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Sasheer Zamata Talks Improv, Dance Moves, and Her Nicki Minaj Impersonation

Over the weekend, SNL released a new installment of "AskSNL" featuring cast member Sasheer Zamata, who shares her favorite food and dance moves, offers some advice for aspiring improv students, and reveals that she'd really like to get her Nicki Minaj impersonation on the show even though all the opportunities in last week's SNL went to the real Nicki Minaj.

Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams Slow Jam the Immigration News

The Tonight Show returned with a brand new installment of "Slow Jam the News" with Brian "Breezy Weezy" Williams last night, this time to cover the latest updates on US immigration and Obama's recent executive order. There's also at least one Peter Pan Live! joke at Williams's expense.

'Parks and Rec's Final Season Premieres January 13th and Ends February 24th

NBC is rushing the final season of Parks and Recreation on a new time slot far away from the once-great NBC Thursday comedy block. According to Entertainment Weekly, Parks and Rec's seventh and last season will kick off on Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00pm — two days after Amy Poehler cohosts the Golden Globes with Tina Fey — and air back-to-back episodes each week until the hourlong series finale on February 24th. "I think everyone feels like, 'We don’t want to overstay our welcome. We want to go out on a high note,'" creator Mike Schur told EW earlier this year. "We did this big creative [...]

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Return in This 2015 Golden Globes Promo

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Golden Globes for the third time in January, and NBC recently released the first promo featuring the ladies revealing what they're wearing for the big show. In the meantime, check out Fey and Poehler's opening monologues from the 2013 and 2014 Golden Globes below:

Watch "Def TED Talks," a Cut 'SNL' Sketch by Michael Che and Bryan Tucker

NBC uploaded a sketch this week called "Def TED Talks" that was cut from the latest episode of SNL hosted by Cameron Diaz, which was written by Michael Che and Bryan Tucker and features Diaz and a ton of cast members in a Def Jam/TED Talks mashup show hosted by Jay Pharoah as Russell Simmons. Considering how great last week's cut sketch "Tweet" was, by the end of this season we might have a whole episode's worth of delightfully weird and creative sketches that didn't make it to live air.

Former 'SNL' Writer Cindy Caponera on Molly Shannon: "She Was Scrappy and Relentless"

"Molly's path to SNL was impressive. She was scrappy and relentless. She did these crazy one-woman shows, and in between shows she would gather lists of names and phone numbers to ensure that when she did the next show she would have a full house. Again, pre-social media—that means thousands of tiny pieces of paper and business cards. She performed on these little stages in Santa Monica—climbing the rafters in characters she'd created. I'm still not sure how Lorne even found her."

- Former SNL writer Cindy Caponera looks back on Molly Shannon's stint as a cast member and the creation of her "licensed joyologist" character Helen Madden in [...]

Netflix's Ted Sarandos Drops Some Hints About Tina Fey's New Show

Last month, Netflix made a surprise move when they grabbed Tina Fey's in-the-works NBC sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper. Speaking to Vulture, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed how exactly the series made the jump from network to streaming in just four days and also dropped some hints about what we can expect from the show when it premieres in March. Here's how he broke down the agreement between NBC and Netflix to give Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a new home:

And this was a strange opportunity where, usually when shows don’t make it, sometimes it has very little to do with the quality and [...]

Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Graham Are Developing a Female Late Night Host Comedy

There have been a ton of open late night hosting gigs on the major networks recently between The Tonight Show, Late Night, Late Show, The Late Late Show, and next year's Late Late Show guest host lineup, and NBC is attempting to bank off of late night's most glaring problem in the form of a sitcom starring Lauren Graham. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-camera comedy called Kate On Later. The half-hour series is co-written by Graham and He's Just Not That Into You's Liz Tuccillo and produced by Ellen DeGeneres's A Very Good Production and follows Graham as Kate, [...]

Jason Sudeikis Stars in a Cut 'SNL' Sketch for "Second Chance Theatre"

Back in March, SNL alum Jason Sudeikis told Seth Meyers all about "Juggling Flyer," one of his favorite sketches that never made it to air. It's been a long wait, but Late Night finally returned with a new installment of "Second Chance Theatre" last night, and with help from Fred Armisen, Mike O'Brien, and some Late Night writers, Sudeikis turned his long lost sketch into a reality.

Saturday Night's Children: Tina Fey (2000-2006)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 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.

After three and a half years and over 120 SNL cast member profiles, it's time to end this column the way it began — by highlighting one of my favorite women to ever call SNL home. She's best known for her time on SNL and 30 Rock, but for America's many young women who consider themselves awkward, frumpy comedy nerds, Tina [...]

Jack McBrayer Is Really Excited About James Franco's 'SNL' Promos

James Franco is returning to host SNL for a third time this weekend, and NBC just released his promo reel featuring Cecily Strong, holiday cheer, awkward gift-giving, experimental film techniques, and a special appearance by the one audience member who never leaves Studio 8H, Jack McBrayer.

Jiminy Glick Interviews Jimmy "The Giggle Boy" Fallon

During last night's Tonight Show, guest Martin Short brought back his Jiminy Glick character for a talk show-within-a-talk show segment called "Talk of the Town." Glick presses Fallon about some deep topics like growing up in Brooklyn, his relationship with Justin Timberlake, and how he created his most famous SNL character ever, "Giggling Boy in the Background Guy."

Seth and His Family Play a Game of "How Well Do You Know Your Meyers?"

Seth Meyers found the perfect way to combine Thanksgiving and Late Night last week by inviting his family on his show as guests, and part of the episode included the above quiz game "How Well Do You Know Your Meyers?" The quiz covers tons of Meyers family facts, including Seth's dad's obsession with Shameless, his brother's botched football career, the many Meyers dogs named Albert, and much more.

Here's a Bunch of Old "Satellite TV" Sketches from 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien'

Late Night with Conan O'Brien was home to countless weird and wonderful sketches during its run on NBC from 1993-2009, and over the past week a YouTube user has been uploading old clips of the recurring "Satellite TV" segment, in which O'Brien would share with the audience some of the stranger channels picked up by 30 Rockefeller's giant satellite dish. Comfort your pre-Thanksgiving dread with the above clip from the "Peanut Suicide Channel," then click through to watch "Potato Judge Channel," "Camp Michael McDonald Channel," and more.