Jane Curtin is a Serious Badass on WWHL

Jane Curtin and Harvey Fierstein on Watch What Happens Live
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Jane Curtin is a badass. As an original cast member on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ she’s a pioneer who paved the way for many of the women who came after her, and by all accounts, she’s normal. If you ever read ‘Live From New York’ written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, you’d learn more about her legendary status, with one select quote from Rosie Shuster, a writer on the long-running series who later married Lorne Michaels.

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Kenan Thompson: Kanye West “Held the SNL Cast Hostage”

Kanye West performs on Saturday Night Live
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In a finite period of time on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson made some very astute points about Kanye West’s political rant on SNL, and they’re worth noting. For starters, absent the insanity of West’s actual argument, Thompson points out that he made the cast uncomfortable and essentially “held them hostage.” He gathered them around for his rant without revealing his intentions, which awkwardly puts them beside him without their prior consent. Furthermore, though “we are all entitled to our opinion,” according to Thompson, that is “not the time” to voice it. And if you’re going to voice it, at least let people know before you comission their presence. Watch below.

Alec Baldwin’s Best SNL Performances of All-Time


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Alec Baldwin has been a regular guest on Saturday Night Live since 1990 and holds the current record for hosting the show 16 times. His talent for mimicry lends itself for clever impersonations, breathing life into a wide range of characters. He’s played everything from a deranged elf to the President of the United States. He clearly enjoys sketch comedy. Baldwin’s playful, impish nature is inclusive, making us feel like we’re in on the jokes.

Cockpit: 10/23/2016

Baldwin and Tom Hanks play off each other in this uncomfortably funny skit depicting the hero-pilot of the Hudson River landing fame, Sully Sullenberger.

Top Gun Auditions: 9/24/2001

Top Gun fans of a certain age will enjoy Baldwin’s eccentric Al Pacino.

The Joe Pesci Show: Robert De Niro, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Brad Pitt: 1/20/1996

Baldwin’s ability to mimic subtle body language and accents fleshes out his Robert De Niro.

Plastic Surgeon: 11/15/2003

Amy Poehler’s character goes to a plastic surgeon, played by Baldwin, for a breast augmentation consultation. The sketch pokes fun at Baldwin’s passionate monologues from the movie Malice.

Glengarry Glen Christmas: Elf Motivation:12/10/2005

Baldwin’s elf channels his Glengarry Glen Ross movie character and breaks the spirits of his elf subordinates.

The SNL Platinum Lounge:11/11/2006

Steve Martin and Baldwin play themselves bumping into each other before the show. Martin turns homicidal trying to prevent Baldwin from breaking his record for hosting SNL.

Inside The Actor’s Studio with Charles Nelson Reilly: 4/7/2001

This skit holds generational appeal to those of us who are old enough to remember the game show Hollywood Squares. Baldwin nails Reilly’s flamboyant nature with just enough camp.

Weekend Edition: Steve Rogers: 12/10/2011

Baldwin shines in this news segment poking fun at himself. He plays the pilot that threw him off a recent flight for refusing to turn off his mobile phone before takeoff.

Prince Charles Press Conference: 11/15/2003

If sexual innuendo is your cup of tea, you’ll enjoy the clever repartee of Baldwin’s secretary interacting with reporters during a news conference.

Date with a Child Psychologist: 9/24/2011

A dinner date goes horribly wrong. Baldwin’s pompous psychologist is impervious to his date’s growing discomfort while he unskillfully manages his child’s prolonged tantrum.

Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open: 10/15/2016

Baldwin’s depiction of Trump’s first press conference since his election is colorfully irreverent. No matter what side of the aisle you fall on, Baldwin’s impression of Trump has received great reviews and has led to Baldwin to explore his options and take his Trump impression on the road.

Wii Guys: 2/14/2009

Depending on your tastes you’ll either laugh uncomfortably or with abandon while watching Baldwin as a father learn to master a Wii game with his sons.

Donald Trump Vs Hillary Clinton Third Debate Cold Open: 10/15/2016

Kate McKinnon and Baldwin skillfully lampoon the foibles of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. McKinnon would go on to win an Emmy for her performances on Saturday Night Live, with her role as Clinton being the most memorable.

NPR’s Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls: 4/7/2001

The reigning crowd favorite of Baldwin’s SNL skits. As a guest on a highbrow National Public Radio cooking show, he discusses his recipe for Schweddy balls.

Sturgill Simpson Takes On ‘Saturday Night Live’

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When Sturgill Simpson’s album, ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,’ was nominated for Album of the Year for the 59th Grammy Awards, he humbly proclaimed that he “would’ve liked to see Frank Ocean’s name where [his] is,” because he thought Ocean’s record, ‘Blonde,’ was “really groundbreaking.” Funny enough, Ocean did not submit his album for consideration, thereby removing him from contention. Ocean believes the “infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated,” and he might be right, but Simpson’s nomination represents a much bigger movement in the music industry, and here’s hoping it sends a message. First and foremost, he’s the only artist who wrote his entire album. Adele is a close second, with just one co-songwriter, but Beyonce’s much-praised ‘Lemonade’ has more songwriters than bagels at Yom Kippur. The same goes for Drake. And though I’m not a Bieber hater, I need not explain the alarming juxtaposition between the two artists, and It begs a bigger question about the what the Grammys truly represent. If Starry Night had been a collaborative effort between Vincent van Gough and his 25 cohorts, would we see it through the same lens?

Simpson has long been called a country music outlaw, refusing to cater to the confines of what has now become a homogenized songwriting factory in Nashville. There’s no more Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, or Willie Nelson, and Simpson is therefore considered to be the “savior” of a dying genre. Simpson himself might not see himself this way, and judging by his performance on Saturday Night Live, all he really sees is the music. His blues riff on “Call to Arms” lets his 11-piece band make a tiny stage with a small audience seem like an amphitheater. Watch both performances below.

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Lorne Michaels Visits ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’


The ever-elusive Lorne Michaels exercised his loyalty with Jerry Seinfeld when he made a special appearance on ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.’ It’s no secret that the ‘Saturday Night Live’ creator and producer has always been on the pulse of comedy, so the best part of the following clip is his question about Seinfeld’s format for the show. Something tells me Lorne does not approve, and perhaps rightfully so. The show is funny, but it’s not funny enough. Not for Lorne anyway.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot New York Premiere — Red Carpet Pictures

Your WTF experience is headed to theaters this weekend, and Hollywood’s heavy-hitters graced the red carpet for the New York premiere. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton and is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”).

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01:  Actor Billy Bob Thornton attends the World Premiere of the Paramount Pictures title "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", on March 1, 2016 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City, New York.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Billy Bob Thornton
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 01: Actor Billy Bob Thornton attends the World Premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”, on March 1, 2016 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City, New York. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Billy Bob Thornton
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01:  Actress and producer Tina Fey attends the World Premiere of the Paramount Pictures title "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", on March 1, 2016 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City, New York.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Tina Fey
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 01: Actress and producer Tina Fey attends the World Premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”, on March 1, 2016 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City, New York. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Tina Fey
New York, NY - 3/1/16 - Kim Barker attends the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of "WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT". The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix
New York, NY – 3/1/16 – Kim Barker attends the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of “WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT”. The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix
New York, NY - 3/1/16 - Sheila Vand attends the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of "WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT". The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix.
New York, NY – 3/1/16 – Sheila Vand attends the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of “WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT”. The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix.
New York, NY - 3/1/16 - Margot Robbie attends the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of "WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT". The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix
New York, NY – 3/1/16 – Margot Robbie attends the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of “WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT”. The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix
New York, NY - 3/1/16 - Tina Fey and Margot Robbie attend the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of "WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT". The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016.  PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix.
New York, NY – 3/1/16 – Tina Fey and Margot Robbie attend the Paramount Pictures World Premiere of “WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT”. The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Christopher Abbott. It opens in theaters March 4th, 2016. PHOTO by: Dave Allocca/Starpix.

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Larry David’s Laughs Through SNL Rehearsal: “Can a Bitch Get a Doughnut?”

For a guy who once quit his writing job at Saturday Night Live only to return the next day and pretend as if it didn’t happen, it must be sweet redemption to rule the stage on his return. He’s Larry David after all, and his notorious irritability is beautifully complimented by his childlike glee. Watch below to see David flub his lines with laughter during the SNL dress rehearsal, in a very funny sketch that got slightly overshadowed by the brilliant ‘Bern Your Enthusiasm.’ Click the second video to see the more polished, live version.

Adele Performs on ‘SNL’ — WATCH NOW

Adele visited the tiny stage at ‘Saturday Night Live’ for a two part performance, which included her first singles off her new album, ’25.’ Watch below to see her sing “When We Were Young.” She wrote the song with 30 year old up-and-comer Tobias Jesso Jr., who just released his debut album, ‘Goon,’ to much critical acclaim. Jesso Jr. always aimed to be a songwriter, but his struggle toward success forced him to sing his own tunes instead. In fact, his very first show was last year, and according to Jesso Jr., “Before that, [he] had nothing, no hopes of getting to write for anybody, no big dreams I thought would ever come true.” He was “just a 28 year old in his parent’s basement learning the piano for the very first time.” So how did Adele find him, and what precisely sparked her interest? Apparently, the song “Hollywood” set the ball rolling, and she had her manager reach out to his manager, and she was shockingly fearful he’d reject her proposition. She now calls him her new “secret weopon,” and he calls her his “dream collaboration.”

Norm Macdonald Happy Eddie Murphy Nixed Bill Cosby Sketch

Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary generated some very positive buzz, but the one standout fail was Eddie Murphy’s appearance, which was more about lauding than laughter. For a man that once commanded the room, it’s unfortunate that he’s now seemingly against all things funny. Norm Macdonald has now shed some light on his stale appearance, explaining that the original intention was a Bill Cosby sketch, and that Murphy made the last minute decision to nix it because, “he doesn’t want to kick a man while he’s down.” While it’s not fair to let MacDonald speak for Murphy, one things for certain. Bill Cosby might have raped a bunch of women, so maybe he deserves a few kicks. That being said, perhaps rape isn’t funny enough to grace the SNL stage. Watch Murphy’s sub-par, brief appearance on the anniversary stage.