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Melissa McCarthy is hosting SNL this weekend, and it looks like we have at least one sketch to look forward to where she’ll be performing her spot on Sean Spicer impression. The one in the videos above will be a pre taped sketch, so it remains to be seen how many live sketches we’ll get with Spicer. The makeup process for the transformation has to be crazy, so I can’t imagine SNL would be able to get her ready during a commercial break. McCarthy is so great at sketch comedy that I know it’ll be a wonderful episode no matter what the content is, but a few timely Spicer burns are always fun to watch.
Even if you didn’t watch Saturday’s SNL, chances are you’ve heard about this sketch. Melissa McCarthy surprisingly showed up to play Press Secretary Sean Spicer and blew the roof off of 8H. You had everything here for a great sketch: a fearless comedian, McCarthy somehow looking EXACTLY like Spicer and tons of information to work with. I loved the minute details, like McCarthy shoveling gum in her mouth, which happens to be a very real habit of Spicer’s. I loved how she argued with the reporters over labeling the Executive Order a ban, another real thing that is continuing to happen between Trump’s administration and the press. Finally, just when you thought the sketch was winding down, McCarthy brought out the visual aids, and the ‘radical moose lambs’ is something that I’m going to enjoy for a very long time. This is SNL at it’s best.
Tom Hanks stopped by SNL this past weekend and was predictably wonderful. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you should do that right now. The third and final debate, Tom Hanks’ monologue, Leslie Jones on Weekend Update, jealous Scully, David S. Pumpkins! There wasn’t a bad sketch, but my favorite one by default was ‘A Girl’s Halloween’. I spent Halloween in my late teens and early 20’s on college campuses, and this sketch was basically what I lived through. It starts off innocent enough, but you know by the end of the night you’re going to be eating pizza off the floor.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 7, 2016
Margot Robbie’s season premiere couldn’t have gone any better, both from a performance and ratings standpoint. With Broadway star Lin Manuel-Miranda ready to host tomorrow night’s show, SNL decided to leak out the final two hosts of October, and boy are they wonderful. Next week we’ll see Emily Blunt and Bruno Mars, which is a killer combination. Emily Blunt will most likely fall into the Margot Robbie category: a very talented actress who doesn’t mind being silly, which usually makes for the best kind of hosts. Bruno Mars is a former host in his own right, so hopefully he steps into a sketch or two as well. Following that is Tom Hanks and Lady Gaga. Tom Hanks is his own category completely, and I can’t think of enough complimentary words to type to describe how great he’s going to be. This is his first hosting stint since 2006 (his 9th overall), so he’s got 10 years worth of charm to bestow upon us. Gaga, like Bruno Mars, has hosted the show before, but October 22nd belongs to Tom Hanks. Don’t you dare think otherwise.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) September 28, 2016
If we’re judging season 42 of SNL solely on the selection of the first two hosts, then it already gets an A+. A lot of times SNL will trot out old faithful’s at the beginning of the season to make sure it gets off to a good start, but not this year. After it was announced that Margot Robbie will make her SNL hosting debut in the season premiere, we now know that following her will be first time host and Broadway savant Lin-Manuel Miranda. Although both hosts have no prior SNL experience, its’ safe to say that its not hampering people’s excitement. Plus, if there’s anything better than SNL getting really into Broadway sketches, then I’d like to know what it is. SNL premieres this Saturday night.
NBC – Three cast members will not return for the 42nd season of “Saturday Night Live,” an NBC spokeswoman confirmed.
Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam, who have each been on the show for six seasons, and Jon Rudnitsky, who joined “SNL” just last season as a featured player, are all exiting.
Pharoah, 28, and Killam, 34, are known for their celebrity impersonations: Pharoah for his Barack Obama and Jay-Z, and Killam for his Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt, among many others.
A fan-created website, SNLArchives.net, lists 95 impressions and 15 characters in Killam’s repertoire — making him the most versatile current cast member.
SNL is going to look a lot different when it premieres it’s 42nd second next month, as veteran cast members Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam, plus newcomer Jon Rudnitsky, will all be exiting. Rudnitsky isn’t much of a surprise, as he was used sparingly, but did have one of my favorite Weekend Update moments when he re-enacted the Dirty Dancing final dance number. On the other hand, Pharoah and Killam both come as a shock. Both actors have been on the show for six seasons, and were two of the stronger performers on what has become a really enjoyable cast. It’s especially surprising considering that the first few months of sketches will most likely feature a lot of political topics, and Pharoah and Killam play a slew of political figures, including Obama, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. While Trump (played by Darrell Hammond) and Clinton (played by Kate McKinnon) will still be around, it’s tough to imagine SNL without two of it’s best impressionists. Lorne Michaels has found the magic in performers before, and with Kate McKinnon already a breakout star, it’s time for one of the male cast members to follow suit. Season 42 of SNL premieres this fall.
“We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of ‘Curb’ and can’t wait to see what he has planned,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming.
Asked why he decided to come back, David said, “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”
This day just got a little brighter, because one of the funniest shows on television is coming back to HBO. No filming or premiere dates were announced but that’s alright, because everyone’s favorite cynic/comedic genius is back in action. Curb hasn’t aired an episode since September 2011 (!) so the next time we see it it’ll be over five years since it’s been on the air. Some of us got our Larry David fix this year on SNL when he busted out his amazing Bernie Sanders impression (and hosted one of the best episodes of the year) but a full season of Curb is just what the doctor ordered.