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

Taraji P. Henson Channels Cookie In Her SNL Promo

Taraji P. Henson is wearing a white fringe jacket ripped straight from Cookie’s closet in this promo spot for Saturday Night Live, which she’s hosting this Saturday. Watch her slap Taran Killam and offer him Cookie-style advice on confronting a fellow castmember. Killam also pitches a show called Umpire. Mumford and… » 4/08/15 1:30pm 4/08/15 1:30pm

Here's What the Cast of SNL Would Look Like as Demented Scientologists

A week after HBO premiered the Scientology documentary Going Clear, SNL has its response—a music video for “the Church of Neurotology” that perfectly channels the dowdy 20th century insanity of L. Ron & friends. “Religion and science intertwined, aliens live inside of our minds,” sings a beatific Aidy Bryant, eyes… » 4/06/15 10:50am 4/06/15 10:50am

Taraji P. Henson Is Hosting SNL in April, Praise Hands Emoji

Taraji P. Henson will host the April 11 edition of Saturday Night Live. The musical guest will be Mumford & Sons, but who cares. There will definitely be a Cookie skit, and here's what else I'm hoping for: a Baby Boy reference, furs on furs on furs, a special "Drip Drop" performance and a Jussie Smollett surprise… » 3/26/15 5:30pm 3/26/15 5:30pm

Contractors Aren't Quite Done With 50 Shades 'Sex Room' in Cut SNL Skit

In an SNL clip that was cut for time this week, Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele is surprised to find that Christian's playroom renovations are a bit behind schedule. Instead, she meets contractors Nico and Sal Renzetti, who assure her: "We're putting together a real nice sex room for you, miss." » 3/03/15 10:10am 3/03/15 10:10am

SNL 40 Was a Celebration of Triumphs and Failures

Public opinion on Saturday Night Live tends to lean in one of two directions: Either a.) it was better when you were a kid (sure it was) and is entirely unwatchable now or b.) its comedic legacy is so profound that you couldn't possibly speak ill of it. SNL is aware of both arguments and will spend a full three… » 2/16/15 5:30pm 2/16/15 5:30pm

Kanye, Sia, and Vic Mensa Get Weird on SNL's 40th Anniversary Show

Sunday night's three-and-a-half-hour long Saturday Night Live anniversary show was, in many ways, an exercise in convention: the resurrection of 40-year-old jokes for old time's sake, no matter how awkwardly they fit in 2015. (Thinking most particularly of Dan Aykroyd's bass-o-matic bit—who even uses blenders… » 2/16/15 10:50am 2/16/15 10:50am