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Amy Adams and Taran Killam Get Into the Holiday Spirit in These 'SNL' Promos

SNL's final episode of 2014 airs this weekend with host Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction, and NBC released the first round of promos featuring Adams and Taran Killam catching some holiday spirit thanks to some imaginary snow and the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Ten Weird, Wonderful, and Recently Cut 'SNL' Sketches

Earlier this week, SNL released the newest "Cut For Time" sketch "Morning News," a risky but welcome take on the recent events in Ferguson that calls out Saturday's lukewarm cold open starring Kenan Thompson as a bumbling Al Sharpton for what it is: a missed opportunity to tackle even the most tragic political news in the sketch comedy format. Since last season, NBC has been regularly uploading SNL sketches that didn't make it to air, and for fans who love fresh, innovative, and often bizarre premises, these lost sketches are a welcome reminder that SNL is still capable of delivering original ideas that are weird as they are hilarious — just [...]

Former 'SNL' Writer Cindy Caponera on Molly Shannon: "She Was Scrappy and Relentless"

"Molly's path to SNL was impressive. She was scrappy and relentless. She did these crazy one-woman shows, and in between shows she would gather lists of names and phone numbers to ensure that when she did the next show she would have a full house. Again, pre-social media—that means thousands of tiny pieces of paper and business cards. She performed on these little stages in Santa Monica—climbing the rafters in characters she'd created. I'm still not sure how Lorne even found her."

- Former SNL writer Cindy Caponera looks back on Molly Shannon's stint as a cast member and the creation of her "licensed joyologist" character Helen Madden in [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Tina Fey (2000-2006)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

After three and a half years and over 120 SNL cast member profiles, it's time to end this column the way it began — by highlighting one of my favorite women to ever call SNL home. She's best known for her time on SNL and 30 Rock, but for America's many young women who consider themselves awkward, frumpy comedy nerds, Tina [...]

Lorne Michaels Talks All Things 'SNL' with Bill Simmons

"The joke I used to do is I'd say 'You know, there will be a time when I realize that it can't be as good as it used to be, and that I don't have the focus or the passion to do it in the same way, and that the quality will suffer, and then three years after that I'll leave.'"

- Lorne Michaels comments on his SNL departure plans in an in-depth podcast interview with Bill Simmons, which covers everything from the creation of SNL to the early '80s years to Michaels's thoughts on recaps and reviews in the internet age.

Watch the Newest Cut 'SNL' Sketch "100 Greatest Guys"

SNL uploaded a new pretaped sketch today that was cut from James Franco's episode called "100 Greatest Guys," a parody of VH1 countdown shows featuring Kyle Mooney, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson, and Vanessa Bayer as a varied group of entertainment experts providing commentary on the great guys to top out their definitive list. Check out the other sketch cut from Franco's episode "Morning News" here.

Watch 'SNL's Cut Ferguson Sketch About a St. Louis Morning Show

If you thought SNL dropped the ball this week by opening with a silly Al Sharpton sketch instead of something that more directly tackled the Eric Garner grand jury decision in New York, check out this sketch "Morning News" that, like a lot of other weird and great sketches this season, was cut for time. Whether you see "Morning News" as a hilariously awkward take on the events in Ferguson or a very meta look at SNL's recent discomfort with covering politics, one thing's for sure: It's definitely better than a joke about Al Sharpton's inability to pronounce the word "dubious."

Jack McBrayer Is Really Excited About James Franco's 'SNL' Promos

James Franco is returning to host SNL for a third time this weekend, and NBC just released his promo reel featuring Cecily Strong, holiday cheer, awkward gift-giving, experimental film techniques, and a special appearance by the one audience member who never leaves Studio 8H, Jack McBrayer.

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams are 'SNL's December Hosts

Saturday Night Live just announced its hosts for December. The Wrap reports that James Franco will host for the third time on the December 6th episode to promote his new movie with Seth Rogen The Interview with musical guest Nicki Minaj, while Martin Freeman will make his hosting debut on December 13th with musical guest Charli XCX. SNL's Christmas episode on December 20th will be hosted by Amy Adams with musical guest One Direction. Adams last hosted back in 2008.

Looking Back at the Nine 'SNL' Players Who Left Us Too Soon

When Jan Hooks — SNL cast member from 1986-1991 — died at the age of 57 last month, the show truly lost one of its stealthy greats. Like frequent sketch costar Phil Hartman, Hooks's incredible talent didn't need to call attention to itself, so it's only now, in hindsight and reruns, that the full measure of her brilliance is beginning to be calculated. Since SNL debuted in 1975, over 140 players have been in the cast, and nine have passed away from illness, drugs, or violence. Whether they leave us as beloved superstars with promising careers ahead of them or underappreciated and semi-forgotten talents with few recent onscreen [...]

Kate McKinnon and Martin Freeman Have a Tea Party in These 'SNL' Promos

Martin Freeman makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend with musical guest Charli XCX, and NBC released the first round of promos today featuring Freeman, Kate McKinnon, a very British tea party, and some important Hobbit questions from Jay Pharoah.

Sasheer Zamata Talks Improv, Dance Moves, and Her Nicki Minaj Impersonation

Over the weekend, SNL released a new installment of "AskSNL" featuring cast member Sasheer Zamata, who shares her favorite food and dance moves, offers some advice for aspiring improv students, and reveals that she'd really like to get her Nicki Minaj impersonation on the show even though all the opportunities in last week's SNL went to the real Nicki Minaj.

Watch "Def TED Talks," a Cut 'SNL' Sketch by Michael Che and Bryan Tucker

NBC uploaded a sketch this week called "Def TED Talks" that was cut from the latest episode of SNL hosted by Cameron Diaz, which was written by Michael Che and Bryan Tucker and features Diaz and a ton of cast members in a Def Jam/TED Talks mashup show hosted by Jay Pharoah as Russell Simmons. Considering how great last week's cut sketch "Tweet" was, by the end of this season we might have a whole episode's worth of delightfully weird and creative sketches that didn't make it to live air.

Watch Two Cut 'SNL' Sketches About Twitter and Dancing Robots

SNL released two sketches today that were cut for time from last weekend's episode hosted by Woody Harrelson, and they're a delightful mix of fun and weird. Check out the above sketch "Tweet" starring Aidy Bryant as a woman celebrating her 10,000th tweet (with cameos by Edward Norton and God) above, then click through to watch "Pentagon Presentation" featuring Cecily Strong as a dancing robot.