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Seann William Scott Looks Back on 'SNL's Classic "Patriotic Shorts" Sketch

Seann William Scott was a guest on last night's Late Night, and since he and Seth Meyers hadn't seen each other since he hosted SNL in October 2001, the guys decided to take a look back on a sketch from his episode, and one of SNL's funniest Will Ferrell sketches ever, "Patriotic Shorts." Thanks to Ferrell's incredible performance, Scott admits he still gets "Will Ferrell nutsack flashbacks" every now and then.

'SNL' Review: Taraji P. Henson Almost Saves the Day

Despite all the criticisms I've made about SNL, I should say that I love this show. And not just what I considered the glory years of the series – the late 90s that I grew up with, or the late 70s that my parents grew up with, or the late 80s I discovered in college, or the late 2000s that inspired me to start reviewing it online – I've loved it even during the not-as-great seasons 39 and 40. Even at its worst, SNL remains a fascinating experiment in live TV sketch comedy, and if I'm going to spend a chunk of my week doing something, I want it to be a positive experience. I've never understood [...]

Go Behind the Scenes of 'SNL' with the First Trailer for 'Live from New York'

Bao Nguyen's new documentary Live from New York opens the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next week, and the first trailer was released today. The trailer features interview excerpts from Laraine Newman, Amy Poehler, Candice Bergen, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Rudy Giuliani, and of course Lorne Michaels with his famous saying "We don't go on because we're ready, we go on because it's 11:30." The documentary hits theaters in New York, LA, and Chicago on Friday, June 12th.

'SNL' Review: Happy Easter, Michael Keaton!

Though they may look like natural sketch comedians, character actors give us peculiar episodes of SNL.

At least once per season in recent years comes an episode hosted by a thespian known less for his red-carpet appeal than for his eclectic body of work: Steve BuscemiEd Norton, and now, Michael Keaton. That seems like an ideal situation — fewer flavor-of-the-week celebrities, more actors with real talent — but more often than not, the combination of these artists' creative independence and SNL's hand-holding formula results in a bit of a disconnect. Norton was fun to watch in that epic Wes Anderson parody, and Buscemi was enjoyable as a creepy-looking football coach. But aside from those highlights, their episodes left [...]

'SNL' Review: Dwayne Johnson, Man for the Job

Here's a question I never thought I'd ask: does SNL need more men?

Of course not, right? Only recently has SNL begun to shake off its "boys club" reputation, with a cast of seven men and six women (not counting the two male Weekend Update hosts), and a writers room still predominantly male. The current female lineup is more stacked and well-rounded than ever — there are few roles that Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones, Sasheer Zamata, or Vanessa Bayer can't handle, and I hope that deep field of female talent is here to stay. Considering how pathetic the gender ratio is throughout the late night landscape, and the way Hollywood [...]

Reese Witherspoon and Louis C.K. Set as 'SNL's Final Season 40 Hosts

SNL just revealed two upcoming hosts. A week after Scarlett Johansson hosts on May 2nd, Reese Witherspoon will return for her second hosting stint on May 9th with musical guest Florence and the Machine. Witherspoon last hosted in 2001 in the first episode after 9/11.

The following week will be the season 40 finale, and they've got a big host set: Louis C.K with musical guest Rihanna. It will make C.K.'s third time hosting SNL.

Scarlett Johansson to Host 'SNL' May 2nd

Scarlett Johansson is returning to SNL next month. NBC announced over the weekend that Johansson will make her fourth hosting appearance on May 2nd after The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres in theaters. The musical guest has not yet been revealed. Johansson last hosted in 2010 with musical guest Arcade Fire.

Louis C.K.'s Talks New York, Fame, and Success with 'The Hollywood Reporter'

Just in time for the season 5 premiere of Louie tomorrow night, The Hollywood Reporter has a lengthy piece out today in which C.K. reflects on struggling as a young unknown standup, the "crushing loneliness" of living in New York City, getting passed over by SNL, his hopes to make a movie next year, and tons more. Here's an excerpt:

There's an easy thing of saying, "Yeah, it's all bullshit out there [in Hollywood]," but if you can't smell the bullshit here in New York, you must have your nose packed with it. Hollywood is full of opportunity, and I've gotten shot after shot after shot out [...]

The New 'SNL' Documentary 'Live from New York' Premieres in Theaters June 12th

After opening the Tribeca Film Festival next month, a brand new SNL documentary might be headed to a theater near you in June. Variety reports that Bao Nguyen's Live from New York will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago on Friday, June 12th. The documentary features archival footage and interviews with past and present cast, crew, and hosts like Tina Fey, Chevy Chase, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Laraine Newman, Candice Bergen, John Goodman, and Amy Poehler. Hopefully it gets a VOD release date soon.

Aidy Bryant, Dwayne Johnson, and George Ezra Get Comfy in These 'SNL' Promos

Dwayne Johnson returns to SNL this weekend, and NBC just released another round of promos to get you excited. The four-time host is joined by musical guest George Ezra and Aidy Bryant, who clearly has a deep appreciation for homemade cookies and manly muscles.

Inside the 'SNL' Documentary 'Live From New York!' with Director Bao Nguyen

The world premiere of the new Saturday Night Live documentary, Live From New York!, opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 15.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Director Bao Nguyen to discuss the process of making the documentary, what is was like to have access to the show’s archives, and how SNL can stay culturally relevant for the next 40 years.

Congratulations. Were you pleased with the response?

Thank you. Yeah, it was overwhelming. We, the team, have seen the film so many times, and we stopped laughing after a while with certain sketches. Just to see the response and really see how people still [...]

Read a Bunch of Hilarious Recent FCC Complaints About 'Saturday Night Live'

These days, most SNL fans and haters go the internet route to voice their complaints about the show, but there are still plenty of people who file their complaints the old-fashioned way through the Federal Communications Commission. The Atlantic recently combed through three years of recent complaints made against SNL, and like most FCC complaints against comedy shows, they're very entertaining. According to The Atlantic, the most complaints came from Texas, California, New York, Michigan, and Colorado, and "smut" and "garbage" were two of the most frequently used words in the complaints. Here are some of the best ones:

On "Dick in a Box":

It [...]

Taraji P. Henson Helps Taran Killam Confront His Problems in This Week's 'SNL' Promos

Taraji P. Henson makes her SNL hosting debut this weekend, and last night NBC released the first round of promos. Most of the clip is just Taran Killam messing up take after take, but Henson also channels her Empire character to help Killam confront a recent problem he's had with cast mate Kyle Mooney.

Michael Keaton Charms Cecily Strong in This Week's 'SNL' Promos

Michael Keaton returns to host SNL for the third time this weekend, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring Keaton and Cecily Strong. Thankfully Strong is there to remind him about the famous "third time's a charm bracelet" rule.