• Saturday Night Live hires two new writers, Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes (Videos)

    After announcing earlier this week that it has (finally) hired a black female cast member, Sasheer Zamata, Saturday Night Live hired two new black, female writers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes will join the talented staff of the long-running sketch show. Tookes (pictured right), is a former news reporter and one of the women who auditioned on a super secret showcase in LA last month.

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    Sasheer Zamata is the newest cast member of Saturday Night Live

    Amidst controversy centered around Saturday Night Live’s lack of black women on its cast, comedian Sasheer Zamata has been hired as the iconic show’s latest addition. She’ll make her debut on Jan. 18 when Drake is the episode’s host and musical guest, according to Deadline. Zamata’s hiring comes after SNL reportedly auditioned multiple black women across the country, whittling the talent pool down to just three—Zamata, Natasha Rothwell and Kerry

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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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    John Goodman, Taran Killam shout Christmas carols in SNL promos (Video)

    John Goodman returns to host Saturday Night Live for the 13th time this week! Taran Killam asks in the new promo video how long it’s been since he’s hosted. “I’m bad with numbers, but I think 150 years ago,” the Inside Llewyn Davis actor remembers. The musical guest? “Mozart.” The duo do their own musical number in light of the holiday season. Check it out below! Sign up to get

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    Tim Meadows got angry about being left out of SNL sketch but then wasn’t angry

    Saturday Night Live alumnus and comedian Tim Meadows is not happy with the show that launched his career after this past Saturday’s episode. The Bill Brasky sketch has been done over the last couple decades with a combination of Meadows, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Mark McKinney, and/or guest players. The NBC late night show brought back the sketch last week with Ferrell, Koechner and guest host Paul Rudd (all of

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    Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen return to SNL to help skewer Sound of Music (Video)

    Last night Saturday Night Live welcomed back two of its recently exited stars — Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen — to help skewer Thursday’s live production of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood. In case you didn’t see the clip already, we won’t give it away, which is also the reason the photo above doesn’t give anything away. But suffice it to say, SNL was not kind to its

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    Paul Rudd loses his mind over One Direction in Saturday Night Live promos (Video)

    Actor and overall hilarious human being Paul Rudd is hosting Saturday Night Live this week. Cast member Vanessa Bayer asks Rudd in this week’s promo video about his preparation for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and shares in his excitement about meeting boy band sensation One Direction. Enjoy their funny takes below! Sign up to get funny daily videos and headlines delivered to your inbox every day! Be sure to

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    Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake headed to Saturday Night Live

    On the heels of its highest ratings this season – thanks, in no small part, to Lady Gaga – Saturday Night Live announced a powerhouse host/musical guest combination for its Dec. 21 episode. Jimmy Fallon will supply hosting chops (his second time) and Justin Timberlake will bring the jams—though we’d be shocked if Timberlake pop up in multiple sketches and — because of their musical relationship (see below) — we

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    Saturday Night Live introduces anti-depressant for Barack Obama (Video)

    The concerned folks at Saturday Night Live have a solution for President Barack Obama’s second-term blues: Paxil. The difference, though, is that this anti-depressant isn’t for regular people. Check out Jay Pharoah as Obama below. Sign up to get funny daily videos and headlines delivered to your inbox every day! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud for all the latest comedy news,

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    Saturday Night Live blasts Toronto mayor Rob Ford (Video)

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report have been having their fun with embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford. You’ve no doubt been following the news of his crack use and subsequent apology tour, which has done him more harm than good. So, naturally it was Saturday Night Live’s turn to have their way with the situation. And they did so in last night’s cold opening, which featured

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    Lady Gaga is actually pretty funny in these Saturday Night Live promos (Video)

    Lady Gaga has made a career out of showcasing what mainstream America would consider “shocking” fashion and manufacturing “boundary pushing” stage shows. It’s nearly impossible to take her seriously as an artist, because, truly— what exactly is her art these days? She’s long since abandoned the singing chops and musical ability she had when she was just Stefani Germanotta and has since replaced those things with layers of makeup, fucked-up

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    W. Kamau Bell addresses Saturday Night Live race controversy on Totally Biased (Video)

    You may have noticed that since the 39th season of Saturday Night Live debuted two weeks ago – with six new cast members – there’s been some scuttlebutt over the lack of black women castmembers. Of the new hires, only one is a lady and all of them are white. Addressing said scuttlebutt, veteran SNL castmember Kenan Thompson said, “It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions,

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    Miley Cyrus plays Michele Bachmann in government shutdown music video

    When Miley Cyrus released her bizarre video for “We Can’t Stop” earlier this year, rational human beings would never have thought it would be mashed up with something as political as a government shutdown. But it has– and to great effect. During last night’s Saturday Night Live, NBC aired “We Did Stop,” featuring Cyrus as insane Tea Party Republican Michele Bachmann and Taran Killam as Speaker of the House John

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    Miley Cyrus shuts down the haters in Saturday Night Live sketch (Video)

    Just in case you thought Miley Cyrus gave two shits about what you think about her over-sensationalized Video Music Awards performance on MTV — no matter how terrible it was — you should check out the cold opening to last night’s Saturday Night Live, where Cyrus pulled double duty as host and musical guest. SNL veteran and longtime Cyrus impersonator (long before that fateful VMA wreck) joins the pop star

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    No nip slips for Tina Fey in this week’s SNL season premiere (Video)

    The 39th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live premieres this Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 pm EST. Recent comedy Emmy award winner Tina Fey will be the guest host for this year’s first episode! Fey will make her fourth appearance as guest host on the long-running sketch comedy show after experiencing both a high and a low point (or two high points, if you’re a lonely guy watching television in

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