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'SNL' premiere promos: What's the only thing better than host Tina Fey? VIDEO

That would be the promise of a few cool cameos from the cast of Breaking Bad, which Fey slyly implies as a possibility in the promos below. Sure, she immediately backtracks, admitting that Saturday Night Live has no such thing planned — but we can dream, can’t we?

In any case, watching these promos sort of feels like coming home to the old Fey-era SNL — a comforting notion, considering how much the show will change this year. (The countdown to Late Night with Seth Meyers begins… now.) Sure, any Fey-hosted episode will necessarily feature plenty of big-name cameos (Amy?!) and callbacks (Palin?!) — but more importantly, it’ll have a backbone formed by Fey’s strong writing and zillion years of SNL experience. And if the promos are any indication, she clearly hasn’t lost her touch since 30 Rock ended.

Watch here — especially if you’ve ever wanted to see blurred footage of Fey’s chest. I know, I really buried the lead.

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Check out a clip from Jack Black's new web comedy series 'Ghost Ghirls' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Still freaked out from going to see The Conjuring? Then may we recommend you check out the new Yahoo! web series Ghost Ghirls — which, while also supernaturally-themed, is much more interested in tickling your funny bone than tingling your spine.

Executive produced by Jack Black and co-created by Drunk History director Jeremy Konner, the show stars Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci as a pair of bumbling paranormal investigators and boasts a list of celebrity guests, including Black, Molly Shannon, Jason Schwartzman, Dave Grohl, Val Kilmer, and Jake Johnson, who can be seen in the available-to-view-now premiere episode.

You can watch an exclusive clip from a forthcoming show and the Ghost Ghirls trailer below.
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EWwys voting is on! Races are close -- like 10 votes close

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Yes, it’s the weekend, which means you should have plenty of time to scroll through the nominees for the 6th Annual EWwy Awards, which honor the Emmy-snubbed, and vote for your favorites. As I’m typing this, 10 votes separate first and second place in one category; 46 votes in another, and 194 votes in a third. You could be the difference between someone having to explain why they have a tiny statue of a black gold sheep on their mantle and someone not having that pleasure.  Vote now!
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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

Jay Pharoah takes on Kanye in 'I Am a Dog' -- VIDEO

Further proof that Jay Pharoah should be given more to do on SNL next season: This goofy music video, in which the expert impressionist skewers one of his old favorite targets.

The song is a spoof of Kanye West’s “I Am a God;” the video, produced by Above Average, pokes fun at the stark black-and-white aesthetic of  the rapper’s video for “Black Skinhead.” It’s all very self-serious, intense, and meticulously done; if you heard the track without seeing Pharoah in his goofy dog ears, you could be forgiven for thinking that Yeezus himself might be engaging in a little self-parody. Well, at least until you remembered that Kanye West has absolutely no sense of humor.

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Happy birthday, Kristen Wiig! Her 5 best moments, plus a 'Bridesmaids' bonus -- VIDEO

Kristen Wiig, best known for her prolific and glorious seven-year Saturday Night Live run, turned 40 years young today.

Wiig got her start at the legendary Groundlings Theatre and School (and you must check out her earlier stuff if you haven’t! Like her Confessions of a Tooth Fairy skit) before her media takeover as a dramatic actress, Emmy nominee, Oscar-nominated-screenwriter, animated bunny, and perfect late-night talk show guest.

To celebrate the winsome Ms. Wiig, (although I tried to resist with every funny bone in my body to not pick clips exclusively from Bridesmaids) here are five of my favorite Wiiggin’-out moments:
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'Saturday Night Live' stars share audition stories

Ask any comic what their scariest audition story is, and they say Saturday Night Live. The fact that the whole Lorne Michaels-led process is shrouded in mystery only adds to the anticipation and intrigue. So for comedy junkies, The New York Times‘ compilation of interview stories, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and remembrances is mandatory reading. You should really go and scroll through the whole thing now (where else on the Internet today can you read new info about 22 different auditions?), but we’ve compiled some of the best quotes below.
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Jimmy Fallon isn't the only one: Watch the 'SNL' cast break character -- VIDEO

Think Jimmy Fallon was the only Saturday Night Live cast member to break out into laughter during skits? Think again. Over the years, everyone from Will Ferrell to Adam Sandler to Kristen Wiig to Fred Armisen have cracked a smile or two. Does it ruin the illusion? Eh, for about a second. Frankly it’s just nice to see that comedians are humans too: Even they can’t always keep a straight face.

Check out this nifty little video which compiles some of the best scene corpsing from SNL‘s going-on-thirty-nine-years: READ FULL STORY

Goodbye, Jason Sudeikis: We count down his five best 'SNL' characters

Now that the rumors of Jason Sudeikis leaving Saturday Night Live are confirmed, it’s time for us SNL fans to enter a period of mourning. Sure, he wasn’t always the most consistent performer (we had Bill Hader for that), but Sudeikis was a team player, able to jump into any sketch that needed a little bit of his dry delivery. And now that Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis are all leaving (and after suffering the blow of Andy Samberg’s departure the year before), it’s hard not to feel sad that another veteran is departing for greener pastures. After all, I’m still torn up about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler moving on.

Ten years — that’s a long time to be on a sketch comedy show and that’s a whole lot of characters to come up with. To honor his departure, let’s count down Sudeikis’ five best characters:
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Justin Bieber's failed 'Saturday Night Live' sketch is everything -- VIDEO

A roster of famous funnymen and the world’s most famous teen should yield a good show, right? Well, in comedy, sometimes logic fails. Miserably.

Take, for instance, the unaired Justin Bieber Saturday Night Live skit “Song for Daddy” (with added commentary from Bill Hader and SNL writers). The sketch goes so poorly that a moody Bieber is the least of its failures.

The plot is simple: A country-techno band (think Creedence Clearwater Revival-meets-Kool & the Gang) is the musical act on The Steve Harvey Show. Hader is the lead singer, Fred Armisen plays drums, Bobby Moynihan plays a Dr. Seuss instrument — well, you’ll see! Almost line by line, as Hader’s character tells tales of his father, the skit falls flat. Check it out below:
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