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Seann William Scott Looks Back on 'SNL's Classic "Patriotic Shorts" Sketch

Seann William Scott was a guest on last night's Late Night, and since he and Seth Meyers hadn't seen each other since he hosted SNL in October 2001, the guys decided to take a look back on a sketch from his episode, and one of SNL's funniest Will Ferrell sketches ever, "Patriotic Shorts." Thanks to Ferrell's incredible performance, Scott admits he still gets "Will Ferrell nutsack flashbacks" every now and then.

Seth Meyers Spends a Day at Yankee Stadium

Here's a clip from last night's Late Night, in which Seth Meyers heads to Yankee Stadium for a day: "It's April in New York City, it's fucking freezing, which means it's time for some baseball!" Meyers meets a Yankees bat boy, locker room attendant, organist, beer vendor, and radio announcer Michael Kay and also gets some good practice hitting Late Night writer Seth Reiss with bags of peanuts.

'SNL' Review: Taraji P. Henson Almost Saves the Day

Despite all the criticisms I've made about SNL, I should say that I love this show. And not just what I considered the glory years of the series – the late 90s that I grew up with, or the late 70s that my parents grew up with, or the late 80s I discovered in college, or the late 2000s that inspired me to start reviewing it online – I've loved it even during the not-as-great seasons 39 and 40. Even at its worst, SNL remains a fascinating experiment in live TV sketch comedy, and if I'm going to spend a chunk of my week doing something, I want it to be a positive experience. I've never understood [...]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jimmy Fallon Take on "The Whisper Challenge"

Here's a clip from Julia Louis-Dreyfus's visit to last night's Tonight Show, where she played a lip-reading game called "The Whisper Challenge" with Fallon. Her answers might all be wrong, but hopefully she still got that t-shirt for the effort.

The Frasier and Niles Relationship Gets Crystalized in a Real-Time Dinner Party Meltdown

‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined

"After an unusually protracted round of dueling datebooks, Niles and I have finally set upon a mutually acceptable evening for our intimate soiree.”

Six seasons in, a series has done most of what it’s wanted to do. They’ve gone past 100 episodes assumedly and most of their hypothetical television bucket list has been checked off. So sixth seasons are a particularly fascinating time for a series to either begin to increasingly phone it in and embrace the [...]

Watch Monty Python Take Over 'The Tonight Show'

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show featuring Monty Python's Terry Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam, who are in town to celebrate Monty Python and the Holy Grail's special 40th anniversary screening in New York. The interview is not complete without a little drama over John Cleese not wanting to sit by Terry Gilliam (The cat fight continues!), but once Cleese finds a seat behind Fallon's desk, things gets a little more civil.

Kumail Nanjiani Tells Seth Meyers About His Weirdest 'Silicon Valley' Fan Encounters

Here's a clip from Kumail Nanjiani's visit to last night's Late Night, where he looks back at some Silicon Valley scenes that have led to some very strange fan encounters. Nanjiani also has a message for anyone debating the accuracy of the math used in the show: If you think it's wrong, take it up with the Stanford professor who wrote it. Watch another clip from Nanjiani's interview below:

Scarlett Johansson to Host 'SNL' May 2nd

Scarlett Johansson is returning to SNL next month. NBC announced over the weekend that Johansson will make her fourth hosting appearance on May 2nd after The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres in theaters. The musical guest has not yet been revealed. Johansson last hosted in 2010 with musical guest Arcade Fire.

Taraji P. Henson Helps Taran Killam Confront His Problems in This Week's 'SNL' Promos

Taraji P. Henson makes her SNL hosting debut this weekend, and last night NBC released the first round of promos. Most of the clip is just Taran Killam messing up take after take, but Henson also channels her Empire character to help Killam confront a recent problem he's had with cast mate Kyle Mooney.

Ricky Gervais Shares an Important Message for Annie Lennox on 'The Tonight Show'

Here's a clip from Ricky Gervais's visit to Friday's Tonight Show, where he decided to clear up a misunderstanding with Annie Lennox involving a drunken night 30 years ago he spent singing "Right by Your Side" on a bathroom floor. Hopefully Lennox receives this key piece of missing information.

Reese Witherspoon and Louis C.K. Set as 'SNL's Final Season 40 Hosts

SNL just revealed two upcoming hosts. A week after Scarlett Johansson hosts on May 2nd, Reese Witherspoon will return for her second hosting stint on May 9th with musical guest Florence and the Machine. Witherspoon last hosted in 2001 in the first episode after 9/11.

The following week will be the season 40 finale, and they've got a big host set: Louis C.K with musical guest Rihanna. It will make C.K.'s third time hosting SNL.

Steve Martin Tries Prime-Time Variety with '3 Girls 3'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Like westerns before it, the variety show is a TV genre that has gone the way of the dodo in America. Every once in a [...]

Read a Bunch of Hilarious Recent FCC Complaints About 'Saturday Night Live'

These days, most SNL fans and haters go the internet route to voice their complaints about the show, but there are still plenty of people who file their complaints the old-fashioned way through the Federal Communications Commission. The Atlantic recently combed through three years of recent complaints made against SNL, and like most FCC complaints against comedy shows, they're very entertaining. According to The Atlantic, the most complaints came from Texas, California, New York, Michigan, and Colorado, and "smut" and "garbage" were two of the most frequently used words in the complaints. Here are some of the best ones:

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Louis C.K. Looks Back on Torpedoing Jimmy Fallon's 'Dana Carvey Show' Audition

Louis C.K. was a guest on last night's Tonight Show, where he admitted to campaigning against Fallon when he auditioned to join the cast of The Dana Carvey Show in the '90s. "In my head I knew it: 'This is really fucked up to be doing this because this kid is really talented, but I don't want to look at him every day cause it'll make me upset about myself.' So I torpedoed your chances…I mean, I really, really went to bat against you." Watch more from C.K.'s interview below: