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 [...]
SNL is back this weekend with four-time host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest George Ezra, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring Johnson and Bobby Moynihan discussing their porn star names, monologue jokes, and Johnson's new and much wiser wrestling catchphrase.
The heavy door to the office slowly creaked open, and in stepped Michael O'Donoghue.
He wore a mustard-colored overcoat with matching fedora. His glasses were clear, both frame and lenses. He had a pencil-thin mustache. He quickly assessed the cluttered office, smirked, then lit a long brown cigarette.
An office mate of mine quietly protested, but did nothing. I walked up to Michael, introduced myself, then led him to a back room where we talked for a couple of hours.
Michael was effusive, generous, funny, serious. He read some jokes he had recently written, and naturally I laughed. It didn't matter what he read; the fact that Michael O'Donoghue was [...]
One of the bigger frustrations for those of us following SNL's 40th season is that, despite the show's ongoing ups and downs, this current version of SNL is one we want to get behind. Kate McKinnon, Taran Killam, and Cecily Strong are as fun to watch and dominant in sketches as previous eras' stars were (regardless how rosey nostalgia has tinted alums like Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg), and the video segments are as sharply executed as they've ever been. What SNL has been lacking are an overall confidence in its assets and a consistent understanding of how to deploy them effectively.
The stronger episodes this season have featured east cast member putting his or her best foot forward. For example, [...]
Chris Hemsworth makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC released the first round of promos featuring Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon, who thinks Hemsworth is the perfect host to attempt the Dirty Dancing lift with…but it probably would've turned out better if Hemsworth had seen the movie first.