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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: How funny was Kristen Wiig's homecoming?

You could be forgiven for thinking that NBC accidentally aired a “Best of Kristen Wiig” special instead of a new episode of SNL this past weekend. The show’s former star brought five old recurring characters with her when she returned to host for the first time, including Gilly, Karina the Californian, Kat (of “Garth and”), the Target Lady, and, of course, tiny-handed Dooneese — making for a show that felt, at times, more like a host-less installment from 2010 than 90 minutes of new material.

But even if the episode didn’t quite deserve to be labeled a capital-E Event, Wiig was clearly thrilled to return to her old stomping ground — and it was a pleasure to see how excited her old castmates were to perform with their friend once more.

Will that be enough to help Wiig win the title of this season’s best SNL host?  READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Keep Zach Galifianakis weird

In a culture saturated by best and worst lists, it’s easy to fall into the trap of labeling everything you see either “brilliant” or “awful.” Sometimes, though, entertainment is solidly middle-of-the-road — and that was certainly the case with Zach Galifianakis’s third SNL hosting stint. It never soared to the heights of his first few outings, but it was a solidly funny night that featured a few inspired moments — and, perhaps more importantly, only one outright clunker of a sketch. That’s a pretty good batting average as far as Saturday Night Live goes.

The night got off to a slow start with another Fox & Friends cold open. As funny as Bobby Moynihan’s dumber-than-dirt commentator can be — I loved how he thinks the “W” in WNBA stands for “worse” — the sketch itself is the very definition of low-hanging fruit (“hey, those guys on Fox News sure are conservative!”). And if the funniest thing about a bit is the stream of one-liners that quickly scrolls by as it ends, it may be time to reevaluate the rest of what’s happening onscreen.

But when Galifianakis actually took the stage, he set the tone for a night that would be kookier and more surreal than the average SNL installment — if not generally funnier.  READ FULL STORY

Zach Galifianakis hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live' -- Talk about it here!

When Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island crew left Saturday Night Live at the end of last season, the show lost one of its greatest resources — not only because the gang’s Digital Shorts were precisely engineered to go viral, but also because the guys’ specific brand of whimsical goofiness was so completely, delightfully different from the talk show parodies and fake game show sketches that SNL often relies upon.

Thankfully, this week’s host happens to be both a big-name actor and a master of whimsical goofiness  — and if Zach Galifianakis’s third hosting stint is anything like his first two, it’ll definitely be worth staying up to watch.

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'New Girl': Jess & Nick's showmance gets Auto-Tuned -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s well-established that She & Him songbird Zooey Deschanel doesn’t need the assistance of Auto-Tune. All due respect to her hilarious New Girl co-stars, but they have certainly reaped the benefits of in this exclusive DJ John Boswell’s pitch-perfected mash-up of season 2 lines.

Just like the series itself, “Kiss Me Like a Man” is at turns hilarious and sexy. It tells the story of roomfriends Jess (Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) but has plenty of laugh-out-loud diversions courtesy of Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris), and Cece (Hannah Simone) — not to mention gone-but-not-forgotten characters Trench Coat Nick and Jess as a Kenyan Olympic runner. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Vince Vaughn hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

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Although the prospect of Vince Vaughn hosting SNL isn’t as exciting today as it would have been in the mid-’00s —  when the fast-talking Swinger was riding a strong wave of goodwill, thanks to his roles in Old School, DodgeballAnchorman, and Wedding Crashers, not to mention his tabloid-friendly romance with Jennifer Aniston — Vaughn’s hosting stint does open up several alluring possibilities.

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Melissa McCarthy hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Melissa McCarthy has already proven herself. She won our hearts on Gilmore Girls, turned Mike & Molly into something actually worth watching, and broke through on film in the mega 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Best of all, she showed herself to be a capable and nimble host the last time she stopped by SNL. In 2011, McCarthy’s first night at the rodeo won critical praise and high ratings. It may have spiked Hidden Valley’s salad dressing sales as well. (Er, maybe not.) This time around, she comes to the show as an even bigger star: McCarthy has both The Hangover III and a big movie with Sandra Bullock (The Heat) out this summer, she’s supposedly snagged the female lead in the Oscar-ready dramedy St. Vincent de Van Nuys, and she’s starting production on her directorial debut, Tammy — a film McCarthy also wrote (with husband Ben Falcone, who’s co-directing as well). Oh, and did I mention she’s starring in that one too?

Does McCarthy’s increased celebrity mean she may not be as fearless and game as she was when she hosted just two years ago?  READ FULL STORY

Taye Diggs is both the world's most charming man and its worst rapper -- VIDEO

“He gave Stella her groove back. He broke hearts — and fixed them — on ABC’s Private Practice. He’s done it all: film, television, theater. But in his next act, an unlikely partnership with underground rap sensation DeStorm Power would change an entire genre of music… forever.”

So begins this Behind the Music-esque video from ABC.comedy, which dramatizes Taye Diggs’s fake attempt to become a hip-hop icon. The twist: Though Diggs seems like one of those guys who’s just naturally great at everything, he’s actually the worst rapper this side of MC Skat Kat. But hey — what would you expect from a guy who thinks George Gershwin invented the genre?

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon bring sexy back, barbershop quintet-style -- VIDEO

There’s just one thing better than four guys wearing goofy striped blazers and singing tight harmonies: Five guys wearing goofy striped blazers and singing tight harmonies, especially if one of them happens to be Justin Timberlake.

Late Night‘s Ragtime Gals can make any song sound that much classier — but their talents are particularly suited to this swoonworthy cover of “SexyBack.” Take note, college a cappella groups nationwide: this is how it’s done.

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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Fifth time's the charm for Justin Timberlake?

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This past Saturday’s episode of SNL was indisputably a season highlight. But here’s a question: How much of the credit for that belongs solely to host Justin Timberlake?

Timberlake certainly seems to have a Midas effect whenever he drops by SNL. His very presence energizes the entire show, even the segments in which he doesn’t appear. Take, for example, this week’s Stefon appearance, which is the funniest the character’s been in months.

That said, an enormous number of “surprise” cameos also buoyed Timberlake’s latest Saturday Night Live turn — and when the euphoria induced by Steve Martin, Andy Samberg, Jay-Z, et al wore off, we were left with an episode that lagged mightily after Weekend Update (“The Adventures of Sober Caligula”? ), despite Timberlake’s best efforts. Arguably, then, Timberlake himself doesn’t necessarily deserve full marks for the show’s success. (I’m not necessarily making that argument; I’m just saying one could.)

Still, Timberlake shouldn’t have much trouble shooting to the top of this week’s Host Poll — especially since last week’s results prove that none of our current Mr./Ms. Saturday Night contenders has a decisive lead. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Welcome to the Five-Timers Club, Justin Timberlake!

You guys, Justin Timberlake is onto us. Here’s how this season’s most highly anticipated SNL host began his monologue last night: “There are so many exciting things about hosting five times. You get to see old friends. You get to try new things. You get to inevitably let everyone down thanks to overly high expectations — thanks, Internet!”

But unlike poor Jennifer Lawrence, Timberlake didn’t fall victim to the perils of fervent anticipation. His show was a thrilling, joyous, cameo-stuffed affair that easily ranks among this season’s best, second only perhaps to Martin Short’s Christmas episode — even though Timberlake and SNL both lost a good amount of momentum after Weekend Update, where the show’s weakest sketches are traditionally stuffed.

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