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“Wow. Let’s drive to another town. We should not sleep here.”

Chris Rock, in conversation with Frank Rich
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 1, 2014 - 107 comments

I cried and cried in my Mad Men dress.

Amy Poehler on What It Was Like to Tape Saturday Night Live While Pregnant (SLVulture)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 30, 2014 - 50 comments

"It was like getting slapped in the face with a giant wang." SLYT

Mango is back. Aging SNL character gets called up for a video. Warning: assorted stereotypes.
posted by kinnakeet on Oct 17, 2014 - 33 comments

There's No Basement At The Alamo!

Jan Hooks - Actress, Comedian, Reason to Watch SNL, has died at the age of 57. Ms. Hooks was a Georgian, a Groundling, on Saturday Night Live from 1986-1991, a Designing Woman, the original Manjula, and so, so, soooo much more. From SNL: "Love is a Dream," with Phil Hartman. SNL, again: "Brenda the Waitress," with Alec Baldwin. From "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," "Alamo Tour"
posted by Guy Smiley on Oct 9, 2014 - 84 comments

It's 11:30 – do you know where your children are?

Saturday Night's Children: "Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 years. In our [2011-2014] column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure."
posted by not_on_display on Oct 6, 2014 - 14 comments

Phil Hartman: too talented to be pigeonholed

"One day I was hanging out with some SNL writers and cast members in the 17th-floor conference room. It was shortly after the writers had won an Emmy Award for the 1988-89 season. Phil Hartman, who had been a writer as well as a cast member for the winning season, marched in with an 8-by-10 photo of himself. It showed him cradling his Emmy Award in one arm and his newborn child in the other. He tossed the photo down in front of his good friend Jon Lovitz and said, "Check it out, Lovitz—two things you’ll never have." (SLSlate)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 25, 2014 - 50 comments

Showdown at Cremation Creek

Via Open Culture, three songs by David Bowie with Klaus Nomi on Saturday Night Live in 1979. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Sep 5, 2014 - 60 comments

I vould like to feed your fingerteeps to the volver-eenes

In honor of Saturday Night Live's 40th season, Grantland has been publishing an ongoing series of essays, remembrances, podcasts, and interviews, as well as asking you to cast your votes in The Battle for the Best SNL Cast Member. (They're already down to the final eight; sorry, your favorite cast member has already been eliminated.)
posted by not_on_display on Aug 25, 2014 - 85 comments

Don Pardo, 1918-2014

Don Pardo, announcer for Saturday Night Live, The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!, has died. [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Aug 18, 2014 - 67 comments

Possibly more exacting in detail then Andersons work itself

Last year, Saturday Night Live aired a Wes Anderson parody [previously]. This is the amount of work it took.
posted by mediocre on May 25, 2014 - 17 comments

Get Turned Up To Death.

SNL asks: "When Will the Bass Drop?"
posted by empath on May 18, 2014 - 82 comments

"They need to pay attention"

Saturday Night Live, facing criticism for lacking diversity, has held 'secret' auditions for black female cast members. [more inside]
posted by troika on Dec 12, 2013 - 79 comments

Wes Anderson's The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders

Wes Anderson's The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders Last night Ed Norton hosted Saturday Night Live, and this short film trailer parody was the standout. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol on Oct 27, 2013 - 60 comments

Ian Rubbish Sits Down With the Clash

The Last Gang in Town. Punk rock legends Paul Simonon and Mick Jones of the Clash sit down with Ian Rubbish of the Bizarros and talk of old times and how Ian was inspired by each Clash album. They then get together and jam an old Bizarros tune.
posted by NoMich on Oct 16, 2013 - 11 comments

Afterlife, oh my god, what an awful word.

After appearing on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live (is that Colin Stetson back there on sax?), Arcade Fire aired a strange but alluring late night special called Here Comes the Night Time, featuring Bono, Michael Cera, James Franco, Ben Stiller, Zac Galifianakis, Bill Hader and a nightclub in Montreal. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Sep 30, 2013 - 41 comments

This ain't chemistry. This is Art.

With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 29, 2013 - 974 comments

Radio, Radio

SNL 1977 - Lorne Michaels "raised his middle finger at [Elvis] Costello and kept it up until the unapproved song was over."
From wikipedia: Costello wanted to play "Radio Radio" on SNL. Columbia Records, however, was interested in having an already-established song performed on SNL, to increase interest in the band before the American release of My Aim Is True and This Year's Model. In the event, Costello began the SNL performance by playing "Less than Zero." However, after a few bars, he turned to the Attractions, waving his hand and yelling "Stop! Stop!," then said to the audience, "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here," possibly referring to the fact "Less than Zero" was written as a reply to British fascist politician Oswald Mosley. However, SNL music director Howard Shore attributes the move to Costello's bucking pressure by his music company to play "Less than Zero" on the show.[1] He then led the band in a performance of "Radio Radio." Obligatory Weird Al cover. ViaBoingBoing
posted by FiveNines on Sep 27, 2013 - 62 comments

“Live, from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night’!”

The God of ‘SNL’ Will See You Now. "How do you please Lorne Michaels? Twenty-two ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members – and one who came close – share tales of the audition that can make or break a career." Also, extended interviews with Kristin Wiig, Will Ferrel, Chevy Chase, Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon and Molly Shannon, on what it took to get hired for 'SNL.' Check out audition tapes from: Phil Hartman, Andy Kaufman, John Belushi, Jimmy Fallon, Dana Carvey: 1 & 2, and Dan Aykroyd. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 22, 2013 - 27 comments

When biting the inside of your cheeks isn't enough

Slackstory presents a clip reel of Saturday Night Live actors breaking character.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 28, 2013 - 63 comments

The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw.

Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America. The New York Times profiles funny guy Jack Handey as his first work of fiction, The Stench of Honolulu, goes on sale tomorrow. (Read the first three chapters here.) Handey, of course, is best known for his Deep Thoughts, and for his SNL sketches, including the classic Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. He's also a hilarious essayist: some of my favorites include What I'd Say to the Martians, Ideas for Paintings, My Nature Documentary, The Plan, and How I Want to Be Remembered.
posted by Rory Marinich on Jul 15, 2013 - 87 comments

"The greatest trainwreck...ever."

SNL's Bill Hader, Rob Klein, and Jon Solomon discuss "Song for Daddy", the sketch with host Justin Bieber that never made it past dress rehearsal.
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 27, 2013 - 32 comments

"stay out of my hairspace"

Paul Thomas Anderson's sketch for SNL, "FANatic" (SLVIMEO)
posted by Red Loop on Jun 14, 2013 - 15 comments

They're gonna see the real Phil Hartman tonight!

Actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist Phil Hartman died fifteen years ago this week. The Vulture and Legacy.com look back at some of his most memorable characters. KCAL talks to John Hartman about his brother's death and plans to develop his posthumously-released comedy album Phil Hartman's Flat TV as an animated feature. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on May 31, 2013 - 75 comments

Not necessary for lesbian summer weddings.

New Xanax for gay summer weddings.
posted by modernnomad on May 22, 2013 - 79 comments

And those are just the drugs that start with the letter “M”

In which a Slate writer decides to fact-check Bob Woodward and discovers how he manages to be wrong without being wrong: The troubling things I learned when I re-reported Bob Woodward’s book on John Belushi.
posted by no regrets, coyote on Mar 12, 2013 - 55 comments

Why work when you have flashlights and a camera?

It's 4:30AM on writing night, and SNL's Taran Killam really, really doesn't feel like hammering out another sketch. Time for some top-notch procrastination. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 25, 2012 - 39 comments

The Count Is Down

Jerry Nelson, one of the major talents 'underneath' the Muppets, has passed away at the age of 78. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 24, 2012 - 68 comments

Live From New York's All Right if You Like Saxophones

Thanks to lobbying from John Belushi, on Halloween night, 1981, LA punk band Fear played a set on Saturday Night Live. The New York Post headline the next day read "FEAR Riot Leaves Saturday Night Glad To Be Alive.” [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jul 13, 2012 - 65 comments

This Could Be the Last Time

Last night, Saturday Night Live said good bye to Kristen Wiig. It did so after an opening featuring Kristin’s small-handed character, Dooneese Maharelle and Jon Hamm. The guest was 70ish Mick Jagger performing with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and Jeff Beck. The show ended with a last dance.
posted by Toekneesan on May 20, 2012 - 81 comments

Peepers, a canticle.

Peepers, a canticle is an unproduced screenplay for a rough adaptation of Being There, starring the SNL character Mr. Peepers. Credited to one "C. L. Kattan," it was allegedly finished on September 10, 2001, after which point it was "deemed too political by studio executives in the emotionally charged atmosphere of the early aughts." Thankfully, Durrod University Press is hosting a free copy of the masterwork, which comes bundled with an author's introduction and a transcript of the panel discussion "Peepers and Post-Modernity: Kattan in Conversation." [via] [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Apr 18, 2012 - 12 comments

You know what every kitchen needs? A Bloonderbooss or a Boomashootn, and Swedish Chef shows us why.

The Swedish Chef (Muppet Wiki) is the incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs for The Muppet Show. A rather literal variation of the Live-Hand Muppet concept, the Swedish Chef is a humanoid character, with human hands rather than gloves. An annotated list of every televised appearance of the Swedish Chef is after the fold... Børk! Børk! Børk! [Click here to view the thread translated fully into Mock Swedish] [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 16, 2012 - 45 comments

I can't make you know me

After he beat out some popular dance music favorites to win a Best New Artist Grammy last week, many asked Who Is Bon Iver? Some, confused further, asked Who Is Bonnie Bear? Parents everywhere answered: Um, THIS is Bonnie Bear. Fortunately, all this confusion has had a charming result. All the while, Bon Iver has blithely been making music. Yesterday Justin Vernon released a live video of him and frequent BI contributor Sean Carey rocking two minimalist pianos on some old favorites and a brand new cover of Bonnie Rait's "I Can't Make You Love Me". [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 18, 2012 - 35 comments

Pan-sexual Portauthoriparty

New York Yelp's hotest reviewer is Stefon K. Founded by an unknown Manhattanite, this user's got everything: Mother Theresa on a ketamine binge, live-action Furbies, Laotian children in birdcages and a connection to one of Saturday Night Live's favorite characters.
posted by Apropos of Something on Jan 13, 2012 - 50 comments

Orange you glad you got your Nickelodeon?

Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game. As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert -- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon. Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire. Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat." But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and All That. To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 25, 2011 - 116 comments

Is it Ghostbusters 3? Bill Murray on the Howard Stern Show

A sedate-sounding Bill Murray opens up about Ghostbusters 3, Saturday Night Live, depression, his beef with Ron Howard, not having an agent, and the rumors surrounding the roles he's turned down in a 50 minute interview on the Howard Stern Show. [more inside]
posted by item on Feb 27, 2011 - 45 comments

Albert Brooks' Famous School for Comedians

A look back at 1971's "Albert Brooks' Famous School for Comedians," a founding document for a generation of humorists. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Feb 10, 2011 - 14 comments

Cuz you know I'd have sex with a pile of manure

And now, the latest digital short from The Lonely Island- I Just Had Sex (Feat. Akon).
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Dec 20, 2010 - 37 comments

More Than A Cookie Enthusiast

Cookie Monster makes an appeal to host Saturday Night Live. [more inside]
posted by JustKeepSwimming on Nov 24, 2010 - 43 comments

So Freakin' Excited

Lip-sync arist crgmorgan has a thing for SNL's Kristen Wiig.
posted by hermitosis on Oct 7, 2010 - 22 comments

Schillervision

Tom Schiller is best known for his work on NBC's Saturday Night Live, particularly for his filmed "Schiller's Reels" and "Schillervision" segments from 1975 through 1990. Examples [mouseover for more details on each]: [ Don't Look Back in AngerJava JunkieFalling in LoveThe Land Before TelevisionSwedish TV One investigates Hidden Camera Commercials: What Are They Hiding?Broadway StorySearch For Akasa ] [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Aug 2, 2010 - 10 comments

The Saturday Night Live Movie

"All three of the 'Appeal' segments make fun of those pre-movie trailers where celebrities used to ask you to donate money. It's a little shocking to see them using Christopher Reeve begging for money for medical research until you remember this was written years before his accident. Spooky. More celebrities interrupt Chris, arguing over what the point of the Walter Sternberg Foundation is, all of them asking for money, but none of them agreeing on why. Charlton Heston, Robert Vaughn, Clint Eastwood, Mary Tyler Moore, and others show up to argue. They return later to yell at the audience for not giving enough money, accusing them of not caring. Finally, in the third appeal, Chris Reeve just snaps and loses it, furious at the audience. 'I don't know what to say. Words cannot express my contempt for you people. You sit there stuffing your faces in your Reeboks and your Levis 501s. You don't care about the children. You just want to beat the crowd out of the parking lot at the end of the movie. Well, as far as I'm concerned, you can all go f*** yourselves.' Then for the rest of the film, Reeve just randomly shows up in the background of scenes, glaring at the audience with naked disgust." From the never-filmed The Saturday Night Live Movie, written in 1990 by Greg Daniels, James Downey, George Meyer, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Conan O’Brien, and Robert Smigel.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jul 19, 2010 - 17 comments

A new look at an old show called The New Show

"Eggs? Yeah, we fix 'em. Well, are they broken all the way or are they just cracked? OK, well that's good, just bring 'em right in..." The year: 1984. The sketch: "Roy's Food Repair". The stars: John Candy, Valri Bromfield, Dave Thomas, Carrie Fisher, and Paul Simon. The show: a short-lived NBC comedy variety program produced by Lorne Michaels called The New Show. [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes on Jul 10, 2010 - 7 comments

He's Gone, Oh Why?

Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, a.k.a. that guy with the hat, is dead at 58. Hall & Oates won't be the same without him. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Mar 2, 2010 - 30 comments

Viruses ninja!

The many MeFites previously disappointed by not being able to attend the recent and enticingly promoted 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos will be delighted to know that a similar opportunity presents itself. (SLYT - moderately NSFW)
posted by well_balanced on Dec 7, 2009 - 44 comments

Cheezborgercheezborgercheezborgercheezborgercheezborger ...

Cheezborger cheezborger cheezborger TM!! (ad infinitum) is one of the sounds you're likely to hear upon descending the stairs down to Lower Michigan Avenue and walking through a big fireman-red door (perhaps for the monthly Chicago meetup?) into the Billy Goat Tavern and Grill, where the bathrooms are confusingly named but not unisex, and where you can get a "cheezborger" or any one of a number of vegetarian-unfriendly menu options. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 20, 2009 - 35 comments

SNL Auditions

Saturday Night Live Auditions (all YT links): Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Dana Carvey (2), Will Ferrell, and Jim Breuer (2), (3).
posted by Ufez Jones on Aug 14, 2009 - 28 comments

Incredigreat

I'm On a Boat, Featuring T-pain (NSFWork or Landlubbers) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 10, 2009 - 56 comments

I wear a rubber at all times; it's a necessity.

Jizz in my Pants is the newest (nsfpants) SNL Digital Short from The Lonely Island, featuring Justin Timberlake (ads, sorry) and Jamie Lynn Sigler. The Lonely Island first earned attention for things like Nintendo Cartoon Hour and Bing Bong Brothers, and have gained notoriety for things like Lazy Sunday and Dick in a Box. [more inside]
posted by hypersloth on Dec 7, 2008 - 65 comments

Big Bad John

Big Bad John.
posted by nooneyouknow on Jun 18, 2008 - 9 comments

Those who appear to be a little too happy will be asked to leave.

How I Want To Be Remembered by Jack Handey. He was fabulously wealthy, but he would pretend to be broke, and often tried to borrow cigarettes and money from people. Little did they know that those who gave him stuff would later be rewarded in his will, with jewels and antigravity helmets. You may know Jack Handey from his Deep Thoughts which first gained fame on as filler between sketches on Saturday Night Live. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker (scroll down this page for his other essays).
posted by amyms on Mar 31, 2008 - 57 comments

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