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Finally, the Saturday Night Live Credit Card You've Been Waiting For

Considering the amount of commercial tie-ins Saturday Night Live used last season (Remember those Jeep commercials with Cecily Strong and Michael Che? Synergy!), it looks like the show has made the next logical step in brand partnership by teaming up with MasterCard to create the Saturday Night Live MasterCard, the credit card all SNL fans have been clamoring for. News of the new MasterCard surfaced yesterday when SNL's Twitter account tweeted out a link for their #SNL40 Kickoff Sweepstakes, in which fans can enter to win tickets and airfare to a taping of the show this season.

Fans who bothered to read the fine print [...]

Cecily Strong Says She's "Genuinely Happy" About Leaving Weekend Update

When news broke last week that new SNL cast member Michael Che would be replacing Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk, it was reported that Strong had requested the change herself to appear in more sketches. Strong decided to address the news on Instagram and delivered the below response to fans who were unhappy about her Weekend Update departure:

I don't see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny [...]

Saturday Night's Children: O'Hara, Hudson, Prager, and Wolf

With only a few names left in this series, this week we're highlighting four former cast members instead of one who, for different reasons, have been grouped together for a special edition of lesser known SNL players. Whether they quit the show before their first episode, left no trace of their history after leaving the show, or flew under the radar despite being co-head writer, these four players are both a mix of famous and unknown writers and performers whose connection to SNL often goes forgotten. Here they are, in no particular order:

'Live from New York' Co-Author Jim Miller on How 'SNL' Has Changed and Stayed the Same

"I know that there were a lot of people, veteran SNL watchers, me, even, that thought that there might have been more of a house cleaning. And I think that at the end of the day, Lorne understands development arcs, and for all we know, there might have been something in a particular sketch that Lorne saw of somebody, and he may have been ready to let them go. And he saw something in one sketch and thought, Okay, wait, if they can do that, that's worth holding on to. We're going to get them to the next level. … You know, it’s not always, Well, they didn't have a [...]

Alison Rich Hired as a Writer at 'SNL'

The debut of Saturday Night Live's 40th season is just around the corner, and the show has hired a new writer to its staff with the addition of Alison Rich. Rich got her start at UCB in New York, won the UCB NBC Diversity Showcase in 2012, and recently moved to Los Angeles to perform in the CBS Diversity Showcase as well as on the UCBLA Maude Team Tut. She also won the IFC "Out of the Box" development deal at the New York Television Festival last year for her web series Incognito co-created with current Late Night writer Andrew Law, and she appears in the upcoming Elizabeth [...]

11 Standup Comedians Who Became 'SNL' Cast Members

In addition to the recent hiring of standup Michael Che as co-anchor of Weekend Update, yesterday SNL revealed some surprising hiring news with the announcement that young standup Pete Davidson has been added to the cast as a featured player. SNL has an unpredictable history with hiring standup comedians, and while many seamlessly stepped into the impersonation, sketch acting, and recurring character mold — see Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Darrell Hammond, to name a few — most of the show's standups-turned-players stayed true to their roots, often appearing on Weekend Update and finding ways to make sketch characters take on their own standup sensibilities to [...]

'SNL' Hires Standup Pete Davidson as a Featured Player

Saturday Night Live just added a new cast member. An SNL spokesperson has confirmed that Pete Davidson, a rising 20-year-old standup who was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch this year, has officially joined the cast as a featured player. According to Deadline, Davidson is the only cast addition that will be made this season, while Mike O'Brien — who was promoted from writer to featured player last year — will leave his spot as a cast member and return to the writing room. Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, and Beck Bennett will remain onboard as featured players.

Here's what Davidson had to say [...]

Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman to Be 'SNL's First Hosts of Season 40

UPDATE: NBC has announced that Chris Pratt will be hosting the season premiere, with Sarah Silverman hosting the second episode. It's not clear what happened to Murray-as-host — it may have been rescheduled to later in the season or canceled altogether. Our original post follows.

SNL's landmark 40th season premieres on September 27th, and the show's got some big plans to kick off its return to television. According to several sources — including news posts yesterday by local NBC affiliate sites that have since been taken down — the one and only Bill Murray will be making a glorious return to SNL to help ring in its [...]

Good Neighbor's Nick Rutherford Joins the 'SNL' Writing Staff

The one member of Good Neighbor to be left out of last year's SNL hirings has now rejoined his friends on the NBC sketch show. The Comic's Comic reports that Nick Rutherford has officially joined the writing staff for SNL and has already begun working on content for the 40th season alongside his fellow Good Neighbor members Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and director Dave McCary. Here's what Rutherford had to say last year on The Poundcast podcast when asked about the possibility of him being brought on the show later:

"I mean, that's all that's ever talked about is like, 'Oh, we gotta get you out here. [...]

'Grantland' Profiles 'SNL' Legend Phil "The Glue" Hartman

"Here's why it’s difficult to properly appreciate Phil Hartman. Because his characters were 20 percent droid. Because he reminded you more of your dad than your best pal. Because Hartman’s biggest gift was a kind of comedic graciousness, which he used to hide the show's seams and to make other funny people look good. As the writer Steve Lookner put it, 'How many people can you say that about on Saturday Night Live?'"

- Grantland examines the life, talent, and career of SNL legend Phil Hartman in a new feature out today called "The Glue."

Nasim Pedrad Shares Her Unaired 'SNL' Sketch as Aziz Ansari

It turns out that despite the many characters and impressions Nasim Pedrad had during her run on SNL, she wanted to do none of them more than Aziz Ansari. While Nasim did get a chance to very briefly play Ansari in a sketch, on last night's Conan she shared a clip of an unaired sketch that gave her much more screen time as Ansari, an impression she describes as "a real boner-eraser."

Michael Che and Colin Jost to Anchor 'SNL's Weekend Update Next Season; More Hires on the Way

Earlier tonight, Saturday Night Live announced a pretty big surprise change for next season: Former SNL writer and current Daily Show correspondent Michael Che is returning to NBC to co-anchor Weekend Update. According to Bill Carter at The New York Times, Che has been chosen to replace Cecily Strong at the Update desk next season, and Che has confirmed on Twitter that he'll be leaving The Daily Show to take on the new SNL gig. Strong — who joined the Update desk alongside Seth Meyers back in 2013 — will remain on the cast as a repertory player; she reportedly requested the change herself so [...]

Natasha Rothwell, Streeter Seidell, and Jeremy Beiler Join 'SNL's Writing Staff

SNL has already added new writers Alison Rich and Nick Rutherford to its staff for next season, and now they've added three more. UCB performer Natasha Rothwell, former CollegeHumor Editor in Chief Streeter Seidell, and PIT alum Jeremy Beiler have all officially joined the show as writers. Rothwell was one of the 11 candidates SNL considered for the cast last year before hiring Sasheer Zamata, Seidell has written many shorts for CollegeHumor as well as episodes of Trophy Wife and MTV's Pranked, and Beiler has written for Inside Amy Schumer and IFC's Bunk. Click through to check out some of Rothwell, Seidell, and Beiler's work:

An Updated 'Live From New York' Goes Inside the Last 12 Years of 'SNL' History

If the update of Live from New York from journalist James Andrew Miller and TV critic Tom Shales succeeds in one thing, it’s disproving the perennial, cliched criticism that Saturday Night Live is no longer funny or relevant. The additional 200 pages added to this already-hefty volume are a revealing reminder that the most recent years of SNL have been just as memorable as the eras long past.

Covering the period from 2002 to the present, the update takes on the show’s engagement with recent politics, the rise of Lonely Island, and the internet’s effect on both the players and the general reception of the show. It features interviews from [...]