• TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential List: Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Lorne Michaels, more represent for comedy

    TIME magazine released its twelfth-annual TIME 100 today, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. And, while many familiar names from the arenas of politics and business were featured, some of comedy’s best and brightest stars also received honorable mentions within the pages of the special issue. Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, stand-up comedian-turned movie star Kevin Hart, Comedy Central darling Amy Schumer, comedic playwright

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    Saturday Night Live season 40 premiere live blog: Chris Pratt hosts, Ariana Grande sings

    After weeks of announced personnel changes, anticipation and predictions, the historic 40th season of Saturday Night Live is finally upon us. And comedy fans, myself included, is expecting a lot from SNL this year. I can’t remember a time in my entire life when so many horribly tragic and disturbing things are happening all over the world all at the same time. This country is in desperate need of comic

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    Meet Pete Davidson, Saturday Night Live’s newest addition

    Comedian Pete Davidson has just become the newest member of Saturday Night Live. Hand-picked by SNL honcho Lorne Michaels to join the 40th season of the iconic sketch show, Davidson now has the opportunity to greatly build on his already growing following in the New York comedy scene. In addition to touring nationally – he’s scheduled to appear at the Arlington Draft House in Virginia on Sept. 27 and 27

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    Saturday Night Live auditions final three black female comedians today

    There was a lot of fuss over the weekend when Lorne Michaels revealed on Thursday that at least one new black female actress would join the cast of Saturday Night Live in January. The show had been under heavy scrutiny for its lack of diversity, especially with women of color, over the years. SNL has not had a black female on the cast since the bi-racial Maya Rudolph left the

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    Maya Rudolph will return to primetime in post-Olympics variety show

    Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph will return to NBC this winter with an all-new variety show. The pilot for the project would air as a special after the Winter Olympics. If it premieres to much acclaim and fanfare, assumedly NBC would order a full-season run of episodes. Lorne Michaels, producing another of his Saturday Night LIve alum’s projects, has been working with Rudolph on this for several months when Up All

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    Sarah Silverman is going to star in an HBO series, maybe

    As we anxiously await HBO’s Nov. 23 premiere of Sarah Silverman’s first stand-up comedy special — We Are Miracles — in eight years, here’s a bit of information that should make comedy fans smile: the veteran comedian has just inked a deal to co-star alongside Topher Grace in a new pilot for HBO. Dubbed People in New Jersey, the show follows the lives of brother and sister as they trudge

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    IFC renews Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s ‘Portlandia’ for two more seasons

    With his exit from Saturday Night Live last month, Fred Armisen has more time to tend to Portlandia, his stellar sketch show on IFC. And thankfully, he’s taking advantage of the situation. He and co-star Carrie Brownstein will be returning for its fifth and sixth seasons, the network announced today. Ten new episodes are scheduled to debut early next year and early in 2015, respectively. “Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local

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    HBO says yes to Lorne Michaels comedy pilot

    Possibly adding a little racial diversity to its predominately white lineup, HBO has green lit a new Lorne Michaels-helmed half-hour comedy. Starring former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers, Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, the yet untitled show centers around two reporters hoping to gain fame and success in Atlanta’s New South. Following in the footsteps of the network’s Treme, a program set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Riddle and Salahuddin’s

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    Ana Gasteyer lied to Lorne Michaels about her age during Saturday Night Live interview

    We’ve all lied on our resumes or job applications. But lying to Lorne Michaels during your Saturday Night Live interview takes some serious balls. But that’s what Ana Gasteyer did before she landed her spot on the iconic show in 1996. In a new interview, the Huffington Post asks the current Suburgatory star, now 45, if she ever lied on a job application, to which she responds, “Yeah, I did

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    Comedian John Mulaney lands television deal with Lorne Michaels and NBC

    This should come as no surprise to true comedy lovers: stand-up comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney has landed a deal to produce a television pilot for NBC. Written by Mulaney and helmed by SNL honcho Lorne Michaels, the as-of-yet-untitled, multi-camera ensemble, based loosely on Mulaney’s life, will center on a group of young friends and their misadventures. If you’ve heard Mulaney’s stand-up, you’ll know he was

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    Kenan Thompson and Lorne Michaels are developing a new show for NBC

    For the second time this year, it’s been revealed that Saturday Night Live’s honcho Lorne Michaels plans to team up with one of the show’s major players. Following the news in August that he’s developing a family-themed series with Seth Meyers and his brother Josh, Michaels is now about to start working with Kenan Thompson. The nine-year SNL veteran is set to write, star in and executive produce (along with

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    Saturday Night Live vet Seth Meyers and brother Josh land NBC development deal

    Among the myriad reasons Seth Meyers will not be positioning himself as a late-stage candidate for co-hosting duties alongside Kelly Ripa (as was reported recently) is, no doubt, the deal he just inked with NBC. Though he’s set to return as Saturday Night Live’s head writer and “Weekend Update” host, the multi-talented Meyers will also be busy developing a multi-camera sitcom with his brother, Josh, known mostly for his work

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    Kristen Wiig departs Saturday Night Live: watch the teary goodbye

    Although no official announcement had been made prior to last night’s season finale of Saturday Night Live, most show fans knew that Kristen Wiig was leaving the show after an amazingly fruitful seven years. And now, it’s official, seeing as the show ended with a skit, wherein host and musical guest Mick Jagger played a high school principal wishing a special student (Wiig) the very best in the form of

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    Meet Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live’s newest featured player (Video)

    With the likely departure of Kristen Wigg and Abby Elliot’s status unknown after being let go from a FOX sitcom, Lorne Michaels is in need of securing a few funny ladies to round out the cast of Saturday Night Live. During the past few weeks, the brass at the iconic sketch show have been testing new performers with the possibility of joining the cast. According to Deadline, the following four

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    “30 Rock” will go on without Alec Baldwin, says Lorne Michaels; but, should it?

    Remember a while back when Alec Baldwin was all “Show’s over!” in regard to 30 Rock’s next season? He hasn’t commented on the series’ longevity in recent days, but executive producer and Saturday Night Live godfather Lorne Michaels has. And all I have to say is… uh oh. New York Magazine’s Vulture blog had a chat with Michaels and asked about the upcoming season for the show. If Baldwin bails,

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