Update: The April 11 episode of “SNL” will now air at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, rather than delaying the West Coast air time for three hours as originally planned, NBC announced Saturday afternoon.“Saturday Night Live” is set to return to NBC this weekend with a new episode, the network said Thursday.Like the other late-night shows that have returned to the air in recent weeks, the new installment will be produced remotely while the cast and crew shelters at home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The episode will comprise a new “Weekend Update” segment, as well as additional new material from the show’s cast.Also Read: 15 Craziest 'SNL' Cut for Time Sketches - From Andy Samberg's 'Testicules Cologne' to Ariana Grande as Judy Garland (Videos)“Saturday Night Live” went on hiatus last month after the coronavirus outbreak and stay-at-home orders made broadcasting new episodes from NBC’s Studio 8H impossible. At the time, the network said it would continue to monitor the situation and make decisions about the show’s return accordingly.Since then, nearly every late-night talk show that was also forced to halt production on new episode has returned to air with new remotely produced installments. NBC’s own “Tonight Show” returned on March 23 with the “At Home Edition” featuring new content recorded in host Jimmy Fallon’s home mixed with repeat segments from past episodes.Read original story ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Return This Weekend With New Episode At TheWrap
James Bond himself Daniel Craig turned up to host Saturday Night Live over the weekend, in a booking that was well timed for the movie's original 2 April release date.
Bill Cosby’s spokesperson has described Eddie Murphy as a “Hollywood slave” over the “disparaging remarks” that Murphy made about Cosby in his return to “Saturday Night Live.”In a lengthy statement to Instagram posted late Sunday, Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said it was Cosby who opened the doors for Murphy and other black men to do comedy, and that his client used comedy to unify rather than bring others down.“Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry, so that Blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell (sic), Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come,” Wyatt said in his statement. “It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that he could make his own decisions; but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood Slave.”Also Read: 'SNL': Eddie Murphy Brings Back 'Mr Robinson's Neighborhood' to Explain Gentrification (Video)On Saturday, Murphy made his return to the “SNL” stage for the first time since leaving the show in 1984. Murphy was joined by Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and current cast member Kenan Thompson, he said he would’ve never expected to be where he is now.“If you told me 30 years ago that I’d be this boring stay at home house dad and Bill Cosby would be in jail, even I wouldn’t have took that bet,” Murphy joked. “Who is America’s dad now?” he continued while doing a Cosby impersonation.Cosby is currently serving a prison sentence of between three to 10 years for a 2018 conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.“Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming click bait,” Wyatt’s statement continued. “Hopefully, you will be amenable to having a meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together.”Also Read: 'SNL' Cut for Time: Lizzo Inspires Aidy Bryant to Work Her 'Earth-Shatteringly Gorgeous A-' (Video)Murphy has previously criticized Cosby, both in his 1987 stand-up special “Raw” and more recently, Murphy told Jerry Seinfeld on an episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” that Cosby was “mean” to him for his use of profane language in his comedy.“He had a weird thing with me that he didn’t have with other comics,” Murphy told Seinfeld. “He wasn’t nice. He wasn’t doing that with everybody, he was doing that with me specifically. He was sh—y with me.”Read Wyatt’s full statement below:View this post on Instagram Bill Cosby’s Publicist, Andrew Wyatt, responds to Eddie Murphy’s SNL Monologue: “Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry, so that Blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell, Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come. It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that he could make his own decisions; but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood Slave. Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood. Remember, Mr. Murphy, that Bill Cosby became legendary because he used comedy to humanize all races, religions and genders; but your attacking Mr. Cosby helps you embark on just becoming click bait. Hopefully, you will be amenable to having a meeting of the minds conversation, in order to discuss how we can use our collective platforms to enhance Black people rather than bringing all of us down together.” NotFunnySNL SNL FarFromFinished FreeBillCosby BillCosbyA post shared by Bill Cosby (@billcosby) on Dec 22, 2019 at 5:14pm PSTRead original story Bill Cosby’s Spokesperson Calls Eddie Murphy a ‘Hollywood Slave’ After ‘SNL’ Jab At TheWrap
Eddie Murphy makes his long-awaited return to “SNL” this Saturday when he hosts the final episode of 2019. And, as with any other returning “SNL” castmember, that will likely mean the revival of some classic characters.Murphy has a treasure trove of fan-favorite ones, from Gumby to Buckwheat to Mister Robinson. In an interview with Al Roker on the “Today” show, which you can watch above, Murphy said they’re all on the table. That could even include an impression of Bill Cosby.Murphy hosts Saturday’s episode with Lizzo as the musical guest.Also Read: How Eddie Murphy Saved 'SNL' From Getting Canceled in the 1980s“[We’re] talking about a Gumby thing, and we’re talking about a Buckwheat thing,” he said. “A Bill Cosby thing, maybe. It would be very funny. I don’t know if he would think it was funny… I’m down for whatever, as long as its really, really funny.”Aside from a brief appearance during the show’s 40th-anniversary celebration in 2015, Murphy hasn’t set foot on the Studio 8H stage since 1984, the same year he left the show. He added that he’s feeling the pressure of waiting 35 years to return.“You don’t want to wait 35 years to come back, and the show ain’t s—.”Read original story Eddie Murphy Teases Return of His ‘SNL’ Characters – This ‘Maybe’ Includes Bill Cosby (Video) At TheWrap
In a candid and frequently hilarious chat with Stephen Colbert on Saturday, Julia Louis-Dreyfus reflected on her “miserable” time as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member, and how the experience taught her to make sure she always enjoyed every future job.Speaking to Colbert as part of a benefit for Montclair Film at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Louis-Dreyfus explained how unprepared she was when she joined the show in the mid 1980s at the age of 21, not even finishing her studies at Northwestern University before heading off to New York.“I was unbelievably naive and I didn’t really understand how the dynamics of the place worked,” she told Colbert. “It was very sexist — very sexist. People were doing crazy drugs at the time. I was oblivious. I just thought, ‘Oh, wow! He’s got a lot of energy!'”Also Read: 'SNL': Will Ferrell's Gordon Sondland Shows Up to Ruin Things for Alec Baldwin's Trump (Video)She and Colbert then joked for a second that they couldn’t understand how anyone could ever perform inebriated, just before taking big sips from their cocktails.Louis-Dreyfus, who went on to decades-long TV success with shows like “Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Veep,” explained that her time on “SNL” led her to develop a system that helped her choose her future projects.“It was a pretty brutal time, but it was a very informative time for me,” she told Colbert. She said she realized then she wouldn’t do “anymore of this crap” unless “it was fun.”Also Read: 'SNL' Spoofs Democratic Debate With All-Star Lineup of Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Woody Harrelson and More (Video)“It is important and so basic, but I just felt like, ‘I don’t have to; I don’t have to do this, I don’t have to walk and crawl through this kind of nasty glass if it’s not ultimately going to be fulfilling,” she said. “And so that’s how I sort of moved forward from that moment and I sort of applied that kind of ‘fun meter’ to every job I’ve had since and it definitely has been very helpful.”There was another benefit to the actress’ time on “SNL”: She met and bonded with Larry David, who would eventually put her in “Seinfeld.”“Larry David and I had been on ‘SNL’ together my last year there because he was a writer, and we bonded because he was as miserable as I was,” she revealed, earning a laugh from the crowd.Representatives for NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Read original story Julia Louis-Dreyfus Looks Back on Her ‘Miserable’ Time at ‘SNL’ in the 1980s: ‘I Was Unbelievably Naive’ At TheWrap
"Excuse me, but you look a lot like Ryan Reynolds," Ferrell said. Reynolds answered: "I get that a lot."
Given the propensity of the “SNL” writing staff to use the cold open sketch to lampoon the political happenings of the week, there was really just only one realistic choice for that treatment this week: Donald Trump’s congressional impeachment hearings. And boy was this one quite a doozy.The sketch took the hearings and, uh, very loosely adapted them into a “Days of Our Lives” parody, dubbed “Days of Our Impeachment.” The opening title crawl for the parody declared that the show was doing this for the sake of those in the media who were dragged this week for having complained that the hearings “lacked pizzazz” or whatever.The cold open brought out what felt like the entire “SNL” cast, with a bonus in the form of Jon Hamm making a surprise appearance as ambassador Bill Taylor.Also Read: 'SNL': Kate McKinnon's Elizabeth Warren Explains Her Health Care Plan, Dunks Hard on Beto and Biden (Video)But seriously, this sketch had a shockingly large group of performers involved. We had Alex Moffat as House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, Cecily Strong as ousted Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani, Beck Bennett as Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kyle Mooney as Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Melissa Villasenor as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Heidi Gardner as a random woman who stood in the background making shocked exclamations whenever something surprising happened.pic.twitter.com/4I8iukgpMz— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 17, 2019And for good measure, we had Pete Davidson as former Stormy Daniels Michael Avenatti, who showed up to try to remind everyone of Trump’s affairs, and Kenan Thompson as Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, who showed up to try to defend himself after he was suspended by the NFL for the season this week for hitting an opposing player with his helmet.To give you an idea of how the sketch went, I’ll describe the part where Villasenor came on stage as AOC.“I didn’t expect to see you here,” Hamm’s Bill Taylor said flirtatiously.“And I didn’t expect you to be such a low-key daddy,” AOC replied. Then the two of them made out.No Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump this week, but obviously Trump’s tweets about the hearing did come up. “SNL” mocked the whole furor over the tweets, which were widely interpreted on social media as witness intimidation.Read original story ‘SNL': Jon Hamm Is Bill Taylor in ‘Days of Our Lives’ Parody of Impeachment Hearings (Video) At TheWrap
For “Saturday Night Live” fans who tuned in to the show’s 45th season premiere last night, there was one lingering question after the cameras turned off: where was Pete Davidson?Davidson had taken a leave of absence from “SNL” last season after posting a troubling Instagram post in which he confessed that he didn’t “want to be on this earth anymore.” Fortunately, Davidson was missing last night for a much better reason: he was in Atlanta working with James Gunn on the upcoming sequel to “Suicide Squad.”View this post on Instagram Some of TheSuicideSquad (and Pom). Many of us are doing weird things in this photo. After a screening of Joker (thanks @wbpictures!)A post shared by James Gunn (@jamesgunn) on Sep 28, 2019 at 5:30pm PDTOn Saturday, Gunn posted a picture on Instagram with Davidson and several other members of the cast of “The Suicide Squad,” including Margot Robbie, Nathan Fillion and Jai Courtney. The photo was taken following a screening of “Joker,” which hits theaters this Friday.Davidson’s role in “The Suicide Squad” is being kept secret for now, but he will be appearing in a loaded cast that includes Gunn’s fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe alums Michael Rooker and Taika Waititi, as well as John Cena, Idris Elba and Viola Davis. The film is set for release on Aug. 6, 2021.Along with this DC movie, Davidson is also set to star in an animated adaptation of the newspaper comic “Marmaduke” lending his voice to the famous dog, as well as in the 2020 dramedy “Staten Island,” which he co-wrote with Judd Apatow.Read original story Here’s Why Pete Davidson Wasn’t on the ‘SNL’ Premiere At TheWrap
The '30 Rock' creator opened up on David Tennant's new podcast about the state of 'SNL' and their role in America's political divide.
Donald Trump has threatened an investigation into Saturday Night Live's persistent mocking of him on US TV.
'For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh,' she tweeted on Thursday.
Kenan Thompson plays a depressing but optimistic imprisoned Cosby in hilarious 'SNL' sketch alongside host Seth Meyers.
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