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Who Scored Big in Week 9 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Dec 12th 2011 1:00PM
Kristen Wiig had a great week. It's not going to come as too much of a surprise to anyone that she's at the top of the list this week. The problem is, when Wiig excels, the rest of the female cast suffers. That's just the way it seems to be. This problem is heightened when there's a female host – in that since the Tina Fey era, it's not exactly like it's been easy to get airtime as a female cast member (sans Wiig). So add one more female to the equation as a host and, well, you'll see.

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Who Scored Big in Week 5 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 7th 2011 12:45PM
For whatever reason, I had a feeling that Saturday night's show was going to be one of the better efforts of the season. Maybe I'm psychic! (Unfortunately, I'm not psychic.) Too often, when making 'SNL' predictions, the discussions break down into either, "Well, he's funny," or, "She was great in this movie, ergo, she will be a terrific 'SNL' host." (For the record, I may be the only person alive who instigates these type of discussions.) Here's really the most important intangible of being a great 'SNL' host: playing well with others. Charlie Day played well with others. So much so that everyone got themselves into the act this week, which, with a cast this big, is rare. But that's what made it good! So, with that, on to this week's slightly crowded Relevancy Poll...

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Robert De Niro Dresses in Drag, Flirts With Diddy on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 6th 2010 12:15AM
Robert De Niro Dresses in Drag, Flirts With Diddy on 'SNL'Well, Diddy got his wish, but was it worth it for Robert De Niro? Sean "Diddy" Combs was the musical guest on this week's 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC). He appeared along with third-time host Bobby (we call him "Bobby") De Niro. And the rapper started a Twitter campaign to be included in a sketch with the actor.

So, that happened -- but it may not have been the highlight of De Niro's career. The musician and the actor appeared together in a sketch featuring Andy Samberg as "Blizzard Man" -- the world's most clueless (and untalented) rapper. De Niro dressed up in drag to play Blizzard Man's mom, and soon enough, Diddy was hitting on him ... well, her.

While De Niro was decked out in a form-fitting sweater, sunglasses, and a questionable hairstyle, Diddy attempted to seduce him (her). Mr. Combs laid down such lines such as "Girl, you the one that's hot fire," and "If you wasn't my man's mom, I'd tear that a## up" -- and okay, let's just shut this whole thing down right now.

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'SNL' Spoofs Rachel Maddow, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Charlie Rangel (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 22nd 2010 6:15PM
This week's 'Saturday Night Live' (Saturday, 11:30 PM ET on NBC) cold-opened with a spoof of the 'Rachel Maddow Show,' in which Nancy Pelosi, played by Kristen Wiig, John Boehner, played by Bill Hader, and Charlie Rangel, played by Kenan Thompson, were guests.

It wasn't one of SNL stronger political skits, as most of the humor veered toward the cheap and obvious:

"Hello, young man," was how Rangel greeted Maddow. "Orange you glad I didn't mention the color of your face?" Maddow asked Boehner.

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Watch 'SNL's' 'The Rent is Too Damn High' Parody (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 25th 2010 3:00PM
Parodying someone who is already a self-parody can be a bit tricky. However, 'Saturday Night Live' and Kenan Thompson nailed their inevitable spoof of Jimmy McMillan, the black-glove-wearing The Rent is Too Damn High Party candidate for New York Governor, who made himself into a star during last week's televised gubernatorial debates.

In a laugh out loud sketch which aired during Weekend Update, we learned that there are twelve days in a week, roofs are edible, and that a home in Queens costs $17 million.

And, of course, that the rent is too damn high.

It remains to be seen if this freak show election cycle will be good for the country, but there is no doubt it's been a boon for politically-oriented comedy.

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Bryan Cranston Gyrates in 'Saturday Night Live' "What Up With That?" Sketch (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 4th 2010 4:45AM
Bryan Cranston Gyrates on 'Saturday Night Live'Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Ernest Borgnine joined DeAndre Cole (aka Kenan Thompson) as "guests" on Thompson's mock talk-show "What Up With That?"

This time in the recurring 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) sketch, Freeman was questioned on education. "I think what our schools lack today is empowerment -- it's the first thing we need," he said, as some drum-kit cymbals started up. "Where it really starts is with a solid family foundation."

"Family foun-da-tion!" Thompson belted out. "It begins in the home, yeah!" The fake host was then joined by his customary backup singers, '80s b-boy dancer Jason Sudeikis and the Kenny G-esque Fred Armisen. Funkadelic duo Doo-Doo Man (host Bryan Cranston) and Squiggy (Jay Pharoah) had a literacy lesson to add to the ditty. Cranston sang, "Put a book in your mouth. Put a book in your pants..." while gyrating in undies and a feather-boa coat. Surely a lesson not soon forgotten.

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Kenan Thompson vs. Reba McEntire at the Country Music Awards (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 10th 2010 2:10AM
Kenan Thompson vs. Reba McEntire at the Country Music AwardsWould you recognize the real Reba McEntire if you saw her? She is the second best-selling female country singer of all time. So hopefully, she's pretty noticeable. But during the '2010 CMT Music Awards' (Wed., 8PM ET on CMT), there seemed to be a little confusion.

Guest Kenan Thompson appeared on the award show, reprising his fairly racy impersonation of singer Reba that he first performed on 'SNL.' But then, while Kenan was busy acting like fake "Reba," the real Reba McEntire showed up.

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Alec Baldwin's Greek Love God on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 17th 2010 4:20AM
Alec Baldwin's Love God on 'SNL'On the season finale of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), host Alec Baldwin and Kenan Thompson played a couple of middle-aged gentlemen who, after meeting on a cruise, decided to produce a DVD of their fabulous lovemaking positions.

In the sketch -- an infomercial promoting the DVD -- it's clear that Baldwin's "Costas" may be from Greece, but he's far from a Greek god in this area. DVD clips show him demonstrating the "Check the Faucets" and the "Facebook."

The two also have ideas for multiple partners including the "Groundhog Day." It's enough to make Baldwin, who has hosted 'SNL' 15 times, unable to hold character and keep a straight face.

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Gabourey Sidibe/MGMT' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 25th 2010 3:00PM
(S35E20) Like most of the public, I only knew Gabourey Sidibe from 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' (Okay, seriously, if we're gonna do that, can we put it on the end of every movie adaptation of a novel? 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, based on the novel 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' by JK Rowling). It was one of those movies that I wasn't sure if I wanted to even watch because just looking at Sidibe in the trailers made me uncomfortable.

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Ryan Phillippe/Ke$Ha' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 18th 2010 1:00PM
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(S35E19)
All in all, a pretty mediocre episode. Ryan Phillippe didn't seem to stretch himself in any way. Well, okay, okay, he dressed up as a chick for a sketch, but apart from that, there was no palpable attempt to celebrate the fact that Ryan Phillippe was hosting or play to his strengths. I mean, I won't pretend I know what those particular strengths are, but 'Saturday Night Live' usually does a fair job of letting hosts try something dramatically out of their comfort zone or play up something unexpected. There was no sense of that in this episode.

Maybe they wanted to keep the episode toned down to counter whatever amount of crazy Ke$Ha wanted to unleash. By the way, that girl looks like she perpetually smells like drugstore watermelon body spray and BO. If that's the look she's going for, she's really nailing it.

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Tina Fey/Justin Bieber' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 11th 2010 3:49PM
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(S35E18) Tina Fey gives hope to all nerdy funny girls out there. You may be frumpy and strange now, girls, but all you have to do is work really hard, be yourself, create/write/star in a hit show with Alec Baldwin and become super-famous. Then you will finally be able to soothe the flame of self-hate this is currently raging within you. This is the only option to escape your ugly duckling phase. Sorry if you were convinced otherwise.

All right, seriously, this was a solid episode. It felt like Fey had a strong hand in what kind of material was being produced; most of the sketches worked very well for her. This was also the first time I had heard Justin Bieber. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Jude Law/Pearl Jam' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 14th 2010 12:31PM
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(S35E17)
Congratulations, Jude Law. That was a solid episode all around and a fine return to the 'Saturday Night Live' stage. And despite the fact that Pearl Jam was virtually unrecognizable to any ears that haven't heard them since the early-'90s, at least Law's musical guest didn't have any reason to do an awkward hoedown during a career-crippling blunder.

Cold Open: Of course they had to talk about this. Of course. Now, if you haven't read up on the incredibly weird Eric Massa story, it probably would have seemed like 'SNL' was just making up most of it. Unfortunately, they weren't. Maybe that's why they felt that ridiculously long intro was necessary? Anyway, the treatment of this topic was all right, though the absolute best part was Bobby Moynihan as Massa, attempting stealth snorkeling on Andy Samberg (the weak distraction was especially nice). And no, sorry, you can't unsee it.

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Nickelodeon Picks Up Two Comedy Pilots

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:51AM
Brian RobbinsNickelodeon has given the greenlight to two comedy pilots: 'Supah Ninja' and 'Everyday Kid.'

Producer Brian Robbins (pictured), a Nickelodeon stand-by, is behind 'Ninja,' which follows some high school kids who also happen to be ninjas. The pilot was written by Eric Garcia and Leo Chu, with contributions from Andy Bobrow (ABC's 'Samantha Who?').

Robbins is well-known to the network, having partnered with Michael Tollin to create Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series 'All That,' which launched the careers of Jamie Lynn Spears, Kenan Thompson and the central stars of 'The Amanda Show' and 'The Nick Cannon Show' (series they also fronted).

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Zach Galifianakis/Vampire Weekend' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 7th 2010 1:45PM
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(S35E16) This was definitely one of the weirder installments of 'Saturday Night Live' in a while, but for fans of Zach Galifianakis, it was a real treat. It's very rare that the entire tone of the evening so perfectly fits the host. A lot of hosts, be they athletes or singers or professional actors, use 'SNL' as a platform for showcasing other talents that they have (or think they have) and that can often lead to strange, near unwatchable territory.

Galifianakis knows where's his strong points are and confidently played those up all through the episode. He is not at his best with cue card-heavy parts, but rather when he forces the audience to bask in his glorious, beardy, unsettling presence. So we got a lot of that. A lot. Response to this episode will probably be highly divided (well, more so than other weeks) but, speaking as a long-time fan of Galifianakis, it worked.

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Jennifer Lopez' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 28th 2010 1:22PM
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(S35E15)
Someone at NBC or 'Saturday Night Live' sensed that you haven't thought about the music of Jennifer Lopez (no one calls her J. Lo anymore, right?) in about ten years, and in an effort to get "Waiting for Tonight" stuck in your head again, they brought her back. It was supposed to be some sort of double-whammy, a way for Lopez to promote her upcoming film, 'The Back-up Plan,' and her new album at the same time.

But then her label dropped her about a week ago and all ten people that were paying attention simultaneously tugged at their collars and went, "Ooh, awkward." These same people sat through her musical performances during this episode and, mid-cringe, mumbled, "Well, y'know. Bless her heart for trying."

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