Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg present their take on Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” with the Foo Fighters at the SNL after-party. Sure it’s pretty much just a bad karaoke video, but it’s the Beethoven’s 9th of karaoke videos. (Amy Poehler’s attempt at “Bad Reputation” can be Beethoven’s 5th.)

Athletes Who Would Make Better SNL Hosts Than Eli Manning
- Brian Wilson
- Serena Williams
- Aaron Rodgers (who has said he’ll probably host at some point)
- Patrick Kane
- Peyton Manning again
- Tim Tebow (If you say you wouldn’t watch you are a LIAR)
- The Harlem Globetrotters, as a collective unit
- Meta World Peace (I repeat: YOU KNOW YOU WOULD WATCH)
- Peyton Manning again again
- The Monstars from Space Jam
- The Miller Park Sausages
- The Angels’ goddamn stupid-ass Rally Monkey
- Anybody who doesn’t look like a turkey drowning in the rain while standing on the sidelines

Athletes Who Would Make Better SNL Hosts Than Eli Manning

- Brian Wilson

- Serena Williams

- Aaron Rodgers (who has said he’ll probably host at some point)

- Patrick Kane

- Peyton Manning again

- Tim Tebow (If you say you wouldn’t watch you are a LIAR)

- The Harlem Globetrotters, as a collective unit

- Meta World Peace (I repeat: YOU KNOW YOU WOULD WATCH)

- Peyton Manning again again

- The Monstars from Space Jam

- The Miller Park Sausages

- The Angels’ goddamn stupid-ass Rally Monkey

- Anybody who doesn’t look like a turkey drowning in the rain while standing on the sidelines

So the season finale of Saturday Night Live will apparently be hosted by… Mick Jagger. What do you think the odds are they’ll need to resort to a last minute replacement host, higher or lower than the odds Lindsay Lohan got?

So the season finale of Saturday Night Live will apparently be hosted by… Mick Jagger. What do you think the odds are they’ll need to resort to a last minute replacement host, higher or lower than the odds Lindsay Lohan got?

Will Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis leave Saturday Night Live?
(via Vulture)
Not to minimize the possibility of Kristen Wiig leaving NBC’s sketch comedy mainstay, but I think that part of this rumor is something we were all expecting. Ever since Bridesmaids became a blockbuster hit, we all knew she was too big of a star to stay part of a late night ensemble. Considering how much the show relies on her presence, she will of course be missed, but Lorne Michaels is used to this and has already taken steps toward the future. SNL develops big stars. The big stars leave. Unknowns come in to replace them and become big stars themselves. It’s a cycle that’s gone on since Chevy Chase left the show and continued with Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey. Kristen Wiig is just the latest in that impressive line.
The bigger worry in my mind seems to be Samberg. While Wiig has been the show’s rock for the past several years, Samberg has been its lighthouse. His range is limited, and I imagine if someone kept statistics on it (Grantland, this is your wheelhouse) he’d rank well behind Wiig, Sudeikis and Bill Hader in screentime, possibly even Keenan Thompson. But in an age where more people (in particular, more young folk) get their only glimpse of SNL from clips that blow up online after the show airs, Samberg has been instrumental in building buzz and keeping Saturday Night Live in the national conversation. In 2011, two of the ten most viewed videos on YouTube were Lonely Island songs that Samberg, along with Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone, debuted on SNL. That’s a hell of a lot of exposure that will be hard to gain back. Plus, Samberg’s digital shorts offer a much needed change of pace in each episode, particularly now that Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse segments are (mostly) nowhere to be found.
As for Sudeikis, I can only imagine how hard it will be for Michaels to find a replacement handsome white guy.

Will Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis leave Saturday Night Live?

(via Vulture)

Not to minimize the possibility of Kristen Wiig leaving NBC’s sketch comedy mainstay, but I think that part of this rumor is something we were all expecting. Ever since Bridesmaids became a blockbuster hit, we all knew she was too big of a star to stay part of a late night ensemble. Considering how much the show relies on her presence, she will of course be missed, but Lorne Michaels is used to this and has already taken steps toward the future. SNL develops big stars. The big stars leave. Unknowns come in to replace them and become big stars themselves. It’s a cycle that’s gone on since Chevy Chase left the show and continued with Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey. Kristen Wiig is just the latest in that impressive line.

The bigger worry in my mind seems to be Samberg. While Wiig has been the show’s rock for the past several years, Samberg has been its lighthouse. His range is limited, and I imagine if someone kept statistics on it (Grantland, this is your wheelhouse) he’d rank well behind Wiig, Sudeikis and Bill Hader in screentime, possibly even Keenan Thompson. But in an age where more people (in particular, more young folk) get their only glimpse of SNL from clips that blow up online after the show airs, Samberg has been instrumental in building buzz and keeping Saturday Night Live in the national conversation. In 2011, two of the ten most viewed videos on YouTube were Lonely Island songs that Samberg, along with Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone, debuted on SNL. That’s a hell of a lot of exposure that will be hard to gain back. Plus, Samberg’s digital shorts offer a much needed change of pace in each episode, particularly now that Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse segments are (mostly) nowhere to be found.

As for Sudeikis, I can only imagine how hard it will be for Michaels to find a replacement handsome white guy.

Kate McKinnon: Exactly what Saturday Night Live needs
In case you haven’t heard the news reported last night (and a bit earlier if you follow a whole bunch of UCB comedians on Tumblr like I do) SNL has added NYC-based sketch comedian Kate McKinnon as a featured player for the remainder of the season.
Though this could be seen as a natural move to make up for the premature departure of Paul Brittain or the tentative status of Abby Elliot, McKinnon also acts as an insurance policy in case Kristen Wiig decides to pursue big-screen opportunities full time after seven outstanding seasons on the show. McKinnon has a similarly outsized comic sensibility, and her expressive features (most notably her startling eyes) lend themselves to outrageous impersonations and rubbber-faced characters.
McKinnon is best known outside her UCB work as a member of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show. And yes, as the show name indicates, McKinnon will be the first openly lesbian cast member in SNL history.
Though some — mostly uneducated internet commenters — have pointed to McKinnon’s hiring as an ‘affirmative action’ hire due to the lack of women on the show, the only demographic SNL ever seeks to fill is its funny demographic, and McKinnon certainly fits in that regard.
Before her debut on April 8 with host Sofia Vergara, check out some of her highlights here.

Kate McKinnon: Exactly what Saturday Night Live needs

In case you haven’t heard the news reported last night (and a bit earlier if you follow a whole bunch of UCB comedians on Tumblr like I do) SNL has added NYC-based sketch comedian Kate McKinnon as a featured player for the remainder of the season.

Though this could be seen as a natural move to make up for the premature departure of Paul Brittain or the tentative status of Abby Elliot, McKinnon also acts as an insurance policy in case Kristen Wiig decides to pursue big-screen opportunities full time after seven outstanding seasons on the show. McKinnon has a similarly outsized comic sensibility, and her expressive features (most notably her startling eyes) lend themselves to outrageous impersonations and rubbber-faced characters.

McKinnon is best known outside her UCB work as a member of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show. And yes, as the show name indicates, McKinnon will be the first openly lesbian cast member in SNL history.

Though some — mostly uneducated internet commenters — have pointed to McKinnon’s hiring as an ‘affirmative action’ hire due to the lack of women on the show, the only demographic SNL ever seeks to fill is its funny demographic, and McKinnon certainly fits in that regard.

Before her debut on April 8 with host Sofia Vergara, check out some of her highlights here.

Last night, Lindsay Lohan earned a guaranteed spot on the list of worst SNL hosts ever. Despite a couple funny self-referential gags to Lohan’s appearance (the best of which being Jon Hamm planted in the audience, ready to jump in as a substitute host should Lohan sef-destruct), any goodwill earned was completely washed away by Lohan’s inability to perform. Whether it was her lack of any effort to hide that she was reading every line off of a cue card or her constant monotone delivery, Lohan turned this into a history-making episode for all the wrong reasons.
If nothing else, this is likely the biggest drop-off in quality from one episode of SNL to the next, considering the fantastic Maya Rudolph episode that proceeded last night’s train wreck. But where does Lohan’s failure rank among the worst SNL hosts of all time? Can she top the infamous work of Andrew Dice Clay? How about the misery that was the Paris Hilton episode? Or will she merely be lost among the numerous terrible hosting gigs of popular athletes not named Peyton Manning? 

Last night, Lindsay Lohan earned a guaranteed spot on the list of worst SNL hosts ever. Despite a couple funny self-referential gags to Lohan’s appearance (the best of which being Jon Hamm planted in the audience, ready to jump in as a substitute host should Lohan sef-destruct), any goodwill earned was completely washed away by Lohan’s inability to perform. Whether it was her lack of any effort to hide that she was reading every line off of a cue card or her constant monotone delivery, Lohan turned this into a history-making episode for all the wrong reasons.

If nothing else, this is likely the biggest drop-off in quality from one episode of SNL to the next, considering the fantastic Maya Rudolph episode that proceeded last night’s train wreck. But where does Lohan’s failure rank among the worst SNL hosts of all time? Can she top the infamous work of Andrew Dice Clay? How about the misery that was the Paris Hilton episode? Or will she merely be lost among the numerous terrible hosting gigs of popular athletes not named Peyton Manning? 

We were losing a lot of sleep over who would replace SNL’s Paul Brittain in one of his most important roles: The guy who hits the jukebox in Les Jeunes de Paris. The Artist's Jean Dujardin seems like a logical choice.

I shudder to think of the fan fiction this has already spawned.

I shudder to think of the fan fiction this has already spawned.