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The Lumineers aim for the rafters

Jeremiah Fraites isn't famous — at least not yet. The drummer of the Lumineers, the folk trio who experienced an outrageously fruitful 2012, is talking to me two days before appearing on the January 19 Saturday Night Live, but he doesn't sound convinced

By REYAN ALI  |  February 08, 2013
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A Q+A with SNL’s weekend updater

Though you may know Seth Meyers best as the anchor of Saturday Night Live 's "Weekend Update," he's anything but a one-trick pony.
Seth Meyers? Really!
By JESSE PAPINEAU  |  July 20, 2012
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Farewell, Governor Garrahy; film follies; Soopah hype; culinary arts in the Bucket

The flags are at half-mast at Casa Diablo on the passing of the wonderful former Vo Dilun governor, J. Joseph Garrahy.
Wotta guy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 03, 2012
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In Bridesmaids, Kristen's women act like women

Diehard fans of Saturday Night Live took heart when Kristen Wiig appeared in the cast in 2005.  
Wiig-ed out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2011
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Interview with Kristen Wiig


 Maybe it's too much to ask for from a romantic comedy, but could "Bridesmaids,"[opens Friday] which stars and is co-written by Kristen Wiig, be the...
By Peter Keough  |  May 10, 2011
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Does this book make me look smart?

The first and only complete passage of Infinite Jest Chris Braiotta ever read was tattooed on somebody's calf.
Somervillian mocks the cult of David Foster Wallace with Tumblr-tastic 'People Holding Infinite Jest'
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 15, 2011


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Ringing the bad taste bell

Charmin and Quilted Northern toilet paper have been lighting up the bad taste bell of late with their televised ads.
Poop on TV; Oscars get a Razzie; Farewell to Larry and Paul; Fab follies
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 04, 2011
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Review: Grown Ups

For a scant idea involving a potpourri of SNL alums, Grown Up s is a lot funnier than it should be.
Puerile adult humor ensues
By TOM MEEK  |  June 25, 2010
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White losers rejoice: Fletch celebrates 25 years

This holiday weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Fletch , the uneven but wildly enduring 1985 Chevy Chase comedy about a wisecracking reporter embroiled in a potboiler mystery.
Thrill of the Chase Dept.
By PETER HYMAN  |  May 28, 2010
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Review: MacGruber

From one of Saturday Night Live ’s lamest recurring sketches comes one of its funniest spinoffs.
Sick fun
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  May 28, 2010

Podcast: Alec Baldwin at Harvard on Scott Brown, Sarah Palin, the Kennedys, and his political future


BALDWIN AT HARVARD: On sleeping with JFK The email didn't go out of its way to explain itself. ALEC BALDWIN, appearing at the fabled JFK...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 29, 2010


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Review: Saturday Night

Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010

Don Draper for Mass. Senate?


Over the weekend, in addition to ripping Martha Coakley, Saturday Night Live also welcomed the new Senator from Massachusetts by casting Jon Hamm (a/k/a Mad...
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 01, 2010

Weekend in review: Obama rips Coakley, Scott Brown admits larceny, and Talk Soup finds the best-hung weatherman in Boston


Finally: the ass-kicking MARTHA COAKLEY deserves. Delivered not by any actual Democrats, but by Fred Armisen's BARACK OBAMA on Saturday Night Live. Worst. Candidate. Ever....
By Carly Carioli  |  January 31, 2010
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Obama's year two to-do's

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010
Mango, the world's next superfood

Mango, the world's next superfood


Mango from Saturday Night Live In our ever-pervasive quest to cure cancer with fruit, the mango has emerged as the latest fruit-script. The National Mango Board, having...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 11, 2010


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Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009
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Vo Dilun’s ultimate reality show

Attention all real housewives of New Jersey, Atlanta, and Orange County, Jon, Kate and all Kardashians and Biggest Losers: your lunch has just been taken. That’s right, when it comes to bizarro reality world excitement, you just can’t touch the Biggest L
 What’s up with Williams? Plus, The Gov and Glenn, and a time for Jen
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 09, 2009
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Interview: Steve Martin, banjo extraordinaire

I remember watching Steve Martin’s Wild and Crazy Guy on a crinkly VHS tape, while sitting on my parent’s bedroom floor. I was just a little fat kid at the time. My parents were at work, as they often were, and my older sister, my only sibling, had jus
Just two wild and crazy guys
By CHRIS GARCIA  |  October 02, 2009

Rocket Redux

In case you missed it, comedian Jenny Slate, a new cast member of the still-atrophying Saturday Night Live, caused a stir by saying “fuck” on the September 26 show in a biker chicks sketch with Kristen Wiig.
Recalling Charlie’s F-bomb. Plus, ACORN-bashing, and BIG LOST
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 02, 2009
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Fallon Upward

Boston is thoroughly dominating NBC's fall line-up.
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By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 18, 2009


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Special delivery

For the last two decades, comedian and SNL alum Norm MacDonald has been firing off on pop culture and sharing life observations with his disarming deadpan delivery and signature subtleties through a stoner Canadian accent and nasal drawl.
The subtle genius of Norm MacDonald
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 21, 2009
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The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009
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Mr. Peepers in Mumbai

Here's something Chris Kattan probably rarely hears in real life: "In Night at the Roxbury, you were awesome!" Such, however, is the encomium proffered by two young Indian fans toward the beginning of IFC's somewhat random but not altogether terrible ne
Can Chris Kattan be a Bollywood Hero?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 07, 2009
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Review: Land of the Lost

Even Matt Lauer deserves a better fate than to watch his career die at the hands of Brad Silbering.
Will Ferrell bottoms out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2009
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Leonard Cohen at the Wang Theatre

Leonard Cohen at the Wang Theatre
No way to say goodbye
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 05, 2009


Crossword: ''Pig out''

External appearances count.
External appearances count.
By MATT JONES  |  May 15, 2009

HILARIOUS alert: Latest from Andy Samberg and Timberlake


  There is nothing more that needs to be said. Andy Samberg you are amazing...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  May 14, 2009
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Gag reel

The Devil's in the details in Fox's new animated series, Sit Down, Shut Up , but I wish he'd gotten more involved in the main elements as well — like stories.
Sit Down, Shut Up needs to take its own advice
By DAVID KRONKE  |  April 17, 2009
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The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009