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'SNL' Will Celebrate 40 Years with a Live Three-Hour Special Next February

Saturday Night Live will be embarking on its 40th season on NBC next year, and according to NYT reporter Bill Carter the occasion will be marked with a live three-hour special next February 15th similar to the 25th anniversary special in 1999. News of the special joins the extended version of the oral history book Live from New York coming out this September as the first two of most likely many tributes to Lorne Michaels's groundbreaking sketch comedy show.

Click through to watch Bill Murray bring back his Nick the Lounge Singer character for the star-studded 25th anniversary show and read the official statement from NBC:

Adam McKay's 9 Favorite 'SNL' Sketches He Wrote

Before he became one of the country's leading comedy directors, helming films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers, Adam McKay spent six years working on Saturday Night Live. Hired on as a staff writer in 1995, he was promoted to head writer in 1996, a position he held until handing it over to Tina Fey in 1999. McKay then became the show's resident filmmaker. He asked for — and got — the absurd job title "Coordinator of Falconry" and was able to do whatever he wanted on the show until he left in 2001 to make movies.

During an AMA on Reddit to promote his latest movie, Anchorman 2, [...]

Read an Oral History of The Kids in the Hall

“When the five of us are together, we become the Kids in the Hall. It becomes something that is apart from any one of us. That’s why we keep doing it. It’s fun and exciting when we’re together. It can also become pretty horrible and mean, but we end up laughing more together than we do at any other time in our lives."

-Dave Foley in Toronto newspaper Now's in-depth oral history of The Kids in the Hall. It's definitely worth reading, going into the group's early days playing for 15 people a week to their cult sketch show to their breakup while making the movie Brain Candy.

12 'SNL' Cast Members Who Have Been Played by Other 'SNL' Cast Members on the Show

It says a lot about how successful SNL alumni are that many of them have been made fun of on the show after leaving. Ever since the show's ex-cast members first started to go out on their own in the late '70s/early '80s, many of them have become as well-known as the celebrities SNL regularly mocks, and in the '90s, the show stopped shying away from showcasing impressions of their better known alumni.

From Dana Carvey's Dennis Miller to Jimmy Fallon's Chris Rock, here's a list of times SNL cast members have played other SNL cast members on the show:

Watch Ben Stiller in a New Episode of 'The Birthday Boys'

IFC released the latest episode of their new sketch show, The Birthday Boys, online a little early today. Not set to air until Friday, here's the entire fourth episode of the show which features guest star Ben Stiller appearing in multiple sketches (Stiller also executive produces the show). The episode also features guest appearances from Frank Caliendo and Matt Besser, and of course, series regular Bob Odenkirk.

Watch Amy Schumer's Aaron Sorkin Parody 'The Foodroom'

Here's a funny sketch from last night's Inside Amy Schumer, in which Schumer and company parody The Newsroom by moving it to a fast food setting in "The Foodroom." Apple slices have never held so much dramatic weight before.

The Birthday Boys' Tim Kalpakis Has 10 Dads

Here's a sketch from this Friday's episode of IFC's The Birthday Boys, in which Birthday Boy Tim Kalpakis explains the evolving concept of what makes a family… and introduces you to his 10 dads.

What's Every Former 'Kids in the Hall' Writer Up To Now?

“I got that one from the kids in the hall.”–Sid Caesar, blaming his writers whenever a joke would bomb

It's taken me many years to wrap my head around the concept of television writers. It seems like I've always more or less operated under the assumption that people on TV just wandered in front of the cameras and were cool/funny, and then they went and cashed their massive paychecks. This felt doubly true for sketch comedy shows, going back to Monty Python's Flying Circus, where each of the six members of the troupe were credited as creators, writers, and performers. Since I accepted early on that Python had made [...]

The "Old Man in the Woods" Website from The Birthday Boys Is Real

Sketch group The Birthday Boys made a real website off of their sketch "Old Man in the Woods" (watch here) from their self-titled IFC show. OldManintheWoods.com is pretty scary.

Watch Taran Killam's Cut 'SNL' Halloween Sketch

NBC uploaded a cut sketch from this past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live. Called "Don't Smash My Pumpkin," it's a music video starring Taran Killam as a guy who's really sad after some teenagers ruin his jack-o-lantern.

The 36 Best Sketches of 2013

2013 was an excellent year for sketch comedy on both television and across the web. Online venues like Funny or Die, UCB Comedy, and Above Average delivered a constant stream of funny content while Key and Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and The Birthday Boys showed Comedy Central and IFC stepping up their sketch comedy game as well. On top of all that, 38-year stalwart Saturday Night Live underwent one of its biggest cast transitions in years, resulting in a surprisingly varied sketch selection from both the outgoing veterans and new hires. So with that, here are 36 of our favorite sketches from the year [...]

'Key & Peele' Showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel Talk the Third Season, the Writing Process, and Metta World Peace

Key & Peele wraps up its third season next week, and the dynamic sketch show continues to work like a well-oiled machine, delivering an impressive and idiosyncratic mix of sketches with strong performances from creator-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and pitch-perfect cinematic aesthetics from director Peter Atencio. Comedy Central has renewed the show for a fourth season, and credit must also go to executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. As showrunners, Martel — a television, film, and theater writer known for Strangers with Candy — and Roberts — writer, producer, UCB founder who executive produced Players on Spike TV with Martel — unite the disparate players around a common vision, oversee the writing staff, [...]

How Director Peter Atencio Acts as the Unsung, Essential Third Member of 'Key and Peele'

How Peter Atencio (@Atencio) acts as the unsung, essential third member of 'Key and Peele' #url#

Sketch Group WOMEN Takes on the Hour-Long TV Drama

Here's the latest video from LA-based sketch group WOMEN (Pat Bishop, Dave Ross, Allen Strickland Williams, Jake Weisman), in which they play out the plot of most TV dramas in just two minutes. If you've never seen Scandal, this is a much funnier and shorter version of every episode.