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'Saturday Night Live' - Dana Carvey / Linkin Park Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 6th 2011 11:00AM
Waynes World['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 14']

When former cast members return to host 'Saturday Night Live,' they bring with them heightened levels of enthusiasm, anticipation and possibilities. When those cast members who I grew up adoring, imitating and admiring return to host, I need to go on special medication.

Dana Carvey was one of a handful of people who introduced me to, and made me fall in love with, comedy. The litany of classic sketches that he carried and turned into cultural landmarks is well documented, but it wasn't just "The Church Lady" and "Hans and Frans" that drew me to him, it was more of his fringe character work, like "Massive Headwound Harry" and "Lyle: The Effeminite Heterosexual" that were so impressive.

If he could bring even a fraction of that to the stage again, we'd all be a little better off than we were before.

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Dana Carvey 'Schwings' Back to 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 4th 2011 3:30PM
Andy Samberg, Dana CarveyWhat can we expect from Dana Carvey's return to 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 5? Well, if this video is any indication, lots of classic characters!

Carvey, known for characters such as the Church Lady and Garth, is hosting the show for a fourth time. In the promo below, Carvey is teamed with current SNL It Boy Andy Samberg, and the two go to town with "schwing!"

Our fingers are crossed for surprise cameos and old school SNL fun.

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It's Zuckerberg Times Three on 'SNL' as the Real Mark Zuckerberg Stops By (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 31st 2011 2:51AM
Mark Zuckerberg & Jesse Eisenberg, 'The Social Network'The three face(book)s of Mark Zuckerberg erupted on the set of 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30pm on NBC) as the real deal dropped in on host Jesse Eisenberg's monologue. Eisenberg, of course, played him in the Oscar-nominated film 'The Social Network.

In the monologue bit, Andy Samberg came out in his Mark Zuckerberg persona to give Eisenberg crap for getting an Oscar nomination for portraying him in the film.

"what do I get," he asked. "What do I have to feel good about?"

"Wasn't Facebook just valued at like $50 billion?" Eisenberg responded.

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'Saturday Night Live': Jesse Eisenberg / Nicki Minaj Recap (VIDEO)

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 30th 2011 10:20AM
['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 13']

Who's hosting 'Saturday Night Live' this week? Who? Jesse Eisenberg? What would I know him from? I haven't seen 'The Social Network.' That's the internet movie about the rich nerds with the lead singer from N'Sync, right? He's hosting? Man, they must be hard up for hosts these days. Who's next week, that homeless guy with the sexy voice? No, I'm sure he is talented. You don't get nominated for an Oscar without some talent... unless you're Adrien Brody. There's always an added element of excitement when a newbie hosts the show, too. Cool. I'm psyched. Let's do this.

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Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Join Jesse Eisenberg on 'Saturday Night Live' Tomorrow

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 28th 2011 1:00PM
Jesse Eisenberg, Mark ZuckerbergRecent Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg is set to host 'Saturday Night Live' this week alongside musical guest Nicki Minaj, but he could have another very special visitor attend tomorrow night's taping.

According to the New York Post, Mark Zuckerberg is angling to appear on the episode. A source told the paper that the Facebook founder wants "to show he has a sense of humor" after complaining publicly that he was portrayed poorly in 'The Social Network.'

Dueling Zuckerbergs? We're in. It'll be best if 'SNL' uses him in an actual sketch, but we have a feeling he's going to be relegated to a short Weekend Update guest spot. Either way, the results could be great.

Watch Eisenberg's promos for this week's show after the jump.

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'Saturday Night Live' - Gwyneth Paltrow / Cee Lo Green Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 16th 2011 10:30AM
Gwyneth Paltrow, Cee Lo Green, Saturday Night Live['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 12']

It's been almost ten years since Gwyneth Paltrow last hosted 'Saturday Night Live,' and a lot has happened since then. She married a pretentious rockstar, named a person "Apple," starred in a blockbuster superhero franchise, showed up on 'Glee' and kept her girlish figure. She has always fared well at Studio 8H, to an impressive degree. So much so that I can vividly recall having to fight the urge to laugh since I hated her for that brutal duet with Huey Lewis, only to be thwarted by her comedic overtures.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Cee Lo Green Get Close In This Week's 'Saturday Night Live' Promos

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 14th 2011 3:30PM
Cee Lo Green, Gwyneth Paltrow, Saturday Night LiveWhile Gwyneth Paltrow was stuck in London earlier this week, Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen filmed a 'Saturday Night Live' promo without her. Since she's now safely in New York City, the 'SNL' gang decided to try again.

Things got pretty intimate between Paltrow and this week's musical guest, Cee Lo Green. They're rumored to have collaborated on a song, but could they be collaborating on more (if you know what we mean, wink wink)? Jason Sudekis, on the other hand, didn't have as much luck.

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Jim Carrey Is a Jealous Ballerina in 'Saturday Night Live's Take on 'Black Swan' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 10th 2011 1:24AM
Jim Carrey, 'Saturday Night Live'Jim Carrey remained consistently goofy in his return to 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat. 11:30PM on NBC) after fifteen years. Despite being 48 years old now, Carrey showed every bit of that rubbery manic personality that made him a fan favorite all those years ago on 'In Living Color.'

In a send-up of the dark ballet film 'Black Swan,' Carrey squared off against cast member Nasim Pedrad for the role of the Snow Queen. When it came down to a direct competition between them, we couldn't help but be reminded of the Chippendales showdown between Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley.

Like in that sketch, Pedrad proved capable and graceful as a ballerina, while Carrey was everything you'd expect from him in tights and a tutu -- a trainwreck. But it wasn't his lack of grace that ultimately did him in and awarded Pedrad the position. It was his failure to fully mask his gender.

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Jim Carrey's Back in These 'Saturday Night Live' Promos

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 7th 2011 5:00PM
Jason Sudekis, Jim CarreyJim Carrey's back hosting 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend, as we're reminded in these promos the comedian shot with 'SNL' cast member Jason Sudekis. There's also a long look at Jim Carrey's back -- as in the other side of his suit-clad torso -- in the minute-long clip.

Bonus: Old school, crazy face-making Carrey makes an appearance. "I'll be using a mixture of sound, movement and funny faces to beguile the audience," he tells Sudekis. Sweet.

The Black Keys are the musical guest. Watch the promo for tomorrow night's show after the jump.

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Host 'Saturday Night Live' on Jan. 15

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 4th 2011 12:00PM
Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow's 'Country Strong' publicity train continues: Next stop, 'Saturday Night Live' on Jan. 15.

According to NBC, this is the third time the 'Country Strong' actress will have hosted 'SNL.' Paltrow will be joined by Cee Lo Green as musical guest. Jim Carrey is hosting the Jan. 8 episode featuring musical guest The Black Keys.

Paltrow sang a PG version of Green's hit 'Forget You' on 'Glee' this season and rumors are swirling she and Green will duet on 'SNL.' In December, Green told E! Online the two were working on something together.

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The Year in Celebrity Impressions

by Jane Murphy, posted Dec 30th 2010 10:30AM
Anne HathawayWho doesn't love a good celebrity impression -- and who doesn't cringe at a bad one? In 2010, several impersonations went viral, generating chuckles and awe. We had comedians' impressions getting healthy screen time, like Kevin Pollak, Jimmy Fallon, and the up-and-coming Jay Pharoah. And we also had actors busting out take-offs on fellow thespians -- yes, Anne Hathaway's savage rendering of Katie Holmes on 'Saturday Night Live' is on this list. It was a truly a vintage year for people being other people.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. You can tell Jay Pharoah has great affection for the greats he mimics, like Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy. On the other hand, this year's rash of Jay Leno impressions were polished with bile.

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'Saturday Night Live' Delivers a Tribute to ... Having Sex, With Jessica Alba and Blake Lively (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 20th 2010 2:36AM
'Saturday Night Live' Delivers a Tribute to ... Having Sex, With Jessica Alba and Blake LivelyHaving sex! Most people seem to enjoy it. But can you express your love of having sex in lyrical form? 'Saturday Night Live' can.

On the new episode (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), Andy Samberg (and 'Lonely Island' co-star Jorma Taccone) delivered a serenade to something that didn't need serenading in the first place. After all, most people don't have to be won over to the idea of having sex. Still, Andy and Jorma tried it anyway.

They brought in a star-studded cast to help, including rapper Akon, as well as Jessica Alba and Blake Lively -- who played Andy and Jorma's completely-non-satisfied sexual partners. The song began well, as Andy bragged of his recent performance in the bedroom: "Have you ever had sex?" he sang. "I have/ It felt great. It felt so good/ When I did it with my penis." But things quickly went downhill from there ...

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Watch Jeff Bridges' 'Saturday Night Live' Promos

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 17th 2010 5:00PM
'Saturday Night Live''Saturday Night Live' wraps up its 2010 this weekend when 'Tron: Legacy' star Jeff Bridges hosts the show.

The Oscar winner, who last appeared on 'SNL' when he co-hosted with brother Beau in 1983 (the musical guest? Randy Newman), seems game for anything in these promos for the episode. Eminem and Lil' Wayne are the musical guests.

Watch Bridges banter with Fred Armisen (and some high-budget special effects) after the jump. The Cohen brothers (a.k.a. Bridges' hands with eyes drawn on them) make a cameo.

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Bill Hader Cracks Up While Playing 'Stefon' on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 13th 2010 2:10AM
Bill Hader Cracks Up While Playing 'Stefon' on 'Saturday Night Live'There's an ongoing debate as to whether it's awesome or annoying when cast members crack up on 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC). For instance, a lot of people hated former cast member Jimmy Fallon, simply because he laughed during sketches. Personally, we tend to err on the "awesome" side of the equation, but that's just us.

Now, the new king of inappropriate live giggling is ... Bill Hader, who's been having a lot trouble when playing his gay-themed character "Stefon" on "Weekend Update." "Stefon" is actually based on a dude who Bill has personally met. But the normally laid-back and professional Mr. Hader has some issues with playing him -- he's cracked up and broken character in the past.

Anyway, watch for yourself, as Bill/"Stefon" tries to talk about hipster-ish Christmas parties, "human parking cones" and "jacked midgets" -- but then is unable to restrain himself. Hader starts laughing, then starts freaking out again ... and has to cover his face with his hands.

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Watch Paul Rudd Laugh Really Hard in His 'Saturday Night Live' Promos

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 10th 2010 4:10PM
Paul RuddJust when you thought it wasn't possible for Paul Rudd to get any more adorably charming, he went ahead and filmed these goofy 'Saturday Night Live' promos with his 'I Love You, Man' costar (and 'SNL' cast member) Andy Samberg.

Our favorite is the one where he laughs really, really hard -- like, really hard -- but the Santa cameos are pretty great too. Rudd is currently promoting his romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson (and Jack Nicholson!), 'How Do You Know.'

Get psyched for tomorrow's Paul-stravaganza (with host Rudd and musical guest Paul McCartney) after the jump.

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