Entries in Saturday Night Live (37)


Seth Meyers and Girlfriend Alexi Ashe Are Engaged

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Nantucket Film Festival(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers recently popped the question to longtime girlfriend Alexi Ashe, and she's said yes, ABC News Radio has confirmed.

Although there are no details on the proposal, according to Us Weekly, the forthcoming Late Night host and Ashe met at a wedding "several years ago."

A source told the magazine about Meyers, "He's very excited for the next phase of his life. He's known that she's The One for a while, but it was all about timing."

"With Late Night, his schedule will be slowly easing up," the source continued. "He wanted to do it after SNL wrapped [because] he didn't want to be an absentee fiancé. Her family loves him."

The timing could in fact be perfect, as Meyers steps down from SNL to become the new host of Late Night when Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show in 2014. The premiere date for Late Night with Seth Meyers has yet to be announced, but it's expected that both Meyers and Fallon will take over their new jobs sometime around NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics next February.

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Justin Timberlake Welcomed to "SNL's" Five-Timers Club

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake got an all-star welcome into the "Five-Timers Club" on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Not only did members Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase and Candice Bergen show up to wish him well, but ex-cast member Andy Samberg and Jay-Z also stopped by for the occasion.

The show kicked off with Timberlake as Elton John, performing at the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  He sang a parody of John's famous song "Candle in the Wind," with lyrics describing all the nutty yet true things Chavez did and said in his lifetime.  In real life, Timberlake had once portrayed a young John in one of the rocker's videos, and has even been mentioned to play him in a movie biography.

Then, Timberlake began his monologue, saying he had been given the coveted "Five-Timers Club" membership card.  Knocking on a secret door, he was ushered into the club -- a paneled library room -- where he met Simon, Martin, Chase, Baldwin, Hanks and Baldwin and was given a "5-Timer" smoking jacket.  Martin Short was the waiter, while original cast member Dan Aykroyd served as the the bartender. 

"Welcome old boy.  I always thought if any 'N SYNC member would make the five-timers club, it would be Joey Fatone," Martin said snootily.

Timberlake and Samberg then reprised their '90s R&B crooner characters from the classic digital short "D**k in a Box" for a sketch called "It's a Date," where they played a duo of bachelors vying for a night out with cast member Vanessa Bayer.  As she asked them questions like "How would you spend a rainy night with me?" they would sing the answers to her in their patented "sexy" style.

Their competition for a date with Bayer included Martin and Aykroyd, reviving their legendary characters from the early days of Saturday Night Live: two Czech brothers whose catchphrase is, "We are two wild and crazy guys!"  At the end of the skit, Bayer chose both Timberlake and Samberg, and Martin and Aykroyd, as her dates.  They all got together and sang about having a "five-way" with her because they're "four wild and crazy guys."

Timberlake was also the evening's musical guest and he performed "Suit & Tie," where he was joined by his partner on the tune, Jay-Z.  His second number was "Mirrors," a track from his new album The 20/20 Experience.

Timberlake's appearance provided SNL with a significant ratings boost.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, early estimates show that the program pulled in its biggest ratings in 14 months.

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Adam Levine to Host -- But Not Sing -- on "Saturday Night Live"

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- When Maroon 5 appeared on Saturday Night Live late last year, you probably wondered why lead singer Adam Levine didn't appear in any sketches.  After all, he just finished shooting his first movie, and he had a part on American Horror Story, so he can presumably act.  Well, maybe he was saving up his talents ... because now he's returning to the show as the host.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adam will deliver the monologue -- and more -- on the Jan. 26 episode of the show.  But Adam won't be pulling double duty as both the host and the musical guest -- rapper Kendrick Lamar will provide the musical entertainment for the night.  There is a precedent for musicians who've hosted the show without being the musical guest: Sting, Paul Simon, Jon Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake have all done it, for example.

Along with Maroon 5, Adam has performed on Saturday Night Live four times.  When it comes to non-musical activities on the show, Adam appeared in the digital short Iran So Far with Adam Samberg and Fred Armisen a few years ago.  Last year, he made a very brief cameo in another digital short called The Stand Off with Jeremy Renner.

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New York City Children's Choir Pays Tribute to Newtown Victims on SNL

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The day after a 20-year-old gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, "Saturday Night Live" paid tribute to the victims with the opening of the show.

The New York City Children's Chorus sang "Silent Night" in the cold open, deviating from the show's usual comedy sketch. When the chorus of children finished the solemn performance, they shouted, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!"

The performance can be seen here.

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Chris Christie and His Fleece Jacket Make Cameo on "SNL"

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can’t stay out of the spotlight even if it’s to poke fun at his appearance and famous short temper.

Christie dropped by Saturday Night Live for a surprise cameo appearance on the “Weekend Update” segment with Seth Myers in which he feigned impatience with questions and blasted New Jersey residents who ignored his evacuation orders during the height of Hurricane Sandy, calling them “idiots.”

Throughout the storm’s aftermath, Christie and his blue fleece jacket have maintained a ubiquitous presence throughout large areas of the Garden State ravaged by the super storm.

He made a special point of thanking the Red Cross and first responders for their tireless efforts to bring relief to hurricane victims.

As for his fleece jacket, Christie joked that he’s worn it so much over the past three weeks, it’s become part of his body, also taking the time out to apologize to his wife for the way it smells.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Rihanna & Maroon 5 Set for "Saturday Night Live" Appearances

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna and Maroon 5 are set to return to Saturday Night Live as musical guests in November.

On Nov. 10, Rihanna will make her fourth appearance on the show.  She'll no doubt be performing her latest hit, "Diamonds," from her upcoming album Unapologetic, due Nov. 19.  Anne Hathaway will host that night.

On Nov. 17, Maroon 5 will return to SNL, also for a fourth time.  They're likely to perform their hit "One More Night," which has been #1 for the past six weeks.  That night, Jeremy Renner makes his hosting debut.

As previously reported, fun. will be the musical guest this weekend on Saturday Night Live, with host Louis C.K.

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Big Bird Makes "SNL" Appearance After Romney Debate Name-Drop

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Big Bird made an appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, days after Gov. Mitt Romney mentioned him during the first presidential debate of 2012. 

The famous feathered Muppet appeared on the late night show's Weekend Update segment.

Sesame Street's policy is that Muppets can't answer questions that would be above their ages.  Despite being a TV veteran for 40 years, Big Bird is actually six, so any biting political satire was off the table.  But having the character appear got the message across: it was pretty odd for Romney to specifically name-drop the bird during the political showdown.

Bird mentioned he, "didn't want to ruffle any feathers," but acknowledged he's received a lot of extra attention. 

"It's weird to think that just a few days ago I could just blend in like every other perfectly normal eight-foot-tall talking bird," the muppet said.

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Jason Sudeikis Returning to "SNL" Until January, At Least

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- When Saturday Night Live begins its 38th season this weekend, you can be sure that Jason Sudeikis will play Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a sketch.

Though Sudeikis had wavered a bit regarding whether he will be back on the NBC comedy show, SNL creator Lorne Michaels tells The New York Times, "Jason is in."

However, Sudeikis may not be in it for the long haul.

Michaels says, "Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January."  That would take Sudeikis through the election season and possibly the inauguration.

This will mark Sudeikis' eighth season on SNL.  His signature roles include Romney and Vice President Joe Biden.

Michaels also tells the Times that Jay Pharoah will take on the role of President Obama, replacing Fred Armisen.

SNL lost Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg after last season.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Seth MacFarlane Set to Host Season Premiere of "Saturday Night Live"

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seth MacFarlane and R&B singer Frank Ocean will be the first celebs on Saturday Night Live this fall as host and musical guest, respectively.

The two will kick off the NBC sketch comedy series' 38th season on Sept. 15.  MacFarlane scored a hit this summer with his first film, Ted.

The following week, The Dark Knight Rises and Premium Rush star Joseph Gordon-Levitt will host SNL, with Mumford & Sons as the musical guest.

Two weeks after that, it's Daniel Craig with musical guest Muse.  Craig's latest James Bond film, Skyfall, opens in November.

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Abby Elliott Latest Member to Leave "SNL"

Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Abby Elliott is the latest cast member to leave Saturday Night Live, the actress confirmed to

Elliott, 25, joined SNL in 2008 and portrayed a variety of famous faces including Zooey Deschanel, Khloe Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie. She is the only second generation cast member. Her father, Chris Elliott, was on during the 1994-1995 season.

SNL’s cast has been dwindling lately. Kristin Wiig, who was on the show for seven seasons, left the show in May. Andy Samberg, who was also on the show for seven seasons, confirmed to the New York Times in June that he will not be returning. Both comedians have busy movie careers. Wiig was nominated for an Academy Award last year for her Bridesmaids screenplay, which she also starred in. Samberg has starred in films including That’s My Boy, The Watch and I Love You Man.

SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis may also be leaving the show. The comedian, who portrays presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the show, told the Los Angeles Times he hasn’t decided if he will return next season.

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