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Michael Che and Colin Jost to Anchor 'SNL's Weekend Update Next Season; More Hires on the Way

Earlier tonight, Saturday Night Live announced a pretty big surprise change for next season: Former SNL writer and current Daily Show correspondent Michael Che is returning to NBC to co-anchor Weekend Update. According to Bill Carter at The New York Times, Che has been chosen to replace Cecily Strong at the Update desk next season, and Che has confirmed on Twitter that he'll be leaving The Daily Show to take on the new SNL gig. Strong — who joined the Update desk alongside Seth Meyers back in 2013 — will remain on the cast as a repertory player; she reportedly requested the change herself so [...]

Hannibal Buress and Seth Meyers Talk About Custom Jumpsuits and His 'SNL' Sketch "Fedora Basketball"

Standup and former SNL writer Hannibal Buress was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he explained to Meyers why he bought a custom-made jumpsuit with his face printed on it, the time he video bombed Jason Segel, and an SNL sketch he wrote called "Fedora Basketball" that might make a great candidate for Late Night's "Second Chance Theatre" segment.

Good Neighbor's Nick Rutherford Joins the 'SNL' Writing Staff

The one member of Good Neighbor to be left out of last year's SNL hirings has now rejoined his friends on the NBC sketch show. The Comic's Comic reports that Nick Rutherford has officially joined the writing staff for SNL and has already begun working on content for the 40th season alongside his fellow Good Neighbor members Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and director Dave McCary. Here's what Rutherford had to say last year on The Poundcast podcast when asked about the possibility of him being brought on the show later:

"I mean, that's all that's ever talked about is like, 'Oh, we gotta get you out here. [...]

Larry David Tells Jimmy Fallon About His Broadway Play

Larry David's Broadway debut Fish in the Dark is set for March, and on last night's Tonight Show he and Fallon talked about what we can expect from the play as well as some honest updates on David's love life. Click through for another part from the interview, in which David explains why dogs don't care for him very much.

NBC Is Developing a Live Sitcom About a Manhattan Hotel Staff

NBC is attempting to bring back the live sitcom. Deadline reports that the network is currently developing a "live hotel comedy" from actor/creator Chris Moynihan and Hazy Hills, the production company owned by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner that's behind shows like Hot in Cleveland, Grimm, and Hollywood Game Night. Titled Hospitality, the series follows the hospitality staff of a midtown Manhattan hotel and would be a weekly multi-cam comedy that's completely live, including the commercials. 30 Rock is the most recent NBC sitcom to pull off the live episode format well, but Hospitality would be the first fully live sitcom on the network in some time, not [...]

Saturday Night's Children: O'Hara, Hudson, Prager, and Wolf

With only a few names left in this series, this week we're highlighting four former cast members instead of one who, for different reasons, have been grouped together for a special edition of lesser known SNL players. Whether they quit the show before their first episode, left no trace of their history after leaving the show, or flew under the radar despite being co-head writer, these four players are both a mix of famous and unknown writers and performers whose connection to SNL often goes forgotten. Here they are, in no particular order:

Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman to Be 'SNL's First Hosts of Season 40

UPDATE: NBC has announced that Chris Pratt will be hosting the season premiere, with Sarah Silverman hosting the second episode. It's not clear what happened to Murray-as-host — it may have been rescheduled to later in the season or canceled altogether. Our original post follows.

SNL's landmark 40th season premieres on September 27th, and the show's got some big plans to kick off its return to television. According to several sources — including news posts yesterday by local NBC affiliate sites that have since been taken down — the one and only Bill Murray will be making a glorious return to SNL to help ring in its [...]

An Updated 'Live From New York' Goes Inside the Last 12 Years of 'SNL' History

If the update of Live from New York from journalist James Andrew Miller and TV critic Tom Shales succeeds in one thing, it’s disproving the perennial, cliched criticism that Saturday Night Live is no longer funny or relevant. The additional 200 pages added to this already-hefty volume are a revealing reminder that the most recent years of SNL have been just as memorable as the eras long past.

Covering the period from 2002 to the present, the update takes on the show’s engagement with recent politics, the rise of Lonely Island, and the internet’s effect on both the players and the general reception of the show. It features interviews from [...]

Conan O'Brien (and Andy Kindler) Wrap Up 1994

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.)

It's been almost two years since we've had an installment of From the Archives' unofficial recurring segment: Looking Back at Conan's Early Years. [...]

Tim Heidecker Surprises Eric Wareheim on 'The Tonight Show'

Eric Wareheim's biggest dream ever was to be on The Tonight Show, so when he and Tim Heidecker were chosen to be guests on last night's show, Heidecker turned it into an elaborate surprise for his best friend complete with a blindfold, noise-canceling headphones, and misleading music from The Roots.

Nick Offerman Tells Jimmy Fallon About His College Sexual Adventures

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show with guest Nick Offerman, who tells Fallon all about the garment-based sexual code he had with his college roommate as well as returning to the University of Illinois to gift them with a Japanese gazebo. Click through to watch Offerman's "Unqualified Advice" segment, which is full of great tips on school, love, and the new iPhone.

Natasha Rothwell, Streeter Seidell, and Jeremy Beiler Join 'SNL's Writing Staff

SNL has already added new writers Alison Rich and Nick Rutherford to its staff for next season, and now they've added three more. UCB performer Natasha Rothwell, former CollegeHumor Editor in Chief Streeter Seidell, and PIT alum Jeremy Beiler have all officially joined the show as writers. Rothwell was one of the 11 candidates SNL considered for the cast last year before hiring Sasheer Zamata, Seidell has written many shorts for CollegeHumor as well as episodes of Trophy Wife and MTV's Pranked, and Beiler has written for Inside Amy Schumer and IFC's Bunk. Click through to check out some of Rothwell, Seidell, and Beiler's work:

Werner Herzog to Cameo in 'Parks and Rec,' Which He's Never Seen Before

German filmmaker and documentarian Werner Herzog is set to show up next season on Parks and Recreation. During an event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, Herzog revealed that he recently filmed a "tiny cameo" for the NBC show as "an elderly guy who sells his decrepit house." He even shared his line with the audience, which you can spoil for yourself by reading the complete recap of the event over at Flavorwire. Herzog also revealed that, despite agreeing to do the cameo, "I've never seen the show, but I hope they kept some of it." Hopefully after Parks and Rec ends next year, Herzog will [...]

'SNL' Writer Leslie Jones Urges Women to Take the Crazy Back on 'Late Night'

SNL writer Leslie Jones, who won all our hearts on Weekend Update back in May with the eternal question "Can a bitch get a beef bowl?", did standup on last night's Late Night. Jones covers booty calls, why texting makes women crazier than they already are, and why women shouldn't be ashamed of the fact that they're crazy in the first place.