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Was 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' Funny or Racist on 'SNL'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 1:15AM
Anna Faris, 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' - 'Saturday Night Live''Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) continued its streak of less-than-stellar episodes in this new season, though there were still a few memorable sketches in this week's installment with host Anna Faris.

Certainly one of the most potentially controversial was the 'J-Pop America Fun Time Now' college-based talk show. It was a clear send-up of Japanese stereotypes, but it was also incredibly self-aware.

In fact, Jason Sudeikis was on hand seemingly just to tell us that this was a borderline-racist interpretation of a small sect of Japanese culture. Kind of makes you wonder if they put that character in there to minimize the chances of people being offended.

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'SNL' Scorecard: Were There any Gems in Anna Faris' Dud of a Show?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 16th 2011 1:20PM


So, do you want the good news first or do you want the bad news? "The good news first," you may or may not have said? Well, the good news is that after a rare four week run of live shows, 'SNL' has two weeks off to recharge. And, wow, do they need it. I mean, could last night's Anna Faris monologue have been any more phoned in? It's always a bad sign when the writing staff resorts to "fake Q&A with the audience,' but, my God, at least sometimes those can still be funny. Also, more good news: Jason Sudeikis' pal Charlie Day will be the next host on November 5, which should bring some much needed comedic inspiration. Of course, the bad news: last night's show was somewhat awful. Also, Faris introduced the show as the "Halloween show" – but where was the Halloween? Where was Hader's Vincent Price sketch? Come to think of it, where was Anna Faris? Anna Faris is funny! Why wasn't she featured more often? Regardless, thankfully, near the end of the show, there were a couple of gems. (Actually, this show, for as bad as it was overall, had my two favorite sketches of the season.) On to the scorecard...

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Who Scored Big in Week 3 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 10th 2011 1:00PM
The quality of Saturday's show aside, this was the first week that really allowed the cast to be featured on the front lines. Which, yes, lead to a few shakeups in the Relevancy Poll. It is striking, though, to watch the differences in airtime that featured players Taran Killam and Paul Brittain have been receiving. Both guys seem extremely talented, yet Killam is getting more time than even a lot of the full-time cast members are while, at the same time, we are starting to worry about Brittain's future on the show.

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'SNL' Spoofs Hank Williams Jr.'s Appearance on 'Fox & Friends' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 2:00AM
Ben Stiller, 'Saturday Night Live'On the one hand, 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) was talking about the steroid problem in baseball, which felt a little dated -- even if it was tied to a 'Moneyball' sketch. But then, on the other hand, they jumped right into a sketch about Hank Williams Jr.'s controversial appearance on 'Fox & Friends.'

It's when 'SNL' can react with immediacy that we often get our best satire, and Jason Sudeikis was certainly ratcheting up the crazy as Williams. The premise was that he was back to apologize, but he had a media spokesperson on hand, played by Ben Stiller, to help him and to really say the whole incident was Fox News' fault for inviting Williams on to talk politics in the first place.

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Who Scored Big in Week 2 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 3rd 2011 10:30AM
Even though the results were disappointing, this week's 'SNL' was, again, very host-centric – meaning there wasn't a ton of lead-role airtime to go around for cast members. Though, Jay Pharoah managed to get his first sketch of the season on the air, while poor Paul Brittain was nearly shut out. But who leads the poll after the second week of the season? A show hosted by 'Bridesmaids' star Melissa McCarthy? It should be no surprise that the top spot goes to...

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Melissa McCarthy Was Willing to Get Dirty for 'SNL' Debut (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:00AM
Melissa McCarthy, 'Saturday Night Live'Say what you will about the writing quality or caliber of sketches on 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), but there is no denying that Melissa McCarthy gave as committed a performance as we've ever seen.

In some cases, she carried the laughs almost entirely by herself. She tackled physical comedy, like throwing herself down a flight of stairs multiple times, and wasn't afraid to get dirty, like in her explosive performance in the Hidden Valley Ranch sketch.

Her character was so eager to be the best taste-tester, that at one point she exploded an entire bottle of the dressing all over her face and chest, and just kept eating it and going on. To their credit, no one broke character during this hilarious moment, which was easily a highlight of the night.

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'SNL' Scorecard: Was Melissa McCarthy Even Given a Chance?

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 2nd 2011 1:55PM


Someday Melissa McCarthy will be a good 'SNL' host. Her name will be mentioned alongside recent 'SNL' hosting phenoms like Jon Hamm and Justin Timberlake. Hell, if given some better than average material last night to back up her deliveries, we may already be mentioning her name as part of this class. Unfortunately, McCarthy did what she could with a writing staff that seemed to take the week off from writing anything interesting and, instead, just gave her a few sketches that resembled poor man's clones of 'Bridesmaids.' To be fair, this was probably to be expected with her first outing immediately following her breakthrough comedy role. But, now that this is out of the way, hopefully, next time, the writing staff will giver her more things to do than pour food on her head and have her fall down a flight of stairs. Alas, on to the scorecard...

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Just How Excited is Melissa McCarthy About Hosting 'SNL'? (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2011 7:50AM
Melissa McCarthyFresh off of her Emmy win 'Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy's all set to host this week's 'Saturday Night Live.'

And she's really, really excited about it.

After the jump check out the hilarious promo featuring McCarthy, her 'Bridesmaids' co-star Kristen Wiig, and this week's musical performers, Lady Antebellum.

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Who Scored Big in Week 1 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 1:20PM
Kristen WiigThe first week of 'Saturday Night Live' is in the books, which means it's once again time to go to the Relevancy Poll to see who's getting the most out of their airtime. (The final results of last year's poll are over here.) Host Alec Baldwin dominated the smaller sketches, and with a plethora of ensemble sketches (three in all), at least so far, it's hard to get a true gage on how things will play out in the cast. Though we did get a sense that Kristen Wiig seems to be back in full force -- after what could be considered a year off to finish and promote 'Bridesmaids'-- and that Jay Pharoah is still in the doghouse. Off to the poll:

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Ben Stiller, Anna Faris Book 'Saturday Night Live' Hosting Gigs

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 26th 2011 11:45AM
Ben Stiller, Anna FarisBen Stiller and Anna Faris will host 'Saturday Night Live' this season.

Stiller appeared as a featured performer in 1989. This is his second time hosting the show. He'll host the Oct. 8 show with Foster The People as the musical guest. Stiller is promoting his newest film, 'Tower Heist.'

On Oct. 15, Faris will take to studio 8H for the second time.

Drake will make his 'SNL' debut as the musical guest for Faris' show.

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Steve Martin Crashes Alec Baldwin's Record-Setting 'SNL' Hosting Stint (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 3:00AM
Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin, 'Saturday Night Live'When it was realized that Alec Baldwin hosting this season premiere of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) would give him the all-time hosting record over Steve Martin, we all assumed that Martin would make an appearance. The question was how and when.

Well, he showed up right away, during Baldwin's monologue touting his 16th time hosting. Martin was surprisingly gracious, and only wanted to make sure Baldwin wasn't using any performance enhancing drugs.

So they staged a fake drug test, with Martin analyzing Baldwin's urine by swishing it in his mouth -- he only detected Cialis. It was a fun bit, but much tamer than perhaps we would have expected. No jealousy or bitterness from Martin? We did, however, love when he asked surprise guest Seth Rogen if his being there counted as hosting. It doesn't.

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'SNL' Scorecard: Did Steve Martin Succeed in Sabotaging Alec Baldwin's Show?

by Mike Ryan, posted Sep 25th 2011 12:30PM


Watching Alec Baldwin host 'SNL' – which he has now done a record 16 times -- has become a little like purchasing a recent album from the now disbanded R.E.M.: We know that we're going to get a solid effort – even great, at times -- but the truly memorable moments are from the first decade of work. A point Baldwin even kind of alludes to in last night's monologue. The first show of the season is usually a mixed bag at best (with last year's excellent Amy Poehler hosted effort a huge exception). "But they've had all summer to think of new ideas," is often a criticism levied at the first show of a season, but that's not really the way it works. With Baldwin as host and with the exact same cast as last year (with the only change being Nasim Pedrad promoted from featured player to cast member) there was hope that SNL's 37th season could come out firing on all cylinders. Nope. So, with that, welcome to another season of 'Saturday Night Live' and, yes, another season of SNL Scorecard!

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Hear Alec Baldwin's Censored Rupert Murdoch Joke in This Week's 'Saturday Night Live' Promos (Sort of)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 23rd 2011 5:30PM
Bill Hader, Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin was supposed to play the part eventually portrayed by Leonard Nimoy in last Sunday's Emmy Awards opening skit, but the actor dropped out when Fox decided to censor his joke about Rupert Murdoch and News Corp's wiretapping scandal.

Thankfully, Bill Hader asked Baldwin about the zinger in the promos for this week's Season 37 opener of 'Saturday Night Live,' and you can hear it below ... sort of.

You should know that Baldwin is so ready for his record-making 16th hosting gig that he arrived prepared with a brand-new Trapper Keeper. Eeee!

Watch the promos below, and don't forget to come back Sunday for Mike Ryan's scorecard of the 'SNL' Season 37 premiere.

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Lonely Island, Michael Bolton, Special Guests Give Hilarious Emmys Performance (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 18th 2011 11:00PM
Lonely Island gave a hilarious live medley performance of their hit songs 'Jack Sparrow,' '3 Way (The Golden Rule),' and 'I Just Had Sex' at the 2011 Emmys, which featured a slew of musical guest appearances.

The Andy Samberg-led musical trio had those three tunes nominated for Best Original Song, although they were beaten out by Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' monologue in an award handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys last week. But they were the ones who stole the show at the main event.

Michael Bolton, who was at one point dressed in full pirate regalia, joined Maya Rudolph, John Stamos, Ed Helms and Akon in the star-studded medley.

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Schweddy Balls Ice Cream: Yes, It's Real!

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 7th 2011 8:15PM
Schweddy Balls'Saturday Night Live' fans, you better make some room in your freezer. Ben and Jerry's has officially announced the launch of Schweddy Balls ice cream. Yes, an ice cream flavor based on the fan-favorite 'SNL' Delicious Dish skit featuring Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer and Alec Baldwin.

"For a long time, I thought that 'Here Lies Pete Schweddy' would end up on my tombstone," Baldwin said in a statement. "Now, thanks to Ben & Jerry's, the goodness of the Schweddy family recipe won't go with me to the great beyond."

In the classic sketch, Shannon and Gasteyer played NPR hosts. Baldwin played Pete Schweddy, a baker.

The flavor, which was rumored to be in the works in June, will be available nationwide. It features Fair Trade vanilla ice cream -- with a hint of rum -- fudge covered rum balls and milk chocolate malt balls.

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