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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."

Here Are This Week's 'SNL' Promos with J.K. Simmons and Kenan Thompson

J.K. Simmons makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring boomerang snowballs, what J.K.'s initials really stand for, and Kenan Thompson insisting he never gets lonely.

Watch Kyle Mooney's Cut 'SNL' Sketch "Comedy Club"

Here's the latest cut-for-time sketch from SNL, this time starring Kyle Mooney as New York comedian and occasional Weekend Update guest Bruce Chandling in a pretaped sketch called "Comedy Club." It's an amusing peek into Chandling's inner emotions and features appearances by Hart, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah, Dave Attell, Artie Lange, and Beck Bennett as Chandling's partner in crime Ronny Donnyonyae.

'Saturday Night Live: The Book' Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Get ready to add another title to your SNL book collection. Art book publisher Taschen announced today that a new coffee table book called Saturday Night Live: The Book is slated for a release next month, and it's now available for pre-order via Taschen's website. Described as "part encyclopedia and part behind-the-scenes tour," the book includes the following:

  • Over 2,300 images from SNL's archives, many previously unpublished
  • An illustrated breakdown of the 6-day week at SNL through the years, with an expanded section for the live show
  • Seasons reference guide with complete cast, host, and musical guest lists
  • Exclusive interview with founder and executive producer Lorne Michaels
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Kevin Hart and Aidy Bryant Share Their New Year's Resolutions in These 'SNL' Promos

Kevin Hart returns to host SNL for the second time this weekend with musical guest musical guest Sia, and NBC just released the first round of promos. Hart and Aidy Bryant share their New Year's resolutions with each other, get a little carried away in front of the camera, and fall in love with each other by the end of the clip.

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 [...]

'SNL' Review: Blake Shelton Ain't From 'Round Here

One thing that's forgotten about the early years of SNL was how much it was a show that anyone could host. While hosts from the old days were more often handpicked from Lorne Michaels' rolodex of awesome comics, like Steve Martin or Buck Henry, the show also took risks with host bookings that it never would these days. An 80-year-old German immigrant woman who won an "Anyone Can Host" contest in 1977. An 8-year-old Drew Barrymore in 1982. Ron Reagan, son of the president, in 1986. SNL even dared to allow directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino to host once, even though they led to catastrophically bad episodes (Coppola "hosted" [...]

J.K. Simmons to Host 'SNL' January 31st

SNL just revealed its final January host. Oscar nominee J.K Simmons will make his hosting debut on January 31st with musical guest D'Angelo and The Vanguard. This week's episode will also feature a first-time host when Blake Shelton pulls double duty as both host and musical guest.

Kevin Hart, Sia, and Kate McKinnon Are Really Excited for This Week's 'SNL'

NBC just released a new round of SNL promos featuring second-time host Kevin Hart, mysteriously veiled musical guest Sia, and cast member Kate McKinnon. It's full of Sia puns, McKinnon getting concerned over Hart's warning that "you never know what could happen" during the episode, and a very ambitious guarantee from Hart at the end.

SNL's Insane Season 40 Product Tie-Ins, In Order of Ridiculousness

Next month, NBC is celebrating Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary with a live anniversary special, and the network has been prepping for this television event for the past year in the form of an overload of product tie-ins, commercials featuring cast members, and enough branded SNL merchandise to make Jack Donaghy cry with joy. With the latest news that SNL will get the interactive art exhibit treatment this spring, we decided to break down five of SNL's most ridiculous promotions and tie-ins of the past year, from least to most ridiculous.

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 [...]

Blake Shelton Gets Back at Adam Levine in These 'SNL' Promos

Ahead of first-time SNL host and musical guest Blake Shelton's episode this weekend, NBC released the first round of promos this week featuring Cecily Strong, Southern accents, The Voice references, and some harsh words for Shelton's fellow Voice coach Adam Levine.

'SNL' Review: A New Year with Kevin Hart

A month ago, Chris Rock wrote an essay for the Hollywood Reporter about race in Hollywood, specifically mentioning a sketch he appeared in with Sasheer Zamata on SNL earlier this season as an example of normalization of black actors being able to do comedy without having to always represent the black community:

Twenty years ago when I was on Saturday Night Live, anything with black people on the show had to deal with race, and that sketch we did didn't have anything to do with race. That was the beauty: The sketch is funny because it's funny, and that's the progress. And there are black guys [...]

VH1 Classic to Air a 433-Hour 'SNL' Marathon Starting January 28th

The TV marathon record set by FXX and The Simpsons is about to get one-upped by VH1 and Saturday Night Live. VH1 Classic announced today that it's set a mammoth SNL marathon called "The SNL Rewind: 2015-1975" to begin on Wednesday, January 28th and end Sunday, February 15th. The marathon will include 433 hours of back-to-back select SNL episodes starting from season 39 to the first-ever episode from 1975. The marathon will also include blocks of themed episodes (Justin Timberlake, musical guests, former SNL cast members-turned-hosts, Chris Farley, "Wayne's World" sketches, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin) as well as SNL movies set to air on Saturday Nights (Macgruber, [...]