Saturday Night Live (season 39)

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On May 12, 2013, NBC announced that Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers would be the new host of Late Night in 2014 succeeding Jimmy Fallon as Fallon was taking over as the new host of The Tonight Show. Meyers remained Weekend Update anchor up until his departure from the show on February 1, 2014. Cecily Strong was brought up to co-anchor with Meyers. Colin Jost, a writer for the show (and head writer for season 38 and 39), joined the cast on March 1, 2014, as a featured player and as Meyers' successor on Weekend Update. This is the third time a featured player was also a Weekend Update anchor. The first two were Tina Fey and Brian Doyle-Murray.

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.

Saturday Night Live (season 45)

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Repertory players Featured players bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor During the credits of the premiere episode, it was revealed the show added Dan Bulla, Emma Clark, Dan Licata, and Jasmine Pierce as new writers. Michael Che, Colin Jost, and Kent Sublette remain as head writers. Beck Bennett. Aidy Bryant. Michael Che. Pete Davidson. Mikey Day. Heidi Gardner. Colin Jost. Kate McKinnon. Alex Moffat. Kyle Mooney. Chris Redd. Cecily Strong. Kenan Thompson. Melissa Villaseñor. Chloe Fineman. Ego Nwodim. Bowen Yang.


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The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial radio and television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles (at 10 Universal City Plaza), Chicago (at the NBC Tower) and Philadelphia (at the Comcast Technology Center). The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting.

Sketch comedy

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Sketch comedy comprises a series of short scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long. Such sketches are performed by a group of comic actors or comedians, either on stage or through an audio or visual medium such as radio and television. Often sketches are first improvised by the actors and sketched down based on the outcome of these improv sessions; however, such improvisation is not necessarily involved in sketch comedy.

Just for Laughs

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Just for Laughs (Juste pour rire, and stylized as Just for laughs) is a comedy festival held each July in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1983, it is the largest international comedy festival in the world.

David Hasselhoff

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David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman, who set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV. He first gained recognition on The Young and The Restless, playing Dr. Snapper Foster. His career continued with his leading role as Michael Knight on Knight Rider and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. Hasselhoff produced Baywatch from the 1990s until 2001 when the series ended with Baywatch Hawaii. On screen, he has appeared in films including Click, Dodgeball, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and Hop.

O. J. Simpson

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Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), nicknamed "The Juice", is an American former football running back, broadcaster, actor, advertising spokesman, and convicted felon. Once a popular figure with the U.S. public, he is most well known today for his criminal trial and acquittal for the murders of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, although Simpson was later found responsible in a civil trial for their deaths.

O. J. Simpson murder case

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The O. J. Simpson murder case (officially People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson) was a criminal trial held in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Former National Football League (NFL) player, broadcaster, and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder for the June 12, 1994 slashing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. At 12:10 a.m. on June 13, Brown and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her condominium in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Simpson was a person of interest in the murders.

The Daily Show

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The Daily Show is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. It airs each Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. Describing itself as a fake news program, The Daily Show draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, and often uses self-referential humor as well.

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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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. It has been a part of SNL since the first episode of the show on October 11, 1975. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report use stylistic formats that are similar to Weekend Update. On The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart used footage from news programs to satirize politics and the news media. Stephen Colbert performed in character on The Colbert Report as a right-wing news pundit. Both hosts' television programs were broadcast on Comedy Central, while The Daily Show continues to run featuring a new host.

2014 in American television

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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Like the show itself, it has seen many changes over the years and has a revolving door of anchors, including Bill Murray, Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd, Charles Rocket, Gail Matthius, Brian Doyle-Murray, Mary Gross, Christine Ebersole, Brad Hall, Christopher Guest, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon, Norm Macdonald, Colin Quinn, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, and Michael Che. The Killer Bees were the first characters to recur on SNL. According to a Lorne Michaels interview for the book Live from New York, "The only note we got from the network on the first show was 'Cut the bees.' And so I made sure I put them in the next show."

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.

History of Saturday Night Live (2015–present)

Also on November 23, Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che became the longest running iteration of Update in SNL history with 112 shows and counting, surpassing Dennis Miller's tenure of 111 shows in six seasons.

Jon Stewart

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Notable panelists included Dave Chappelle, Eddie Izzard, Phill Jupitus, Nora Ephron, Craig Kilborn, Christopher Hitchens, Armando Iannucci, Norm Macdonald, and Helen Gurley Brown. In 1997, Stewart was chosen as the host and interviewer for George Carlin's 10th HBO special, 40 Years of Comedy. In 1999, Stewart began hosting The Daily Show on Comedy Central when Craig Kilborn left the show to replace Tom Snyder on The Late Late Show. The Daily Show blends humor with the day's top news stories, usually in politics, while simultaneously poking fun at politicians, newsmakers, and the news media itself.

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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Hank Fielding, with "The Moron's Perspective" on Weekend Update. Dr. Bighead in The Ambiguously Gay Duo. Dick Clark's receptionist. Total Bastard Airlines steward (a.k.a. the "Buh-Bye" guy). Stevie Siskin. Karl, the video store guy. One of the "Two Guys from a Religious Cult" on Weekend Update. Host of "Spade in America with David Spade". Host of "Hollywood Minute" on Weekend Update. Kato Kaelin. Joan Rivers. Tom Petty. Don Lapre. Christian Slater. Michael J. Fox. Brad Pitt. Owen Wilson. jailed Martha Stewart. Teri Hatcher. Angela Bradleigh. Billy Idol. Cyndi Lauper. One of the Two A-Holes. Jeff, the obnoxious boom mic operator. Ed Mahoney. One of the members of "Jon Bovi". Dane Cook.

List of comedians

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Norm Macdonald (born 1963). Seth MacFarlane (born 1973). Charles Mack (1888–1934). Lee Mack (born 1968). Doon Mackichan (born 1962). Kathleen Madigan (born 1965). Al Madrigal (born 1971). Naveed Mahbub. Bill Maher (born 1956). Bruce Mahler (born 1950). Bobby Mair (born 1986). Shaun Majumder (born 1972). Keith Malley (born 1974). Howie Mandel (born 1955). Aasif Mandvi (born 1966). Jason Manford (born 1981). Sebastian Maniscalco (born 1973). Charlie Manna (1920–1970). Bernard Manning (1930–2007). Jason Mantzoukas (born 1972). Jenna Marbles (born 1986). Cheech Marin (born 1946). Ken Marino (born 1968). Pigmeat Markham (1904–1981). Bob Marley (born 1967). Marc Maron (born 1963).

John Mulaney

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In 2017, he was invited to appear alongside Steve Martin, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Jimmy Kimmel, and Norm MacDonald to honor David Letterman, who was accepting The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at The Kennedy Center. When accepting the prize, Letterman stated, "John Mulaney, this is the future of comedy ladies and gentlemen." Mulaney was also invited to appear to do standup at Jon Stewart's charity event Night of Too Many Stars (2017) on HBO, and Seth Rogen's charity event Hilarity for Charity (2018) on Netflix.

Kate McKinnon

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She is always eating some foul concoction out of Tupperware, such as Brussels sprouts and imitation crab, which generally both revolts and breaks up Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost. Mrs. Santini, an apartment dweller who writes passive-aggressive notes to her neighbors. Originally performed as Effie Villalopolus on Comedy Bang! Bang!. Theresa May, the Prime-Minister of the United Kingdom. In her sketch everybody in town wants to get rid of her. But she is still happy.

History of Saturday Night Live (1995–2000)

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While the cast was, for the most part, unchanged from the previous season, Norm Macdonald's surprise firing was the source of much speculation and scrutiny from the media. Macdonald frequently targeted O. J. Simpson and his murder trial on "Weekend Update", a recurring joke that then-NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer apparently disliked. This is rumoured to be the cause of Macdonald's firing, although Ohlmeyer denied the allegations. He was replaced on Weekend Update by castmate Colin Quinn starting January 10, 1998. denotes "Weekend Update" anchor The 1998–99 season introduced new cast members Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz.

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.