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Alec Baldwin Breaks 'SNL' Record by Hosting Season 37 Premiere

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 3rd 2011 5:00AM
Alec BaldwinHis Schweddy Balls are already the stuff of legend, and now 'Saturday Night Live' frequent flyer Alec Baldwin is set to break the long-running show's hosting record.

Baldwin is currently tied with Steve Martin for the 'SNL' record after he hosted the show for the 15th time last year. However, executive producer Lorne Michaels told reporters that Baldwin is now set to break Martin's record by hosting the Season 37 premiere in the fall.

'Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy is lined up to host the second episode of the new season.

Baldwin pulls double duty as the star of Michaels' other NBC show, '30 Rock,' which is, of course, a fictionalized version of 'SNL.'

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Ben & Jerry's Readying a 'Saturday Night Live' Flavor?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 14th 2011 11:00AM
Saturday Night Live, Schweddy BallsThe famous 'Saturday Night Live' 'Delicious Dish' sketch with Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer and Alec Baldwin is rumored to become a Ben & Jerry's flavor just in time for the holidays. Nothing says Christmastime like Schweddy Balls!

Gasteyer let the news slip during a recent interview with NY1. "[The sketch] has this crazy, massive popularity that's kind of had a half life since I left the show," she said. "Ben & Jerry's is coming out with a Schweddy Balls ice cream for Christmas this year."

According to Gothamist, a Ben & Jerry's representative wouldn't confirm or deny the news, citing the desire for an element of surprise.

'SNL' veteran Jimmy Fallon recently got his own Ben & Jerry's flavor. Comedian Stephen Colbert and musician Willie Nelson have also received that honor.

Watch the iconic 'Saturday Night Live' sketch below.

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Jimmy Fallon and Gilbert Gottfried Revisit an Old 'SNL' Impression (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 27th 2011 7:50AM
Gilbert Gottfried on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'Controversial comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried stopped by 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) and found himself on the receiving end of a joke.

Jimmy Fallon revealed that for his first-ever appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' he had to impersonate Gottfried taking part in an episode of 'Hollywood Squares' that was supposedly being taped during an earthquake.

In the sketch, the celebrity contestants, true pros that they are, continue to play the game despite horrific injuries and falling masonry.

Gottfried said Fallon's impression was so accurate that he saw the show on a screen as he was walking through Times Square in New York City, "and I thought, 'Is that me? I don't own that jacket!'"

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Justin Timberlake Channels Mozart, Mocks Himself in Unaired 'SNL' Skit

by Jean Bentley, posted May 23rd 2011 11:30AM
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night LiveIf you'd like to watch Justin Timberlake make fun of himself with an on-and-off fake German accent, you should probably watch this unaired skit from this weekend's 'Saturday Night Live' season ender.

Things touched upon in the five-minute clip: musicians-turned-actors, similarities between 'No Strings Attached' and 'Friends With Benefits,' the 'Mickey Mouse Club' and those black-framed "take me seriously" glasses.

Watch after the jump, and tell us: Shouldn't this have aired instead of the tired Kristen Wiig game show sketch?

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'SNL Digital Short': '3-Way' With Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Andy Samberg (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 23rd 2011 4:14AM
Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga, 'Saturday Night Live'When Justin Timberlake was announced as the host for the season finale of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), we suspected there was a chance for a recurrence of the characters he and Andy Samberg made famous across two 'Digital Shorts.'

What we didn't expect was that not only would they be joined by their recent lovers from the 'Motherlover' short, Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson, but that musical guest Lady Gaga would join them in the song and the gag.

The new premise finds our favorite out-of-fashion mack daddies leaving their motherlovers behind to foray into the next frontier in lovemaking. "3-Way (The Golden Rule)" followed they boys on a sexual adventure with Gaga and one another -- It's okay, because it's not gay when it's a three-way.

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Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga Shine in the 'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale

by Joel Keller, posted May 22nd 2011 12:00PM
Last night, 'Saturday Night Live' aired its 36th season finale, and the writers and producers saved one of the best episodes of the season for last.

Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga on the season 36 finale of 'Saturday Night Live'
The presence of perennial favorite host Justin Timberlake gave the writers license to bring back characters that are very familiar to regular 'SNL' watchers. It's the ultimate sign that Timberlake is quickly becoming this generation's version of 'SNL' hosting stalwarts Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

But added to the mix was the presence of Lady Gaga, who not only performed two songs, but did a fine job in a number of sketches, as well. Do we have a new recurring host in the making?

After the jump, we'll give you a selection of videos from last night's finale. In the comments, give us your thoughts on how JT and Gaga did on the show.

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Justin Timberlake Lends Lady Gaga Some Clothes in New 'Saturday Night Live' Promo

by Jean Bentley, posted May 20th 2011 4:00PM
Saturday Night Live, Lady Gaga, Justin TimberlakeThis weekend, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga will team up for the most epic 'Saturday Night Live' season finale in recent history.

Timberlake is no stranger to the 30 Rock studio, having racked up 11 previous host/guest/cameo appearances over the past 11 years. Gaga's also an 'SNL' vet who made her debut in 2009 alongside Ryan Reynolds.

Watch the two superstars team up to tease Saturday's show in NBC's latest promo.

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Cut Skit From Ed Helms' 'SNL' Gig Makes it onto 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2011 5:48AM
Ed Helms & Taran Killam, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Fans of 'Saturday Night Live' know that not every sketch makes it onto the live show. Several are cut even just before they go to air, having survived through the dress rehearsal.

Because of this, there is tape of most of these cut sketches, and 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) had one from the most recent episode, hosted by Ed Helms.

While the final product was an uneven mix of funny moments and awkward sketches, it's hard to say which category this new sketch would have fallen into. The idea of a compilation of songs to deter kids from having sex on prom night is filled with comic potential.

Helms and Taran Killam were great on the vocals, and the bit of song they performed as the Buchanan Brothers was certainly disturbing enough to turn off all of us, but could it have sustained a full sketch? We actually think it could have.

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Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Are the Real Ambiguously Gay Duo on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2011 11:55PM
Jimmy Fallon & Jon Hamm, 'Saturday Night Live'Robert Smigel's signature creation returned to 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) with another installment of 'The Ambiguously Gay Duo.' But this time, he took the superhero buddy parody to the next level with a "flesh ray" that turned the entire cast into live-action.

The story was as you'd expect, but made even funnier when you replace the animated Ace and Gary with Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon respectively. The costumes, stretching and innuendo were even funnier.

The pair were joined by Steve Carell as Bighead, Stephen Colbert as Dr. Braino, Fred Armisen as Lizardo and Ed Helms as a Two-Face inspired villain. We loved the fight scene between the Duo and the henchmen, but not nearly as much as their "good stretch" with the super-villains looking on.

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Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon Team Up for Live-Action 'Ambiguously Gay Duo' on 'SNL'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 11:30AM
Ambiguously Gay Duo, Jimmy Fallon, Jon HammIt's been almost four years since we last saw crime-fighting duo Ace and Gary stop a bad guy with a slew of unintentional sexual innuendos on 'Saturday Night Live.' But last night, during the Ed Helms-hosted penultimate episode of season 36, the Ambiguously Gay Duo returned in a very special installment of Robert Smigel's Saturday TV Funhouse.

The cartoon started out normally, but halfway through turned from animation to live-action, with former 'SNL'-er Jimmy Fallon and frequent 'SNL' host Jon Hamm playing the flesh-and-blood superheroes. Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, who originally voiced the caped heroes, played the live versions of Brain-io and Big Head, with Ed Helms and Fred Armisen as two of their evil counterparts.

Watch the skit after the jump, and tell us: What did you think of the live-action Ace and Gary? What about the rest of last night's 'SNL'?

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Ed Helms and Fred Armisen Would Like You to Watch 'Saturday Night Live' This Weekend

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 5:20PM
Saturday Night Live'The Office' star Ed Helms is making his 'Saturday Nigh Live' debut this weekend, and he and 'SNL'-er Fred Armisen really would like you to watch the show.

In fact, along with musical guest Paul Simon, the trio makes up a new gang called The Fun Boys. Or is it Team Fiesta?

We're not quite sure -- watch this week's promo and see for yourself. Also of note: the epic high five that Fredward and Edward attempt (and fail).

Is it just us, or does Helms seem like he'll be an 'SNL' natural?

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Tina Fey Returns as Sarah Palin, Darrell Hammond is Donald Trump on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 12:58AM
Tina Fey & Darrell Hammond, 'Saturday Night Live'Tina Fey returned to the stage that made her famous when she hosted 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC). She hinted about her most famous impression in the opening monologue, and then later she popped on those glasses and Sarah Palin was back!

But Fey didn't return for this 'SNL' take on the recent Republican debate alone. She was joined on stage by impressionist Darrell Hammond doing his classic Donald Trump, as well as the usual cast playing some of the other Republican candidates. But it was Fey and Hammond who stole the show.

"I just hope tonight that the lamestream media won't twist my words by repeating them verbatim," Fey said in character. She took a moment to acknowledge the elimination of one of "the world's great villains," Katie Couric.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Jersey It Up and Stalk Fallon on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 6th 2011 3:45AM
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Jersey invaded 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on NBC), along with several of Jimmy Fallon's former 'Saturday Night Live' castmates. It was a veritable reunion of the power women of five to ten years ago with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch all appearing.

The video short was an obvious spoof of 'Jersey Shore,' featuring Fey and Poehler as two new girls coming into the club with some very different ideas to most of the gorillas in there.

"Let's have a relationship," Poehler told one guy as they were grinding to the beat.

Fey approached Fallon. "I wanna make babies with you," she said, properly freaking him out.

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Jason Sudeikis to Host MTV Movie Awards

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 27th 2011 2:15PM
Jason SudeikisJason Sudeikis' next hosting gig is a little bigger than the '80s sportscaster he plays on 'Saturday Night Live.'

The 'SNL'-er has been tapped to host the MTV Movie Awards from Los Angeles on June 5.

"I'm sincerely flattered that the folks from the Mostly Teenage Viewers network have invited me to host this year, and I look forward to keeping the streak of flawless and critically lauded movie awards show hosting in 2011 alive," Sudeikis told MTV News of his new gig.

The six-year 'SNL' vet will appear in the film 'Horrible Bosses' this summer with Jason Bateman and Charlie Day. First, though, he'll finish out the sketch show's 36th season with hosts Tina Fey, Ed Helms and Justin Timberlake.

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Ed Helms to Host 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Chase' Star Joins 'The Good Wife' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 25th 2011 5:35PM
Ed HelmsEd Helms has signed to host 'Saturday Night Live' for the first time.

According to NBC, Helms will be joined by Paul Simon. Helms' hosting duties align with the season finale of 'The Office' and the release of 'The Hangover 2.'

Simon's appearance on the May 14 episode will be his eighth on the 'SNL' stage. Tina Fey will host the May 7 show and Justin Timberlake will close out the season on May 21.

In other TV news ...

'Chase' star Kelli Giddish has booked a two-episode guest role on 'The Good Wife.' Giddish will play an investigator and former colleague of Kalinda. The role could extend to season 3 (if/when CBS picks up the show). [TVLine]

When 'The Real L Word' returns to Showtime for season 2, expect it to look a whole lot different. Only Whitney from season 1 is still with the cast. Joining Whitney is Claire, an aspiring magazine publisher; Claire's ex, Francine, a business executive; fashion designer Romi; couple Cori & Kasey and activist Sajdah. Season 2 premieres June 5. [Entertainment Weekly]

Coco, wife of 'Law & Order: SVU' actor/rapper Ice-T, is getting her own E! reality show. In November, the New York Post reported seeing Ice and Coco filming, but new details indicate Coco will be the focus. [TMZ]

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