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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 [...]

Fred Armisen Plays a Peruvian Beatles Cover Band Member from Portland on 'Late Night'

Now that Fred Armisen is in Portland working on the next season of Portlandia, Seth Meyers and Late Night figured out a way to keep him on the show in New York by premiering their new segment "FredEx," in which they send Armisen a FedEx package with all the supplies he'll need to create an original character on the spot. Here he's a friendly Peruvian Beatles cover band player with a corn cob pipe talking about global warming.

The Eight Longest 'SNL' Cast Member Tenures

When Seth Meyers left SNL to host Late Night earlier this year, he was just shy of beating out Darrell Hammond's record as having the longest SNL player stint of all time with a whopping 14 seasons under his belt. Whether you view a lengthy SNL tenure as a badge of honor or sign of a performer overstaying their welcome, a glance at some of the longest-running SNL players — which mostly occupy the '90s era through current cast member Kenan Thompson — shows a group of talented impressionists, dependable utility players, and Weekend Update favorites of both the wild and low-key variety. Here's a look at the [...]

'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.

Dana Carvey's "Choppin' Broccoli" Gets the Epic Orchestra Treatment on 'Tonight Show'

On last night's Tonight Show, guest Dana Carvey performed "Choppin' Broccoli" from his classic '80s SNL sketch accompanied by a fancy orchestra. Click through for clips from his interview with Fallon in which the two play a game of "Wheel of Impressions," as well as the original "Broccoli" sketch for good measure.

Crosby, Stills & Nash Sing "Fancy" with Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young

Jimmy Fallon whipped out his beloved Neil Young alter ego on last night's Tonight Show, and he beat Weird Al to the punch along with musical guests Crosby, Stills & Nash by singing the hit Iggy Azalea song "Fancy" — if "Fancy" were a sad folk rock song with a soulful harmonica solo.

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.

Mike Sikowitz and Mike O'Malley Are Co-Creating NBC's Upcoming Bill Cosby Comedy

It's been a while since there were any updates on the in-the-works Bill Cosby NBC show, but at TCA over the weekend, the network announced that the multi-cam project will be co-created by Mike Sikowitz (CBS's The McCarthys) and Mike O'Malley (Showtime's Shameless), who is also being considered to play a lead role in the show. As for the plot, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said that Cosby "plays the patriarch of the family, dispensing his classic wisdom on relationships and parenthood, with three daughters, husbands and grandchildren. It's a classic big extended family sitcom." NBC is hoping to launch the show in summer or fall 2015.

Jimmy Fallon Is the Least Talky Late Night Host, According to Study

Jimmy Fallon has put much emphasis on sketch comedy and viral videos since taking over The Tonight Show earlier this year, so it comes as no surprise that he's been confirmed as the late night host currently on the air who spends the least time talking with guests. According to a study by communications professor Stephen Winzenburg, Fallon spends only 37% of the time chatting with guests on his show — down dramatically from his predecessors Jay Leno and Johnny Carson, who both scored 51%. Elsewhere in late night guest chattiness levels, Craig Ferguson came in at 43%, Jimmy Kimmel at 48%, Seth Meyers and David Letterman at [...]