Category: SNL

Kristen Wiig and her inevitable exit from 'SNL' [Poll]

Kristen Wiig

If Kristen Wiig is indeed preparing for the next chapter of her career, it's certainly not a private process. Reports are rampant that the "Saturday Night Live" funny lady is leaving the show at season's end.

Wiig's contract expires in May, and given her Academy Award-nominated success with the female comedy "Bridesmaids," it's a natural move to exit the sketch comedy show for movie stardom.

"Well, everyone has to leave," Wiig told Alec Baldwin on the frequent "SNL" host's podcast Monday. 

"This is my seventh year, and that's my family," she said. "It's my heart. It's New York to me." 

WIig isn't the only star possibly headed for the door — reports say digital-short mastermind Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis will walk as well. Those would be big shoes to fill, and "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels seems hip to the vacancies, given his tryout of actress Kate McKinnon last weekend's Sofia Vergara-hosted show. 

Wiig has a slew of movie projects on the burner as well as the completed cougar romance "Imogene," costarring "Glee" guy Darren Criss.

Do you think it's time for Wiig to hit the road? Take our poll below and leave your thoughts in comments.


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Photo: Kristen Wiig at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 in Hollywood. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.


Lindsay Lohan's return to 'Saturday Night Live' brings memories

Lindsay Lohan and Kenan Thompson

Lindsay Lohan is set to take the "Saturday Night Live" stage tonight for the fourth time, and fans can’t wait to see the troubled starlet poke fun at her recent troubles.

Shoplifting, working at the morgue and serving house arrest should make great fodder for the "SNL" writers, but will the skits live up to some of Lindsay’s past appearances?

Who can forget her spoof commercial for coin slot (a.k.a. butt crack) moisturizer? Lindsay and Kristin Wiig explained enthusiastically that low-cut fashion can expose that, ahem, area to sun and wind, but with a little lotion, you can "kick coin-slot dryness to the curb."

How about her turn as Hermione Granger from the "Harry Potter" franchise? When Hermione comes back from summer break looking a bit top heavy, Harry and Ron can’t seem to focus on anything but her chest:

Lindsay Lohan as sexy Hermione On SNL

And what about the time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler offered to mentor her on "Weekend Update"? At first it’s all about Lindsay’s eating habits and career, until she manages to turn the tables.

For a taste of the "Lindsanity" in store for tonight, check out her promos below, with Kenan Thompson.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan and Kenan Thompson on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Credit: NBC

Maya Rudolph charms as Beyonce, Michelle Obama on 'SNL'

Maya Rudolph spoofs Beyonce on SNL

Maya Rudolph slayed this weekend on "Saturday Night Live," as the sketch-comedy show alum took on everyone from Michelle Obama to Maya Angelou. But the funny lady hit her arguable high note portraying new mom Beyonce.

With cast member Jay Pharaoh playing mogul Jay-Z, the skit (watch it below) imagined the two at home receiving celebrity well-wishers after the birth of their daughter Blue Ivy.

"I asked the doctor, did I have a boy? And he said no, you had a single lady," Rudolph sings to LL Cool J (played by Kenan Thompson) and additional "guests" including Nicki Minaj and Prince.

Justin Timberlake provided some extra laughs as granola rocker Bon Iver, as did an appearance from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (Taran Killam and Abby Elliott).

Rudolph proved a ratings champ for NBC on Saturday, as the "Bridesmaids" actress easily landed the highest ratings share for viewers 18-49. She got a little help from another alum, Amy  Poehler, who stopped by to host "Weekend Update" and to hit her and Rudolph's famous "Bronx Beat" sketch.



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Photo: Photo: Maya Rudolph at the Westwood premiere of "Bridesmaids" in April 2011. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Lindsay Lohan signs on to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Lindsay Lohan will host "Saturday Night Live"

Lindsay Lohan will host "Saturday Night Live" on March 3, adding another notch to a pop-culture comeback belt that already includes an appearance in Playboy.

Prolific host Alec Baldwin need not feel threatened just yet -- it'll only be LiLo's fourth turn as host. She had hosting gigs in 2004, 2005 and 2006, before she became more likely to be the subject of a sketch than to appear in one as a guest.

This time around, the writers should have plenty to work with.

With her community service at the morgue on track to end soon, Lohan reportedly called up "SNL" exec producer Lorne Michaels and proposed she host, sources close to the actress told TMZ. (At least it wasn't her dad doing it this time without her permission.)

Jack White will be the musical guest, NBC said.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan attends amfAR's gala benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on Feb. 8. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.

Channing Tatum strips down, spoofs McConaughey for 'SNL'

Channing Tatum strips down for 'SNL'

Channing Tatum tried his hand (and chest) at hosting "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday, winning over audiences with his stripper moves and Matthew McConaughey impersonation.

"The Vow" actor took jabs at his pre-Hollywood days working as a male stripper, the inspiration for this summer's beeftastic "Magic Mike," using his monologue to lay down some ground rules.

"No touching. I can touch you, you can't touch me. Tips are appreciated; the only reason I'm hosting this show is to put myself through nursing school," he said. 

After the mandatory abdominal show, Tatum worked his way through sketches playing folks such as Tom Brady and his "Magic Mike" costar Matthew McConaughey.

In a sketch called "Getting Freaky with Cee-Lo," Tatum nails McConaguhey's syrupy Southern drawl and liberated hard body. 

A solid showing from Tatum, especially those stripper moves in the monologue, which you can watch below with another clip. All right, all right, all right


Tatum takes on McConaughey: 



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Photo: Channing Tatum in Beverly Hills in February. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

'SNL' slams Kardashian divorce; Kristen Wiig nails Kris Jenner

Kim Kardashian, queen of "Kim's Fairytale Divorce" by Saturday Night Live

Human suffering should never be a laughing matter, though in the case of Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries, well -- bless the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for its take on the Kardashians' reality-TV circus.

This weekend's "SNL," hosted by "Horrible Bosses" star Charlie Day, saw a brilliant short called "Kim's Fairytale Divorce," a mock E! event that gathered the whole Kardashian clan to help Kim sign her freedom papers and throw Humphries some loose change in compensation.

We must note: Kristen Wiig is beyond brilliant as matriarch Kris Jenner, pointing out that Kim didn't get married only to net "a reported $17 million," "she also got married for attention."

Rounding out the sketch are spooftastic appearances from "Bruce Jenner," "Kourtney Kardashian," "Lamar Odom" and a faux Khloe Kardashian -- whose real-life counterpart tweeted her approval of the bit.

"Ha! I just saw the SNL skit they did and I could not stop laughing.... LOL," she wrote Monday.

Nasim Pedrad, as the divorcee-to-be, deftly paints a Kim who copes with heartache by crying, posing and indulging with her siblings in group bleaching of certain off-the-beaten-path private parts.

Enjoy the sketch below -- warning, it has some crude, late-night-style bits -- and give us your thoughts on Kim's divorce in comments. 



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Photo: Kim Kardashian greets fans during a promotion for the Kardashian Kollection handbag line in Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 3. Credit: Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images

Tina Fey, Jeffrey Richmond welcome baby girl Penelope Athena

Tina Fey has a new baby girl with husband Jeff RichmondTina Fey is mom to a brand-new baby girl. The “30 Rock” star and her husband, Jeffrey Richmond, welcomed daughter Penelope Athena on Wednesday, reports People.

Fey, 41, revealed in April just how tricky it was to plan for a second baby (the couple has a daughter named Alice, 5) around her busy life as a TV multi-hyphenate and author.

“I thought '30 Rock' would be canceled by now and I would have time to do this,” she confessed on the “Oprah” show, adding, "My husband and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having '30 Rock' end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing that we were going to prioritize our family."

The world got an early introduction to baby Penny on “Saturday Night Live” in May when Fey and pregnant friend Maya Rudolph (baby Jack was born July 3) sang “Natalie Cole-style” with their unborn babies. Of course, it was all thanks to the “help of science and a sonogram machine stolen from the storage unit of Mr. Tom Cruise.”

The Mother's Day tune, which turned out to be mostly about doin' it, included a little piece of motherly advice from Fey: "Don't make the mistakes that I made, specifically getting drunk on rose wine and having unprotected sex on a roller coaster at Epcot Japan."


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Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond arrive at the 68th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Jan. 16. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

Alec Baldwin books 16th 'SNL' host gig, wraps with Woody in Rome

Alec Baldwin: SNL has him set for a record-breaking 16th host gig

Maybe Alec Baldwin should forget about running for mayor of New York and simply declare himself mayor of "SNL": The actor has been invited to host "Saturday Night Live" for a 16th time, pushing him past Steve Martin as the host who's done the most on NBC's New York-based sketch comedy show.

Baldwin will host the 37th season premiere of "SNL" on Sept. 24, according to Show Tracker. His 15th turn on the show, the 35th-season closer, followed Betty White's grassroots-inspired appearance and featured gentle competitive banter with Martin, who phoned in during the monologue.

Martin, who last hosted "SNL" in January 2009, teamed with Baldwin to host the Academy Awards in March 2010 -- with "meh" results. The upcoming sixth season of "30 Rock," which is maneuvering around a pregnant Tina Fey, will be Baldwin's last.

But back to the mayor thing -- if not New York, the actor might see if he can score some votes in Rome, where he's been getting paparazzi love while filming the Woody Allen film "The Bop Decameron."

"One more day on this film with Woody. Shizz-dang. I'm sad," Baldwin said early Friday, Italian time, on Twitter. "This has been a good one."

The cast of "The Bop Decameron," a romantic comedy made of up four vignettes based on "Decameron," a 14th century collection of bawdy tales by poet Giovanni Boccaccio, also includes Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Penélope Cruz, to name but a few. 

It doesn't appear to be a typical rom-com: Two of the vignettes will be in Italian.


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Photos: Alec Baldwin goofs around with a crew member, left, on location July 28 in Rome and works with an unidentified woman July 25 while shooting a scene for "The Bop Decameron" in an outdoor market in Rome. Credits: Remo Casilli / Reuters, left; Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty Images, right.

Justin Timberlake scores Lady Gaga and Andy Samberg for '3-Way' on 'SNL'

For Justin Timberlake's well-rated return to "Saturday Night Live," the singer scored Lady Gaga for another digital short with funnyman Andy Samberg.

Known for viral sensations on risque subjects, duo Timberlake and Samberg work an intentionally cheesy R&B shtick with hilarious results.

Gaga was tapped as musical guest for the episode, the show's season finale, and proved more than willing to play along in a clip titled "3-Way."

Timberlake and Samberg pay tribute to the following gentleman's agreement: engaging in a ménage à trois is not gay. Not even a little. 

Gaga appears as the lady component in their comedy sandwhich, with special appearances from Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson. Check out the clip above.


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Michael Bolton: Jack Sparrow on 'SNL' was 'one of the highlights of my career' [Video]

Just call Michael Bolton the new Captain Jack Sparrow, jester of Tortuga. He made his debut as the kohl-eyed pirate over the weekend on the " 'Saturday Night Live' Digital Short" with Andy Samberg and the guys from Lonely Island.

The episode, hosted by Tina Fey and featuring the return of her Sarah Palin character, marked 20 years since Bolton had been on the show. He was a musical guest in 1991 and appeared in the "We Are the World" spoof called "Musicians for Free Range Chickens."

This time, he hit the studio with a "big, sexy hook" for the trio's newest song, but as it turns out, Bolton is a major cinephile. (Keira Knightley!) He also makes for a fantastic "Pirate of the Caribbean," Forrest Gump, Erin Brockovich and Tony Montana. Look out, Johnny Depp.

"Working with Andy, Akiva and Jorma on the Jack Sparrow digital short was one of the highlights of my career and most memorable experiences of my life," Bolton wrote on his website. "For the few people on the planet who might not know, these guys are brilliant, funny and beyond super talented. They made me do things I never would have expected to be comfortable with and I'm so glad I did. Truly grateful to be a part of this project and CANNOT WAIT for the chance to work with the guys again."

We can't either. Watch the clip above and tell us what your favorite part was in comments.

In the meantime, his 21st studio album, "Gems –- The Duets Collection," is out June 21.

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