Jane Curtin on the worst SNL guest host: "God, there were so many"

There are few gigs in modern TV more fraught with the potential to out yourself as a massive asshole than hosting Saturday Night Live. Pretty much every factor—the rush, the pressure, the presence of the live camera—is almost guaranteed to bring out the worst in people, whether it’s deciding to bust out their “funny”…

Taran Killam says Lorne Michaels pressed SNL writers to go easy on Donald Trump

Saturday Night Live veteran and Single Parents star Taran Killam swung by Matt Gourley’s wonderful I Was There, Too podcast this week for a candid, amusing talk about his life and career. In it, he chats about his surprising turn in 12 Years A Slave and his underrated directorial debut, Killing Gunther, but most…

Here’s what it’s like to a get a sketch on SNL in your first week

While the majority of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere was met with a tepid response, one sketch stood out from the rest thanks to Adam Driver’s committed performance as rage-filled, decrepit oil baron Abraham H. Parnassus. As anyone in comedy knows, a good sketch starts with the writing, and this…

Matt Damon's Brett Kavanaugh cameo on SNL came together in just a couple hours

Alec Baldwin obviously just spends every week at Rockefeller Center in New York, hoping he’ll get the call to make a Trump cameo on Saturday Night Live, but some of the show’s other celebrity cameos still manage to feel fresh and surprising. This past weekend’s appearance from Matt Damon as lifelong sober…

Lana Del Rey, Chris Evans and more respond to Kanye’s big MAGA weekend

When Kanye West indulges in his, shall we say, extracurricular activities—up to and including dumbass social media posts and poorly received rants on late-night sketch comedy shows—people will often say he’s doing it for the attention. If that’s the case—if Kanye is simply dabbling in the world of Trump in order to…

Kanye goes full garbage fire, says he’s bummed Louis CK isn’t hosting his SNL

God, but does the Kanye fatigue set in fast some times. Which is to say, professional rap contrarian Kanye West is on a diamond-encrusted roll today, proudly throwing down his support for alleged (and admitted!) sexual abusers of all shapes and stripes, which is definitely something America needed to put up with on…

Pete Davidson lays into Chevy Chase, calls him a "fucking douchebag"

We’ve got nothing against celebrities falling in love here at The A.V. Club, as evidenced by our breathless coverage of the Chris Evans/Jenny Slate breakup and the secret Scott Pilgrim romance, but sometimes it’s nice when celebrities talk about something other than the celebrity they’re in love with. Honestly, we’ve…

Comedy Bang! Bang! regular Ego Nwodim joins Saturday Night Live as featured player

We’re a little more than a week out from the 44th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and the show has just released some info on a few new additions to its cast and crew. Per Deadline, the series is adding four new writers— Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang—to its roster, but the only on-camera…

Kenan Thompson is finally ready to take his shot at primetime TV stardom

Kenan Thompson is a bona fide TV sketch comedy institution: As the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live history—and a member of Nickelodeon’s nostalgic kid-sketch touchstone All That before—Thompson has literally spent more than half of his life on the casts of televised sketch ensembles. Now, though, it…