• SNL recap: Zach Galifianakis’ fearless awkwardness shines through

    Sports fans, political buffs, media followers and Hollywood gossip addicts… nobody was left wanting by this week’s cold open on Saturday Night Live, hosted by Zach Galifianakis. Great premise, great writing, great delivery. Check it out! Hipsters got their taste next, as Galifianakis returned with his fearless awkwardness, concise self-mockery and, indeed, another fantastic song performance. Lip synced… wearing what? Endorsing… what? Oh, let’s just say that you don’t want

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    Review: Miley Cyrus proves comedy prowess on SNL

    It was only a matter of time before Charlie Sheen’s recent interview antics were going to get the Saturday Night Live treatment. The show dove head-first into the strange and strangely fascinating behavior with a Cold Open that made him the host of his own twisted talk show, Duh! Winning! With Bill Hader well-cast as Sheen (a role we’ll likely see him in for a while) and Abby Elliott as

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    Did Russell Brand play it too safe on Saturday Night Live?

    If you’ve caught Russell Brand’s stand-up on this side of the pond, you know the “I’m more famous in England” disclaimer that he applies to most American crowds is really buildup for explaining his odd hairstyle. But, perhaps because he had so many hats and wigs to don during his night as the host of Saturday Night Live this week, Brand’s signature ratted do was down during his monologue. The

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    Dana Carvey gives SNL the old school treatment, and a few laughs along the way

    Watching Saturday Night Live this week felt like introducing your mature, good-natured adult friends to that crazy cool old college buddy that you reminisce about all the time. At first, it was great, with the show spotlighting the biggest and best marks host Dana Carvey left on the show’s legacy during his stint from 1986-1993. The show’s cold open came straight from Aurora, IL. Carvey’s Garth once again sat alongside

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    Jesse Eisenberg, Nicki Minaj push SNL to one of its best episodes of the season

    Too often SNL feels like it’s made up of recycled parts, as if more time was spent trying to fit the week’s guests into already planned parts rather than putting together sketches specifically for the guests on hand. This week, however, was different. While it wasn’t a non-stop laugh-a-thon, and the best moments came from premises we’ve seen (but not too many times) before, the way the material was written

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    Gwyneth Paltrow and bad habits detract from an otherwise fun Saturday Night Live

    This week’s Saturday Night Live spanned the (occasional) good, (mostly) bad and (sometimes even) ugly of poking fun at all forms of entertainment. The show began with a throwaway Cold Open led by Greta Van Sustern (Kristen Wiig) introducing a panel of Fox News regulars attempting civility, only to be tripped up by James Carville (Bill Hader). Next came a paltry monologue by host Gwyneth Paltrow teasing her recent box

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    Jim Carrey owns the stage on Saturday Night Live

    Whether he was actually as positive as he claimed sarcastically or just positively into it, host Jim Carrey brought some serious energy to SNL this week. Introducing not just episode one of 2011, but “the very first show of the last year of our existence,” he owned the stage, but shared the love, working the crowd (not cast plants) during his opening monologue in a way we rarely see. Why,

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    Saturday Night Live delivers a few gifts before Christmas

    ‘Twas the week before Christmas… and the folks at Saturday Night Live delivered some decent presents for this week’s holiday show. They also delivered a few socks ‘n’ underwear- caliber duds. The funny thing is, they seemed to wrap most of them the same. That is to say, impressions were the core of this week’s show, which largely consisted of trotting out as many 2010 impersonations as possible. The show

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    Saturday Night Live delivers laughs despite emphasis on Paul McCartney’s presence

    Host Paul Rudd’s monologue on this week’s Saturday Night Live was a bit of a self-fulfilling prophesy. Of course, when a Beatle is in the studio, you’ve got no delusions that you’re the center of attention. And if you’re a cast member, you probably feel you’re even lower on that food chain. And thankfully, the reality of guest musician Paul McCartney’s overwhelming star power was handled beautifully in a well-delivered

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    Robert De Niro typecasted on Saturday Night Live; funny at times

    There’s a bit of irony in this week’s show. You’ve got an actor of Robert De Niro’s caliber hosting, one whose very reason for being a host is that his ability to deliver in comedies has proven so successful that audiences are flocking for thirds with “Little Fockers.” And yet, he spent most of the night playing either himself or his old cast-type. In one case, it was both. The

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    Anne Hathaway, Jay Pharoah lead Saturday Night Live to a solid night of laughs

    She awkwardly mumbles as the pseudo-“complex” Katie Holmes on the Miley Cyrus Show. She dons a Dorothy costume and Judy Garland’s voice to boot. She Brits-up as royalty-to-be Kate Middleton. She kicks up combat-booted heels as Alanis Morrissette. She busts out a thick Bronx accent for an on-the-scene news bit. It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and among the things to be thankful for this week are host Anne Hathaway’s voice

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    Scarlett Johansson proves her range on Saturday Night Live, but fails to help with laughs

    It’s difficult when I have to write not-so-nice things about someone for whom I have a lot of professional respect. But this week’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by excellent actress Scarlett Johansson, was simply boring. Her acting skills were certainly present, as she performed a range of characters that included a beautiful, pregnant Latina woman and an over-the-top child theater star. But shortly after the episode ended, I found it

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    Emma Stone brings together two types of viewers on Saturday Night Live

    All told, this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Emma Stone, did an admirable job of bridging the gap between “Emma who?”-viewers and fans of the teen-geared flicks the young actress is known for. After introducing herself and her work, Stone quickly concentrated on the niche she’s carved for herself as a good-looking geek magnet, earning plenty of chuckles turning down offers to make out with nerded-up Keenan

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    Jane Lynch shines in a solid Saturday Night Live episode

    From her very first line of her very first time hosting Saturday Night Live, Jane Lynch let us know that this was going to be truly fun episode to watch. She walked onstage with an unabashed “Wooooooo!” that wasn’t audible over the band, but was clearly heartfelt. She was bursting with excitement as she greeted the crowd, jumping up and down with uncontrollable glee. Yes, glee! Even the “so great

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    Kanye West creates fun in an otherwise un-funny Saturday Night Live episode

    It doesn’t bode well for a legendary sketch comedy show when the most memorable part of an episode is the musical performance. Kanye West’s two sets on this week’s Saturday Night Live were simply stunning to see! It was like watching a music video… live. Of course, NBC isn’t offering footage of “Power” or “Runaway,” the two songs Kanye performed, but a Google search may return them before they’re forced

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