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.
Jimmy Fallon’s first week as the host of The Tonight Show will play host to a bevy of impressive guests during his premiere week run hosting the NBC late night series. And with some of his close friends and favorite guests on track to appear, there may just be a few tricks up his sleeve to make the introduction to the Fallon era of the show more memorable. And there might just even be another "History of Rap" in our future.
The undisputed master of dramatic fiction — a poet of primal urgency, and all-around literary behemoth — Eric Jonrosh has seen his completed vision come to life in IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon. And lo, what a world we've stepped into. In a new clip from the greatest story of our time, Cynthia and her adopted brother Devon flirt with the illicit temptations of life, all while the world around them stands on the brink of utter collapse and disaster. It is a tale of circumstance, and sure to be an icon of the ages.
A couple of months ago, we learned that Will Ferrell, frequent partner in crime Adam McKay, and several other Funny or Die guys were bringing an original series to IFC called The Spoils of Babylon. The parody of a television miniseries could potentially make a big impact for the little network and very well may, thanks to the all-star cast that has now signed on for The Spoils of Babylon.
The Simpsons has always been known for pretty big guest stars and next season Fox’s animated comedy plans to continue the tradition by using SNL veteran Kristen Wiig’s voice during a special episode. Wiig has signed on for a fall of 2013 episode of The Simpsons called “Homerland.”
After an eleven month and thirty-day absence, Kristen Wiig returned to Saturday Night Live last night to host an episode, bringing back a number of familiar characters in the process. That includes Gilly, who appeared in the opening monologue, the weird Target lady, Dooneese of the Lawrence Welk Show sketch, Kat of improv characters "Garth and Kat" and the Californians. And the opening monologue featured a couple of surprise guests.
Expectations will surely be high this Saturday night. Kristen Wiig departed Saturday Night Live last year, ending a long and successful run on the sketch comedy series to pursue her acting career outside the NBC series. While she has a slew of projects in the works, including an appearance in the upcoming revival of Arrested Development on Netflix, she's set to return to SNL this Saturday night to host an episode.
It’s been a good year for Saturday Night Live, especially recently, when the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Justin Timberlake have taken the stage and the SNL archives have earned an exclusive streaming deal with Yahoo. NBC’s long-running sketch comedy program is about to air its last few episodes of the season, and on Friday, SNL announced both Ben Affleck and Kristen Wiig have signed on to host.
As though there weren't already enough comedic talent among the cast of Arrested Development, Kristen Wiig is joining the lot. The former Saturday Night Live star is reportedly set to make an appearance in Arrested Development, which returns for its anticipated fourth season at Netflix this May. And wait until you hear who she's playing!
Both Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig have announced they will not return to Saturday Night Live. Common sense would tell us that’s a bad thing, but the history of the show tells us it will not be. It tells us we’re about to start appreciating a few people a whole lot more and about to start experiencing a whole new brand of comedy.
Saturday Night Live has often been a rather large stepping stone for comedic actors, many of whom have gone on to create names for themselves beyond their place on the sketch comedy series. Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis have already begun to do just that, having appeared in various films while also appearing on SNL. While it isn’t a huge surprise to hear rumors that they’re set to depart the show after this season, it’s still disappointing.
It's nice to see that when a film does well, especially when a film deserves to do well, those involved reap the rewards (as opposed to the studios just reaping the profits). Bridesmaids was a refreshing female-led summer comedy starring Kristen Wiig and co-written by her and fellow Groundlings alum Annie Mumalo. Now, Mumalo has just struck a development deal with ABC TV.