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The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

'SNL' Review: Christoph Waltz Ist Fantastisch

One thing that has persisted through the undercurrents of SNL's humor is an ironic fascination of German culture. From the celebration of avant garde in Sprockets to the arrogance and vanity of (technically Austrian) bodybuilders Hanz and Franz — as well as the running gag of Liz Lemon's nerdy fluency in German on 30 RockSNL and its cohorts have depicted exactly the German qualities that host Christoph Waltz reflected last Saturday night: charming, precise, deliberate… and yes, a little unnerving.

Such qualities made SNL's first native-German-speaker a natural host. Waltz's many talents acquired from an upbringing in a theater family — singing, dancing, character work — gave [...]

Christoph Waltz Will Host 'SNL' February 16th with Alabama Shakes

Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz will host SNL on February 16th, with Southern rock band Alabama Shakes as musical guest. It's the first time on the show for both Waltz and the band, and the show will come just a week ahead of the Oscars ceremony, where Waltz is up for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Django. Alabama Shakes recently received three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist, for their acclaimed debut album, Boys & Girls.  SNL's next new episode will be on February 9th, with Justin Bieber pulling double-duty as host and musical guest, making Christoph Waltz the second host in a row who's constantly [...]