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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.

NBC Reaches Out to Aspiring TV Writers in New "Comedy Playground" Initiative

NBC is looking to develop brand new talent through a new initiative they're calling the "Comedy Playground." Starting on May 1st, the initiative will begin accepting video submissions from aspiring comedy writers for new show concepts, and they've enlisted a star-studded "Advisory Board" that includes Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, Robert Carlock, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, and Aziz Ansari to help select the winners. Two on-air winners will have up to five episodes of their show produced by the network and aired sometime next summer, while a third digital winner will have their concept produced and shown via NBC's website based on online voting.

"We are [...]

'SNL' Review: Princess Anna Kendrick

Whenever SNL producers book a host who seems inexperienced in live comedy, they fall back on a kind of playbook. Stick to popular recurring bits and pretaped videos to take the burden off the host. Give her small, easy stuff that plays to her strengths, then get her out of there. If she can sing, let her sing. The goal is to Bodyguard-cradle the host, letting her enjoy herself while hiding her from the real dangers of the scary sketch comedy world.

Given how little we saw of Anna Kendrick this episode, you'd think Lorne was standing nearby off stage, ready to dive in and take a bullet.

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Anna Kendrick is 'SNL' Illiterate in These 'SNL' Promos

Here are this week's SNL promos featuring Taran Killam and first-time host Anna Kendrick. Killam and Kendrick jam-pack these four minutes with great concepts like monkey butlers, bacon bikinis, musicals, show tunes, and plenty of one-upmanship. Even though Kendrick doesn't seem to understand what SNL is, these promos hint that she's going to be great anyway.

Watch Louis C.K. as an Asexual Alien in a Cut 'SNL' Sketch

Here's a sketch cut after SNL's dress rehearsal this past weekend in which host Louis C.K. plays an asexual alien named Zartag who escapes his crystal prison then makes some evil-sounding demands of a spaceship crew, only to expose his love for posters of hunky Earth guys and their "cool, fun vibe."

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.

Here's a Trailer for the New Season of 'Last Comic Standing'

NBC is bringing reality competition Last Comic Standing back this summer, and here's a brand new trailer for the revamped show, featuring host J.B. Smoove, judges Russell Peters, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Roseanne, and bunch of standups.

Letterman Asks Tony Hale for an 'Arrested Development' Movie Update

On Friday, David Letterman tried to fish for an update from Veep's Tony Hale about whether or not an Arrested Development movie is happening in the most straight-talk way possible: "I'm tired of hearing about what a genius Mitch Hurwitz is. I'm just tired of it." Apparently Hale knows as much as the rest of the internet does, which is to say he has no idea but seems more than game to be part of it.

Watch a Time-Lapse Video of Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Studio Being Built

Here's a time-lapse video of the studio for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon being built in 60 seconds, in case you've ever wondered how a late night talk show studio was built but don't have time to watch a months-long video in real time.

Watch Joe Mande Do Standup on 'Late Night'

Parks and Rec and Kroll Show writer Joe Mande was the featured comic on last night's Late Night. In his set, Mande covers everything from Kendrick Lamar's obsession with crowd energy to the ungodly strength of west coast weed to his time as an intern at The Maury Povich Show, where he fielded calls from lots of women hoping for a maternity test.

Kristen Wiig to Play a Grief Counselor with Charles Barkley in 'Late Night's "Second Chance Theater"

The wonderful Kristen Wiig was on last night's Late Night, and after covering topics with Meyers such as her recent dramatic roles and her many SNL wigs, she agreed to return for Meyers's in-the-works "Second Chance Theater" segment for cut SNL characters to play a piano key-sleeved grief counselor character with Charles Barkley. Kristen joins Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg, and Taran Killam as the cast members who have signed on to appear in the segment so far.

Saturday Night's Children: Al Franken (1977-1980; 1985-1986; 1988-1995)

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.

SNL has a long history of pitting two groups together to create comedy gold: the untamed, brash Chicago improv troupers and the pompous nerds of Harvard. Tina Fey put it nicely in a 2011 New Yorker piece when she wrote "If Harvard is Classical Military Theory, Improv is Vietnam." While the Harvardlings mostly occupy writing positions at SNL (see Conan O'Brien and [...]

John Mulaney and Seth Meyers Talk All Things Stefon

On last night's Late Night, Meyers and former SNL writer/Stefon co-creator John Mulaney reminisced about all the times they tried to make Bill Hader — a hardworking Oklahoman — break during his Stefon segments and even played a clip of the time Mulaney's Jewish Dracula joke brought him nearly to tears. Click through for the second part of the interview.

'SNL' Review: Louis C.K. Is Still Hilarious, In Case Anyone Was Wondering

When Louis C.K. last hosted SNL in November 2012, there was magic in the air. A week after Superstorm Sandy walloped New York, with huge parts of the city still without power, it just felt appropriate to see a comedian so emblematic of the New York spirit, with its gritty nature and heartfelt sincerity, serve as the face of the show that week. And to see him kill it as he did, with a hilarious parody of his FX show Louie starring Abraham Lincoln, was a magical moment for comedy nerds, like watching Conan O'Brien hosting the Emmys in 2006 or witnessing Joss Whedon's The Avengers win over both [...]