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Delightful Sandra Oh finds her confidence in ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue

Sandra Oh has a hard time accepting a compliment (blame being Canadian) despite reaching new levels of success (Killing Eve is excellent, go watch it), including a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. During Oh’s SNL monologue, Leslie Jones helps her work through an inability to receive praise and gain an American sense of natural confidence.   Read more: https://mashable.com/video/sandra-oh-saturday-night-live-monologue/

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‘SNL’ lets Twitter decide which actors get jobs on a new game show sketch

Pretty much every movie casting is up to the scrutiny of Twitter these days, and Saturday Night Live leaned hard on parsing the logic of the hordes in a new sketch called “Can I Play That?”  Three actors hear a role and have seconds to decide if they’re allowed to take it, and seeing as Idris Elba is a contestant….yes, there’s a Bond joke.  Read more: https://mashable.com/video/snl-idris-elba-can-i-play-that/

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R. Kelly’s fiery interview with Gayle King gets a do-over on ‘SNL’

The latest Saturday Night Live cold open skipped D.C. humor for a change, focusing instead on R. Kelly’s explosive interview with Gayle King. The disgraced pop star made headlines on Wednesday when a CBS This Morning interview devolved into tearful and openly aggressive as Kelly unsuccessfully tried to play the victim card. This cold open is just a straight riff on King’s 80-minute sitdown. It covers the interview’s big moments and takes… let’s call it an unsympathetic view of Kelly, an alleged longtime serial abuser of women. Read more: https://mashable.com/video/r-kelly-gayle-king-interview-snl-cold-open/

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A rambling ‘SNL’ cold open can’t make sense of Donald Trump’s fake national emergency

For Saturday Night Live‘s latest cold open, Alec Baldwin put on his Donald Trump mask and spent seven minutes recreating IRL Trump’s sham press conference in which he unconvincingly presented his case for a fake national emergency. At least he was honest about it in SNL‘s version. The sketch is hardly an all-star by the show’s standards, but it clearly hit close to home. On Sunday morning, Trump dinged NBC in a tweet and quickly followed it up with a return to his favorite “the media are the enemy of…

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Lady Gaga, Spike Lee, and other Oscar nominees face off on ‘SNL’ Family Feud

This may be a game show parody rather than the actual thing, but it’s got one notable advantage over February’s Academy Awards show: there’s a host. Kenan Thompson revived his effortless Steve Harvey impression for another episode of Celebrity Family Feud: Oscars Edition. This one pit the Hollywood old guard — Spike Lee (Don Cheadle), Glenn Close (Kate McKinnon), Sam Elliott (Beck Bennett), and Olivia Coleman (Cecily Strong) — against a bunch of noobs, plus Bradley Cooper (Kyle Mooney). The best thing about this bit? Melissa Villaseñor’s transformative Lady Gaga…

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Liam Neeson, Jeff Bezos and Virginia racism get the ‘SNL’ Weekend Update treatment

We’ve all lived through a decade worth of news cycles (and aged that much as well) in the two weeks since Saturday Night Live last aired. So as you might imagine, Weekend Update hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost had a field day when the show returned on Feb. 9. This Weekend Update clip hits all the big headlines of early February: Liam Neeson’s racist thoughts. The implosion of Virginia’s leadership around revelations of white men wearing blackface and sexual misconduct. Jeff Bezos and his dick pics. It’s all there.…

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‘SNL’ pays tribute to the ‘Women of Congress’ and pantsuits

After a midterm election which brought a record number of women to Congress, some Congresswomen are being treated like celebrities. Saturday Night Live knows this fanbase well. This sketch from the Feb. 9 episode imagines the newly elected women of Congress as Charlie’s Angels dressed in white (the traditional color of women’s suffragists). There’s Kate McKinnon as Nancy “Madame Clap back” Pelosi and Leslie Jones as Maxine “Don’t Go Chasing” Waters. This is the kind of hardcore Pantsuit Nation feminism we can all get behind. Read more: https://mashable.com/video/snl-women-of-congress/

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You and your dog should watch this ‘Saturday Night Live’ rap about dogs

Like dogs? Of course you do. You will also love this digital short from the latest Saturday Night Live, which features Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, and host James McAvoy rapping the praises of their main bitches: their dogs. Has the “dogs/bitches” joke been made before? Absolutely. Has it been made while Pete Davidson is wearing tiny sunglasses and an enormous fur coat? No. So we will accept it, and we will enjoy it, and we will go perform this track for our own dogs after watching. Read more:…

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Donald Trump and Roger Stone get big laughs in the latest ‘SNL’ Weekend Update

It was a big week in U.S. politics. Donald Trump’s temper tantrum-fueled partial shutdown of the government came to an end, for one. And Roger Stone, a longtime Trump ally and adviser, because the latest figure in the president’s orbit to be indicted. I’m starting to think this Trump guy might have done some crimes at some point. But I digress. Those two nuclear news items — the government re-opening and the fall of Stone — dominated an entire Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live. Inherently funny stuff. Trump…

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Steve Martin is Roger Stone in a hilarious ‘SNL’ cold open roast of Fox News

One thing is increasingly clear anytime Saturday Night Live uses Fox News as a platform for laughs: the Rupert Murdoch network’s pro-Trump, anti-progressive approach is so dogmatic and over the top, it’s virtually impossible to parody. A jokey news package featuring Fake Tucker Carlson and Fake Jeanine Pirro is just as overrun with half-truths and outright lies as the real thing. Then Steve Martin shows up. The frequent SNL guest host (he was never a cast member, as an earlier version of this post erroneously stated) made his Trumpworld debut…

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‘Saturday Night Live’ spin on ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ imagines a President Trump-free world

What if Donald Trump had run for president in 2016… and lost? It’s a dream that at least 51.7 percent of the country thinks about frequently, based on Trump’s most recent approval numbers. Not living in the darkest possible timeline sure would be nice. The black & white cold open brings Trump (Alec Baldwin) and his angel friend Clarence (Kenan Thompson) to a holiday party in which various members of the SNL-ified Trump orbit appear to crack a few jokes and then fade into the scenery. It’s a blissful few…

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George H.W. Bush receives a loving tribute from ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Dana Carvey

Former president George H.W. Bush died on Friday, and Saturday Night Live took a moment the next evening to pay tribute. The Weekend Update sketch paused to air a montage of Dana Carvey impersonations of the former president. Carvey’s legendary Bush Sr. impression has no equal, and it became such a fixture of pop culture during the ’90s that Bush Sr. himself once got on camera to spar with the SNL alum. You can see that moment, along with a bunch of other classic Carvey moments, in the montage here.…

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Steve Carell became Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to troll Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live saved its best Donald Trump jokes for guest host Steve Carell. While the latest episode’s cold open sketch ripped Trump’s favorite propaganda network, Fox News, Carell put on a bald cap and transformed himself into Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. His three-minute message is ostensibly a broad overview of where Amazon is at now that its HQ2 locations in New York and northern Virginia have been selected. But really, this video is just an extended string of Trump burns, targeting his hair, his Twitter addiction, his…

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Watch Amy Schumer’s hilarious ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ meets ‘Sex and the City’ sketch from ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live posed a question this week: Could the grim dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale, where women are roughly on the same level as cattle, ever really work with a lighthearted, girls-just-wanna-have-fun spin, a la Sex and the City? Nope! Here, Amy Schumer yuks it up with her gal pals (Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon) in a cafeteria scene featuring zippy jokes about systemic abuse, suicide, public hangings, and… fashion. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/13/snl-handmaids-tale-sex-and-the-city-amy-schumer/

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