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Saturday Night's Children: Dan Vitale (1985-1986)

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.

In all of SNL cast history, Dan Vitale stands invisible as the most forgotten player. Until only recently, his IMDB page was mixed up with a female dancer of the same name and did little to shed light on the seasoned Queens-born comic and legendary drunk who was a regular at the original Improv, friend to Bill Hicks, and briefly-lived SNL featured [...]

Amy Poehler Says 'Parks and Rec's Season Finale Has a "Very Exciting Last Moment"

"The last moments are really important. Big things happen that show you where we’re going … The end is pretty exciting and — dare I say — a very exciting last moment. I’m very excited for people to see it.”

-Amy Poehler teasing Parks and Recreation's season finale, which airs this Thursday, in a conference call to reporters, or rather, teasing the very end of the finale.

'Workaholics' Star Blake Anderson to Appear on 'Parks and Rec' Season Finale

EW reports that Workaholics star Blake Anderson is set to appear on the hourlong sixth season finale of Parks and Recreation next week. Joining Anderson will be a bunch of guest stars including Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, Jeff Tweedy, Michelle Obama, and a yet-to-be-revealed mystery guest. Anderson will play Mike Bean, a co-founder of Bay Area tech start-up Grizzle visited by Ben and Andy. "The only thing you need to know about him is that he's in the Grizzle office, and he's not wearing any shoes," Mike Schur told EW. "He just walks around barefoot all day."

Andrew Garfield to Host 'SNL' May 3rd

Over the weekend, NBC announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield will host the next episode of SNL with musical guest Coldplay on May 3rd. It will make Garfield's first time hosting the show, while Coldplay will be returning for their fifth musical guest appearance.

Watch a Two-Minute Time Lapse Video of an 'SNL' Taping

SNL just released this cool time lapse video, showing all the moving pieces in Studio 8H during an SNL taping by speeding the video up really fast. It's from this weekend's Anna Kendrick episode, in case you want to try to sync up the audio of that episode to 50 times its usual speed while you watch this.

Watch Brian Williams Rap "Gin and Juice" on 'The Tonight Show'

NBC news anchor Brian Williams was a guest on The Tonight Show last night, and Fallon welcomed him back the only way he knows — by mashing up a bunch of his Nightly News clips into a full rap video of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice."

'SNL' Will Celebrate 40 Years with a Live Three-Hour Special Next February

Saturday Night Live will be embarking on its 40th season on NBC next year, and according to NYT reporter Bill Carter the occasion will be marked with a live three-hour special next February 15th similar to the 25th anniversary special in 1999. News of the special joins the extended version of the oral history book Live from New York coming out this September as the first two of most likely many tributes to Lorne Michaels's groundbreaking sketch comedy show.

Click through to watch Bill Murray bring back his Nick the Lounge Singer character for the star-studded 25th anniversary show and read the official statement from NBC:

'The Maya Rudolph Show' Will Premiere on NBC May 19th

Maya Rudolph is returning to NBC next month. Her new one-hour special, entitled The Maya Rudolph Show, is set to premiere Monday, May 19th, at 10pm, EW reports. The one-off variety show special will double as a pilot for a potential series.

Guests for the show will include Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell, with Janelle Monáe as musical guest and Raphael Saaddiq as bandleader. Lorne Michaels, who worked with Rudolph as a producer on SNL and Up All Night, is also serving as a producer on The Maya Rudolph Show.

Right around this time last year when Up All Night [...]

Watch Nikki Glaser Do Standup on 'Late Night'

Nikki Glaser appeared on Late Night last night to perform some standup, covering everything from an ex-boyfriend-turned-boyfriend again to her questionable hygiene habits to all the great tips she's learned from watching porn, especially the time she discovered her personal favorite genre "reluctant porn."

Aidy Bryant Does Her First 'SNL' Promos with Host Seth Rogen

Here's the promo reel for this week's SNL with third-time host Seth Rogen and first-time promo actor Aidy Bryant, who swings back and forth between excitement over Rogen's presence and excitement over finally getting to do a promo.

Watch the NBC-Mocking End to 'Community's Fifth Season

Community ended its fifth season Thursday, and the very end of the episode was this series of fake NBC promos making fun of the show's home network's programming and scheduling decisions with a promo for a slate of new fake shows starring B.J. Novak, Amber Tamblyn, Questlove, and more. If Community doesn't get renewed for a sixth season (which is still up in the air), this is one cool way to go out. (via Pop Culture Brain)

Bearing Down on 'Community’s Triumphant, Challenging Fifth Season

Community’s return this year was one of the most anticipated comedy events of the season. The theme of redemption (always a deep part of the show) seemed especially prevalent, as this season had the tall task of establishing why this show still needs to exist. That it deserves to return after a lackluster (by previous standards) fourth season, that Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna returning as showrunners would be able to steer the show in the right direction, and that a Pierce and Troy-less Community wouldn’t feel like an imitation of itself; that this wasn’t a Scrubs season 9 sort of situation. Not only did the show stand [...]

'SNL' Review: Seth Rogen Half-Baked

While watching Seth Rogen host SNL for the third time last weekend, I was reminded of two other three-peat hosts from earlier this season: Paul Rudd in December and Jonah Hill in January. Rudd's episode felt like extended promo for Anchorman 2, with the host failing to capture that lightning in the bottle with cast members that made his previous stints so memorable. Hill, however, seemed to enjoy himself every bit as much as he did his first two appearances.

Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill are, of course, hugely successful alumni from Team Judd Apatow, but their careers have taken diverging trajectories. Rogen and Rudd have [...]

John Lutz Goes Undercover as a 'Late Night' Intern

Late Night writer John Lutz had a mid-show business meeting with Seth Meyers last night to rat out some trash-talking by the interns, and he came prepared with an undercover video to prove it. The video doesn't exactly confirm Lutz's claims, but at least he gets to wear a cool wig and attempt to ride around the Late Night offices on a scooter.