Articles for Saturday Night Live Season 33

After four months of waiting, fans can finally indulge in a night of slapstick, parody and entertainment as Saturday Night Live returns for a new season.  Many notable guests have been lined up for season 33 but for tonight‘s premiere, the 90-minute comedy variety show will be graced with the presence of self-proclaimed “Global Icon” and NBA superstar, Lebron James and award-winning rapper and record producer, Kanye West. James, Cleveland Cavaliers forward, has set numerous records on the court by becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 5,000 career points and by winning the MVP award in the 2006 All Star Game, as well as the Rookie of the Year honors.  As the host that kicks off the season opener, he joins a distinguished roster of superstar athletes who have participated on SNL during its long run, including fellow NBA stars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, NFL players Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Joe Montana, and other infamous sports icons. Read more »
Saturday Night Live, which has launched the careers of countless comedic geniuses like Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and a host of others, never fails to disappoint with its over the top sketches and parodies.  During its 33rd season premiere last Saturday, SNL once again delivered with featured host, LeBron James and Kanye West as musical guest. Beyond the usual big-name features however, Saturday Night Live‘s return has spawned yet another phenomenal craze, this time as a result of an irreverent musical number by current SNL regulars, Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen. Read more »
Tina Fey has emerged from the shadows of Saturday Night Live (SNL) to become one of today‘s more prominent and respected actors/writers/producers.  The multi-faceted artist credits her work on the career launch pad show for the success she enjoys today. Currently at the helm both in front of and behind the camera on recent Emmy Award-winner 30 Rock, Fey spent nine seasons as part of the cast and writing staff of SNL. Read more »
First we had NBA star LeBron James open the new Saturday Night Live (SNL) season.  Then last weekend, we got New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi hosting the popular sketch show.  And now, the latest confirmed guest host for the long-running gag program is none other than NBC Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams.Williams makes an interesting choice for SNL emcee, considering that he‘s always been this straight-laced, nary a strand of hair out of place, formal news persona. Read more »
Bill Hader has been working on Saturday Night Live since 2005, but apparently, two years on the job has not been enough to totally calm his nerves each time he has to go on stage for a live sketch. “I still get nervous, sometimes more than others,” Hader told Bill Hader Online.  “[With] LeBron James‘ show, I was nervous because it was the first show back and you‘re getting [accustomed] to everything again.  Seth [Rogen‘s] show, not so much.  I pace a lot and stare at the ground and generally creep people out right before a show.” Read more »
Over the years, a number of notable celebrities have graced Saturday Night Live, bringing a huge dose of laughs and entertainment to its millions of viewers.  But on last Saturday‘s episode, the 90-minute sketch variety show became extra memorable when it showed viewers a lighter side of presidential hopeful Barack Obama. In case you missed last Saturday‘s episode of Saturday Night Live, here‘s a snippet of what transpired on the fourth episode of Season 33. Read more »
While Desperate Housewives‘ Eva Longoria already handed out pizzas to the writers on strike, and while Jay Leno delivered donuts to protesters on his motorcycle, Seth Meyers and other cast members of Saturday Night Live expressed their support by joining the picket line outside Silvercup Studios in Long Island City.On SNL, Meyers is best known for impersonating such figures like John Kerry, Prince Charles, Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), Sean Penn, Stone Phillips and Wade Robson.  He joined the long-running comedy variety show in 2001 as an actor-comedian and has now been promoted to head writer. Read more »
Bad news for fans of Saturday Night Live.  NBC has reportedly made a daring move amidst the ongoing strike of the Writers Guild of America.  According to the New York Post, nearly the entire production staff of the long-running show has been laid off until further notice. Currently in its 33rd season, Saturday Night Live is a 90-minute comedy variety program that has run since the fall of 1975.  It features slapstick sketches and satirical skits, as well as performing artists and notable guest celebrities. Read more »
Two decades after its episodes first aired, the complete sophomore season of the much loved Saturday Night Live will finally be available on DVD.  Season two of the iconic gag show went down in history as Chevy Chase‘s curtain call engagement on the series, as well as Bill Murray‘s baptism of SNL fire. Saturday Night Live‘s second season ran from 1976-1977.  Aside from the departing Chase and the debuting Murray, that year‘s cast of regulars included other eventual comedic greats like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtain, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris and special guest Andy Kaufman. Read more »
Now that the writers‘ strike is officially, 100 percent over, we can look forward to countless scripted shows returning to production and getting new episodes back on the air in four to eight weeks. However, fans won‘t need to wait that long for the return of Saturday Night Live, which will start back up next Saturday, February 23.For the triumphant return, the show is pulling out the big guns, as the host will be none other than Tina Fey. The recent Golden Globe and SAG Award winner for her work on 30 Rock was, of course, a co-anchor of Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update for four seasons in addition to serving as the show‘s head writer. Read more »
Saturday Night Live welcomed another presidential hopeful to the show over the weekend, with former first lady Hillary Clinton not only taking the stage to appear alongside comedienne Amy Poehler, but also uttering the show‘s famous opening line, “Live from New York, it‘s Saturday Night!” Saturday‘s episode opened with a similar sketch recreating last Tuesday‘s debate, during which Clinton had referred to a recent Saturday Night Live episode in which a sketch had reporters fawning over her rival Barack Obama while treating her as an annoyance.  For the opening, Poehler took on the persona of Clinton and proceeded to field questions from NBC anchors Brian Williams and Tim Russert while serving softballs to Obama.  Moments later, the real Clinton appeared onscreen armed with an “editorial response.” Read more »
Last month, Saturday Night Live returned with its first post-strike episode, more than three months after it went on hiatus last year.  As expected, all of the show‘s cast members are happy to be back to be back on the show, and to be working with one another once again. “I am so happy to be back at the show.  Everyone here is,” cast member Fred Armisen wrote on his blog on Saturday Night Live‘s official website.  “Right after it was announced that we were going back to work, [co-stars] Seth [Meyers] and Amy [Poehler] set up a last minute get together at a bar downtown. It was such a good feeling to see everyone.  The writers, the crew, people from every department.  Nobody was shy about embracing each other and openly saying ‘I missed you!‘” Read more »
Tonight was the long-awaited first episode of Saturday Night Live since the writers‘ strike ended. With Tina Fey as host and more than three months of material as fodder, the episode hit a homerun, making it one of the few consistently funny episodes of the last few years.Among the first episodes targets were the media‘s infatuation with Barack Obama (played by Fred Armisen, a clear sign they need a skinny black cast member), The Celebrity Apprentice and several Oscar-nominated films. Seeing Bill Hader “drink your milkshake!” was worth the 90 minutes all by itself. Yet the highlight could‘ve been the ingenious Rock of Love 2 parody. Read more »
NBC has tapped music superstar Mariah Carey to step in for Janet Jackson as musical guest on tonight‘s episode of Saturday Night Live.  Earlier this week, Jackson dropped out of her appearance on the live comedy sketch show after coming down with the flu. Carey, whose last appearance on Saturday Night Live took place more than 10 years ago, will be performing songs from her highly-anticipated new album, “E=MC2.”  Scheduled to hit shelves on Tuesday, April 15, “E=MC2” is Carey‘s eleventh studio album and a follow-up to "Emancipation of Mimi," her multimillion-dollar selling #1 album which earned three Grammy Awards – including Best Contemporary R&B Album – and holds two #1 singles, as well as stayed on the charts for a long 18 months. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of Saturday Night Live marks the ninth live broadcast of the 33rd season of NBC‘s sketch comedy variety show.  Reprising his hosting duties is perennial favorite Christopher Walken, who makes his comeback on the show after five years of absence.The 65-year-old Oscar winner has hosted Saturday Night Live on six occasions and has always had standing offers from Lorne Michaels to appear on the satire series whenever Walken‘s schedule permits. Read more »
Following Christopher Walken‘s appearance, Saturday Night Live invites yet another perennial favorite.  On tonight‘s episode, Ashton Kutcher returns to the satire series for his third hosting appearance. Kutcher, who stars in the upcoming romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz, is popularly known for playing dim-witted pretty-boy Michael Kelso on the television series That ‘70s Show.  After his stint on the long-running comedy, the 30-year-old actor has remained in the television circuit, creating and producing shows like MTV‘s Punk‘d and Beauty and the Geek and the new mid-season comedy series Miss Guided.  He is known for his roles in films such as Dude, Where‘s My Car?, Just Married, A Lot Like Love, The Butterfly Effect, and The Guardian. Read more »
Casey Wilson appears to have a promising future in the cards as she acquires more film projects after doing celebrity impersonations of Rachael Ray, Mariam Budia and Rock of Love‘s Kristy Joe Muller as the newest cast member on Saturday Night Live. Wilson joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the show‘s first new episode after the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, becoming the first new cast member in two years.  Wilson is now the fourth Saturday Night Live cast member to be born after the show‘s premiere in 1975, along with Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, and Andy Samberg. Read more »
Jimmy Fallon is taking over for Conan O‘Brien in 2009.  The Saturday Night Live alum has been lurking in the wings ever since NBC announced Conan would be taking the reins of The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2009, but this is the first official announcement that Fallon is indeed going to be the new host of Late Night.  There had been reports over the last year that maybe NBC was waffling over their decision to replace Leno – his ratings are still strong – but it now looks as if they‘re going ahead with their original plan.  Conan will replace Leno, and Fallon will replace Conan.  Carson Daly (the wooden host of Last Call with Carson Daly) had openly campaigned for the job, but NBC probably didn‘t truly consider him as a candidate.  The “official” official announcement of Fallon‘s hiring will likely take place at NBC‘s upfront presentation on May 12. Read more »
Amy Poehler charmed movie fans by playing a surrogate mother in the comedy flick Baby Mama, and now she‘s about to be one herself.  The Saturday Night Live star is reportedly expecting her first child with husband, Will Arnett, who is known for his role as George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II on the FOX sitcom Arrested Development. The couple‘s rep, Lewis Kay, has confirmed the baby news to People, though Kay has declined to give further details about the Saturday Night Live actress‘ pregnancy, except for the fact that the baby is due in late fall. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of Saturday Night Live marks the come back of Daytime Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning actor Shia LeBoeuf following his first hosting appearance on the NBC sketch comedy in April 2007. LeBoeuf, whose most recent credits include Transformers, Eagle Eye and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is no stranger to the world of comedy.  During his childhood, he created fictitious tales and practiced stand-up comedy around his neighborhood as an "escape" from a hostile environment.  At the age of 10, he started performing "dirty stand-up comedy" at comedy clubs, describing his appeal as having a "50-year-old mouth on a 10-year-old kid.” Read more »
It‘s finally officially out in the open – Saturday Night Live (SNL) stalwart Jimmy Fallon will inherit the Late Night show from Conan O‘Brien.  Come the middle of next year, when Conan relinquishes his hosting chores, Fallon will take over the cudgels after a brief period of transition, which will include a revamp of the Rockefeller Center studio that houses the Late Night show. The official announcement came yesterday straight from Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, chairmen of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios during a press conference held at Rockefeller Plaza. Read more »
Saturday Night Live attempts to close out the season in style.  After booking Shia LeBoeuf and rock band My Morning Jacket on last week‘s episode, the variety sketch comedy employs the hilarious antics of The Office star Steve Carell.Returning for his second hosting stint, Carell has been celebrated as America‘s funniest man on the cover of Life Magazine.  He has earned critical acclaim and has received the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Television Comedy for the leading role of Michael Scott in the remake of Britain‘s existential comedy The Office. Read more »