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Michael Che and Seth Meyers Talk 'Daily Show,' 'SNL,' and 'Spaceballs'

SNL writer-turned-Daily Show correspondent-turned Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he and Meyers talked about his summer job on The Daily Show, getting hired at SNL, and Che's favorite sketch that he wrote "12 Days Not a Slave." Click through to watch Che tell Meyers about some of the advice given to him by SNL alums Colin Quinn and Tracy Morgan as well as his thoughts on Star Wars: "To me, it's just an unfunny Spaceballs."

Chelsea Peretti on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' Writing for 'SNL,' and Her New Netflix Special

As an early adopter and prolific user of Twitter, Emojis, Instagram, you name it, actress and standup comedian Chelsea Peretti is somewhat of an authority on all things social media.

So when she says it’s time to move away from our internet-obsessed culture and get back to the basics, we should probably listen.

This is just one of the topics Peretti will be exploring in her upcoming one-hour standup special, One of the Greats, which premieres in November on Netflix.

In the meantime, Peretti is back for another season playing self-absorbed office manager Gina on Fox’s breakout hit Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which debuts in a new timeslot this Sunday.

I recently [...]

Kenan Thompson on the Rumor He's Leaving 'SNL': "You Don't Have to Worry About Stuff Like That"

Longtime SNL cast member Kenan Thompson made a brief appearance on this morning's Today show, where he was asked about the recent rumors that he'll be leaving the NBC sketch show at the end of this season and offered a vague response: "You don't have to worry about that stuff like that," Thompson said. "We have to worry about the premiere Saturday — its the 40th anniversary. That's what we need to focus on." Watch out for a quick appearance near the end from a highly offended Andy Samberg.

What to Expect From 'SNL' Season 40

SNL returns for its 40th season this Saturday, with host Chris Pratt, musical guest Ariana Grande, and pretty much the same cast — minus a handful of people we rarely saw in sketches anyway. Following a lackluster season, Lorne Michaels is now sticking with the tools he's got, replacing five departing cast members with only one newcomer — standup Pete Davidson — and promoting writer Michael Che to co-host Weekend Update. Meanwhile, Colin Jost will remain at the desk after taking on the job last February. It's a conservative approach, compared to last year's throw-everything-against-the-wall casting strategy, which resulted in a cast so overpopulated that some remained literal faces in the crowd at the season's [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Chevy Chase (1975-1976)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

As much as SNL's debut season cast needed to mesh and support each other during the early years, they also needed to set precedents for seasons to come — such as abandoning the show for wider Hollywood success. Chevy Chase wasted no time setting such a precedent, leaving the show not long after his very first season; he was originally hired as a [...]

'SNL' Review: A New Hope with Chris Pratt

The seasons have certainly changed at Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th season began with an episode that hardly resembled a season premiere, with little pomp or circumstance over SNL's impressive four-decade lifespan, and in its place a straightforward night of comedy that reflected a show well adjusted to its new lineup. Nerves did occasionally get the better of the performers — especially first-time host Chris Pratt, who coasted on his signature goofy charm, flashing that Andy Dwyer "oops" face a few times – but overall the episode charged forward with a leaner (and more colorful) cast, and a greater confidence in its sense of humor.

We aren't out of the woods just yet, though. SNL's live sketches suffer [...]

Andy Samberg Tells Seth Meyers About His Never Aired 'SNL' Characters

Here's a clip from Andy Samberg's visit to the Late Night desk last night, where he and Meyers talk about the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well as two of Samberg's SNL characters named Gerald and Gerard who never made it past the read-through table. Watch more from the interview below:

Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon Play a Game of "5-Second Summaries"

SNL alum and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg stopped by The Tonight Show last night, where he and Fallon played a few rounds of the movie guessing game "5-Second Summaries" for the distinguished prize of 10 Sambergers. Check out some more clips from Samberg's interview below:

Here's the Very First 'SNL' Season 40 Promo with Chris Pratt and Kate McKinnon

Saturday Night Live's 40th season kicks off this weekend with host Chris Pratt, and NBC released the above promo reel featuring Pratt and returning cast member Kate McKinnon talking Guardians of the Galaxy, getting bleeped for curse words, and taking advantage of Pratt's super strength to open some pickle jars.

NBC Buys Two Comedies from John Krasinski

Former Office star John Krasinski just sold two new comedies to NBC. Deadline reports that Krasinski has landed two new comedy projects through his production company Sunday Night. The first untitled series is a single-cam comedy written by Shawn Wines and co-executive produced with Aaron Kaplan about "a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection." The second single-cam comedy is a workplace/family show from former 30 Rock writers/producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan set on "a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own [...]

Inside the Confusing Origins of David Letterman's Top Ten List

The following excerpt reprinted with permission from Brian Abrams's new book AND NOW…An Oral History of "Late Night with David Letterman," 1982-1983, which is currently available to purchase at Amazon Kindle Singles.

By the summer of 1985, head writer Steve O’Donnell was no longer scouring for new personnel to come up with remote concepts and “Viewer Mail” pieces. (Monologue material stayed plentiful, as staffer Gerry Mulligan continued to oversee that part of the show.) Including co-creators Merrill Markoe and David Letterman, 13 individuals populated the writers’ room, and submissions from prospective writers continued to stack high on O’Donnell’s desk. An unassuming 23-year-old Tufts University grad named Rob [...]

'SNL' Co-Head Writer Bryan Tucker Reflects on Working with Kenan Thompson

"We trust his instincts implicitly. He's been doing TV and movies almost every week since he was 15 years old … He has the same ease in front of a camera that most of us do when driving a car. It's why he's the guy who sits next to the host when we read all of that week's sketches out loud for the first time. It's why occasionally during rehearsal, he will say, 'Don't you think we should do this line in a close-up?' And our Emmy-winning director, without hesitation, will say, 'Yep,' and note the change in his book."

- Current co-head writer of SNL Bryan Tucker explains the [...]

Happy Madison Is Producing a 'Real Genius' TV Reboot for NBC

Real Genius might be coming to the small screen. Deadline reports that the 1985 film starring Val Kilmer is currently being developed by Sony TV and Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison as a single-cam workplace comedy for NBC with a script commitment. The series was written by Workaholics co-executive producer Craig DiGregorio and Workaholics/Parks and Rec writer David King and will be a present-day reboot centered on "the relationship between a rock star-like genius — the character played by Kilmer in the movie — and a sheltered, naive co-worker." Click through to watch the original Real Genius trailer:

Leslie Jones, Mike O'Brien, LaKendra Tookes, and More Have Reportedly Left the 'SNL' Writing Staff

Saturday Night Live updated the "About" section of their website this week to include newly hired writers Alison Rich, Jeremy Beiler, Natasha Rothwell, Streeter Seidell, and Nick Rutherford, but even more important are some of the names that are no longer credited as full-time writers this year. According to the SNL website, season 39 writers Leslie Jones, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, LaKendra Tookes, and Mike O'Brien will not be officially returning to the writing staff. Sawyer has moved on from SNL to work with John Mulaney on his new Fox sitcom, Paula Pell (who has been an SNL writer since 1995) is currently busy working on [...]