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NBC Orders Five Additional Episodes of 'Marry Me'

Good news for one of this season's new comedies: Not long after canceling A to Z and Bad Judge, THR reports that NBC has ordered five more episodes of its freshman comedy Marry Me from creator David Caspe. This brings Marry Me's debut season order up to 18 episodes, though it's unknown yet whether NBC will eventually expand it to a traditional 22-episode season. Starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as an engaged couple, Marry Me is one of the few new comedies to fare well with both critics and ratings this year and benefitted greatly from having The Voice as its lead-in for its first two [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Michael O'Donoghue (1975)

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.

It's been almost twenty years to the day since the death of Michael O'Donoghue, one of comedy's darkest, most demented figures and a major creative force behind National Lampoon magazine and SNL during their formative years. Dennis Perrin's 1998 biography of O'Donoghue attributes a quote to him: "Making people laugh is the lowest form of comedy." Indeed O'Donoghue's highest comedy goal, also in his own words — once [...]

NBC Cancels Freshman Comedies 'A to Z' and 'Bad Judge'

Two of NBC's new comedies will not be continuing into second seasons. Deadline reports that both the romantic comedy A to Z and Gary Sanchez-produced Bad Judge have been canceled by the network, though they will finish their 13-episode seasons in the 9:00 and 9:30pm time slots. NBC reportedly plans to replace the time slot with hourlong drama The Blacklist after the Super Bowl, so hopefully you weren't anticipating a revival of NBC's once-great Thursday night comedy block just yet.

Paul Reubens Gives Some Unqualified Advice for 'The Tonight Show'

Recent Tonight Show guest Paul Reubens sat down for the latest installment of "Unqualified Advice," where he offers up tons of tips for convenient vacation spots, appropriate birthday party venues for 40-year-olds, and a very Pee-wee's Playhouse-style Halloween costume suggestion.

Paul Reubens Confirms the New Pee-wee Herman Movie on 'Tonight Show'

Paul Reubens visited The Tonight Show last night, where he and superfan Jimmy Fallon discussed the Blu-ray release of Pee-wee's Playhouse as well as the in-the-works Pee-wee Herman movie, which Reubens confirmed has Judd Apatow onboard as producer and will start filming in February.

Cecily Strong Tells Seth Meyers She's Haunted on 'Late Night'

Last night's Late Night included a mini Weekend Update reunion between Seth Meyers and guest Cecily Strong, who told Meyers all about her recent discovery that if she doesn't stay in the white light of God, she'll keep bringing ghosts back to her apartment. Watch more from her interview below:

NBC Orders a Multi-Cam Pilot Starring Jerrod Carmichael

NBC has been developing a comedy from standup Jerrod Carmichael for almost a year, and THR reports that they've handed him a third pilot order for the project. Written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller (Sex Tape, Undeclared, director of Neighbors), the untitled multi-cam pilot is inspired by Carmichael's life and standup. The current version has been extensively reworked since its first and second incarnations in December and June, though no more plot details have been revealed yet. Aside from writing and starring in the pilot, Carmichael will also serve as a co-executive producer on the project alongside Stoller.

'SNL' Review: Chris Rock Underwhelms

Wherever you stand on SNL, it's safe to say that season 40 has shown a noticeable step forward in quality from last season (regardless of lower ratings and the ever-present hate in many corners online). One of the reasons for this improvement has been the fact that all five of this season's hosts have been performers known for their work in comedy. Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, and Chris Pratt are all stars we're accustomed to laughing at, so we don't have to deal with that annoying "faculty follies" effect the show tries to employ with athlete or musician hosts.

And yet, not every comedian's humor translates to SNL, and [...]

Aidy Bryant on 'SNL' Reviews: "We're Definitely Aware of It"

"I mean we're definitely aware of it. We hear things. Some of us read more and some of us don't. One of the things we talk about a lot within the cast is how much the show now is broken down into three-minute chunks and dissected. I don't think that happened in the '90s and the '80s and I wonder if there's a purity to that that I envy sometimes. I think that if you went to go see a stand-up show or a sketch show live, you'd take it for what it is and just enjoy it … But it's become such a math problem of 'who has the [...]

Chris Rock and Bobby Moynihan Bond Over Prince in These 'SNL' Promos

Ahead of the premiere of his new film Top Five, Chris Rock returns to host SNL this week for the first time since 1996 with musical guest Prince, and NBC just released the first promo reel featuring Rock and Bobby Moynihan wandering outside 30 Rock at night and talking all things Prince. It all makes sense considering that Prince has an eight-minute jam session planned for Saturday night.

Simon Rich Shares His Favorite Never-Aired 'SNL' Sketch on 'Late Night'

Former SNL writer and creator of upcoming FXX show Man Seeking Woman Simon Rich was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he shared his favorite never-aired sketch written with John Mulaney and Marika Sawyer — a Baby-Sitters Club parody starring Fred Armisen as the club's newest 65-year-old Filipino member. If "Second Chance Theatre" ever returns to Late Night, this sketch should be at the top of the list for consideration.

Cameron Diaz to Host 'SNL' November 22nd

SNL just added another returning host for this season. THR reports that Cameron Diaz is officially set to host SNL's Thanksgiving episode on November 22nd with musical guests Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. This will make Diaz's fourth hosting stint — she previously hosted episodes in 1998, 2002, and 2005. Prior to Diaz, Woody Harrelson will host on November 15th with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

Check out one of Diaz's most memorable sketches from '98 "Jingleheimer Junction" below:

Woody Harrelson to Host 'SNL' November 15th

SNL has added another host for this season that, like Chris Rock, will be returning to the show for the first time since the '90s. NBC announced over the weekend that Woody Harrelson will host the next new episode on November 15th with musical guest Kendrick Lamar to promote Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. This will make Harrelson's third time hosting SNL after his appearances in December 1989 and May 1992 and Lamar's second round as musical guest following the January 2013 episode hosted by Adam Levine. Watch Harrelson's opening monologue from 1992 here.

Ken Marino's Kids Have Learned His Famous Catchphrase from 'The State'

Marry Me star Ken Marino was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he admitted to teaching his five and seven-year-old children that his famous The State catchphrase is just how adults greet one another. So there you have it: Somewhere out there there's a mini Ken Marino saying "I wanna dip my balls in it" on the playground, which is the kind of enduring legacy we can all believe in.