Alec Baldwin says that if President Donald Trump were in “serious trouble,” “Saturday Night Live” would not have opened its 46th season with a joke about his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.The cold open for the NBC sketch show’s season kickoff Saturday was a parody of Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s first presidential debate, featuring Baldwin reprising his role as POTUS and Jim Carrey debuting his impression of Obama’s former VP. The sketch, which aired a day after Trump revealed he’d tested positive for the coronavirus, largely avoided the topic of the president’s health, despite one line where Baldwin said the “China virus is a hoax,” and quickly added, “that will probably come back to haunt me later this week.”Baldwin said in a video posted to Instagram on Sunday that he saw “considerable criticism” on social media from viewers who thought the joke was in poor taste following Trump’s Friday hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which the White House said was “out of an abundance of caution.”Also Read: 'SNL' With Host Chris Rock Scores Biggest Season Premiere Audience in 4 Years“The stuff that gets turned down, you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff that people propose, it’s outrageous. And this is a group of people that’s pretty savvy. They know they’re in network television,” Baldwin said, praising longtime “SNL” showrunner Lorne Michaels. “He is one of the smartest people in the business… And they know they don’t want to sink the ship. So if there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill, if people said, ‘Oh, Trump is really in trouble,’ then I bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that in terms of the content of the show. They would have done something else.”Baldwin said he’s seen that “happen before.”“I’ve seen instances where there were wars going on and they said, ‘Don’t do sketches where you sound like you’re disseminating information,’ as far-fetched as that sounds,” he said.Also Read: 'SNL': Michael Che Says 'There's a Lot Funny About' Trump Getting COVID-19 (Video)The “30 Rock” alum added: “We only have the words of the White House itself and the people who work there themselves to go on. And all of them have been saying that he is not in any danger. We only have their word to go by. And if their word had been that he was in serious trouble, then we probably wouldn’t have done it. But that’s not the case. If they had said he was in serious trouble, I can assure you we wouldn’t have done it, but that’s not the case. They said he’s got this disease and he’s got some manifestations of it and some symptoms of it, but he’s going to be fine and he’s not in any immediate danger.”Watch Baldwin’s video below.View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta) on Oct 4, 2020 at 11:16am PDTRead original story Alec Baldwin Says ‘SNL’ Wouldn’t Mock Trump’s COVID Diagnosis If He Were in ‘Serious Trouble’ (Video) At TheWrap
“Saturday Night Live” is returning to Studio 8H to film new episodes starting next month and everyone involved will be tested for COVID-19 upon entering the building, including the audience, executive producer Lorne Michaels says.In an interview with the New York Times to discuss the upcoming season, Michaels said the details regarding how the show will incorporate a “limited” studio audience are “still being sorted out,” but it will involve rapid coronavirus testing.“Things have changed,” Michaels said. “There’s heat sensors at the revolving doors and then you go for your rapid [Covid] test. You wait 15 minutes and then you’re in the building.”Also Read: 'Saturday Night Live' Promotes Ego Nwodim to Main Cast Member for Season 46Michaels said in an earlier interview with Vulture that the show was cooperating with the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on how to proceed with a limited in-studio audience for the run of shows coming up next month. “We need the audience, obviously,” he said at the time. “With comedy, when you don’t hear the response, it’s just different. With the kind of comedy we do, which quite often is broad, timing gets thrown off without an audience. And for me, what is most important is when you’re absolutely certain of some piece on Wednesday, and then the dress-rehearsal audience sees it on Saturday and tells you you’re wrong.”NBC announced this month that “SNL” will return with five back-to-back new episodes starting Oct. 3.Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson and Andrew Dismukes have joined the cast as featured players for the upcoming season, which will also see Jim Carrey return to play Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Maya Rudolph reprise her role his running mate Kamala Harris.Chris Rock will host the season premiere, joined by musical guest Megan Thee Stallion.“We don’t know that we’re going to be able to pull it off,” Michaels told the Times. “We’re going to be as surprised as everyone else when it actually goes on. We just have to stay clean and focused until Oct. 3. And then we do five shows in a row.”Read original story ‘Saturday Night Live’ Will Test Audience Members for COVID-19 At TheWrap
Kate McKinnon has paid tribute to the memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her a “real-life superhero” and a “robed crusader.”The Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg died on Friday at age 87, and McKinnon, who mimicked RBG in a series of “Weekend Update” segments on “Saturday Night Live” dating all the way back to 2015, said that playing her was a “profound joy.”“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again. Playing her on ‘SNL’ was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her,” McKinnon said in a statement. “It was one of the great honors to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”Also Read: Felicity Jones Remembers Ruth Bader Ginsburg as 'Beacon of Light in These Difficult Times'McKinnon’s character involved dropping by the Weekend Update desk from time to time to react to events in the news — like the appointment of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — delivering some sick “Gins-Burns” (“I like my men like I like my decisions, 5-4,”) and then breaking out into dance.The real Ginsburg reacted to McKinnon’s portrayal on two occasions, saying in the documentary “RBG,” “It’s marvelously funny,” but it didn’t resemble herself one bit. “Except for the collar,” she said. Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg that she would love to deliver a “Gins-Burn” to her colleagues if given the chance.McKinnon wasn’t the only actress who portrayed Ginsburg to gave the late Supreme Court justice a shout-out Saturday. Felicity Jones, who portrayed her in the 2018 biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” also praising Ginsburg as a “beacon of light.”Also Read: Fundraiser to Defeat Mitch McConnell Raises $13 Million Overnight After Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death“Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice- a responsibility she did not wear lightly,” Jones said in a statement Saturday. “She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply.”The justice and feminist icon died due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer Friday.Read original story Kate McKinnon Calls Ruth Bader Ginsburg a ‘Real-Life Superhero’ and ‘Robed Crusader’ At TheWrap
Night 1 of the 2020 RNC (Republic National Convention) had plenty of “moments” — perhaps none as bizarre as Kimberly Guilfoyle screaming to the heavens about…something. Twitter users had one predominant takeaway from her time at the podium: Cecily Strong and “SNL” already have all the fodder they need for Season 46.As Bette Midler herself tweeted: “Can’t wait for Cecily Strong to play Kimberly Guilfoyle on SNL!!! So much material, so little time.”She wasn’t alone in the sentiment. Find just a handful of likeminded tweets at the bottom of this post.And watch Guilfoyle’s full RNC speech via the video above — yelling and all.Also Read: NBC News' Chuck Todd: 'Maybe a Sentence' of Trump's First RNC Speech Was Truthful (Video)She got super shouty towards the end. We’ve borrowed the transcription of those parts from Rev.com in case the audio hurts your ears.America, it’s all on the line. President Trump believes in you. He emancipates and lifts you up to live your American Dream. You are capable. You are qualified. You are powerful and you have the ability to choose your life and determine your destiny. Don’t let the Democrats take you for granted. Don’t let them step on you. Don’t let them destroy your families, your lives, and your future. Don’t let them kill future generations because they told you and brainwashed you and fed you lies that you weren’t good enough.Like my parents, you can achieve your American Dream. You can be that shining example to the world. Manifest and be the change in this country that you dream, that you hope, that you believe in. Stand for an American President who is fearless, who believes in you, and who loves this country and will fight for her. President Trump is the leader who will rebuild the promise of America and ensure that every citizen can realize their American Dream. Ladies and gentlemen, leaders and fighters for freedom and liberty and the American Dream, the best is yet to come!Also Read: People Want to Know Why Don Jr. Looked Like That at the RNCCan’t wait for Cecily Strong to play Kimberly Guilfoyle on SNL!!! So much material, so little time.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 25, 2020Cecily Strong hive, we are EAAAAAATINGGGG https://t.co/FXebIrRK7l— Matt Rogers (@MattRogersTho) August 25, 2020Why is Kimberly Guilfoyle doing an impression of Cecily Strong doing Jeanine Pirro? pic.twitter.com/w7KzH6U12W— NotARaja (@NotARaja) August 25, 2020I need to see Cecily Strong as Kimberly Guilfoyle, Nikki Haley and Judge Jeanine 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘤𝘩. pic.twitter.com/BTSdLsKKts— Norman Charles (@NBCNewsFan) August 25, 2020How could Cecily Strong ramp this up any further? Kimberly Guilfoyle already parodied herself. https://t.co/rrPTATPIkF— Allison M. 🌱 (@AlliCinema) August 25, 2020It is INCREDIBLY unfortunate that SNL is off and can’t give us Cecily Strong as Kimberley Guilfoyle trying to order a latte at 120 decibels— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) August 25, 2020Let's save us all some time and just go ahead and give Cecily Strong and Maya Rudolph their Emmys right now. https://t.co/VHqfvUMtyX— Zach (@GlazedDonut2186) August 25, 2020Cecily Strong is gonna be busy next season. RNChaos GarbageFire wtf pic.twitter.com/RHnmYJehW8— Schroedinger's Litter Box (@Brewjew308) August 25, 2020Cecily Strong is trending because people want to see her play Kimberly Guilfoyle and so do I. If you are an Emmy voter, THIS IS HER YEAR. In the snl pantheon she is an all-time power player who can do silly and quiet and then turn around and blow the doors off the place.— Mike Shoemaker (@shoemakermike) August 25, 2020Kimberly Guilfoyle is the loudest Cecily Strong character ever. RepublicanConvention— Julie Hinds (@juliehinds) August 25, 2020Read original story Everyone, Including Bette Midler, Wants Cecily Strong to Do Shouting Kimberly Guilfoyle on ‘SNL’ (Video) 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
The moodiest Muppet on "Sesame Street" is a gritty (and very grouchy) anti-hero in this "SNL" parody starring David Harbour.
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.
'Weekend Update' anchor Michael Che addressed Hart's recent scandal that cost the comedian his Oscars hosting gig.
'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.
The couple has gone from low-key to tattoos and public gushing in the course of about two weeks.
The pair went from coyly teasing their relationship to permanent ink in a short amount of time.