• Saturday Night Live premiere relies on nostalgia, Amy Poehler, Katy Perry for laughs

    The 36th season premiere of Saturday Night Live was pretty magical. Not in that hokey poetic way. I mean the show’s overall impact relied on a bit of a slight-of-hand approach — or as host Amy Poehler’s husband Will Arnett might have said on Arrested Development, “It’s an illuuuuuusion!” But let’s come back to that. First, let’s hear from the host herself. Now, that was a perfectly delightful introduction to

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    Alec Baldwin proves funny and familiar on Saturday Night Live

    Watching the season finale of Saturday Night Live felt a lot like lunch the day after Thanksgiving… slapping together a bunch of odds and ends, reheating leftovers, adding a few new ingredients to turn that same turkey into a turkey salad sandwich. I’m by no means saying it was bad… how could it be with Alec Baldwin hosting for the 15th time? But coming off the hot orthopedic heels of

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    As expected, Betty White rules on Saturday Night Live

    Everything old was golden again for this week’s historic Saturday Night Live. Anticipation for host Betty White was sky-high. The hype, for a lesser star, could have meant disaster for the show. As you’ll see, the writers took the easy way out. The lines they wrote weren’t what was funny, it was the fact that Betty White that delivered them that got the laughs. It only goes to prove that

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    Gabourey Sidibe hosts a strong Saturday Night Live, complete with lots of cast giggles

    The great thing about having a brand new star as the host of Saturday Night Live is the sense of anticipation for what is ultimately completely unpredictable. The opening monologue, a sassy musical number to the tune of Betty Everett’s “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” found Gabourey Sidibe explaining, with a fabulous smile and a fierce swagger, why she’s nothing like the Precious character that shot her

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    Tina Fey was a welcome change to SNL, but episode still suffered

    When Tina Fey was announced as the upcoming host of SNL, my gut reaction was simply “YES!” After all, when a talented member of the cast – and in this case an amazing writer, too – returns, it’s an event. So, hope immediately went sky high for really crisp writing and delivery. Then the promos started running, and my gut reaction was “OH NO!” The three spots with Fred Armisen

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    Jude Law solid, but parody commercials outshine him on latest SNL

    The writers seemed to make a greater effort this week to write for the show host, Jude Law. This fine actor took on a variety of roles (a 1960s Russian ballet master, a sauve Spanish murderer, himself) and he pulled each off perfectly. But in a week when the strongest performances came from pre-recorded video, musical guest Pearl Jam and a completely unexpected appearance, it wasn’t enough to make Law

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    Saturday Night Live disappoints, despite the brilliance of Zach Galifiakanis

    The difference between the single funniest monologue I’ve ever seen on Saturday Night Live and pretty much the rest of the show this week? Night and day. Leave it to Zach Galifianakis to be his twisted self, but to find a way to make it palatable for Middle America. He pandered to the mainstream through self-mockery and common reference, but balanced it for the indies though razor-sharp wit. He was

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    Dream team of SNL presidents turns up on Funny or Die

    It’s the interior of the White House, the president’s bedroom. It’s night. Gerald Ford stumbles in. He’s befuddled. He prat falls onto a table. “Live from New York…” But this is no Saturday Night Live sketch. History has come alive on Funny or Die in an exclusive, star-studded video. Rather than mince words, let me cut to the chase. • Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford • Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy

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    Jennifer Lopez and the ladies impress with laughs on latest Saturday Night Live

    Let’s hear it for the girls! First we got Jennifer Lopez pulling double-duty as guest and musical host of this week’s episode. But to top that, we also got a strong showing by female cast members Kristen Wiig, Nasim Pedrad, Jenny Slate and Abby Elliott throughout the show! Slate gave us new car horns to go with our new doorbells. Pedrad gave us a little girl haunted by the band

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    Ashton Kutcher unimpressive on SNL, but still plenty of laughs

    Given how engaged and engaging Ashton Kutcher was prior to this week’s Saturday Night Live – hosting a series of live behind-the-scenes videos on Ustream – it was fair, I think, to assume that his fourth time hosting the show would inspire words like “edgy” and “cool.” Not so much. The truly funny stuff this week, and there was some really truly funny stuff, came primarily from around Kutcher rather

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    Mad Men’s Jon Hamm proves his comedic mettle on SNL

    Funny. Really funny. Genuinely and truly funny! That’s not often said about modern Saturday Night Live, but that’s sure what we got on Saturday. Mad Men madman Jon Hamm hosted up a storm of characters and was sexy (almost) all over this week. Cutting to “clips” from his stints on the teen show Late for Class, QVC and Def Comedy Jam, Hamm’s monologue was a great display of deadpan humor,

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    Sigourney Weaver proves her star power on Saturday Night Live

    Sigourney Weaver was the undisputed star of this week’s Saturday Night Live, and it’s not simply because she was the host. From the moment she took the stage for her monologue until she waved goodnight during the all-cast round-up, Weaver really dug in and owned her experience. She strutted onto the stage in a slamming black ensemble, rocked a huge smile and dove in with confidence. It’s insane to think

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    Saturday Night Live’s new season begins slowly with few highlights

    Happy New Year! It’s a brand new decade and Saturday Night Live is back. But don’t get your hopes up too high. Winter break, it seems, did little to inspire the show’s writers. Let’s face it, when you’ve got a former basketball star with no acting range as your first host of the decade, you’re probably not expecting to score the big laughs. So, let’s look at host Charles Barkley’s

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    Review: Saturday Night Live, Dec. 19 with James Franco

    Dec. 19, 2009 — Host: James Franco — Musical Guest: Muse “Make this the best SNL Christmas show of all time.” That was the final career suggestion host James Franco pulled from the lottery-like bin he employed during his monologue this weekend. “Not a chance,” he then admitted as he crumpled the paper and tossed it aside. And that was no joke. As it turns out, nothing in the show

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    Review: Saturday Night Live, Dec. 12

    Dec. 12, 2009 — Host: Taylor Lautner — Musical Guest: Bon Jovi SNL shows no indication of letting up on the Tiger Woods jokes anytime soon. The tone was set with an “Adulterers Press Conference” cold open, in which politicians John Edwards (Will Forte), Mark Sanford (Jason Sudeikis) and John Ensign (Bill Hader) criticized the media for focusing so much on the Tiger Woods scandal… instead of theirs’. And while

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