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Lorne Michaels Is Producing a Movie Starring Taran Killam, Rachael Harris, David Wain, and Bobby Moynihan

The new season of SNL is just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped Lorne Michaels from making another movie this summer. Variety reports that Michaels is producing Brothers in Law written by Cameron Fay with rewrites from SNL's Mikey Day and Taran Killam. Killam also stars in the film alongside Bill Pullman, Rachael Harris, Rita Wilson, David Wain, and Bobby Moynihan. Production started in Oregon this week, and the film is described as "having elements of Meet the Parents and What About Bob?" Funny or Die, Newsreaders, and SNL segment directors Matt Villines and Oz Rodriguez AKA Matt and Oz are co-directing the film together.

The 24 Best Sketches of 'SNL' Season 39

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here we recall some of our favorite sketches from the season — both live sketches and videos.

Season 39 of SNL certainly hasn't been the most popular among viewers, with its first half bogged down with criticism over the lack of diversity in the cast, and its second half attacked (often unfairly) for uneven writing under new head writer Colin Jost. Even though the show hired Sasheer Zamata (along with two black female writers), and the script [...]

Checking in with 'SNL' Halfway Through Season 39

We've reached the midpoint of SNL's 39th season — one that has optimistically been called a "transitional year," but one more commonly known as "the year the shit hit the fan with that whole black woman issue." Despite the fact that the bulk of the SNL coverage in fall 2013 has zeroed in on the show's diversity controversy, SNL has given us plenty of other things to talk about, from new cast members and emerging stars on the show, to surprise cameos and celebrity hosts who defied our expectations — in good and bad ways.

Unfortunately, few of those topics have gotten much ink in fall 2013 (outside of sites [...]

Taran Killam Is Really Into Kerry Washington In Their 'SNL' Promos

Kerry Washington is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend with Eminem, and since SNL's hosts this year seem to be chosen largely based on the cast members' crushes, this week it was Taran Killam's turn to not-so-subtly share his feelings. And also, to rap.

'SNL' Review: No Escape from Miley Cyrus

After Justin Bieber hosted SNL last season, I concluded that SNL will never quite be the alternative comedy show we'd like it to be. There's no denying the show would be much funnier if producers only booked the heroes of comedy nerds to host the show, as it did last season with Louis CK and last week with Tina Fey. I've made the case several times that the show would be far better if only former cast members hosted — indeed, SNL has enough star alumni to fill a few seasons' worth of episodes.

But SNL isn't that show. The ongoing inclusion of performances by a musical guest [...]

Taran Killam Looks Back on His Time as One of the Brasky Buddies on 'SNL'

SNL's Taran Killam recently shared his most memorable moment from season 39, which was getting to play one of the legendary Bill Brasky buddies alongside Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd back in December. He also does a pretty spot-on impression of the beloved Reading Rainbow sound effect.

Anna Kendrick is 'SNL' Illiterate in These 'SNL' Promos

Here are this week's SNL promos featuring Taran Killam and first-time host Anna Kendrick. Killam and Kendrick jam-pack these four minutes with great concepts like monkey butlers, bacon bikinis, musicals, show tunes, and plenty of one-upmanship. Even though Kendrick doesn't seem to understand what SNL is, these promos hint that she's going to be great anyway.

Taran Killam Wrote His First Comic Book

Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam is taking his first steps into the comic world. The Illegitimates, the comic book series he's writing with Marc Andreyko, drops its first issue on Wednesday. The story follows the bastard children of a fallen James Bond-esque super spy who were the products of his one night stands and are now expected to form a new spy team together. Entertainment Weekly has a preview of the first issue up now.

Watch Taran Killam's Cut 'SNL' Halloween Sketch

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.

Miley Cyrus Is a Good Sport in Her 'SNL' Promos

Miley Cyrus is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, with musical guest herself, and she and Taran Killam recorded some perfectly charming, self-deprecating promos for the show. She seems up for making a joke or two at her own expense, so the new writers and cast members should have plenty of material to work with.

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to 'SNL' Season 39

With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here, we look at the performers that make up SNL's current cast, including their overall contributions to the show, memorable roles, relative screen time, and prospects for returning next season.

SNL's 39th season was a crowded one. Record-breaking crowded, even. Six new hires, plus a seventh midseason, rose the total to 17, making the current cast the largest SNL has seen during its entire four-decade run, topping even the infamously bloated 1990-1991 season. That season only had [...]

Seth Meyers and Taran Killam Talk Jebidiah Atkinson and More on 'Late Night'

SNL's Taran Killam was a guest on last night's Late Night, and he and Meyers discussed everything from a failed Jebidiah Atkinson joke to being on a pirate ship with Bobby Moynihan at Comic Con to his cut New Jersey birds show sketch "Boids" with Vanessa Bayer, which Killam agreed to perform in the near future on Late Night's upcoming "Second Chance Theater" segment.

'SNL' Review: Applause for Lady Gaga

In case you hadn't noticed, there have been a lot more music stars on SNL lately. Not merely performing as musical guests or popping up in a sketch here or there, as we've seen on the show every week, but pop stars getting booked as host in addition to their musical guest gig. What was once a rare event with triple threats like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake occasionally pulling double duty in the early 2000s (and once by Paul Simon in 1976) has now become a fairly common practice. The last three seasons have seen hosts + musical guests Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Bruno [...]

'SNL' Review: Badass Bruce Willis

For people who like to talk about comedy, there are few greater debates than the one over the claim that "funny is funny." Can a performer or joke be objectively funny independent of context or medium? There are those who argue yes, that some comedians are so talented that their popularity is universal — Robin Williams, say, or Bill Murray — and that every culture since the dawn of man has had some version of a fart joke. Then there are those who argue no, that there are "different kinds of funny." Comedian Bill Burr made waves for his rant about "alternative comedy," which he criticized as being [...]