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Saturday Night's Children: John Belushi (1975-1979)

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 [...]

Check Out Bill Hader's 'SNL' Promos with Kenan Thompson

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.

Sarah Silverman Looks Back on Her 'SNL' Days on 'Late Night'

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:

Bill Hader Explains Why He Turned Down a Stefon Movie

"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 [...]

'SNL' Co-Head Writer Bryan Tucker Reflects on Working with Kenan Thompson

"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 [...]

Bill Murray Says Bill Hader "Did the Best Work Anyone Ever Did" on 'SNL'

"Well, there's been extraordinary talent, let's get real. I don't want to start listing names because there's too many that I would forget, but between Eddie Murphy and [Dana] Carvey and Mike Myers and Will Ferrell and so forth … I think Bill Hader probably did the best work anyone ever did on that show … It took him a little while to get going, but once he got going it was extraordinary."

- Bill Murray gives some high SNL praise for Bill Hader in his interview with Howard Stern from earlier today.

An 'SNL' Audience Member Describes Her Brush with Live TV

"What was running through my head: 'holy shit, no this is not happening. Is this for real? Uh, I have to say something?! Don't fuck up, don't fuck up… Sit up straight. My hand is on her back – where do I put my hand? I shouldn't leave it on her back, right? Don't look at the screen. Shit, I looked at the screen. My friends and family are probably going crazy – I can't believe this is happening!' And I felt like it lasted forever! Definitely one of the most memorable moments of my life."

- Lindsey, the unsuspecting audience member who became part of Sarah Silverman's SNL [...]

Check Out Sarah Silverman's 'SNL' Promos with Taran Killam

Former SNL writer and featured player Sarah Silverman is returning to the show to host for the first time this weekend, and here's the very first promo, in which she promises to bring back some of her many classic characters like Captain Irishhands and everyone's favorite, Table Girl.

Bill Hader Impersonates Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis on 'Conan'

It's hard to say what's more entertaining from this clip of Bill Hader's Conan appearance — is it his impersonations of fellow SNL alums Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and a forever gum-chewing Jason Sudeikis, or his impersonation of Fred Armisen's impersonation of him? Either way it's a clip filled with Hader doing a bunch of silly voices, and he even throws in a little Donald Duck for good measure.

Kenan Thompson on the Rumor He's Leaving 'SNL': "You Don't Have to Worry About Stuff Like That"

Longtime SNL cast member Kenan Thompson made a brief appearance on this morning's Today show, where he was asked about the recent rumors that he'll be leaving the NBC sketch show at the end of this season and offered a vague response: "You don't have to worry about that stuff like that," Thompson said. "We have to worry about the premiere Saturday — its the 40th anniversary. That's what we need to focus on." Watch out for a quick appearance near the end from a highly offended Andy Samberg.

'SNL,' the Groundlings, and the Parallel Thinking Excuse

Members of Los Angeles' famed Groundlings theater company have made headlines by accusing SNL of lifting their sketch during last weekend's Sarah Silverman episode. The piece in question, "River Sisters," featured Silverman, Cecily Strong, and Sasheer Zamata as a Tina Turner tribute act performing "Proud Mary" on a crummy river cruise, which many have noticed bears a strong resemblance to a sketch that has been running at the Groundlings for several weeks, with Kimberly Condict and Vanessa Ragland as identically-dressed Tina Turner lookalikes, similarly bemoaning their careers to the song (except in a casino). Groundlings teacher Ian Gary claimed that SNL writers have plagiarized "many, many" of the theater's bits in the past, with victims too [...]

'SNL' Review: Sarah Silverman's Racy Return

SNL shifts into a different gear when a comedian hosts the show. In the early days, comic-hosts like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Steve Martin were every bit as much a part of the show's countercultural brand as the cast members were. 40 years later, SNL has become part of the mainstream, with a product so formulaic that today's most innovative comics define themselves by how different they are from the comedy institution and the network TV legacy it represents. Popular comedians often struggle to bridge the gap between their delivery and the SNL machine, where the multicam format and demand for immediate laughs often leave little room for nuance. Sometimes the two are incompatible, like when [...]

'SNL' Review: A New Hope with Chris Pratt

The seasons have certainly changed at Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th season began with an episode that hardly resembled a season premiere, with little pomp or circumstance over SNL's impressive four-decade lifespan, and in its place a straightforward night of comedy that reflected a show well adjusted to its new lineup. Nerves did occasionally get the better of the performers — especially first-time host Chris Pratt, who coasted on his signature goofy charm, flashing that Andy Dwyer "oops" face a few times – but overall the episode charged forward with a leaner (and more colorful) cast, and a greater confidence in its sense of humor.

We aren't out of the woods just yet, though. SNL's live sketches suffer [...]

Andy Samberg Tells Seth Meyers About His Never Aired 'SNL' Characters

Here's a clip from Andy Samberg's visit to the Late Night desk last night, where he and Meyers talk about the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well as two of Samberg's SNL characters named Gerald and Gerard who never made it past the read-through table. Watch more from the interview below: