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Saturday Night's Children: Ann Risley (1980-1981)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Described by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad as "an icy version of Mary Tyler Moore," Ann Risley spent the duration of SNL producer Jean Doumanian's 12-episode run stuck in the straight-man grind. Competing with the feisty energy of Denny Dillon and cooler demeanor of Gail Matthius for female roles proved to be too much of a challenge for Risley's subdued delivery and lack of [...]

Will Steve Carell Be Back for 'The Office' Finale After All?

While Steve Carell has said he has no interest in returning for The Office's series finale, TV Line reports today that "producers mounted an 11th hour effort last month to coax Carell into making a cameo" in the finale. TV Line's source refused to confirm or deny whether the effort was successful, but Carell was on set for the shooting of the final episode. Greg Daniels and the network declined to comment, while one of Carell's representatives said that, although he was on set, he didn't film anything. Despite that, a source on the show cryptically told TV Line, "Don't rule anything out." The finale airs May [...]

Lorne Michaels Isn't Leaving 'SNL' Anytime Soon

"I’ll do it as long as I possibly can," said longtime SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels about his future with the show at a Radio and Television Society luncheon yesterday. He added, "I think that there will be a day when I’ll look at it and say I don’t have the edge I used to." SNL's current and previous head writer, Seth Meyers and Tina Fey, have each said recently that the long-running, iconic sketch show should end when Michaels eventually chooses to retire.

At the event, Michaels barely spoke about Jimmy Fallon's impending takeover of The Tonight Show, which he will produce. He only commented on [...]

'SNL' Review: Vince Vaughn's Forgettable Night

It seems a little unfair how unexcited viewers were headed into last weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Vince Vaughn. The Swingers and Wedding Crashers star is a reliably funny guy, and his fast-talking wiseass personality really should have been enough to build a strong episode around. Sure, Vaughn doesn't have a movie coming out until the summer, but the cross-promotional component to SNL has never seemed important to us before.

Yet the night had the energy of the ninth hour of a telethon. Even Vaughn seemed to sense it based on the way he worked the room during the monologue, dishing out hack crowd-work schtick and holding one man's [...]

Watch Vince Vaughn and Bobby Moynihan Promo Tomorrow's 'SNL'

Vince Vaughn is hosting SNL tomorrow with musical guest Miguel, and here he is with cast member Bobby Moynihan trying to convince you to watch the show. An episode hosted by Vaughn's doppelganger Vinnie (Jay Pharoah) who only says Vince Vaughn movie titles actually sounds pretty awesome.

Kristen Wiig on Leaving 'SNL': "It Was Definitely An Adjustment"

"The show was seven years of my life and a six-day work week and you're constantly with your friends all day, all night. You sort of live and breathe the show. Then, when it's over, you kind of feel a little lost … It was definitely an adjustment, even just the hours and [no longer] being in New York."

- Kristen Wiig talking to Access Hollywood about her post-SNL life, which has been very busy.

New Sketches in an Old Package: 22 Examples of New 'SNL' Content that Debuted in Reruns

Reruns of Saturday Night Live are usually edited somewhat from the original live broadcasts.  These edits are often just minor fixes of technical issues and improvements to the sound mix, but throughout the show’s history, the reruns have also cut entire sketches, or replaced them with dress rehearsal performances.

On rare occasions, a repeat of Saturday Night Live will feature new content.  This usually happens when another segment is cut from the rerun, and something is needed to fill time.  In the earlier seasons, sketches would often be added from different week’s shows, but even as early as Season 2, original content has turned up in an SNL rerun.  [...]

Watch Conan O'Brien's 'Late Night' Audition from 1993

Here's a short snippet from Conan O'Brien's audition to be the host of NBC's Late Night, which O'Brien's website Team Coco released this week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of said audition. Then a writer for The Simpsons, O'Brien was asked to do an off-air trial show with a live studio audience. His guests were Mimi Rodgers and Jason Alexander, and he ended the show with a classy, humble goodbye: "That's the end of my mock show. If that's all I ever get, it was a lot of fun. I had a good time. Thank you very much."

Zach Galifianakis to Host 'SNL' May 4th

Zach Galifianakis is returning to SNL. It was announced on air on this Saturday's episode that the comedian will host the show's next new episode on May 4th with Icelandic folk/pop group Of Monsters and Men serving as musical guest. This will be Galifianakis's third time hosting after doing so previously in 2010 and 2011. Prior to becoming a movie star, he served as a guest writer for SNL for two episodes in 2000. Galifianakis is hosting in promotion of The Hangover Part III, which comes out May 24th. SNL will be taking a four-week break after this weekend's Vince Vaughn episode. The Galifianakis show will be the [...]

Jimmy Fallon and Vince Vaughn Remember a Failed Prank on Will Ferrell in 1998

Here's this weekend's SNL host Vince Vaughn on Jimmy Fallon last night, recalling a prank they tried to play on Will Ferrell in a bar bathroom during his Fallon's first season on SNL in 1998. Hopefully, the unintended victim of this prank really was watching and accepts their apology.

The Lost 'SNL' Cast Members: Part 1 (1975-1995)

"Lost Roles" is a weekly column exploring "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy as we examine close casting calls, abandoned projects, and other things that never came to be. This week, we're closing out the column after 2+ years by taking a look at bunch of comedians who almost became SNL cast members during the first 20 years of the show's history. The last "Lost Roles" column, tracking near-miss SNL cast members from 1995 to the present, will run next week.

Ever since Chevy Chase and John Belushi each starred in hit movies, Foul Play and Animal House, in the summer of '78, Saturday Night Live [...]

Watch Patton Oswalt Improvise an 8-Minute 'Star Wars' Filibuster for 'Parks and Rec'

NBC released this video today of an outtake from comedian Patton Oswalt's upcoming guest appearance on Parks and Recreation. Oswalt is playing a guy trying to filibuster a city council vote, and the Parks producers asked him to improvise a speech, rambling about whatever he wants. So, here he is talking nonstop about his ideal Star Wars sequel for 8 minutes in one continuous take.

NBC to Burn Off Anne Heche's 'Save Me' This Summer

NBC announced its summer schedule this week, revealing that they'll be burning off its only remaining new comedy, Save Me, during the summer. Starring Anne Heche as a woman who believes God is speaking to her after she nearly chokes to death on a sandwich, Save Me looked to be one of the better comedies from NBC's 2012-13 lineup (albeit a lineup that also included 1600 Penn and Animal Practice) when the network announced its schedule last May. It's a shame that the network is just unceremoniously burning it off this summer without even giving it a chance during the traditional broadcast season, meaning that NBC probably isn't even considering the [...]

Meet the Photographer Behind 'SNL's Opening Credits and Host Bumper Photos

Ever wondered how they film they go about filming SNL's opening credits? Or those host photos that appear onscreen every time the show comes back from commercial? WBEZ has an interview with Mary Ellen Matthews, SNL's official photographer. She's been on the show since 1993 and dives deep into how the credits/photos for the show come together.