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#SNL Has It’s Final Three Hosts & Musical Guests Lined Up To Finish Off Season 42

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We’ve known that Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy & Dwayne Johnson are hosting the final three SNL’s of season 24 for awhile now, but the musical guests have been a mystery. Consider that mystery solved as SNL announced that LCD Soundsystem, Haim & Katy Perry will close out the season as musical guests. SNL has been on a weird schedule this year thanks to the top heavy fall lineup that coincided with the most insane Presidential election in history, so I’m glad they’re going out with three straight shows to open May. While the writer’s strike is still looming, I have faith that SNL will finish strong.

-Ryan

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My Favorite Sketch From Jimmy Fallon’s #SNL: Basketball Scene

Jimmy Fallon dipped into Studio 8H on Saturday night to host one of the few remaining shows of this season. Fallon always brings a ton of energy to SNL, and last weekend was no different. He was in almost every sketch and my personal favorite was a pre-taped original titled Basketball Scene. The premise is simple: Fallon and Mikey Day are extra’s in a movie scene where Kenan Thompson’s character is trying to have a heart to heart talk with Pete Davidson’s character. They were hired as extra’s due to their supposed basketball skills, but the director quickly finds out they have no skills at all. I loved everything about this sketch, and the failed alley oop attempt made me actually laugh out loud.

-Ryan

Octavia Spencer & Scarlett Johansson Will Be The Next Two Hosts Of #SNL

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This will be Octavia Spencer’s first time hosting the show while Ms. Johansson will be the latest inductee into the ‘Five Timers Club’. Spencer is vying for 2nd Oscar win this Sunday as she was nominated for her role in Hidden Figures, so win or lose, this is perfect timing for her to join in on the Trump jokes. Scarlett will presumably be there to promote her new movie Ghost in the Shell (which premiers March 31st) but I think I speak for everyone when I say she could be there promoting my grandfather’s funeral and I’d still be happy to see her. Joining both of the talented actresses on the 8H stage are Father John Misty and Lorde, respectively.

-Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Saturday’s #SNL: Sean Spicer Press Conference

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.

-Ryan

Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton Sang ‘Hallelujah’ During This Week’s Very Different #SNL Cold Open

We’re almost a week removed from the election results that saw Donald Trump win the nomination for President of the United States, and I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I was really looking forward to SNL last weekend. Some of us badly needed an escape, even if it was just for an hour and a half, and that’s exactly what SNL gave us. Lorne Michaels and company still get flack for letting Trump host an episode last year, and the flack is 100% deserved. They helped normalize Trump, and even though the election was still over a year away, letting him do something like that ended up being a very bad decision. That’s why I’m glad Alec Baldwin’s Trump didn’t make an appearance on Saturday night, because I don’t think anyone is ready to laugh at any version of him at the moment. Instead of a normal election themed cold open (which has opened every SNL this season), we got Kate McKinnon, in full Hillary Clinton garb, sitting alone at a piano singing ‘Hallelujah’. It was a powerful moment, and acted as both a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen and reminded us to that while the election is over, we should never, ever give up fighting bigotry and injustice in this country. Kate McKinnon is infuriatingly talented, and much like everything she does on SNL, she knocked this segment out of the park.

-Ryan

Dave Chappelle Will Host #SNL For The First Time Ever Next Week

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I must say, this choice came out of left field, but now Dave Chappelle is the host I never knew I needed. The master of sketch comedy from his days creating/writing/starring on Chappelle’s show should help him out a lot during his first ever hosting stint, but what I’m most excited for is some Dave Chappelle standup during his monologue. He’s one of the most beloved yet most mysterious stand up’s out there, and I’m very excited to see him host next weekend. Charlie Murphy’s E True Hollywood Stories sketch or we riot.

-Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Tom Hanks’ #SNL: A Girl’s Halloween

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.

-Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Lin Manuel-Miranda’s #SNL: Stranger Things

If you happen to be that one person who thought it was cool to not binge watch Stranger Things over the summer, you won’t understand this sketch, but for everyone else in the world, I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. This was one of those sketches that was perfectly cast, from Lucas’s parents (Kenan, Leslie Jones) to Dustin (Lin Manuel-Miranda) to Joyce (newcomer Melissa Villasenor) and finally Eleven (Kate McKinnon). I think it works so well because if you put yourself in the shoes of a parent in this situation, you’d react the same way. It’s one thing for kids to have an active imagination, but it’s another to have them actively seeking out demagogues when they’re only adult supervision is the Christmas light obsessed mother of a missing boy. This sketch worked on every level, and SNL is off to it’s best start in quite some time after two solid shows. This Saturday, the wonderful Emily Blunt hosts with Bruno Mars as the musical guest.

-Ryan

SNL Is Pulling Out The Big Guns As Emily Blunt & Tom By God Hanks Will Host The Next Two Episodes

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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.

-Ryan