than any female comedian since Molly Shannon.
McCarthy had to share the limelight on Saturday, what with Seth Meyers’ touching farewell, but she delivered some great moments, including the return of aggressive coach-turned-congresswoman Sheila Kelly. It seems certain that she’ll be a major contender for Mr. Saturday Night after finishing second in the past two years, and she enters a race that is wide open. Jimmy Fallon holds a narrow lead, with 26.5 percent, while Drake slipped from first to a close second, with 24.3 percent. Josh Hutcherson saw his support nearly double from last week, and his fans have him right near the top, with 21.4 percent. Jonah Hill had a disappointing debut, with only 17.9 percent, but that was enough to eliminate Kerry Washington.
A quick rundown on our objective: To identify the funniest, most memorable SNL host, the person who best fit in with the cast and put on a performance that you, your mom, and your co-worker were all chuckling about on Sunday afternoon. It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table. My own personal bottom line: Do you want to see this host back on the show next season?
So far, Bruce Willis, Miley Cyrus, Edward Norton, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey (Blerg), John Goodman, Paul Rudd, and Kerry Washington have been eliminated.
Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the poll closes, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against the next host — still unannounced — on March 1, after the Winter Olympics are finished.
Martin Scorsese’s one and only muse, Jonah Hill, hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time over the weekend, and not only did he bring along his Wolf of Wall Street sidekick, Leonardo DiCaprio — an SNL virgin — but he also reunited with his Superbad pal Michael Cera. Hill, who may have forgotten to mention that he’s now a two-time Oscar nominee (for Wolf and Moneyball), also resurrected his Catskills-comic-inspired 6-year-old Adam Grossman and… and…
Okay, let’s cut to the chase. The show was solid. Some real funny bits. But Jonah and Leo doing their Titanic relaxation exercise was the show-stopper, a moment that crowned Hill as king of the comedy world — at least for a moment. If Hill had dropped the mic right then, I think he’d already done enough to advance in our Saturday Night Live best host poll.
But if Hill is here to stay, who’s on the outside looking in? It’s certainly not Drake, who debuted in first place with a solid 54 percent. And it’s certainly not Jimmy Fallon, who slipped to second but can be counted on to hang around with 24 percent. Josh Hutcherson refuses to go quietly, scoring double-digits again, and Kerry Washington edged Paul Rudd to survive another elimination.
A quick rundown on our simple objective: To identify the best, funniest, most memorable SNL host, the most memorable guest who fit in with the cast and put on a performance that you, your mom, and your co-worker were all chuckling about on Sunday afternoon. It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table. My own personal bottom line: Do you want to see this host back on the show next season?
So far, Bruce Willis, Miley Cyrus, Edward Norton, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey (Blerg), John Goodman, and Rudd have been eliminated.
Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the poll closes, the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the surviving four will face off against Melissa McCarthy on Feb. 1.
Admit it, your favorite part of Saturday’s SNL was Leonardo DiCaprio’s surprise cameo during Jonah Hill’s monologue. Below, find two GIFs of Leo and Jonah reenacting a famous scene from Titanic. READ FULL STORY
If you happened to tune in to SNL after Jonah Hill’s monologue, you probably thought it was an uneven mix of sketches with a laugh here and there. If you viewed the show in its entirety like I did, your ride started off with a BANG and slowly lost steam as the episode went along, but not without hitting a few other highs (and lows) along the way. Hill was returning for his third time in the host’s seat (or the Benihana seat), a strong addition to his Actor’s Stat Card, which also now reads, “two-time Academy Award nominee.” The host could hardly mention as much in his monologue before the anticipation started to build: It really seems like they’re building up to a Leo cameo right now. But there’s no way he’ll stop by, right? Are they…? Is he…? And then, there he was in all of his bronzed boyish charm, Leonardo DiCaprio. I gasped. READ FULL STORY
No disrespect to Jonah Hill, but on some level, his upcoming SNL hat trick raises just one question: Hill is about to host Saturday Night Live for the third time. Yet his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t hosted even once? Even worse, Leo’s never stopped by Studio 8H for so much as a cameo? This is so outrageous I’m starting to feel short of breath. Quick, somebody grab me a quaalude!
Ahhh, there we go. Now, what was I saying? Oh yes — Jonah Hill’s back on SNL this weekend, which means a few things. One, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see the third recurrence of Adam Grossman, a.k.a. that 6-year-old kid who loves Benihana and talking like a Borscht Belt comedian. (Side note: Man, remember when Casey Wilson was on SNL? Side-side note: Man, 2008 Jonah Hill looked… different.) READ FULL STORY
This weekend marks Jonah Hill’s third time hosting SNL — not exactly a milestone worthy of its own lengthy, star-studded sketch, but still something worth noting. (Back when Superbad was released, who’d have thunk Michael Cera would end up with a regular gig on indie comedy staples like Childrens Hospital and Burning Love — while Hill would be the one hosting SNL once every few years and winning Oscar noms in his spare time?)
Hill’s new SNL promos do just that, making much out of his three-peat and, interestingly enough, mentioning the whole Best Supporting Actor thing just once. Maybe they’re saving all their best “two-time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill” material for Saturday?
Actor James Gandolfini died Wednesday at age 51. Actors, artists, writers, and directors who have worked with him, or are simply fans of his work, sent their messages of love and admiration for the award-winning star of The Sopranos via Twitter. From Gandolfini’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone co-stars Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde, to writer Damon Lindelof and singer Josh Groban, stars tweeted their condolences and thoughts. Read them below: READ FULL STORY
Have you checked out the surprisingly well-reviewedThis Is the End yet? The disaster movie/celebrity-cameo fest officially opened Wednesday, and we’re just dying to hear what you thought about everything from who had the best cameo to the best death scene.
Spoilers abound, and this movie does have a few genuinely fun surprises, so back away if you’ve yet to check out Franco and Co. attempt to survive the apocalypse. Otherwise, make your voice heard on everything from Emma Watson to Pineapple Express below. READ FULL STORY
When it comes to passing gas, This Is the End star James Franco takes a covert approach: “I don’t do it in public, but when I’m at home in bed, I’ll fart! And on a plane, I’ll let it go,” he enthuses to Rolling Stone in the magazine’s latest cover story featuring the apocalyptic comedy’s cast. After all, adds Franco, “on a plane, nobody can hear you fart.” (Remind us never to travel with James Franco.)
Franco’s costar Seth Rogen is even more open about his habits. “I will say I’m a pretty bad farter from time to time,” he confesses. “I have a Japanese toilet at home that cleans my ass for me — it’s great. I only like to sh– at home, so I get some pretty bad farts during the day.”
But one This Is the End cast member is too reserved — or maybe just too self-important — to discuss his farting habits: Jonah Hill, whose eyes “nearly jumped out of their sockets” when Rolling Stone asked how often he lets ‘em rip. “I’m not answering that dumb question!” Hill complained to the magazine. “I’m not that kind of person! Being in a funny movie doesn’t make me have to answer dumb questions. It has nothing to do with who I am.”