Saturday Night Live (season 42)

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His criticism continued preceding his inauguration: he dubbed it "unwatchable" on December 4, and tweeted "Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!" after the Felicity Jones/Sturgill Simpson episode on January 15, 2017. Vanessa Bayer. Beck Bennett. Aidy Bryant. Michael Che. Pete Davidson. Leslie Jones. Colin Jost. Kate McKinnon. Kyle Mooney. Bobby Moynihan. Cecily Strong. Kenan Thompson. Sasheer Zamata. Mikey Day. Alex Moffat. Melissa Villaseñor.

Saturday Night Live (season 40)

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Two comedians joined the cast at the start of the season: stand-up comic Pete Davidson, the first SNL cast member to have been born in the 1990s, and former SNL writer Michael Che as a Weekend Update co-anchor, replacing Cecily Strong, who remains in the cast. Che left SNL at the end of the previous season to become a correspondent on The Daily Show. After making appearances on Weekend Update and in several sketches, writer Leslie Jones was promoted to the cast on October 20, 2014 as a featured player. Coinciding with the show's fortieth anniversary, SNL introduced a new logo created by design firm Pentagram.

Dirty Work (1998 film)

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During production, Norm MacDonald was embroiled in a feud with Don Ohlmeyer, then an executive with NBC. Ohlmeyer, a friend of O. J. Simpson, took offense at MacDonald's frequent and pointed jokes against Simpson on Weekend Update and had MacDonald fired from the position. Ohlmeyer went further and refused to sell advertising space or air commercials for Dirty Work. NBC eventually relented (Ohlmeyer was forced into retirement not long afterward) a week after the film premiered. Dirty Work was Chris Farley's last-released film appearance, filmed before his fatal drug overdose in December 1997. MGM released the film on DVD, in August 1999, and for digital rental/purchase.

Sports Show with Norm Macdonald

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Sports Show with Norm Macdonald is a sports comedy series which aired on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central from April 12, 2011 to June 7, 2011. The show lampooned the world of sports using Web videos and field segments. Comedian and former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor Norm Macdonald hosted the show. As host of Sports Show, Macdonald is described as a "gleeful, equal-opportunity offender who is back in his element making snarky asides at the absurd excesses of the sports biz," according to TVGuide's Matt Roush.

Saturday Night Live (season 43)

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Repertory players Featured players bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor Prior to the start of the season, the show added Liam Balaska, Steven Castillo, Andrew Dismukes, Claire Friedman, Sam Jay, Erik Marino, Nimesh Patel, and Gary Richardson to the writing staff. Also prior to the season, head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider departed the show. On December 12, 2017, Jost and Che were named co-head writers, making Che the first African American head writer. Jost was previously the head writer for 3 years from 2012 to 2015. main main Beck Bennett. Aidy Bryant. Michael Che. Pete Davidson. Leslie Jones. Colin Jost. Kate McKinnon. Kyle Mooney. Cecily Strong. Kenan Thompson. Mikey Day.

Saturday Night Live (season 44)

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Repertory players Featured players bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor Prior to the start of the season, the show added Alison Gates, Alan Linic, Eli Mandel, and Bowen Yang to the writing staff, while co-head writer Bryan Tucker was designated a senior writer, leaving Colin Jost, Michael Che, and Kent Sublette as the show's remaining head writers. main Beck Bennett. Aidy Bryant. Michael Che. Pete Davidson. Mikey Day. Leslie Jones. Colin Jost. Kate McKinnon. Alex Moffat. Kyle Mooney. Cecily Strong. Kenan Thompson. Melissa Villaseñor. Heidi Gardner. Ego Nwodim. Chris Redd.

Stefon

*Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2008–2009 Stefon – SNL Exclusives. Hulu Video. EW.com: Complete list of Stefon's clubs.

Laurie Metcalf

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Metcalf has appeared in several television series, including being a cast member for a single episode of Saturday Night Live—the final episode of the show's tumultuous 1980–1981 season. In 1981, she appeared as a feature player on the first Dick Ebersol-produced episode of Saturday Night Live following the firing of Jean Doumanian. She appeared in a Weekend Update segment about taking a bullet for the President of the United States. Because of the sketch show's severe decline in quality at the time and the 1981 Writers Guild of America strike, the show was put on hiatus for retooling. Metcalf was never asked back to be a cast member.

List of Saturday Night Live writers

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The following is a list of Saturday Night Live writers. The show, created by Lorne Michaels is an American live sketch comedy and variety show. The show, which has aired since 1975, has employed a large and changing staff of writers. NOTE: beginning with Season 43, the Weekend Update writers were credited separately from the rest of the staff. For clarity, this chart omits writers credited on fewer than five consecutive episodes. *

Scarlett Johansson

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It was announced in December 2017 that Johansson had begun a relationship with Saturday Night Live co-head writer and Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost. In May 2019, Johansson and Jost were engaged. Johansson has criticized the media for promoting an image that causes unhealthy diets and eating disorders among women. In one article she wrote for HuffPost, she encouraged people to maintain a healthy body. She appeared nude on the cover of the March 2006 issue of Vanity Fair alongside actress Keira Knightley and fully clothed fashion designer Tom Ford. This caused some controversy, as some believed the photo demonstrated that women are forced to flaunt their sexuality more often than men.

O. J. Simpson

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He also appeared in the audience of Saturday Night Live during its second season and hosted an episode during its third season. Simpson starred in the un-televised two-hour-long film pilot for Frogmen, an A-Team-like adventure series that Warner Bros. Television completed in 1994, a few months before the murders. NBC had not yet decided whether to order the series when Simpson's arrest cancelled the project. While searching his home, the police obtained a videotaped copy of the pilot as well as the script and dailies.

TBS (American TV channel)

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Its format was similar to the Saturday Night Live news satire segment Weekend Update and was, to a certain extent, a forerunner to The Daily Show. The timeslot and the satirical content of the program were a reaction to FCC rules in effect at the time that required stations to carry some news and information content – although TBS had to broadcast news, the Federal Communications Commission could not dictate when it aired or demand that it have a serious tone. 17 Update Early in the Morning was cancelled months before Ted Turner began his serious television news venture, CNN, amid a Congressional investigation concerning whether he was fulfilling FCC public service requirements.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 2014–2015

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An overtly optimistic homeless man who appears on Weekend Update and is played by Kenan Thompson Weekend update character played by Kate McKinnon. She is a middle age woman who lives in Colin Jost's building and writes passive-aggressive notes to her neighbors. A parody of the reality TV show The Bachelor, in which a single man must find true love with a contestant of his choosing. Michael Che's high school friend, played by Bobby Moynihan. He likes to interrupt Che during Weekend Update and make fun of how easy reading cue cards is. An unnamed spokeswoman for Totino's (Vanessa Bayer) would do anything for her "hungry guys".

Political satire

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During the 2008 presidential campaign, Saturday Night Live gained wide attention because former cast member Tina Fey returned to the show to satirize Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In addition to Fey's striking physical resemblance to Palin, the impersonation of the vice presidential candidate was also noteworthy because of Fey's humorous use of some of exactly the same words Palin used in media interviews and campaign speeches as a way to perform political satire. Saturday Night Live also uses political satire throughout its Weekend Update sketch. Weekend Update is a fake news segment on the show that satirizes politics and current events.

2014 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2014. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, and cancellations; channel launches, closures, and rebrandings; stations changing or adding their network affiliations; and information about changes of ownership of channels or stations, controversies and carriage disputes.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1975–1976

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This is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between October 11, 1975 and July 31, 1976, the first season of SNL: A satirical news segment starring Chevy Chase debuted October 11, 1975. It is the longest running recurring sketch in the show's history.

List of awards and nominations received by Saturday Night Live

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This is a list of notable awards Saturday Night Live has won. One of the longest running series on U.S. television at 45 seasons as of 2019, since its debut, the show has won and been nominated for numerous awards, both creative and technical. The show has won 65 Primetime Emmy Awards, 3 Peabody Awards, and 3 Writers Guild of America Awards. Lorne Michaels, co-creator and executive producer, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work on the series. ;Note * ;Specific General.

History of Saturday Night Live (2015–present)

On June 24, 2016, Lorne Michaels announced that Michael Che and Colin Jost would continue as the anchors of "Weekend Update". Both were featured on SNL special editions of "Weekend Update" for the Democratic and Republican Conventions. It was also announced that Michael Che, Pete Davidson, and Leslie Jones would all be upgraded from featured to repertory status. The above-named changes kept the cast membership for this season at 16 members, with four African American cast members and one Hispanic cast member. As in previous seasons, the cast is listed in two separate groups: repertory and featured players.

Jon Stewart

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On the March 9, 2002, episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Stewart, a Weekend Update sketch poked fun at the situation. In late 2002, ABC offered Stewart his own talk show to air right after Nightline. Stewart's contract with The Daily Show was near expiring, and he expressed strong interest. ABC, however, decided to give another Comedy Central figure, Jimmy Kimmel, the post-Nightline slot. On April 4, 2006, Stewart confronted U.S. Senator John McCain on The Daily Show about his decision to appear at Liberty University, an institution founded by Jerry Falwell, whom McCain had previously denounced as one of the "agents of intolerance".

Saturday Night Live (season 23)

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Repertory players bold denotes Weekend Update anchor Tina Fey joins the writing staff in this season. Jim Downey leaves the show after Norm Macdonald was taken off Weekend Update (since Downey co-wrote Update with Macdonald). main Jim Breuer. Will Ferrell. Ana Gasteyer. Darrell Hammond. Chris Kattan. Norm Macdonald (final episode: March 14, 1998). Tim Meadows. Tracy Morgan. Cheri Oteri. Colin Quinn. Molly Shannon.

List of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches by cast member

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[[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1984–1985#Buddy Young, Jr.|Buddy Young, Jr.]] (1984). Fernando of [[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1984–1985#Fernando's Hideaway|Fernando's Hideaway]] (1984). Joe Franklin. [[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1984–1985#Lew Goldman|Lew Goldman]] (1984). Ricky of [[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1984–1985#Ricky & Phil|Ricky & Phil]] (1985). Sammy Davis, Jr. Willie of [[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1984–1985#Willie & Frankie ("Don't ya hate it when...?")|Willie & Frankie]] (1984).

John Mulaney

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After first working as a commentator on Best Week Ever, Mulaney auditioned for Saturday Night Live in August 2008, along with Kroll and T.J. Miller. Mulaney won a spot on the writing team, where he remained for six seasons. He also occasionally appeared on the show's Weekend Update segment. He and SNL actor Bill Hader co-created the recurring SNL character Stefon. Mulaney was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series with the SNL writing staff from 2009–2012. Mulaney won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards with Justin Timberlake, Seth Meyers and Katreese Barnes.

History of Saturday Night Live (1995–2000)

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These two would pave the way for the next era of Saturday Night Live in the early 2000s. The 1995–96 season almost completely rebuilt the cast with new members Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, Nancy Walls, Chris Kattan, Colin Quinn, and Fred Wolf. The only holdovers from the previous season were Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon and David Spade. The larger-than-usual number of new hires was part of a rebuilding effort from the 1994–95 season, a season that executive producer Lorne Michaels acknowledged was "incredibly difficult". Lenny Pickett also took over for G.E. Smith as leader of the Saturday Night Live Band.

Saturday Night Live (season 41)

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Repertory players Featured players bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor Before the beginning of the season, six new writers joined the staff: Upright Citizens Brigade performers Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, and Will Stephen; former Late Show with David Letterman writers Paul Masella and Chris Belair; and stand-up comedian Dave Sirus. Colin Jost, a cast member on the show and anchor of Weekend Update, who served as a writer since 2005 (and as co-head writer in 2012), was relieved of his position as co-head writer, although he remains on the writing staff. Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker continue as co-head writers. main main Vanessa Bayer. Beck Bennett. Aidy Bryant. Colin Jost. Taran Killam.