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The Evolution of 'SNL's Pretaped Sketches and Digital Shorts

Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island were not the first to produce pre-recorded material for Saturday Night Live. The show has a long tradition of commercial parodies, short films by directors like Albert Brooks and Tom Schiller, and animated work like Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse sketches. They weren’t even the first to use the “SNL Digital Short” tag. What they did do, was usher SNL into the age of digital online content in a time when it needed to tap into that relevance more than ever. And because they were able to tap into the early rising of the online video tide, as well as produce work prodigiously [...]

Andy Samberg Officially Leaving 'SNL'

Late Friday evening, Andy Samberg officially announced he was leaving SNL, after seven years on the show. It was a technicality, sure, but still necessary. Samberg told the New York Times, "Something about it just feels like it’s the moment. My contract’s up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do.” He did more than probably anyone thought he would do. He arguably changed SNL and how people watched SNL forever. Links shared on Sunday became as important as their live showing the night before. And fundamentally that is his legacy. Outside of the Digital Shorts, he didn't really have many, [...]

How 'SNL's Wes Anderson Parody Came Together

"Adam had just uploaded the fixes to the server, then raced over to the live monitor and just held his breath as our spot went live exactly 20 seconds later."

- SNL Director of Photograph Alex Buono has a detailed (and very technical) account of the Wes Anderson spoof "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders" from the Edward Norton episode, which we liked very much, saying "the execution was flawless, with the directors nailing Anderson's whimsical aesthetic and hipster details."

Watch The Lonely Island Return to 'SNL' with "YOLO"

If you missed SNL this weekend or aren't one of the 3 million+ people who already caught it on YouTube, here's The Lonely Island's digital short "YOLO" from Saturday, featuring Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar, and the silent acting talents of Danny McBride. Please help spread the word about this video so that more people see it.