NBC went a little overboard with its special celebrating Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary. If you count the hour-long red carpet special, the entire tribute clocked in at four and a half hours. Mind you, the last hour was filled mostly with commercials, but still. A tad overkill.
With that being said, there were plenty of memorable moments from a star-studded roster including SNL alums Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtain, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and plenty more fan favorites. They were joined by A-list stars such as Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Douglas, Sean Hayes, Melissa McCarthy and Taylor Swift to name just a few.
Throughout the night, Lorne Michaels and company resurrected popular skits including Celebrity Jeopardy once again featuring an inappropriate Sean Connery, Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reuniting for Wayne’s World. Another highlight saw Jane Curtain joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Weekend Update anchor desk.
The two most disappointing moments was the N Sync reunion that was rumored but never happened and Eddie Murphy’s awkward return to his former stomping grounds. Talk about underwhelming.
Check out my favorite moments below which includes Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sensational opening number referencing SNL’s most iconic moments from the past four decades. Be sure to weigh in afterward on your favorite and least favorite moments.
This coming January 2013 is Vanity Fair‘s first ever comedy issue and it’s guest edited by Judd Apatow. For the issue, Apatow brought together his most talented friends and idols to contribute, write, and pose for a 19-page Mark Seliger portfolio. There are three different covers to this issue, with four different comedians looking fabulously funny on each. I’ve included all three of them below and you can vote for which one you like best.
This is only the third time since Graydon Carter became the editor of the magazine 20 years ago that someone has been a guest editor. The last guest editor was Bono when he guest-edited the Africa issue in July of 2007. Before that, Tom Ford guest-edited a Hollywood Portfolio in March of 2006. With the comedy genre booming these days, Carter felt like it was the perfect time for such an issue and that Judd Apatow was the perfect choice for the job.
In the first cover shown above, Jim Carrey is dressed up as Evel Knievel, Maya Rudolph is doing an ancient Egyptian like Steve Martin in his King Tut days, Will Ferrell is done up like a corny cowboy, and Amy Poehler as a 60s go-go girl. Check out the other two covers below, featuring comedians like Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and more.
“Sunny Day. Sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”
Perhaps, you might want to ask Zac Efron and a slew of other celebrities for directions on how to get there. “Sesame Street” just announced the names of celebrities appearing on the upcoming 43rd season of the long-running children’s educational show. The 24-year-old actor is set to make an appearance on the show’s “Word on the Street” segment. Efron’s word is “patience“, described on their site as, “When you (can) wait for something in a calm way.” Interesting. I wonder why they gave him that word. Perhaps Zac exhibits patience when coiffing that perfect hairdo. Not a single hair out of place.
Other celebrities helping kids expanding their vocabulary this season on “Sesame Street” include Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Kristen Bell, Joseph Gordon-Lefitt, Halle Berry, Eric Stonestreet, Wendy Williams, David Beckham, Maya Rudolph and many, many more. A couple of my favorite celeb-word pairings are Jay Mohr with “tool” and Samantha Harris with “reporter“. LOL. Don’t know why the latter makes me laugh, but it does. Check out all the stars and their associated words below.
The hilarious ‘Bridesmaids’ star and SNL alum, Maya Rudolph stopped by The Ellen Show and played a little game with Ellen Degeneres. If you’ve ever seen Maya on SNL, you’ll know that she’s amazing at her impressions. Some of the people she’s done include Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace, Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez, and SO many more.
For the game, Ellen would hold up a picture of a celebrity, and Maya would have to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle” as the celebrity in an effort to get Ellen to guess who she was impersonating. Amazing.
Maya took on Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Gwen Stefani. They were all pretty amazing, but her Gwen Stefani is for the win. Check out the clip below.
HOORAY! This is amazing news. SNL alum Maya Rudolph will be hosting the weekly variety show later this month. She will take the stage on the February 18 episode with musical guest Sleigh Bells. This will be the first time she’s hosted the show since she left in 2007. This past December they also had former SNL alum Jimmy Fallon also host the show.
We last saw Rudolph as the bride in Bridesmaids, which was nominated for two Academy Awards. Wait it is just me or is it kind of weird that Rudolph and Sleigh Bells are in the same episode? LOL. This week, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel will be hosting the show with musical guest Bon Iver.
I’m curious to see what SNL characters Rudolph will bring back in her one off episode. She’s known for some pretty funny characters, as well as her ability to transform into different races and use different accents. Whitney Houston has to be one of my favorites of her celebrity impressions. I’ve included a couple past sketches below to get you excited.
The trailer for a new comedy called ‘Friends With Kids‘ just hit the web and it looks promising! The film stars Jennifer Westfeldt (24) and Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) as two friends who decide to have a baby completely platonically. Their friends, played by Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O’Dowd act excited for them, but secret believe it’s an awful idea.
You may notice that the last four names I just mentioned were all cast members in the biggest (and most hilarious) female comedy ever, Bridesmaids. Although there is not sequel set in stone for the film, ‘Friends With Kids’ will give you the Wiig & Rudolph fix you’re craving.
As you might expect, this whole “having a baby with a friend idea” doesn’t go completely as planned and there are a few complications once the baby is born in terms of how they go about their daily lives and how they meet new people – romantically. Enter Megan Fox. Do you think she’ll be the right person for Adam Scott’s character? I’m not so sure. Check out the movie trailer below to get a taste of things to come with ‘Friends With Kids,’ which will be released March 9.
After Bridesmaids grossed over $288 million dollars at the box office, became the top R-Rated female comedy of all time and got nominated for scads of awards, its no wonder the studio who released it (Universal) is interested in attempting a sequel. A rep from the studio told The Hollywood Reporter, “We are over the moon with the success of “Bridesmaids,” and if we do a sequel we want to get it right. We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward.”
Judd Apatow is also onboard saying “The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one. We don’t want to do it unless it can be great. I don’t think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this? year.” But, rumor has it that the movie is going to be missing one of its big stars.
According to some inside sources, the lead gals raised their eyebrows when they received their bonus cheques and only $100,000 was printed on it. Thinking that one of the stars was going to pull out due to the numbers, Universal chief Ron Meyer wine and dined her and waved an eight-figure sum in front of her to try and convince her to jump on board. The result? A big, fat, N-O. So, who’s not coming back for round two? Find out below.
This Wednesday, the funny lady is guest starring on “Up All Night” as Nancy in a scene with Reagan Brinkley (Christian Applegate). Reagan needs some help so has Shannon come in to help her answer calls and do some admin on the computer. Well, it starts off all fine and dandy until Shannon starts to get overwhelmed and heads into panic mode. She also doesn’t realize that the volume button is definitely not the “hold” button. LOL. At the end of the scene, Ava (Maya Rudolph) checks in to see how the ladies are doing. I’ve also included a couple other scenes where we see Nancy may not be right for the job.
Watch the full episode “Up All Night” when it airs at 8 p.m. ET this coming Wednesday on NBC. Until then, watch the sneak peak below.