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'SNL's James Downey on Working with Norm Macdonald and Getting Fired for Making Fun of OJ Simpson

Saturday Night Live has employed hundreds of comedy writers in its four decades on the air, but no writer has been associated with the show longer — or had more of a lasting impact — than James Woodward Downey. If Lorne Michaels is the face of Saturday Night Live, Downey is its behind-the-scenes creative force. 

Called by Lorne Michaels the best political humorist alive, Downey has been responsible for most of the political-centered pieces during Saturday Night Live’s run (many of which he co-wrote with now Senator Al Franken), starting with Jimmy Carter in the mid-’70s and ending, six administrations later, with Barack Obama. The power of Downey’s political comedy extends [...]

Jenny Slate Reflects on Her 'SNL' Days

"You know, SNL was a challenge for me, mostly because of how I treated myself. Everyone was very kind to me, but if there was one thing I would change, I would ask people to stop saying that 'now is the time for women in comedy' because it's rude to all of the women who came before us, patronizing to those of us doing it, and backwards in general. Comedy comes from my nature, not my gender!"

- Jenny Slate opens up about her SNL days in a recent Reddit AMA.

Nasim Pedrad Confirms She's Unlikely to Return to 'SNL' Next Season

Many SNL fans have assumed that this past season would be Nasim Pedrad's last due to her new television role on Mulaney, and over the weekend, the SNL player was asked at the Austin Television Festival whether that's true and all but confirmed her departure in her response: "I haven't heard any official word so far, but…as far as I know, I'm in LA now."

Pedrad, who was hired on SNL in 2009, made a name for herself with recurring characters like Shallon and Bedelia and impersonations including Kim Kardashian, Barbara Walters, and Arianna Huffington. She's been attached to SNL writer John Mulaney's pilot [...]

Michael Che on Respecting the Craft of Standup, 'SNL' Haters, and His Comedy Central Half Hour

Michael Che's first half hour special premieres on Comedy Central this Friday, but that's far from the only new gig for the New York-born standup who has also appeared on Bunk, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Best Week Ever, and Splitsider's own A Night at Whiplash and served as writer on Saturday Night Live for the past year. In addition to the premiere of his Half Hour, this month marks Che's transition to his new job as correspondent for The Daily Show, and seeing as he's the mind behind headline-grabbing SNL sketches like "White Christmas" and "12 Years Not a Slave" it's safe to assume [...]

Adam Sandler Explains Why He Wouldn't Be a Good 'SNL' Host

"Why should I? I don't know how good it would be. I'm slow now. There are guys who love doing it who are great at doing it — I just don't know how good I'd be doing it and I did what I could do on that show."

- Adam Sandler explains why he doesn't want to host SNL in a recent episode of Norm Macdonald Live.

How Fortune Feimster Went From Entertainment Blogger to Breakout Comedian

Fortune Feimster is currently at a big crossroads in her career. The North Carolina-born standup, improviser, and sitcom actor competed in Last Comic Standing in 2010, has regularly appeared on Chelsea Lately since 2011, and joined the cast of Tina Fey's Fox pilot Cabot College this year, not to mention her recent standup sets on This Is Not Happening and Conan as well as bit parts on 2 Broke Girls and Workaholics. With the end of Chelsea Lately in August and the fate of the Fey pilot still unknown, Feimster's new Comedy Central standup special — a unique mix of self-deprecation, Southern mother tales, and unexpected bouts of [...]

Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett Reminisce About Their Favorite 'SNL' Moment from Their Debut Season

Here's a new video SNL put out, in which freshman cast members Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett discuss their favorite moments from their inaugural season: all of which are just them hugging each other and goofing around during the end credits goodbye.

Saturday Night's Children: Kristen Wiig (2005-2012)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Live cast sendoffs are a rare event on SNL and reserved only for the most well-liked players, and if Kristen Wiig's farewell segment at the end of the season 37 finale was any indication, the art major-turned-sketch comedy superstar left her SNL stint on the best possible terms. Beloved by many for her sheepish, awkward, yet unabashed delivery and bringing to life [...]

Kate McKinnon Talked About the Genesis of Her Bieber and Ellen Impressions and 'Dyke & Fats' on 'Conan'

SNL breakout start Kate McKinnon was on Conan last night, where she talked about how she developed both her wonderful Justin Bieber and Ellen impressions as well as the "Dyke & Fats" sketch she did with Aidy Bryant. The trick to the Bieber impression is pretending to be a puppy who just piddled on the rug, it turns out, just in case you want to try it yourself.

This Week in Comedy: HBO Is Developing a Show Created by and Starring Bill Hader, and 'SNL' Ends Its 39th Season

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-After the SNL season 39 finale, we created a bunch of guides for the season: We broke down each cast member's contribution, looked at how this season addressed raceranked the episodes, and listed the 24 best sketches.

-A year after leaving SNLBill Hader is set to create and star in his own HBO series.

-After seven months, two seasons, and 73 episodes, TBS canceled The Pete Holmes Show, effective in June.

-We released A Night at Whiplash, the second movie in the Splitsider Presents series. The standup film features sets by Sheng Wang, [...]

Eight of the Most Fascinating and Hidden 'SNL' Cast Member Bios

Considering SNL has been home to nearly 140 cast members across a 40-year span, it's natural that there are some interesting, strange, inspiring stories and lesser-known facts in some of their biographies. Whether it's super strict religious convictions, an unjust stay at a maximum security prison, a rough childhood, or falling flat with US audiences only to find widespread fame abroad, famous and forgotten SNL players alike have faced some unusual challenges and circumstances you may not know about, but should. In the spirit of whatever changes might come to the show this fall, here's a look at eight former cast members whose lesser known life stories might make [...]

Lorne Michaels Confirms "There Will Be Changes This Year" on 'SNL'

Ahead of the landmark 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live this fall, Deadline recently spoke with Lorne Michaels about the past season on the show as well as whether or not there will be cast changes before the start of season 40. Here are some of Michaels's thoughts on the latest SNL season:

We lost four leading men at the end of last season, Fred and Bill and Andy and Jason, all of whom were very seasoned, very strong cast. We lost Kristen the year before. All have been here a long time, and you get used to how good people are. Losing the fifth leading man in [...]

Dennis Miller Reminisces About His Weekend Update Days on 'Late Night'

Here's a clip from last night's Late Night, in which SNL alum Dennis Miller looked back on his run as Weekend Update anchor in the late '80s, meeting Chevy Chase for the first time, and touring with Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey, who still steals the spotlight for his famous "Choppin' Broccoli" song.

Eight 'SNL' Cast Members Who Went from Sidelined to Success

Now that Saturday Night Live's highly transitional 39th season has come and gone, the next question on SNL fans' minds is which cast members will be back in the fall and which will be given the axe. A couple relatively new cast members like Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon have stepped into the forefront by inhabiting nearly every sketch as Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader used to do, but the currently overstuffed cast of season 39 (particularly its white dude-dominated featured players) could definitely use some trimming. For all the contingents though, successful SNL player stints don't necessarily guarantee fame and fortune, and the opposite [...]