Saturday Night Live

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Many of the Weekend Update hosts have gone on to find greater success outside the show, including: Chase, Curtin, Murray, Miller, Macdonald, Fey, Fallon, and Poehler. From 2008, Seth Meyers was the solo host of Weekend Update, before being partnered with Cecily Strong in 2013. After Meyers left for Late Night with Seth Meyers in February 2014, Strong was paired with head writer Colin Jost. However, later that year, she was replaced by writer Michael Che. The cast is divided into two tiers: the more established group of repertory players; and newer, unproven cast members known as featured players, who may eventually be promoted to the repertory stable.

Saturday Night Live cast members

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The chart also shows whether the cast member has served as a guest host, appeared as the anchorperson of the "Weekend Update" segment (by any of its titles), or has been the subject of their own "Best of" home video collection. Many of the cast members were writers as well. "Middle group" performers are introduced after the main cast by the announcer saying "...with" and reading off these performers before ending with featured players. Lighter colors denote "featured players" versus repertory cast members. Cast members with the longest tenures include: These cast members spent less than a full 20-episode season on the show.

Lorne Michaels

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Lorne Michaels (born Lorne David Lipowitz; November 17, 1944) is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, actor and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the Late Night series (since 1993), The Kids in the Hall (from 1989 to 1995) and The Tonight Show (since 2014).

List of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches

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Weekend Update (Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, et al.) – October 11, 1975. [[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1975–1976#The Killer Bees|The Killer Bees]] (John Belushi, Bill Murray, Garrett Morris, Dan Aykroyd and others) – October 11, 1975. The Land of Gorch (Jim Henson's Muppets) – October 11, 1975. Land Shark (Chevy Chase) – November 8, 1975. [[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1975–1976#Sherry|Sherry]] (Laraine Newman) – November 15, 1975. [[Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1975–1976#Minute Mystery with Mike Mendoza|Minute Mystery with Mike Mendoza]] (Dan Aykroyd) – November 15, 1975.

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

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Emma Stone (as Roseanne Roseannadanna), Edward Norton (as Stefon), Bill Hader (also as Stefon), Seth Meyers, Melissa McCarthy (as Matt Foley), and Bobby Moynihan (as the Land Shark) appeared during "Weekend Update", which was anchored by Jane Curtin, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Norm Macdonald, Seth Meyers, Kevin Nealon, and Colin Quinn introduced a tribute to Chevy Chase, which also featured an appearance from Garrett Morris.

List of Saturday Night Live incidents

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Also that night, Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost said "shithole" despite NBC asking him to say "s-hole," in reference to President Donald Trump's then-recent comments about "shithole countries". Both incidents were censored for the west-coast broadcast of the show. On November 3, 2018, cast member Pete Davidson dubbed Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw as looking like "a hitman in a porno movie" during his Weekend Update First Impressions segment on the 2018 Midterm Election candidates. Davidson publicly apologized to Crenshaw during the next week's episode, as Crenshaw himself cameoed on Weekend Update.

Colin Quinn

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He established himself on the show with recurring characters and segments such as "Lenny the Lion", "Joe Blow", "Colin Quinn Explains The New York Times", and "Weekend Update". Quinn began hosting "Weekend Update" in January 1998 after Norm Macdonald was fired, and anchored the segment until his departure from SNL in 2000. He commented on a number of highly publicized media circuses, including the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal and the Microsoft anti-trust trial. During his tenure on SNL, Quinn turned down an offer for the role of Scott Evil in fellow cast member Mike Myers's film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

Don Ohlmeyer

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Jim Downey (comedian)

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When Norm Macdonald began as Weekend Update anchor in the mid-1990s, Downey wrote exclusively for that segment of the show. Downey and Macdonald subsequently became a team, working away from the rest of the cast and crew. They were both fired from the show in 1998 at the request of NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer. Downey believes that it was a result of various jokes on Weekend Update calling O.J. Simpson a murderer; Ohlmeyer was a good friend of Simpson's. Downey returned to the show in 2000. He continued to write for the show until 2013, pausing only in 2005 to work on a novel.

Frank Stallone

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In the mid-1990s, Stallone became the subject of a running gag on Saturday Night Live, during its "Weekend Update" segment hosted by Norm Macdonald. During each episode, Macdonald (at some point in the mock-newscast) would read a legitimate news headline, then would propose a question asking the cause of that news, which would always be answered by, "You guessed it—Frank Stallone." At that moment, a publicity photo of Stallone would appear on the screen. For example, Macdonald would say: "In economic news, unemployment figures rose slightly for the month of October, with declines in the Dow Jones and NASDAQ. The reason for the sudden downturn? You guessed it—Frank Stallone."

Michael Che

He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he serves as co-anchor on Weekend Update and co-head writer. Che and Colin Jost were named co-hosts of the 70th Emmy Awards for 2018. He was briefly a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has previously worked as a writer for Saturday Night Live. At the end of September 2014, he became a Weekend Update co-anchor for the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, alongside Colin Jost and replacing Cecily Strong. Michael Che Campbell was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the youngest of seven children of Rose and Nathaniel Campbell. His father, a history buff, named Michael after the revolutionary Che Guevara.

Dennis Miller

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The show remained faithful to the classic talk-show format with a desk and three or four guests a night, while Miller carried forward the spirit of his SNL Weekend Update with a newscast segment that aired on Fridays. The show's staff boasted a mix of past and future performers, writers, and producers of note including Mark Brazill (That '70s Show), Eddie Feldmann, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (creators of Will & Grace), Norm Macdonald, Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), John Riggi, Kevin Rooney, Herb Sargent (Saturday Night Live), Drake Sather, and Dave Thomas (Second City TV).

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday

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Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday is an American limited-run series broadcast on NBC. It is a political satire news show spin-off from Saturday Night Live, featuring that show's Weekend Update segment. It initially ran for three 30-minute episodes in October 2008, during the lead-up to the 2008 United States presidential election. On March 14, 2017, NBC ordered a three-episode fourth iteration to be hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, premiering August 10, 2017, and going by the title Weekend Update Summer Edition. It premiered on Thursday, October 9, 2008, at 9:30 p.m. ET, after The Office. The remaining episodes aired in the same timeslot on October 16 and 23.

Tina Fey

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When Fallon left the show in May 2004, he was replaced on Weekend Update by Amy Poehler. It was the first time that two women co-anchored Weekend Update. Fey revealed that she "hired" Poehler as her co-host for the segment. The reception was positive, with Rachel Sklar of the Chicago Tribune noting that the pairing "has been a hilarious, pitch-perfect success as they play off each other with quick one-liners and deadpan delivery". The 2005–2006 season was her last; she departed to develop 30 Rock for Broadway Video. At the time she left, the 117 episodes she co-hosted made her SNL's longest-serving Weekend Update anchor, a mark that would later be passed by her replacement, Seth Meyers.

Seth Meyers

In 2004, he auditioned to co-anchor Weekend Update with Fey, but lost to Amy Poehler. With Fey's departure, Meyers became head writer for the 2006–2007 season and also assumed the role of Weekend Update co-anchor with Amy Poehler. After Poehler's departure, Meyers anchored solo between 2008 and 2013. In the 2013–2014 season, Cecily Strong joined Meyers as co-anchor. In fall 2009, Meyers co-anchored two episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday with Poehler.

Chris Farley

; a Chippendale's dancer, in a famous sketch that paired him with guest host Patrick Swayze; one of the "Gap Girls", who worked together at a local mall; a stereotypical lunch lady, to the theme of Lunchlady Land performed by Adam Sandler; Bennett Brauer, a Weekend Update commentator who often divulged his personal and hygienic problems via air quotes; and himself on The Chris Farley Show, a talk show in which Farley "interviewed" the guest with poorly conceived questions, regularly getting very nervous. Some of these characters were brought to SNL from his days at Second City.

Chris Kattan

Kerri Strug (also appeared in Weekend Update with Strug as her fictional brother, Kippy). Geraldo Rivera. Robert Downey, Jr. Queen Elizabeth II. Adrian Pennino. A Night at the Roxbury (1998). House on Haunted Hill (1999). Any Given Wednesday (2000). Monkeybone (2001). Corky Romano (2001). Undercover Brother (2002). Enough About Me (TV movie) (2005). Adam & Steve (2005). Santa's Slay (2005). The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006). Two Dreadful Children (voice) (2007). Undead or Alive (2007). Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (voice) (2007). Nancy Drew (2007). Superbad (2007). Christmas in Wonderland (2007). Delgo (voice) (2008). Bollywood Hero (2009). Tanner Hall (2009).

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.

Al Franken

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In 1995 Franken left the show in protest over losing the role of Weekend Update anchor to Norm Macdonald. In 1995 Franken wrote and starred in the film Stuart Saves His Family, which was based on his SNL character Stuart Smalley. The film was a critical and commercial failure, and Franken later became depressed as a result. Despite its aggregate rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received favorable reviews from The Washington Post and Gene Siskel. Franken is the author of four books that made The New York Times Best Seller list.

Amy Poehler

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The following week on December 13, during "Weekend Update", Poehler announced that it would be her last show. Saturday Night Live aired a special, "The Best of Amy Poehler," in April 2009. For the 2008-2009 season finale, Poehler returned to co-host "Weekend Update" and joined host Will Ferrell's "Goodnight Saigon," which included celebrity guests Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Norm Macdonald, Paul Rudd, Artie Lange, Anne Hathaway, and Green Day. Off camera, Poehler was a prolific writer. She often collaborated with writer Emily Spivey. Meyers described Poehler as "the most generous laugher" during sketch read throughs.

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.

Late Night with Seth Meyers

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The second live episode featured guests Colin Jost, Michael Che, and Jessi Klein. The episode also featured a live "Jokes Seth Can't Tell" segment, in which writer Amber Ruffin used the phrase "bigger dicks though" as the punchline of a joke. Meyers appeared caught off-guard and chastised her for the use of the word, to which she responded by reminding him that the show is live so the network cannot stop them from saying it. Meyers repeated the line offhand later in the segment. The third live episode followed the first presidential debate of the 2016 general election. Will Forte, Mandy Moore, and David Ortiz were the guests, with a special appearance by Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost.

Laurie Metcalf

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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. Metcalf is perhaps best known for her role as Jackie Harris, the multiple-careered, low self-esteemed, amiable sister of the title character, in the hit series Roseanne. Her performance garnered three consecutive Emmy Awards. Roseanne originally ran from 1988 to 1997.


He expressed shock at new Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, questioning how long he had been on anesthesia, before looking at their racial make-up and remarking "one of each." The sketch was co-written by John Mulaney, who worked on it with Hader over Skype and texted new jokes to the writers to once again surprise Hader, who barely began the sketch before having to cover his face from laughing. Hader had particular trouble staying in character due to each club Stefon recommended including at the end of its list of features Dan Cortese (mispronounced "Dan Cortez" due to a misspelling on Mulaney's part).

Cecily Strong

The next season, Strong became a repertory player and co-anchored the recurring Weekend Update segment with Seth Meyers, beginning with the season 39 premiere. Strong later co-anchored with Colin Jost, and was replaced on Weekend Update with writer Michael Che, beginning with the season 40 premiere in September 2014, partly at her own request to focus on doing sketches as a part of the regular cast.