Julia Sweeney On SNL's 'White-Male Energy' and the Story of Pat

Beloved SNL alum Julia Sweeney was interviewed by Salon recently, and now I really miss Pat. During the conversation, Sweeney (a cast member from 1990-1994) had had plenty to say about Lorne Michaels, the show’s “white-male energy,” and whether or not Victoria Jackson is messing with all of us. » 5/06/15 7:20pm 5/06/15 7:20pm

Lorne Michaels Says He'll Get Around to Hiring Black Women Eventually

Throughout all of the recent controversy about Saturday Night Live's consistent failure to add a black actress to their cast, Lorne Michaels (the show's top executive and specter of Studio 8H) has remained silent — until Thursday, that is, when the issue was brought up during an interview with the Associated Press. » 11/01/13 7:00pm 11/01/13 7:00pm

SNL Initially Rejected Rachel Dratch Because They Had Enough Ladies [Update]

The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff has published an extensive look at the relative horror it is to audition for NBC's Saturday Night Live and its creator, notably weird, opinionated and enigmatic dude Lorne Michaels. If you like SNL, it's something to sink your teeth into; if you don't, it's another indication that… » 8/22/13 4:00pm 8/22/13 4:00pm

Nasim Pedrad Exits SNL to Play Lady Lead in John Mulaney's Sitcom Pilot

Nasim Pedrad is leaving SNL to play the female lead on John Mulaney's unnamed autobiographical NBC comedy pilot. She'll join Mulaney, Martin Short, and Elliott Gould, to play Jane, a "sweet, intelligent and lazy grade school teacher who doesn't love her job and wants to make changes but she's addicted to… » 4/03/13 1:20pm 4/03/13 1:20pm

Alec Baldwin Weds Hilaria Thomas Without Further Incident

Alec Baldwin married 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thompson in a New York City church today, and nothing was wrong unless you count the presence of Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn. Here's hoping Baldwin's new wife will lead him in a few sun salutations every morning to stop him from buying a one-way ticket to The… » 7/01/12 11:30am 7/01/12 11:30am

Alec Baldwin Lets It Slip That Justin Bieber Is Hosting SNL

Plug your ears and get off Twitter, because a nationwide teenage freakout is about to erupt. It looks like Justin Bieber is going to bring his gently tousled locks and pitch-perfect pipes to Saturday Night Live in the very near future—at least if you believe Alec Baldwin and his famously loud mouth. » 1/31/12 8:00pm 1/31/12 8:00pm

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The Future Of Female Comedies May Sit Squarely On Tina Fey's Shoulders

Despite the "Tina Feytigue" experienced by some media mavens sick of the writer/actress/producer's PhotoShopped face coming at them from the cover of every magazine, I am still deeply psyched for Baby Mama, the Fey/Amy Poehler vehicle coming out on Friday. The Los Angeles Times points out that Universal, the studio… » 4/21/08 5:40pm 4/21/08 5:40pm