PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: Music + Comedy = Good Thing? (51-60 of 233)

Christoph Waltz hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

SNL-WALTZ

The last time SNL welcomed a critically beloved, heavily-accented host, the resulting show was a pleasant surprise — Sofia Vergara presided over one of season 37′s better episodes. Given his amusing promos, recent goofy turns on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and “Between Two Ferns,” and excellent, Tarantino-honed timing, Christoph Waltz seems likely to repeat Vergara’s feat.

Sure, Waltz isn’t known primarily as a comedic force. And other Serious Actors, like Daniel Craig and Jeremy Renner, have fallen short as hosts this season.

Even so, something about Waltz just screams “old-fashioned showman,” and that alone is enough to make him seem like a natural for the SNL stage. After all, he’s proven himself adept at finding the dark humor within both a charming, ruthless Nazi colonel and a charming, ruthless bounty hunter in his two most famous big-screen roles. Additionally, Waltz seems like the type of actor who will fully commit to whatever material he’s given, which is an essential quality for any good SNL host; if Justin Bieber had pushed himself even a little harder, last week’s episode might not have been so dull. As long as Waltz isn’t cast as a psychopathic gentleman in every single sketch, his first outing as host should be a bingo. (Is that the way you say it?)

READ FULL STORY

Christoph Waltz stars in surprisingly nonviolent 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

There may be gushing fountains of blood on Saturday Night Live this weekend, especially if the show presents a Django Unchained parody in honor of host Christoph Waltz — but ultra-violent images are nowhere to be found in Waltz’s recently released promos.

In lieu of mass murder, Waltz contents himself with threatening his glasses twin Fred Armisen, freaking out about how unprepared SNL is for this week’s show — an encouraging sign — and watching Armisen amuse himself on an electric lift. There’s absolutely no reason to hide your eyes, unless gentle hijinks terrify you. Watch below:

READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Neither rain nor sleet nor one of the worst snow storms on record could stop Justin Bieber from making his SNL hosting debut tonight. And that’s a good thing, given the hordes of Bieber Fever-stricken fans who have probably contracted actual fevers after waiting for hours in a freaking blizzard to get standby tickets for his show. I repeat: most of the Beliebers who braved Nemo in nothing but snow-soaked sleeping bags didn’t even get past 30 Rock’s doors.

Given these conditions, we can only hope that Bieber’s double duty performance — he’s also tonight’s musical guest — is worth all that sacrifice. The kid is certainly a charismatic performer; as EW’s Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review of Bieber’s concert movie Never Say Never, he “communicates joy in every move” when he dances and sings like “a happy canary.”

But that charm may not translate to the small screen.  READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon presents a cappella freak show with 'Sounds...Good?' game -- VIDEO

Love watching talentless wannabes destroy your favorite pop songs while auditioning for singing shows, but hate how mean-spirited the whole enterprise can be?

Jimmy Fallon has the answer: a new game called “Sounds…Good?” in which he challenges audience members to sing radio hits while wearing noise-canceling headphones. The twist: As they’re crooning, a sound guy (dressed as a cowboy, because why not) randomly changes the song’s pitch up and down. Even a great singer wouldn’t sound good under these conditions — so the three contestants who stepped up to the plate last night had no chance.

READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber tries to show off his goofy side in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Is Justin Bieber funny? If the audience at the Saturday Night Live this weekend is as loud as his fans tend to be, the answer to that question might not matter — we won’t be able to hear any jokes in the first place.

Especially if those jokes are this low-key. Bieber mostly plays the straight man to Kenan Thompson’s amiable, creepy Justin Bieber fan in these promos for his upcoming stint as both host and musical guest. At one point, though, Bieber does attempt to embrace his silly side — without ever mussing that signature ‘do, of course.

READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

On November 17 of last year, Adam Levine served as SNL‘s musical guest — along with his band, Maroon 5 — in an episode hosted by Jeremy Renner. Just two months later, he’s back in Studio 8H once more — but this time, as Saturday Night Live‘s host. Is the Voice coach’s latest SNL gig nothing more than a case of NBC synergy gone awry, or does Levine have the chops to impress even when he’s not employing that famous falsetto?

We’ll find out soon enough. Take comfort, though, in knowing that at least this won’t be Levine’s first acting experience. The musician was fine as Leo on American Horror Story‘s recently ended second season, although he didn’t have much to do; still, series creator Ryan Murphy praised Levine’s “great movie star charisma,” which bodes well for his Saturday Night Live hosting. Levine also got a small taste of SNL-style comedy when he sang the hook for the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad-skewing “Iran So Far” digital short in 2007, though he was more of a straight man there than anything else. READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine finds his 'Voice' in 'Saturday Night Live' promos -- VIDEO

Psst, DIYers: If you’ve got a normal office chair, a few sheets of red poster board, and a bunch of tape, you have all you need to make your very own imitation Voice swivel thrones.

That’s just what SNL did for this week’s promos, which feature host Adam Levine and cast member Bobby Moynihan. The pair’s charmingly lo-fi props would be right at home in a “Laser Cats” video — and they really elevate Levine and Moynihan’s series of Voice jokes. Not bad for the “Drunk Uncle” guy’s first promos, eh?

READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Was Jennifer Lawrence a girl on fire?

Eh… sorta. The consensus about last weekend’s SNL seems to be that while Jennifer Lawrence tried her very best, the show itself wasn’t quite up to snuff. Maybe it’s because the writers ran out of topical material early on, forcing them to resort to spoofs of ’70s-era foreign films and the Civil War. Maybe the month-long break between December’s Martin Short Christmas Spectacular and Saturday’s episode just wasn’t long enough.

But no matter: This poll is about the show’s host rather than the show itself — and by most rubrics, Jennifer Lawrence proved herself to be capable and game. Whether she was sneering about serving Bobby Moynihan toilet water or yipping excitedly as a lady-sized shih tzu competing on “Top Dog Chef,” the Oscar nominee committed to her material… even when that material was more cloud than silver lining.

But will her efforts be enough to make Lawrence a Best Host contender?  READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Jennifer Lawrence is an iffy night's silver lining

Ah, the perils of high expectations! Anyone who’s ever giggled at a gif of Jennifer Lawrence joking around predicted that the two-time Oscar nominee would tear up SNL last night. Unfortunately, the show itself didn’t quite live up to those lofty hopes. Lawrence herself got better and better as the episode progressed, shedding the nervousness that seemed to plague her during her opening monologue. But the material she was given didn’t follow the same arc — especially the weak sketches that followed a curiously shortened Weekend Update.

The show got off to a strong start with a Piers Morgan Tonight-themed cold open that tackled a trio of topical issues: Lance Armstrong’s “I doped” Oprah interview, the strange saga of Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend, and Jodie Foster’s quasi-coming out at the Golden Globes. Most of the impressions here were strong, especially Kate McKinnon’s wide-eyed Foster; Bobby Moynihan’s slack-jawed Te’o wasn’t quite as accurate, but his unchanging look of astonishment was a strong visual gag. The best part of the sketch, though, had to be McKinnon quoting Jodie Foster quoting Molly Shannon’s Sally O’Malley character, who was once an SNL staple. INCEPTION!

READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lawrence hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

UPDATE: Click over to read Hillary’s full Saturday Night Live with Jennifer Lawrence recap.

Could Jennifer Lawrence be the second coming of Jon Hamm?

Let me explain. Before Hamm hosted SNL for the first time, his comedy chops were largely untested. Sure, he seemed funny in interviews — but the man behind Don Draper was much better known as a Serious Actor than a serious goofball. But as soon as Hamm took the stage at Studio 8H, everything changed — he fronted one of the best SNL episodes of the season, inspiring Tina Fey to give him a memorable arc on 30 Rock, Kristen Wiig to give him an even more memorable role in Bridesmaids, and Saturday Night Live itself to invite him back as a frequent guest.

Jennifer Lawrence may find herself in a similar position after tonight’s episode, provided it’s as funny and charming as Lawrence herself. Like Hamm, Lawrence is best known for playing serious characters like The Hunger Games‘s Katniss Everdeen or determined Ozarks teen Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone, for which she earned her first Oscar nomination. But now, thanks to her more comedic turn in Silver Linings Playbook and her interviews and talk show appearances, Lawrence has proven herself to be sharp, witty, and eminently quotable.

READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP