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Trailer Alert – Killing Gunther

If you watched Saturday Night Live any time between 2010 and the first half of 2016, chances are you know who Taran Killam is. He was the human Swiss army knife of SNL, as he could literally impersonate anyone, and his original characters were just as good (Jebidiah Atkinson, I miss you so). One of the reasons he left SNL was to pursue his own projects, the first of which just got an official trailer. Plainly put, Killing Gunther looks delightful. Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, CeCe from New Girl and a slew of other assassins are trying to kill Arnold Schwarzenegger. If that plot doesn’t interest you then maybe we shouldn’t be friends. The trailer has a nice lightness to it, and I can’t wait to check out the whole thing. Hopefully we get an official release date soon.

-Ryan

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SNL Will Be Without Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam and Jon Rudnitsky For It’s Upcoming Season

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.

-Ryan

‘Hobbit Office’, My Favorite Sketch From The Best Episode Of SNL This Season

The best sketch from an average episode of SNL usually sticks with you for a few weeks after, but the best sketch from a great episode of SNL is in the running for sketch of the year. That’s the case with ‘Hobbit Office’, a perfect mash up of Martin Freeman’s two most famous roles (besides Fargo): Tim from the UK version of The Office and Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit epics. The quality of SNL’s pre taped sketches continue to be outstanding, and everyone here knocked their role out of the park, especially Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam. It’s no surprise that the SNL cast and writers were able to replicate both The Office & The Hobbit characters so well, but their attention to detail, even down to the way the sketch was filmed, was fantastic. Go out of your way to watch this sketch, and the episode as a whole. It was an hour and a half of hysterical sketch comedy.

– Ryan

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