As bittersweet as the undertones of the show were, it still played like your average installment of "Saturday Night Live." There wasn't an endless parade of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen's greatest hits. Instead, both men left as they arrived, standouts of the ensemble, without overshadowing the cast. A fitting sendoff.
Bill Hader is the perfect "SNL" cast member. And the fact that I've always known this, yet still feel like I have taken him for granted is a big part of why he is the perfect cast member. He really is the total package. He is Phil Hartman-level good.
Less than a year ago, Kristen Wiig was given an emotional and touching graduation style sendoff from "SNL" that very few cast members ever receive. So, that's why it was a little weird seeing her "back in school" so soon. Pulling the same old tricks.
This week's Zach Galifianakis-hosted "SNL" felt at times that the cast was just sitting around waiting for the reaction to final sketch of the night -- which turned out to be one of the most ambitious sketches in recent memory.
What an odd show this was. In that I can't remember the last time a host -- in this case, Vince Vaughn -- had that much energy during the monologue, yet the rest of the show felt so ... sluggish.
Stefon is three years old this month. Sure, he's a hypersexual three-year-old with unstoppable daddy issues who potentially disposes of exes by murdering them and taking them to the Carribean. But he is celebrating a birthday. We should celebrate.
All of the elements for a truly terrific "SNL" were there -- great host, spirited audience, refreshed cast -- but it wasn't a terrific "SNL." It was a good show, fueled mostly by the physical efforts of host Melissa McCarthy, but, overall, the material wasn't there.
NBC speeds up late-night transition: Jimmy Fallon immediately replaces Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show; Seth Meyers replaces Fallon; Leno replaces Barbara Walters on The View; Walters joins the cast of Duck Dynasty.
Neither terrible nor revelatory, Ramaa Mosley's The Brass Teapot is the kind of movie you might stumble across on cable and stick with, if only because, well, you've got nothing better to do.
It is not, the "United Christians Brigade," as my mother calls it. Close, but not quite. The Upright Citizens Brigade is the ultimate hub of comedic talent, a religion for some, and a cult classic for the young at heart.
Maria Bamford has emerged over the last year as one of the most critically revered comics -- especially among her peers -- in the country while bravely addressing the stigma of mental illness as part of her act.
By Bennett Marcus, Vanity Fair Alec Baldwin thinks that if Justin Timberlake stuck to only acting, he'd be one of the biggest movie stars in the busi...
Kenny Vance put together the Planotones to revive the unadorned harmonies and delicate, almost-ghostly vocals of 1950s-era urban, street-corner doo-wop music. He's carved out a niche career doing so, the highlight of which has been his lovely modern doo-wop song "Looking for an Echo."
Recently, our country was shaken to its core by two events that future historians will mark as the point-of-no-return for America's long slide into moral depravity.
It does appear to many that anything Timberlake touches carries a little something called Midas Magic. For the most part, it's true. He's exceptionally successful in nearly every venture and here's why.
The star-studded opening was enough to cause the nine cigar-chomping, beer-drinking guys I was playing poker with to actually freeze an "All-In" raise, mid-hand, in order to watch it as it happened.