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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]
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 [...]
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.