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Saturday Night Live; Season 41
Topic Started: Aug 19 2015, 10:56 PM (1,502 Views)
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Premiere is October 3rd. Miley Cyrus hosts for her third time.
10/10 - Amy Schumer hosts for the first time. (10/11 is the 40th anniversary, 789 episodes will have aired)
10/17 - Tracy Morgan hosts for the second time, and makes his first performance since his near-death in June 2014.

Kate McKinnon first played Hillary on 10/5/13, at the start of her third season. She's made four appearances so far, but there will soon be many more...

Seven cast members and two guest hosts have portrayed Hillary Clinton on SNL.

Who -- How Many Times -- When
Jan Hooks -- 7 -- 1992-1994
Janeane Garofalo -- 1 -- 1994
Ana Gasteyer -- 16 -- 1997-2002
Amy Poehler -- 17 -- 2003-2012
Drew Barrymore -- 1 -- 2004
Rachel Dratch -- 1 -- 2006 (with Amy, sci-fi clone thing)
Vanessa Bayer -- 4 -- 2010-2014
Miley Cyrus -- 1 -- 2013
Kate McKinnon -- 4 so far -- 2013-on

Three cast members have played Donald Trump.

Phil Hartman -- 5 -- 1988-1990
Darrell Hammond -- 18 -- 1999-2011
Jason Sudeikis -- 1 -- 2012

Word is that Lorne is auditioning Trumps now, but I am REALLY hoping Darrell re-assumes the role, just as he did Bill Clinton twice last year. Nobody else would be funnier. Several of the old bits (Seth Meyers off camera directing Trump in the taping of promos) are true classics. "Dominios, like the game"...



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http://www.vulture.com/2015/08/jon-rudnitsky-is-your-newest-snl-featured-player.html
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http://deadline.com/2015/09/taran-killam-donald-trump-saturday-night-live-nbc-1201537233/

Would much rather it had been Darrell, but I do like Killam - I'm sure he'll be fine.

(Yes, Darrell continuing to be Bill is good, but when we've had Dana doing both Bush and Perot in the same cycle... And Tina being forced back for Sarah Palin even when she had her own show to star in and run...)

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Vanessa Bayer -- 6th season
Beck Bennett -- 3rd season
Aidy Bryant -- 4th season
Colin Jost -- 3rd season
Taran Killam -- 6th (and last) season
Kate McKinnon -- 5th season
Kyle Mooney -- 3rd season
Bobby Moynihan -- 8th season
Jay Pharoah -- 6th (and last) season
Cecily Strong -- 4th season
Kenan Thompson -- 13th season (ties second-longest run; surpasses, actually, since Seth left just after 12 1/2)
Sasheer Zamata -- 3rd season
Featuring
Michael Che -- 2nd season
Pete Davidson -- 2nd season
Leslie Jones -- 2nd season
Jon Rudnitsky -- New (only season)

Main cast of 12, 7 men and 5 women. Total cast of 16, 10 men and 6 women.

Nobody out from last year.
Third-years Bennett, Jost, Mooney, and Zamata promoted up from Featured.
One new guy - Jon Rudnitsky.

(Edited 8/16 to reflect departures pre-S42)
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http://splitsider.com/2015/10/colin-jost-is-no-longer-a-head-writer-at-snl/

Loved Larry David as Bernie.

Glad Tracy seems to be doing well. Fun to see the 30 Rockers with him...
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nora-dunn/trumping-saturday-night-l_b_8469348.html

Trump's second time hosting.
Next week - Elizabeth Banks (first time).
Week after - Matthew McConaughey (second).
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Star Wars toy ad was great, and it was fun to see Will's W comment on the circus...

Odd that Hemsworth would get his second shot after having just hosted in March... Only 13 shows BETWEEN his episodes...
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Lazy Sunday turns 10. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/lazy-sunday-10th-anniversary-snl-1201657949/

I still haven't seen any of the Narnia movies, but every time I come across one of the books in a classroom, it's just ingrained... the Chronic-what?-cles of Narnia...

And... 15 years old now... http://www.avclub.com/article/i-wish-it-was-christmas-today-has-grown-novelty-so-229872

Always loved 'Wish It Was Christmas Today'... 10 SNL appearances and one on Late Night...

S26 - 3x - 12/9/00 (Kilmer/U2), 12/16/00 (Lucy Liu), 5/19/01 (Walken/Weezer, season finale; 'Memorial Day Greetings')
S27 - 3x - 12/1/01 (D. Jeter), 12/15/01 (Ellen DeGeneres; with Jimmy as Scrooge, Tracy as Tiny Tim, and Kattan and Horatio as Tiny Tim's Mom & Dad...), 4/13/02 (The Rock; for Easter)
S28 - 12/14/02 (Al Gore; dressed as Harry Potter, a toy soldier, a teddy bear, and Elmo)
S29 - 4/10/04 (Janet Jackson; for Easter; Kattan & Tracy have left the cast and are making cameos; Simon Cowell appears)
S30 - 12/18/04 (De Niro; Horatio all alone now, so Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Animal join him)
December 2009 on Late Night - Julian Casablancas, Jimmy, and Horatio
S37 - 12/17/11 (Jimmy hosting; Horatio, Kattan, and Tracy return)
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After Killam did three disappointing turns as Trump, they seem to have course-corrected and had Darrell do it tonight- hope that's from now on... Gave Ted Cruz to Killam instead...

Darrell's 20th time doing Trump, Amy's 18th time as Hillary, Kate's 9th time as Hillary, Tina's 9th time as Sarah Palin, Amy & Maya's 9th time doing Bronx Beat...
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It's all in my head... Kidding.

Nah, a guy named Joe keeps up a great site - http://www.snlarchives.net

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http://www.laweekly.com/news/saturday-night-live-vows-to-work-on-its-latino-problem-6473145

http://www.vulture.com/2016/01/mas-mejor-broadway-video-saturday-night-live.html
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SNL's political satire seems a little hard to pull off these days because the reality is SO ridiculous, there's nothing to mock... their Republican debate sketch was close to a transcript of the real thing... we're used to exaggeration as comedy, but when reality is so distorted...

Looking forward to the Adam Driver-hosted show this week.

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Praise for Darrell - http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/25/why-snl-can-t-quit-darrell-hammond-its-best-donald-trump-impersonator.html

Would be fun if - just as Kenan would tie Hammond's record 14 year-run if he comes back in the fall - Darrell officially rejoins the cast and does a fifteenth season as a cast member.

For as much as we have recurring alumni, the only cast member to ever be in one cast, off for a few years, and then come back and be in another cast is Harry Shearer ('79-'80 and '84-'85). Al Franken did this, too, but was a writer and 'Featured Player', not full cast.

Of course, Norm MacDonald left the show in 1998, and every Saturday, I keep wishing he'd take back the Update desk...
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One friend put it like this >> I finally watched Sarah Palin's endorsement speech for Trump. Holy shit. It reminded me of this old crack whore who used to live in the same shithole hotel I did in Long Beach. She'd sit on the stoop and shout gibberish in between taking dudes into the alley and blowing them for that rock and then stuffing the toilets in the common bathrooms with strips of newspaper, shitting in each one and flushing them all in a row.

>> Palin literally sounded exactly like that. Between that and that weird sweater thing she was wearing I gotta wonder how hard she's been hitting the pipe.
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Hm. Interesting. http://deadline.com/2016/02/party-over-here-fox-saturday-late-night-sketch-comedy-series-lonely-island-andy-samberg-1201696686/
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/magazine/is-the-2016-election-beyond-satire-ask-lorne-michaels.html?_r=2

I loved 'Bern Your Enthusiasm' the other night so very much. Susie and Leon were spot-on, and it was just a perfect mash-up sketch...

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/09/snl-larry-david-chris-kelly-sarah-schneider
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http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/saturday-night-live-weekend-update-michael-che-colin-jost-1201709539/
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http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-impressions-ranking-list-433202
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Most of last night's show was pretty bad, but the opening was fine, and see the 'Racists for Trump' ad - that's good... And a bit on Update where Pharoah does quick impressions of seven black comedians was fun...
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/darrell-hammond-interview-donald-trump-874049

"By personal request" doesn't specify if the request (for Hammond to reprise his role) came from Trump or Lorne, but if it was Trump, that's ONE thing he's done that I approve of...

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Prince tribute last night was really cool.

Jimmy Fallon stood on home base without an audience and introduced clips and told the story of Prince at the after party for the 40th anniversary last year...

They showed all of Prince's four appearances on the show, never-aired footage of that party, and 4 of the 7 Prince Show sketches that Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph did between '04 and '07...

Prince was 22 when he debuted on SNL on 2.21.81 (Season 6, 11th show).. Charlene Tilton hosting... Todd Rundgren had been the main musical guest and done two numbers... Prince was an additional guest towards the end of the show... 'Party Up'. This was a big night in SNL history for another couple of reasons... Charles Rocket said 'fuck' on the air, and he, producer Jean Doumanian, Gilbert Gottfried, and (another cast member) Ann Risley were all fired - the show took a month-long break and came back for just two more shows to finish the season.... Episode also marked the first time Eddie Murphy did 'Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood'...

9.24.89 - 15th anniversary show, preceding the season premiere by a week... 'Electric Chair'.

2.4.06 - Steve Martin (14th time as host, he's done 15, Alec is now ahead by one...), 31.12. 'Fury' and 'Beautiful, Loved & Blessed' with Tamar.

11.1.14 - Chris Rock (40.5) hosting. 'Clouds', 'Marz', 'Another Love'... Rare, for sure, but I don't know if it's the only time it's ever happened... Instead of the usual two sets (or occasional-but-rare third), Prince did one long set... Lady with him is 3RDEYEGIRL.

2.16.15, wee hours of the morning, Jimmy recalled it was past 4:30... 'Let's Go Crazy'. Jimmy, Chris Rock, Maya, others, jamming with Prince at the Plaza... Lot of great energy and joy in this - really glad we got to see it... Edit - ooh, more, different footage, shot by Tim Kazurinsky -
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNKnC9K8Uo


Time was then filled out with four Prince Show sketches - #3, from 10.9.04 with Queen Latifah; #4, a 12.18.04 Christmas one with De Niro; #6, with Steve Martin - Prince is THERE that night, but they did not do the Real Person Confronts His/Her Impersonator bit that we'd been expecting; #7, the final 'Prince Show' from 4.14.07, with Shia LaBeouf.

Fred played Prince eleven times between '04 and '12.
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There are mass shootings that don't or hardly make the news everyday, because there are mass shootings nearly everyday.

The world kinda sucks, doesn't it?
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I wasn't as big a fan of Prince as I am of Bowie or Garry Shandling, but I did think he was great at what he did, and I love several of the big hits - When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy... great songs. Yes, too young.

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Yeah, I was glad to see Church Chat... 19th one since starting in Season 12 (October 1986). Only five years since Dana did it last when he hosted in 2011, had been an eleven year break before then...
http://snlarchives.net/Sketches/?67

Dana Carvey is one of my all-time favorite SNL people, and when I was a teenager, I'd do pretty flawless impressions of his big characters and impressions - Johnny, Perot, Church Lady... My next door neighbor loved when I'd do Dana's George Bush for her...
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It's too hot here.

I kinda like the neon, but there's a lot less of it than there used to be...
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Air conditioning is nice. I'm a fan.

I will gladly perform for you anytime. But just imagine for now..

Nah gon' do it. Na gah doo.

Can I finish? Can I finish? Can I finish? Can. I. finish?

I could never do Garth as well as the others, though.
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The theater and what the stage does in Cirque's Ka is truly incredible.

I still haven't seen Beatles Love. Sigh. One of these days...
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Ooh. And I didn't think I COULD love you more...
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Come soon.

Bring Chris, Ashley, cats, and lots of good wine (well, no need to travel with wine... plenty here, of course...).
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