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.
Watching today’s chipper incarnation of Weekend Update, it’s easy to forget that the segment was once helmed by the smarmy cynicism of Dennis Miller, the absurdity of Kevin Nealon, and Norm Macdonald, whose delivery both on Update and in all his sketches came tinged with his trademark dry sarcasm. Macdonald’s scathing coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994 made Update wildly popular [...]
Saturday Night Live has been taking some heat in the press for its lack of diversity after adding six new cast members, all of them white and five of them male, this fall. In the wake of a controversial quote from longtime cast member Kenan Thompson two weeks ago about how the show never finds black female comedians who are "ready," SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels has finally weighed in on the matter. When asked about the show not having any black female cast members by The AP, Michaels responded, "It's not like it's not a priority for us. It will happen. I'm sure it will happen." While [...]
NBC uploaded a cut sketch from this past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live. Called "Don't Smash My Pumpkin," it's a music video starring Taran Killam as a guy who's really sad after some teenagers ruin his jack-o-lantern.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 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.
Mistakes on live television are inevitable even for the most experienced SNL cast members, but where character breaking and even accidental F-bombs have garnered Lorne Michaels’s forgiveness, Damon Wayans’s firing remains the show’s most infamous case of intentional sketch sabotage. Frustrated with his lack of traction during SNL’s struggling eleventh season, Wayans committed a live TV no-no after he switched a straight-man cop [...]