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…

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…

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…

Kyle Mooney answers our questions while he stuffs his face with gummy bears

Kyle Mooney’s new film, Brigsby Bear, gets it’s title from the fictional, fictional show within the movie, involving an anthropomorphic educational bear. So when Mooney was in Chicago on a press tour for the film, The A.V. Club asked if we could conduct an appropriately timed, “bear-themed” interview, in that we would…

SNL writer is responding to all of Trump’s tweets like personal texts

One of the more obnoxious and spiritually degrading things about having a dumb president in the internet age is that we’re forced to see all of his dumb thoughts anytime he decides to send them to the tiny computers we keep in our pockets. Keeping up with every 140-character complaint, attack, and brand promotion the…

Watch Kate McKinnon’s insane costume change during an SNL commercial break

What makes Saturday Night Live one of a kind is also what makes it so consistently inconsistent. By putting the show together in a week and filming it live on Saturdays (and, in the last four episodes of this season, live in every time zone), SNL can summon the impressive, ramshackle charms of live theater even when…

Aziz Ansari and SNL are having the same La La Land arguments we are

This weekend’s above-average Saturday Night Live—we credit host Aziz Ansari and current MVP Kate McKinnon—featured a sketch that echoes an argument/conversation we’ve been having at AVC HQ for the past couple of months: Is La La Land a solid, enjoyable musical or is it made of some kind of film magic so extraordinary…

SNL salutes Leonard Cohen and Hillary Clinton with a powerful cold open

After the unexpected outcome of last week’s presidential election, many people wondered how Saturday Night Live would manage to be funny about a thing that a significant portion of the world’s population doesn’t find very funny in the slightest. Then, just after the election was finally on the books, Sony Music…

Spend the remainder of the day watching Chappelle’s Show sketches

Earlier today, it was confirmed that Dave Chappelle will host next weekend’s Saturday Night Live alongside A Tribe Called Quest. This is a long-awaited return for both, even though they’ve remained busy; Chappelle never quite left comedy, he just left TV, and Tribe’s members never stopped doing provocative,…

23 great pieces of pop culture that almost make up for this dismal election

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Brother Nature checks all the SNL boxes in its first trailer

If someone placed a gun to your head and forced you to describe the upcoming Lorne Michaels-produced comedy Brother Nature based solely upon that information, odds are you’d survive just fine. “Well,” you’d probably say, “I’m guessing it stars two of Saturday Night Live’s current cast members, one of whom plays an…

What’s the best pop culture of the year so far?

This week’s question congratulates all of us for having made it halfway through the year, and asks, What’s the best pop culture, in any form of media, you’ve encountered so far this year?

SNL’s Michael Che makes quick work of Bill O’Reilly’s slavery comments

Who knows why, but for whatever reason, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was moved to defend the concept of slavery after First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned, during her Democratic National Convention speech, that she currently resides in a house built by slaves. On The O’Reilly Factor the other night, he pointed out…