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Craig Ferguson Gives Seth Meyers Some Late Night Hosting Advice

Outgoing CBS late night host Craig Ferguson was a guest on last night's Late Night and offered up some priceless talk show hosting advice in the process: Stay with it, dance for nickels, and accept the certainty that you're going to go crazy. Watch another clip from the interview below:

11 Standup Comedians Who Became 'SNL' Cast Members

In addition to the recent hiring of standup Michael Che as co-anchor of Weekend Update, yesterday SNL revealed some surprising hiring news with the announcement that young standup Pete Davidson has been added to the cast as a featured player. SNL has an unpredictable history with hiring standup comedians, and while many seamlessly stepped into the impersonation, sketch acting, and recurring character mold — see Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Darrell Hammond, to name a few — most of the show's standups-turned-players stayed true to their roots, often appearing on Weekend Update and finding ways to make sketch characters take on their own standup sensibilities to [...]

'SNL' Hires Standup Pete Davidson as a Featured Player

Saturday Night Live just added a new cast member. An SNL spokesperson has confirmed that Pete Davidson, a rising 20-year-old standup who was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch this year, has officially joined the cast as a featured player. According to Deadline, Davidson is the only cast addition that will be made this season, while Mike O'Brien — who was promoted from writer to featured player last year — will leave his spot as a cast member and return to the writing room. Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, and Beck Bennett will remain onboard as featured players.

Here's what Davidson had to say [...]

Michael Che and Colin Jost to Anchor 'SNL's Weekend Update Next Season; More Hires on the Way

Earlier tonight, Saturday Night Live announced a pretty big surprise change for next season: Former SNL writer and current Daily Show correspondent Michael Che is returning to NBC to co-anchor Weekend Update. According to Bill Carter at The New York Times, Che has been chosen to replace Cecily Strong at the Update desk next season, and Che has confirmed on Twitter that he'll be leaving The Daily Show to take on the new SNL gig. Strong — who joined the Update desk alongside Seth Meyers back in 2013 — will remain on the cast as a repertory player; she reportedly requested the change herself so [...]

Hannibal Buress and Seth Meyers Talk About Custom Jumpsuits and His 'SNL' Sketch "Fedora Basketball"

Standup and former SNL writer Hannibal Buress was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he explained to Meyers why he bought a custom-made jumpsuit with his face printed on it, the time he video bombed Jason Segel, and an SNL sketch he wrote called "Fedora Basketball" that might make a great candidate for Late Night's "Second Chance Theatre" segment.

NBC Is Developing a 'Problem Child' Sitcom Adaptation

Hit 1990 film Problem Child is getting the sitcom treatment at NBC. Deadline reports that the network has put a single-cam comedy adaptation in development based off the film starring John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple tricked into adopting a seven-year-old boy who wreaks havoc wherever he goes. Problem Child grossed $72 million when it was released in theaters in 1990 on a $10 million budget and went on to return with two sequels in 1991 and 1995. The TV adaptation comes from writer Scot Armstrong, who penned Old School, The Hangover: Part II, and the 2004 TV-to-movie adaptation Starsky & Hutch and will also serve [...]

Bill Hader and Seth Meyers Look Back on Their 'SNL' Days

Bill Hader finally visited the Late Night desk last night, where he and Meyers looked back on their years working together at SNL, one of Hader's impressions that never made it on the show, and the origins of his beloved Weekend Update regular Stefon. Check out more clips from the interview below:

Kurt Braunohler Talks Biscotti, PT Cruisers, and More on 'The Tonight Show'

Here's Kurt Braunohler's standup set from Friday's Tonight Show, which covers everything from his opinion on biscotti to a lady at the dog park who he could've benefited from earlier on in life to one time his clothes got stuck in a UK "washing machine."

Saturday Night's Children: O'Hara, Hudson, Prager, and Wolf

With only a few names left in this series, this week we're highlighting four former cast members instead of one who, for different reasons, have been grouped together for a special edition of lesser known SNL players. Whether they quit the show before their first episode, left no trace of their history after leaving the show, or flew under the radar despite being co-head writer, these four players are both a mix of famous and unknown writers and performers whose connection to SNL often goes forgotten. Here they are, in no particular order:

Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman to Be 'SNL's First Hosts of Season 40

UPDATE: NBC has announced that Chris Pratt will be hosting the season premiere, with Sarah Silverman hosting the second episode. It's not clear what happened to Murray-as-host — it may have been rescheduled to later in the season or canceled altogether. Our original post follows.

SNL's landmark 40th season premieres on September 27th, and the show's got some big plans to kick off its return to television. According to several sources — including news posts yesterday by local NBC affiliate sites that have since been taken down — the one and only Bill Murray will be making a glorious return to SNL to help ring in its [...]

Finally, the Saturday Night Live Credit Card You've Been Waiting For

Considering the amount of commercial tie-ins Saturday Night Live used last season (Remember those Jeep commercials with Cecily Strong and Michael Che? Synergy!), it looks like the show has made the next logical step in brand partnership by teaming up with MasterCard to create the Saturday Night Live MasterCard, the credit card all SNL fans have been clamoring for. News of the new MasterCard surfaced yesterday when SNL's Twitter account tweeted out a link for their #SNL40 Kickoff Sweepstakes, in which fans can enter to win tickets and airfare to a taping of the show this season.

Fans who bothered to read the fine print [...]

Adam and Naomi Scott Land a TV Development Deal with Universal

Adam Scott and his wife Naomi, who are the brains behind Adult Swim's The Greatest Event in Television History specials, have signed a first-look deal with Universal Television. According to THR, Adam and Naomi have signed on with Universal via their production company Gettin' Rad Productions for a two-year first-look deal focused on bringing more of Greatest Event-style comedy to television. "We love Adam's work as Ben Wyatt in our beloved Parks and Recreation and we are excited that his and Naomi's passion to produce will continue with us at Universal TV," Universal exec Bela Bajaria said in a statement. "We look forward to making some very [...]

Husband/Wife Duo Kevin Nealon and Susan Yeagley Sell a Comedy to NBC

Kevin Nealon might be starring in an upcoming half-hour comedy on NBC. According to Deadline, Nealon and his wife Susan Yeagley from Parks and Recreation have sold a comedy to NBC. The untitled project follows "a recently divorced couple who find themselves still tied to their close-knit family (and each other) through their jointly owned business – a bar off the Las Vegas Strip." No casting has been confirmed yet for the series, but Nealon is expected to star, while Yeagley will take on a supporting role. Nealon and Yeagley will serve as co-executive producers on the project.

Nick Offerman Tells Jimmy Fallon About His College Sexual Adventures

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show with guest Nick Offerman, who tells Fallon all about the garment-based sexual code he had with his college roommate as well as returning to the University of Illinois to gift them with a Japanese gazebo. Click through to watch Offerman's "Unqualified Advice" segment, which is full of great tips on school, love, and the new iPhone.