Jan Hooks, an actress and comedian known for Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and 30 Rock, has died at the age of 57. Hooks began her career as a member of Los Angeles’ famous Groundlings troupe and was offered a series of small television roles in the early 1980s.
SNL’s Season 40 has featured a couple of big hosts so far, but neither Chris Pratt nor Sarah Silverman is nearly as exciting as Bill Hader’s big return to the show that made him a household name. Here’s a first look at this Saturday’s big SNL episode. Understandably, Hader’s been paired up with his former co-worker and veteran SNL cast member Kenan Thompson in the promos.
Saturday Night Live has a long and glorious history of original, generation-defining comedy bits. Unfortunately, it has a far less glorious and far less famous history of stolen material accusations. The finger-pointing added another chapter today too when some people stepped forward to claim last night’s Tina Turner Riverboat Sketch was lifted from a bit by The Groundlings.
We know Bill Hader as one of the funniest and most successful cast members in the history of Saturday Night Live. Once upon a time, however, he was just the new guy on the long-running sketch comedy show. No one including Bill Hader was quite sure whether or not he’d even make it on the show, except apparently, Dan Aykroyd
Ever wish that your toys would come to life? Last night's Saturday Night Live entertained such a scenario. Wait until you see what happens when this kid gets his wish for his toys to be alive...
NBC’s Saturday Night Live is set to kick off Season 40 this evening. To commence the anniversary year with momentum, NBC has big plans to air a classic episode from the SNL cannon at 10 p.m. EST tonight. It’s a trend that will continue throughout the year.
Saturday Night Live has always been a mix of different comedic styles. One sketch might be a pretty straight ahead commentary on recent political or pop culture events. It could be followed up by a middle finger toward some minor personality quirk a certain percentage of people do.
After more than a decade of hilarious and steady work on Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson may be ready for a new challenge. The seasoned comedian hasn’t announced his plans publicly, but rumors are swirling that he’s going to depart the SNL cast after this upcoming season.
Hammond only has a few days to settle into the new gig. Saturday Night Live’s 40th season will hit the schedule on September 27 and NBC’s announcement this morning noted that Hammond will be a part of Season 40 from day one.
This season, SNL has already announced Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman will host two episodes this fall, and on Wednesday, NBC announced that alum Bill Hader will return to the sketch comedy series as a host. Additionally, a formerly mentioned music guest has been officially announced.
Adam Sandler has a pretty big year ahead of him. He’s set to appear in more dramatic fare in the coming months, including Men, Women & Children and The Cobbler. But Saturday Night Live helped to kickstart career, and there’s something about SNL that has stuck with the actor over the years. The actor recently spoke out about his experiences with Chris Farley and Saturday Night Live over the years, including his painful firing from the late night sketch series that launched him.
Saturday Night Live has always preferred young when it comes to its cast members. With a few notable exceptions, the show typically employs people in their late twenties and thirties. That’s enough time to get training and seasoning but not enough to lose hipness.
The track record of shelved Weekend Update anchors isn’t particularly good. In short, after the majority have been replaced with someone new, they’ve never really been able to regain footing on the show. Fortunately for Cecily Strong, however, she’s one of the few anchors in the history of SNL who has maintained a steady presence in sketches during her tenure.
In a bold but somewhat shocking move, NBC has hired someone new to take a chair at the Weekend Update table. NBC obviously does not need three Weekend Update hosts, which means someone has been kicked out of the sketch for Season 40. Find out who here.
Saturday Night Live is hitting a pretty huge milestone this season, turning the big 4-O. To celebrate forty years on television, NBC’s late night series is kicking off with a very funny star who used to play side characters but has vaulted into the a-list in recent months. Chris Pratt will host the first episode of SNL this season, which is headed to NBC’s schedule at the end of the September.