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Aidy Bryant on 'SNL' Reviews: "We're Definitely Aware of It"

"I mean we're definitely aware of it. We hear things. Some of us read more and some of us don't. One of the things we talk about a lot within the cast is how much the show now is broken down into three-minute chunks and dissected. I don't think that happened in the '90s and the '80s and I wonder if there's a purity to that that I envy sometimes. I think that if you went to go see a stand-up show or a sketch show live, you'd take it for what it is and just enjoy it … But it's become such a math problem of 'who has the [...]

What to Expect From 'SNL' Season 40

SNL returns for its 40th season this Saturday, with host Chris Pratt, musical guest Ariana Grande, and pretty much the same cast — minus a handful of people we rarely saw in sketches anyway. Following a lackluster season, Lorne Michaels is now sticking with the tools he's got, replacing five departing cast members with only one newcomer — standup Pete Davidson — and promoting writer Michael Che to co-host Weekend Update. Meanwhile, Colin Jost will remain at the desk after taking on the job last February. It's a conservative approach, compared to last year's throw-everything-against-the-wall casting strategy, which resulted in a cast so overpopulated that some remained literal faces in the crowd at the season's [...]

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to 'SNL' Season 39

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at the performers that make up SNL's current cast, including their overall contributions to the show, memorable roles, relative screen time, and prospects for returning next season.

SNL's 39th season was a crowded one. Record-breaking crowded, even. Six new hires, plus a seventh midseason, rose the total to 17, making the current cast the largest SNL has seen during its entire four-decade run, topping even the infamously bloated 1990-1991 season. That season only had [...]

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.

'SNL' Review: Josh Hutcherson Brings the Charm

More often than not, the success of any given episode of SNL depends less on the talent of the host or the output of the writers that week than it does on how thoroughly the show's producers understand the host's abilities and how efficiently they deploy them. For example, past seasons have seen lukewarm episodes hosted by comedy greats like Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, and Ed Helms — not by the fault of the hosts or the sketches themselves, but because the producers didn't know quite how to make them shine as bright as they had as their other popular characters. Meanwhile, the show has had great success with [...]

Jim Carrey Does His Best Aidy Bryant Impersonation in His 'SNL' Promos

Here's the promo reel for this week's SNL hosted by Jim Carrey, which is full of spooky Halloween references, attempts to start trending online, and Carrey's spot-on impersonation of cast member Aidy Bryant.

Watch Aidy Bryant's 2012 Second City Performance "Dolly Mae Daniels and Her All Ex-Husband Band"

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

This week's unearthed clip features the most recent Second City performance starring Aidy Bryant just a few months before she joined the SNL cast in September 2012. From the 36th Second City E.T.C. revue We're All in This Room Together with ensemble performers Mike [...]

The 24 Best Sketches of 'SNL' Season 39

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here we recall some of our favorite sketches from the season — both live sketches and videos.

Season 39 of SNL certainly hasn't been the most popular among viewers, with its first half bogged down with criticism over the lack of diversity in the cast, and its second half attacked (often unfairly) for uneven writing under new head writer Colin Jost. Even though the show hired Sasheer Zamata (along with two black female writers), and the script [...]

'SNL' Review: Louis C.K. Is Still Hilarious, In Case Anyone Was Wondering

When Louis C.K. last hosted SNL in November 2012, there was magic in the air. A week after Superstorm Sandy walloped New York, with huge parts of the city still without power, it just felt appropriate to see a comedian so emblematic of the New York spirit, with its gritty nature and heartfelt sincerity, serve as the face of the show that week. And to see him kill it as he did, with a hilarious parody of his FX show Louie starring Abraham Lincoln, was a magical moment for comedy nerds, like watching Conan O'Brien hosting the Emmys in 2006 or witnessing Joss Whedon's The Avengers win over both [...]

Watch Kate McKinnon and Zachary Levi in a Fake Rom-Com Trailer from Above Average

Here's a trailer for a fake romantic comedy called Falling Down from Lorne Michaels's company Broadway Video's YouTube channel Above Average. It stars SNL's Kate McKinnon, Chuck's Zachary Levi, SNL's Aidy Bryant, and hopefully for Kate McKinnon's sake, a stuntperson.

'SNL' Review: A New Hope with Chris Pratt

The seasons have certainly changed at Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th season began with an episode that hardly resembled a season premiere, with little pomp or circumstance over SNL's impressive four-decade lifespan, and in its place a straightforward night of comedy that reflected a show well adjusted to its new lineup. Nerves did occasionally get the better of the performers — especially first-time host Chris Pratt, who coasted on his signature goofy charm, flashing that Andy Dwyer "oops" face a few times – but overall the episode charged forward with a leaner (and more colorful) cast, and a greater confidence in its sense of humor.

We aren't out of the woods just yet, though. SNL's live sketches suffer [...]

'SNL' Firing New Cast Members Displays a Show Still Deeply In Transition

Word has come down this week that SNL cast members Noël Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan have been let go from the show after one season, with Nasim Pedrad also leaving to work as a regular on Mulaney (a move that has long been anticipated) and Mike O'Brien's status currently in talks. Their departures don't come as too huge a shock — as we recapped at the end of last season, the three saw little screen time and had few memorable moments during the season. And while it must come as a disappointment to those actors and their fans, let's not forget that at least a third of everyone [...]

Tim Robinson Helps Mike O'Brien Find a Hot Date Outfit in 'Chicago Rats'

In this third and final episode of Above Average's sketch web series Chicago Rats, Tim Robinson goes out to a fancy clothing store with Mike O'Brien to help him prep for his big date by embarking on the best silly dressing room montage possible. Aidy Bryant and SNL writer John Solomon also make an appearance.

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.