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.
SNL's first party monster legend was a Chicago boy born to Albanian immigrants — a short, squat, blue-collar popular kid whose fierce presence dominated everything from the high school football field to the improv theater stage and, during his final years, the silver screen. Many of the late John Belushi's friends and former collaborators have attempted to describe the man behind the SNL [...]
SNL alum Bill Hader returns to the show as host this week, and here's his promo reel with Kenan Thompson that's full of silly voices, stolen items from the props department, and a Lindsey Buckingham "What Up With That?" reference.
Ahead of her SNL hosting stint this weekend, Sarah Silverman visited Seth Meyers at the Late Night desk last night, where she looked back on her days as a rarely used SNL writer and featured player in the '90s, the time she cried under her Planet of the Apes makeup, and the time she stabbed writer Al Franken in the head. Watch more from the interview below:
"There had been talk about a Stefon movie. It was a very cordial thing of Lorne Michaels coming to me and [then-SNL writer] John Mulaney and saying 'Paramount is asking about this. What do you guys think?' He pretty much just left it up to us. 'You are the guys who are gonna have to write it, so you decide.' John and I pretty quickly said no. Because in our mind, it never worked as a sketch. It was a nice thing that lived on Weekend Update, and it should probably only live on SNL and that's that."
- Bill Hader explains why he and John Mulaney turned down a [...]
"We trust his instincts implicitly. He's been doing TV and movies almost every week since he was 15 years old … He has the same ease in front of a camera that most of us do when driving a car. It's why he's the guy who sits next to the host when we read all of that week's sketches out loud for the first time. It's why occasionally during rehearsal, he will say, 'Don't you think we should do this line in a close-up?' And our Emmy-winning director, without hesitation, will say, 'Yep,' and note the change in his book."
- Current co-head writer of SNL Bryan Tucker explains the [...]