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Saturday Night Live: Adam Driver / Chris Stapleton  Season 41, Episode 10

Adam Driver brings the Star Wars nerdery, Fred Armisen returns to pay tribute to David Bowie, and apparently Liev Schriber is a bit of a freak.
posted by Etrigan on Jan 17, 2016 at 7:42 AM - 7 comments

Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler / Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band  Season 41, Episode 9

Heavyweights return to show the whippersnappers how it's done, as Fey and Poehler hit the high notes (Clinton and Palin; a brief Weekend Update takeover; Maya Rudolph) and Springsteen et al make their third appearance to bust out some songs that are older than most of the current cast and end the show and the year with "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (feat. Sir Paul McCartney).
posted by Etrigan on Dec 20, 2015 at 8:11 AM - 18 comments

Saturday Night Live: Chris Hemsworth / Chance the Rapper  Season 41, Episode 8

Thor brings the funny in this sequel to his first hosting gig (is this the first time someone has hosted twice in the same calendar year?), and actually improves on the original.
posted by Etrigan on Dec 13, 2015 at 1:12 PM - 9 comments

Saturday Night Live: Ryan Gosling / Leon Bridges  Season 41, Episode 7

Ryan Gosling makes his hosting debut alongside first-time musical guest Leon Bridges.
posted by komara on Dec 7, 2015 at 9:22 AM - 19 comments

Saturday Night Live: Matthew McConaughey / Adele  Season 41, Episode 6

Matthew McConaughey returns to host, Adele returns to sing, we witness a Thanksgiving Miracle, and Allen Degeneres asks, Should You Chime In On This?
posted by ckape on Nov 25, 2015 at 11:43 PM - 7 comments

Saturday Night Live: Elizabeth Banks / Disclosure  Season 41, Episode 5

A somber cold-open by Cecily Strong, relaying in both English and French NYC's solidarity with Paris after the 11/13/2015 attacks... [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Nov 15, 2015 at 9:51 PM - 9 comments

Saturday Night Live: Donald Trump / Sia  Season 41, Episode 4

Trump brings the stilted braggadocio, Sia brings the interpretive dancer, Larry David brings the "protest", and only Michael Che lands one on the host.
posted by Etrigan on Nov 8, 2015 at 3:58 AM - 43 comments

Saturday Night Live: Tracy Morgan / Demi Lovato  Season 41, Episode 3

Tracy Morgan returns to Studio 8H to host nearly a year after suffering a near-fatal car accident. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Oct 20, 2015 at 2:16 PM - 19 comments

Saturday Night Live: Amy Schumer / The Weeknd  Season 41, Episode 2

Amy Schumer brings the noise in a tight stand-up monologue, and Weekend Update is finding its groove, but the rest is kind of limp. Considering that the host is a sketch artiste in her own right with plenty to say on her own show, the sketches are depressingly generic. Virtually any female guest host could have served as the overbearing friend at someone else's wedding shower, or a badly improv-ing Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactor, or even one of the flight attendants who fall out of the plane. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Oct 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM - 7 comments

Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus  Season 41, Episode 1

The 41st season premiere brings us Miley Cyrus hosting for the third time (and musical-guesting for the second), only one new cast member (Jon Rudnitsky), and a not-at-all-surprise cameo from Hillary Clinton. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Oct 5, 2015 at 7:15 AM - 8 comments

Saturday Night Live: Louis CK/Rihanna  Season 40, Episode 21

Louis CK returns to host the 40th season finale.
posted by Small Dollar on May 17, 2015 at 11:49 AM - 22 comments

Saturday Night Live: Reese Witherspoon/Florence + the Machine  Season 40, Episode 20

The cast reminisce about their childhoods with their moms for the Mother's Day episode.
posted by Small Dollar on May 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM - 10 comments

Saturday Night Live: Scarlet Johansson / Wiz Khalifa  Season 40, Episode 19

ScarJo hosts for the fourth time (and first in five years) and proves herself as game as usual, even poking fun at her corporate masters about how maybe it's just as well there hasn't been a Black Widow movie, but the show leans a little heavy on Uncomfortable White Men for the humor.
posted by Etrigan on May 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM - 6 comments

Saturday Night Live: Taraji P. Henson / Mumford & Sons  Season 40, Episode 18

A show that just felt... off, with a cold open that more or less just said "Kate McKinnon's going to be Hillary, so get used to her", a weird QVC sketch that didn't go anywhere, and two wheel-of-impressions sketches. On the plus side, a pretty strong Weekend Update that shows Colin Jost and Michael Che are comfortable with each other and the guest characters (including a lumpy Billy Crystal).
posted by Etrigan on Apr 14, 2015 at 8:44 AM - 14 comments

Saturday Night Live: Michael Keaton/Carly Rae Jepsen  Season 40, Episode 17

Michael Keaton hosts for the first time since 1982 (which is before musical guest Carly Rae Jepsen was born). A few good Easter jokes, Weekend Update finally hitting its stride, and a goofy cameo by Norman Reedus. Fewer sketches that went on for longer and the show ran ... short?
posted by jessamyn on Apr 6, 2015 at 2:51 PM - 4 comments

Saturday Night Live: Dwayne Johnson / George Ezra  Season 40, Episode 16

Franchise Viagra takes the reins for the fourth time, busting out "The Rock" Obama, paying tribute to his past with a deeply psychological take on wrestling feuds, and generally being charismatic and game for anything.
posted by Etrigan on Mar 29, 2015 at 6:08 AM - 11 comments

Saturday Night Live: Chris Hemsworth / Zac Brown Band  Season 40, Episode 15

A lot of discussion of how dreamy Chris Hemsworth is, a couple of rocking performances by Zac Brown Band, a lively if blooperific Weekend Update, and another goddamn Former Porn Stars sketch give us an essentially "filler" episode this week.
posted by Etrigan on Mar 8, 2015 at 6:10 AM - 15 comments

Saturday Night Live: Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes  Season 40, Episode 14

Dakota Johnson from "Fifty Shades of Grey" hosts for the first time. [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Mar 1, 2015 at 9:43 AM - 9 comments

Saturday Night Live: SNL40  Season 40, Episode 25

A 3 1/2 hour retrospective of the past 40 years of Saturday Night Live on NBC (preceded by a 1 hour Red Carpet special)! [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:36 PM - 62 comments

Saturday Night Live: J.K. Simmons & D'Angelo  Season 40, Episode 13

J.K. Simmons turns in an able performance (and many, many wigs), and D'Angelo owns the stage in a fair-to-middling midseason episode.
posted by Etrigan on Feb 1, 2015 at 5:49 AM - 9 comments

Saturday Night Live: Blake Shelton  Season 40, Episode 12

Blake Shelton handles himself admirably as host and musical guest, with assistance from a Kate & Aidy musical joint and a surprisingly strong Weekend Update.
posted by Etrigan on Jan 25, 2015 at 6:11 AM - 11 comments

Saturday Night Live: Kevin Hart/Sia  Season 40, Episode 11

The star of "The Wedding Ringer" hosts for a second time. [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Jan 18, 2015 at 6:38 AM - 16 comments

Saturday Night Live: Amy Adams & One Direction  Season 40, Episode 10

The Christmas episode hits Serial a few times and welcomes back Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, with all the good and ill that entails.
posted by Etrigan on Dec 21, 2014 at 5:42 AM - 21 comments

Saturday Night Live: Martin Freeman/Charli XCX  Season 40, Episode 9

The star of the Hobbit series, the UK version of The Office, and the FX series Fargo drops by Studio 8H.
posted by Small Dollar on Dec 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM - 15 comments

Saturday Night Live: James Franco & Nicki Minaj  Season 40, Episode 8

Minaj gets more screen time than expected, but Kate McKinnon gets less screen time than usual. Franco is more animated than usual, but the political bits are less animated than expected. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 7, 2014 at 5:32 AM - 10 comments

Saturday Night Live: Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars  Season 40, Episode 7

Cameron Diaz returns to host SNL for a fourth time.
posted by Small Dollar on Nov 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM - 8 comments

Saturday Night Live: Woody Harrelson/Kendrick Lamar  Season 40, Episode 6

Woody Harrelson goes on a late-night comedy bender filled with booze, coke, pot, more pot, crack, meth, apples, and more booze.
posted by Small Dollar on Nov 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM - 5 comments

Saturday Night Live: Chris Rock/Prince  Season 40, Episode 5

An uninterrupted eight minute set by Prince couldn't compensate for a night of flubbed lines and flat sketches.
posted by Small Dollar on Nov 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM - 17 comments

Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea  Season 40, Episode 4

Jim Carrey returns to host a frightfully uneven Halloween episode.
posted by Small Dollar on Oct 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM - 16 comments

Saturday Night Live: Bill Hader and Hozier  Season 40, Episode 3

Bill Hader returns to Studio 8H to play some beloved characters.
posted by Small Dollar on Oct 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM - 18 comments

Saturday Night Live: Sarah Silverman & Maroon 5  Season 40, Episode 2

Sarah Silverman makes her triumphant return to the SNL stage in a show that smacks less of triumph and more of coasting.
posted by Etrigan on Oct 5, 2014 at 5:58 AM - 12 comments

Saturday Night Live: Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande  Season 40, Episode 1

Starlord returns to Earth to face his most terrifying ordeal yet -- hosting the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
posted by Etrigan on Sep 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM - 23 comments

Saturday Night Live: Andy Samberg and St. Vincent  Season 39, Episode 21

The 39th season ends with a huge homecoming, two Digital Shorts, and a non-political cold open.
posted by Etrigan on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 AM - 42 comments

Saturday Night Live: Charlize Theron and the Black Keys  Season 39, Episode 20

A perfectly acceptable episode, using Theron well enough and featuring a Weekend Update guest we didn't know we've been waiting for since the 1970s. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on May 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM - 15 comments

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