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'SNL' Firing New Cast Members Displays a Show Still Deeply In Transition

Word has come down this week that SNL cast members Noël Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan have been let go from the show after one season, with Nasim Pedrad also leaving to work as a regular on Mulaney (a move that has long been anticipated) and Mike O'Brien's status currently in talks. Their departures don't come as too huge a shock — as we recapped at the end of last season, the three saw little screen time and had few memorable moments during the season. And while it must come as a disappointment to those actors and their fans, let's not forget that at least a third of everyone [...]

Kate McKinnon Talked About the Genesis of Her Bieber and Ellen Impressions and 'Dyke & Fats' on 'Conan'

SNL breakout start Kate McKinnon was on Conan last night, where she talked about how she developed both her wonderful Justin Bieber and Ellen impressions as well as the "Dyke & Fats" sketch she did with Aidy Bryant. The trick to the Bieber impression is pretending to be a puppy who just piddled on the rug, it turns out, just in case you want to try it yourself.

'SNL' Review: Ladies Night with Charlize Theron

Well, that was quite a turnaround.

To everyone who commented on last week's tirade against Andrew Garfield's lackluster episode that it was about time I gave up on SNL: this episode right here is why I still love this show, and why I will never give up on it. The 90 minutes was about as solid as it gets, with a low-expectations host Charlize Theron blending in seamlessly with the cast, the writers performing on overdrive, and even a few head-turning live-TV moments. We haven't seen this level of consistency since Kerry Washington hosted in November — an episode with which this one shared a few interesting [...]

Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon Celebrate Feminism in These 'SNL' Promos

Lena Dunham hosts SNL for the first time this weekend, so she paired up with Kate McKinnon to make a bunch of silly promos that have them dancing, celebrating feminism, discussing Dunham's Girls directing style, and listing their goals for the week. As is the case with most actors who share the screen with Dunham, McKinnon's half-naked by the end of this video.

Checking in with 'SNL' Halfway Through Season 39

We've reached the midpoint of SNL's 39th season — one that has optimistically been called a "transitional year," but one more commonly known as "the year the shit hit the fan with that whole black woman issue." Despite the fact that the bulk of the SNL coverage in fall 2013 has zeroed in on the show's diversity controversy, SNL has given us plenty of other things to talk about, from new cast members and emerging stars on the show, to surprise cameos and celebrity hosts who defied our expectations — in good and bad ways.

Unfortunately, few of those topics have gotten much ink in fall 2013 (outside of sites [...]

Kate McKinnon Goes on 'Late Night' to Announce Her Love and Respect for Cats

The lovely and Emmy-nominated Kate McKinnon was a guest on last night's Late Night, where she took the time to clear up some rumors about her cat shelter SNL sketch with Charlize Theron. She also explains how she develops her characters, the reason behind one of her recent photo bombs, and her habit of seeing people carry antique sewing machines through airport security.

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to '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 look at the performers that make up SNL's current cast, including their overall contributions to the show, memorable roles, relative screen time, and prospects for returning next season.

SNL's 39th season was a crowded one. Record-breaking crowded, even. Six new hires, plus a seventh midseason, rose the total to 17, making the current cast the largest SNL has seen during its entire four-decade run, topping even the infamously bloated 1990-1991 season. That season only had [...]

'SNL' Review: Louis C.K. Is Still Hilarious, In Case Anyone Was Wondering

When Louis C.K. last hosted SNL in November 2012, there was magic in the air. A week after Superstorm Sandy walloped New York, with huge parts of the city still without power, it just felt appropriate to see a comedian so emblematic of the New York spirit, with its gritty nature and heartfelt sincerity, serve as the face of the show that week. And to see him kill it as he did, with a hilarious parody of his FX show Louie starring Abraham Lincoln, was a magical moment for comedy nerds, like watching Conan O'Brien hosting the Emmys in 2006 or witnessing Joss Whedon's The Avengers win over both [...]

Kate McKinnon and Ellen DeGeneres Talk Bieber, Mr. Bill, and Australians

SNL's fastest rising star Kate McKinnon paid her second visit to Ellen yesterday, and the ladies talked about everything from McKinnon's Justin Bieber impression to their shared connection with SNL's "Mr. Bill" sketches. McKinnon even whips out her Australian accent near the end, though I guess it was too early to say "Look atcha boner!" on television.

Watch the First Two Episodes of 'Hudson Valley Ballers'

Above Average released the first two episodes of the new web series "Hudson Valley Ballers" today, and they are as hilarious as expected (and feature a creepy disappearing doll, which is always a bonus). "Best Friends" features guest stars Kate McKinnon and Paul Rudd, and "Felize V. The Feminists" features Paula and James as a pair of outspoken feminists in what I can only describe as an older, wiser, upstate New York version of Portlandia. Click through to watch the second episode.

Zach Galifianakis-Kristen Wiig Bank Heist Comedy Adds Ken Marino and Kate McKinnon to the Cast

The cast for Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig's next movie keeps growing more and more impressive. Deadline reports that Ken Marino and SNL's Kate McKinnon have also joined the cast of the untitled heist comedy, previously known as Loomis Fargo, that also stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. SNL writer Leslie Jones, who appeared on-camera for a much-talked-about Weekend Update piece this season, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Nebraska's Devin Ratray, and iO Chicago performer Ross Kimball have also been added to the cast.

Lorne Michaels is producing and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is directing the movie, which is based on a true story and [...]

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 [...]

Watch Vanessa Bayer's Epic Hip Hop Dance

Here's an SNL web exclusive featuring Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and last week's host Lena Dunham as they patiently wait for Vanessa Bayer to show off the new dance she learned at the gym paired up with Beyonce's "Partition." They might not exactly agree that Bayer's dance skills are up to par, but that doesn't mean they can't hug it out with her for trying.

Kate McKinnon and Jimmy Fallon Talk 'SNL,' Impressions, and Halloween Costumes

The lovely Kate McKinnon was a guest on Late Night last night, and she had a chat with Fallon about her first celebrity impersonation, her mom's sketch ideas, and her childhood mastery of Halloween costumes. I'm not sure how a kid can top a Halloween costume idea as awesome as Special Agent Dana Scully, but McKinnon is a multiple award-winning Halloween dresser, so I won't doubt her.