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Jim Carrey Is Reportedly Returning to Host 'SNL' This Year

Saturday Night Live's landmark 40th season is shaping up to be filled with some great hosts. The Wrap is reporting that Jim Carrey is set to return to host his third episode sometime this season. While the exact date is not yet known and NBC has yet to confirm the news, insiders told The Wrap that Carrey's episode will most likely air close to the premiere of Dumb and Dumber To on November 14th. Confirmed hosts that will appear prior to Carrey include Chris Pratt and former SNL cast members Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader.

Watch some of Carrey's best SNL sketches from his 1996 [...]

Finally, the Saturday Night Live Credit Card You've Been Waiting For

Considering the amount of commercial tie-ins Saturday Night Live used last season (Remember those Jeep commercials with Cecily Strong and Michael Che? Synergy!), it looks like the show has made the next logical step in brand partnership by teaming up with MasterCard to create the Saturday Night Live MasterCard, the credit card all SNL fans have been clamoring for. News of the new MasterCard surfaced yesterday when SNL's Twitter account tweeted out a link for their #SNL40 Kickoff Sweepstakes, in which fans can enter to win tickets and airfare to a taping of the show this season.

Fans who bothered to read the fine print [...]

Cecily Strong Says She's "Genuinely Happy" About Leaving Weekend Update

When news broke last week that new SNL cast member Michael Che would be replacing Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk, it was reported that Strong had requested the change herself to appear in more sketches. Strong decided to address the news on Instagram and delivered the below response to fans who were unhappy about her Weekend Update departure:

I don't see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny [...]

Saturday Night's Children: O'Hara, Hudson, Prager, and Wolf

With only a few names left in this series, this week we're highlighting four former cast members instead of one who, for different reasons, have been grouped together for a special edition of lesser known SNL players. Whether they quit the show before their first episode, left no trace of their history after leaving the show, or flew under the radar despite being co-head writer, these four players are both a mix of famous and unknown writers and performers whose connection to SNL often goes forgotten. Here they are, in no particular order:

'Live from New York' Co-Author Jim Miller on How 'SNL' Has Changed and Stayed the Same

"I know that there were a lot of people, veteran SNL watchers, me, even, that thought that there might have been more of a house cleaning. And I think that at the end of the day, Lorne understands development arcs, and for all we know, there might have been something in a particular sketch that Lorne saw of somebody, and he may have been ready to let them go. And he saw something in one sketch and thought, Okay, wait, if they can do that, that's worth holding on to. We're going to get them to the next level. … You know, it’s not always, Well, they didn't have a [...]

Darrell Hammond Is Officially the New 'SNL' Announcer

Following the death of SNL's longtime announcer Don Pardo last month, former cast member (and occasional Pardo fill-in) Darrell Hammond said he'd be "honored and thrilled" to take over Pardo's duties on the show going forward, and now that change has officially been made. The New York Times confirms that Lorne Michaels has chosen Hammond to become the show's new announcer going forward. It's not yet clear whether Hammond will imitate Pardo like he's done in the past or make the job his own, but a quote from Michaels seems to hint it will be the latter: "There were a lot of sweet ideas about [...]

11 Standup Comedians Who Became 'SNL' Cast Members

In addition to the recent hiring of standup Michael Che as co-anchor of Weekend Update, yesterday SNL revealed some surprising hiring news with the announcement that young standup Pete Davidson has been added to the cast as a featured player. SNL has an unpredictable history with hiring standup comedians, and while many seamlessly stepped into the impersonation, sketch acting, and recurring character mold — see Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Darrell Hammond, to name a few — most of the show's standups-turned-players stayed true to their roots, often appearing on Weekend Update and finding ways to make sketch characters take on their own standup sensibilities to [...]

'SNL' Hires Standup Pete Davidson as a Featured Player

Saturday Night Live just added a new cast member. An SNL spokesperson has confirmed that Pete Davidson, a rising 20-year-old standup who was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch this year, has officially joined the cast as a featured player. According to Deadline, Davidson is the only cast addition that will be made this season, while Mike O'Brien — who was promoted from writer to featured player last year — will leave his spot as a cast member and return to the writing room. Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Mooney, and Beck Bennett will remain onboard as featured players.

Here's what Davidson had to say [...]

Chris Pratt and Sarah Silverman to Be 'SNL's First Hosts of Season 40

UPDATE: NBC has announced that Chris Pratt will be hosting the season premiere, with Sarah Silverman hosting the second episode. It's not clear what happened to Murray-as-host — it may have been rescheduled to later in the season or canceled altogether. Our original post follows.

SNL's landmark 40th season premieres on September 27th, and the show's got some big plans to kick off its return to television. According to several sources — including news posts yesterday by local NBC affiliate sites that have since been taken down — the one and only Bill Murray will be making a glorious return to SNL to help ring in its [...]

Good Neighbor's Nick Rutherford Joins the 'SNL' Writing Staff

The one member of Good Neighbor to be left out of last year's SNL hirings has now rejoined his friends on the NBC sketch show. The Comic's Comic reports that Nick Rutherford has officially joined the writing staff for SNL and has already begun working on content for the 40th season alongside his fellow Good Neighbor members Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and director Dave McCary. Here's what Rutherford had to say last year on The Poundcast podcast when asked about the possibility of him being brought on the show later:

"I mean, that's all that's ever talked about is like, 'Oh, we gotta get you out here. [...]

Bill Hader to Host 'SNL' on October 11th

Another SNL alum is now set to host an episode this season. TV by the Numbers reports that Bill Hader is scheduled to host SNL on October 11th with musical guest Hozier, following Chris Pratt on September 27th and Sarah Silverman on October 4th. This makes Hader's first time hosting the show since leaving back in 2013.

Nasim Pedrad Shares Her Unaired 'SNL' Sketch as Aziz Ansari

It turns out that despite the many characters and impressions Nasim Pedrad had during her run on SNL, she wanted to do none of them more than Aziz Ansari. While Nasim did get a chance to very briefly play Ansari in a sketch, on last night's Conan she shared a clip of an unaired sketch that gave her much more screen time as Ansari, an impression she describes as "a real boner-eraser."

Michael Che and Colin Jost to Anchor 'SNL's Weekend Update Next Season; More Hires on the Way

Earlier tonight, Saturday Night Live announced a pretty big surprise change for next season: Former SNL writer and current Daily Show correspondent Michael Che is returning to NBC to co-anchor Weekend Update. According to Bill Carter at The New York Times, Che has been chosen to replace Cecily Strong at the Update desk next season, and Che has confirmed on Twitter that he'll be leaving The Daily Show to take on the new SNL gig. Strong — who joined the Update desk alongside Seth Meyers back in 2013 — will remain on the cast as a repertory player; she reportedly requested the change herself so [...]

Natasha Rothwell, Streeter Seidell, and Jeremy Beiler Join 'SNL's Writing Staff

SNL has already added new writers Alison Rich and Nick Rutherford to its staff for next season, and now they've added three more. UCB performer Natasha Rothwell, former CollegeHumor Editor in Chief Streeter Seidell, and PIT alum Jeremy Beiler have all officially joined the show as writers. Rothwell was one of the 11 candidates SNL considered for the cast last year before hiring Sasheer Zamata, Seidell has written many shorts for CollegeHumor as well as episodes of Trophy Wife and MTV's Pranked, and Beiler has written for Inside Amy Schumer and IFC's Bunk. Click through to check out some of Rothwell, Seidell, and Beiler's work: