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'SNL' Review: Lena Dunham, Guest Stars, and Lots of Impressions

This time last year, Megh Wright and I compiled a list of 10 first-time SNL hosts we'd like to see someday. The list included Stephen Colbert (right?) and the now-sadly-late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but decidedly not Lena Dunham. She was one of the first people we discussed, and we both agreed to pass over the Girls creator/star in favor of figures who might make better hosts. I told Megh then that Dunham would be a person people like us would want to see host, but by the time the episode started, we'd quickly realize, "Oh, this wasn't as good an idea as we thought." Dunham doesn't strike me [...]

An Introduction to 'SNL's New Cast Member and 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor, Colin Jost

Earlier today, Saturday Night Live announced that one of the show's head writers, Colin Jost, will be joining the cast in March and taking Seth Meyers's place as "Weekend Update" co-anchor alongside Cecily Strong. Jost, a Harvard graduate and former president of the Harvard Lampoon, has been working on SNL for years. He started as a writer in 2005 and was promoted to being one of the show's head writers in 2012. Jost is also a busy standup. He's opened for Seth Meyers frequently and has done standup on shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. Jost also recently wrote his [...]

'SNL' Co-Head Writer Colin Jost to Write and Act in Lorne Michaels-Produced Comedy 'Staten Island Summer'

Lorne Michaels is producing a new movie scripted by Colin Jost, who's been writing for SNL since 2005 and serving as co-head writer with Seth Meyers since the start of last season. Deadline reports that it's called Staten Island Summer, following two poolside lifeguards who just graduated from high school: one named Danny who's off to Harvard in the fall, and another named Frank who's unsure of what to do with his life. Jost was born and raised in Staten Island, where the movie is set.

The movie will be directed by Rhys Thomas, a longtime producer/director of SNL shorts and video segments who recently helmed Bill [...]

'SNL' Writer Colin Jost on How He Wrote Kristen Wiig's Farewell Sketch

"I started [on SNL the same season as] Kristen [Wiig], and she came in as the one new female cast member and was great from the beginning. But it’s surprisingly rare that you know that a cast member is leaving, and until they really say they are, you always hope that they’re going to come back. So you never want to write a farewell for someone who might come back."

- SNL writer Colin Jost to Entertainment Weekly, giving the rundown on preparing Kristen Wiig's memorable "She's a Rainbow" goodbye sketch.

'SNL' Review: Jim Parsons Broadens His Range to Nerdy Guy

The alternative comedy scene has never been very kind to Jim Parsons. He's best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory — the current leader of the pack of broad, Chuck Lorre sitcoms that are dismissed by critics and comedy snobs but beloved by industry insiders and pretty much everyone else across the country. To comedy nerds, Parsons is the ever-popular prom king who's not in any of our classes: "Who the hell is this guy, and why do people love him so damn much?" He has been showered with Emmys (winning for lead actor in 2010, 2011, and 2013), beating out Steve Carell in his final [...]

Colin Jost Will Replace Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchor on 'SNL'

With Seth Meyers leaving Saturday Night Live next month to take over NBC's Late Night, his spot as "Weekend Update" co-anchor is up for grabs. SNL's head writer, Colin Jost, has been named as Meyers's replacement, THR reports. Meyers's last episode will be February 1st, while Jost will take over as co-anchor alongside Cecily Strong on the following episode, after the Winter Olympics on March 1st. Strong was added as Seth Meyers's co-host in the fall to help with the transition and to make it a double-anchor segment again.

Jost is the eighth new cast member to be added to SNL this season, following Beck [...]

'SNL's Colin Jost Dreams Up Several Silly Movie Sequels for 'The New Yorker'

SNL's co-head writer Colin Jost has a funny new piece in The New Yorker today in which he previewed this summer's unlikely movie sequels, including Even More Descendants, Jurassic Park 1-D, and What to Expect When You're Expecting to See 'Trouble with the Curve.' Don't go to the cinema without reading this handy guide first!

Allow Colin Jost to Explain to You Your Time Warner Bill

Decoding your Time Warner bill can be confusing. So many charges! Luckily, SNL writer Colin Jost took to the pages of this week's New Yorker to break them down. I really need to get in touch with them about refunding the "What Ever Happened to My Name Is Earl? Fee;" I know what happened to it, dammit!

'SNL' Review: Jonah Hill's Award-Worthy Performance

Anytime I begin to think Jonah Hill might be overrated, I only need watch him host SNL. Yes, it's still pretty weird to think that the guy from Superbad has spent the last few years scoring Oscar nominations and hanging out with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Martin Scorcese. And it's easy to say the industry might be a little too infatuated with a comedy star who can surprise with a nuanced performance in a movie academy voters actually care about.

But then Jonah Hill comes back to host SNL, and suddenly it makes sense. Not only is the guy the real deal — he seems like a delight [...]

Jim Gaffigan and Kate Walsh Join Lorne Michaels's New Comedy 'Staten Island Summer'

Lorne Michaels is rounding out the cast for a new movie he's producing, called Staten Island Summer. Jim Gaffigan and Kate Walsh are the latest to sign on to the project, THR reports. The film follows best friends Danny (Graham Phillips, The Good Wife) and Frank (Zack Pearlman, The Inbetweeners) as poolside lifeguards the summer after high school graduation, with the former about to attend Harvard and the latter unsure of where to go in his life. Gaffigan and Walsh are playing Danny's parents. Staten Island Summer is being directed by Rhys Thomas, a longtime producer/director of SNL shorts and video segments who recently helmed Bill Hader's Stefon farewell, and the script [...]

Watch a Nice Long Interview with Seth Meyers and the 'SNL' Writers

Last week, Reserve Channel released a never-before-seen hour-long interview with Louis C.K. at the Paley Center, and now here's one they just put out with Saturday Night Live writers Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Chris Kelly, Marika Sawyer, Colin Jost, and Erik Kenward. It's an hour-plus chat that digs deep into SNL's writing process and gives you a rare look at the faces of the weirdos who write the show (except for Seth Meyers, his face is on the show all the time).