Saturday night, SNL tried to defuse criticism for its persistent lack of black women comediennes in its cast in the only way it could -- through humor. Kerry Washington hosted, and was forced to play Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyonce.
Whelp, it's official ... this is officially one of the most troublesome seasons of "SNL" in recent history, even though it has nothing to do with the quality of the show. (Not that the quality has been great, but it's been OK considering all of the cast changes.)
The story is the time-honored trope of the martial artist who must decide between selling his abilities for money or using them to pursue spiritual goals. Can he find his way back to his own values once he's gone over to the dark side of raw capitalism?
Edward Norton becomes the second "Moonrise Kingdom" cast member in a row who is not actively promoting anything to host "Saturday Night Live." And, hey, look at Norton up there: Charming his way through "SNL."
When asked about why he feels SNL does not have any black women in the cast, Thompson responded "In auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."
What? No Binders Full of Black Women? As a black female comedian, I've been asked to comment on Kenan Thompson's recent statement about why there are...
Once upon a time, some iconoclastic comic actors and wildly original writers were assembled to copy a hit TV show's style, and despite format limits, managed to distinguish themselves in bleeding edge ways.
Bruce Willis had not hosted "SNL" since September 30, 1989. On that evening there was a "Thirtysomething" sketch and the fourth ever appearance of "Wayne's World." It's nice that Bruce Willis was promoting absolutely nothing, so in my own little fantasy world, I picture him waking up one morning and thinking "You know, I haven't hosted "SNL" in 24 years, I better get on that."
The most successful hosts of late -- Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Christoph Waltz -- never try to make the show about them. They try to integrate themselves into the cast, basically becoming a cast member. The Miley Cyrus installment was mostly about Miley Cyrus. And, it's funny, in the few sketches that she wasn't playing herself or an exaggerated version of herself, she was good. Unfortunately, there just wasn't a lot of that.
One of the reasons I love being able to contribute to the cultural conversation is having the ability to tell the story and journey of the overlooked or undiscovered artist.
Soooo, yes, that wasn't the smoothest of transitions. Look, it's well documented that this is a transition year for "SNL." The show has six new cast members ... My point is ... give them a break.
From John Belushi's trademark belligerence in "Samurai Delicatessen" to Alec Baldwin's innuendo-laden "Schweddy Balls.
Thank you, thank you, anonymous benefactor (Gary? Was that you?). How privileged we are to be privy to the uncensored inner thoughts of all these talented actors. We just had to share them with the world.
In 2002, "Late Show with David Letterman" won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series. It was a particularly deserved win: The Primetime Emmy award honors television programming that aired the prior June through May, which would include Letterman's touching and poignant return after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It was Letterman's sixth win (for perspective, Letterman's hero, Johnny Carson, only won one Emmy for "The Tonight Show") and it would mark the last time anyone other than Jon Stewart has won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series.
The most surprising part of Lorne Michaels' interview about the upcoming 39th season of "Saturday Night Live" wasn't that Cecily Strong will co-anch...
Revelers and roasters hit the Red Carpet for The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco with spunk and fervor recently and their target was clear: To poke fun at the eclectic Oscar nominee/filmmaker/artist/Yale student/teacher/esoteric, creative beast.