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Adam McKay's 9 Favorite 'SNL' Sketches He Wrote

Before he became one of the country's leading comedy directors, helming films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers, Adam McKay spent six years working on Saturday Night Live. Hired on as a staff writer in 1995, he was promoted to head writer in 1996, a position he held until handing it over to Tina Fey in 1999. McKay then became the show's resident filmmaker. He asked for — and got — the absurd job title "Coordinator of Falconry" and was able to do whatever he wanted on the show until he left in 2001 to make movies.

During an AMA on Reddit to promote his latest movie, Anchorman 2, [...]

A Video Guide to 'SNL's Bill Brasky

After a 15-year hiatus, the classic "Bill Brasky" sketch made a comeback on SNL this weekend, with Taran Killam and host Paul Rudd joining Will Ferrell and David Koechner as the rowdy group of bucktoothed alcoholic salesmen who take turns delivering drunken homages to their legendary coworker and son-of-a-bitch Bill Brasky. As one of the earliest collaborations between Will Ferrell and head writer Adam McKay, the "Brasky Buddies" served as some of the most inexplicably funny and quotable 10-to-1 sketches of the late 90s and gave players Mark McKinney and David Koechner (who was hired out of Chicago alongside McKay) some much-needed screen time. The Brasky Buddies have [...]

The Best of The Birthday Boys' Web Videos

Next Friday will see the premiere of The Birthday Boys, a new IFC comedy series from the sketch group of the same name. It's been a while since the last time a network gave a show to an existing sketch team, so this is a pretty exciting thing since some of the best sketch shows ever come from groups that were already formed years beforehand.

Formed in 2007, The Birthday Boys is an LA-based sketch group made up of seven writer-performers (Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, Chris VanArtsdalen), most of whom met at Ithaca College before moving to the west coast. Since [...]

The Best of Good Neighbor, the Sketch Group 'SNL' Just Hired

On Friday, we reported that SNL is hiring three members of the Los Angeles-based sketch group Good Neighbor for the 2013-14 season. Good Neighbor consists of writer/performers Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, and Nick Rutherford, who all met as students at USC, and Dave McCary, a childhood friend of Mooney's who's the group's director and editor. Mooney and Bennett have been hired by SNL as featured players and McCary as a video director, making this the second time the show has added multiple members of an existing video sketch group after The Lonely Island in 2005.

Founded in 2007, Good Neighbor quickly amassed millions of YouTube hits with their sketch videos [...]

Jason Sudeikis's Best 'SNL' Sketches

After a decade on the show, first as a writer and then a cast member, Jason Sudeikis announced yesterday he's leaving Saturday Night Live. Joining departing colleagues Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, Sudeikis will be leaving a massive void in the show when SNL returns this fall. With over eight seasons of recurring characters, impressions, and one-off sketches to choose from, we went through and picked out some of Jason Sudeikis's best work on the show. From Romney to Biden, from Satan to Jesus, check out our video list of his best SNL moments below:

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Being Hilarious: The Complete Collection

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards were a pivotal moment for both Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. Timberlake was there to debut himself as a solo performer with his soon-to-be-hit song "Like I Love You," and Fallon was there as host in the heat of his SNL fame. The two met backstage and sparked a friendship, and the rest is history. From Timberlake's 2003 SNL hosting gig to his honorary spot on the first episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to his weeklong Late Night "Timberweek" stay, this musical/comedy duo has been producing tons of catchy, absurd, and hilarious sketches together over the past ten years. To celebrate [...]

The Best of Chris Elliott on Letterman

Chris Elliott was an important part of David Letterman's Late Night ever since it began. While working as an NBC page, Elliott met and impressed Letterman, who hired him onto the show as part of its original writing staff in 1982. Elliott wrote for Late Night alongside other influential comedy scribes like Jim Downey, Merrill Markoe, Andy Breckman, and George Meyer, and he quickly started appearing on camera, making his acting debut on the show just a couple of weeks into Late Night's run.

Elliott soon became a beloved part of the show, often playing himself or a bevy of snotty recurring characters like The Guy Under the Seats, Marv [...]

An Ode to 'Parks and Rec's Chubby Andy Dwyer

With Chris Pratt starring in the upcoming superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy, his Andy Dwyer is returning to Parks and Recreation this season in noticeably better shape. While the show won't making too big a fuss over his weight loss when it premieres tomorrow night, we're going to miss the chubbier version of Andy lumbering around Pawnee. So we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite Andy Dwyer moments from the first five seasons, and hope that Andy's newly svelte body won't change him too much:

John Oliver's Best Moments as 'Daily Show' Host

In early June, longtime Daily Show correspondent John Oliver took over as guest host of the program for the summer while Jon Stewart was directing his first movie overseas. Yesterday was the final Oliver-hosted episode (for now), so we decided to look back on the comedian's guest stint with a videolist of his best moments. Summer is typically a slow season for news, but this one was action-packed from the start, with the NSA scandal, Supreme Court rulings, the royal baby, and Anthony Weiner giving Oliver and the Daily Show gang plenty to make fun of. Check out the below videos in case you missed Oliver hosting The Daily [...]

The Best Moments from John Oliver's First Week as 'Daily Show' Host

John Oliver has successfully made it through his first week as summer guest host of The Daily Show while Jon Stewart is off directing his first movie, Rosewater. In his first run of shows, which was mainly devoted to covering the NSA surveillance scandal, Oliver has proven to be a natural fit to the program and has made a graceful transition to the anchor's chair that has seen him match Jon Stewart's ratings on the premiere and score just as many laughs with the studio audience as Stewart usually does. Oliver hasn't made any significant changes to The Daily Show since temporarily taking over, but he's proven adept as [...]

John Goodman's 9 Best 'SNL' Sketches

This Saturday, John Goodman returns to host Saturday Night Live for the first time in over a decade. Prior to this week's show, Goodman was a nineties SNL staple and took on hosting gigs for thirteen nearly consecutive years between 1989-2001 (he took a break in 1991), bringing the always welcome gruff big-guy Dan Conner vibe to a host of memorable sketches from the Swerski Superfans to the Bill Brasky salesmen to any news story involving Linda Tripp. In celebration of Goodman's return to SNL this week, here are nine of his best sketches from years past, from earliest to most recent:

Here Are a Bunch of Rare TV Pilots Starring Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt, and Andy Kaufman

Every year, TV networks spend millions of dollars making pilots for shows that never see the light of day. Occasionally, those pilots surface online, and I stumbled upon a whole bunch of them recently that I had never seen on the internet before and embedded them below.

From the Bob Odenkirk-Janeane Garofalo HBO comedy Life on Mars to the US adaptation of The IT Crowd with Joel McHale, from Andy Kaufman's first sitcom role as a robot to a bunch of questionable TV adaptations of popular movies, it's a fascinating bunch of failed comedy pilots that have rarely (if ever) been seen by the general public. Enjoy!

'Late Show with David Letterman's Most Memorable Moments, Year by Year

After NBC chose Jay Leno to become the new host of The Tonight Show, David Letterman launched Late Show with David Letterman on August 30, 1993, changing the late night television landscape forever. On the verge of becoming the longest tenured host in late night history next year, Letterman has proven that his ironic and cantankerous sense of humor could work and be allowed to evolve at the earlier hour. While he continues to believe that he is living in his shadow, he's the contemporary equivalent of what Johnny Carson used to be, the standard and implied influence for all current and fast approaching late night talk show hosts.

To [...]

The Late Night Guest Hall of Fame

Everyone wants to be funny on a late night show, but only a handful of comedians are known for making every talk show appearance they do a work of art. Anytime you see someone like Bill Murray or Louis C.K. on the docket for a late night interview, you know it's going to be something to watch that'll become a big YouTube hit the following day.

We picked the best late night talk show guests going and assembled the following videolist of their funniest appearances, including Norm Macdonald obliterating an actress promoting a Carrot Top movie, Bill Murray singing and dancing to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" on Letterman's first show [...]