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Amber Ruffin, John Lutz, and Conner O'Malley Go Through Seth Meyers's Luggage in This Emmy Awards Preview

Seth Meyers is hosting this year's Emmys on Monday August 25th, and NBC released a short teaser today that features Late Night writers Amber Ruffin, John Lutz, and Conner O'Malley as a trio of TSA agents who rummage through Seth's TV show-themed luggage.

What It's Like Getting Hired – and Fired – by 'SNL'

It was late summer, 1982, and I was driving down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I turned to her and said, “This must be what winning the lottery feels like.” We had just been asked to join the cast of Saturday Night Live along with Brad Hall (and Paul Barrosse, who would become a writer) and were on our way to our last performance of “The Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee.”

The show was a collection of our best Practical Theatre sketches over a three-year period and it was a local hit that caught the attention of Tim Kazurinsky. Tim brought in Dick Ebersol and Bob Tischler who [...]

Fred Armisen Transforms into a Philosophical American Architect on 'Late Night'

Fred Armisen's ongoing remote "FredEx" segment continued last night, and this time he used the props to turn himself into an "American building designer" who not only questions the existence of angels, but the existence of existence itself.

Noël Wells and John Milhiser Also Leaving 'SNL'

Yesterday, new SNL featured player Brooks Wheelan announced he'd been fired, but that's not the only change to the long-running sketch show's cast this season. Deadline reports that fellow new featured players Noël Wells and John Milhiser will not be returning in the fall as SNL bosses have opted not to renew their contracts. Deadline adds that discussions are underway about Mike O'Brien's future on the show. O'Brien, who was an SNL writer for four seasons before being bumped up to featured player status this past season, could either wind up remaining in the cast or be bumped back to the writing staff.

The Deadline report also confirms that Nasim Pedrad, who is a [...]

Brooks Wheelan Announces He's Been Fired from 'SNL'

The SNL changes promised by Lorne Michaels last month are beginning to trickle in with last night's news that featured player Brooks Wheelan has been fired from the show. Wheelan tweeted the news himself: "Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"

Wheelan joined SNL as a writer last August and was hired as a featured player in September. While he delivered a few impersonations and made a couple memorable appearances on Weekend Update, the Los Angeles-based standup never found his footing in the sketch format [...]

Scott Aukerman and Seth Meyers Talk 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' and 'Between Two Ferns'

On last night's Late Night, Meyers and fellow talk show host Scott Aukerman chatted about everything from Comedy Bang! Bang's rise from podcast to IFC show to what it was like directing President Obama in the hit Between Two Ferns episode earlier this year. Click through for the second clip from the interview.

Fred Armisen Plays the Weirdest Johns Hopkins Surgeon Ever on 'Late Night'

So far in his remote-from-Portland segment "FredEx," Fred Armisen has portrayed an American building designer who questions the existence of angels and a Peruvian Beatles cover band member who discusses global warming, and last night he returned with the weirdest character yet with the help of a wig, tacky hoodie, and pair of headphones. Naturally he turns it into an unorthodox surgeon who is in love with everyone he knows.

'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 [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Tom Schiller (1979-1980)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 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.

While it's true that The Lonely Island helped kick-start a new era for pretaped SNL segments, the Digital Short is far from a new concept for the show. Following the short films of Albert Brooks and Gary Weis, SNL writer Tom Schiller sometimes injected the show with artsy, often black-and-white "miniature movies." Schiller was also one of the writers to be promoted [...]

NBC Renews 'Last Comic Standing' for Season 9

NBC announced yesterday that they're bringing back Last Comic Standing for another year. The long-running, on-again-off-again standup reality competition returned this summer after four years off the air, revamped with new host J.B. Smoove, producer Wanda Sykes, and an invite-only audition system. The show is currently in the midst of its eighth season, with seven comedians (Nikki Carr, Rocky LaPorte, Joe Machi, Rod Man, Monroe Martin, Karlous Miller, Lachlan Patterson) remaining. Season nine will premiere next summer.

Saturday Night's Children: Morwenna Banks (1995)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 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.

While there are plenty of SNL cast members whose stints didn't last many episodes — see Laurie Metcalf, Dan Vitale, and Ben Stiller — British sketch and voice actress Morwenna Banks holds the record of the shortest repertory player tenure with a mere four episodes under her belt at the end of the show's twentieth season in 1995. Four episodes [...]

Ricky Gervais Tells Seth Meyers Why He's Angry with "Big Sweaty Slob" Louis C.K.

Here's a clip from Ricky Gervais's interview on last night's Late Night, in which he and Meyers talk about the differences between US and UK awards shows. This leads to Gervais realizing mid-interview that he's unhappy with "that big sweaty slob" Louis C.K. for never giving him the thank you he deserves.

Marc Maron Trips on 'Late Night' and Talks About His Anger Issues

On last night's Late Night, guest Marc Maron tripped over a step during his entrance, but instead of getting too enraged, he used it as an opportunity to explain some of his anger issues to Meyers. Click through for the second part of the interview.

Kate McKinnon Goes on 'Late Night' to Announce Her Love and Respect for Cats

The lovely and Emmy-nominated Kate McKinnon was a guest on last night's Late Night, where she took the time to clear up some rumors about her cat shelter SNL sketch with Charlize Theron. She also explains how she develops her characters, the reason behind one of her recent photo bombs, and her habit of seeing people carry antique sewing machines through airport security.