SNL recap: Aziz Ansari rips Trump, Putin stays shirtless, loving La La Land

In its first show since the Trump inauguration, Saturday Night Live with host Aziz Ansari take on the new administration. On Friday, WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump held a sparsely attended presidential inauguration that is sure to usher in one to four years of angry tweets about Saturday Night Live. During the upcoming time […]


The 10 Best Songs of 2016

The past year in music included great songs from legendary artists, current superstars and up-and-coming musicians ready to make an impact. In a year of upheaval leading to an uncertain future, the songs of 2016 were filled with protest, sadness, and personal statements. As much of a downer as all of that sounds, the biggest […]


The Most Overlooked Albums of 2016

What music deserved more attention from fans and critics in 2016? Catch up on what you missed. Every year, there are thousands of recordings released by artists on various platforms. The sheer volume of recorded music from every genre is daunting for even the most resilient music fan, so unfortunately some albums or songs get […]


The 10 Best Albums of 2016

A difficult year with the loss of many beloved, legendary artists still managed to provide some excellent music to remember. The past year in music can be summed up pretty easily in one word, death. So many musical greats have died in the last 12 months that the joke about god assembling a super-group got […]


SNL recap: John Cena as Gronk, Walter White appears, and a Trump morning

For the better part of a decade, John Cena has been the face of the WWE. However, over the past two years, the jort-wearing, 15-time champion has struck out from the squared circle in an attempt to duplicate the crossover success of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. While Johnson used action films like The Mummy Returns […]


SNL recap: Kristen Wiig returns, Trump’s deep breaths, and the safe Bubble

Through six episodes, Saturday Night Live is off to one of its best starts in years. The presidential election and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump are a big reason for a ratings jump this season, but the show’s non-political material has also been stronger. Decisions during the summer like promoting writers Chris Kelly and Sara Schneider, […]


Tom Hanks’ best moments from Saturday Night Live

This week, Tom Hanks will host Saturday Night Live for the ninth time, and while there are people who have hosted SNL more times than Hanks, not many are as beloved by cast members and fans. It’s been over 30 years since Hanks hosted for the first time and during that span, he has gone from […]


Who will be inducted into the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class?

This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released its list of 19 nominees for the 2017 induction class. It includes nine first-timers (Bad Brains, Joan Baez, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, and Tupac Shakur), and Chic breaking their own record for most nominations with their 11th appearance. […]


Trying to make sense of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah being fired from SNL

After three seasons with some minor changes to the cast, Saturday Night Live underwent a major overhaul on Tuesday with the news that long-time cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah did not have their contracts renewed for the show’s 42nd season. Soon after that news broke, the show confirmed that after only one season […]


5 overlooked albums from first half of 2016 (and 5 to look forward to)

From the loss of enigmatic personalities like David Bowie and Prince to the domination of Beyonce’s Lemonade, the return of Radiohead, and Kanye West being slightly weirder than normal, the first six months of 2016 for the music world has been a bit of a roller coaster. Beyond the headlines grabbed by those artists, 2016 […]


The top 15 Saturday Night Live sketches of season 41

Each season, Saturday Night Live produces over 170 sketches that make it on air, and another 20 or more that now end up online as “Digital Exclusives” or “Cut For Time” sketches. With the reduction in commercial breaks next season, SNL will have at least two more sketches make it to air each episode, taking that […]


SNL recap: Fred Armisen and friends end the season on a high note

We’ve reached the end of the 41st season at Saturday Night Live and like every season, it had some ups and downs. But overall, this season felt like another step in the right direction for the show. The upcoming presidential election should help bolster the beginning of next season — and make Kate McKinnon a bonafide […]


Darwyn Cooke’s fun, vibrant take on comic books will be missed

There is something instantly likable about Darwyn Cooke’s artistic style. His bold lines and retro designs harken back to comic book legends like Will Eisner and Jack Kirby. But instead of being kitschy, his work is unmistakably cool. For the comic book industry to lose a giant like Cooke only 15 years after releasing his […]

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SNL recap: Everybody loves Drake

Occasionally, Saturday Night Live finds a host who makes the audience forget that they’re not actually a member of the cast. Over the years, hosts like Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake, and Jon Hamm felt like extensions of the cast when they hosted, and not weak links during sketches. After his second time hosting, Drake should now be […]

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SNL recap: Brie Larson makes room for another strong first-time host

Saturday Night Live is now in the home stretch of season 41 with the first of its final three episodes in the books, and if this episode is any indication it could be a strong finish for SNL. Outside a couple of hiccups, including a rough Weekend Update, it was one of the better episodes from […]


Should musicians boycott North Carolina over HB2 or play shows in protest?

Last Wednesday (April 20), Pearl Jam was scheduled to play the latest date of their spring tour at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Days before the show, however, the band announced that it had been canceled. It wasn’t illness, injury, or death that caused the cancellation, but a bill signed by North Carolina Governor […]


Prince was a great roller skater: 10 amusing anecdotes about the icon

The music world and pop culture were dealt yet another blow this year with the shocking news that Prince died on Thursday morning at his Minneapolis home, Paisley Park. His death at the age of 57 occurred just days following his release from a hospital after his plane made an emergency landing at Quad Cities International Airport […]