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Blake Shelton to Host 'SNL' January 24th

SNL just added another first-time host. NBC announced today that musician and The Voice coach Blake Shelton will make his hosting debut on January 24th. He will pull double duty as both host and musical guest. Kevin Hart is set to host the first episode of 2015 on January 17th, and SNL also announced today that Sia will join him as the musical guest.

'SNL' Review: Amy Adams' Got Christmas Spirit

Like anything else this time of year, it's hard not to come away from SNL in good spirits. Traditionally, the show's holiday episode provides an easy victory just in time for SNL's weary midseason mark, with returning stars like Jimmy Fallon or Martin Short bringing in the holiday cheer with some of the finest moments of the season. SNL is another one of those NYC-based festivities viewers tune into during the holidays, like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or New Years' Eve coverage in Times Square. Whatever complaints you may have about SNL… it's not going to ruin Christmas.

Amy Adams isn't a proven SNL veteran like Fallon or Short — her only connection to [...]

Amy Adams and Taran Killam Get Into the Holiday Spirit in These 'SNL' Promos

SNL's final episode of 2014 airs this weekend with host Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction, and NBC released the first round of promos featuring Adams and Taran Killam catching some holiday spirit thanks to some imaginary snow and the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Kate McKinnon and Martin Freeman Have a Tea Party in These 'SNL' Promos

Martin Freeman makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend with musical guest Charli XCX, and NBC released the first round of promos today featuring Freeman, Kate McKinnon, a very British tea party, and some important Hobbit questions from Jay Pharoah.

'SNL' Review: James Franco Delivers in an Episode That Doesn't

Let's face it: over the 40 years SNL has been on the air, the majority of its sketches have not made us laugh. For every "Cowbell," there are a dozen forgotten flat-liners you'd never see on the "Best of Will Ferrell" DVD. At best, the show can hope for a 1:1 hit ratio. That's not meant as a knock against SNL, but as an acknowledgement of its difficulty level. By now, we've gone through enough behind-the-scenes documentaries and oral histories to appreciate the show's demanding six-day production period and the risks of live broadcasts. Regular viewers accept a mixed bag as par for the course.

This season has served as evidence of that inconsistency. SNL has produced some real [...]

Saturday Night's Children: 2014 in Review

After three and a half years of highlighting the lives and work of SNL cast members, Saturday Night's Children finally wrapped up its run on Splitsider this year. From January to November, we took a look back at 22 former SNLers including original Not Ready for Prime Time Players John Belushi and Chevy Chase, deceased writers/cast members Michael O'Donoghue and Tom Davis, the lesser-known stints of Morwenna Banks and Dan Vitale, and powerhouse stars of the 2000s like Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Seth Meyers. Here's a look back at the SNL graduates who helped close out [...]

Kevin Hart to Host the First 'SNL' of 2015

During this weekend's SNL hosted by Amy Adams, NBC announced the first SNL host of 2015. Kevin Hart will make his second hosting appearance when the show returns on January 17th following his first appearance in March 2013. The musical guest for Hart's episode has not yet been revealed. Check out our review of Hart's SNL hosting debut here.

'SNL' Review: Martin Freeman Comes Bearing Gifts

While watching this weekend's SNL hosted by first-timer Martin Freeman, I couldn't help but wonder what the show's original head writer Michael O'Donoghue might have thought of an episode that turned the recently released CIA torture report into jokes about autocorrect and Time Warner Cable, all while tens of thousands of people crowded the length of Sixth Avenue just outside the 30 Rockefeller doors in protest of police brutality and racism. Fans who abandoned SNL back in the '80s will be the quickest to point out that the show's satire hasn't had any edge since O'Donoghue left, but those of us still who still watch regularly know that [...]

Ten Weird, Wonderful, and Recently Cut 'SNL' Sketches

Earlier this week, SNL released the newest "Cut For Time" sketch "Morning News," a risky but welcome take on the recent events in Ferguson that calls out Saturday's lukewarm cold open starring Kenan Thompson as a bumbling Al Sharpton for what it is: a missed opportunity to tackle even the most tragic political news in the sketch comedy format. Since last season, NBC has been regularly uploading SNL sketches that didn't make it to air, and for fans who love fresh, innovative, and often bizarre premises, these lost sketches are a welcome reminder that SNL is still capable of delivering original ideas that are weird as they are hilarious — just [...]

Sasheer Zamata Talks Improv, Dance Moves, and Her Nicki Minaj Impersonation

Over the weekend, SNL released a new installment of "AskSNL" featuring cast member Sasheer Zamata, who shares her favorite food and dance moves, offers some advice for aspiring improv students, and reveals that she'd really like to get her Nicki Minaj impersonation on the show even though all the opportunities in last week's SNL went to the real Nicki Minaj.

The 16 Best Comedy Books of 2014

To add to your diet of comedy consumption which is likely already at critical mass, what with the comedy movies, sitcoms, sketch comedy shows, web videos, Twitter feed, and novelty T-shirts, here's your reading list: the best comedy books of 2014. This year had an especially delightful selection of comedy and comedy-related books. Here then are some of the comedy history, comedy theory, comedy memoirs, comic essay collections, and comic novels that stood out.

Amy Adams Is Not Subtle About Her Love of One Direction in These 'SNL' Promos

Here's the latest set of promos for this weekend's SNL, featuring Amy Adams doing as good a job as can be expected of not freaking out and being creepy towards One Direction. OK, maybe she's a little creepy.

Watch the Newest Cut 'SNL' Sketch "100 Greatest Guys"

SNL uploaded a new pretaped sketch today that was cut from James Franco's episode called "100 Greatest Guys," a parody of VH1 countdown shows featuring Kyle Mooney, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson, and Vanessa Bayer as a varied group of entertainment experts providing commentary on the great guys to top out their definitive list. Check out the other sketch cut from Franco's episode "Morning News" here.

Watch 'SNL's Cut Ferguson Sketch About a St. Louis Morning Show

If you thought SNL dropped the ball this week by opening with a silly Al Sharpton sketch instead of something that more directly tackled the Eric Garner grand jury decision in New York, check out this sketch "Morning News" that, like a lot of other weird and great sketches this season, was cut for time. Whether you see "Morning News" as a hilariously awkward take on the events in Ferguson or a very meta look at SNL's recent discomfort with covering politics, one thing's for sure: It's definitely better than a joke about Al Sharpton's inability to pronounce the word "dubious."