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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.

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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?

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'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.

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'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!

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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.

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Jennifer Lawrence shoots and scores, sorta, in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming episode of SNL should be awesome — provided the Golden Globe winner isn’t arrested for murder between now and Saturday.

Lawrence spends the bulk of her Saturday Night Live promos getting the best of cast member Jason Sudeikis, who keeps trying to impress her by quoting Wesley Snipes movies and imitating Bradley Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook character. Things take a turn in the last part of the clip, though, when Sudeikis convinces Lawrence to break out her old Hunger Games bow — and it turns out that the actress’s aim isn’t quite as good as Katniss’.

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Brad Paisley performs 'The Ballad of Honey Boo Boo' -- VIDEO

On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Brad Paisley, country music’s leading funny man (sorry, Blake Shelton), debuted his new theme song for TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Watch it below. The whip was a nice touch. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon's Black Simon and Garfunkel tackle Rihanna's 'Diamonds' -- VIDEO

Hello, Black Simon & Garfunkel, our old friends — you’ve come to sing to us again.

In 2011, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon introduced a new bit in which a pair of Simon & Garfunkel soundalikes — a.k.a. Captain Kirk Douglas and ?uestlove of house band The Roots — performed mournful, harmonic covers of pop songs. Since then, the duo has tackled tunes including Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”  Last night, they took the stage again to put their stamp on Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” This minute-long clip is enough to make me think that Black S&G should just go ahead and release a full album:

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' parody musical coming to N.Y.

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Break out your bondage wear and grab your girlfriends – Fifty Shades is coming to the stage.

A Fifty Shades of Grey parody musical, 50 Shades! The Musical, is coming to New York at the Gramercy Theatre this weekend, after a popular run in Chicago last month. The show is written and performed by the Chicago-based improv group Baby Wants Candy, which boasts alums such as Rachel Dratch and Aidy Bryant.

According to the NY Post, “The opening scene centers on a middle-aged ladies’ book group, then plunges, like a cougar’s neckline, into sketches making fun of the erotic, best-selling novel.” The show comes complete with a live band and 11 original songs, including “They Get Nasty” and ““I Don’t Make Love, I “F#*!,” per the Post. READ FULL STORY

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