Saturday Night Live

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Have a Total Blast on SNL

    And just like that, the internet was a-floodin' with hearts, stars, enamored emojis and compliments, and for one brief moment, we were all united in the warm embrace of Hooliganism after Bruno Mars took Saturday Night Live by storm (and in flamingo pink at that). We can bicker about pop stars. We ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Prince Melts Faces For Eight Minutes on SNL

    "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU ARE SO LUCKY TONIGHT!" Usually, when the host of Saturday Night Live brings out the musical guest, it's simple: a "Ladies and gentlemen, [musical guest]!" and a gesture from Vanna White's playbook make for the uniform greeting before the song begins. When the notoriously ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Cypress Hill's Sen Dog Finally Tells the Story Behind the Group's SNL Ban

    Halloween's right around the corner, and when it comes to New York's Halloween traditions, you would be hard-pressed to find a longer-lasting hip-hop standard bearer than Cypress Hill's annual show. Emanating this year from the Best Buy Theater on October 30th (Devil's Night for you midwest transpla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Hozier On SNL: One Big Heart-Eyed Emoji

    Remember when "Stay With Me" dropped and everyone scrambled to learn more about Sam Smith, the baby-faced British crooner that showed up out of nowhere to remind us that England's got more to offer to pop than the distant promise of a new Adele album and One Direction's tattoos? His Saturday Night L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Sorry, Haters: Maroon 5 Rocked SNL

    There's an elephant in the room sporting some excellent hair gel, so let's acknowledge it and move on before we dive into Maroon 5's performance on Saturday Night Live. People lo-ho-hoooooove to hate these guys, the falsetto-favoring, Voice-judging, badly tattooed frontman in particular. Adam Levine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Ariana Grande Doesn't "Break Free" of Mediocrity on Saturday Night Live

    By most accounts, Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande have won the summer of 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy, the geek blockbuster bonanza that catapulted Pratt from Parks and Recreation bit-player to major Hollywood heatthrob status, is still breaking records for both its soundtrack and its box office appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 7/9 - 7/15

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have smoldering SNL talent, organized labor, electro-disco, gay improv, slams, snark, anonymous dating shows, and just the nicest young man from Wisconsin. It's irresistible. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    How New York Comedian Michael Che Willed His Way to SNL and The Daily Show

    "Why do you have to be so dirty?" a voice called from the darkness. "The show's called Cartoon Violence, but it's not about cartoons. There should've been a warning!" Michael Che paused. He was onstage in August 2013 during his second show at Scotland's annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It's true, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    St. Vincent Confuses the Masses on SNL

    Unpacking this one is going to take a minute, so buckle up, because St. Vincent's Saturday Night Live season finale was one for the ages--and it's not necessarily for the reasons you'd think. See also: Miley Cyrus Redeems Herself on SNL

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2014

    The Black Keys Bore on SNL

    There are times when Saturday Night Live is having a rough night, one where the timing's off from start to finish, the host flubs their lines or breaks character in a totally unfunny way, and the big group hug that takes place onstage while the credits roll is more of a consoling embrace than a cong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Coldplay and Good Music "Consciously Couple" on Saturday Night Live

    Now that Coldplay is on the major promotional circuit to drum up interest for Ghost Stories, the single premieres and media appearances have put some serious distance between Chris Martin and his goopy separation. Martin succeeded in making Gwyneth a conversation topic of the past by donning a ponyt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Ed Sheeran Goes Full John Mayer on SNL

    First things first: Ed Sheeran's Saturday Night Live portrait makes him look like Hobbit Spice and it's impossible to quit staring at it. Secondly, it's exciting for an artist of Sheeran's stature to use the SNL stage to premiere new material instead of dropping it via YouTube or Twitter or whicheve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Pharrell and His Hat Celebrate A "Happy" SNL Birthday

    Last year may have brought about the global triumph of Mrs. Carter, the facepalm-inducing skeeviness of Robin Thicke and the tongue, cultural appropriation and subsequent redemption of Miley Cyrus, but Pharrell and his hat are the reigning pop juggernauts of 2014. He got Meryl Streep to shimmy at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Sam Smith SLAYED Saturday Night Live

    Sam Smith's is another vocal powerhouse from across the pond. Still relatively unknown to American audiences, Smith is in the process of making the initial laps of touring behind his debut, In the Lonely Hour, won't see an American release until June 3. He initially broke through in the UK as the gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    The National Are Completely Inoffensive ... Which Is What Makes Them So Offensive

    Here's the deal with The National: you either embrace "Mr. November" as a personal anthem and the rest of their catalog for its completely approachable and expertly helmed agenda in Almost Arena Rock, or you don't. You're either with Matt Berninger when he starts screaming as though he accidentally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Did Beck's Band (and Hat) Upstage Him on SNL?

    We all get by with a little help from our friends, but surprise cameos during the musical guest performances on Saturday Night Live don't happen all too frequently. The Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar reprise was a welcome one when they played SNL last month, and that had more to do with Kendrick sav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Save Kendrick Lamar: Imagine Dragons on SNL

    By all accounts, Imagine Dragons are having a very, very good week. They began it with their performance with Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys last Sunday, which was one of the most lauded of the evening. They took home the statuette--or the Blue Ivy Sippy Cup, as it's now known--for Best Rock Performa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    Drake Goes Full Degrassi on SNL

    It's a lot, shouldering the pressure of hosting Saturday Night Live and taking its oft-unforgiving stage as its musical guest. Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake have all excelled at this, and Saturday night, Drake trounced all of them as one of the most effortlessly enjoyable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Justin Timberlake Kills SNL Again, But Should He Have Played 'Mirrors'?


  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Kings of Leon Were Bored as Hell on SNL

    Admit it: Kings of Leon have gotten stuck in your craw for at least 30 seconds in their ascent to American rock deities or demons, depending on what side of the love/hate spectrum your tastes reside. "Use Somebody" is one of the biggest earworms of the past decade. "Sex On Fire" is a dive bar jukebo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    One Direction Grow Up and Hell Officially Freezes Over on SNL

    A few truths about One Direction: their voices are lovely, their tattoos are bad and Harry Styles' hairstyle will be brought up every single time he hits the stage. That mane is as undeniable as his prowess with his high belt, but Saturday night, One Direction's Saturday Night Live performance--thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    "OMG Her Face!": America Reacts to Haim's SNL Performance

    When the previously unpublished excerpt from Fader's interview with Haim made the rounds this week--the one where Este Haim shares a painful memory from high school of a teacher telling her she'd never make it on Saturday Night Live--we got a little mushy in the feelings place, because hey, Haim mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Lady Gaga Was a Glorious Hot Mess on SNL

    The third time was apparently the charm for a nearly-perfect Lady Gaga, as her most recent SNL hosting stint was ratings gold: Saturday night's SNL brought in the most viewers since Justin Timberlake's episode on March 9, and matched Miley's hosting stint in the coveted 18 to 49 market. Her hosting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Eminem's SNL Performance Was So Bad It Was Taken Off the Internet

    Well, this is awkward: Hulu has scrubbed videos of Eminem's performance on last night's Saturday Night Live from the internet, or tried to, at least. We'd guess that it could have something to do with the album leaking a week before its release date, but the Marshall Mathers EP 2 leak is old news at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Janelle Monae Electrifies SNL Stage

    The Electric Lady herself made her proper Saturday Night Live debut last night, and everyone who caught it is still looking to reacquaint themselves with gravity, 'cause girl floored the world with her moonwalking and skyrocketing scales. A bit spastic, a touch unhinged, and every ounce the textbook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Katy Perry Gets Lost in the Jungle on SNL

    Katy Perry was in severe danger of getting upstaged by Bruce Willis, who absolutely knocked it out of the park while hosting Saturday Night Live, and that's a feat considering how dead-eyed the Die Hard star/Mr. Clean look-alike is on a normal basis. Willis whipped out a harmonica during his openin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    SNL Sound-Off: Arcade Fire Are a Talking Heads Cover Band Now

    Live from New York, it's a small army of disco-loving, French-speaking, fringe-sporting indie musicians who made late night television history! The 39th season of Saturday Night Live kicked off in spectacular fashion, with Our Lady of Quick Wit, Tina Fey, returning to her stomping ground to host an ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 29, 2013


    Catch Will Smith, Denzel Washington, and Barack Obama in one room

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Kanye West Gets Dark and Political on SNL

    In true finale fashion, Saturday Night Live didn't mess around with the season's closing episode--and the musical guest successfully (and rightfully) upstaged not only the host and the cast and every single performer that hit the stage before him in recent memory, but the departure of STEFON, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    SNL Sound-Off: Vampire Weekend

    I really, really didn't want to like Vampire Weekend's Saturday Night Live stint on the eve of their forthcoming record, Modern Vampires of the City. I'm one of those haters whose ears bleed at the mere mention of an Oxford Comma, I think they sound like the soundtrack to a fancy Hamptons beach part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    SNL Sound-Off: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    Here's the thing: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were an act I had intentionally avoided until this week's Saturday Night Live. It's not that I have anything against the meteoric hip-hop impresario, or that I wasn't interested in the songs that scored him one of the highest rankings on the Billboard charts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Breaking Item: Cheri Oteri Is Going Into NEWSical The Musical

    From December 3 to the 30th, the riotously funny Cheri Oteri--best known from Saturday Night Live and other comedy shows--will explode onto the stage of NEWSical The Musical! That's the constantly updating, never self-censoring musical mockery of current events that's sort of like The Daily Show wi ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2012

    Bill Hader Did Not Write Carrie

    The Voice's Eric Sundermann chats with Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader—our 2012 BEST OF NYC cover guy—about the actor's life here in the big city

  • News

    January 25, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    It's All For You: A Few Thoughts On The Lana Del Rey Saturday Night Live Debacle

    You might have heard that the much-discussed singer Lana Del Rey had her U.S. television debut this past weekend on Saturday Night Live, and that the hive mind of public opinion declared that her performances, of "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans" did not go well. The satirical indie-chronicle Hipster R ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 2, 2011


    Jokes this good have to be written

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    The Lonely Island Better Not Lose Its Emmy Race To A Song From Freaking Family Guy

    Four songs from this past season of Saturday Night Live—three by the Andy Samberg-led pop-comedy troupe the Lonely Island, and Justin Timberlake's protestation that he's so over being a pop star—have been nominated for Emmys in the Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics category. (That's ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 12, 2011


    Good thing the FCC doesn’t regulate sketch comedy

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Cookie Monster Wants to Host Saturday Night Live. Here Is His Audition Tape.

    So, Cookie Monster made this video to convince the powers that be that he would be quite excellent as a Saturday Night Live host. We think he's got a pretty good shot, if he can just get that little lazy eye problem treated. Also, we'd like the extended version of "Cookieface," please. If you agree, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    This is What You Get for Saying "Fuck" On Your First Episode of Saturday Night Live: The New SNL Cast Primer

    ​Saturday Night Live is switching up their cast, and the New York Times has confirmed the new lineup. Who's out and who's in this season, which everyone will tell you is worse than the season before regardless?

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Hilarious SNL Cocaine Song

    ​I stopped watching Saturday Night Live back when I hit puberty, except whenever Betty White hosts, so I missed the telecast a few months ago withAndy Samberg doing a riotously funny, totally jazzed cocaine song, which encapsulates the forced merriment, crazed denial, misplaced sense of time, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    SNL's Men Get Films Careers, But the Women Don't

    ​Why is it only the male stars of Saturday Night Live who end up with the big movie careers? Flip back through the years, and think about it: John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Will Ferrell, and tons more e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2010

    So, How Was Betty White on SNL: The Best of All-Time or The Best Ever?

    ​By all accounts, last night went pretty damn well for the 88-year-old Golden Girl, the oldest host in the show's 35 year history. If we're gauging immediate critical reaction chiefly online -- and why shouldn't we? -- then White came through in a big way on the penultimate episode of this sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2010

    Why Tonight's SNL With Betty White and Jay-Z Will Be a Success No Matter What

    ​If you read the internet at all this week, you might be inclined to think there's a cross-generational, interracial sex tape about. As it turns out, all of the buzz is just based on an episode of Saturday Night Live, airing tonight, with host Betty White and musical guest Jay-Z. The show will ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 9, 2010
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    January 26, 2010


    Skip 30 Rock and head downtown

  • Voice Choices

    September 3, 2008


    Before Jon, there was Chevy and Dan

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    November 1, 2006
  • NYC Life

    October 24, 2006

    That '70s Show

    'Saturday Night Live' in the post-Tina Fey, YouTube unknown

  • Music

    November 9, 2004

    The Jig Is Up

    Lip-synching little sis improves on Courtney; tween Cinderella fills the Lisa Loeb gap

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