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Kerry Washington's 'Scandalous' SNL Promos Are Here

Posted 10.30.2013 | Comedy

Get ready, "Scandal" fans, Kerry Washington is taking the "Saturday Night Live" stage this weekend with musical guest Eminem, and the first promos hav...

The Sketch You Didn't See On This Weekend's 'SNL'

Posted 10.28.2013 | Comedy

For everyone who has ever carved the perfect jack-o-lantern only to have some jerk smash it, here's a new music video from Taran Killam and "SNL." It...

Mike Ryan

How To Direct The Best Movie Of The Year | Mike Ryan | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment

Steve McQueen is known for not suffering fools. The second-biggest story to come out of this year's Toronto International Film Festival concerning McQ...


The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.13.2013 | Comedy

Ladies, make no mistake: When you leave the house, your boyfriends and husbands are definitely having a boy dance party. ...

'SNL' Takes On NASA Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.13.2013 | Comedy

In one fell swoop, "Saturday Night Live" managed to parody both the government shutdown and the hit film "Gravity." Check out this weekend's opening s...

Did Bruce Willis Save The Day While Hosting 'SNL'?

Mike Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Mike Ryan

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."

Miley Cyrus Makes A New Kind Of Sex Tape

Posted 10.07.2013 | Comedy

Not only is Miley Cyrus willing to make a sex tape with new "SNL" cast member Kyle Mooney, she's willing to go the extra mile for Kyle and his friends...

Miley Cyrus' 'SNL' Was All About Miley Cyrus

Mike Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Mike Ryan

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.

Arianna Looks At Hillary 2016 On 'SNL'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.06.2013 | Comedy

On this week's "Saturday Night Live," Arianna Huffington (as channeled by Nasim Pedrad) stopped by "Piers Morgan Tonight" to unveil a few new Hillary ...

Miley Explains That Whole Tongue Thing In Her 'SNL' Promo

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.01.2013 | Comedy

She uses her tongue to smell, duh. Like a snake....

Tina Fey Tries To Save A Shaky 'SNL' Premiere

Mike Ryan | Posted 11.29.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

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.

Ross Luippold

'It's Such A Positive Energy At The Show Right Now' | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.25.2013 | Comedy

As it enters its 39th season, "Saturday Night Live" has likely encountered more peaks and valleys than any other entertainment property, period. So it...

ReThink Review: The Heat -- the McCarthy Machine Rolls On

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was nicely surprised by The Heat. McCarthy is such a force to be reckoned with that she may very well be the most talented, bankable comedic actress (or actor) working today.

SNL Remembers Margaret Thatcher

Posted 04.14.2013 | Comedy

"Saturday Night Live" addressed the death of Margaret Thatcher during its April 13 Vince Vaughn-helmed episode with a sketch that acknowledged the for...

Melissa McCarthy Sells What She Was Given

Mike Ryan | Posted 04.07.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

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.

WATCH: Melissa Can Barely Keep It Together

Posted 04.07.2013 | Comedy

"Saturday Night Live" usually tightly controls its opening monologue, but this week, they were willing to make an exception for Melissa McCarthy. T...

WATCH: Melissa McCarthy 'SNL' Promos

Posted 04.03.2013 | Comedy

When Melissa McCarthy hosted "Saturday Night Live" two seasons ago, many noted it as a high point of the show in recent times. Now she's returning to ...

'SNL' Colorfully Explains Sequester Job Cuts

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 03.05.2013 | Comedy

President Obama on Friday ordered $85 billion worth of federal budget cuts across the board as a result of lawmakers' failure to reach a deal to avoid...

'SNL' Scorecard: Kevin Hart Did What He Could

Mike Ryan | Posted 03.03.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

Kevin Hart came with a ton of energy (perhaps too much at times), but the material was mostly second rate. It certainly wasn't a terrible show, but it wasn't a good or particularly memorable show, either.

WATCH: Uh Oh, Marco Rubio's Still Thirsty

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.19.2013 | Comedy

Sen. Marco Rubio's response to President Obama's State of the Union address made headlines for pretty much one reason: An ill-timed drink of water. On...

The Best 'SNL' Of The Season

Mike Ryan | Posted 02.17.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

Christoph Waltz was fantastic, which resulted in the best SNL of the season. Waltz is the type of actor who can do almost anything and it felt like there was a lot of saved up material, just waiting for a host that could do almost anything.

WATCH: 'Fox & Friends' Welcomes Ted Nugent On 'SNL'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy

"Fox & Friends" returned to "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, this time to react to President Obama's State of the Union address. And of course, the...

'SNL' Scorecard: Justin Bieber's Show Was All About Justin Bieber

Mike Ryan | Posted 02.10.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

The entire show was about Justin Bieber -- and "SNL" is at its worst when the show is about the host as opposed to the host integrating him or herself into the cast.

WATCH: Unaired 'SNL' Sketch Spoofs GOP's Israel Stance

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.11.2013 | Comedy

In this sketch performed at Saturday's dress rehearsal but which was ultimately cut from the show, "Saturday Night Live" spoofed the contentious confi...

The 10 Best 'SNL' Sketches Of 2012

Mike Ryan | Posted 02.27.2013 | TV
Mike Ryan

I was going to title this post "My Favorite Sketches From 2012," but I started thinking how I've gotten up early, every post-"SNL" Sunday morning, on my day off, to write "SNL" Scorecard (which, I will note, I haven't missed once since it started in 2010 - I'm strangely proud of that) and then gotten yelled at by half of you, each and every time, for my admittedly subjective ranking system. (It's fine! Keep doing that because that is the point.) Because of this, I thought, well, just maybe, I've earned a "Best Sketches" title for my trouble? I mean, no, it's not a true title. These are certainly not the best ten sketches of 2012 (going back to the last half of the 2011-2012 season), because they are only my favorite ten sketches. Regardless, I decided to keep the title of "best sketches" even though it's a lie. Here they are: