Saturday Night Live

‘SNL’s’ Political Comedy Isn’t Too Conservative, It’s Not Conservative — Or Liberal — Enough

Reports of SNL‘s decline are, and always have been, greatly exaggerated; the comedy institution has its ups and downs, but 40 years in, the show remains a reliable source of talent and, more importantly, good sketches. It’s no secret, however, that the show’s political humor isn’t exactly at the top of its game. Of the recent highlights, like Mike O’Brien’s short films or Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber impression, few originated in the broadcast’s opening minutes, SNL‘s traditional home for topical bits. And in a recent interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons, alum Horatio Sanz offered his theory as to why. … Read More

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Why Tina Fey’s Racial Humor Is So Controversial

One of the side effects of Netflix’s full-season release model is that it allows the viewing public, including critics, to evaluate shows at hyper-speed. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the cult-member-to-New-Yorker transition comedy starring Ellie Kemper, has only been on the streaming service for a week, and the dialogue has already shifted from initial impressions, almost entirely favorable, to more considered meditations, many of which are… less favorable. And most of those broader commentaries on the show have focused on a subject that, for better or for worse, has a long history in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s co-creator, co-executive producer, and most recognizable name Tina Fey’s creative output:… Read More

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How Kate McKinnon’s Bonkers ‘SNL’ Impression Could Actually Help Hillary Clinton

Move over, Amy Poehler. Kate McKinnon’s Saturday Night Live cold open as an extremely ambitious Hillary Clinton, a presidential wannabe making only a passing attempt to downplay her intentions, has got the chattering classes talking about how the impression might hurt her chances in 2016 — should she decide to run, of course. But an expert on gender, stereotyping, and political campaigns explains that McKinnon’s portrayal might actually help… Read More

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Yes, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Can and Should Make Fun of ISIS

The headlines on Sunday declared that Saturday Night Live was “blasted” for its ISIS parody ad which “sparked controversy” and “stirred outrage.” While the condemnations weren’t as widespread as headlines would have us think, it’s certainly true that many viewers on the Internet declared that the sketch “crossed the line.” … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Dakota Johnson

Now that we’ve all recovered from SNL’s awkward 40th anniversary celebrations, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson guest hosts to welcome us back to Studio 8H. Johnson’s appearance doesn’t make things un-awkward, but she brings a subtle humor to the proceedings that will either win you over or lull you to sleep. See how Johnson fared during last night’s episode and determine if audiences can separate her from the role of Anastasia Steele, below. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Turd Ferguson Returns

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, SNL brings back old favorites for its anniversary and a critically reviled show calls it quits. … Read More

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From Eddie Murphy to the Afterparty, Behind-the-Scenes Stories From ‘SNL 40′ Trump the Show

SNL‘s 40th anniversary bash was a mixed bag for all but the diehard fans, more of a sappy nostalgia fest than a showcase for new and original laughs. That result was predictable. When institutions reach a certain cultural cornerstone status, they’re granted the privilege to be deservedly, if dully, self-reflective. Yet the stories and photos that have subsequently surfaced from behind the scenes provide something of what was missing from the broadcast: a look at the spontaneity and unlikely collaborations, the friction and synergy created by having so many comic and musical geniuses in one place, at one… Read More

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The 5 ‘SNL 40′ Sketches You Absolutely Have to Watch

Last night, during NBC’s celebration of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary, viewers were treated to three hours of familiar faces and sketches — both live sketches and montages of classic ones. And just like every other episode of SNL, the new sketches were hit or miss. But there were still plenty of gems found in the mix. From the successful return of fan favorite “Celebrity Jeopardy” to a wonderfully long segment featuring Maya Rudolph’s perfect Beyoncé impression, here are five SNL 40 sketches everyone will be talking about. … Read More

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The Greatest ‘SNL’ Couples of All Time

This evening, pop culture’s funniest will gather to celebrate 40 years of Saturday Night Live during the show’s 40th Anniversary Special. Over 100 special guests will toast to fond memories and favorite sketches. Since this Valentine’s Day weekend is all about love, we’re hosting our own tribute to SNL by looking back at some of the show’s most beloved couples. We’re not talking about those moments in the series where two men kiss as the punchline of a joke. These amorous duos showed us what love is while making strangers uncomfortable, rubbing their coneheads together, and singing off-key. … Read More

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10 ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches Whose Only Joke Is Two Men Kissing

Sunday night, NBC will celebrate 40 years of Saturday Night Live with the SNL 40th Anniversary Special, a three-hour event featuring appearances from past cast members, hosts, and musical guests. SNL has a rich history that is certainly worthy of tribute — and there has been no shortage of them on the Internet this week. But, as everyone knows, it’s also a show that has run out of steam in recent years. While the episodes are never exactly bad, the comedy has a tendency to rehash one trite and tired joke: men kissing men. It’s the show’s laziest “punchline,” and one that is never very funny. Here are ten SNL sketches that rely on this boring joke. … Read More

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