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Andrew Garfield to Host 'SNL' May 3rd

Over the weekend, NBC announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield will host the next episode of SNL with musical guest Coldplay on May 3rd. It will make Garfield's first time hosting the show, while Coldplay will be returning for their fifth musical guest appearance.

Saturday Night's Children: Al Franken (1977-1980; 1985-1986; 1988-1995)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 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.

SNL has a long history of pitting two groups together to create comedy gold: the untamed, brash Chicago improv troupers and the pompous nerds of Harvard. Tina Fey put it nicely in a 2011 New Yorker piece when she wrote "If Harvard is Classical Military Theory, Improv is Vietnam." While the Harvardlings mostly occupy writing positions at SNL (see Conan O'Brien and [...]

Watch Louis C.K. and Kenan Thompson in These 'SNL' Promos

Here are this week's SNL promos, which feature Kenan Thompson, returning host Louis C.K., and some references to smoking pot and eating a bunch of cheeseburgers.

Saturday Night's Children: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 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.

If we could single out any SNL cast member for changing the game in terms of the show's format, impact, and internet-age revolution, Andy Samberg would be the one. With his Lonely Island team Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, Samberg brought SNL into the digital age with "Lazy Sunday" and made 100 more Digital Shorts before leaving for primetime television. Beyond their many [...]

Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon Celebrate Feminism in These 'SNL' Promos

Lena Dunham hosts SNL for the first time this weekend, so she paired up with Kate McKinnon to make a bunch of silly promos that have them dancing, celebrating feminism, discussing Dunham's Girls directing style, and listing their goals for the week. As is the case with most actors who share the screen with Dunham, McKinnon's half-naked by the end of this video.

Watch a Two-Minute Time Lapse Video of an 'SNL' Taping

SNL just released this cool time lapse video, showing all the moving pieces in Studio 8H during an SNL taping by speeding the video up really fast. It's from this weekend's Anna Kendrick episode, in case you want to try to sync up the audio of that episode to 50 times its usual speed while you watch this.

Anna Kendrick is 'SNL' Illiterate in These 'SNL' Promos

Here are this week's SNL promos featuring Taran Killam and first-time host Anna Kendrick. Killam and Kendrick jam-pack these four minutes with great concepts like monkey butlers, bacon bikinis, musicals, show tunes, and plenty of one-upmanship. Even though Kendrick doesn't seem to understand what SNL is, these promos hint that she's going to be great anyway.

Michael Che Discusses His Favorite 'SNL' Sketches He's Written

Standup Michael Che started writing for Saturday Night Live last year, and The Huffington Post has an interview with him in which he discusses how his favorite sketches he's written came to be, including his first sketch, in which Zach Galifianakis played a bigot in an M&M suit trying to apologize to his co-workers at the M&M store.

Watch Vanessa Bayer's Epic Hip Hop Dance

Here's an SNL web exclusive featuring Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and last week's host Lena Dunham as they patiently wait for Vanessa Bayer to show off the new dance she learned at the gym paired up with Beyonce's "Partition." They might not exactly agree that Bayer's dance skills are up to par, but that doesn't mean they can't hug it out with her for trying.

Saturday Night's Children: Jim Downey (1979-1980)

Aside from having the best set of lines in Billy Madison, Jim Downey is best known for having a long writing tenure at SNL second only to Lorne Michaels. Downey joined the show at the same time as Bill Murray in 1976, and with only a few exceptions (including a break in the early '80s to serve as head writer at Letterman), he was a regular fixture on the writing staff until the end of last year, serving as the show's longest-running head writer from 1986-1995 and knighted ruler of SNL's political cold open sketches. Despite being better remembered as a writer, Downey also spent a single season [...]

Aidy Bryant Does Her First 'SNL' Promos with Host Seth Rogen

Here's the promo reel for this week's SNL with third-time host Seth Rogen and first-time promo actor Aidy Bryant, who swings back and forth between excitement over Rogen's presence and excitement over finally getting to do a promo.

Watch Louis C.K. as an Asexual Alien in a Cut 'SNL' Sketch

Here's a sketch cut after SNL's dress rehearsal this past weekend in which host Louis C.K. plays an asexual alien named Zartag who escapes his crystal prison then makes some evil-sounding demands of a spaceship crew, only to expose his love for posters of hunky Earth guys and their "cool, fun vibe."

Anna Kendrick and Seth Rogen Are Both Hosting 'SNL' Next Month

Saturday Night Live announced today that Anna Kendrick and Seth Rogen will both be hosting the show in April. The April 5th show will be the first time hosting for Kendrick, while April 12th will be the third time hosting for Rogen, who last hosted in 2009.

The musical guest on the Kendrick show is Pharrell, while Rogen's is Ed Sheeran. The next new episode of SNL airs March 29th with host Louis C.K. and musical guest Sam Smith.

Louis C.K. to Host 'SNL' March 29th

Ahead of the delayed fourth season of Louie premiering in May, SNL announced over the weekend that Louis C.K. will return for a second time as host on March 29th. The last time C.K. hosted was back in November 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in the amazing Louie parody "Lincoln" as well as the bizarre "Mountain Pass" sketch where C.K. had a lot of fun with a ram's horn. The musical guest for C.K.'s episode has yet to be announced.