Yes, you read that headline correctly. I just made this discovery while watching an episode from season 6. It turns out that the February 14, 1981 episode had three news segments under two different names. In the middle was the usual, Weekend Update with Charles Rocket and Gail Matthius. (Its format was unusual; I'm going to write the episode article and make note of that.)
However, earlier and later in the broadcast, Eddie Murphy anchored a segment called Newsbreak. The first segment was almost identical to Update, except unlike the Rocket iteration of the long-standing sketch, it was actually funny. At the end, Eddie told the viewers to tune in to the longer Weekend Update later in the broadcast. During that Update, Charles Rocket broke a fake n…Read more >
With two episodes done, here are my opinions on season 40 so far.The Good
- New titles: I like the styling choices. The font choice works well, and I like the throwback early-seasons-styled bumper they occasionally throw in. (The bumper they used for the last few seasons was actually recycled from the Ebersol years.)
- Weekend Update finally got a new set!
- Michael Che: He's better at the Update desk than Cecily was last year.
- Leslie Jones: Time to make her a featured player.
- The overall writing: the material in the first two episodes was good. Compared to the previous 39 seasons, I'd call it above-average at least. (Don't believe me? Watch a few episodes from about 1990 to 2009. The Carvey/Farley years had their slow spots, even before season 19, and …
In case we haven't met yet, hi, I'm Andrew. I'm Wikia's technical community manager. If you have no idea what that means, my job is to make sure our partners and users are properly set up with the right content, tools, and (when something fails) technical solutions.
Last month, in partnership with Sony, we launched Wikia for TV SideView. TVSV electronic programming guide for Android that comes pre-loaded on Sony's Android devices. Now, when users access their favorite shows on the TVSV, they can browse your wikia's information alongside programming notes like airtime. It has been a smashing success thus far.
In fact, SNL Wikia - along with a few others I'll be contacting - has ended up being more popular than we'd anticipated! Traffic…Read more >
I wanted to post a blog trying to predict what changes were coming for season 40. And I got lazy, and put it off. And I was too slow; the changes are already beginning.
So for anyone who doesn't catch the SNL news flying around the internet, SNL just saw the dismissal of three of last season's new people: John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan. We didn't see a lot of John or Brooks, and neither were particularly good at impressions. (The only impression I remember from John was Jon Cryer, and I don't recall any from Brooks.)
I already believed, and I think I can safely assume, that Mike O'Brien hasn't done well enough to remain on the cast. By all descriptions he's a prolific writer, but his acting just doesn't cut it. I already expec…Read more >
Just a note to any fans of the early-80s SNL, or anybody wanting to peek into the personal life of an SNL alum... the next Episode of ABC's Wife Swap will feature SNL alum Joe Piscopo swapping wives with Brady Bunch star Barry Williams. Check your local listings.Read more >
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From WKYC-3 in Cleveland
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Since Jimmy is on The Tonight Show and Seth is on Late Night, I thought I'd post my thoughts on them. I'm doing a bit of an odd skip-over since I plan to add a section to my season 3 blog in a week or two, but I figured this stuff would be out of place in that blog.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is off to a good start. Jimmy's version of Late Night was rough once in a while... "Wheel of Carpet Samples?" Really? ...but it seems as though he ditched the weaker areas when he made the move. The material has been pretty strong since he started. Also, there's something about him that seems better-suited for the classier environment that is the new 6B set; the whole thing just has a better feel to it than his Late Night. After the whole Conan-Le…Read more >
I'd had the idea to write a review after the first episode. My chronic laziness flared up. Meant to do it after the first few episodes. Again, severe laziness attack. So now, with only a few days until the second half of the season starts, it's time.
So SNL has run halfway through another season. The show gained six cast members, and Cecily gained about thirty pounds. I jest- she's serious dropped about five pounds a week since the first show. I couldn't lose weight that fast if I stopped eating altogether. She has literally worked her ass off.
For starters, I must acknowledge my own prediction of Beck Bennett being added to the cast. The tabloids started reporting that about a week after I said so, which makes me think they actually watch thi…Read more >
These are my predictions for SNL's season 39:
What we already know: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis are not returning. Nasim Pedrad may also not return; she starred in John Mulaney's sitcom pilot and said publicly that she'd leave SNL if it were picked up. It was passed on by NBC, but that doesn't mean it's dead, and her willingness to leave for that pilot likely (IMO) signals that she'd leave if given an offer for another show.
Vanessa Bayer may be let go before the start of the season. She's my favorite actor on the show, so I hope I'm wrong, and I'll be very mad if it happens. My worry stems from what seemed to be a diminishing of her screen time during the last half of season 38. Of course, a lot of that depends on whether L…Read more >
Hello! My name is Rachel and I'm in LOVE with Saturday Night and Bill Hader. I love music as much as Saturday Night Live. Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader are my favorite cast members but I love them all. I do have an obsession with these men though. It makes me sad to see Bill leave. I cried.. anyways..point is I'm very political and I'm only 14. I'm in love with Saturday Night Live. I literally live and breath SNL. thank you for taking the time to listen to me. :) I love you all!! kisses!! xoxo. Rachel.Read more >
Some of you might already know from my last blog post that Katy Perry will be hosting SNL this Saturday. A hot new promo has been released which gives us all a taste of what to expect with Katy Perry.
Surprising to a lot of us is the fact that in this promo, Katy Perry is sporting short blonde hair and...is that cat pajamas?
So, do you think you'll be tuning in to see more Katy Perry? Comment below and tell us what you think!
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Love Saturday Night Live? Love Katy Perry? Whether it's the former or the latter, you're in luck. It's confirmed that Katy Perry will be hosting the December 10 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Robyn! Katy Perry recently tweeted, “I’m SO excited 2 announce I’ll be HOSTING Saturday Night Live Dec. 10! This is the cherry on top and @robynkonichiwa is part of it!”
This will be Katy Perry's first time hosting SNL, but her second time appearing on the show. She was once on SNL as the musical guest, where she sang Teenage Dream and California Gurls. She also appeared in a skit where she poked fun at her cleavage debacle on Sesame Street.
Will you be tuning in on December 10 to watch Ms. Perry hosting SNL? Comment below and tel…
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Who knew X Men star Hugh Jackman could be so funny? On the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, Jackman impersonated Daniel Radcliffe playing Harry Potter, in a skit about stars who have both feminine and masculine sides.
The skit was hosted by funny man Andy Samberg, who was impersonating Hugh Jackman himself, sporting the notorious exaggerated sideburns of the X-men character, Wolverine.
So, does this skit have you rolling on the floor laughing, or doing your best to force a chortle? Comment below and tell us what you think!
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Ben & Jerry's announced their newest flavor yesterday, and it won't be long until you can get your mouth around some Schweddy Balls. That's right, Alec Baldwin's most famous SNL character, from one of the most legendary sketches, was the inspiration behind the new flavor. In the sketch, Season's Eatings baker Pete Schweddy visits his local NPR station for a chat about some holiday treats: his famous Schweddy Balls. They balls were described by the deadpan radio hosts (played by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon) as tender, glistening, and larger than expected, but the new flavor is "vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum & loaded with fudge covered rum & malt balls."
Although the ice cream is being produced in a limited batch, it will be returning …Read more >
He is going to be great in this. See below for a discount offer -->COLIN QUINN LONG STORY SHORT
Directed by Jerry SeinfeldHISTORY OF THE WORLD
IN 75 MINUTES.Comically channeling the demise of great world empires, Colin Quinn uses his “articulate brand of comedy” in taking audiences through an uproarious history of the world in 75 minutes. From his personification of Caesar as the original Italian mobster to his complaints about Ancient Greece and Antigone giving way to Costco and Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world’s most powerful nations. Colin Quinn Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us. Begins October 22nd at THE H… Read more >
Since Saturday Night Live has been nominated for several Emmys, SNL Wiki is being featured in an Emmy Awards special on Wikia's main Entertainment page! Congratulations, SNL Wiki! Let's try to keep everything sparkly clean and up to date so we can be featured in style! We'll be getting extra traffic here, so let's add lots of pictures, blogs and articles to make the wiki look extra special.
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