Saturday Night Live

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 6/4 - 6/10

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have fancy special tapings, a late night TV staff doing improv, nerdy comics, swag comics, a royal baby pig, a tight five on autism, and dick jokes sold with love in the world's most important gay bar. It's a hot week. Here's our rundown of the best in independently pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Bastille on SNL: Uncomfortable

    There's only one word that can sum up Bastille's Saturday Night Live debut, and it's "uncomfortable." Here's the thing: Bastille, like fun., is a band that banks on the enthusiasm of a crowd to propel them through the high point of their performance. Their most lauded singles are sugary, uplifting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The Best Indie and Alt Comedy Shows This Week

    The tech world and the joke world come together this week, like a remake of The Social Network with a DVD commentary track of fart noises. Social sharing mecca Reddit hosts its regular standup show Wednesday, TED talk-inspired goof "Slideshow" is on Saturday, and the app-powered comedy night "Crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Miley Cyrus Redeems Herself on SNL

    To say that Miley Cyrus has over-saturated all channels of popular culture since her notorious VMA performance on August 25 would be, well, kind. Her maniacal, tongue-sprouting grin or gyrating, vinyl-clad body--or both!--have been ubiquitous since. Dialogue detailing cultural appropriation and the ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2013

    Live From New York, It's (Kind of) Saturday Night

    At the SNL fantasy camp, dreaming about becoming the next Tina Fey

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Can We Please Stop Comparing Miguel to Prince?

    When you rake in the second-highest ratings for Saturday Night Live this season and Mariah Carey's gushing about how much she loves you, you know you're doing something right--and that's exactly how things went down for Miguel (and Vince Vaughn, too, but c'mon) on the show this week. The addition of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    SNL Sound-Off: Phoenix

    Here is a brief list of the things I found more engaging in this week's episode of Saturday Night Live than Phoenix's performance: - Dennis Rodman's 12-second cameo in the cold open, in which he stumbled over saying "Saturday Night Live" - Melissa McCarthy driving a golf cart - Melissa McCarthy wea ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 23, 2013


    Remembering Joe Strummer

  • Voice Choices

    January 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2013

    Watch SNL's Brilliant Parody of Top Chef Featuring Dogs

    Last night, Saturday Night Live did a parody of Top Chef called Top Dog Chef. It was screened, of course, on the Dog Channel and the hosts were Padma Leash Me and Tom Collie-cio, with Mario Barktali as the guest judge. Hilarity ensued as the contestants -- humans in dog costumes with particular emph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Know Any Real-Life Debbie Downers?

    I'm still obsessed with the relentlessly gloomy death-of-a-party character once played so winningly--no, that might not be the right word--by Rachel Dratch on Saturday Night Live. Debbie really hit close to home because we all know this kind of nut: The type that can burst your fun bubble and suck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2012

    Andy Samberg is Newest SNL Cast-Member to Leave

    First, Kristen Wiig. Now... Andy Samberg?According to the New York Times, after seven full seasons and almost a hundred Digital Shorts of his own creation, Andy Samberg has confirmed that he will no longer appear on Saturday Night Live, leaving behind him a legacy that is comparable to som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg Would Probably Like to Host SNL; Seth Meyers Makes No Serious Promises

    Forget the cast of Gossip Girl, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, and Lady Gaga. Mayor Mike Bloomberg brought in some serious entertainment power to really spice up his press conference this afternoon: Saturday Night Live. Well actually, it was just Seth Meyers. But he got to use the whole stage of S ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012
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    March 14, 2012


    Seth Meyers wants to _____ you

  • Voice Choices

    February 8, 2012


    Darrell Hammond can impersonate you

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Victoria Jackson, Tea Party Princess

    This week in the Voice, out today: Gus Garcia-Roberts profiles Victoria Jackson, chronicling how the former Saturday Night Live star became a Tea Party darling: "Her comedy career, which took her from Johnny Carson's stage in Los Angeles to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, long ago squeaked it ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 18, 2012


    Portlandia live on stage

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Radiohead Is Playing Two Shows At Roseland Later This Month

    Out standing in their field. ​ Radiohead will be in town for this weekend's Saturday Night Live season premiere (hosted by Alec Baldwin!) and the Internet-beloved Brits will apparently be making New York City their home for more than just this weekend; the band's playing two shows at Roseland ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Das Racist Believe In Miracles In The "Michael Jackson" Video

    ​Das Racist's Relax is currently online for your perusal/enjoyment right now, and the group's just released the video for the bonkers first single "Michael Jackson." It's an homage to "Black Or White" that comes complete with references to The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live and the Last Supp ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 15, 2011


    Spend your lunch break with Michael Showalter and Jenny Slate

  • Film

    May 11, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Saturday Night Live's Corn Syrup Commercial Bites the Hand That Feeds NBC

    The commercial above appeared on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Billed as a message from the Corn Syrup Producers of America, it shows two self-righteous moms having an amusingly awkward disagreement over the purported evils of high-fructose corn syrup. The visual punch line features an ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Robert De Niro Shows Off His Sweet Potatoes on SNL

    Robert De Niro hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend. In this skit, he plays a famous --if frustrated -- farmer. As it turns out, the actor and restaurateur has some pretty decent knife skills. Have a restaurant tip or other food-related news? Send it to

  • Voice Choices

    November 3, 2010


    All the comedic greats came from somewhere

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Joanna Newsom Is Playing Carnegie Hall

    ​Q: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? A: Release a bewildering triple-CD and date Andy Samberg. It's frankly shocking it took so long, but everyone's favorite mega-baroque harpist hits the big time November 23. Two days before thanksgiving, just FYI. Tickets on sale Monday, link TBA. If her pas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Emmy Nominations Announced; HBO Maintains Primetime Stranglehold

    We will never own one of these. ​Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2010

    MacGruber Bombs, SNL Movie Curse Lives On

    ​It was naive to think it could turn out any other way, marketing gimmicks, the show's resurgence and Will Forte be damned. The latest Saturday Night Live skit-turned-feature film is crashing and burning, taking in a paltry $1.5 million at the box office on Friday, leaving the action parody un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    The Award For "Widest Disparity In Quality Between Two Musical Performances On The Same Episode Of Saturday Night Live" Goes To Jay-Z

    So this "Betty White on Saturday Night Live" thing -- a rousing success, no? The "Depends" joke you knew was coming was pretty great anyway, right? And then there was Jay-Z, giving one fantastic performance and one fantastically awful one. Dude's got range.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Betty White Talks About Her Muffin on Saturday Night Live

    One of the many highlights of Betty White's appearance on last weekend's Saturday Night Live was the unexpected resurrection of Delicious Dish, the Splendid Table-like radio show that most memorably gave the world Alec Baldwin's schweddy balls. Hosted by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon, it featured ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Funny People Aren't Funny In Person!

    ​Whenever I've interviewed brilliantly hilarious, world-famous comedians, it turns out they're rarely all that funny (with the exception of the endlessly mirthy Joan Rivers). I usually find that either: (1) They're dark, tortured people for whom merry-making is simply an act that they do whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Suggestions For The Inevitable Ice-T/Aimee Mann Reconciliation

    ​So this happened. They'll patch it up. Here's how:

  • Voice Choices

    March 2, 2010


    Avatar, 10 Best Picture nominations, long, boring speeches—yes!

  • Voice Choices

    February 23, 2010
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    December 22, 2009

    Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz Do a Pretty Good Julian Casablancas Impression, It Turns Out (And Casablancas Does a Great "I Wish It Was Christmas Today")

    Watching the live taping of the Jawbox episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other week, we were reminded of the utter weirdness of the late night TV variety show format. On TV, because Letterman et al have done it for so long and so well, it's come to seem normal, but make no mistake: thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Tonight! Daniel Johnston, No Age, So Percussion

    ​Daniel Johnston, somewhat unwitting source of the sweetest iPhone app ever made, heads to Highline Ballroom tonight to sing his wobbly songs of vaguely menacing and often unbearably sad whimsy. Do him a favor and don't be fucking with your phone the whole entire time.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    When Did You Stop Watching SNL?

    ​The grandaddy of late-night comedy shows, Saturday Night Live, got a boost when Emmy awards went to Tina Fey's priceless Sarah Palin impression and Justin Timberlake's equally riotous impersonation of a host. And they just got even bigger buzz when a new cast member dropped the f bomb and Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    New Mike Judge Movie "Extract" Has Culinary Theme

    The country's greatest living director, Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), has a new release in the offing, due Labor Day. "Extract" concerns Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of a flavoring company called Reynolds Extracts, which manufactures "a patented brand of culinary extra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Wait a Minute: Chrisette Michele Outsold Ciara?

    Chrisette Michele's weepy, fiery, only occasionally baby-shaking Epiphany debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, a huge coup for the vaguely retro-minded r&b belter. Her legacy, alas: At 83,000 sold, it's the weakest #1 record in Nielsen SoundScan's nearly two-decade history. She just won the last g ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 13, 2009


    Here's your one chance to do it right

  • Voice Choices

    December 31, 2008


    Eat your heart out, Andy Samberg!

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    SNL Mocks Paterson As Bumbling Cokehead; Gov Raps Blind Jokes

    Governor Paterson was pissed at this weekend's Saturday Night Live sketch in which Fred Armisen portrayed him as a Jersey-hating, crinkly-voiced fool with a history of cocaine abuse and marital infidelities who underlines his own jokes and admits he was "comically unprepared" to become Governor. (V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Armisen Not Dark Enough To Play Obama?

    A recent web report claimed that Fred Armisen's Obama impersonation on Saturday Night Live might be sent to the benches because he doesn't really look or sound like the Prez elect. Those are pretty good reasons! In his place, the show supposedly wants to use someone more hue-appropriate, not to ment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Beyoncé on SNL: A Fount of Both Intentional and Unintentional Comedy

    Well the skit's still embeddable at least. So here we have Beyoncé on Saturday Night Live, performing "If I Were a Boy" with a cheerfully aggro all-female version of the Dirtbombs, two drummers drumming, three singers taunting, four calling birds, eight lords a-leaping, etc. This is a pretty fanta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2008

    Rightbloggers on Palin's SNL Gig: Loved Her, Hated Liberal Elite

    Sensible people took Sarah Palin's amusing SNL appearance for what it was. imjustsayin77, for instance, twittered, "Sarah Palin actually has a little rhythm. No wonder she's got five kids. Shorty can work it!" But rightbloggers, who are not like you and me, saw in Palin's cameo portents, prejudice, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Sarah Palin on SNL: No Preconditions Set

    Sarah Palin is set to appear on "Saturday Night Live," where Tina Fey has been lampooning her mercilessly for weeks. The Palin schtick has been great for SNL's ratings and this should be too. The Sarah Palin Blog (not official, we don't think) adds a weird sidelight: "Originally, the McCain campaign ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 26, 2008


    Fred Armisen performs just for us one last time

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    July 24, 2007
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    November 29, 2005
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