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SNL recap: Julia Louis-Dreyfus carries the load in Studio 8H homecoming

After two weeks featuring hosts not particularly known for their comedic chops in Peter Dinklage and Russell Crowe, Saturday Night Live returned to a familiar face in former cast member and comedy legend, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Unlike Crowe last week, Louis-Dreyfus carried a heavy load by appearing in all but one sketch, and guided SNL into […]

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SNL recap: Russell Crowe hosts part-time for very few laughs

For the second week in a row, Saturday Night Live selected a host more widely known for his dramatic work with Russell Crowe getting the gig this time around. Crowe was good in the four sketches he appeared in, out of nine total, but the lack of Crowe throughout the episode brings up questions about what he […]

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SNL Recap: Peter Dinklage saves a rocky episode

Saturday Night Live returned from another break with a rocky episode that started out rough and struggled to recover throughout the rest of the show. Most of the night was spent on sketches that seemed to have a good idea in the middle, but not a fully realized concept by airtime on Saturday. While this […]

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SNL recap: Ariana Grande dazzles in hosting debut

A month ago, when Ariana Grande was named as the host and musical guest for the March 12 episode of Saturday Night Live, expectations were pretty low. Before her music career took-off, Grande was mostly known as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon shows Victorious and its spinoff, Sam & Cat. The latter received more press […]

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SNL recap: Jonah Hill, Trump jokes can’t save a lackluster show

Jonah Hill has hosted Saturday Night Live four times now, establishing himself as a host who is comfortable performing on the show. Even though Hill in recent years has moved into slightly more dramatic fare in movies, he has never been one to shy away from being the butt of the joke. This serves him well at […]

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For Saturday Night Live, more cast diversity has made for better show

The premiere of season 38 of Saturday Night Live featured the first appearance of cast member Jay Pharoah as President Barack Obama. Fred Armisen — who is of German, Venezuelan, and Japanese descent — appeared in “honeyface” to impersonate the president during the previous four seasons. The handoff of Obama from Armisen to Pharoah can be […]

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SNL Recap: (Almost) five-timer Melissa McCarthy carries the load

Hosting for the fourth time (or fourth and one-sixteenth according to her monologue), Melissa McCarthy once again showed that she is one of the most comfortable hosts in recent Saturday Night Live history. She almost seamlessly fits into sketches with her brand of self-deprecating humor on full display, which elevates the performances of the cast […]

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SNL Recap: Larry David Was Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good

Long-time fans of Saturday Night Live know the history between the show and Larry David. Hired as a writer for the final season of Dick Ebersol’s disastrous tenure from 1981 to 1985, David famously only ever had one sketch, “The Great Elevator Stool Debate,” make it to air during his lone season at SNL before Lorne Michaels returned […]

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From Wardrobe Malfunctions to Left Shark: Super Bowl halftime shows, ranked

In January 1993, Michael Jackson popped out from a stage at midfield of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. and changed the Super Bowl halftime show forever. The previous 26 Super Bowl halftime shows were a mixture of university marching bands, the cultish Up With People, and appearances from aging movie stars like Carol Channing, Mickey Rooney, […]

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SNL recap: Live television knocks out Ronda Rousey

The athlete host has a long history at Saturday Night Live, starting with Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton all the way back in the second season (Jan. 29,1977). Sometimes, this experiment works really well (Charles Barkley, Peyton Manning), while other times, it is an utter disaster (Nancy Kerrigan, Michael Phelps). Ronda Rousey’s first time hosting, […]

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SNL recap: The Force can’t help Adam Driver

Some of us (aka me) may have unfairly judged Adam Driver based on two things: Girls and that scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Kylo Ren removes his mask. I’m giggling now just thinking about that scene. But please accept my apology, Adam, because you were pretty stellar on Saturday Night Live. I am […]

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Music For The Unhip: Looking at Oscars’ Best Original Song shortlist and nominees

Thursday morning, the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills, Calif. Though the acting, directing and Best Picture awards get the most attention, Best Original Song is also among the 24 categories announced. Nominees for Best Original Song must “consist of words and music, both of which were original and specifically […]

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The 15 Best Songs of 2015

At The Comeback, we love sports and pop culture all year ’round, including December, so we don’t understand why so many best-of-the-year lists are announced before the year is actually over. This week, the last of 2015, we want to share with you some of our bests. From the best male and female athletes, to […]

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Ryan Gosling wasn’t the first: The history of SNL hosts “breaking”

One of the unofficial traditions at Saturday Night Live is breaking, which is unintentionally breaking character, usually by cracking a smile or laughing in the middle of a sketch. It has been a part of SNL from the very beginning. Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg even used it as the basis for the digital short, “That’s […]

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SNL recap: Ryan Gosling tries to keep it together in Studio 8H debut

Saturday Night Live is fun again. For the third episode in a row, viewers were treated to some fantastic writing and performances from the cast. These are the types of shows that bring viewers back and put to rest the “Saturday Night Dead” articles for a few seasons. With two more episodes this month before […]

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