“I am here and I want to help,” Jim Carrey once said during an In Living Colour sketch. “What am I, invisible? Why is nobody listening to me?”
Lorne Michaels may have passed up the chance to cast Carrey during the 1980-1981 Saturday Night Live season, but he’s certainly made it very apparent over the years that it was one of the worst decisions he’s made during his career as executive producer. Since then, he’s rectified the situation by asking Carey to host the show, once in 1996 and once more in 2011.
As the show enters its 40th season, The Wrap has learned the Canadian comedian extraordinaire will be back for his third hosting gig sometime toward the beginning of the season.
As The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider points out, Carrey’s appearance will probably be in accordance with the release of his upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jeff Daniels, scheduled to hit theaters on November 14.
The big question now is whether Daniels will make an appearance during the episode to help plug the Dumb and Dumber sequel, probably through a parody sketch, as so many other actors, comedians, and musicians have done before.
The 40th season of Saturday Night Live kicks off on September 27, and will be hosted by Chris Pratt, easily the biggest star of this past summer thanks to both his starring roles in The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Sarah Silverman is scheduled to host the second show of the season on October 4, while SNL alum Bill Hader will take the stage to host on October 11.
Saturday Night Live has officially announced its guest list for the first two episodes of the season.
The show’s 40th season kicks off on Sept. 27 with some major blockbuster power. Chris Pratt, star of summer hit Guardians of the Galaxy and NBC’s Parks and Recreation (who also happens to be extremely funny), will host the premiere with musical guest Ariana Grande.
The following week, comedian and former SNL castmember Sarah Silverman will return to Studio 8H for hosting duties on Oct. 4. Unfortunately, the show wasn’t able to book a musical act as interesting as Silverman, so we’ll just have to settle for Maroon 5 again as musical guests that week.
The Sarah Silverman news is interesting. Could the 40th season have a homecoming theme where hard-to-get SNL alum – especially those who have never hosted before or haven’t hosted in a long time – finally show up to dazzle us on set?
There were rumours Bill Murray was on board for the season opener, but could he still show up on a later episode? What about Eddie Murphy? Jane Curtain? Molly Shannon? Randy Quaid? Uhhh – nix that last one.
The pink slips rained down on Rockefeller Center today.
First, Saturday Night Live rookie Brooks Wheelan announced over Twitter yesterday that he was fired from the show, and now it looks like fellow newbies Noël Wells and John Milhiser have suffered the same fate. SNL veteran Nasim Pedrad, who joined the show in 2009, is also reportedly leaving, but this isn’t a surprise since she has a job lined up co-starring in the FOX sitcom Mulaney, which airs in the fall.
Wheelan, along with Wells and Milhiser, was rarely seen on the show, but he did get some attention this week, after confirming his ouster over Twitter and nailing an opportunity to make fun of himself.
“Had a blast and loved every second of it,” he wrote. “I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke…Fired from New York It’s Saturday Night.”
Had a blast and loved every second of it. I’m totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!
Wheelan, Milhiser, and Wells were in a groupsix newbie cast members to debut in September, along with Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, and Mike O’Brien. Sasheer Zamata joined the cast in December and Colin Jost started his tenure at Weekend Update back in March.
Announced today, SNL writer and standup comic Colin Jost will replace Seth Meyers as co-host of Weekend Update.
Jost will join Cecily Strong starting March 1 so Meyers can start his new gig as host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, which debuts Feb. 24. Save the tissues for Feb. 1 – that’s expected to be Meyer’s last Saturday as Update anchor.
So who is this Colin Jost? He’s a Harvard grad who joined the writing staff in 2005 and became head writer in 2012. He was also president of TheHarvard Lampoon. And for those of you up on all the latest celebrity gossip, he’s reportedly dating Parks and Recreation star (and Quincy Jones daughter) Rashida Jones.
Here’s a sneak peek of what we can expect from Jost:
Toronto rapper Drake will be host and musical guest.
Zamata is a graduate from the University of Virginia and trained at New York City’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
SNL came under fire for lack of diversity after bosses hired six white cast members in the off season. The search has been on for an African-American comic for a while now, with 12 hopefuls called back to test on the SNL stage on Dec. 16.
All eyes will be on Zamata in two weeks. No pressure at all.
Have a listen to Sasheer’s standup here:
And check out some of her acting in this Morning After video: