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.
The internet is responsible for a lot of celebrities finding new found popularity, whether they're relative unknowns or respected industry veterans. Denzel Washington could be one of the next benefactors of the all seeing digital hand, particularly when it comes to scoring a hosting gig on SNL.
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.