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Sam Rockwell & Mikey Day Attempt The Impossible In The Absurdly Funny Sketch, Genetics Lab #SNL

Sam Rockwell hosted SNL for the first time Saturday night, and he was wonderful. Rockwell is one of those under the radar actors who excel at SNL (see Chris Pine) and there wasn’t a false sketch on the night. If you’re looking for the most news worthy story from this show, it’s Rockwell dropping a F bomb during the Science Show sketch. In fact, that’s about the only thing you get when you search ‘Sam Rockwell SNL”:

Sam Rockwell

Photo; Ryan’s Phone

While the F bomb was accidental, Rockwell didn’t let it affect him. Science Show, Captain Hook and Marcus Comes To Dinner were all hysterical. Pre-taped sketches My Drunk Boyfriend and ATM were also really good. The sketch with the most absurd premise and my personal favorite was Genetics Lab.

Sam Rockwell and Mikey Day play scientists working on their latest project. The project seems a little too crazy for potential investors, played by Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant and Kenan Thompson. It’s tough to blame them when we find out the project is a ‘dog head guy’. The $35 million project involves Rockwell’s character’s dead brother’s body and the head of his dog. As the sketch progresses, the cast can barely keep it together. Also, that dog is as cute as it gets.

Overall, a great return episode for SNL who was off for the holidays for the past few weeks. We even got Bill Murray as Steve Bannon! This week, Jessica Chastain hosts with musical guest Troye Sivan.

-Ryan

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After 108 Years, The Chicago Cubs Are Finally World Series Champions Again

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If you missed last night’s game 7, or really any game of this World Series, you missed out on history. History would’ve been made either way: Cleveland hadn’t won the Fall Classic since 1948, the Cubs since 1908, but I think deep down every baseball fan outside of Cleveland was rooting for the Cubbies. As we saw last night, the Cubs persevered, through Billy goat curse chants, multiple mental errors, bizarre managerial decisions and even an extra inning rain delay. They persevered through it all, and now they can call themselves champions. It was a win for baseball fans and the MLB in general, as the ratings for game 6 and game 7 were astronomical. The millions of people who watched those games watched baseball played the right way, with young and veteran stars alike trying to etch their name in the history books. They also watched two of the best managers in professional sports, Terry Francona and Joe Maddon, make chess move after chess move, hoping each decision would get them closer to a World Series trophy. Maddon won out (not without being second guessed, of course) and now he has the distinction of being the manager who broke the curse, the same thing Francona accomplished with the Red Sox in 2004. I’ll never know how important this was for Maddon or any of the Cub players, but as a Red Sox fan, I know how important this was to the fans. The Cubs are no longer cursed. The Cubs are no longer lovable losers. They are champions, and as a fan, especially a fan of baseball, which lasts from March-November if we’re lucky, it’s a wonderful feeling. Congratulations to Theo Epstein, Jon Lester & David Ross. Congratulations to the rest of the Cubs players and organization. Congratulations to the Chicago Cub fans. Lastly, thanks to everyone involved for an amazing World Series.

-Ryan

Bill Murray Popped Out Of A Cake & Hung Out With People On The Street During His Final Appearance With David Letterman

Unless you live under a rock (which if you do, I’m terribly sorry) then you know David Letterman’s final Late Night show is tonight. Celebrities have been appearing/giving tributes for the past few weeks (I wrote about Eddie Vedder’s appearance yesterday) but it’s not quite a send off until Bill Murray gets involved. Well he got involved last night, and it was silly and wonderful and everything you love about a Bill Murray appearance. He popped out of a cake, hugged Letterman and high fived audience members while covered in cake, then ventured outside and led people on the streets in a chant asking Dave not to leave the air. Bill Murray for the win, again and again.

– Ryan

Bill Murray Showed Up To Jimmy Kimmel In A Southern Sun Dress & Was Predictably Delightful

At this point, you don’t need anyone to tell you how great Bill Murray is, but for over 40 years he’s been one of the best late night guest’s on TV. I have to imagine hosts are delighted to have him, and he always does something different. For example, Jimmy Kimmel is doing his show in Austin this week for SXSW, so Bill Murray shows up last night in a sun dress and cowboy hat. Bill Murray might be the only male senior citizen to wear a sun dress and get away with it, but that’s part of his charm. He’s a delightfully insane human being.

– Ryan

The Mayor of Pawnee Was Finally Revealed On Parks & Rec Last Night, & It Was Well Worth The Wait

BillGetting Murray to play the mayor of Pawnee has been a dream of Amy Poehler and the “Parks and Rec” cast and crew for years. Back in 2011, Poehler mentioned her wish to cast him in an interview at PayleyFest and during an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” She brought it up it again in an interview with Entertainment Weekly at Sundance in 2013.

“I want Bill Murray to play the mayor,” she said “And I just dream about it every night. I whisper it to a bird and then I open the window and the bird flies away.”

Show creator Mike Schur told Entertainment Weekly that when they did finally manage to snag the actor, he was the perfect addition on set.

“He was just the most delightful person,” he said. “Not only was he incredibly complimentary of the show, he went around to every one of the actors and told them how great they were and cited specific episodes and moments. He hung out on the set for three hours, watching us shoot the show.”

The man, the myth, the legend.

The second part of last night’s back to back episodes of Parks and Rec, which served as the second to last episode EVER of the series (next week’s finale is an hour long) featured two funerals, which was appropriate considering the name of the episode was ‘Two Funerals’. While watching Ron pay tribute to his barber with a 10er was touching, nothing topped (or will ever top) the reveal of Mayor Gunderson. For pretty much the entire series, we as the audience have been told tales about the Mayor of Pawnee, but have never seen his face. I had actually completely forgotten about the mayor during the lead up to this last season, but thankfully the writers of Parks and Rec didn’t, because the first of two funerals last night was for Mayor Gunderson, who was played quietly and happily by none other than Bill Murray. Bill Murray being the mayor of Pawnee makes so much sense: with a mayor like Bill, how could Pawnee be anything other than the greatest small town in the world? There’s no video of his appearance yet, but the official Parks and Rec twitter account tweeted out that picture which makes the entire world happy. The Huffington Post article referenced above also has quotes from Amy Poehler and Parks & Rec creator Mike Schur about how much of a joy Murray was on set. Bill Murray loves life almost as much as we love him.

– Ryan

Bill Murray Sang The Lost Love Theme Song From ‘Jaws’ And It Was As Spectacular As You’d Expect #SNL40

Before SNL 40 aired last night, there were two people in particular I was really excited to see back: Eddie Murphy and Bill Murray. While Chris Rock gave a great tribute to Murphy and his incredible comedic talent, Eddie was very laid back and seemed to soaking it all in, which is understandable when you remember he hadn’t been on SNL in 32 years. Murray, on the other hand, went all in with his rendition of the love theme song from ‘Jaws’. With the help of Paul Schaffer on the keys, Murray belts out a ballad that is both hysterical and haunting. Now the only thing left to do is to get Bill Murray to host this year and all will be right with the world.

– Ryan

Trailer Alert: St. Vincent

If there is anyone I would want to watch my kid after school for $11 an hour it would be Bill Murray. To be fair this movie’s premise isn’t new. This kind of has a ‘Role Models” meets “Big Daddy” type of vibe, but what those movies lack in Bill Murray, this movie makes up for it. I need more Bill Murray movies and I need them now!

-Matt

Bill Murray Might Host an Episode of SNL This Year & Now I’m Happy Forever

BILLYMany assumed that Chris Pratt would host SNL this season, possibly even the premiere. Now, it’s all but official: Splitsider reports that “according to several sources — including news posts yesterday by local NBC affiliate sites that have since been taken down,” the Guardians of the Galaxy star will host an early season 40 episode, along with Sarah Silverman and BILL MOTHERF*CKING MURRAY.

The musical guests: Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, and Hozier. Expect an official announcement very soon.

Winning

I expected SNL to bring out the big guns for their 40th anniversary year, but in my wildest dreams I did not expect Bill Murray to host an episode. He was probably going to be at the 40th anniversary special in February, but getting his own episode to host is a special kind of awesome. It’s also not completely random either, since St. Vincent comes out October 24th. Oh yeah, and Chris Pratt is hosting this year, too. SNL for the mother fucking win.

– Ryan

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