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Chris Rock to Host 'SNL' November 1st with Musical Guest Prince

NBC just announced another former SNL cast member who is set to host an upcoming episode, and it's a big one. According to a Twitter update by SNL, Chris Rock is slated to host on November 1st with musical guest Prince. The episode will make Rock's second hosting stint following his 1996 episode with musical guest The Wallflowers, which followed his years as a cast member from 1990-1993. Rock will follow Jim Carrey, who is also confirmed to host with musical guest Iggy Azalea on October 25th.

Nick Kroll Tells Jimmy Fallon About the Time He Met Bill Murray

On Friday's Tonight Show, guest Nick Kroll told Jimmy Fallon about the time he was lucky enough to meet Bill Murray at an open mic night, which taught him an important lesson about bothering comedy icons while they're relaxing with a drink. On the other hand, Kroll does star in his own Comedy Central show now, so he's living proof that you can bomb at a standup open mic in front of Bill Murray and still make it as a successful funny person.

Chris Gethard Talks 'TCGS,' His New Tour, and More on 'Late Night'

Here's a clip from Chris Gethard's visit to last night's Late Night, where he and Meyers talk about his album My Comedy Album, his new fall tour in fans' houses, and The Chris Gethard Show. Click through to watch Gethard talk about the time he cried when X-Men's Multiple Man died and reminisce with Meyers about last week's TCGS juggler.

NBC Really Wanted Jon Stewart to Host 'Meet the Press'

Jon Stewart has been hosting The Daily Show for nearly 20 years, but according to New York magazine, the Comedy Central host was aggressively courted to be the next Meet the Press host by NBC. While Chuck Todd has been the Sunday news show anchor for the last month, three "senior television sources with knowledge of the talks" told NYMag that NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart to take over the show first:

One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything" to bring him over. "They were ready to back the Brinks truck up," the source said. A spokesperson for [...]

Check Out Bill Hader's 'SNL' Promos with Kenan Thompson

SNL alum Bill Hader returns to the show as host this week, and here's his promo reel with Kenan Thompson that's full of silly voices, stolen items from the props department, and a Lindsey Buckingham "What Up With That?" reference.

Zach Galifianakis and Jimmy Fallon Make Some Plans for 2030

Here's a sketch from last night's Tonight Show, in which Fallon and special guest Zach Galifianakis fail — then finally succeed — to set up a good time to hang out together. Click through to watch Galifianakis's interview at the desk, which covers everything from his year-old son to his distaste for the red carpet scene.

'SNL' Review: Bill Hader's Master Class

You can judge how great a past SNL cast member was by the void they refill when they return to the show. Maya Rudolph's hosting gig in 2012 reminded viewers not only how irreplaceable of a triple-threat talent Rudolph is, but how colorless (in every possible meaning of the word) the cast seemed in her absence. Andy Samberg's return last May revealed the cast remained short of a goofball viewers seemed to like, even if the show could still produce amazing video content without him. If SNL needs to know what it's missing, it needs only bring back an old cast member to highlight the weak spots.

Bill Hader returned [...]

Robert Downey Jr. and Jimmy Fallon Have a Mountaintop Staredown

In one of the weirdest Tonight Show sketches in a while, last night Robert Downey Jr. and Jimmy Fallon played two men who engage in an intense mountaintop staredown and ponder some of the universe's biggest mysteries, such as the stories our body hairs tell, why sneezes sometimes never come, and Dominos stuffed crust pepperoni pizza.

Saturday Night's Children: John Belushi (1975-1979)

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.

SNL's first party monster legend was a Chicago boy born to Albanian immigrants — a short, squat, blue-collar popular kid whose fierce presence dominated everything from the high school football field to the improv theater stage and, during his final years, the silver screen. Many of the late John Belushi's friends and former collaborators have attempted to describe the man behind the SNL [...]

NBC Is Developing a 'Say Anything' Series, and Cameron Crowe Wants to Stop It

From Real Genius to Big to Problem Child, there have been a ton of movie-to-TV series in development these days, but yesterday's report that NBC was developing a single-cam series adaptation of Cameron Crowe's 1989 comedy Say Anything didn't go over well with the movie's original writer/director. According to the original Deadline report, NBC has given a script commitment to the follow-up series set a decade after the film written by Better Off Ted's Justin Adler and co-executive produced by Aaron Kaplan. After the news broke, Crowe and Say Anything star John Cusack were quick to address it on Twitter: "Regarding the announcement of a [...]

Pete Davidson Talks Hecklers, Comedy Influences, and His Favorite Emoji

If you're not yet familiar with new SNL cast member Pete Davidson, this backstage Q&A clip is full of fun facts on his love for pizza, complicated feelings for burritos, experiences with hecklers, and biggest comedy influences, from Bill Burr to Adam Sandler to "obviously Louie."

Steve Carell and Jimmy Fallon Play a Game of "Word Sneak"

Steve Carell was a guest last night's Tonight Show, where he turned out to be the perfect person to play a game of "Word Sneak" with Jimmy Fallon. How many random words can Carell casually work into a normal conversation? All of them except "kumquat," apparently.

Leslye Headland and 'Cosmopolitan' Are Developing an NBC Comedy

The writer and director of 2012's Bachelorette has teamed up with the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan for a new NBC comedy. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-cam series written by Headland that follows "a failed political blogger who restarts her life in New York as the 'sex' editor for a prestigious and provocative women's magazine." Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, and Cosmo editor-in-chief Joanna Coles will all serve as executive producers on the untitled project. "I am elated to collaborate with Joanna on this series," Headland said in a statement. "Cosmo was a must-read for me growing up. Under Joanna's influence, the magazine [...]

Jay Leno Is Close to a Deal for His Own Show on CNBC

It hasn't even been a year since Jay Leno left The Tonight Show, but the comedian is already lining up his next TV hosting gig. THR reports that Leno "is close to a deal" to host a new primetime show for CNBC focused on Leno's love for cars, though it's not yet known whether it'll air nightly or weekly. Since leaving his Tonight Show post in February, Leno has reportedly been approached by CNN, A&E, History, and Tribune stations for potential new shows, but it looks like his longtime loyalty to NBC Universal was a deciding factor in his new TV home. It's not known yet when [...]