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The Episodes of 'SNL' Season 40, Ranked

With SNL's 40th season wrapped up, we're taking a look back at the past year to recall the highs, lows, and other memorable moments as the show ended its fourth decade on the air. Below, we reexamine the 21 episodes of Season 40.

Like any lineup in showbusiness — whether it's a summer movie schedule or a season of Saturday Night Live — tentpoles are crucial. An SNL season may feature a plethora of first-time hosts enjoying their moment in the sun, but it never goes too long before bringing in a seasoned veteran host who can guarantee a win. Recent seasons have been tentpoled by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, [...]

Chris Rock Guest Stars on Tonight's 'Eric Andre Show'

The latest season of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show has so far featured stars like Seth Rogen and Jimmy Kimmel and an episode takeover by Hannibal Buress, and tonight's new episode should be just as entertaining when guest Chris Rock joins Andre on the street for a new installment of "Bird Up!" The episode airs on Adult Swim tonight at 12:15am. Check out a preview clip via The Howard Stern Show below:

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'Top Five' with Chris Rock, Leslie Jones, Kevin Hart, and More

Here's a behind-the-scenes peek of Chris Rock's new film Top Five featuring Kevin Hart, Questlove, and SNL cast members Leslie Jones and Jay Pharoah, who explain why it's best to work with a friend like Rock who's "just a phone call away." The film premieres in theaters this Friday, and you can check out the trailer here.

Chris Rock Talks 'SNL,' Standup, Politics, and More with 'New York' Magazine

New York magazine recently conducted a lengthy interview with Chris Rock to promote his latest film Top Five, and it's loaded with great insight on everything from standup and SNL to political correctness, President Obama, and current events like Ferguson and Bill Cosby's demise. Here are Rock's thoughts on how cell phones and social media have driven comedians' self-censorship when developing material:

It is scary, because the thing about comedians is that you’re the only ones who practice in front of a crowd. Prince doesn’t run a demo on the radio. But in stand-up, the demo gets out. There are a few guys good enough [...]

Chris Rock and Bobby Moynihan Bond Over Prince in These 'SNL' Promos

Ahead of the premiere of his new film Top Five, Chris Rock returns to host SNL this week for the first time since 1996 with musical guest Prince, and NBC just released the first promo reel featuring Rock and Bobby Moynihan wandering outside 30 Rock at night and talking all things Prince. It all makes sense considering that Prince has an eight-minute jam session planned for Saturday night.

HBO Orders an Amy Schumer Standup Special Directed by Chris Rock

The wonderful Amy Schumer is officially headed to HBO for her own standup special. The pay-network announced today that it's ordered its first standup special starring Schumer to air later this year, and Chris Rock will serve as director. "Amy is one of the most inspired comics working today, and we hope her first HBO special marks the start of a long and beautiful relationship," said HBO president Michael Lombardo. "This event is even more special because our good friend, the incredibly talented Chris Rock, is directing." The special will tape at the Apollo Theater in New York on May 29th.

How Chris Rock Made the Personal Impersonal in 'Top Five'

I have been a big fan of Chris Rock’s since I was young. “No Sex (in the Champagne Room)” was one of the first comedy things I listened to in secrecy, so impressed by its humor and edge and so scared that my mother might find me listening to it. I'll admit to liking Down to Earth, Rock's very strange and broad Heaven Can Wait remake, and Head of State made every worthwhile joke to be made about the Obama presidency before he was even a twinkle in the Democratic National Convention’s eye.

Many comedians I respect have said that Top Five is Rock's masterpiece. That he had finally found [...]

Chris Rock Explains How He Helped Leslie Jones Get Hired at 'SNL'

Chris Rock has a powerful Hollywood Reporter essay out today that breaks down his thoughts on Hollywood's race problem, and in the middle of the essay there's some great SNL trivia for fans of newly added featured player Leslie Jones. According to the essay, Rock was lobbying to get Jones on the show long before she actually got the job:

And I have a decent batting average. I still remember people thinking I was crazy for hiring Wanda Sykes on my old HBO show. I recommended J.B. Smoove for Saturday Night Live, and I just helped Leslie Jones get on that show. She's about as funny as [...]

Louis C.K. on Chris Rock's Film Career: "All He Really Needed to Do Was Be Who He Is Onstage"

"Louis C.K. thinks that the solution to Rock’s movie problem was obvious in retrospect. 'His honesty and thoughtfulness and intelligence—it isn't a good match for just putting a guy up there, building a big premise around him, and raking in the bucks,' he says. 'Chris was trying to figure out the formula to make a movie, but all he really needed to do was be who he is onstage.'"

Louis C.K. reflects on Chris Rock's movie career and new film Top Five in a new profile in The New Yorker.

Aparna Nancherla to Audience Members Who Record Shows: "Don't Be a Jerk"

Comedian and current host of weekly New York standup show Whiplash Aparna Nancherla wrote an interesting blog post today about last night's show, which featured a surprise performance by Chris Rock that quickly turned sour after several audience members started recording his set on their cell phones. Similarly, Hannibal Buress has been making headlines this week over a six-month-old bit he performed in Philadelphia last week calling Bill Cosby a rapist, which would've never made the news had it not been for an audience member recording the joke then uploading it to the internet. Unlike Buress, however, Rock's appearance at Whiplash last night [...]

Chris Rock on HBO's 'Real Sports': "Baseball Is Dying. Literally."

Here's a new clip from HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel featuring comedian and longtime baseball fan Chris Rock, who takes on baseball's growing diversity issues, explains why most black people just don't love the sport anymore, and breaks down why this should be extremely troubling for those in the industry: "You lose black America, you lose young America," Rock warns. "And make no mistake: Baseball is losing."

Chris Rock and David Letterman's Kids Are Tough Crowds

Chris Rock was a guest on last night's Late Show to promote his new film Top Five, where he and Letterman discussed how much their very rich children don't think they're funny. Watch more clips from Rock's interview below:

Re-Formatting the Comedy Album

Comedy is by nature an adaptable art form. While standups are at home on stage in front of a mic telling jokes, they know how to adjust their methods for a different type of entertainment. When a comedian writes a book, or makes a movie or TV show, they are clearly working within that medium and bringing their sensibilities to bear on it. Monologues become satirical essays, random thoughts become tweets, stories and family experiences become sitcoms. Mulaney, the show, knows it still needs sets and stories and other characters despite its seemingly cut-and-paste appropriation of the title comedian’s on-stage act. When bringing your act to the big or small [...]

'SNL' Review: Chris Rock Underwhelms

Wherever you stand on SNL, it's safe to say that season 40 has shown a noticeable step forward in quality from last season (regardless of lower ratings and the ever-present hate in many corners online). One of the reasons for this improvement has been the fact that all five of this season's hosts have been performers known for their work in comedy. Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, and Chris Pratt are all stars we're accustomed to laughing at, so we don't have to deal with that annoying "faculty follies" effect the show tries to employ with athlete or musician hosts.

And yet, not every comedian's humor translates to SNL, and [...]