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Colin Jost to replace Seth Meyers on ‘Weekend Update’

- January 23rd, 2014

The Saturday Night Live makeover is nearly complete.

Announced today, SNL writer and standup comic Colin Jost will replace Seth Meyers as co-host of Weekend Update.

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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 The Harvard 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:

Sasheer Zamata joins ‘Saturday Night Live’

- January 6th, 2014

Over six years after Maya Rudolph left the show, Saturday Night Live finally has a black female cast member again.

Sasheer Zamata will join SNL when the show returns Jan. 18, according to Deadline.com

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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:

‘SNL’ to hire black female cast member. Finally.

- December 13th, 2013

For the first time since Maya Rudolph  left in 2007, Saturday Night Live will have a black female cast member.

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It seems the months of internet furor over the sketch show’s lack of diversity has prompted executive producer Lorne Michaels to shake things up once again.

According to the New York Times, auditions will be held for seven or eight black female comedians on the SNL stage on Monday.

Tanisha Long (The Girl Code), Gabrielle Denis (The Game), Bresha Webb, Misty Monroe, Sasheer Zamata, Natasha Rothwell, Amber Ruffin, Leslie Jones and Briana KC are all rumoured as candidates, reports Deadline.com.

The hope is that at least one will join the cast in the New Year.

The diversity controversy on SNL is nothing new. In the show’s 39-year history, only a handful of black women have ever been in the cast. So when Michaels announced the hiring of six new comics in September – all of them white, all but one men – the controversy heated up again.

Nowhere were the holes more visible than when Kerry Washington hosted the show last month. In the opener, she had to play Michelle Obama AND Oprah Winfrey in the same sketch. Sure, it was funny and a way for the writers to poke fun at the situation, but it sure doesn’t fix things.

If one of the most influential women in the United States in 2013 is Michelle Obama and SNL doesn’t have anyone to play her, we’re all missing out. Think of the comedy, people!

Let’s hope they find someone soon.

Cecily Strong the new ‘Weekend Update’ co-anchor

- September 16th, 2013

Seth Meyers is making some room over at the Weekend Update desk.

Cecily Strong, perhaps best known for her obnoxious character The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party will start her second season on Saturday Night Live as co-anchor of Update alongside Meyers.

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SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels finally revealed his plans for the sketch show’s news parody segment, which has been one giant question mark ever since Meyers announced he was replacing Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. He starts the gig Feb. 24.

In an interview with The New York Times, Michaels admitted he still doesn’t know exactly what shape Update will take in the latter part of this season.

While he confirmed Meyers will stay on at the beginning of Season 39, Michaels also revealed he wants him to stay as Cecily’s co-anchor for as long as possible.

It turns out, the new Late Night won’t tape on Fridays, which would give Meyers some time for double-duty. In the end, it would probably all depend on how much sleep poor Seth needs to function on a weekly basis.

And guess what? There’s yet another new cast member.

Standup comedian Brooks Wheelan is the sixth addition to the cast. The other newbies are Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, Noël Wells and AT&T commercial guy Beck Bennett.

SNL writer Mike O’Brien will also join the cast, while last season’s cast member Tim Robinson will move behind the scenes as a writer. Nice switcheroo.

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Tina Fey, Arcade Fire on ‘SNL’ premiere

- September 9th, 2013

Saturday Night Live will kick off its 39th season with a very familiar face.

Former SNL head writer and all-around comedy genius Tina Fey will take the helm as host when the comedy sketch show returns September 28th with musical guest Arcade Fire.

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With all the new faces joining the cast this season (as many as five newbies were reportedly added to the roster) Fey will no doubt be a calming force for any first-week jitters.

And in case there is still anyone out there who wants to see more of Miley Cyrus – you’re in luck. The twerk queen herself will be host and musical guest the following week (Oct. 5) with Bruce Willis and Katy Perry rounding out the talent for Oct. 12.

On a side note, don’t forget to come back to this blog for “SNL” recaps after every new episode and then rant or rave about the show along with me.