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40 Less-Iconic 'SNL' Sketches That We Love Anyway

With Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special this Sunday, it seems everyone is posting their lists of all-time best sketches and mean-spirited cast member rankings. And while we appreciate "Behind The Music: Blue Oyster Cult," "Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker," and "Sinead O'Connor's Pope Portrait Gallery" as much as the next SNL-phile, we'd like to recognize a collection of bits that remain near and dear to us… despite, or perhaps because of, their less-famous status.

As ignorant millennials who were born too late for that golden Belushi era (Jim Belushi, right?), our picks lean heavily on post-1990 SNL. This is by no means a comprehensive list — just a group of overlooked sketches that [...]

A New 'SNL' Documentary 'Live from New York!' Premieres This April

A brand new SNL documentary is set to open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival this April. According to THR, the documentary — called Live from New York! — will kick off the NYC film festival on April 15th and sounds like a pretty comprehensive look at the show's 40-year history "complete with archival footage and commentary from past and present cast members, journalists, hosts and crew, among others." Said Lorne Michaels on the news: "After 40 years, the timing just felt right." In the meantime, Hulu currently has James Franco's 2010 documentary Saturday Night available for free, so that should hold you over until April.

Lorne Michaels Says the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Will Have More Live Performances

Ahead of the live SNL 40th anniversary special on February 15th, Lorne Michaels sat down for an interview with THR to talk about the history of the show, what we can expect from the big reunion, and what it's like to be the leader of a 40-year television institution. When asked if there's an SNL season he'd like to do over, Michaels picked his first season back as producer in 1985 after leaving the show in 1980: "I wanted to recapture [what we had] … We were just younger, and so I wanted to get back to that and I maybe went too young. I think it [...]

'SNL' Review: Finding the Rhythm with J.K. Simmons

From the very beginning, Saturday Night Live was considered "a writer's show." While other variety shows from SNL's early years, like SCTV and The Carol Burnett Show, were driven primarily by the actors (in the latter's case, the actors' intentional breaking), SNL's satirical voice was shaped largely by writers like Michael O'Donoghue, Al Franken, and Tom Davis, however famous their on-screen muses became. The show has gone through various love affairs with stock characters, but ultimately it remains controlled by its writers room, where first-years can pitch a sketch on Monday and see their scripts scrawled out on cue cards on Saturday, even if they don't showcase a cast member. In that regard, SNL stands out from the pack of sketch vehicles for character-actors like [...]

Fred Armisen on the Evolution of 'Portlandia,' 'SNL,' and American Accents

Portlandia's fifth season premiered on IFC earlier this month, and for longtime fans of the show, the newest crop of episodes have been the perfect culmination of four years' worth of exploring the many characters, small businesses, and human idiosyncracies in the magical world of Portland. But Portlandia isn't the only thing that's evolved and changed over the past few years — co-creator and star Fred Armisen has moved from his SNL roots to be the new Late Night band leader and has a brand new IFC show set to debut later this year, so it looks like 2015 will be another busy year for one [...]

Lorne Michaels and Matt Lauer Talk 'SNL's History, Fans, and Legacy

To celebrate SNL's big 40th anniversary show this Sunday, Matt Lauer interviewed Lorne Michaels for Today to look back at the show's history and what's in store for its future. The two cover everything from the original cast (Michaels says "the show stands on their shoulders") to whether Michaels plans to be at SNL for its 45th anniversary to his thoughts on people who look at the show nostalgically: "In high school you have the least amount of power you're ever gonna have. You don't get to drive, you don't have any money…staying up with friends late on a Saturday is great, and people attach to a cast."

Bobby Moynihan and Seth Meyers Talk Cut 'SNL' Sketches on 'Late Night'

SNL's Bobby Moynihan was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he and Meyers chatted about some possible sketches to do for "Second Chance Theatre" including Moynihan's favorite Lost-themed sketch Meyers wrote when he was still at the show. Watch more from Moynihan's interview below:

Horatio Sanz Talks His Cut 'SNL' Sketches and Characters on 'Late Night'

Here's a clip from Horatio Sanz's visit to last night's Late Night, where he looks back on his old cut SNL sketch "Toy Collectors" with Fred Armisen. Watch another clip from Sanz's interview with Meyers below, where they talk about Sanz's after-after SNL parties ("we started at 3:00 and ended at question mark") and some of his lost characters like "Boombox Barry."

'SNL' Confirms Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, and Tons More for the 40th Anniversary Special

NBC has been taunting us with mysterious SNL anniversary special teasers for a while now, but over the weekend they released three new promos revealing a huge list of SNL alums and friends confirmed to appear on the show, and spoiler alert: It's pretty much everyone you could ask for, from original cast members Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, and Laraine Newman to elusive stars Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy to longtime SNL friends like Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and tons more. Here are all the names mentioned in the new teasers (watch the others below):

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, [...]

The Post-'SNL' Life of Brooks Wheelan

Look at it this way: if Brooks Wheelan didn’t get fired from SNL, he might not have recorded his hilarious new debut standup album.

Not many comedians have parlayed a TV show dismissal into standup success as quickly as Wheelan, an accomplished standup comic who was let go last year after one season as a featured player on SNL. But rather than sulk over his disappointment, Wheelan owned it and soon commenced the “Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand Up Comedy (sorta) Tour.” Much of that material, including his SNL experience, is on his new album, This is Cool, Right?, which was released yesterday.

I recently had the chance [...]

The 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Just Got 30 Minutes Longer

NBC just gave SNL's live 40th anniversary special an extra 30 minutes. The Wrap reports that the special will now air on Sunday from 8:00pm – 11:30pm, which makes sense considering the growing list of SNL alums and celebrity guests for the big event. Here's the list of guests SNL has officially confirmed so far:

Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase, Kanye West, Adam Sandler, Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Paul Simon, Jerry Seinfeld, Molly Shannon, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Peyton Manning, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Rock, Alec [...]

Oh Yeah, Sarah Palin Is Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special Too

It looks like one of SNL's biggest political targets in recent years is attending the 40th anniversary special next week. People magazine reports that former Alaskan governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is headed to the SNL reunion show next weekend, and sources close to Palin confirmed that she will be "participating" in it as well, whatever that means. Check out the full list of guests that SNL has confirmed so far here, then watch arguably one of SNL's best segments featuring Palin — Amy Poehler's fantastic "Palin Rap" from 2008:

Even Jean Doumanian Is Going to the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

If you thought Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were unlikely guests for SNL's 40th anniversary special on February 15th, get ready for another surprise: In a new interview with Deadline, former SNL producer Jean Doumanian — who briefly took over for Lorne Michaels after he left the show in 1980 — confirmed that she will also be attending the live event:

JEREMY GERARD: Do you want to make a comment about the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live?

JEAN DOUMANIAN: Congratulations.

JEREMY GERARD: Anything else?

JEAN DOUMANIAN: Listen I’m the only woman to have produced a 90-minute comedy show. I got Eddie Murphy, Denny [...]

Eddie Murphy Confirms He's Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Huge news, SNL fans: Eddie Murphy is ending his 30-year SNL absence and is headed to the show's 40th anniversary special set to air on February 15th. Murphy revealed the news during a phone interview with News One when asked about why he's never returned to the show since leaving in 1984: "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it … They're actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I'm going to that, and that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."