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Watch Aimee Mann, Andy Kindler, and DC Pierson in "SNL Band Audition"

Here's a new video via Flavorwire directed by Daniel Ralston that features Aimee Mann and Andy Kindler holding open auditions for a new SNL Band bassist hopeful played by DC Pierson, who doesn't need to be good at the bass so much as he has to be good at laughing at potentially bad and offensive monologue wisecracks from SNL hosts.

James Franco and Jimmy Fallon Talk All Things Cowbell on 'The Tonight Show'

During a commercial break on Friday, Jimmy Fallon and guest James Franco chatted about Horatio Sanz appearing in one of Franco's grad students' films, which naturally led to some reminiscing about Fallon's performance in the famous cowbell sketch from back in 2000. Jimmy's breaking and Will Ferrell's crazy eyes/voice quivering/glasses fogging are also covered.

Inside SXSW's "Inside 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'" Panel

It’s only been on the air for two weeks, but Late Night with Seth Meyers already has a best-of reel and its own dedicated (sometimes intense) fans. A sizzle reel of interviews and clips of the new show kicked of the “Inside Late Night” panel at South by Southwest on Saturday afternoon, and the packed auditorium was filled with long-time fans of the former "Weekend Update" host, including one who told Meyers, “I wish I had your face so I had a girlfriend.” Meyers was joined by Late Night producer (and longtime SNL writer) Mike Shoemaker and moderator Olivia Munn to discuss the new show, which Meyers called a [...]

Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon Celebrate Feminism in These 'SNL' Promos

Lena Dunham hosts SNL for the first time this weekend, so she paired up with Kate McKinnon to make a bunch of silly promos that have them dancing, celebrating feminism, discussing Dunham's Girls directing style, and listing their goals for the week. As is the case with most actors who share the screen with Dunham, McKinnon's half-naked by the end of this video.

Jim Parsons and Bobby Moynihan Get Nerdy in These 'SNL' Promos

Here's the promo reel for this week's SNL with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck, in which Parsons and Bobby Moynihan discuss laugh tracks, sock puppets, their shared nerdiness, and their mastery of non-ice division Olympic ice dancing.

'Late Night' to Reenact Cut 'SNL' Sketches in "Second Chance Theater"

During his interview with fellow SNL alum Jason Sudeikis last night, Seth Meyers mentioned that in the near future, Late Night plans to round up SNL cast members to perform some of their weirdest sketches that were cut from the show in a segment called "Second Chance Theater." Will Forte is already locked in to perform his lost "Jenjamin Franklin" sketch, and Meyers got Sudeikis to promise a reenactment of "Juggling Flyer," a sketch about an overly optimistic juggler who gets pretty angry when no one takes up his offer for juggling lessons.

Watch Vanessa Bayer's Epic Hip Hop Dance

Here's an SNL web exclusive featuring Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and last week's host Lena Dunham as they patiently wait for Vanessa Bayer to show off the new dance she learned at the gym paired up with Beyonce's "Partition." They might not exactly agree that Bayer's dance skills are up to par, but that doesn't mean they can't hug it out with her for trying.

'SNL' Review: Lena Dunham, Guest Stars, and Lots of Impressions

This time last year, Megh Wright and I compiled a list of 10 first-time SNL hosts we'd like to see someday. The list included Stephen Colbert (right?) and the now-sadly-late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but decidedly not Lena Dunham. She was one of the first people we discussed, and we both agreed to pass over the Girls creator/star in favor of figures who might make better hosts. I told Megh then that Dunham would be a person people like us would want to see host, but by the time the episode started, we'd quickly realize, "Oh, this wasn't as good an idea as we thought." Dunham doesn't strike me [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Jim Downey (1979-1980)

Aside from having the best set of lines in Billy Madison, Jim Downey is best known for having a long writing tenure at SNL second only to Lorne Michaels. Downey joined the show at the same time as Bill Murray in 1976, and with only a few exceptions (including a break in the early '80s to serve as head writer at Letterman), he was a regular fixture on the writing staff until the end of last year, serving as the show's longest-running head writer from 1986-1995 and knighted ruler of SNL's political cold open sketches. Despite being better remembered as a writer, Downey also spent a single season [...]

Alec Baldwin's 'SNL' Hosting Days Might Be Over

On Sunday, New York magazine published a piece by Alec Baldwin called "Good-bye, Public Life" in which the actor expresses his new mission to remove himself from all spheres of public life, perhaps in an effort to escape the bad press and tabloid drama he's attracted in recent years. From the article:

It’s good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we’re friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. Saturday Night Live. That kind of thing. I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Andy Samberg (2005-2012)

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.

If we could single out any SNL cast member for changing the game in terms of the show's format, impact, and internet-age revolution, Andy Samberg would be the one. With his Lonely Island team Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, Samberg brought SNL into the digital age with "Lazy Sunday" and made 100 more Digital Shorts before leaving for primetime television. Beyond their many [...]

Watch Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers Have a Chat on 'Late Night'

Forreal friends and former SNLers Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers had a nice long chat on Late Night last night, and Meyers pulled out his SNL connections again to talk about the time Samberg did his "Get in the Cage" segment with the real Nicolas Cage. Meyers also played a Weekend Update clip in which Samberg is really happy — Meyers not so much — to finally get the chance to barf all over Meyers in character as Prince Harry. Click through for the second part of the interview.

Louis C.K. to Host 'SNL' March 29th

Ahead of the delayed fourth season of Louie premiering in May, SNL announced over the weekend that Louis C.K. will return for a second time as host on March 29th. The last time C.K. hosted was back in November 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in the amazing Louie parody "Lincoln" as well as the bizarre "Mountain Pass" sketch where C.K. had a lot of fun with a ram's horn. The musical guest for C.K.'s episode has yet to be announced.

'SNL' Review: Jim Parsons Broadens His Range to Nerdy Guy

The alternative comedy scene has never been very kind to Jim Parsons. He's best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory — the current leader of the pack of broad, Chuck Lorre sitcoms that are dismissed by critics and comedy snobs but beloved by industry insiders and pretty much everyone else across the country. To comedy nerds, Parsons is the ever-popular prom king who's not in any of our classes: "Who the hell is this guy, and why do people love him so damn much?" He has been showered with Emmys (winning for lead actor in 2010, 2011, and 2013), beating out Steve Carell in his final [...]