Here's the promo reel for this week's SNL hosted by Jim Carrey, which is full of spooky Halloween references, attempts to start trending online, and Carrey's spot-on impersonation of cast member Aidy Bryant.
Last year SNL director of photography Alex Buono posted a lengthy blog entry about the making of the Wes Anderson parody "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders," and this week he's back with a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at SNL's season 40 title sequence. To capture the 40th anniversary feel, Buono explains why the team landed on the mantra of a "Love-letter to New York" and why they used light-writing and other technical tricks as inspiration: "Not just light-writing, but an overall simple, clean concept: as an homage to the 40-year history of SNL, we would approach the sequence using in-camera techniques that would be at home just as [...]
If you're not yet familiar with new SNL cast member Pete Davidson, this backstage Q&A clip is full of fun facts on his love for pizza, complicated feelings for burritos, experiences with hecklers, and biggest comedy influences, from Bill Burr to Adam Sandler to "obviously Louie."
"Phil Hartman is my hero."
Jan Hooks sits next to me on a couch, nibbling a ham sandwich. We're at Michael O'Donoghue's Christmas party, listening to a live, Celtic band.
"Phil can do anything. He made me better."
I usually refrain from asking SNL vets about their on-air work, but I couldn't resist in Jan's case. When I mention how beautifully she and Phil worked together, Jan gave him all of the credit.
"Well, you're pretty great yourself," I reply, meaning every word.
Michael drifts by, touches Jan's shoulder. She smiles and squeezes Michael's hand.
"Ain't he sweet?" Jan says in that Southern sing-song voice she's done a [...]
"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.