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Sketch Anatomy: Jeff Loveness Visits Lonely Island's 'The 'Bu'

Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.

For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy, we talked with Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Jeff Loveness, who chose the classic 2003-2005 Lonely Island web series and Channel 101 favorite The 'Bu directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring Jorma Taccone as an angsty ninja navigating teenage life in his new home of Malibu with Andy Samberg as his on-and-off friend Aaron. [...]

'SNL' Review: Andy Samberg, with a Little Help From His Friends

SNL transforms when a former cast member returns to host. The regular format is stretched to make room for a massive SNL reunion, with classic bits and endless cameos by other past stars of the show. Usually this homecoming makes for an exciting night of television, with Lorne Michaels trotting out one of his prized horses to remind us of the joy this show has brought us over the years.

In this case, it reminded us how atypical of a cast member Andy Samberg was. His monologue joke that he appeared in "100 digital shorts and six live sketches" had a ring of truth: unlike all-star alums Will Ferrell [...]

Andy Samberg, Charlize Theron, and Andrew Garfield Are Hosting the Last Three 'SNL's of the Season

NBC just announced the hosts and musical guests for the final three Saturday Night Live episodes of the season:

May 3rd: Andrew Garfield/Coldplay

May 10th: Charlize Theron/The Black Keys

May 17th: Andy Samberg/St. Vincent

This is the first time hosting for both Garfield and Samberg and the second for Theron, who last hosted in 2000. Samberg left SNL in 2012 after seven years and is currently starring in the critically-acclaimed Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which won him a Golden Globe earlier this year. SNL is a rerun this week but will return new with the May 3rd episode.

Watch Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers Have a Chat on 'Late Night'

Forreal friends and former SNLers Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers had a nice long chat on Late Night last night, and Meyers pulled out his SNL connections again to talk about the time Samberg did his "Get in the Cage" segment with the real Nicolas Cage. Meyers also played a Weekend Update clip in which Samberg is really happy — Meyers not so much — to finally get the chance to barf all over Meyers in character as Prince Harry. Click through for the second part of the interview.

The Lonely Island Signs a Deal to Develop Shows for Fox via Hulu and Roku

Comedy trio The Lonely Island is going to be making stuff for Fox. The group, consisting of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and recent Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg, signed a development deal to create online content for Fox that will potentially be developed into shows for Fox and its subsidiary networks FX and FXX, Variety reports. The deal does not involve The Lonely Island creating musical content, with it focused instead on non-musical comedy that will likely debut on digital platforms like Hulu and Roku. Plans are for the trio to bring people they'd like to work with to Fox while overseeing projects created by these people, but [...]

The Episodes of 'SNL' Season 39, Ranked

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 each episode as a whole, ranking them in order of overall success and positive resonance with viewers.

Obviously comedy is subjective, and everyone watches SNL looking for different things — this list is just one of many you can find online. As far as we're concerned, things like musical guests, surprise cameos, and drama surrounding the show are less important than the plain-and-simple comedy aspects of an episode: How many sketches had [...]

Andy Samberg and Kenan Thompson Frolic About in These 'SNL' Promos

Here are this week's SNL promos with Kenan Thompson and host Andy Samberg, who enjoy some quick yoga, happy spinning, and whimsical frolicking together now that they've finally been reunited for SNL's 39th season finale.

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's First Season Lives Up to Its Hype

Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered with an entertaining-enough premise, a cast that seemed to have a natural chemistry, and some established cred behind the camera in co-creator Mike Schur. When the show and its star won Golden Globes in February, a shift could be felt in the televerse. This was no longer a TV show featuring the work of comedy darlings whose main fan base is readers of a site like this, but now a critically-acclaimed, mainstream, award-winning sitcom. Tack onto that an early season two pickup, and the game had completely changed.

What Brooklyn Nine-Nine has always had to its advantage is an ensemble of talented actors [...]

Taylor Lautner Replaces Andy Samberg in the BBC Three Sitcom 'Cuckoo'

In the fall of 2012, Andy Samberg starred in a six-episode BBC sitcom called Cuckoo, in which he played a hippie slacker tormenting his father-in-law, and with Samberg occupied full-time starring in the US series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Twilight star Taylor Lautner will be the new lead on Cuckoo for its second season, The Guardian reports.

The second series will find the rest of the cast returning, taking place two years after the first with Samberg's character Cuckoo having gone missing while researching a book in the Himalayas. The central family is putting their lives back together in the wake of destruction caused by Cuckoo, when Lautner, playing [...]

Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Among 2014 Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globes aired last night, and in the realm of comedy, Mike Schur's NBC shows had a great night. Not only did Amy Poehler finally get an award for her work as Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, but freshman sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine took home a surprising win for Best Comedy/Musical TV Series, with Andy Samberg also earning a Best Actor award for his work on the show this year. While the ceremony was sadly low on Fey/Poehler bits (probably due to how long it took every winner to walk to the stage), the comedy duo still knocked it out of the park with their monologue, and Amy [...]

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 [...]

Is 'Saturday Night Live' Becoming 'Saturday Night Pretaped'?

Last year, in his third time hosting SNL, Zach Galifianakis gave us a wonderful sketch called "Darrell's House." The sketch came in two parts. The first part was an odd piece that aired live early in the episode, with Galifianakis playing a public access TV show host who barked at an off-screen director to make various specific edits in post: remove a fight with his wife, insert a shot of a laughing crowd at the Apollo, etc. But it was the second part that was the true marvel. At the end of the night, SNL aired a recut version of the sketch with exactly all of the edits Galifianakis [...]

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 [...]

'SNL' Review: Melissa McCarthy and a Farewell to Seth Meyers

Some episodes of SNL are bigger than the host. For example, this season's premiere spotlighted the show's record six new cast members, while host Tina Fey shone in serviceable roles, like her pep talk to Cecily Strong in the latter's first time co-hosting Weekend Update. Similarly, last season's finale focused less on Ben Affleck's career comeback than it did on saying goodbye to Bill Hader and Fred Armisen (and Jason Sudeikis, though his departure hadn't been officially announced at that point). It's an awkward position for the host to find him or herself in, because not only do they feel the pressure to satisfy viewers tuning in to [...]