Here we are again, season finale time is kicking off. It seems like just yesterday that we were anticipating Revolution, excited for season 2 of Once Upon a Time, and wondering what Lena Dunham would bring us on new episodes of Girls. Oh, the passing of time. Now’s the time to catch up on The Following, Happy Endings, and The Americans (before their season finales this week)! Here’s how else to fill your pop culture desires this week: READ FULL STORY »
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Kristen Wiig is coming home again to host the May 11 episode of Saturday Night Live. Over six seasons, Wiig cemented herself as one of the funniest SNL cast members of all time. She has killer impressions, her Drew Barrymore is spot on and her Kim Cattrall is scary good, created oodles of memorable characters, oh Target lady, and constantly swung for the fences. Here are some memorable sketches we want to see again (and a few that we don’t). READ FULL STORY »
Kate McKinnon’s perfect impression of Ellen DeGeneres has been a major highlight of this season of Saturday Night Live. So, when McKinnon stopped by Ellen, DeGeneres couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet her doppelganger. Ellen handed McKinnon a new outfit and had her come back out in character.
”I will treasure this forever!” McKinnon gushed as she hurried offstage to put on her Ellen costume. When she returned later, the audience was treated to dancing (McKinnon can really get down) and chair squirming.
”I’m vegan… I’m just kidding. I’m Ellen,” McKinnon joked to huge applause. Our only question is: why did they give McKinnon jeans with a huge hole in them?
Watch the whole thing below:
It’s hard to tell why certain sketches get cut after the dress rehearsal for Saturday Night Live (Oh Timber-Mozart). That’s why it’s always great when the show puts some of these cut sketches online. In this commercial parody, host Vince Vaughn plays a guy embarrassed to tell his girlfriend not to go to the bathroom right after him in the morning. The easy solution? Just release a dangerous cobra in the bathroom.
The best line: ”Bathroom Cobra does not understand that you two accomplished something together.”
The last time Vince Vaughn hosted Saturday Night Live, he was plugging Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake and the musical guest was Lauryn Hill. Old School was still five years away! But fans who still love him best for his role as Trent in Swingers and others who remember his improv chops from his 2006 comedy documentary, Wild West Comedy Show, had to appreciate his opening monologue on Saturday. He flirted with random-audience-member Paige like she was at the Derby lounge, and lectured nervous Eric about cell-phone etiquette like he was giving buddy Jon Favreau a pep-talk. In other words, it certainly played to his strengths, which wasn’t exactly the case for the rest of the show.
Last year, our inaugural best-host contest turned out to be a two-horse race between Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy, with Fallon ultimately taking home the prize. Vaughn has the unfortunate luck of stepping right into the wake of a similar situation, following well-received appearances from McCarthy and five-timer Justin Timberlake. Those two favorites are now dominating our recent poll — combining to win more than 90 percent of the vote — sending home Christoph Waltz and leaving Martin Short and Seth MacFarlane, who were hardly slouches, hanging on by a thread. With only four episodes of Saturday Night Live to go, and Zach Galifianakis scheduled to host next on May 4, the race has never been more competitive.
Remember, everyone: we’re trying to recognize the best SNL host, the funniest, most-memorable host who raised everyone’s game and put on a performance that would’ve been excellent in the greatest of classic SNL seasons. Were people in the office elevator still chuckling about the episode this morning? How many times have re-viewed a sketch online? Do you want to see this host back on the show next season? Just some things to consider.
Below, I’ve embedded one representative clip for each of the five hosts currently in the race. After the vote, the host with the least support will be escorted by Bobby Moynihan off the premises, and the other four will advance to compete against Galifianakis. After his effort, there will only be three episodes remaining until we crown a new Mr. or Ms. Saturday Night. Watch the clips, refresh your memories, and vote below. READ FULL STORY »
The awkward, rough, trajectory of the Vince Vaughn-hosted Saturday Night Live can best be described by comparing the monologue to the final sketch. We start out with a charismatic, off-the-cuff, fun-loving Vaughn trying to wine and dine the audience like he’s on a first date. He’s improv-ing (if we’re to believe, like SNL’s tumblr says, that none of these people knew Vaughn was going to pick them), having some fun, and getting people on his side. Then, after a long show, we get to the end of the night. We’re weary. We’re wondering why we stayed up so late. And then there’s Vaughn playing a desperate dude at last call, just trying to grab onto something. He started out asking for the audiences’ love and ended settling for a weird planking session with a stranger on a bar.
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, Dodgeball, Anchorman, and Wedding Crashers, not to mention his tabloid-friendly romance with Jennifer Aniston – Vaughn’s hosting stint does open up several alluring possibilities.
Though it’s been eight years since Wedding Crashers‘s release and 17 since that of Swingers — man, that movie’s almost old enough to vote — Vince Vaughn still knows a thing or two about how to treat chicks, man. Need proof? Here’s the fast-talking comedian schooling Bobby Moynihan and promoting his upcoming stint as host of Saturday Night Live at the same time. It’s pretty frickin’ money.
Physical comedy is deceptively simple. Anyone can do a pratfall, but most couldn’t do one well — and the number of people who can actually make five minutes of nearly falling, falling, and slowly getting up seem entertaining is smaller still.
Enter Melissa McCarthy, a versatile comedic actor with top notch timing, great delivery, and a physicality that the Three Stooges would admire. Sure, she’s much more than a klutz — but for better or for worse, the physical stuff is what SNL likes to showcase whenever the Bridesmaids star appears on the series. And though surprise appearances from Dennis Rodman and Peter
Drunklage Dinklage threatened to steal focus from McCarthy herself, her physical presence helped her nail her second Saturday Night Live hosting gig.
But if McCarthy wants to win the title of Mr./Ms. Saturday Night, she’d better leave those sparkly red platform sandals at home — because beating Justin Timberlake will be an uphill battle. READ FULL STORY »
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how an episode of Saturday Night Live is done. Was it perfect? No, but compared to a lot of what we’ve seen this season, it was downright awards-worthy. Here’s hoping we see a lot more of the lovely Ms. Melissa McCarthy on SNL. The actress, who next graces our movie screens in June’s The Heat opposite Sandra Bullock (a dream team if there ever was one), infused the show with a much-needed energy, giving it her all, even when that all meant face-planting on the sticky stage floor.
The night kicked off with a Kim Jong-un-centered cold open, in which the North Korean leader addressed his subjects on two important topics. First, the reopening of the Yongbyong nuclear complex that will leave his “enemies chagrined and discombobulated,” and second, that he had “decided to lift [the] nation’s ban on same-sex marriage.” Bobby Moynihan as Jong-un insisted that the change in views was not because he had a nephew who happened to be gay (he was executed anyway), nor was it because of his own personal preferences (“I’m about as heterosexual as a person can be.”), but simply because it seemed like the right thing to do. How progressive of him! All in all, it was a decent start to the night, made better by Dennis Rodman’s cameo at the end. (A quick aside: Am I the only one who thinks of Rodman not as a basketball player, but as Jean-Claude Van Damme’s sidekick in Double Team? Ah, a true classic, that one.) READ FULL STORY »
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