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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 [...]

Bill Hader on How Mike O'Brien Differs from Others at 'SNL'

"I remember I was told when I started at SNL – it was good advice – it was like, 'Here’s what the show finds funny and there's what you find funny and you have to find the Venn diagram of where they overlay.' And there were some people in my time there like John Mulaney, Kristen Wiig – what they found funny and what the show found funny was the exact same thing. There was no overlay; it was like a carbon copy. Mike was someone that didn't give a shit about the Venn diagram."

-Bill Hader, quoted in a piece for Screencrush about the unique comedy of longtime [...]

Mike O'Brien Makes Tim Robinson Go Insane in 'Chicago Rats'

Here's the first of three episodes of Above Average's new sketch web series Chicago Rats, where Mike O'Brien slowly drives Tim Robinson to insanity after showing him his dick a bunch of times, despite how much Robinson wishes it was "a cool dog" instead. If your boss doesn't tolerate blurred-out penises you probably should save this video for later, and if your boss does tolerate them then you might be able to manipulate your way into leaving early today.

What to Look Forward to in 'SNL' Season 39

Season 39 of SNL kicks off this Saturday night with Tina Fey, Arcade Fire, and a mouthful of new names for Don Pardo to read off in the opening credits. After several seasons of little turnover, the cast is experiencing a major upheaval, with six — six! — new cast members to replace the departed Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen. This is the largest staff hire in 18 years, tying the 1995-1996 season's addition of Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, and Nancy Walls. After the show's dismal 1994-1995 season, which saw near cancellation and the firing/resignation of 12 cast members, those six were [...]

This is the Last '7 Minutes in Heaven' Ever!!! :(!!!

NOOOOOO!!! The New Yorker was on the "set" for this and captured Mike O'Brien frenzied as he shot what he said would be the last episode of one of the Internet's absolute funniest web series. The piece also runs through just how many bits get cut out of each shooting, which means the series is just begging for a DVD packed with bonus footage. If this actually is the end of 7 Minutes in Heaven, you know what's left, Mike. (Everyone, kiss your monitor.)

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 [...]

Tim Robinson Helps Mike O'Brien Find a Hot Date Outfit in 'Chicago Rats'

In this third and final episode of Above Average's sketch web series Chicago Rats, Tim Robinson goes out to a fancy clothing store with Mike O'Brien to help him prep for his big date by embarking on the best silly dressing room montage possible. Aidy Bryant and SNL writer John Solomon also make an appearance.

'SNL' Review: Edward Norton Gets Into Character

Whenever the holiday season begins, a strange vibe settles in at SNL. The weeks blend together as sketches revolve around seasonal themes, with few exciting fresh ideas and a lineup of decent hosts with unmemorable episodes. Fall of last year was no different — Bruno Mars and Louis CK were highlights in what was otherwise a forgettable stretch including Daniel Craig, Christina Applegate, and Jeremy Renner. On the viewer side, this drop in enthusiasm is likely the result of the start-of-season excitement wearing off as we see the cast members fall into a familiar rotation. On the writers' side, perhaps it's a matter of fatigue, or limited options from [...]

Talking With 'SNL' Writer and '7 Minutes in Heaven' Host Michael Patrick O'Brien

Michael Patrick O'Brien is well into his fourth season as a writer for Saturday Night Live, a job he landed after spending years honing his comedy skills at Chicago's iO and Second City theaters. In addition to SNL and working on an upcoming sketch comedy album, O'Brien also hosts the popular web series "7 Minutes in Heaven," where he does bits and locks lips (or awkwardly tries to, at least) with stars such as Ellen Degeneres, Tina Fey, and the Insane Clown Posse. We had a chance to catch up with him about this season of SNL, specifically his appearance in the recent "Five Timers Club" sketch and [...]

Mike O'Brien Spends 7 Minutes with Jon Glaser and Chuck

There is a surprising will-they-won't-they tension to this edition. There are a few false starts, but nothing can keep their lips apart – not a sandwich, not an armpit named Chuck, not Darth Vader, not very different schedules, not a straw – nothing.

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 Mike O'Brien and Tim Robinson Star in the Most Reluctant Porn Ever

Here's the second episode of Above Average's sketch web series Chicago Rats, in which Conner O'Malley plays a different kind of porn director and Mike O'Brien, Tim Robinson, and Shelly Gossman play porn actors who have lots of "business meetings."

'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 [...]

Mike O'Brien Is Recording a Meatball Wrap-Fueled Comedy Album

Mike O'Brien wrote a diary of his dubious eating habits for Grubstreet. In it he eats 20, ok, 80 M&Ms and habitually has Pret (a Manger) meatball wraps before going in to record his upcoming comedy album. We get this type of insight: "For dinner I ordered Alpha Sushi because they slid their menu under my door a few months ago. I hate when they do that because I see it as a form of trespassing. And because it always works on me 100 percent of the time." You hear that menu sliders? You have your next target.