Despite his status as a former Nickelodeon star and 10-year "Saturday Night Live" veteran, Kenan Thompson has never been one to grab news headlines, so it was surprising when he spoke up about SNL’s lack of black female cast members. Unlike Jay Pharoah’s more incendiary call for SNL to "pay attention" to the issue a few weeks prior, Thompson's contribution to the debate was sparse and seemingly reluctant, and his remark that the show "never finds [black women] that are ready" in auditions… did not go over well.
The few times Kenan does make the rounds on the internet, though, I always notice a bigger problem: Those backlashers, [...]
On December 9, 1978, I had a sleepover at my friend Matt McCabe's house. I was seven years old, we were in first grade, and Matt's parents were out for the night, so his older sister Michi and a few of her friends were babysitting us and not paying a lot of attention. We built a fort out of the couch cushions in the living room and stayed up til midnight to watch a show I'd never seen before called Saturday Night Live. Shortly before falling asleep, we watched Dan Aykroyd impersonating a drunken Julia Child cutting her finger while preparing "poularde demi de sauce" and bleeding to death [...]
You've probably seen this. But just in case you haven't: here's Kanye West performing his new song "Runaway" with a ballet troupe and Pusha T on Saturday Night Live. Against a heavenly white-draped set (that's my big question: was this in fact in front of the studio audience, or fed in on a screen? I hope people got to see it live), dressed like Eddie Murphy in Delirious, Kanye proved why he's the most captivating pop star on the planet right now. He also performed "Power," with choreography reminiscent of the nude album cover of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland. That was terrific, too. But since "Runaway" [...]
Science has yet to determine the long-term effects memeification can have on a person. Rick Astley's tenure as automated punchline has spanned three years, max, and the man's been more than a good sport about it. Yet who knows what manner of existential abyss has begun to open inside him? Conan O'Brien, as far as we can tell, has been reduced to the color orange. Neil Armstrong refuses to talk about the moon landing and wanted to sue a barber for selling his hair. And 88-year-old Betty White, by popular demand, will be hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8, 2010.
As someone who thinks self-referential jokes are the very best kind of jokes, I could not help but be charmed by this Justin Timberlake skit from the weekend's "Saturday Night Live." Plus they use the word "Jew." It's like they wrote the whole thing just for me! The rest of the show was pretty good, too.
Sharon Curts’ Facebook status claiming she has “OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder” Sure it’s barely October and sure thirty thousand fake-friends of mine would designate this passing acquaintance as “basic” and fifteen north of Sac might even say “hella basic bruh” but in between the IDGAF and the “post as anonymous” and the blue-white silent screams of “this over that” I can’t help but mirth the fuck up and cinnamon my bristle to calm the cuss in my mouth and say Sharon if you love Christmas that much that you’re getting hard three months out then praise be to your heart and your love wherever it may fall and fall [...]
Swedish pop star Robyn appeared on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, to remind us that we should not forget that her "Dancing On My Own" is one of the, say, five best songs made by anyone in the past five years. She wore some crazy gear, sort of like that S&M-looking harness thing Tupac rocked in the New York Times Magazine in 1996, and danced just as well as you ever have alone in front of your bedroom mirror, and helpfully put the Twitter icon on her twin drum kits, as an extra little hint to spread the word about how awesome she remains. She also played "Call [...]
There is apparently a "Saturday Night Live" boardgame and it is also apparently a new product? (On the plus side of this odd news, since 1. 'SNL' movies always bomb and/but 2. Only board games can become movies now, so this is a totally valid business model for the franchise to evolve and achieve success in the theaters!)
So I stayed in to watch Saturday Night Live last Saturday. I know you believe me, because, like my bio says, now I live at home with my parents. But that notwithstanding, I like to watch SNL, well, live. I'm sort of a news junkie and the 90 minutes of sketch comedy/whatever really tees up the Sunday morning talk shows for me. Remember that one Road Rules/Real World Challenge when Ayanna freaks out about sleeping in her game day clothes? Where she's so ready to compete that she sleeps in her uniform? Well, that's me every Saturday to Sunday. Except my uniform is sweatpants. And my competition is Jake Tapper [...]
Not long ago, MTV made an unusual appeal: It asked for help finding information about one of its own shows. The show was "Buzzkill," a hidden-camera program that ran in 1996. The plea came from MTV's Guy Code blog:
If you try to find old clips online, they're nonexistent. Seems impossible, right? The web is where you can find the most obscure remnants of every era, the most disturbing videos the human mind can conjure. And yet it has seemingly been scrubbed clean of all "Buzzkill" details…. Internet, we need your help. We must uncover the truth of "Buzzkill." Send us your tips and clues. Better yet, if you [...]
If you don't watch "Saturday Night Live," as I don't, except when something really special happens, such as Anna Faris hosting, you might not know that it's kind of gotten delightfully weird again! That's exciting! This is a premise that could have gone so wrong and totally didn't. (Here's more from Saturday.)
Here are Saturday Night Live's three new cast members. About two of them, not much is known! In particular because it seems like the "digital strategy" at SNL is to make new cast members delete everything off the Internet upon hiring. It is an interesting position. In any event, at this time there's no telling how my season pass will fare. Will episodes continue to accumulate in their little folder, waiting for that week that I come down with a broken femur or something and run out of trashy movies? Could be! IF ONLY the Internet had a blog related to all things comedic to tell me what [...]
Did you see Saturday Night Live this weekend? It's all over the Internet if you haven't and, you know what, there's probably a good reason for that: It was pretty solid. Against the odds, and given that it is what it is, i.e. a tired format whose impact has been severely diminished in our fast-paced etc., the show had a season that actually exceeded expectations. (All sorts of charts and graphs can be found here.)