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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 [...]

Colin Jost Addresses Weekend Update Criticism, Insists He'll Be Funnier Next Season

The New York Post ran a brief interview with SNL head writer and not-so-well-received Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost over the weekend, and aside all but confirming that he's set to return to the Update desk next season, he addressed some of the criticism that's come his way since he joined the cast back in March.

On juggling the Update gig with his job as head writer:

Even when you have two or three [new people], it's challenging. You want to learn their voices so you can write for [them]. When you have so many people … you don't get as much time to spend with the [...]

Taran Killam Looks Back on His Time as One of the Brasky Buddies on 'SNL'

SNL's Taran Killam recently shared his most memorable moment from season 39, which was getting to play one of the legendary Bill Brasky buddies alongside Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd back in December. He also does a pretty spot-on impression of the beloved Reading Rainbow sound effect.

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.

Jimmy Fallon Offers Some Solid Advice on Fear and Bombing in Standup

Here's a Tonight Show web extra featuring Jimmy Fallon answering a fan's question about bombing and being scared back when he started out as a standup, including a fun story about a time he bombed with a Catskills resort audience that included his grandfather/ride home.

Saturday Night's Children: Jason Sudeikis (2005-2013)

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.

Whether posing as a nerdy father, late night newsman, or sporting a perma-grin as the red jumpsuit-wearing dancer on "What's Up with That?" during his SNL run from 2005-2013, Jason Sudeikis was the epitome of the silly jock with a heart of gold. He also played some of the most callous characters while being one of the most emotional behind-the-scenes performers, as seen [...]

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 [...]

Here's the Cast for NBC's New Sketch Comedy Pilot

It was reported over a year ago that former Comedy Central VP Lou Wallach was developing a new primetime sketch show for NBC, and the pilot for it was just shot this summer. Like Saturday Night Live, the pilot for the untitled sketch show features a large group of performers culled from all over the country, and The Comic's Comic has a list of its writing staff and cast. The pilot was directed by Bruce Leddy, who directed the bulk of Fox's MADtv, and it's being produced by Mick Napier (Annoyance Theater, Exit 57) and Wallach, who, during his stint at Comedy Central, oversaw the development of Chappelle's Show, The Colbert Report, Crank [...]

'Community' Set to Return for 13-Episode Season on Yahoo Screen

While all might have seemed lost for a sixth season of Community since its cancellation in May, The Wrap reports that a surprise last minute deal has been made for the cult NBC hit to come back in the form of a 13-episode season on Yahoo Screen. "I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo," Dan Harmon said in a statement. "I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!"