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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: 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 [...]

Kenan Thompson Addresses 'SNL's Diversity Issue

After SNL added six new cast members — all of them white — in August, the show has received criticism from Salon and others for its lack of diversity. One of the show's three actors of color (along with Jay Pharoah and Nasim Pedrad), Kenan Thompson, spoke about the issue in an interview with TV Guide. When asked what the show will do when there are black female public figures to make fun of, Thompson responded, "I don't know. We just haven't done them. That's what I'm saying. Maybe [Jay Pharaoh] will do it or something, but even he doesn't really want to do it."

"It's just [...]

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 [...]

Samuel L. Jackson Blames His 'SNL' Cursing on Kenan Thompson

Here's Samuel L. Jackson on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. When Kimmel asks him about him saying the word "shit" and half of the word "fuck" on SNL Saturday, Jackson explains, "[Kenan Thompson] was supposed to cut me off… I'm used to working with professionals who know their lines, even the ones that are written on cue cards in front of you." So, I guess Kenan should pitch in to help NBC pay any FCC fines?

How 'SNL' Addressed Race in Season 39, as Shown in 11 Sketches

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 show's shifting tone on race over the arc of this season.

This has not been an easy year for SNL to talk about race. From the moment the show announced its six new cast members — the largest turnover in more than a decade — and viewers noticed that not one of them was a person of color, SNL once again became a target of progressive viewers calling for the cast to [...]

Lorne Michaels Responds to the 'SNL' Diversity Issue

Saturday Night Live has been taking some heat in the press for its lack of diversity after adding six new cast members, all of them white and five of them male, this fall. In the wake of a controversial quote from longtime cast member Kenan Thompson two weeks ago about how the show never finds black female comedians who are "ready," SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels has finally weighed in on the matter. When asked about the show not having any black female cast members by The AP, Michaels responded, "It's not like it's not a priority for us. It will happen. I'm sure it will happen." While [...]

'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 [...]

Justin Timberlake Cloned Himself for This Week's 'SNL' Promos

Here's all of this week's SNL promos, with host/musical guest Justin Timberlake being joined by veteran castmember Kenan Thompson for a bunch of silly bits. Towards the end of the clip, Timberlake finally reveals how he stays so busy: cloning. He then proceeds to introduce us to a bunch of Timberlake clones, each one more charming and smiley than the next. Sadly, the Timberlake clone who invested in Myspace.com does not make an appearance.

Kel Says Kenan Doesn't Want a 'Kenan & Kel' Reunion

"The truth is Kenan [Thompson] does not want to be seen with me in any form of media, or even have my name mentioned around him… There is no bad blood on my side, I'm not declining a reunion, I know the fans love the show and would love to see some type of appearance with us. I just don't see that ever happening because of how he really feels."

-Kel Mitchell to TMZ about Kenan Thompson's disinterest in a Kenan & Kel reunion.

Lady Gaga and Kenan Thompson Run In Circles In Her 'SNL' Promos

Lada Gaga is the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and she and Kenan Thompson recorded promos for the upcoming episode. There's a broom, a flashlight, and some vomiting, but all unrelated to each other.

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 [...]

Watch Tina Fey and Kenan Thompson Celebrate Their Friendship On Her 'SNL' Promos

Tina Fey is hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend, and she and Kenan Thompson recorded these promos for the episode, which promises no Breaking Bad cameos and no nudity (probably), just good old-fashioned friendship.

Justin Bieber and Kenan Thompson Promo 'SNL's Valentine's Day Show

Justin Bieber is pulling double duty this weekend as SNL's host and musical guest, and here's your first glimpse of what he'll be bringing to the show: puns about his weird last name, wacky handshakes, and funny bulgy-eyeballs glasses.