Saturday Night Live has been criticized lately for not having any black female comedians on their show. They hired 6 new comedians for the new season, all white, most male. They really need as many white dudes as possible so they can continue to do stuff like this. No, but seriously, it’s pretty ridiculous that there hasn’t been a woman of color in the cast since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. And before her, there were only 3 black female cast members throughout the history of SNL: Yvonne Huson, Danitra Vance and Ellen Cleghorne. That’s pretty pitiful and ridiculous (yes, I’m using that word again, I can think of none better) for a show that’s been on since 1975.
So, producers/executives held “secret” auditions for black female comedians only, at the legendary Groundlings imrpov theater in Los Angeles. It would have been secret but some women (above) tweeted and Instagrammed about it. Yeah, and I’m sure the producers are reeeeeeal mad that this was leaked.
According to Entertainment Weekly, this whole thing was kind of haphazardly thrown together:
Actress Bresha Webb …: “The audition came about from an inside source from SNL. I don’t think any of us had a clue about the showcase until two days prior.”
It’s a little late to pat SNL on the back for this…or is it?
Let’s see if they actually hire anyone.
December 13, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
This is sort of obligatory posting at this point. On Saturday Night Live this week, Paul Rudd was hosting with One Direction serving as musical guest and since Paul is promoting Anchorman 2 at the moment, the rest of the cast – including Will Ferrell – joined him at one point and then One Direction joined them and they all sang ‘Afternoon Delight’ together.
It was a nice little stunt, sure, and I bet there were people who ate it up, but I just found it all… a little boring and not at all exciting like they hoped it’d be. It certainly didn’t make me want to see the movie any more than I did before (which, I’ll probably see it when it’s out to rent/download, because I did love the first one), but who knows. Maybe all the One Direction fans will be flocking to the theatres now.
December 9, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Lady GaGa is both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live tonight, and while I probably won’t watch because HOLY SHIT has that show gotten really, really unfunny, I am a bit curious to see how weird she’s going to be.
Here’s what she told Access Hollywood about her big moment:
“I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life. I’ve been rehearsing my SNL hosting performance since I was 4, so I’m okay.”
“I actually told [the writers] to push it. I told them to have a good time and not be worried about me being offended or not liking anything. So they really went for it.”
She’d be in pretty big trouble if she was easily offended, because there’s just SO MUCH to make fun of. I would say it’s great that she doesn’t take herself so seriously, but we all know that’s not the case…
Will you be watching tonight (or catching up on Hulu tomorrow)? Here’s her promo…
November 16, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Tina Fey is gonna host the 39th premiere of Saturday Night Live. According to many sources, the Daily News being one of them, Ms. Fey will host the show on September 28 with musical guest Arcade Fire. Arcade Fire has their first new song out in almost 2 years and it features one Mr. David Bowie singing in the background (Entertainment Weekly).
SOME VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS HERE:
– Do you still watch SNL?
– Will you watch Tina Fey’s new show?
– Which era of David Bowie is your favorite?
– What do you like to eat on your pasta?
September 10, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Ok, guys, this is not good news. You know how everyone always says that Saturday Night Live pretty much sucks these days? Well, it’s about to get a lot worse. Do you recognize that lady up there in that picture? Sure you do, that’s Kristen Wiig! She’s extraordinarily funny, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that she carries the whole show. If we had to pick a current star of the show, I’m sure there would be little debate that it’s this lady.
Yeah, she’s gone:
Two sources tell the new Us Weekly (on stands Friday) that several key Saturday Night Live players are following in the footsteps of SNL alums Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and ready to move on.
“Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis are all leaving after the end of the season,” says one insider. “It will be a huge blow to the show. Without Andy’s video shorts and Kristen saving every skit, they’ll need help!”
And though a rep for Wiig, 38, and Sudeikis, 36, refutes this — telling Us, “No decisions are made until the season is over” — an insider says the timing is right, especially for the Bridesmaids star.
“Kristen was talking about leaving a while ago,” says a Wiig pal. “With her movie success, it’s no surprise.”
Meanwhile, Sudeikis has a new movie in the works, Relanxious, where he will star opposite his real-life love Olivia Wilde. In the flick (which also features SNL pal Fred Armisen) Sudeikis will play an agoraphobic looking for love.
Andy Samberg too?! The man who is partially responsible for many of my very favorite SNL skits ever? Say it ain’t so! What else, NBC? Who else could you possibly take away from us to hurt us any worse?
Oh yeah, right, there’s Jason Sudeikis too. Um, oh no! Please, don’t!
But wait, let’s think about who else we’ll still have on board. There’s Keenan Thompson and Fred Armisen, who are on their eighth and tenth seasons, respectively, and it looks as though they’re there to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. Seth Meyers is on his eleventh season, and he’s pretty good, and then there’s the fabulous Bill Hader, who has been there for seven seasons. Bill Hader could carry that show – Stefon, right? I also usually enjoy Abby Elliot and Vanessa Bayer, on their fourth and second seasons. So I guess all isn’t lost, right? There will still be some good stuff to look forward to (again, Stefon).
Besides, it’s not like Saturday Night Live will ever actually get cancelled. It won’t ever get cancelled, will it?
April 5, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
I am pretty glad I stayed up late to watch last night’s Saturday Night Live. And I do not say this lightly, because it’s a statement I seldom make.
Former castmember Maya Rudolph returned to the show as host (and in grand form!), with terrific assists from Amy Poehler, Justin Timberlake and, yes, Bill O’Reilly of all people. The episode itself was timely and topical, and better yet, it had teeth.
Let’s begin with the tremendous opening sketch.
I’m not sure whether you’ve been following the “Lin-sanity”—yeah, it’s weird for me to type that and not mean Lindsay Lohan—but there’s just something about Chinese-American basketball phenom Jeremy Lin that brings out the inner racist a—hole in everyone. (To wit: ESPN fired one of its headline writers today, and another commentator was reprimanded.)
The sketch itself is really edgy and, to be honest, you might not love it. In it, one of the sports anchors keeps digging himself into an ever-deepening grave; meanwhile, it’s inexplicably okay for the other commentators to make repeated references to Lin’s racial identity:
Rudolph’s opening monologue had tons of potential—the joke is, Rudolph diddled everyone at NBC during her SNL tenure, right down to Bridesmaids costar Kristen Wiig—but it was preeeeeetty awkward in execution. (Know who can sell sluttiness? Melissa McCarthy, that’s who.)
Amy Poehler makes her first big appearance alongside Maya Rudolph in a Very Special Episode of “Bronx Beat.” Oh, how I’ve missed this bit! I love their teased hair! And their sass! The episode is a one-two punch, too: Justin Timberlake appears in—oh, how do I even say this—a surprisingly supportive role? Like, he is not the star. At all. Mostly he stands there. It’s great.