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Drake, Jay Pharoah, and Bobby Moynihan Mix Some Beats in This New 'SNL' Promo

This week's SNL promos with host and musical guest Drake feature dramatic Degrassi acting, the answer to the question "Do ducks have belly buttons?", and Jay and Bobby's hot mom beats (or lack thereof). Drake makes a pretty good straight man opposite these two SNLers, so hopefully he brings that Canadian charm to his episode on Saturday.

'SNL' Review: No Escape from Miley Cyrus

After Justin Bieber hosted SNL last season, I concluded that SNL will never quite be the alternative comedy show we'd like it to be. There's no denying the show would be much funnier if producers only booked the heroes of comedy nerds to host the show, as it did last season with Louis CK and last week with Tina Fey. I've made the case several times that the show would be far better if only former cast members hosted — indeed, SNL has enough star alumni to fill a few seasons' worth of episodes.

But SNL isn't that show. The ongoing inclusion of performances by a musical guest [...]

Watch Jay Pharoah's Kanye West Parody "I Am a Dog"

Here's "I Am a Dog," a new parody of Kanye West's "I Am A God" written by and starring SNL's Jay Pharoah and released via Lorne Michaels's production company's YouTube channel, Above Average. It's pretty shocking they didn't just air this as part of Saturday Night Live.

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, [...]

Mitt Romney's Loss Gives Jason Sudeikis an Excuse to Leave 'SNL' Early

Jason Sudeikis has been hinting at leaving SNL lately, but as Entertainment Weekly observes, Mitt Romney's loss yesterday gives him an easy out. Sudeikis has been portraying Romney since the election kicked off last year and is currently signed on to the show through January. Lorne Michaels recently spoke to EW about Sudeikis, saying, "He’s absolutely essential. I love him. I hope he stays a long time." Sudeikis may be inspired to leave by the recent departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, who both joined SNL a few months after he did in 2005, and by his booming movie career. Horrible Bosses was the [...]

'SNL' Review: Kerry Washington Is Ready

I never thought we would see the day when SNL considered itself newsworthy enough to parody. But it happened — not in the form of a quick joke during the monologue or Weekend Update, or a walk-on by Lorne Michaels, as has happened before — but with a whole cold open sketch, wherein host Kerry Washington was compelled to play numerous black female characters (Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce) because SNL literally had no one else who could do them. The meta-sketch also included a half-apologetic text scroll from the producers promising to fix the situation, unless they "fall in love with another white guy first," and a cameo by [...]

Jay Pharoah on 'SNL's Diversity Issue: "They Need to Pay Attention"

With the addition of six new cast members this season, all of whom are white, Saturday Night Live has come under fire for its lack of diversity over the past couple weeks. Jay Pharoah, one of two black members of the 16-person cast, weighed in on the matter during an interview with theGrio:

"They need to pay attention. Her name is Darmirra Brunson…Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going [...]

Check Out Jay Pharoah's Amazing Lil Wayne Impression

Here's Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah doing his excellent Lil Wayne impression on a radio show. Pretty shocking they've only had him play Lil Wayne on SNL once so far.

Jay Pharoah Confirms Jason Sudeikis's 'SNL' Exit on Twitter

While it was officially announced last week that Bill Hader and Fred Armisen were leaving Saturday Night Live following this weekend's season finale and each of them received their own goodbye sketch, Jason Sudeikis is expected to depart too but the news isn't official yet. Fellow cast member Jay Pharoah revealed via Twitter yesterday morning that Sudeikis is leaving, writing "Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of those three and just them as people in general will be missed but we will be strong and carry on.." Pharoah quickly deleted the tweet after posting it, which is a little weird, but it's archived on Favstar where it will live [...]

Jay Pharoah Will Star with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in 'Ride Along'

SNL's resident presidential impersonator Jay Pharoah has just signed on to star in Ride Along, a new comedy that Ice Cube is starring in and producing that is targeted for an early 2014 release. Variety reports that Pharoah has joined the cast in a supporting role along with Bryan Callen (MADtv, The Hangover) and Tika Sumpter (Think Like a Man). A comedic take on Training Day, Ride Along stars Kevin Hart as an elementary school teacher on a ride-along from hell with his fiance's protective brother who's also a corrupt cop. Pharoah will play a street-wise police informant, Sumpter will play Hart's fiancee, and Callen will [...]

Let's Talk About SNL's Diversity Problem

Kenan Thompson has been taking a lot of heat this week for a comment he made in a TV Guide interview about SNL's lack of a black female cast member, despite the recent hiring of six white performers. Following Jay Pharoah's rather blunt remark to theGrio that "They need to pay attention" and cast a black woman like Darmirra Brunson, Thompson had a more ambiguous response:

Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. "It's just a tough part of [...]

'SNL' Review: Tina Fey Introduces The New Cast

For a show that evolves constantly, SNL does a remarkable job preserving its brand. Despite the changes in the cast, the writers, and the culture it parodies, SNL will always be that live, hip, New York-centered show that puts up a few sketches at the end of the week to try to make you laugh. There's the "Live from New York…" throw line, the theme music, Don Pardo listing off the cast, the host walking out on stage, followed by that predictable pattern of live sketches, videos, musical performances, and the news segment. Critics put down this structure in favor of looser, more inventive sketch show formats, but given SNL's [...]

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to 'SNL' Season 38

As mentioned in yesterday's post listing our favorite moments from this season of SNL, Season 38 has been dubbed a "transitional year" by many followers of the show. After a few years of relative stability among the core cast members, stars Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg left a year ago, followed by Abby Elliott later in the summer. With the start of the new season, three performers from Chicago's improv and sketch community joined the cast: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong. In the wake of Wiig's dominating presence on the show, two freshman females in particular have emerged as go-to's: Kate McKinnon, who joined the cast [...]

Jay Pharoah Did His Obama Impression for the President

Saturday Night Live's resident Obama impressionist Jay Pharoah got to impersonate the President to his face this week. A source tells The NY Post that Pharoah performed the impression as a surprise at a fundraiser at movie producer Harvey Weinstein's house. "Steve Martin, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel did a skit pretending they worked at the White House, and started questioning if they were getting a directive from the real president," the source says. "Then Jay came in and imitated Obama right in front of him. The president was surprised, then started laughing." What's the point of even imitating a public figure if it's not in a comedy [...]