With an authoritative voice, an underrated ability to inflect and decades of credibility from his work on beloved television shows, Don Pardo managed to earn one of two lifetime contracts NBC ever gave out, putting him on a pedestal alongside Bob Hope.
There is no expiration date on any of Williams’ innumerable energetic performances, but we thought now would be a good time to celebrate a selection of his most memorable television roles and appearances. Hop into the egg ship and come along with us, won’t you?
Saturday Night Live seems like a really fun place to work. In fact, the majority of the long-running show’s former stars talk about their tenures in glowing terms. Unfortunately, the experience is a whole lot more stressful for those fighting for screentime. It’s a vicious double-edged sword that requires continued output in exchange for glory and good times, and not everyone has the right combination of talent and good fortune to achieve.
he latest cast casualty to his the ebbing and flowing sketch series is first-year performer Brooks Wheelan, who was added during one of the most tumultuous casting transitions in the series’ long history. R.I.P. that Weekend Update segment and the tiny handful of characters that SNL actually let Wheelan play.
When Saturday Night Live returns in the Fall, it will likely do so without one of its key supporting players. Longtime support Nasim Pedrad is playing one of the leads on the highly anticipated Fox comedy Mulaney, and she apparently plans to pursue that course moving forward.
Really, why hasn't Adam Sandler ever hosted Saturday Night Live? Oftentimes, when a cast member leaves and goes on to get even more famous than the long-running sketch comedy series has already made them, they come back to host an episode. Adam Sandler never has. So why not? "Why should I?" is Sandler's recent response to that question.
Surfboard. Maya Rudolph stole the spotlight in Saturday Night Live's season finale cold open last night, reprising the role of Beyonce for the opening sketch. As one of numerous guest stars to pop up in the episode, Rudolph garnered the biggest laughs of the opening bit, as she randomly worked lyrics to classic Beyonce songs into her "official" statement about the well-publicized elevator incident between her sister and Jay-Z.
The last time Charlize Theron hosted Saturday Night Live, her recent films included Reindeer Games and The Legend of Bagger Vance, with Sweet November on the horizon. She had yet to win herself an Oscar for Monster, which wouldn't release for another three years. About fourteen years after her first run on Saturday Night Live, Charlize Theron is returning to host.
Andrew Garfield dared to express an opinion of Beyonce that wasn't glowing with praise, and this is what happened. Playing like a trailer, The Beygency sketch was just one of numerous great sketches in last night's episode of Saturday Night Live. Here are the other highlights...
Two years after leaving the show, the Emmy-winning Samberg is the latest in a long line of comedians who find post-SNL success, winning two Golden Globes for his consistently silly Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The musical guest for the evening will be indie pop singer-songwriter St. Vincent, performing on the show for the first time, two months after releasing her highly acclaimed self-titled fourth album.
On Friday, NBC announced that SNL will be putting together a three-hour special to commemorate forty years of screaming, “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!”. During the special episode, a slew of past guests, past cast members and present cast members, as well as famous musical guests, will make appearances.
Seth Rogan returned to host Saturday Night Live for the third time last night, and he was joined by his pals James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Taylor Swift, all of whom dropped in on his opening monologue.
Having Anna Kendrick sing during her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live seems like it'd be a no-brainer. Not only is the actress very funny, but she's also demonstrated her musical abilities on more than one occasion. With Into the Woods among her upcoming credits, Saturday Night Live seemed to target Disney in particular in its efforts to show off their host's vocal chops.
Anna Kendrick is something of a Hollywood rarity. She’s gone from the glitzy world of Twilight to the musical stage of Pitch Perfect to horror comedies like Rapture-Palooza and the upcoming Life After Beth, all the while retaining almost universal adoration from the Internet and her loving Twitter followers.
Comedian Louis CK returned to host Saturday Night Live and once again used the opening monologue as an opportunity for some great stand-up comedy. Next time you find yourself saying "I'm starving" or referring to a specific style of shirt as a "wife beater," go ahead and imagine Louis CK being offended. Did the comedian's appearance last night top his first run on the show?